Just Charlie G
Lush Chilli Tingle Lip Tint

Well Lush, you’ve really outdone yourselves. The lip tints are the best things you’ve ever made. I absolutely love them. Celebrate is beyond lovely and goes with everything from a heavy smoky eye to a barely made up look. I love it but now I’ve added Chilli Tingle to my arsenal and I love it just as much. It’s amazing. A fab and  slightly scary bright orange in the tin. It’s lovely.

For me it’s only lightly moisturising, so probably not the best product for very dry lips but I wear this very much as a lip colour and any extra moisture I get from it are just an added bonus.

It is full of great ingredients though, obviously the lovely dried chillies, and hoja santa (an aromatic herb) and annatto seeds which have such a strong red colour in the seeds that the bush is known as the lipstick tree! Then there’s jojoba oil and chocolate-scented cocoa butter and wax to protect and seal the colour. It smells gorgeous but really it’s how it looks that I really love.

Re the taste, there’s a hint of chilli but its mostly chocolate. I’d personally like to experience a bit more tingle!

Anyway, here it is on. it’s a nice soft muted shade and not as scary as it looks in the tin!

Lush Chilli Tingle Lip Tint

Anyway, this is a Lush Christmas special and I’m really not sure how long it’s going to be around after Christmas so if it takes your fancy you  need to grab one fast!

It’s £4.75 and I’ll be trying to get the Snow Fairy one and the red one It Started With A Kiss. These are just brilliant for a hint of colour and they wear really well. Love them all.

*Disclosure – PR sample*

Lush Lips

When Lush make things I like, I REALLY like them and whilst so much isn’t for me since I decided I only like showering these lip products for Christmas are great… I’m actually contemplating back ups!

So first up the Pow Wow lip scrub (£4.75). It’s a seriously unattractive colour but don’t let it put you off. It’s a lime scented scrub full of sugar and popping candy. In addition there’s ginseng and caffeine to help you party all night and then there’s organic jojoba oil, rose hip oil and argan oil. I admit it’s not the easiest to use for a few reasons. Firstly my pot seems to have a bit too much oil in it so when I dip my finger in the pot I mostly get oil with a few bits of scrub. That’s ok, it’s super moisturising but it is very green and if it goes over the edges of your lips you WILL see it on your skin because it’s green. Then the other thing is that the popping candy is not the easiest to scrub with because of the shapes and sizes. That said it tastes and smells gorgeous and it leaves my lips so incredibly soft and flake free, even if they were flaky to start with. A great product with loads of gorgeous ingredients and a little kick to help you through the part season.

And then there’s the Celebrate Lip Tint,  also £4.75. A tinted lip balm in pale pink.

Lush Celebrate Lip Tint

It looks so pretty in its tin but actually that popping candy on the top is a bit irritating because it sticks on your lips. That aside, this smells gorgeous, and for some reason it was a hugely nostalgic smell for me, I’ve not been able to work out yet what it reminds me of, maybe it’s just sherbet lemons or something but it smells gorgeous.  It’s supposedly  cognac, lemon and grapefruit, I just get fruity loveliness. The colour of the tint is gorgeous and so is the texture. I’ve read reports that some people have found it a bit drying, that’s not been the case for me at all, maybe because I’m using it regularly in conjunction with the scrub, but my lips are definitely kissably soft. You just have to inspect closely to make sure you don’t have lumps of popping candy stuck to your lips!

It’s a pink with a very subtle golden lustre.

Lush Celebrate Lip Tint

And I’m sorry about this horribly unflattering photo you’re about to see, but it’s the only one I took that came out in focus…and I just wanted to show the colour in the context of my face.

Lush Celebrate Lip Tint

Love it and although I’m considering back ups of both products it’s the tint especially I love.  Only next tin I get I’ll scrape the extremely pretty popping candy off the top first.

I am also fancying very muchly the other two Christmas lip tints, Snow Fairy and Chilli Tingle. It’s the latter that’s really calling my name though, jojoba, cocoa butter  and chilli… and it’s orange. Looks gorgeous on the Lush website.

