LUSH HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I love Lush products and a bath without a bathbomb and some bubbles is just boring so when I was running low on bath products I knew it was time to give Lush a visit. So the other week I popped into Lush to restock my depleted store of bathbombs and I thought you might be interested to see what I bought.

The Comforter

One of my all time favorite, I always crumble a little of this bubble bar into a bath.

Big Blue

I keep repurchasing this one because it’s just so refreshing and relaxing.

Cheer Up Buttercup

I haven’t tried this little gem of a bathbomb yet but it smells amazing! I wanted to buy a whole basket full of the

Cream Egg

Of course I had to try some bathbombs from the Easter range too. Again this one is new to me but I loved the bright colours and design of this one.

Which Came First?

At nearly £7 this is definitely the most expensive bathbomb I have ever bought!! However it was too pretty not to try and it will definitely last me for four baths so the price isn’t too bad.

Caca Rouge Henna

If you have seen my Henna Hair post you will already know that I purchased and have already used this Lush product. It is again quite pricey at just under £11 but if you think about how many hair dyes you actually get out of it it’s really good value. Henna has an interesting smell and is the messiest hair dying process I know of haha, but as it’s all natural it is nourishing and not damaging your hair. So if you want a beautiful gingery/red you must try this product!

Love Carina xo

HENNA HAIR DYE

Good evening beautiful souls,

Some of you might have already seen from my Instagram stories that I dyed my hair with henna yesterday. I know not many are familiar with henna hair dye and so I thought I’d share the process with you incase you wanted to try it for yourself.

Firstly henna is a natural permanent dye and because it is a natural product it means that instead of damaging your hair with lots of chemicals the way most boxed hair dyes do, it nourishes it instead.

The one I use, the caca rouge henna from lush, is also vegan which is even better. It’s £10. 95 a block which as my hair is short, will last me for 6 hair dyes. Lush sells 4 different colours, but I’ve only ever tried the red so I can’t say anything about the others really, but I do love the natural look of the cacao rouge especially when the sun shines on it, it has the most beautiful sparkle! I think I used henna for the first time a good 8 years ago or so and gave been using it ever since when I wanted a nice gingery red.

Well let’s get started. Here’s a before photo of my hair with still a slight purply tint to it from the semi permanent dye I put on two weeks or so ago.

You will need:

  • Henna
  • Vaseline
  • Cling film
  • A fork
  • An old bowl
  • An old towel
  • Old clothing
  • Thin hair dye gloves

Firstly boil the kettle. Now the henna block comes in 6 squares and for my short hair I only needed 1. Just grab a knife and crack a square off. Place into your bowl and pour some warm water over it (beware I used too much here, so start of with a little, you can always keep adding too it). Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then using a fork start mushing it up into a tick paste, add more water as needed. It should be a kind of porridge consistency not too runny (which mines is here – oops) don’t worry if it’s bitty, it won’t fully dissolve.

Now make sure you are wearing old clothes you don’t mind doing staining because the henna will get everywhere! Also choose a tilled floor room as it is easiest to clean and won’t stain.

Next put Vaseline around your hairline before putting on your gloves and beginning to apply the henna to your hair (make sure your hair is damp/towel dry). If you have long hair separate your hair into sections starting at the bottom and working your way to the top layers. As it’s a grainy substance it will not spread as easily as the hair dyes you’re used to, so if you have someone to help you it’ll make it easier.

Once your hair is all covered in dye wrap it up in clingfilm and wipe any dye that has gotten onto your skin away. Now the next step is almost the worst. You have to keep the henna on your head for 2-3hs, the longer its on the more vibrant the result. However as your scalp heats up under the clingfilm the henna will start to run so carry a roll of kitchen paper with you as you’ll be wiping away the dribbles every few minutes haha.

One the time is finally up, pop on your gloves again and rinse your hair until water is clear before giving it a wash and blow dry.

And here’s the finished result, beautiful soft fiery red henna hair!

If you’ve ever tried henna or fancy having a go, I’d love to know!!

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LUSH HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

Firstly I just wanted to apologise for not posting my weekly Dear Diary post on Sunday. It was a super long busy day at work because it was our Christmas Special event and I pretty  much went straight to bed when I got home as I was so exhausted.

Anyway, let’s get on with today’s post – my lush haul!!! A while ago I made a trip to Newcastle with Jessica and having recently depleted my basket of Lush goodies it was time to re-stock my favourite bath products. I wish Durham had a Lush, but maybe it’s a good thing it doesn’t because otherwise I would spend far too much money! I just love shopping in Lush; the first thing that hits you is the overpowering wave of smells that accost your nose before you even enter the lush store. The next thing which jumps out at you are all the bright colours and temptation in every corner. The staff are always very friendly, although I have to admit that this time they were too overbearing and almost ruined my shopping experience by not leaving us  in peace to have a browse. Anyhow, here is what I purchased in Lush:

The Christmas Sweater £4.50 –

It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your Christmas jumpers and socks and jump into a steamy bath! After a busy day of shopping and carrying around all those presents, drop this hot and spicy bomb into the water for some fizzy-ho therapy. Sicilian lemon oil with mustard and ginger powders will ease muscles and warm you to your soul. Coriander seed and clove bud oils are sure to spice up your wife and hygge your husband!

How cute is this festive bath bomb!?! And it’s full of surprises – I used this the other day and the bath turned a pretty swirly orangy red.


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Snow Fairy £4.95 –

Sail away on a bubblegum sea in a boat made of candy floss and fairy dust. Get in the bath and cast this jelly bomb into the water, watching as clouds of skin softening jelly swirl around you like enchanted snow drifts. Soak in the sweet pink waters and float away to Neverland.

I feel like this is one of the nations favourite smells right?! I find it somewhat sickly sweat, but I kinda like it all the same, so I can’t wait to use this!

The Comforter £4.95 –

Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.

The Comforter is one of my all time favourites. I have tried other bubble bars and I do really like candy mountain too, but I keep coming back for the comforter. It lasts me a good 5-8 baths depending on how much I crumble in with whatever bath bomb I decide to use.

Lord Of Misrule – (sorry guys, this one doesn’t seem to be online)

I had to get another Christmasy bath bomb of course and this one just smelt divine!

Shoot For The Stars £4.50 –

Honey-scented sparkles of Brazilian orange and bergamot waltz with swirling, golden stars, creating a world of cobalt colour. As the calming blanket of shimmering, midnight blue unfolds, Brazilian orange and bergamot oils combine to send your mood rocketing up to the stars.

I’ve never tried this one before, but we got a demonstration in the shop and it looks fab – the little stars pop out and float about slowly melting into the water. I’m only a little worried about the glitter on the stars; I mean it always looks pretty but is a nightmare when it sticks to everything.

So that’s my Lush haul. It’s not huge haul, but it will last me for ages because when it comes to Lush I have to admit that I am a little stingy – I never use a whole bath bomb for just one bath – I just can’t justify it haha! I always split the bath bombs in two at least, or sometimes even in three if I mix a bath bomb with the comforter bubble bar for example or add other bath products like my Faith in Nature foam gel. Does anyone else do this? Well now for a nice long soak and I think I’ll start with the Christmas sweater bath bomb. Have a lovely evening guys!

Love Carina xo