The one place I knew I wanted to visit when I was in London was the new LUSH store that opened on Oxford Street in April. I'd heard all about the exclusive products that weren't stocked in any other store & really wanted to see them for myself so I hunted it down!
I'll just warn you incase you're planning on visiting, it was extremely busy, I actually felt really overwhelmed with how crowded it was & usually I'm not phased by London's busy shops and streets but it really got to me that day. I was determined not to let the claustrophobia feeling ruin my shopping plans so I powered through & wandered around the store. I did go back the following day however & it was a lot quieter so perhaps I picked the wrong time of day to visit!
I decided I would start on the top floor as that was were the bath products were located & nothing beats looking at the colourful array of bath bombs, melts & bubble bars. Something exclusive to the Oxford Street Flagship Store are the Luxury Bath Oils which melt in the bath water making it feel luxuriously soft and buttery, perfect for soaking in and giving your skin a real treat. I chose the one called Double Vitality (£2.00), star shaped & bright pink it's one of the cuter bath oils available! It contains peppermint & lemon, giving it a really zingy fresh fragrance. Whilst I was up on the third floor I also picked up the Milky Bath Bubble Bar (£3.75) which is actually available online now too. Unfortunately the bath oil residue found its way onto this little milk bottle so it's sporting some pinky-orange patches! Obviously this one smells really milky with a hint of Orange oil & the silver bottle cap is packed with cocoa butter to add an extra bit of softness. I love that the scent isn't overpowering & the touch of silver lustre that is added to the bath is pretty!
I then headed downstairs as I wanted to get a bottle of The Comforter Moisturising Shower Cream however they didn't have any left so had to settle for just the Comforter Shower Cream (£4.75) version. All the LUSH Shower Gels I've tried have always been really moisturising anyway so I didn't mind too much! This is the one product that seems to be the most popular, everyone seems to love it. It's described as a "snug berry hug" & it is exactly that, the warm, fruity & uplifting fragrance provides a 'comforting' aroma as you shower. If you like the Comforter Bubble Bar you need to get this, it's been spotted in other stores so i'm assuming this is going to be readily available everywhere! I then noticed the Shampoo Bars, which I know are stocked in all stores but I've never tried one & when I saw the peach coloured one covered in glitter I couldn't resist getting it! The Lullaby Shampoo Bar (£5.75) is one to use at night before bedtime as the combination of Chamomile, Ground Almonds, Oat Milk, Neroli Oil & Lavender soothe the scalp, raise your spirits whilst also relaxing you. I've been suffering with a sore scalp recently so I'm hoping this is going to help.
The final item I bought was the Cup O'Coffee Exfoliating Face & Body Mask (£.6.50), if you know me you know I love Coffee so I didn't even give this a second thought! I had actually gone downstairs to the basement where the Spa can be found as well as candles, massage bars & perfumes where I got chatting to one of the friendliest members of staff. Her product knowledge was amazing & she took me back upstairs to introduce me to the Coffee Exfoliator, she treated me to a hand massage before helping me locate a tub & ensuring I was happy with my visit. This Coffee infused mask helps to waken up your skin, making it look brighter & clear but also leaves the scent of Coffee on your skin hours after using it. I actually think this product was made for me haha!
Degustabox* is a monthly surprise food box that contains between 9-14 items that are completely new to the market. It's an alternative option from your usual beauty subscription box & if you like to try out different food & drink then this may be the box for you!
This months my box was filled with 10 different items, I opened it with Dom as he was also excited to see what was inside! His eyes instantly lit up when he saw the Tasty Little Numbers Chicken Tikka Masala, he loves a good curry! The first thing I noticed was the bottle of Lambrini, which instantly brought back memories from my teenage years when I would drink it at house parties during the Summer. I'm gonna save this bottle for our housewarming party, I'm looking forward to trying the So Strawberry flavour though, Strawberry alcoholic drinks are one of my favourites!
I often skip breakfast because I prefer an extra 10 minutes in bed, which then results in a mad rush to get ready for work so Weetabix On the Go is perfect for me! I always find Weetabix to be really filling & keeps me going until lunchtime, hopefully I'll be having breakfast more often now I've found a quick & yummy way to have it! Breakfast in a bottle, what a genius idea! Another amazing idea is the Taking the Pea crunchy flavoured peas. I received the Smoked Ham ones, they were so moreish & tasty, I think these are gonna be my new addiction! Dom & I were genuinely sad when we got to the bottom of the packet they are so so good! I'm not sure I'd like the other flavours in the range, but pea & ham soup is the best & these taste just like that!