There are some lovely things from Lush this Christmas, some old favourites and some new but the lip products are my absolute favourites.

Go have a look, https://phoenix.lush.co.uk/

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

22. 06. 2011
Lush Colour Supplement

You may already be aware of the Lush Colour Supplements. They’ve been out for a while now and available in 4 colours Dark Yellow, Dark Pink, Light Yellow and Light Pink.
Colour Supplements are whatever you need them to be. Tinted moisturisers, foundations or concealers. They are £7.50 for a 20g pot and the main idea is to mix with your own moisturiser. You can of course mix the various shades together too to get your perfect colour match. That said, until recently there wasn’t a shade for the extremely fair. Step forward Jackie Oates (named after the award winning folk singer Jackie Oates who worked on the music for the Lush Spa Treatments.

Lush Colour Supplement

It is very pale indeed but actually when blended out matches the back of my hand perfectly.

Lush Colour Supplement

It is however slightly too pale for me so I mix in a dab of Light Pink and it’s great. A little goes a long way which is great. Even without mixing in moisturiser it isn’t terribly high coverage but it’s nice enough with a dewy finish, for longevity I find it needs a light dusting of powder to hold it in place.

I can’t really be bothered with mixing it with moisturiser, my morning routine takes long enough as it is but I do like it used alone so it all works out in the end.

A nice product with beautiful ingredients (oats, honey, shea butter and mineral oil free) and now suitable for even the palest amongst us. Nice one Lush!

Disclaimer – PR Sample

Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie

Years ago when I was at the start of a Lush obsession that was to last a couple of years I tried the Creamed Almond & Coconut Smoothie and wasn’t impressed. I was so unimpressed that I handed it to Daddy and instructed he used it for the kids baths.  It didn’t smell of anything to me at the time and it didn’t seem to do much of anything really. But let me explain, I liked my Lush to STINK (of nice things of course) but the more heavily scented the product, the more I loved it. My house smelled like a Lush shop. I’m not even exaggerating. There was stinky stuff everywhere. This little pot of Smoothie didn’t stand a chance.

As time has passed and my Lush obsession has waned to a more reasonable level of just really liking some things they make, so my appreciation for the subtler things has become more refined.

Step forward the Almond & Coconut Smoothie. For the unitiated this little pot of goodness is a conditioning body wash. You lather it all over and wash it off again, just like a normal shower gel except this is full of extra goodness!

It doesn’t smell like you’d expect it to, you don’t open the pot and think it smells like coconut rice pudding, no it’s very gently scented with Jasmine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang and Labdanum and of course almond and coconut. It’s rich, creamy, lathers up a treat and feels really soothing. I can’t imagine what I was thinking when I donated my last pot to my kids, what a waste.

Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie

Oh and as an added bonus this is the absolute bees knees for shaving too. At £7.75 for 250g this is a really delicious shower treat I can afford to regularly get, not that you’d need to since a little goes a long way.

Definitely a rave review for this gorgeous product.

*Disclosure – PR Sample

Die hard Lush fans will no doubt be familiar with the Dirty fragrance, which was originally a men’s fragrance from the now sadly departed B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful. But now it’s back with some new additions to the range. Before you click away because you’re not interested in men’s products, stay with me, as I’m about to tell you how I’ve completely fallen in love with it.

I used to be a die hard lush fan, but not so much in recent years, time came where I couldn’t afford to spend the best part of £4 on a bath bomb, but still there are products they do they I still very highly rate such as Ocean Salt scrub, Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter and a few things I regard as staples. But anyway I digress. Dirty has got me head over heels in love with Lush all over again and it took me by surprise as I wasn’t expecting the package that turned up in the post at all, in fact I’m so out of touch with Lush I had no idea Dirty was coming back…

The scent itself is a strange one, spearmint, thyme and tarragon and salty sea. It smells clean. Clean, fresh and amazing although that being said, it is such an unusual scent that it won’t be for everyone. My husband certainly doesn’t get my new obsession at all, claiming I just smell like soap, which is no bad thing to my mind.

