WHAT I BROUGHT TO UNI | LUSH EDITION

Hi guys! Sorry for the slight absence in pots at the moment. I’ve recently moved to university and this first week here has been quite hectic! I’m finally settling in and getting used to things, so I thought I’d sit down and write this post. I wanted to share with you what products I took to university with me and also what I don’t recommend bringing.

I’m staying in an en-suite room, so I can have my bathroom just how I like it (with all my shower products neatly lined up!) and this did help me with deciding what to bring with me. I often find I use shower gels the most when I can see them in the shower, as I’m reminded to use them. If I’d been in shared bathroom accommodation (le horror), I’d have had to ferry my products between my room and the bathroom, so I’d probably be less likely to remember to use certain shower gels. I brought Twilight (for relaxing late night/evening showers) and Happy Hippy to help get me ready for lectures in the morning.

Another product which I thought would be essential for uni, especially during Fresher’s Week, was my Tea Tree Water toner (review coming soon). It’s helped to keep my skin clear of any junk-food induced spots and help reduce any redness. Unfortunately, in the rush of packing and moving etc. I forgot my Cupcake fresh face mask (again, I’m in the process of reviewing it!), which was quite annoying, so I’m going to collect it next weekend when I visit home. Cupcake has been helping me with my oily skin, which I’m struggling with quite a lot at the moment. Tea Tree Toner water has been helping but I feel like Cupcake just gives me skin such a boost!

A product that I knew had to come to uni with me was my Solid perfumes! I only have three so I brought all of them with me. I absolutely adore them all and I find them so much more potent than regular perfumes/sprays. They’re super easy to use, very portable for social events etc. and they smell amazing – what more do you want? I’d definitely recommend these for night outs etc. – it’s super easy to top up your scent when you’re not feeling so fresh!

And lastly, one of my favourite products from Lush – Lullaby ! (Find the full review here!) For a student living on not much money, a solid shampoo bar is the perfect product! It lasts for up to three months, so you don’t have to keep buying more shampoo. I’ve found that since being at uni I’ve taken more showers to make up for my lack of a bath, so I’m washing my hair a bit more regularly. I plan on buying a solid conditioner bar as well when I venture into my new local shop!

So, onto the final part of this post – what I don’t recommend taking to university!

1. Obviously, unless you’re incredibly lucky and have a bath, don’t bring bath bombs! Even if you go have a bath, please be very careful of staining, because you will get fined if you damage the tub in any way!
2. If you’re going to bring naked products, make sure you bring a good shower caddy or something that can suction to the wall. There’s limited space in accommodation showers (en-suite OR shared), so make sure you bring extra storage with you. You could even melt down the product into a lush pot to make it easier for you!

Please remember, these are just suggestions! Do what you want to do! This is just what I’ve brought with me and the stuff I wouldn’t bring. I hope you guys enjoyed this post (and maybe even found it useful?)! Look out for more university-themed posts in the upcoming weeks/months!

Thank you all for your support and I’ll be back with another post very soon!

Flynn x
*This post is in no way sponsored by Lush and all opinions are my own! The links are just there for ease if you want to try any of these products yourself.

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THINK PINK BATH BOMB | REVIEW

Hi guys, here’s a review of a bath bomb I didn’t think I’d ever be buying.

I bought Think Pink after the disappointment of not being able to get The Experimenter in store like I wanted to. I was browsing around the bath bombs, looking for something new to try instead, and it caught my eye. It was by far one of the most eye-catching bath bombs on display, as it’s covered in lustre. I picked it up and smelt it and I was almost a little shocked. I’d never tried the original bath bomb, so I didn’t know much about it’s scent. I was expecting something maybe rose-scented (based on it’s appearance), but instead I got lovely hints of vanilla & tonka, which are some of my favourite scents in lush products! I can’t believe I’d been shying away from this bath bomb because I presumed it would be rose-scented. Never presume people! (especially if Lush is involved).

Anyway, enough of the back story, let’s get on with the review. My first impression of the design of it was obviously a good one, as I was compelled it pick it up. It’s a very deep pink colour, engraved/embossed with a strange swirling pattern (this is kind of why it screamed rose to me). It’s absolutely covered in lustre, top to bottom, so I did find it a little messy to use and also to photograph (re-positioning was a nightmare!) I think it’s all down to personal preference with lustre – some people adore it and others cannot stand it. If you’re one of the people who prefers a subtle shimmer, then this is not the bath bomb for you!

