Lush Review: Teal Jasmine Bath Cocktail

May 27th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

This was a very feminine, calming, and relaxing bath.  I purposely scheduled this right before bedtime.

1 All That Jas Bath Ballistic: Sweet mild jasmine scent.  Turned the water a tropical teal.  So pretty to look at.

  • Vetivert Oil
  • Candy flowers
  • Gardenia Extract
  • Jasmine oil
  • Vanillin

1 Christmas Eve Bubble Bar: Floral scent.  Gorgeous blue sparkles on this bubble bar; I have one more that I really don’t want to use LOL.  I’m so surprised that the water didn’t become a pearlescent blue similar to my Sunnyside bath cocktail but not a big deal; I was only an intsy tinsy disappointed.  I know this bubble bar was limited edition but you may substitute it with a floral scented bubble bar of your choice and I’m sure it will work just as well.  I also wanted to maximize on bubbles so I used the entire bar; I got a little greedy = / but remember that Lush products do eventually expire (we definitely don’t want that to happen, do we?)

  • Irish moss powder
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Gardenia extract
  • Iridescent glitter

1/2 Floating Island Bath Melt: Mildly sweet floral scent.  Made the bath very moisturizing.  I mean, what bath melt doesn’t?  This one is a slow froth.

  • Almond oil
  • Sandlewood oil
  • Lemon oil

1 Ceridwen’s Cauldron Bath Melt: Very mild floral oat scent (can definitely smell the oats after a short while of soaking).  I was a little surprised at how much I liked this; I wasn’t sure at first if I would.  Now I have to get more.  I think this is especially nourishing for the skin and may be soothing for sun-kissed/post-beach skin.  I imagine it’s possible to clean, dry, and re-fill the muslin with more oats and your choice of favorite essential oils.  I used CC as a gentle exfoliator so I didn’t choose a bar soap for this bath cocktail.

  • Whole oats
  • Walnut oil
  • Tangerine oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Frankincense Resinoid
  • Rose absolute
  • Elderflowers
  • Daisy flowers
  • Cowslips

1 Queen of Hearts Complexion Soap (Sample): It’s a great facial soap that’s not too heavy, unlike Baby Face.  Sweet and beautifully fragrant rose scent.  You will definitely love this facial cleanser if you are a rose scent fan!  I almost like this as much as Cetaphil but Cetaphil still stays in first place.  QOH is now my #2 loved facial soap next to Fresh Farmacy Cleanser.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Rose petal infusion
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Vanilla pod infusion
  • Geranium oil
  • Rose absolute
  • Violet leaf absolute

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Review: Sunnyside Bath Cocktail

May 27th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

This was the best bath cocktail I’ve made so far.  I imagine this will be hard to top!  Please read on…

1 Street Party Bath Bomb: Sweet champagne scent.  This bath bomb is a lot of fun to watch as it fizzes and reveals its hidden surprises =); however, it does take a little effort to clean up afterward though I thought it worth it nonetheless.

  • Sweet orange oil
  • Cognac oil
  • Lime oil
  • Multi-colored glitter
  • Red & gold glitter
  • Mixed colored stars
  • Paper flag decoration
  • Paper streamers

1 Sunny Side Bubble Bar: Sweet citrus scent.  The water was a beautiful pearlescent golden orange largely due to Sunny Side, I suppose.  I really wanted to soak in this bath forever!

  • Golden Lustre Sparkle
  • Sweet Wild Orange Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Tangerine Oil
  • Red Golden Glitter

1 You’ve Been Mangoed Bath Melt: Very very moisturizing.  Quite a yummy creamsicle scent.

  • Almond Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Avocado Butter
  • Mango Butter
  • Lemon Oil
  • Lime Oil
  • Paprika Extract

Honey I Washed The Kids Soap (small hexagonal bar from the Yellow Easter Egg): Now I know why it’s one of Lush’s most popular soaps.  Sweet honey caramel scent- love it!

