Beauty · LUSH

My LUSH essentials;

It’s no secret that I’m bit of a LUSH addict. I have boxes upon boxes and shelves upon shelves of products that I’ve loved and curated over the years. In fact, there was probably a period where I spent more time in my local store than I did my own house.

After so many years of watching products come and go, I’ve found myself gravitating towards a few of the same products in particular. They are my core five products that I base many other of my LUSH purchases around and I’m not sure I could live without them any more.


1. American Cream conditioner.
I have VERY thick, curly hair to the point where brushes and combs will break in it, hairbands that get tangled in it will need to be cut out, and I look like Crystal Tipps more often than not. It tends to get oily on the roots and dry on the ends – it was a constant battle to get my hair feeling healthy and soft from root to tip. After trying LUSH’s heaviest conditioner, Retread, and found that it did nothing for me, I thought that nothing would help to tame my mane. After some gentle persuasion, I gave American Cream a go and was totally astounded by the results. My hair was soft, far more manageable, and was sweet-smelling for days. After using it for a few weeks, I also noticed that my hair felt much stronger too! This product was a God send for my locks and I can’t imagine using anything else now. For extra nourishment on my scalp, I like to team this conditioner with Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar, and, once every couple of months, with Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Ease treatment.

2. Angels on Bare Skin/Herbalism.
Okay, okay, technically this is two products…BUT, I’m never without one of them. As soon as I run out of one, I buy the other and I alternate between the two. Angels is brilliant for toning and balancing the redness of my cheeks and forehead and providing a gentle exfoliant that doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Herbalism does wonders at reducing oiliness and keeps my cystic acne at bay. Alternating between the two cleansers is perfect for my skin type and it tackles many problem areas for me. When my skin needs a little more love and attention, I pair these products with either Catastrophe Cosmetic or FOMO face masks, depending on what my skin needs at the time.

3. Buffy body butter.
I adore body scrubs, but I hate how so many include micro-beads. When I went to LUSH looking for a micro-bead free alternative, I found the most popular were Ocean Salt and Rub, Rub, Rub. Now, this was no good to me because I’m allergic to sea salt. I tried both products in a sample and ended up coming out in huge rashes after using them. But then, Buffy came into my life. Buffy is a scrub made from ground rice, almonds, and aduki beans and contains huge helpings of shea and cocoa butter. This scrub is gentle enough not to aggravate my sensitive skin and eczema and it moisturises any dry patches which means I’m not spending lots of money on moisturisers and body creams! This product is truly a wonder.

4. Sex Bomb bath bomb.
I love jasmine. I’m a jasmine fiend. Now, I’m a die-hard lover of Flying Fox shower gel and Lust perfume which are through and through jasmine delights – you tend to either love them or hate them. However, Sex Bomb is much more agreeable to the noses of those who err on the side of jasmine haters. It’s sweeter and milder than the previously mentioned products, but it still has that seductive jasmine scent at its heart that keeps jasmine lovers like me happy. I find it to be a relaxing scent and something I use as a form of aromatherapy when I’m not feeling my best. The scent of this bath bomb calms my soul whilst the soya milk and clary sage soften and soothe my skin. It’s the perfect antidote to life’s trivial troubles.

5. Rose Jam bubbleroon.
How many rose products have you found that smell like Grandma’s washing powder? I can promise you won’t get that scent with this bubble bar. Rose Jam is deliciously pink and smells like roses dipped in sugar. It will brighten any bath tub and leave you feeling decadent. I love floral products, and this is by far my favourite one that LUSH has ever come up with. The lemon oil mingling with the double hit of rose oil and absolute lifts it into a more sophisticated and youthful fragrance. The inclusion of cocoa butter, shea butter, and cornflour is a treat for my skin and, once again, calms any areas of sensitivity. I feel soft and pampered, bright and bubbly whenever I use this bar. It appeals to my hedonistic side and calls to me whenever I need an indulgent treat. However, sometimes I find this bar can be slightly too sweet when I want something earthier from a floral product, so I like to add a chunk of Grass bubble bar to balance out the sugary scent.

What are your top 5 products and are you a jasmine lover or hater? Let me know in the comments and thank you for reading!

Bethany xo


My everyday make-up routine.




Tonight I’m off out to celebrate my friend ElectricEmily‘s birthday! [Insert firework and streamer emojis here] So I thought this would be a good time to go through my everyday skincare and make-up routine with you.

Now, I would like to mention that my everyday make-up routine doesn’t hide my flaws. I have terrible skin; it’s oily, I have large pores, I have spots galore that refuse to go away no matter what I try, and I have acne scars. But I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I can’t be bothered to spend my mornings trying to fix those things. I put on enough make-up to make me feel good and get on with my day! Life is far too short to spend ages in a mirror trying to camouflage my acne…

This is me sans make-up…a rarely seen beast in public…

The first thing I do before I apply any make-up is wash and cleanse my face. Since I’m going out tonight I decided to use a face mask. I’m using one of LUSH Cosmetics’ new jelly face masks Bunny Moon (£6.95).

After leaving the mask on for fifteen minutes, I rinse it off with warm water and a washcloth in circular motions. Once the mask is off, I pat my face dry and lightly mist it with some toner. I like to use another LUSH product: Eau Roma Water (£4.95/£9.50). Eau Roma Water tones and calms my sensitive skin with rose and lavender water after washing, whilst also cleaning away any remaining face mask or cleanser.


Next, and you guessed it – it’s another LUSH product! I use Magical Moringa (£25.95) as a combined moisturiser and primer. It becomes incredibly matte and smooth on the skin, so even someone with naturally oily skin can use it without making the oiliness worse or having the product slip off. Magical Moringa also helps to even out the appearance of my pores.

Now that my skin care is complete, I can move on to applying make-up! I don’t always use concealer but my favourite so far is the Soap and Glory Kick Ass All is Calm concealer coming in at £8. This is a rather scary-looking green concealer that helps to tone down redness. I get a lot of redness on my cheeks and chin, so I apply concealer to those areas with a blending sponge.

If you thought I was done with the LUSH products then you’d be wrong! I switched from my old usual foundation in 2015 to LUSH’s colour supplement and I love it. It’s lightweight, build-able, durable, and mixes easily with foundation for when you just want a light as possible coverage. I like to use shade Jackie Oates (£10.95) – it’s their palest tone and it’s made with oat milk and aloe, making it incredibly soothing on sensitive skin. A little pot lasts a long time and I usually only need to buy a new pot once every six months.

To set the colour supplement and make my skin more matte in appearance, I like to use Rimmel London’s Stay Matte powder (£3.99) in shade 001 Transparent. (Yay for that pale life!)

Then on to the details! Firstly my eyebrows. Today I want a slightly more defined look so I’m using Benefit Cosmetics’ Ka-Brow! in shade 3 (£20). My mascara is Rimmel London’s Wake me Up! (£7.99). This mascara has added vitamins and cucumber to keep your lashes looking luscious and it actually smells like cucumber!

Next, I sweep Benefit’s Hoola bronzer (£24.50) on the apples of my cheeks and blend with a brush because it’s slightly too dark for my skin tone. I do have my eye on the new Hoola Lite though!

Finally, it’s time for lipstick! Whether I use bronzer or blusher for my cheeks influences my lipstick choice. If I use bronzer then I like to have a colourful lip, if blusher, I have a more natural lip colour. Today I’m using MAC’s matte lipstick in shade Mehr (£16.50) for a touch of pink.

TA-DAH! That’s my face totally made up for the day/night! What are your go-to products?

Bethany xo