What’s In My Lush Valentine’s Day Shopping Bag?

If you are a regular follower of my Instagram account you will know that I am a big fan of Lush bath products and of baths in general! My love affair with Lush started with their very cute range of fantastic selling bath bombs and grew as I found out that they do not conduct any animal testing on their products and they are a British company and as you all know I love anything that’s British.

I stopped by my local Lush store on the weekend to pick up some bath products from the new Valentine’s day range. Here is a closer look of what is in my Lush shopping bag.

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The first bath bomb I used was the citrus smelling yellow and orange ‘over and over’ bath bomb. A delicious mix of uplifting orange and lime smells filled the bathroom as the outer layer dissolved into a little explosion of pink which ended up being the colour of the bath. Full of cocoa butter it left my skin very soft and nourished. I added to the decadence of the bath by enjoying some salted caramel ice cream as well.

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Next up is the lady bird bubble bar. So cute I was almost scared to use it, I will be going back to stock up on these. They are designed to be run under the tap and last 2-3 baths each, filling the bath with scent, oil and bubbles. It has a delicious candy smell and is packed with peppermint and germanium oil for a fresh and nourishing feel.

Roses were naturally used extensively in the valentine’s day range and I purcased the sex bomb bath bomb and the rose jam bubbleroon. With the similar floral scents they were very complimentary when used together. The bomb was full of jasmine which is both highly relaxing and an ancient aphrodisiacc. The bubbleroon range are inspired by macarons, with the two halves being held together with a shea butter icing, remove one side and use with a bath bomb to add bubbles, then for a later bath use the butter centre and other bubble bar side to make their own decadent bath.

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Lastly I bought the lover lamp bath bomb. It has a delicious vanilla scent and is full of cocoa butter to leave your skin soft and nourished. The little hearts pop out of the bomb as well, filling the bath, leaving you floating in hearts!

I looking forward to sharing with you some more of my Valentines day plans soon!

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The Reverse Bucket List

People either seem to love or hate New Years Eve. It is either a  time of great excitment, an opportunity to throw out bad habits and old grievances and start afresh and renewed in a New Year where anything is possible. New Years resolutions provide an opportunity for each of us to articulate the type of person we wish to become and a foundation for achieving goals. For some though, each New Years Eve is not a happy or exciting time. Weighed down by health concerns or trapped in an unhappy job or relationship, the thought of self-improvement can feel to overwhelming, or possibly, today is a day of reflection for you rather than planning, a day to look back on your past year or life and remember all the mistakes you have made, the chances you didn’t take or the resolutions you have not kept. So this year before I commit to writing down my resolutions for the upcoming year I am taking the time to reflect on my past and write a reverse bucket list.

 

Now I’m sure everyone is familiar with the concept of keeping a bucket list, a list of all the amazing things you want to do in your lifetime, usually involving travel and adventurous activities or pursuing personal goals which are important to you. The reverse bucket list is not a list of activities or goals you wish to accomplish but rather a list of amazing activities and goals you have already achieved.  2016 started off amazing for me, I spent January 1st in Paris, walking over the beautiful Parisian bridges, eating Nutella crepes and watching a new years day parade on the Champs Elyse. Honestly I thought that my year was all downhill from there but when I started to write my reverse bucket list I realised I had some amazing experiences this year including being interview and appearing in two women’s magazines, having a professional magazine photo shoot, starting a blog (which some people even read!!!) and celebrating 5 years of happy marriage. When  I looked back even further I found an endless amount of experiences and achievements I was extremely proud of and grateful for like swimming with dolphins, seeing the Duchess of Cambridge twice in person and  visiting Disneyland.

 

This New Years Eve please consider taking the time to reflect on the amazing life and experiences you have had and consider writing your own Reverse bucket list of 20 aachievements or experiences you have had. Your list should be personal and full of all the things that make you proud. It could include travel experiences, overcoming significant health or family crises, meeting educational goals etc. Nothing is a silly inclusion, we all come from different backgrounds and have different values and priorities, if it makes you feel proud and happy, it merits inclusion on your list. Then if you still feel the need to write resolutions, go ahead, but doesn’t it feel amazing to see how much you have already aachieved! I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. I will see you next year!