Hello! My name is Annabelle and I am Lottie’s younger sister. I am 21 years old and a Lush fanatic who has never bought one of their bath bombs – weird I know! I have had a strange relationship with make-up and beauty over the years; I had a beauty blog when I was 16 – and actually introduced Lottie to blogging – and was very obsessed with Rimmel London and all of the cheaper high-street brands of make-up. I then did a huge 180 and stopped wearing it, and was at the point where I washed my face with my body soap whilst I was in the shower – much to Lottie’s dismay. Lottie then introduced me to a simple skin routine using Simple products (oh the puns!), of which I got into for a while, and that got me back into make-up. I fell in love with MAC products, I then became a vegan and all the hippie environmental stuff that comes with it, and now I am finally at the point where most of the products I use are non-animal testing and are vegan and to be honest are made by Lush.
Lush products are very dear to my heart due to their whole cruelty-free, Fairtrade, environmentally friendly and vegetarian products. All of my skin-care are by Lush, as well as body wash. I have tried SO many of their products over the years, though many do not work for me. I tried their anti-dandruff shampoo Soak and Float, and though it worked for a while, after a few months of using it, it made my head very itchy. I’ve tried Big their conditioning bar and Jungle and I have found using conditioning bars very difficult with my mane of hair. I’ve also used Rub Rub Rub a wonderful body scrub but currently too expensive for me (a poor student) to use regularly. I’ve also tried the cleanser 9 to 5 and the toner Eau Roma Water and found them great too.
My Lush favourites are ones that I truly do recommend, but what I recommend the most is trying everything. The thing about Lush products is that the ingredients they use in their products are so good for you, but they work differently for everyone and it is about trying different things and seeing how they work for you. So ask for samples, spend the time talking to the people that work there (I am a huge advocate for the Exeter Lush Store) as they know the products inside out and you can chat for ages just learning about different things. It can be overwhelming, but pick a type of product you may need (a moisturiser or body wash for example) and then go in; try them, have a chat and take home a sample or two.
So now onto my favourites:
Beautiful body wash. Now this is now no longer being stocked but I wanted to include it because I love it so much. Its glittery, gold and smells wonderful. It has this amazing thing about it where it’s a deep yellow colour that foams yellow until you soap it up enough that the foam goes white, I find this stops me from using too much and wasting a ton of it.
Herbalism. It’s a cleanser, scrub type thing that you can use on your body as well as your face, though I tend to use it only on my face to not use as much of it. It’s difficult to use when you are not in the shower because scrubbing your face when there’s water dripping down your arms onto your t-shirt and onto the floor is not fun, so I tend to just use it in the shower once a day. It smells amazing and honestly leaves my skin feeling so smooth and amazing.
Vanishing Cream. My bank breaker moisturiser that causes my skin to feel incredibly smooth, smells soo good and after trying legitimately ALL of Lush’s moisturisers this was my favourite by far. I actually used two tester pots because “I couldn’t remember which one I liked” before I finally took the plunge and I haven’t looked back (mostly because I am still using the same pot because Lush products last for ages!)
Special shout-outs to Sleepy a body moisturiser, Magical Moringa a face cream, Mask of Magnaminty a face mask, The Olive Branch a body wash, the lip scrubs, the hand cream Handy Gurugu and the hair moisturiser R&B.
As you can tell by this post; I’ve tried so many of their products and I truly recommend them, not only as wonderful high quality products that are good for you, but also their message and ethos that is something truly wonderful. For those wondering, yes I still use the products I bought previously like my MAC foundation and highlighter but I am just using them up so it is not wasting, as that is something I am trying not to do. For make-up I recommend Urban Decay as they are cruelty free and trying to get all of their products vegan and vegetarian and I’ve heard their eyeshadow palettes Naked have done pretty well in sales over the years (Oh how I jest!).
Well I hope you didn’t mind reading my rambles, and the very different style to my sister’s usual blog posts and I hope you are well.
Have you tried Lush products and did they work for you?