Anyway, the range has been launched and what I really love is that each item in the range is slightly different so layering is fabulous and I can’t stop doing it. Anyway, the range…

Lush Dirty

See what I did there, put my Dirty products in amongst a pile of dirty dishes. Yes I know, amazing.

So first up the shower gel, Dirty Spring Wash, £4.25 for 100g, £8.50 for 250g and £14.95 for 500g. I’ll be getting the big bottle when my little bottle is finished. This is really spearminty, but also herbal and just gorgeous.

Then there is one of the most amazing products in the range, the Dirty Shaving Cream £4.96 for 100g. I’ve tried a Lush shaving cream before, it was not a success, all it did was leave me with a clogged razor so I approached this with some trepidation.

Lush Dirty

In the pot its like a body lotion, not a thick one, you just rub it in and shave it off. The scent of this still has all the Dirty elements but I detect lavender in this. Anyway my legs are so incredibly soft. I’ll be using this and repurchasing no doubt.

Then there’s the Body Spray £12.50 for 180g. A-mazing. At first spray it makes me wonder if  like it, within a few minutes I’m sniffing frequently and insisting everyone near me sniffs me too. Beautiful and it lasts all day long.

Next up is the Styling Cream £5.50 for 100g. Actually I kept looking at this and thinking I couldn’t use it, clearly it’s designed for short hairstyles, so that men can grab a finger full and work it through their short style, but I’ve found its great it if I rub my finger over the top so that my fingers are lightly coated (rather than grabbing a blob) and then working it into my hair for a matte-ish tousled beachy hair look and again… that gorgeous scent!

Then we have the Dirty Perfume, a tester size is £2, 9g is £9 and 27g is £20 and again I’m just smitten. I dab this on after liberally applying all the rest of the products. If pirates wore perfume, they’d have worn this. Yarrr, sea salty, minty, herbal awesomeness. You’re getting the picture right? I LOVE this range. There’s also a solid perfume which I’ll probably buy when my tiny sample runs out as I can see me dabbing this on frequently.

Lastly in the range is a typically Lush innovation, the Dirty Toothy Tabs, £2 for 9g. A little box of white tablets. Take one, crush it between your teeth and start brushing the tablet will foam and off you go and brush your teeth. Strange taste! The first one I tried was just vile, bitter and horrible, but I tried again this morning and I had this strange floral and minty taste, definitely no overpowering mint flavour here. I must say though that after brushing although my breath doesn’t seem minty fresh, my teeth feel squeaky clean. Absolutely amazing. I am so programmed though to want a heavily minted scent I can’t see me converting to these. These will be of special interest to anyone worried about or actively avoiding fluoride since these contain none.

If floral isn’t your thing, but herbal, minty or oceanic is, then you have to check this range out, I’m totally in love. I mean who wouldn’t want to smell of sexy, clean pirates right??! And if it’s not for you then perhaps it might be for the man in your life!

Well good news for some and bad for others but Lush have launched (a few weeks ago now) their full range of Gorilla Perfumes. It’s an extensive collection in which I should think there is something for pretty much everyone. There are new fragrances, relaunched B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful perfumes, Lush classics and retro Lush fragrances and you can buy them all in a huge variety of formats, samples, solids, traditional sprays and handbag sized sprays… so here’s what I was sent…and I apologise for the quality of the pictures. Here are samples of all the bought back B Never fragrances:

These are all the newly created ones:

And these are the existing Lush fragrances although Icon is a Retro product.

I’m not going to discuss each sample I received as I’d be here forever so here are my brief thoughts on a small selection. It’s definitely not love with all of them but anyway, here we go. And bear with me, fragrance descriptions are not my strong point!