Think Pink is a “fast-fizzer” and creates beautiful bath art on top of the water.

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It’s definitely a “what you see is what you get” type of a product. It’s a bright pink bath bomb, so you get a bright pink bath. It’s one of the most pigmented bath bombs I’ve used. Try adding a bubble bar such as The Comforter to add some gorgeous bubbles into the mix. Think Pink also contains Lavender Oil, so it would pair nicely with any of the Twilight scented products (Serendipity soap could be a nice companion).

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It’s scent is meant to be uplifting and relaxing (with the Lavender Oil, Tonka and Vanilla Absolute and Neroli Oil), so definitely a good night time bath. I usually have my last bath of the week on a Sunday evening, to help me relax for the week ahead. I would recommend this product if you suffer from anxiety and need something to help you unwind.

My only criticism of this bath bomb is that it is heavily pigmented so be careful about touching towels etc. as I found that it stained. Also, I would wash out your tub straight away after use, as there is a lot of glitter that is left behind.

However, I still love this product and I would definitely purchase it again!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Neroli Oil, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, DRF Alcohol, Limonene, Coumarin

I hope you enjoyed this review! As ever I’m so grateful for all of my followers & readers!

Flynn x

*All opinions are my own and links are not affiliate

ROCKET SCIENCE BATH BOMB | REVIEW

This was definitely one of the new products I was excited to try the most! The promo pictures looked amazing and I was very intrigued by the beautiful rainbow stars! And it did not disappoint! I have fallen head over heels for this bath bomb and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you all!

Rocket Science has a very citrusy, fresh scent, with gorgeous Bergamot Oil and Sicilian Lemon Oil. I’d say this is the perfect scent to wake yourself up on a morning or just to make you feel fresh and energised! However, the scent does fade away quite quickly once the bath bomb has dissolved, which is really my only criticism.

This is such an adorable little bath bomb and it’s design is so intricate and well thought out. The main part of the bomb is a blue rocket, which glistens with a silver lustre. The “tail” of the rocket is a vibrant yellow, with lovely rainbow stars dotted throughout. This would be a lovely bath bomb for children, as the design is very playful and the scent isn’t too overpowering or harsh.

This bath bomb turns your bath water a deep blue colour, which is one of my favourite colours of bath. However, it doesn’t produce a great deal of bath art, despite it’s design, so if that’s something you usually look for, I wouldn’t recommend this product.

Overall, I really enjoyed this product. The scent of it is gorgeous and I just love the idea of the rainbow stars! It really adds something to your bath experience! This would also be a fab gift idea (one I’d definitely enjoy receiving!).

I really hope you enjoyed my review of Rocket Science! I recently received a very exciting Kitchen order and I can’t wait to share my opinion of those products with you!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Corn Starch, Glycerine, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium carboxy methyl cellulose, Perfume, Limonene, Tin Oxide

Flynn x

LULLABY SHAMPOO BAR | REVIEW

Hi guys, I’m back with a shampoo bar review! For the last couple of months I’ve been using Smuggler’s soul but it recently ran out and it’s only available at Father’s Day, so I decided to shop around for a new one to try! I immediately was drawn to Lullaby as Lavender is my favourite scent of all time. It does wonders for my anxiety and it just puts me in such a good mood! I also liked the light pink colour of it (I really am a sucker for aesthetics!)

Lullaby also contains Chamomile Oil, which is also very calming and soothing, as well as Oat Milk (to sooth sensitive scalps), Neroli Oil and Jojoba Oil (super moisturising!). All of these combined produce a beautiful scent, which makes my hair smell wonderful. I dry my shampoo bars in my room before popping them back in the tin, so my whole room always smells of Chamomile and Lavender!

The only downside to this shampoo bar is that I found it quite drying on my hair, but honestly that can easily be remedied by using a good conditioner afterwards. I’ve experienced the same thing with a few other shampoo bars, and it’s something that doesn’t particularly bother me.

