My Lush Adventure

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Anyone who read my post about Manchester Made Up will remember that I mentioned having popped in Lush while I was in the Arndale.
I popped in to try out their ‘Lemony Flutter’ cuticle butter which I have heard many good things about from the ladies on nail art groups. As as regular readers will know I’ve been suffering from nail separation recently (don’t worry, I’ve had it double checked at the GP and there’s definitely no infection of any kind going on,) that’s probably a result of damage from bashing my hands while using my wheelchair or falling over  – I have PoTS as well as EDS so fainting is something that happens fairly regularly. The GP however, couldn’t suggest anything that might help fix my nail problem and a pharmacist couldn’t help either so I’m a bit befuddled really! My tutor says it may never re-adhere to the nail bed as it was before, but I am sure as hell going to try everything before I give up!
26241473425_e230e05d36_zAnyway, back on topic, Lemony Flutter contains a lemon infusion, lemon oil, coconut oil, lavender oil and tagetes oil among it’s ingredients. Many of these have anti-microbial actions as well as being known for stimulating a healing response so it seems like a good place to start! I normally use Burt’s Bees cuticle butter which has more of a solid balm consistency, this one from Lush has more buttery consistency and is much easier to use than the Burt’s Bees product so just for that I might consider switching already! It smells, naturally, strongly but pleasantly lemony. I think the addition of the other oils really enhance the smell for me as someone who isn’t a lover of things that are lemon scented or flavoured.

25638790303_b5367be0c2_z After chatting with the lovely Becky about the butter and getting a sample of this she also gave me a sample of another hand cream called ‘Handy Gurugu’ which she thought might be useful to me to try as she finds it helpful for her EDS skin. Many of us with EDS have usual skin; some will have naturally very soft skin, some will have very stretchy skin, some will have skin that splits or tears very easily. Pretty much all EDSers have skin that takes far longer than average to heal. Becky had made a similar observation to the one I have made over the years – moisture helps with the healing! As such, a good moisturising cream is really important, even if your skin already feels soft as a baby’s.
I have to say ‘Handy Gurugu’ smells absolutely divine so I’m really hoping it works as well for me. I don’t think this sample will last long because I keep using it so I can smell it!

25986044450_8ccb4c34ec_mThe last thing that I got while I was in there was a bath bomb, the ‘Big Blue’. This was recommended to me by the Lush staff as being super relaxing and great for aching or painful muscles or joints.
Big Blue’s key ingredients are a type of kelp called arame seaweed and sea salt. Along with making your bath water blue and smelling amazing it creates an atmosphere of seaside relaxation.
The bomb is absolutely packed with bits of the seaweed so if you don’t like things floating in your bath or don’t like cleaning the plug hole I’d probably give this one a miss or maybe try putting it in some kind of net bag before adding it to the water.
After my bath my skin felt beautifully soft and clean and I had enjoyed a lovely relaxing… mumble… hour… or so. I do think that my general pain level was lower after my bath compared to my regular bubble bath so I’m definitely willing to try this again, you know, for science.

What Lush products do you like? If you’re a spoonie have you found any of their products helpful or relaxing?

*Samples were provided to me for free in store, this does not influence my opinion on these products and I have no connection with the Lush brand.

Manchester Made Up

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I pre-registered with plenty of time so I could share the full experience of Manchester Made Up with all of you lovely readers!

I went on the first day (yesterday) and spent a full day in the Arndale between joining in with the activities and doing a spot of shopping – I’m pretty exhausted today as a result and having a well deserved pyjama day! If you have an spare spoons send them this way.

26159032096_cdc4b0120f_mIn the Exchange Court area of the shopping centre they had set up an area with make-up mirrors where you could have a consultation with one of the many beauty related businesses or counters located in the Arndale from high end to high street from hair, to make-up to bizarrely (or so I thought) the health store that sells protein powders for gym bunnies!
I enjoyed consultations with Supercuts, the hairdressers, and Dior. I got a heap of great product recommendations for my hair and advice on styling with my limitations on arm movement which was great and I think I’m going to go and get my hair chopped there tomorrow! It’s something I’ve been considering for a while, my mermaid length hair really needs something doing with it now.
The lady from Dior was lovely, she was supposed to be doing eye make-up but as I had already done an eye look including winged liner and glitter before I left the house she didn’t want to ruin it! I had quite a lot of compliments on that eye make-up yeste26212410705_fa311e4407_mrday actually, it was great. I really wished I had taken some pics of it before I put my glasses on it was that popular (one lovely lady stopped me to ask which of the consultation people did it and she was disappointed she couldn’t have it done on her.) Instead we played with some other products she had and she topped up my foundation etc. which had been on for several hours by that point.
Taking selfies was of course encouraged and there were two selfie booths where you could pose and get a print out of your picture. Unfortunately the lens was a little high for those of us sat down to use it alone but the man in charge did a great job of playing with the zoom so I could have one too.

