Mini Lush Boxing Day Haul + First Impressions

I caved. To myself. I’m doing a Lush Boxing Day haul. I don’t normally do beauty hauls. I don’t like them. I think they’re useless (especially without reviews/first impressions), show-offy, just a display of blatant consumerism, basically. Nevertheless, that goes completely out of the window when it comes to Lush. I L O V E Lush hauls, reading about new products (or ones I’ve already been thinking of buying), just having a nosey at what other people bought from one of my favourite shops.

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Since I got a 20€ gift card for Christmas, I went to the Lush Paderborn branch and got myself a couple of things after the holidays. It’s not a lot, I just barely spent the amount on the card, but I wanted to show you anyway. I was a bit caught by surprise by the whole Boxing Day sale thing, I’m still fairly new to the whole Lush experience – next year I need to be better prepared (by which I mean save a whole month’s wages for this shizz!)
“First impressions” is a bit misleading, as I’ve only properly tried half of these so far, but oh well. I’m sorry.

Eau Roma Water

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This is what Lush says:

This is an elegant formula that’s suitable for even the most sensitive skins. Rose water will help to calm and reduce redness, whilst lavender water will balance and soften the skin. This was created as a way to hydrate and soothe the skin both gently and effectively. Use it for a quick, refreshing spritz or to remove any traces of makeup or cleanser.

This is what I think: Marion (aka marionhoney) kept on going on about this in her (now fairly old) videos and blog posts, so I felt like I just had to get this (Marion is kind of like my idol … I’ll just fangirl in the distance while she will never really notice me, and that’s okay. -sniff-) I’ll admit I’ve never been the biggest fan of lavender, but it’s growing on me, particularly for its soothing qualities.
The lavender scent does take some getting used to, but that being said, so far I am loving this. I like that it comes in a spray bottle (don’t know about you, but my toners usually don’t), I feel like it doesn’t waste quite so much product, because I don’t accidentally end up soaking the cotton pad. It also leaves the skin wonderfully soft. I’m sold.

Price: £4.50 / 6,95€ (100 ml)
Vegan: Yes!

Salt and Peppermint Bark (Winter Exclusive)

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This is what Lush says:

Bark’s now here, the angels sing! Sea salt will give soft, scrubbed skin. In tempting bark you should confide. Peppermint oil is packed inside! This take on a traditional American treat is packed full of fair trade organic cocoa and cupuaçu butter to deliver star-spangled softening and scrubbing to your skin! It’s made to soften with a delicious scent.

This is what I think: It smells amazing! The last shower scrub block I had from Lush (Aqua Mirabilis) went moldy after a while, because the usually wonderful sales assistants assured me it would be perfect to keep in their metal tins. Well, it’s not. Guys, if you use a scrub block or a shampoo bar, put it on a soap dish so it can dry properly (and also doesn’t get stuck inside)! I only use the metal tins for travel or storage now.
That aside, I’ve tried this one out, and I love it. In my opinion, it could maybe lather up a bit better, but then again, it is a scrub, not a shower gel. Since I’ve currently got a problem with dermatitis patches, the peppermint oil stung a little bit in those areas, so maybe I’ll have to put it aside for now, but otherwise I’m loving the effect it has on my skin. And it really does smell delish!

Price: originally £5.95 / 9,95€ (-50% off)
Vegan: Yes!

Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb (Winter Exclusive)

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This is what Lush says:

Launch this one in the water and watch it shoot and spin. Stay very still to see the swirling colors of the night sky dazzle in your bathtub. As the calming blanket of shimmering midnight blue unfolds, Brazilian orange and bergamot oils take your skin to heaven as your mood rockets straight up to the stars.

This is what I think: 

Shoot for the Stars is the first Lush bath bomb that my friend Anna tried out. And oohhh, how she kept raving about it! She said it’s fairly layered, so you get different phases of colours and scents over time as it sizzles in your bathtub. I don’t usually take baths, like ever, because I usually feel quite faint afterwards, but I’m beyond excited to try this out. I’ve looked up pictures and demo videos online, and the colours are stunning! It basically looks like a blue and purple night sky, including lots and lots of glitter.

Price: originally £3.65 / 5.95€ (-50% off)
Vegan: Yes!

Kinky Hot Oil Treatment

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This is what Lush says:

If you want enviously silky, hydrated curls, stick with us. Made with protective lanolin to strengthen natural curls, this restorative treatment delivers intense moisture without diminishing your bounce and volume. With uplifting ylang ylang and rosewood, its exotic fragrance will take your senses for a whirl too.

This is what I say: Ughhh I really couldn’t decide between this one and Tangled or Damaged. Not gonna lie, all of those sound like it would to my hair all kinds of good! In the end I went for Kinky, not just because I have a new-found love for my curls, but also because rosewood and ylang ylang sound pretty amazing. Haven’t given this one a go yet.

Price: usually £6.50 / 9,95€ (-50%)
Vegan: No.

I’m pretty gutted I didn’t buy the Christingle body conditioner as well. One of the shop assistants said it has the same cooling effect as the Mask of Magnaminty does, and it would have been awesome to keep this around until the summer. Just imagine taking a shower on 35°C+ days, slathering that on your body and having that minty zing to cool you down after … damn. But even the 16€ something it would’ve cost with the 50% off after Christmas, it was more than I could afford at the time. The holidays left me broke, yo.

Did you manage to snatch something from the Lush sale as well?