This bar retails for £5.75, which is the average price of most of the regular line shampoo bars. It’s a kitchen exclusive (It’s listed with a black label not a green one, so I presume this is an Oxford Street Exclusive?) All my shampoo bars have always lasted me up to 3 months, so I’d 100% recommend that you make the switch to solid shampoo!

I really hope you enjoyed this review! Stay tuned for some exciting new reviews of the new releases!

Flynn x

 

SCRUBEE BODY SCRUB | REVIEW

Hi guys! I’m back with another review and it’s a new product! Scrubee was released for Mother’s Day but I missed it so I was ecstatic when Lush announced they’d be becoming permanent!

Scrubee is such an adorable product and it’s super unique, compared to other Lush body scrubs. I also like how Scrubee is almost a combination of a body scrub and a body butter/moisturiser. It is made using Shea butter and Cocoa Butter, which are both fabulously moisturising. I enjoy having a quick shower before bed in the hot weather, so having a 2-in-1 product is ideal for me!

Scrubee is part of the “Honey I washed the kids” scent family. I haven’t tried many of the other products in the family but as soon as I smelt Scrubee in the shop (the revamped York shop – would recommend a visit!) I knew I had to have it. It has a predominantly honey scent, but it contains Brazilian Orange Oil and Bergamot Oil, which add a richness to it’s overall scent. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Like the other scrubs (and solid products) Lush make, Scrubee is best used in the shower but not left under the running water. I personally use it all over my body before I get in the shower, then wash it off before I start my hair routine. This has really worked well for me. If I do get Scrubee wet I usually leave it to dry on top of a Tupperware box until it’s bone dry again.

In my opinion, the best feature of Scrubee is the use of ground coconut shell and almond as it’s exfoliant. I usually use sugar scrubs (Rough with the Smooth of late), so I did find the coconut shell a little rough, but I got used to it quite quickly. I very much appreciate how well it managed to rid my legs of my flaky, dry skin! Also, a perfect moisturiser for after you’ve shaved your legs!

Overall, I absolutely adore this product and I’d definitely recommend it! It lasts for ages, so it’s definitely worth the £6.95! Give it a try in store if you’re STILL unconvinced!

Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter Fair, Trade Shea Butter, Ground Coconut Shell, Perfume, Honey, Ground Almonds, Coconut Oil, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool

Hope you enjoyed the review!

Flynn x

(ps – tried a new “posterising” filter on my photo, opinions wanted!)

 

#SAVEYOGABOMB | REVIEW

This is a very sad post for me to write, as Yoga bomb is being  discontinued. I’m not 100% sure when they’ll be completely discontinued, but at the moment I can’t find them on Lush’s UK website (it is still on the US website). I’ve always loved Yoga bomb and it’s been my go-to anxiety-busting bomb for a number of years. I’m also very sad that Yoga bomb doesn’t share it’s unique scent with any other Lush product. I’m hoping the kitchen will bring it back at some point. Anyway, on with the review!

Yoga bomb’s main feature, personally, is it’s signature scent, with the main product being Sandalwood oil. This gives Yoga bomb a gorgeous earthy scent. Other ingredients include Olibanum oil and Ho Wood oil. These beautiful oils combine to create a very relaxing scent, perfect for when your day has been tough!

Don’t be deceived by this bath bomb’s “plain” appearance, for it holds secrets! The bath bomb initially releases a gorgeous orange colour, which turns your bath water a beautiful orange-gold colour, with plenty of lustre (honestly, this gives Intergalactic a run for it’s money in terms of glitter content!).

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But then…

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Your bath explodes into a rainbow of blue, purple and green! This bath bomb really is a showstopper in terms of bath art. It’s a slow-fizzer as well, so you can enjoy the show throughout your bath.

Overall thoughts? 

Scent? 10/10

Color/bath art? 8/10

Bath time experience? 9/10

Mood-boosting? 10/10

This bath bomb retails for £4.25, and if you see it back on the UK website, goddammit buy this bath bomb! You’ll thank me next time you’re having a meh day!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Cream of Tartar, Cassie Absolute, Olibanum Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Snowflake Lustre; Frosty Holly and Gold Glimmer Lustre

Hope you enjoyed this review, follow for more Lush r#eviews!

Flynn x

Two Hearts Beating As One bath melt | Valentine’s 2017

Another Valentine’s review for you guys! This time, it’s finally something that’s not a bath bomb! It’s the Two Hearts Beating As One bath melt! I don’t have a lot of experience with bath melts, I’ve only ever tried the Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment bath oil, which, in my opinion, was completely different to a bath melt. This product seemed to have a lot more pigment and definitely had a much bigger impact on the colour of the water.

Like most of Lush’s Valentine’s products, this is predominantly rose scented. And by god, does this thing smell strong! It’s not the subtle, so-so product that I was expecting. I originally purchased this to use in a bath cocktail, as I thought it wouldn’t hold it’s own. However, I was very (very) wrong! The smell was very intense and was more impressive than some bath bombs/bubble bars I’ve used!

This bath melt actually produced bubbles as well, which was another surprise for me! However, if you’re looking for a lot of bubbles, maybe add in some shower gel or a bubble bar. It turns your bath water a very pigmented, almost neon pink. As you’d imagine from a bath melt, it’s super smooth and buttery on the skin and leaves you feeling gorgeously soft afterwards, which is down to the beautiful Apricot oil used in it.

I only used half of this product in my bath (the pink half) because I’m pretty broke right now and I’m desperately trying to save my remaining Lush! However, my bath was still amazing just with the one half! I’m presuming the water would also be pink if you used both halves, but it might be a little more peachy.

Overall, a great product, with a unique design and beautiful scent. If you’re interested in giving it a go, then get to Lush quickly, the Valentine’s Day range will soon be over! It’s only £3.95, so why not treat yourself?

Flynn x

Santasaurus reusable bubble bar | Review

Hi guys! Yes, it is February, but I’ve only just gotten round to using this bubble bar. I have so many amazing products to use in my baths, that things often get overlooked. Sorry! >o<

Anyway, on with the review! This is by far the cutest member of the Lush christmas range. I saw this little guy online and I feel in love! I popped it on my Christmas Lush list and hoped I’d get it for Christmas, and I did! It’s such a cute bubble bar and I almost didn’t want to use it! (I have the very same issue with Pink Flamingo!).

This Christmas bubble bar is part of the Honey I washed the kids scent family, which made me swell with joy. It’s honestly one of my top Lush scents (second only to Snow Fairy). When you smell this in the bath, you can really smell that gorgeous sweet honey!

Santasaurus is green, so it obviously turns your bath water a lovely bright green, however it does fade quite quickly. It doesn’t contain any glitter or lustre (like many bubble bars). Ir creates plenty of bubbles and it’s definitely worth the £5.95, as I reckon you can get 4 or maybe even 5 baths out of this! That’s one of my favourite things about Lush bubble bars, you really do get a lot for your money!

Honestly, an amazing bubble bar, with a to die for scent. If you’re looking for a super relaxing, soothing bath, grab one of these cuties this Christmas!

Flynn x

Cupid Bath Bomb | Valentine’s 2017

Hi guys! Another Valentine’s Day review for you! This time, Cupid! This bath bomb is very cute, but I feel this is often overlooked when people talk about the Valentine’s range? I’m presuming that it’s because this bath bomb isn’t too, “exciting”? I personally quite liked this little bath bomb!

This product is bursting with beautiful scents! It is of course mainly rose-scented, but it also contains violet flower absolute, bergamot oil and Persian lime oil, with raspberry juice as well, so this is a must-have if you enjoy the more fruity, sweet scents! For reference, this bath bomb smells the same as the Razzle Dazzle luxury bath oil!

Cupid is obviously very aesthetically-pleasing, shaped as a cute cupid’s heart. It’s quite small, but it’s a slow fizzer, so don’t worry about this bath bomb being gone too quickly! It took around 10 minutes for mine to fully dissolve in my tub. This bath bomb doesn’t really produce much in the water, just turns your water pink, so if you’re after a bit more, I’d suggest maybe adding a shower gel/bubble bar for some bubbles! (I added in some Snow Fairy!).

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Overall, super cute bath bomb! The smell is very refreshing and pleasant and at only £2.95, how could you resist? Stock up on these before the Valentine’s range disappears!

Flynn x

Big Blue bath bomb | Review

Hi guys! ❤ Another bath bomb review for you all! This time, it’s Big Blue, one of Lush’s permanent bath bombs. It’s got a very unique feel to it, so I was excited to try it out. I bought this over Christmas, so I’ve had lots of Lush goodies to use, so sorry it’s taken me so long to review one of Lush’s staple bombs!