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The demonstrations were done by Scottish make-up artist Jamie Genevieve who was totally new to me. I watched her do a fairly natural make-up look which she followed up with a question and answer session. She was a natural at chatting to people, very friendly and offered some good advice to the people asking questions.
A leaflet was handed out at the end with basic notes of what was done and there are videos of some of the things she did over on the Arndale YouTube channel if you want to have a look although Jamie obviously prefers a much more made-up look than the model she was working on for her live demo!

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Who is Jamie Genevieve? Jamie is an Instagram sensation and YouTuber, has worked on-counter for Illamasqua in the past. She now works independently from a make-up specific salon named ‘Onyx’ in Glasgow.

I was lucky enough to be one of the 1000 people who got a goodie bag but if you were disappointed, don’t be! I’m not really sure why they bothered having them to be honest. Maybe they were hoping to have more to put in them but it didn’t happen? Who knows. The bags only had three things in them – an Essence highlighter, a small shampoo that was really more for men I would say and a voucher for something (not sure what) at Centros Unico which is a clinic that does treatments including botox and fillers! Not sure that’s something I really fancy buying in the Arndale? What do you guys think about these high street clinics?

While I was there I also did a bit of beauty related shopping as many stores had related discounts or offers on.
I got chatting to some of the ladies who work in Lush. One of the ladies in particular, Becky, is a zebra (someone who has EDS) too it turns out! I got a couple of lovely samples and a bath bomb on Becky’s advice which I’ll be talking about in another post. I do enjoy a good bath to relieve joint pains.

Outside of the Arndale I found some great zebra themed items in Paperchase including an awesome moneybox which I absolutely had to have! I’ll do a full post on those as well as I know a lot of bendies like to collect zebra themed items. I might have to go back and get some more of the different items myself when I have some more money!

Did any of you go to Manchester Made Up?

Easter 2016 Beauty Gifts

Don’t want to overload your rellies with chocolate this Easter Sunday? Looking for an Easter gift for a beauty addict who loves chocolate but refuses to eat it? How about some lovely Easter and chocolate themed beauty gifts instead?

Make-Up

Makeup Revolution, I ♡ Makeup ‘I Heart Chocolate – Vice’ £7.99
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Released just in time for Easter this is the latest addition the popular I Heart Chocolate range of palettes. The palette contains 16 shimmer and matte shades encased in a dark chocolate version of their melted chocolate packaging. The peachy tones are sure to be popular this summer!

Zoeva, Cocoa Blend Palette £18
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If you’re looking for something with more of a ‘grown up’ feel to it why not try the Cocoa Blend palette from German brand Zoeva. 10 gorgeous shades in an array of different finishes this is a taste of temptation for any make-up junkie. I particularly love the cranberry shades in this palette.

Too Faced, Melted Chocolate liquid lipsticks £19
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Recent additions to the ‘Melted’ line of lipsticks this range of neutral brown shades is infused with cocoa powder and smell and taste of chocolate!
Available in six beautifully saturated chocolate inspired shades there’s sure to be one to suit you or whoever you have in mind.

Bath & Body Products

The Body Shop, Chocomania Body Butter £14/200ml
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A rich body butter that smells good enough to eat! I’m a big fan of the body butters from The Body Shop I think they are one of their stand out products.

Cruelty free and with many fair trade ingredients this should go down a storm with your hippy best friend. Beware however as this is unfortunately not a vegan product as it contains both honey (listed as mel) and beeswax.

Lush Bath Bombs £2.95-£6.95

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Lush have a range of seasonal bath bombs as well as a few other products including the Golden Egg, the Fluffy Egg and Humpty Dumpty as pictured here. All vegetarian and handmade.

Accessories

Beauty Blender, Correct.Four Micro Mini Blenders £23
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Deliciously egg shaped and brightly coloured but instead of eating these soft little eggs you use them to blend your make-up!

Use the colours as colour coding so you know which sponge is which and blend, blend, blend! These smaller versions of the regular beauty blender are designed for ease of use in smaller areas such as under the eyes and around the nose.

 

Next, Bunny Make-Up Bag £6

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Super seasonally appropriate, who doesn’t love a cute bunny? Having somewhere cute to store my make-up while I’m out and about certainly does make me a “happy bunny” and I’m sure anybody who receives this will be too.

 

 

Bomb Cosmetics, White Chocolate Truffle glass candle £6.99

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A luxuriant hand-poured candle made with a blend of essential oils for a real depth of fragrance, also available are Chilli & Chocolate and the more traditional Chocolate & Orange. Burns for up to 35 hours.
Look out for their Mad Hatter’s Tea candles each in a tea cup with a saucer – excellent for an Alice themed Easter party!

I hope I’ve given you all some great ideas for ways to replace those sugary (and often sadly low quality!) chocolate eggs this year. Will you be celebrating Easter this weekend?