More yummy snacks included in my box were the Say Yes to No Sour Cream & Onion Toasted Bread Chips and the two packets of Fru Snax. The Toasted Bread chips are a delicious & healthy alternative to a packet of crisps. Say Yes to No promise that their bread chips contain no fake colourings & artificial flavours, they're a natural & healthy snack but are still full of flavour & have a good crunch to them too! Fru Snax are pieces of fruit & yoghurt that have been frozen & had the water evaporated to lock in the flavour. I've only tried the Strawberry Slices & Raspberry Yoghurt Melt ones so far but they are seriously fruity & flavoursome. I never eat enough fruit so eating these made me feel healthy!
As well as the alcoholic drink I also received 3 non-alcoholic drinks to try, two flavours of Little Miracles and a bottle of Newton's Appl Fizzics. Little Miracles are a blend of organic tea, juice & ginseng. I got the Lemongrass Tea, Orange & Ginseng and the Green Tea & Pomegranate flavours, I really enjoyed the Green Tea one & liked it even more knowing that it was good for me. Appl Fizzics (I love the name!) is apple juice and sparkling water mixed together to create refreshing soft drink. Served chilled it makes an ideal drink for a hot Summer's day!
I feel like theres a lot to catch up on, I've not done a Sunday Summary for a couple of weeks now & some fun things have happened! The most exciting thing is getting Lulu Pug, but we also got our sofas delivered & finished decorating the living room, we've booked a trip to Brighton & had a few days out/double date nights with our friends. Oh & I got my hair done! So lots to report back on (:
I introduced Lulu Pug in Friday's blog post, we have adjusted well to life as a family of four (I know, I sound like I've just given birth to a newborn baby but my pugs are my babies haha..) & my whole week off has been spent settling the pugs into a routine together. So far, so good! We took Tilly & Lulu to Crosby beach today with our friends & their dog Bailey the Sprollie, all the dogs were in their element & I now have two sleepy pug's snoozing on the sofa with me!
I got my hair trimmed & had it balayaged, I think this is my fave hairstyle yet! It's different from what I usually have as I tend to stick to dark brown hair dyes but now I've got blonde running through it I'm tempted to get more put in.
As you probably know we moved over to Liverpool about 3 months ago now, we are discovering all our favourites places to eat, restaurants, takeaways & even cocktail bars. Luckily we have friends that have been able to recommend places to us as well but it's fun trying out lots of new places! I'm thinking of doing a little 'where to eat' guide, would anyone be interested!?
Apart from exploring our new city we've been dedicating most of our free time to DIY. The house was in a reasonable condition when we bought it, we are just trying to make it our own rather than live with the previous owners decor. I'm so happy with how the living room has turned out with it's crisp white walls, dark wooden original floorboards, high ceilings & our beautiful grey sofas! Now I just need to focus on getting some more accessories, find a coffee table & rug and it will be done! I'm gonna post a lil homeware wish list soon with all the things that I think will finish off the room. Our sofas are from made.com, we picked the Orson ones because I felt that the classic style suited our old Victorian Terrace perfectly.
We welcomed a new member of the family to our home on Sunday, little Lulu Pug! An opportunity came up for us to go & rescue this dinky little dot, I was pretty hesitant as I was scared it would be a scam/go wrong/Tilly would hate her but Dom was really keen on the idea. I'm so thankful he managed to persuade me because it's been one of the best decisions we've made. We had a long drive to go save Lulu but it was completely worth it, I'm not gonna go into details about her previous life as we want to focus on giving her the life she deserves & not dwell on her past. Lulu is in her forever home with us now & we are so in love. Tilly Pug is obsessed, in fact a bit too obsessed but we are getting there & I'm sure they'll be inseparable soon! With Tilly Pug being an only child for two years I assumed she wouldn't adjust very well to another dog in the house, but I feel like a super proud pug mum because she's been really good! We've had a few lil arguments but nothing major or anything to worry about. We were after introducing another pug into our lives soon anyway, I've been desperate for Tilly to have a sister but when the time actually came I was nervous it wasn't going to work so I'm really pleased it's gone well! Pugs are such sociable dogs, I didn't really need to worry!
Let me tell you a little more about Lulu... She's almost 6 years old (her birthday is 21st August so watch out for a Birthday Party post!), she weighs 6kg, Tilly who weighs in at 8.3kg looks like a beast compared to her! Lulu gets extremely excited when it's din dins time & does a really cute dance whilst she waits. I think her grey chin is the cutest & she has the sweetest personality ever, she's very placid & chilled.
Please excuse Tilly's eye boogers, she was in diva mode when I was doing this photoshoot & wouldn't let me wipe them away! I love this photo so much though, it captures there personalities so well, with Tilly being a cheeky monkey & Lulu sitting all cute & patient!
It's early days so I'm not quite a pro yet, but if anyone wants any tips on how to settle a new dog into your home, let me know!