Girls Night In With Lush…

Lush BB Seaweed Review Belfast

Any ‘girls night in’ is usually guaranteed to be a hoot but when it includes my 10 year old daughter’s version of a mama-daughter pamper-party it’s sure to include mess, giggles, plenty of ridiculous selfies (as you can see from below) and of course a face masks!

Combining a few fun hours with my mini bestie (& testing out new beauty products) is such a treat for relaxing on those fabulous Friday nights that mark the end of a busy week. Of course to add to the excitement, it was my debut testing of the Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask. How exciting gals! 😀

Fancy finding out more? Then let’s get started…

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On what was my third visit to the very lively Lush Belfast store I was warmly welcomed by yet another cheery customer advisor who just so happened to be a mini guru on skin care. Unfortunately I couldn’t catch her name or I’d have given her a quick shout out, however she was so incredibly helpful & knowledgeable of the products on offer. I have to admit Lush is one of the very few shops I consistently depart from feeling so much cheerier than when I go in . Whatever magical formula they use to select and educate their staff it works wonders – they’re all so darn happy! Then again, who wouldn’t be skipping to work if it looked anything like this?…

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After a 10 minute chat with my Lush face mask guru it was determined that I was a BB Seaweed kinda girl. Now I have to admit ladies, when the assistant first introduced me to the little pot of greyish coloured goop it most definitely wasn’t love at first sight… a concoction of British coastal seaweed smeared all over my face? Hmmm. Bang goes my dream of a delightfully tropical scented fruity fusion from some far flung corner of the Carribean *sigh* HOWEVER, being a newbie (and in the supple hands of an expert) I thought I’d take her word for it and wisely invest…  whilst all the time secretly hoping it was every bit as good as what she claimed it would be!

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What Lush Say about the BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask: 

A calming fresh face mask with fresh seaweed, ground almonds, rose absolute and aloe vera to soothe and soften the skin. We also use rosemary oil for its regenerative qualities, kaolin to remove any excess dirt or oil, and millet flakes to gently exfoliate away dead skin as you scrub it off. To use, smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

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First things first: like any of the Lush Fresh Face Mask range it’s essential you keep these little pots refrigerated. You’ll also notice a ‘Use By’ date labelled on the tub, so do ensure you use it up before that date. Because it’s stored in such a cool climate, applying the mask initially feels intensely cold on the skin and although I’m not a fan of teeth chattering environments this feels so incredibly soothing and not at all uncomfortable… if anything I wanted it to stay as cool as possible be as my skin seemed to really enjoy the cold sensation.

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In terms of aroma, thankfully it doesn’t smell anything like the old pile of seaweed I imagined it to honk off. It’s most definitely not an offensive smell but is in fact quite a distinctive clay based aroma. Considering that I only kept it on for 10-15 minutes it really wasn’t an issue… even for someone as fussy about fragrances as I am! However if you are quite sensitive to smells I’d recommend dabbing a little flavoured lip balm just at the base of your nostrils to help distract from the sea/clay mineral scent!

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The consistency of the product is naturally quite thick. As it contains chunks of seaweed it does feel a little lumpy when smearing the initial layer on, however I’d highly recommend applying with a clean spatula. It’ll certainly spare your hands from getting smothered & stops any transference of bacteria from hands to tub or face – especially as there’s enough product for multiple uses!

 Lush BB Seaweed Review

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As the minutes ticked by, I could feel the product begin to set. That beautiful ice cold sharpness slowly began to fade as the magic ingredients worked their magic on my weary pores. It’s not often I (if ever) I’ve felt a mask actively working on my skin, but I could really feel my skin absorbing the goodness of the minerals. After 15 gorgeous relaxing minutes, I dully plodded my way to the bathroom to reluctantly wash my seaweed covered face clean. The Lush assistant also recommended that I washed it off using small massaging circular motions to ensure an extra deep clean – wow, she wasn’t wrong as it felt amazing.