  • Honey water
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Sweet orange oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Aloe Vera extract
  • Gardenia extract

I hope you will try to re-create this energizing bath.  So lovely and moisturizing too =)

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Fashion & Cooking’s Common Thread

May 27th, 2010 Posted in Books, Fashion, Foods & Desserts | No Comments »

I saw a copy of American Fashion Cookbook offered during a Gilt sale and although I currently have ample cookbooks, I had to have it!  What could be better than perusing through recipes which have helped fuel the creative forces of some of the world’s most amazing fashion designers?  My only qualm is that Katherine Kwei (my favorite handbag designer) is missing from this book.  I’ve tried a few recipes from this book so far e.g. Saturday Night Chicken, Arroz Con Pollo, Sweet Potato Casserole etc. and really love them.  Pick up a copy!

*Photocredit: NYCupcake

Jacquie Aiche Rings for a Layered Look

May 27th, 2010 Posted in Jewelry | No Comments »

I love her Diamonds & Gold Collection for a layered look with mid-sized floral or pyramid rings.  Her twisted waif rings look especially great for this purpose (third pic).

*Photocredit: Jacquie Aiche

Longchamp Handbags

May 27th, 2010 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

For a while, I stayed away from this brand because it seemed like it was becoming an all too overly popular sensation with their Planetes signature style tote; which I happened to dislike at the time for whatever reason.  A couple years later I noticed their Cosmos bowler at a local handbag boutique and fell in love with it- the sparkly leather exterior and star strewn lining couldn’t be denied =).  I decided to give Longchamp another chance.  They also offer great men’s leather wallets- classic and gorgeous.  Below I have selected my top Longchamp styles.  The Roseau in ebony and the Rival in indigo blue patent makes me purrrr…

*Photocredit: Longchamp

Springtime Herbs & Blooms

May 24th, 2010 Posted in Home & Garden | No Comments »

This year I just couldn’t wait to rush down to our local nursery to buy herbs for my window boxes. It was still quite chilly and windy that day but a few days later, true Spring weather began, to my relief. Herbs are so thirsty for water; they practically should be watered daily and of course they enjoy as much sun as they can soak in! I bought a variety of mints (planned for teas), chives, lavender, parsley, etc.  Someone recommended to grow cilantro and arugula from seeds.  They are gradually growing but really behind the curve so I’m a little anxious and hope they will turn out okay.  Of course I’d rather see them flourish.  I’m always so happy at the sight of the first little blooms after winter.  My crocuses and hyacinths are always the first ones to return.  There’s nothing quite like looking out the window and spotting an exciting new bloom.  This year was especially a treat because my lilac plant of five years finally had its very first flower.  I’m still waiting for the peonies to bloom.  They will eventually…  Patience.  I know they will.

*Photocredit: NYCupcake

Lush Review: Candy Sweet Orange Bath Cocktail

May 17th, 2010 Posted in Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

This one is from last night. An uplifting sweet and floral mix.  A really fun feminine bath.  Who could ask for more?

1 Hot Java Bath Ballistic: I messaged a Lush guru regarding her big order from Lush England.  She claimed the shipping wasn’t too bad but I beg to differ.  This is the last time I will order from England.  I’ve been finding out that with patience, many new release UK Lush products will eventually be made available in the U.S. within a couple of months.  We are always a bit behind but I think paying for high shipping fees is absurd and totally not worth it.  As for HJ, I really liked this bath bomb.  Fast fizz.  The bath water turned a cheerful bright tangerine with pieces of cinnamon sticks floating around.

  • Ginger & cinnamon powders
  • Ginger, coriander, & juniper essential oils

1 Marzibain Bubble Bar: Created sweet fluffy white bubbles.  I decided to use the entire bar since I wanted more bubbles.  Even so, the bubbles were minimal.

  • Cassie absolute
  • Rose absolute
  • Whole almond (decoration)

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Cherry sweet.  Would definitely re-purchase.  I wish Lush came out with more bath melts.  I feel like what they are offering in the bath melt section is so limited when compared to their other bath product categories.

  • Calamine powder
  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil

A Ring of Roses Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap.  I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic).  I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent.  I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase.  RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized.  For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.

  • Larkspur
  • Honeysuckle
  • Marigold & cornflower infusion
  • Rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, & evening primrose oils
  • Lemon & sweet orange oils
  • Rose absolute
  • Rose petals

Lush bath cocktails are either as good as or better than going to the spa.  One Lush bath is definitely a tiny fraction of what a spa treatment would cost.  I also dislike running to keep appointments; that’s very stressful to me.  These pampering baths could be drawn at any time you wish.  I admit they aren’t a complete substitute for massages.  They can be considered as something you could enjoy in-between spa treatments.