This bath bomb smells great. It really gives off sea breeze vibes. The lemon and lavender oils blend together perfectly, and the sea salt adds the essence of the sea. It was a really nice uplifting smell, which reminded me of my holiday to Menorca in the summer (how I miss that beautiful island!). It’s such a gorgeous smell, and it’ll leave your entire bath room smelling wonderful for hours after your bath.

The unique aspects of this bath bomb are the sea salt and the seaweed that’s hidden within this bath bomb. The sea salt adds a great smell and transforms your bath into your own little ocean. However, I wasn’t a fan of the seaweed. I thought there was just too much in the bath bomb. It completely covered the water and got everywhere! It was even in my hair! I wished I’d looked at this bath bomb online before buying it in store, because if I’d known about the seaweed I probably wouldn’t have purchased it. I’m not a fan of seaweed at all, and I’ve never liked the feeling of it on my skin. This is personal preference though, so some of you might really enjoy the seaweed! It is extremely soft, but I really didn’t like it.

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(I mean, come on, some of those seaweed strands look like slugs)

Other than that, I did enjoy the bath bomb, but the seaweed just wasn’t for me at all. This bath bomb is one of the cheaper ones, with a retail price of £3.50. If you enjoy unique bath bombs, then this one might be your new favourite!

Flynn x

Ladybug bubble bar | Valentine’s 2017

Hi guys! Another Valentine’s range review for you! This time it’s the adorable Ladybug bubble bar, which certainly lives up to it’s name! This is such a cute bubble bar, and it rivals my all time favourite bubble bar, Pink Flamingo! On with the review!

So first off, this bubble bar is quite chunky, which means it’s perfect for multiple uses. I personally used half of it in my bath. It still produced plenty of bubbles and turned the water a gorgeous deep pink-red colour! If you’re after loads of bubbles, then I wouldn’t recommend cutting it down any further than halves.

I bought this product based on it’s looks, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with the scent. It’s quite a sweet, fruity smell, with faint hints of The Comforter? The Lush website states it contains peppermint too, but I couldn’t really detect that to be honest. It’s a very lingering smell; my hair smelled like it for hours afterwards (which is definitely not a bad thing!).

I always struggle on what to say about bubble bars, such they don’t really produce any patterns on the water etc., as their main purpose is to create bubbles.

Overall, cute little bubble bar, retailing at a respectable £3.95 – I’d grab this before it’s too late!

Flynn x

Rose Jam Bubbleroon | Review

Hi guys!

Something a bit different today – a bubbleroon! I know I’ve been completely obsessed with bath bombs lately, so I decided to try something new in my tub today. I’ve never been that interested in the Rose Jam range. This product came in the Happy Bathday tin, so I didn’t really have any choice but to give it a try!

This is such a cute little product! It’s super adorable and combines two of my loves in life: Lush and Macaroons. I’ve seen them in the shops many times, but I’ve just never been drawn to them before. I’m always been distracted by glorious bath bomb displays, or some of the bubble bars (particularly anything multi-coloured). This bubbleroon is bright pink, with a lighter pink “filling” and is dusted with chunky glitter. It looks good enough to eat!

This smells like all of the other Rose Jam products (shower gel etc.), so it obviously smells like rose! I don’t normally go for this scent, and I did find it a little bit too much when I smelt the product directly, but it became so much more subtle when I used it in my bath.

This product will turn your bath water bright pink and make a ridiculous amount of bubbles! I’m not having the best of days, so instead of halving it (like I do with bubble bars) I crumbled the entire thing under running water. This was incredibly messy. Recently, I have discovered a cool way of dispersing the bubble bar, without getting it absolutely everywhere – use a sieve! I saw this online somewhere and a lightbulb went off. It’s such a cool idea and I’m definitely doing to be using it for my next bubble bar.

Overall, cute little product, nice Rose scent and a little goes along way (believe me, there was a lot of bubbles in my bath). I’d definitely recommend trying a bubbleroon sometime soon! This product retails for £3.95, and if you’re not sure if you’d like it, why not ask someone for a demo in store?

Flynn x