After dabbing my face dry with a towel & inspecting the results in the mirror I was in shock… gone was my blotchy red patches that had looked tired and worn-out less than 20 minutes earlier. Hello velvety soft smooth skin that had an even tone & glorious fresh glow. It actually looked how skin SHOULD look… healthy.

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I’ve already recommended the Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask to quite a few of my friends who are now converted fans of it. Considering I’d probably get 3 or 4 uses out of this little tub, £6.50 is exceptionally good quality for such impressive results. It may seem small but it definitely packs a surprising punch in terms of how much sea-weedy goodness it holds.

Realistically this has to take the crown for the most impressive face mask I’ve used to date. If you haven’t tried it then don’t resist temptation, give yourself a treat you will not regret it one bit!

*click here* to check out the range of face masks & other goodies via the Lush UK website.

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Have you tried the Lush Fresh Face Mask range? What’s your favourite beauty essentials for a girly night in? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below! As always have a super weekend – we surely will as Emma celebrates her 10th Birthday on Sunday *woo hoo* Bring on pressies, cards & cake gallore!

Cheerio chums…

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(and Emma xo) 🙂

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Planning The Ultimate Girls Night In…

Girls Night In

Hello lovelies…

As our long summer evenings are all but a distant memory, it’s now the season to dig out your onesie, round up your gal pals and opt for a cosy night in. What could be better on these chilly autumn evenings than curling up in front of a roaring fire as you giggle uncontrollably with your besties? So to help bring on the season of jolly nights in & sparkling slumber parties, here’s a few pearls of inspiration for hosting an evening your ladies will love…

 The Attire

Super-ultra-comfy is the dress code for this posse party. You’re not hitting the clubs, pubs or that new fancy-shmancy restaurant… the furthest you’ll be shuffling is into the kitchen to top up that wine glass. That’s right ladies, kick off those stilettos and don your cosiest pair of slipper socks. Forget the little black dress – it’s all about the little pink onesie tonight!

 The Nibbles

Unless you’re hosting a pyjama party the eve before your slimming club weigh-in (BAD idea) then this isn’t the night for hiding your snack bowls. It’s okay to let your hair down once in a while and stock up on goodies – as long as it’s all in moderation. If you’re planning on ordering takeaway food but watching the calories is still priority, then why not opt for something with lots of veg or healthier side orders such as boiled rice rather than fried. Don’t forget to provide lighter snacks throughout the night such as homemade popcorn, various vegetable sticks with creamy dips, chocolate covered strawberries, frozen yoghurt with a drizzle of syrup etc. Whoever said you can’t be naughty & nice all at once?

 The Drinks

What girly night in wouldn’t be complete without a colourful tipple or two? And nowadays there’s more choice than ever with freezable cocktails and brightly coloured Spritzers lining shop shelves. However if you’re planning on staying a little more sober for the occasion then you could opt for virgin cocktails, alcohol free beer, shandy, ice-cream floats, milk shakes, hot chocolate… you don’t need a head-melting hangover to have fun, just a great set of mates!

 The Entertainment

Avoid scheduling activities and just go with the flow, however keep in mind a few really fun things to do such as board games, box sets, movies, mini make-over, Charades, Twister. You could go for a theme such as Nintendo Wii Dance Challenge Night which combines fun & exercise all in one go – perfect for health & fitness fanatics. If something a little more relaxing is on the cards then there’s probably nothing more suiting than a good old pamper party consisting of face masks, manicures & make-up. Don’t forget to throw in a few classic episodes of Sex And The City… give them a night Carrie & the gals would be proud off.

 Finishing Touches

Don’t forget to lace your space with a few little essentials to help set the mood. Strategically placed tea-lights, scented candles and battery operated fairy lights can really make for a cosy crib. It’s also a good idea to have all your glasses, snacks and entertainment goodies at hand so you don’t have to dig things out things or hunt for a missing DVD half way through your evening.

What’s your must have’s for spending a great night in with friends? Have you any interesting games or treat ideas? As always I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Cheerio chums…

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