Banana, seaweed, violet, chamomile, labdanum, oakmoss. This ex B Never fragrance is very very unusual and most definitely not to everyone’s taste! On application it’s heavily scented with banana, which I don’t find entirely pleasant however, as it settles it becomes a beautiful slightly floral amber with a hint of something you can’t put your finger on. It’s really lovely…once it settles!

Lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylangA spicy, fruity floral. It’s really lovely, apples and cinnamon  with lots of layers, but after it’s all settled down, its a soft warm, fruity apple and cinnamon scent. Another B Never fragrance that’s been relaunched.

Jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, vanilla, sandalwood
You either love or hate this. It smells exactly like Lush Flying Fox shower gel which I adore. Even so this perfume is SO strong, once it settles it’s beautiful and I must say that I had loads of “you smell nice” comments that day. A new scent.

Tuca Tuca
Another new one and you can find my thoughts on this beauty Here

1000 Kisses Deep
Mandarin, osmanthus, labdanum, myrrh, musk
This is a light fresh floral and its just a bit… meh. Not a fan but I don’t actually dislike it.

Superworld Unknown
Cocoa, vanilla, tonka, cassie, juniper, petitgrain, neroli, lime, lemon, bergamot, rose, ylang.
I don’t like this at first. It’s just too sweet and it’s mixed with something I just don’t like… when it settles it is quiet lovely, warm and sweet, however, the fragrance only lasts an hour on me, if I’m lucky!

Smell of Freedom
Lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh, orris
Not for me at all. It’s the clove, I just don’t like it and it smells like Lush’s Pied de Pepper foot cream.

Orange Blossom
Orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood, beeswax.
Saving the best til last. This is simply stunning, rich but light and heaven sent (or should that be scent!). I love it.

Obviously thats just a few short reviews on a handful of the range but if you’d like my thoughts on one in particular I’ve not covered then please let me know.

The whole range is available from Here along with full details of the fragrances. I know there will be some very happy folk to see the B Never fragrances reinstated especially!

Well here’s something new and interesting.Tuca Tuca by Gorilla Perfumers! Taking over your local Lush Stores this Summer, as of now, Gorilla Perfumes release a new collection of fine fragrances. Tuca Tuca is the first and debut’s as a pre-release £11 for a 10g bottle and £23 for 30g. The bottle is lovely black glass.

The official description of Tuca Tuca is as follows:
TUCA TUCA is like any good summer day; starting with a blast of fresh summer air, violet top notes accompany a rich floral feel from cassie absolute. As the sun reaches midday the warm vanilla and ylang ylang move the perfume into its middle notes and then, as the sun sets, we’re left with a slightly naughty violet leaf and vetivert bottom, the end to a perfect day!

There’s also a matching massage bar at £5.

I love the smell of this! At first it’s strongly violet, then it settles and it’s a rich spicy smell, like lilly’s mixed with vanilla. The ylang ylang is clearly present.. This is beautiful. very beautiful. I have the small handbag size and I tell you now, my summer scent has been found. It’s not your typical summer scent, it’s beautiful. Those of you familar with Lush products might be interested to know that to me, this perfume is reminiscent of their Christmas Cinder’s ballistic.

That’s not all though, there’s dancing, flash mobs and music!

The perfume is named afteran Italian song & dance by Raffaella Carra. In a tribute to this there’s a cover version available as a free download when you buy the fragrance instore or online, also available on iTunes.  As if a single wasn’t enough  you need to look out for flash mobs of Tuca Tuca dancers in streets, stations and other locations near you, for more details see your local shops Facebook and Twitter profiles.

The word on the street is that this seems to smell different on everyone so, go sniff it instore and come back and tell me, do you like it as much as me?

So from gradual tans yesterday, it’s time to take a look at one of Lush’s latest additions. Charlotte Island wash off fake tan.

Lush Charlotte Island

It comes in two sizes 100g £4.95 and 240g for £9.95.

I was scared. its a strong colour in the bottle and if you read yesterdays post you’ll know tanning is not my forte. On my hand it was still a strong colour…

Lush Charlotte Island

Smells nice though, light and fruity.

