20 Fun Facts About Lush Cosmetics

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Did you know that Lush Cosmetics turned 20 years old recently? It’s true! Since opening their first store on Poole High Street in 1995,  the beauty company have gone from strength to strength – winning awards and becoming as well-known for their campaigns and spas as they are for their innovative beauty products. It’s safe to say they are a HUGE favourite of mine, and I always love hearing about their exciting journey.

This year alone has already been a pretty exciting one for Lush, with their biggest-ever store opening on Oxford Street, and over 200 brand new products to keep even the die-hard fans in suspense.

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Recently I went to celebrate their 20th birthday with the team at their Sauchiehall Street store – and boy, do they know how to throw a party! We had a wicked evening talking all things Lush, playing with some of their best-selling products and even learning how to make Big Blue bath bombs using their fresh ingredients. We also had a fun styling contest with their Knot Wrap scarves – now that’s my kind of party game!

One of the things I love about Lush is the interesting and unique stories behind their ideas, products and activities. So, to mark 20 years of their work, I’d like to share 20 fun facts about Lush that you might not know! Let’s lather up and take a look…

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1. One of Lush’s 6 co-founders, Mo Constantine, invented the world’s first bath bomb in 1989

2. Karma fragrance was inspired by the sight and smell of Carnaby Street in the 1960s – groovy, baby!

3. Hsuan Wen Hua hair treatment translates to ‘God Of Hair’

4. The glitter used in Lush products are PET free – they use food grade lustres and seaweed-based glitters

5. All of Lush’s products are still handmade in Poole, Dorset

6. Lush use the world’s first certified fair trade vanilla absolute from the Ndali Estate, Western Uganda. You can find it in some of their best-loved products like Rock Star, Vanillary and Oatifix

7. Lush’s first international store opened in 1996 in Canada

8. Their super fruity Miranda soap was named after Carmen Miranda

9. ALL of Lush’s products are cruelty free

10. Co-founder Mark Constantine is a hair trichologist with over 40 years experience in natural hair care

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11. You won’t find any microbeads in Lush’s products – all exfoliates are naturals, such as ground almonds, sugar, sea salt and polenta (to name a few!)

12. Tisty Tosty bath ballistic’s ingredients are taken from a medieval love spell! The seven rose buds float alongside you in the bath

13. Each Lush Spa treatment has its own unique soundtrack written by Grammy award-winner Simon Emmerson

14. 10p from every bar of FUN goes to FunD, helping children affected by the 2011 Japanese Tsunami

15. Last year, Lush sold 3.4 million solid shampoo bars globally – and for each one sold, 2-3 500ml bottles avoid being sent to landfill

16. All of Lush’s soaps have a palm oil free soap base

17. Fizzbanger is inspired by Roald Dahl’s The BFG 

18. Lush’s D’Fluff shaving soap is inspired by marshmallow fluff and full of whipped egg whites to achieve its light, fluffy texture

19. In 2013, Lush set a new Guinness World Record title for the most lipstick prints collected in 12 hours!

20. Every product made by Lush is vegetarian, and 81% are vegan

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Phew! I guess the last 20 years have been busy, right? It goes without saying that I recommend you treat yourself to something handmade and sweet-smelling from Lush, if you’ve never tried them before! And if you’re a massive Lush fan, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post and maybe even discovered something about them you didn’t already know.

Happy birthday, Lush! Here’s to 20 more amazing years!

With love, fizzing bath bombs and confetti,

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A big thank you to the team at Lush Sauchiehall Street for having me and for sharing their rad stories!

 

Friday Hi-Fives: What a Week!

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Today’s Hi-Fives come with the bonus (albeit virtual!) smell of fresh coffee! I’m writing today’s post in Tinderbox and can hear the whirr of the cappuccino machine in the background along with excited chattering as people start their weekends. I’m reflecting on the past week – and what a week it’s been!

