Lush Karma Spa Treatment: Slow Down To Speed Up! // Event & Review

Hi everyone!  How are you?  I seem to start all my posts with an apology lately… but you know the score, right? Chronic illness is kicking my butt and making blogging rather difficult!  But today, I win the battle!  I wanted to take the chance to tell you all about the new Lush Karma spa treatment.

Lush Leeds Spa Karma Treatment Launch

The beautiful Lush Leeds store!

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Leeds Lush Spa, for the launch of the new Lush Karma spa treatment.  The theme of the treatment is ‘slow down to speed up’.  The treatment is based around a 65 minute full-body massage, which Lush were inspired by Ayurveda to create.  Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, based on the idea of balance in bodily systems; including herbal treatments, and yogic breathing.


Lush Karma Spa Treatment  – What Happens?

The session starts with a 20 minute consultation in the gorgeous Lush spa kitchen (see below). I love this room!  It looks like a country farmhouse kitchen, just randomly sitting under Commercial Street in the busy Leeds city centre – very unexpected!  One thing to note is that all Lush Spa treatments are suitable for, or can be tailored to, vegan clients.  Obviously Lush are big on NO animal-cruelty, so they are great with adapting anything that the client is uncomfortable with.

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The Lush Spa Kitchen farmhouse table with some of the Karma products!

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An Introduction to the Lush Karma Treatment

One unusual thing I saw being done during the Lush Karma spa treatment was the client having something poured gently but incessantly over her head (you can see this above, right).  Lush explained that it is usually warm oil, but they chose to use warm coconut water as some clients don’t like getting oily hair.  The warm water is poured from a Shirodhara vessel over the third eye and hair with the purpose of creating a meditative state of mind.  It did look strangely soothing!  

After the treatment, the client is free to get dressed, or use the shower facilities first.  They are then taken back to the kitchen area to relax for a while, before they have to re-enter the madness of the city centre!  I can tell you, after being down there in the utter peace and quiet, going back upstairs seems so loud, bright and crazy!


How Much Does it Cost?

The Lush Karma spa treatment costs £225.  I’m not going to pretend that’s not a LOT of money!  Saying that, I can understand where the expense comes from.  You have two therapists working on you for the full 65 minutes, not to mention the 20 minute consultation and the quality products used during the session.  I just hope I can save up and experience it for myself (as the client, rather than watching) some time!


The Karma Launch Event (Leeds)

Lush were amazing, as they always are!  They set up such a fun event for us bloggers, and the staff were all just gorgeous and sweet, as they are every time I’ve met them 😀  They are such genuine, lovely people who really do seem passionate about the company they work for, which is such a nice change.  They put on some really nice things for us on the night, including a two-piece band who sang and played the guitar throughout the event.  We were also treated to some mini-treatments whilst we were down in the spa.  I had a blissful head massage for a few minutes, and a really nice hand and arm massage (plus a good gossip with the Lush staff member giving me it, as she was into makeup too!)  We also had a mini meditation session, to give us a taster of part of the Karma spa treatment.

Lush DIY!

There was also a little station set up where we could make our own products!  We could make a Creamy Candy bubble bar, or a Butterbear bath bomb.  I got very lucky – I was one of the last ones to the making station, so I got to make one of each!  Well… if I’m honest, I made one of each plus an extra Butterbear.  I told them my nickname for my husband is Bear (I know – cringey as!) and they insisted I made a Butterbear to take home to him – bless them! 🙂  


Exciting New Lush Products!

I obviously had a good nose around the shop, looking at and sniffing all the new-to-me products too.  One of the most beautiful things I smelt had to be the Karma massage bar.  I swear, if you’re in a Lush shop, give it a sniff – it smells exactly like chocolate orange!  The new jelly bath bombs are also really fun!  They did some demos for us, putting them in bowls of water.  I got my hands stuck into the bowl which had a dissolved black, sparkly, Secret Arts bomb in it.  The texture is so much fun – quite thick and gooey but in a very pleasant way.  I couldn’t stop playing around with it!  Although I did hear from another blogger that it stained their bath, so do be careful.