Smeared onto my leg it was still a strong colour. No turning back now!

Lush Charlotte Island

As I rubbed it in it did this:

You know when products roll up sometimes? It was only this tiny bit, that brushed away and it didn’t happen again. Just got out of the shower so maybe I didn’t remove all the shower gel or something. Who knows?!

I was in poor light so I just kept adding more layers since I couldn’t see any difference…I can confirm it is buildable and despite my shoddy and heavy application, it’s decidedly not orange. Goes on easily, you can see where its going (when you’re in good light) and its made my legs lovely and soft. It’s not a heavy colour on me, which is good, I wouldn’t like it if it was. Please excuse these pictures, my legs are disgusting. But here are pics of one leg done and one leg not done and I hope you can see the difference!

Lush Charlotte Island

Brilliant. This is perfect for me. Absolutely perfect. next time I’m fancying wearing a skirt, I’ll be reaching for this to take the edge off my whiteness, not faffing about with fake tans and worrying about streaks and exfoliating! Well done Lush this is very nice indeed.

Lush Grass Shower Gel

The newest shower gel to the Lush range and one I was desperately wanting to try!

“Now that the weather’s improving, it’s time to start indulging. This new shower gel is made with our new Ninja fragrance, antioxidant wheatgrass juice, and citrus oils to bring sunshine to your days again. Lather up and inhale the deep scent of freshly mown lawns. Keep firmly on the Grass.”
Imagine my surprise when I opened the bottle and it smelled just like…grass. Put some on my shower puff and still…grass…  It’s not that I didn’t expect it to smell of grass, I did, but with lashings of Bergamot, Neroli and Sandalwood oils I expected more.

Once you add water and start lathering the other scents and the depth starts to emerge, that’s what I was hoping for. It’s lovely! It’s fresh and rich and really very nice but not at all heavy.

So glad they got rid of the putrid Yummy Yummy Yummy and bought this in.

I have lots and lots of strong feelings about Lush. I think products generally have deteriorated in quality and are often over priced. Why spend over £3 on a ballistic that actually smells of nothing when it’s in the bath? They addressed rising ingredient prices by shrinking a lot of the ballistics and reducing the cost accordingly…complete waste of time since you now need two of them to get scented water. Despite my (many) gripes there are some things that Lush do extremely well indeed, skinccare, fresh face masks (I must do a post on these sometime, they are mostly outstanding), a few ballistics and so on.

I notice in the Blogging world that people who blog about Lush are generally late teens/early twenties and very often the products they blog about and love are the only products in the shop made with synthetic fragrances and pink. I’m talking about Rock Star Soap, Snow Fairy Shower Gels, Creamy Candy Bubble Bars and if it’s not the pink things it’s the other sickly sweet bits like Honey I Washed The Kids Soap. Don’t get me wrong, all these products have their place and actually during my second pregnancy I actually had horrendous Lush Pink Things Cravings. I permanently stank of sweet shops.

I think there is a general misconception that Lush largely caters for this market. Younger folk who like the sweet stuff but this simply isn’t the case. That stuff is the minority. What you will find are lots of organic ingredients, fairtrade ingredients, essential oils, beautiful sophisticated scents, essential oils a plenty and high quality ingredients.

If you’re looking for a spa experience at home then you can’t go wrong with with a Geophyzz (hawaiian sea salt, volcanic mud, sandalwood, seaweed) or Big Blue (sea salt, seaweed, lavender oil, lemon oil). Or if you’re looking to get some sleep how about a Dreamtime bath melt (lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, jasmine oils) folllowed by a rub down with Ego massage bar (lavender, tarragon and rosemary oils). And whilst Lush isn’t especially cheap, I think you’ll find the ingredients used are on a par with some of the big name aromatherapy brands we consider such a luxury and a fraction of theprice.

So tell me, do you love Lush? Hate them? Indifferent? Never tried? Am I right about the misconception?