After over a year of waiting, the day FINALLY came when I was off to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. This meant a trip to London with one of my besties, a stay in a lovely hotel and a day of shopping in my old home town.
Now as much as I would love to write a blog about how mind blowingly amazing the play was, I CAN’T. Part of the whole thing about this play is that you #keepthesecrets. All I will say is that if you are a Potter fan you HAVE to go, if you aren’t you probably should go anyway!!! And if anyone needs someone to go with…*waves*
So, what I am going to blog about is part of my shopping trip.
Living in Gloucester, our EVERYTHING is small, including our nearest Lush store (which is in Cheltenham and is having a refit which is VERY exciting).
Because both my bestie and I LOVE a good bath bomb and I really wanted to see the jelly face masks everyone was raving about (FYI…I didn’t love them, it’s a texture thing) so we headed to the 3 storey Oxford Street store and browsed for HOURS, talked to some WONDERFUL staff (Becky even had her make up done) and spent more money than we should have done; but walked out with some GORGEOUS products that I am SO excited to share with you!
Basically “my retail pannier became that very day, an obelisk to the great Harry Potter.”* I mean, on a Harry Potter weekend what else would I buy.
*credit for this sentence goes to @hashtagsingle following a mind breaking twitter thread where we tried to find the word I wanted (we still haven’t found it & feel homage was the best fit.) Thanks to Alix, Sarah, Dating in the City, Mrs Mop & Girl in Islington for getting involved!
Firstly I was DESPERATE to at least smell the “Secret Arts” (AKA the Dark Arts bath bomb, AKA Harry Potter bath bomb – they had to change the name when WB got a bit annoyed with everyone calling it the Harry Potter bath bomb!) As it has cinnamon in it I was a little worried I would hate it but I LOVE it! It also has Brazilian orange oil & almond oil in it and as it is a jelly bomb there is a really cool (and kinda weird) element to it. I haven’t tried it out yet but saw one in store and was impressed so we will see!
Next up – Cloak of Invisibility bath oil. Now the website says this is an online exclusive (and is currently sold out) but I picked it up in store so I think the website is talking nonsense! It is so pretty, contains Jasmine & ylang ylang as well as being packed full of cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil.
I LOVE the bath oils and find them super softening for the skin so I am really looking forward to trying this one out. It is orange and glittery and has Potter connections…what is not to love!
Both the bestie & I popped the next item in our basket; Pink Pumpkin. Last year I fell in love with the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar, this year I am ALL ABOUT the pink one! I thought it was the same product but pink… NOPE! The pink one is packed with geranium, bergamot & jasmine. I kind of wish I had picked up the sparkly pumpkin as well but hey! This one smells lovely (I apparently like the smell of jasmine, have you noticed) and its pink, sparkly and shaped like a pumpkin…WINNER. Available online and instore at the moment but IS a Halloween product so grab it whilst you can!
I adore citrus oils and honey so naturally “Shoot for the Stars” was a perfect choice for me. The colour is sensational and it is a bomb with bath melts BUILT IN! Packed with Brazilian orange oil, bergamot, cocoa butter and coconut cream with glitter and the most beautiful colour makes me happy and I cannot wait to try it!
I also picked up a Sunnyside bubble bar which I have had MANY times before. It is super citrusy (wild orange, lemon & tangerine oil packed in) and VERY sparkly. Probably not one to use just before a professional meeting, definitely one for pre Christmas night out!
Last but not least my two staples, Angels on Bare Skin and Ocean Salt. I love both of these products and so does my skin. Angels is a great everyday cleanser that I use after micellar water to get rid of all traces of makeup and grime from my day. Ocean Salt has vodka soaked limes (yep, VODKA) as well as lots of sea salt and grapefruit. It’s a wonderful exfoliator and I tend to use it once or twice a week to keep my face smooth! I usually use the self-preserving version but slipped up this time round and got the normal one, I actually can’t tell the difference!
So that’s it, my Potter related lush haul. What are your favourite lush products and what should I pick up next?