I also treated myself to one of Lush’s new Jelly Face Masks.  I picked Birth of Venus, as it was the best formula for my oily/combination skin which is blemish prone.  The self-preserving masks get their unique jelly texture from a blend  of carageenan extract, fresh fruit and clays.  I’ve already tried it and although it feels strange digging a chunk of jelly out, it feels lovely on your face.  It left my skin nice and soft too!

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The New Range of Jelly Masks!

After all that, it was time to make our way out of Lush’s glittery, colourful, lovely world.  Back to the real world – grey, dull and cold – boo!  But I was cheered up as Lush very kindly gave us a little goodie bag with some of their products in it.  We had a Karma Bubble Bar, a Marmalade Jelly Bomb, and a Karma Solid Oil Fizzer (which I don’t think you can currently buy).  Thank you so much, Lush!


What’s your favourite Lush product?  Have you tried any of the newest ones?  Let me know!

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Multi-Tasking Skincare // Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone!

Hey guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re doing well…or better than me at least!  Safe to say I’m not dealing with the current heatwave in England very well!!  If you’re a regular over here, you’ll know that I am a proud Dr Botanicals ambassador.  They very kindly send me a product once a month, which I test out and report back to you guys about (along with a discount)!  I’m not being paid for my reviews and all opinions are totally honest and completely my own!  This month’s product is a great multi-tasker, the Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone.

 

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Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone (in Outer Packaging)


Who are Dr Botanicals?

Dr Botanicals are a 100% natural UK skincare brand, who use no parabens.  Even better, they are completely cruelty-free and vegan-certified!  They are based in London and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking with the latest science.

Dr Botanicals use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe these can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I really like that they use 100% natural ingredients.  It’s very easy to claim to be a ‘natural’ brand, however most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no harmful preservatives in any of the Dr Botanicals products.

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Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum Review Natural Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

Chocolate Heaven: Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum!

Hi guys and dolls!  How are you today?  I hope you’re having a great day!  Confession:  I should have written this post about 3 weeks ago… It seems all my recent posts begin with the confessions of a bad blogger!!  I’ve been quite poorly but the odd time I’ve had a better day, the light has been too bad to take the photos (I know, excuses excuses!)  Anyway, we’re here now: and I’m going to tell you all about the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum.

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Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum


If you’ve read my blog before, you might know that I’m a Dr Botanicals ambassador!  This means that they send me one product a month to review for you guys, free of charge.  I’m not being paid for my reviews and all opinions are totally honest and completely my own!

About Dr Botanicals

Dr Botanicals are London-based, and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking and the latest science. They use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe they can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I love that they use 100% totally natural ingredients.  There are many ‘natural’ brands, but most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no parabens or harmful preservatives in any of the products.

My favourite aspect of Dr Botanicals is that they don’t ever test on animals.  They are also vegan and PETA certified, which is even better!


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Mascara Match // Benefit They’re Real v Primark False Lash Effect // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hi guys!  You may remember this recent post, where I pitched budget against high-end mascaras.  The second installment here saw Benefit Rollerlash and Primark Lash Defining Mascara come in at a tie!  Well today is the final installment of Mascara Match!  Today I’m pitching Benefit They’re Real against Primark False Lash Effect mascara.

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Budget v High-End Makeup

As I’ve said in my earlier posts, it’s so easy to assume that if a product costs more, it must be better.  After trying out a ton of different makeup products and brands over the years, I feel like that’s really not the case.  Some of my go-to products that I use every single time I wear makeup are budget AKA cheap!  

I tell anyone I know ‘in real life’ about how great Primark mascaras are, and that they must try them.  So it’s about time I share the secret with you too!


