Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Haul - LUSH & A Holiday giveaway!

Judging by the wreaths that are hung from the lampposts and the tree in my neighbors window - it's already time to celebrate Christmas! Personally, I think that we could probably wait just a little bit longer before hanging the fairy lights and getting all mistletoed up. There is one thing that I am happy to celebrate early - the arrival of the holiday LUSH collection!

Each year at this time, LUSH comes out with some of the most glittery, festive and aromatic bath products! While I generally avoid their glitter bombs, I am certainly one to stock up on my favorite scents. They only come around once a year and they smell amazing!

So, what did I pick up this year?  Quite a lot.

I grabbed some of my old favorites and also some of their newer items. Needless to say, my bathroom smells deliciously sweet right now and I can't wait to relax this holiday season with some bubbles.

First, let's start with some of the new items for this year! In years past, so white existed only as a bath bomb and the scent of apple, rosewater and bergamot was so addicting, SO WHITE makes its debut as a shower gel this year! While the label suggests it's shimmering, there is no lingering glitter to this shower gel. No need to worry about using this during the work week!

I had to pick up Candy Mountain because it is quite simply - adorable. I know I know, I will be crumbling up in my bath, but it will look cute on my vanity until that moment occurs. And it will definitely be sitting out until it meets its end because the scent is so pretty. It is labeled as a cotton candy scent, similar to the Rock Star soap. To me, it smells like a totally non-obnoxious vanilla.

The sales associate had to talk me into picking up the Luxury LUSH Pud. I'm not a huge fan of the bath bombs. I prefer bubbles or fizz when it comes to bathtime. When she showed me the size of this bath bomb and the beautiful bath that it produces, I popped it into my basket. This bath bomb is massive and apparently a long lasting fizzer.  We'll see!

Have you ever tried one of LUSH's bath jellies? I was completely weirded out by this product, especially when it's in the tub. Once I picked up the jelly and saw that it was a little snowman, I was won over. How cute is that? I'm a complete sucker for holiday branding, I know. After trying this out in the shower, I am a total jelly convert. My skin was so soft and the scent lasted even after getting out of the shower. I can't really describe the scent as anything other than "fruity" (LUSH says it's a mixture of lemon, bergamot and buchu. Don't worry, I have no idea what buchu is either.)

Another item that I picked up because it was pretty?  The Comforter. Bright magenta swirled with bright white. Picking up this bubble bar, you can feel how moisturizing this bath is going to be. I'm quite sure it will also be hot pink. So girly. The scent - black currant. Yum.

I also had to pick up some overtly holiday LUSH items. The last thing I picked up with the Dashing Santa. It was another item that I had to be sold on, because it is a bath bomb. The citrus-y scent will be perfect for a weekend morning. It smells so refreshing!

No holiday is complete without the classic Christmas Penguin. I'm a little disappointed that my penguin is missing his nose. Nose or no nose, this little penguin is one of my favorites that I'm so glad they brought back for another year. Apparently inspired by the littlest penguin, the Philip island Fairy penguin (go look at them!), these thankfully smell nothing like penguins. Orange flower and bergamot is what my penguin bath will smell like. (I must have been in a bergamot mood this weekend?)

Lastly, an old favorite - Snow Fairy shower gel. Bubblegum and vanilla makes for a very sweet smelling shower gel, certainly not one that you would want to use everyday. I like to use it on Monday mornings. Because, you know, Mondays need a little something. I also like that LUSH is using a biodegradable glitter in this gel (and all of their other products!) because so many companies are polluting our waters with their glittery gels and gritty scrubs.

I'm so glad that you stayed through the entirety of this post, because it was definitely worth it! I'm not just showing off my LUSH purchases today, I'm giving away a LUSH Festive Friends gift box for one lucky reader! Included are two of the items I showed off today (The Christmas penguin & Dashing Santa) and two that I wish I bought (Butter bear & The Christmas Hedgehog).

UPDATE: I'll also be including in the giveaway whatever you list as your favorite LUSH item! Think long and hard before you comment, because that fave could be arriving at your door!

Just leave me a message in the comment section and tell me what is your favorite LUSH product. It could be from holiday or regular collections, or even a retired product that you wish they would bring back! (Personally, I am really missing Coco lotion!)

There are a bunch of extra ways to win and you can earn up to five entries to win.  The giveaway will run through Wednesday, November 26 and I'll be picking the winner on Black Friday! It's just what you need to get the holiday season underway - a nice relaxing bath!

Good Luck!!!

Sorry to my international friends, this giveaway is open to US residents only. The LUSH website will only allow me to ship to customers in the US, even though I know they are an international company. If I resolve this issue, I'll update this post!

Disclaimer - This post is not sponsored by LUSH Cosmetics. I purchased all of this items listed above and the opinions are my own. That being said, LUSH is an awesome company and I love visiting the stores. The salespeople are the nicest ever!

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  1. I love it all!! I was in New Orleans last wkd & picked up Yog Nog Soap & So White. The bathroom smells sooo good & my showers feel more relaxing. I love LUSH!

  2. I like the solid shampoo for travel and I love their fresh face masks.

  3. I love the Butterball bath bomb & the Skin Drink facial moisturizer.
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

  4. My favorites are the shower gels but I dislike anything with glitter, sorry!

  5. I love all the bath one scent is my favorite..I really like them all!

  6. I have never bought anything at Lush so I don't have a favorite. I would certainly be interested in trying them out.

  7. I just went to Lush this evening! Picked up Rose Jam shower gel and Fairy Ring soap.

    I love the bath bombs and bubble bars in theory (Sex Bomb is a favorite; also love the combination of Tisty Tosty with Amandopondo), but my bathroom in my current apartment isn't great for soaking. So my favorite product outside of those is Ro's Argan Body Conditioner.

  8. I can never have enough of "Honey I Washed the Kids"- it's just SO heavenly and delicious! I love anything LUSH. Thanks for the sweet giveaway. :)

    xo Always, Abby

  9. Snow Fairy Shower Gel looks great. I've never tried the products but am sure looking forward to them soon.

  10. Caca Marron henna dye is my favorite
    -shaunie on rafflecopter

  11. I love everything Lush!! My favorite product is ULTRABLAND!!!

  12. I have never used any if the Lush products but want to try them. I would love to start with any of them or the Big Shampoo. Thanks for this opportunity.

  13. CELESTIAL Moisturizer and BREATH OF FRESH AIR are my two favorite products from LUSH, I have extremely sensitive and dry skin on my face so I am lucky to have found products that work! Thank you for such an amazing giveaway!

  14. I love the dark angels face scrub!

  15. I love all the bath bombs, but especially butterball

  16. I love the dashing Santa. Bath bombs make great Christmas gifts.

  17. I'm a big fan of the Rose Jam soap!

  18. I love the Cosmetic Warrior face mask!!


  20. I don't have a favorite product, because I've never tried Lush.

  21. I haven't had lush since I lived in CT but I loved the face scrubs and the solid shampoos!