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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My 3 Favourite Beauty Trends for 2017!

Hi guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re having a good week.  I recently received a really good e-book from Ellisons (which you can read here) and it got me thinking about my favourite beauty trends for 2017!  There are so many different trends and themes in makeup (usually beginning on the fashion catwalk and filtering down pretty quickly to Instagram!)  


Beauty Trends for 2017

I have to say, I often see a beauty trend and think; “really?!”  I am pretty adventurous with my makeup and like to try lots of different colours and styles, but some trends are a little bit unwearable!

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The ones that seem unwearable though, often end up getting used in a much more watered down version in real life.  I’ve never personally been that into the nude trend that has been around for over a year now.  The nude, neutral lipsticks just don’t appeal to me (and don’t really suit me!)  Give me a bright pink or purple lipstick any day!

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National Bed Month // Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque!

Hi guys, happy Friday!!  I hope you have something nice planned for this weekend.  If you’re a fellow spoonie and you’re stuck in bed, get cosy and watch lots of great films 😀  If you’re a regular reader, you may remember my exciting news: I’m a Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador!  This means that they send me a different product each month to test, for me to review.  My reviews will always be honest, I’m not being paid for the posts or to say anything I don’t mean!  Last month’s super-luxurious product was the Moroccan Rose and Shea Body Cream – click on the name to read my review.  But more to the point, this month’s product is the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque!

Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque Review National Bed Month

Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque


Who Are Dr Botanicals?

Dr Botanicals are a 100% natural UK skincare brand, who use no parabens.  But even better than that, 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 they can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I love that they use 100% totally natural ingredients.  It’s so easy to claim to be a ‘natural’ brand but 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 products.


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BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder // Review!

Hey guys!  I hope you’re feeling well and ready to enjoy your weekend.  Today, I’ve got a review of of BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder.  What on earth is that?  Read on!

This product was kindly sent to me in order to review, but all opinions are honest and entirely my own.  This post is not sponsored and I am not an affiliate in any way.

 

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)


Who Are Benz and Blanc?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this post where I visited BENZ and BLANC in Leeds.  I had my teeth whitened and we managed to get them 10 shades whiter!!  Well I’ve kept in touch with the lovely owner of BENZ and BLANC, Paul.  He got in touch recently to tell me he’d actually launched his own product – his first one.  I am so pleased for him, as he’s only been open since September 2016 and he’s doing really well so far!  If you know Leeds, BENZ and BLANC are on the top tier of the Corn Exchange (it’s beautiful in there!)

Paul told me that he wanted to bring his own product to market, which is excitingly part of a three step system!  That’s why you’ll notice there is the number 2 on this product.  Parts 1 and 3 are on their way, so watch this space.

BENZ and BLANC have worked with UK suppliers to ensure that this product supports UK businesses.  The charcoal teeth whitening powder is made in England, which is something that is really important to Paul.  The packaging is also made here.  I think that’s great – the UK economy needs all the help it can get!!


What Is Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder?

Charcoal has been used for centuries in medicine and studied by many dentists.  I have definitely noticed it becoming more of a ‘thing’ in the last year or so.  I wasn’t even aware of charcoal teeth whitening powder until last year but now it seems to be everywhere!  It can also be known as active carbon.  

Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been “activated” to increase it’s absorptive properties.  Some choose to use activated charcoal instead of fluoride, since long-term fluoride ingestion can potentially have harmful effects on your body.  It can also be handy if you want whiter teeth, but your teeth are too sensitive for chemical whitening procedures.

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

The key to using charcoal to whiten your teeth is leaving it on your teeth for a few minutes.  Don’t just quickly brush and run (as tempting as that is!)  Leaving it on for a while helps absorb colours and bacteria from your teeth.  Charcoal is also really effective at caring for your gums (perfect for me, as my dentist recently told me mine are receding a little bit – boo!).  This powder isn’t a replacement for regular teeth-brushing; it’s an additional step you use to help whiten the teeth.


How Does It Work?

To use the powder, you simply dip your toothbrush into it.  I dampen mine a little first, to help it pick the powder up.  You don’t need much powder at all, a little goes a long way!  Then gently brush over your teeth, spreading it evenly but concentrating more on the front teeth.  Word of warning: this is not going to be pretty!  You will pretty much look like a dirt-eating zombie.  But only for a few minutes!  

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

Leave the powder in your mouth for a few minutes to work its magic, then you can brush it away.  In my experience it takes a few good rinses to get all the powder out of your mouth.  Another word of warning: if you’re clumsy like me, it can be a little messy in your sink!  I have quite shaky hands so I drop it all over, but it’s fine – give your sink a good swish out and it doesn’t stain at all 🙂 (it probably whitens it, haha!)

It’s best to brush your teeth as normal, and then use the powder after brushing.  It’s recommended to use the powder once every other day or so, but depends on your needs.  As it’s so gentle and natural, you can use it as required really.

The BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder is 100% organic, 100% natural and also vegan, which is a great plus in my mind.

Overall, I really like this powder for its gentle whitening effect.  It’s a little messy to use but easy to clean up and doesn’t make my teeth feel uncomfortable or sensitive at all.  It’ll also be handy to help my receding gums, hopefully!


Where You Can Find It

The powder is available here and in-store (Leeds Corn Exchange).  There are two sizes of the charcoal teeth whitening powder, to appeal to everyone:
 
30g is £9.99 – but on offer at £7.99 until 1 March!
 
15g is £6.99.
 
Also, I have a little sneaky exclusive for you… BENZ and BLANC are launching a mint version of the charcoal powder in March, which will cost £7.99 for 15g.  The regular one has no taste at all, so it’s fine, but mint fans will enjoy this fresh new version!
 
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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

Paul also told me that a proportion of the profits will go to Operation Smile, a charity he has worked with since opening.  The charity raise money so that dedicated volunteers can repair childhood facial deformities.  They also advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families.

I think that’s really nice, as he’s a small business owner and it’s not easy to give away profits when you’re starting out in business.  But Paul is a lovely guy!


Have you ever tried activated charcoal teeth whitening powder?  How did you find it?  Let me know in the comments!

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Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream // Vegan CF Skincare Review

Hola!  How are you?  I hope you’re well and enjoying February – the month of love!  Whether that’s romantic love, or just learning to love yourself, I hope February is a great one for you.  If you read this post, you’ll know that I have just become a Brand Ambassador for Dr Botanicals!  I’ve had such a lovely response to the news, so thank you very much 🙂  So this is my first review as a Brand Ambassador – and it starts with the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream!

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream

Love Your Body This Valentines

You may remember this post, where I reviewed two other products from the Moroccan Rose line.  I absolutely loved them, and am still using up the last bits of those two products now!  They really do go a long way.  I was excited to try something else from the Moroccan Rose range, as I love the scent.  

Dr Botanicals chose this product for February as their theme for the month is “Love your body this Valentines”.  I suppose as a gift (to a loved one, or yourself), it’ll last longer than actual roses!


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