Lush Oxford Street Haul

I was lucky enough to visit London with my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago, and there was only one attraction on my mind during the whole two hour train journey from Manchester. The London Eye? Nope. Big Ben? Not even close.

The world’s biggest Lush store? Hell yes!

Lush Oxford Street is, quite simply put, the Holy Grail for cruelty-free beauty addicts. To wander around a shop and know that you can pick out absolutely anything you like and buy it straight away, without having to search online for a cruelty-free declaration or a vegetarian/vegan ingredients list, is one of the best feelings in the world. I get excited enough in normal sized Lush stores, but it’s fair to say that the Lush on Oxford Street, the biggest Lush shop in the entire world, made me lose my mind entirely. I was more than prepared to completely drain my bank account and buy every single one of the 200-odd products exclusive to Oxford Street, but I was actually pretty restrained with my purchases.

What did I end up buying? Read on to find out!

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Review: Superdrug Solait Suncare

Review: Superdrug Solait Suncare

White Rabbit! I can’t believe it’s July already – where is this year going?

Here in Britain we’re currently in the midst of a two-day heatwave and, being as white as a sheet and a hayfever sufferer like I am, I’m hating it. I’m sincerely hoping for a quick return of the rain and big grey clouds I’m used to as a Mancunian!

Although sunbathing is my idea of hell, sometimes you can’t avoid sun exposure. That’s when you have to reach for the sun cream, but finding decent cruelty-free sun protection can be tricky business. Before I went to Spain I spent a long time looking for a reputable brand of CF suncream, and after a lot of searching, I decided to head to my local Superdrug and try out their Solait brand of suncare products.

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Review: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

Review: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

It’s festival season! If you’re heading to Download this weekend or to another festival later in the summer, chances are you’re not planning to shower whilst you’re there. Even the Glastonbury website doesn’t advise waiting in the long queues to use their showers! Instead, you’ll most probably be packing plenty of wet wipes, hand sanitiser and some dry shampoo to keep greasy locks at bay.

But why should you trust Lush’s dry shampoo over the more popular brands, such as Batiste? Read on to find out…

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Worth the Hype? – Barry M Nail Paints

Barry M Nail Paints - Worth the Hype?

Every Saturday this April I am posting a new entry in a series I’m calling ‘Worth the Hype?’, where I’ll be reviewing products that get raved about in the beauty blogging world, and evaluating whether or not they’re worth the hype surrounding them. This week’s post is all about Barry M’s Nail Paints.

In a world dominated by the big beauty brands, it can be hard to find a decent vegan and cruelty free nail polish for less than a tenner. Good ol’ Barry M (whoever he is) must have spotted this gap in the market and decided to create bunny-friendly nail varnish which costs less than £4 per bottle. Barry M Nail Paints receive good reviews left, right and centre, especially within the British and Irish beauty blogging communities, but are they worth the hype?

Read on to find out more…

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DIY Sinus Clearing Balm

So, I’m ill. And it sucks, big time. I’ve also managed to pass my illness onto my boyfriend, so I have him to look after as well as myself – he doesn’t cope too well when he’s sick. However, our cold germs have given us the opportunity to try out my homemade sinus clearing balm and I’m happy to say that it has worked really well on both of us!

This vegan decongestant balm is loaded with powerful, feel-good essential oils but contains none of the petrochemicals you typically find in store-bought versions.

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