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Mascara Match // Benefit Rollerlash v Primark Lash Defining Mascara // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hi guys!  You may remember this recent post, where I pitched budget against high-end mascaras.  Well today is the next installment of Mascara Match!  Primark Volumising Ultra Black mascara beat Benefit Bad Gal Lash last time – can Primark win again?  Today, Primark’s Lash Defining Mascara is pitched against Benefit Rollerlash!  Let the battle commence…

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Budget v High-End Makeup

It’s so easy to assume that if a product costs more, it must be better.  After trying out loads of different makeup products and brands over the years, I’ve realised that’s really not the case.  Some of my favourite products that I use every single time I wear makeup are budget (otherwise known as cheap)!  I rave on to anyone I know ‘in real life’ about how great Primark mascaras are, and that they must try them.  So it’s about time that I share the secret with you guys!


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Mascara Match // Benefit Bad Gal v Primark Volumising Ultra Black // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hey guys!  You may remember one of my much older posts, Foundation Fight, where I pitched several different foundations against each other (excuse the crap photos, I’d only been blogging two months then!)  Well, I’ve been meaning to write a similar post for ages now, but this time about mascara.  Here comes….dun dun dunnnn…. Mascara Match!!  Today I’m pitting Primark Volumising Ultra Black against Benefit Bad Gal Lash!

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I’ve thought to myself so many times that people need to know how great Primark mascaras are!  They’ve been really upping their game with makeup recently, but two of the mascaras I love have been around for a few years.  I’ve been so impressed with them that I buy them over and over.  Another huge contender, and cult mascara-maker, is Benefit – who hasn’t heard of Bad Gal, They’re Real or Rollerlash?  Nobody, that’s who!

I was originally going to write about six mascaras in this one post, but it got a lil out of hand and long!  So I’ve broken it into three parts – the next two will be coming shortly, so stay tuned! [Part 2 is here!]

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Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers from Brantano // Style & Review!

Hi guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re well, and if you’re not then I’m sending hugs your way!  I don’t often share style posts on here, although I post quite a few ‘outfit of the day’ posts over on my Instagram.  But these trainers are so beautiful, I had to show you them!  They are the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers, from Brantano.

I was very kindly sent these trainers by Brantano for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are truthful and entirely my own.


The Look

I’ve been wanting a pair of trainers like this for literally over a year!  I love black trainers with a flash of colour or pattern.  Ones which are smart enough to wear with jeans and not look like you’re going for a run (which I very definitely am not…!)  I wear a lot of ballet pumps and a lot of boots, but I wanted something in between the two.  Something waterproof and sturdy, but more suitable for all seasons (boots are usually left behind in the summer months!)  So the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers were the perfect fit for me 🙂

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers

I have to admit, it was the pattern that drew me to these.  They could have been any brand, I just loved the pink, purple and blue floral pattern!  Since pink and purple are my favourite colours, I wear a lot of them – so these trainers should go with most of my wardrobe!  I kind of wish they didn’t have the black stripes (they are a kind of rubberised finish), but that’s what you get with Adidas trainers.

I’ve worn these with leggings and a dress (as you can see!) and also with black jeans so far.  I liked them with both 🙂


The Shape

The first thing that struck me is how light they are – they are literally like picking up a feather!  They’d be amazing for taking on holiday as they’d take up so little of your luggage weight allowance.  They are a nice, streamlined shape with a fairly narrow toe.  The soles are white and really thick and bouncy.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


The Feel

Oh my days!  These trainers feel like walking on clouds – seriously!  They are so soft, light and bouncy.  Not that I can run any more, but I imagine they would be great for running in – super light.  

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

They are more narrow at the toe end than any trainers I’ve worn before.  It makes them look less clumpy, but you can feel the tightness around your toes.  It is not uncomfortable, just something I was aware of.  You can adjust the laces to give you a bit more width around the sides too.


Where to Find Them

My trainers were from the Womens Shoes section of the Brantano website here (although they may have them in store too, depending on stock).  They cost £48 – although I think Brantano currently have 20% off.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


Do you wear trainers much?  What are your favourites?  Let me know in the comments!