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Happy New Year!

Just a quick post!

In 3hrs & 3 mins it’ll be New Year here in the UK and I’ll probably be tucked up in bed after consuming some rather lovely pink bubbly!!!!!

To everyone out there in blogger land Happy New Year and I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you all with lots of love, sparkles, glitz and glamour!

I’ll see you all in the new year

Natty xx ❤ xx

Lush Charity Pot … Charity Man Charity!

Got this last time I was in Lush it’s a cute little sample of their Charity Pot mosituriser. It’s recommended for hand and body but I’ve only used it on my hands so far. Unlike the Tiny Hands this is a lite liquid lotion and not a solid bar, it’s very liquid which is perfect for everyday use.

The fantastic thing about this is the whole of the price you pay goes into the Lush charity pot! They only take VAT nothing else! So you’re basically making a donation to charity and getting a present in return, hurrah!!!!!!!!!

Unlike other Lush products this isn’t as strong-smelling and absorbs very quickly into the skin. Because it’s light it’s not as heavy on the skin and is an excellent moisturiser for everyday use.  I found my hands were soft without being greasy and the absorption was good, especially as it takes longer now on my skin.  I used it during the day at work today and found that it didn’t get in the way too much of using the keyboard and mouse.

All in all this is a good moisturiser and, as it’s for charity is totally guilt free!!!!!!!

Lush – Tiny Hands hand cream

Oh Lush I Love You 🙂

The thing I love about walking into a Lush store is the wonderful aroma and the beautiful colours you immediately experience. It is a lovely hands on environment where there are always beautiful things to try, smell and look at. As I wandered round the store in the Manchester Arndale today there were face masks ready to try on your skin in the cutest display with fruit and other ingredients displayed alongside them.

The staff were wonderful and I was asked by all if I needed help, I was also served by a lovely girl (apologies I didn’t get her name tho I shall amend that next time I’m in there!), who was very engaging and helpful with my purchase.

The little things that really appeal to me are the attention to detail that the company and staff strive to achieve. Having descriptions with each product to help the customer make a choice, the made on dates and name of the creator are wonderful and really help in building a comfort in the freshness of the products. The availability of products to try, smell and look at is wonderful, I would have left the shop smelling of everything had I not controlled myself!!!!!!

Tiny Hands hand cream

As I wandered round the store the cute Tiny Hands hand cream caught my eye. I thought at first that it was baby soap until I looked closer. Being a mum of small children, one of which is still in nappies, I am a little obsessed with hand creams. So, when I saw this I knew I had to try it and with a price of £3.95 for a 60g bar I grabbed one and made straight for the till!! My experience of hand cream from Lush has always been a good one having used the Smitten in the past (this is only available on-line now), so I was confident that this would impress me.

This is a really funky hand cream, it looks like a soap and you rub it in the same way to help it melt. The great thing is, as you start to use the bar the perfume is released and you get this amazing hit whilst rubbing it into the skin. The instructions advise to concentrate on the areas which are prone to dryness and chapping, in my case this is the knuckle area. I dutifully followed the instructions and was surprised at how little I seemed to use to get a good coverage. As it is quite an oily consistency I was a little concerned that my hands would feel too greasy and it would make every day tasks difficult, fortunately this was not the case, though I think if too much was used that it would take some time to absorb. If you were able to sit and relax you could really give your hands a treat by getting lots on the hands and letting it absorb for a few hours, maybe slap it on before bed with gloves over for a real intense overnight treatment?

Still Going Strong!

An hour later my hands were still looking and feeling beautifully soft and conditioned. I really think I will probably stick with this cream as it seems to work so quickly! Even after washing my hands they were still soft and didn’t feel like I’d need to have to re-apply immediately.

There are a couple of down sides to this cream, the main one being that it doesn’t come in a tub so it needs to be kept somewhere out of the reach of curious children and dappy pets! A soap dish with a lid would probably suffice and this would also help any dust etc getting onto the bar. I also found it a little difficult to get the bar started, it was like trying to soap hands with dry hands and soap, but these are just small issues easily resolved! The perfume is quite strong so you really need to like it before you buy, this is pretty normal for Lush so if you love their stuff you’ll expect this!

12 Hours later and a considerable amount of hand cleaning my hands are still soft, this really absorbs well and is far superior to the expensive high-end stuff I’ve used in the past. For less than 4 quid this is amazing stuff and will last for some time, even with my battering of it.

For product information please click here! This is a Vegan product so animal friendly in all aspects! It even has fair trade shear butter from the Ojoba Collective! I love co-operative run businesses!!!!!!

All in all this is a lovely cream that will leave your hands beautifully smooth and soft, even if they are hard-working hands. For less than £4 this is also incredibly good value as it is sure to last a good while (I will update this with progress in a month or so!!!). If you have issues with perfume this is probably not for you, but then you probably wouldn’t use Lush if you have issues! I absolutely love this funky little bar from Lush and will definitely be replacing it when it runs out!!!!