After seeing Ant-Man (in 3D of course!) together last weekend, Gary headed off to London for a few days and I jumped head-first into a week of awesome events to keep me out of mischief. On Monday, I visited the Wear Eponymous pop-up shop in Princes Square, which boasts a curated collection of Scottish creative talent. Having seen their gorgeous goodies up close I would urge anybody out shopping in the city this weekend to check out the store (tomorrow is the last day!).

On Wednesday I ventured up to Dundee for a short but very sweet visit to Malmaison for The Daydreamer Afternoon Tea. It was a wonderful way to chase the mid-week blues away – and you can expect a full report next week…

Yesterday I grabbed dinner with Ayden before we went to check out the Factory 45 bloggers event, which gave me the opportunity to meet some of the designers and of course the team at Factory 45, who have a lot of passion for their business. It never really feels like work if you’re doing something you love, right?

This theme continued later in the evening when I was invited along to the Onyx Makeup Masterclass with Beauty Vloggers Jamie and Amber. These ladies know all the tricks in the book and I was in awe of their skills!

Which brings us to today – another Friday and time to get hi-fiving! Here are a few things that I think you’ll enjoy checking out this weekend:

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Clueless just turned 20 years old (!!) so here’s 25 things you never knew about everyone’s favourite movie…

Kaylah’s photos from Ballarat are just incredible

I love what my girl Emily has done with her shed – it looks like the cutest clubhouse for girls!

Did someone mention Chocolate Coconut Bark?! Angela is saying all the right words with this recipe

Make the most of your evenings! MJ has 5 killer tips to get your energy back

Also Making Me Smile…

Phone calls with Gary while he is in London (even if I get jealous of the weather!)

Super glittery Bowie-esque eye makeup

This headband!

Launching my #Yay500kGiveaway (and there’s still time to enter…)

Meeting new faces and spending time with some awesome ladies

 

Here’s to an UH-MAZING weekend – see you guys next week!

Love, scones and sequins,

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Dancing Flamingo

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It’s probably not too much of a surprise that I love flamingos – after all, what’s not to like? As well as the obvious great colour and gorgeous shape, these exotic birds remind me of being in my spirit home in Florida – and I always make a beeline for them at the zoo. We’ve decorated our home with little flamingo motifs here and there, but I also like to grab any opportunity to incorporate the pink ladies into my wardrobe!

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When I unboxed this cute Dancing Flamingo necklace by I Love Crafty at Cheekyboo Emporium, it was love at first sight. It’s cheery colour and flailing dancing legs reminded me of myself when I hear Prince on a night out (minus the excited squealing, that is).

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I couldn’t wait to wear it, and thought it would look ideal with – you guessed it – more flamingos!

With a flock truly starting to form, I loved where this outfit was heading. I’m really digging powder blue and bright pink as a colour combo right now, and when I seen the vivid acrylic necklace paired with my Coco Fennell flamingo dress felt like it was meant to be.

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My little Dancing Flamingo came beautifully wrapped in rainbow tissue paper and lots of stickers (just the way I like my mail!) from Cheekyboo Emporium, an awesome online boutique who stock a carefully-chosen selection of handmade accessories, gifts and homeware. With new makers being added to the store regularly, they are certainly one to watch!

I was VERY tempted to stand on one leg (a la flamingo) in these photos – but I don’t posses the same grace as our feathered friends! I did however, have a lot of fun flailing around to a questionable Spotify playlist instead…

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My Dancing Flamingo Ensemble includes:

Dress: Coco Fennell

Necklace: I Love Crafty at Cheekyboo Emporium

Shoes: Fred’s Shoes

Peony hairclip: Crown and Glory

It’s safe to say that this cheery necklace has danced its way right into my heart and I can see myself wearing it a lot over the coming months.

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Do you love flamingos in fashion too? Can you stand on one leg without falling over?

Love,

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With thanks to Cheekyboo Emporium 

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