I’m going to start this out by saying I don’t buy into the whole Lush hype. The company does a great job with their blogger outreach which has in turn created a lot of vocal and loyal customers (which I appreciate as someone who does the same thing).
I for one don’t understand the point of a bath bomb. But then again I think baths are kind of pointless – aren’t you essentially just sitting in a soup of your own dirt? Plus paying £8 for a one time soap is insanity. And bathing in glitter?! That sounds like a nightmare.
Also Lush stores are a sensory overload. The combination of scents and the zillion people milling around the tiny stores make the shopping experience kind of irritating. But I digress…
I enjoy wearing bright lip colours, especially in the spring and summer but my lips tend to peel and crack making the application less than smooth. I have tried the old exfoliating with a toothbrush routine but ended up with bruised lips. So I decided to hold my nose and go into Lush to find their lip scrub.
A big part in why I bought it is that it’s made from stuff that’s edible and isn’t full of chemicals. I don’t hate chemicals, I just don’t want to eat them.
I bought the limited edition Valentine’s scrub in a flavour I’m not so sure of so I guess I’ll say bubblegum? Basically it’s a little jar filled with what looks and tastes like sugar. You put some on your finger and rub against your lips for a little while and then lick it off. The hard granules remove dead skin from your lips making them smooth and better able to hold moisture. It’s made from sugar, oils and some flavouring.
The product is good and effective and the small jar is enough to last you quite some time. But from using it I have come to realise that you could really just use actual sugar or make your own and have the same result. But if you’re like me and would rather not make your own, this is a good product to add to your routine!
1. Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Eye Palette – $65 (£44)
2. Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Bright Raspberry – £19.50
5. OPI You’re Such a BudaPest Nail Polish – £11.95
6. Essie Nail Color In The Cab-ana – $8.49
7. Bobbi Brown Touch Up Palette – £34
If you’re like me you have a closet full of clothes you have never worn. Before I moved to the UK I had an incredible inventory of unused clothing from 5 years of working at The Limited and always taking advantage of 80% off promos. In total I sold a whopping $2,000+ worth of clothing on the secondhand-shopping app Poshmark.
Even though my closet isn’t quite as full right now I still find myself with many items I’ve bought but have no intention of using. Since Poshmark is not yet available in the UK (booooo) I’ve been using the very similar app called Vinted.
How it works is you can list items from your closet that have been used or unused for others in the community to find and purchase. It’s a great way to sell clothes you’ve worn only once or twice but no longer fit, or something you bought in a splurge and can’t return.
Uploading an item is easy if you follow the clearly explained steps. Once your item is listed other users can add it to their favourites to view later, comment and ask you a question about it, purchase it for the listed price or make an offer you can either accept or reject. While Vinted does take a commission off the sale it’s nothing unheard of. They also make shipping easy by allowing you to choose from three set prices based on your best guess of the size and weight of your item. There are also forums and a messaging feature so you can communicate with other users easily, something that Poshmark really does not have.
One of the best ways to use the app is by bundling several items into one listing to save on shipping. Though there is no option for this users will generally just adjust the price of one item and remove the other listings so there is only one transaction and one shipping payment.
There are benefits to each app the other lacks. On Poshmark you have many more designer items as well as the ability to share your products without adjusting the price. Vinted is more for cheaper items so if you are looking for something designer you will be out of luck. One aspect I do not like about Vinted is it gives you the option to ‘swap’ items with other users which, in theory, could be fun but instead it just enables loads of annoying teenagers who don’t have credit cards or bank accounts to leave a ‘swap?’ comment on absolutely all of your listings.
Aside from the annoying users who message you if you favourite one of their items or abuse the word ‘hun’ these apps are really great at helping you find super good deals and clean out your closet.
Get started and get £5 in your account when you use my referral link! Party on!