I would love to try some of your Lush bath cocktail recipes!  Please add your comment =)

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

General Recipe for Lush Bath Cocktails

May 17th, 2010 Posted in Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

If you want a more lavish bath, ideally you’ll want to choose:

1 bath bomb to create fizz

1 bubble bar to create bubbles

1 bath melt to moisturize and soften skin

1 bar of soap for additional cleansing or exfoliation (obviously depends on the type of bar you choose).  Remember to exfoliate before you put on any type of fake bake so your skin can absorb the product better and more evenly.

1 rubber ducky; just kidding (this is optional)

You may also want to have a face mask on during this time or hair treatment.  I personally like to put face mask on when I’m not in the bath since it tends to flake off as it dries and ends up falling into the bath water.  I’m very particular this way.

I find that body butters are best used during a shower but you can do whatever suits you.

A post-bath massage bar or body lotion and foot cream is a must for me since I have dry skin (which is even more terrible during the winter).

Below is a picture of my second Lush bath cocktail.  I tend to soak in this Lushoiusness until I’m nice and pruney.  If you are wondering where I bought my wonderful adjustable bath caddy, it was ordered from eBay.  I believe that Linens ‘N Things carries the same model too.  If not, Google “adjustable bath caddy” and a bunch of alternatives should appear.  I love Pottery Barn’s but didn’t believe it was suitable for the type of tub I have.

If you love bath cocktails as much as I do, please share your recipes!

Whatever you choose, Happy Bathing!

Lush Review: Candy Sweet Pink Bath Cocktail ;)

May 13th, 2010 Posted in Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

I definitely enjoyed my candy sweet themed Lush bath.  The water turned a pretty hot pink.  I suspect had I used the pink Easter egg instead of the yellow, the water would have been a more vibrant pink.  To re-create my bath, please use the following products:

1/2 The Comforter Bubble Bar: Sweetart scented.  I absolutely love it.  Really easily crumbled under running water or within a plastic baggy.  Fast melt within water.

  • bergamot oil
  • cassis absolute (fruity blackcurrant fragrance)
  • cypress oil

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment: Sweet floral scent.  Creates white froth (though Lush says pink).  Easily crumbled under running water.

  • almond oil
  • chamomile powder
  • marigold powder
  • synthetic musk

1/3 Honey B Easter Egg (Yellow): I was just trying to use this up some more (everything at Lush has more or less a one year expiration date).  It arrived cracked so they by coincidence saved me from having to crack it into pieces.  I was initially a little annoyed that it didn’t survive the travel from Canada (Lush headquarters) but I saw the advantage.  I’m glad it wasn’t purchased as a gift because of the damage.  Candy Peep colored and scented.   Love this one.  I wish I had purchased the pink one too but since I was on the bunnytail end of the Easter sales it went out of stock.

The Godmother Soap: Plummy sweetness.  I can see why so many people love this scent.  Lush soaps last forever so don’t over-buy or they may unfortunately go bad before you get to enjoy them.   That would be a definite shame =(.

  • Rapeseed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Synthetic Musk
  • Iris glitter

I wish the Lush site or store offered bath cocktail recipes.  I waste too much time thinking about which ingredients would best work together to achieve a certain theme and of course to not clash scents (which probably isn’t something of big concern).

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Massage Bars: Strawberry Feels Forever & Heavanilli

May 3rd, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

What can I say?  Both highly recommended Lush products.  I’ve rediscovered the art of bath through Lush.  Strawberry Feels & Heavanilli leave the skin soft for hours and as their names suggest, they are sweetly scented.  Lush products are a luxury but are so worth it as pick-me-up treats.  Here’s the break-down highlights:

Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar:

  • cocoa butter
  • shea butter
  • coconut oil
  • fresh strawberries
  • bergamot & geranium oils
  • hibiscus flower

Heavanilli Massage Bar:

  • cocoa butter
  • fair trade shea butter
  • extra virgin coconut oil
  • vanilla, jasmine, tonka absolutes
  • gardenia extract

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics