5 favorite summer fragrances – a Makeup Wars post

Another Makeup Wars, another way to entice you into spending money. This time we’re tempting your senses with a variety of fragrance that are loved by the bloggers involved. Normally Marcia writes the Makeup Wars post but for this she’s turned to her blog partner Lisa for advice. Lisa has a love of fragrance so she’s sharing 5 of the scents she’s tried this year that’s she’s crazy about. On the original list Lisa sent me she included ones from last year like Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig, Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder, and LaVanila Vanilla Coconut BUT being the stern taskmaster that I am, I made her chose 5 different ones and promised that I’d show you her choices from last year’s Makeup Wars. Now unto her 2015 Summer Favorites in no particular order.
Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

1. CLEAN SUMMER SUN ($59*) is her most expensive choice but one she is loving this summer. “Clean Summer Sun is a fruity, woody scent in truly beautiful packaging. The bottle itself looks like a summer sunset. At First I was thinking that with the somewhat tropical appearance perhaps this was a beachy scent, but it isn’t. It’s more of an outdoorsy fresh-cut lawns, lush green woods, watching the fireflies come out kind of scent.”soap and paper2.  SOAP & PAPER FACTORY SOLID PERFUME IN ORANGE BLOSSOM ($18*) is a great choice if you are traveling or like to take a scent with you. “The Orange Blossom scent is beyond gorgeous. This smells just like orange blossom with a woodsy note once it dries down. If you love orange blossoms, this is for you. And solid perfumes are perfect for summer.”1437349850_island_coconut_065eaff8-aae1-46f2-808f-9b373fa67460_large.jpg_v_1430874783

3. SunyIsland Blu ISLAND COCONUT ($12) “Sometimes it’s just too darn hot to wear perfume so instead I go for fragranced body sprays. My favorite Etsy Shop (also website) for summer sprays is SunyIslandBlu. This summer I am constantly reaching for two body sprays in particular – Island Coconut which is a mix of tropical coconut and sweet vanilla and Summer Crush which is a light creamy coconut.”  Note from Marcia: Lisa is a coconut fiend. I couldn’t find Summer Crush on Etsy or their website which is going to make Lisa sad. I hope she stocked up.1437349774_Skeem-Sweet-Pea-and-Vanilla-next-to-packaging-172x3004. SKEEM PURE PERFUME IN SWEET PEA AND VANILLA ($15*) Lisa has always loved Skeem and seems to have a stash of their beautiful candles at her home. Now she’s learned about their Pure Perfume and she’s enchanted. “These perfumes have only 3 natural ingredients: denatured alcohol, filtered water and Skeem’s exclusive fragrances. The took the scents from their Pur Piller Candle Collection and made them into cute roller balls. Just like with their candles, the packaging for each scent is a work of art itself. Check out the beautiful butterflies that adorn the Sweet Pea and Vanilla scent. This scent is a great combination of deep, rich vanilla and the beautiful floral of Sweet Pea. The scent on these is strong at first but then it dries down to a gorgeous subtleness that lasts throughout the entire day.”lush vanillary5.  LUSH VANILLARY PERFUME ($15.95) Actually Lisa had two Lush fragrances but only this one is on their website but if you go to a Lush store see if they have the Gorilla scents and look for Furze, a cookies and coconut scent. “The Lush Vanillary scent is a fantastic option for vanilla lovers. It combines deep vanilla with soft caramel notes, a pairing that adds up to a wonderfully rich scent that isn’t too sweet or too foody.”

Thanks for reading our combination post. Lisa is making Marcia think twice about her fragrance phobia. Did she do that to you too?


*items marked with * are pr samples, rest are purchases

Lush does us all a solid with their new Solid Shampoo Bars

Lush Solid Shampoo Bars

Have you heard that Lush has come out with six brand new Solid Shampoo Bars? A longtime fan of Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar, I was doing a happy dance when they sent the BIZ five of their six new bars to try.

The Lush Solid Shampoo Bars are handmade, environmentally conscious, and perfect for travel. They are also very easy to use if you know the ‘secret’. The first few times I tried Lush solid shampoos and conditioners, I got my long hair all tangled up and it was a rather awkward experience. Then I realized that I needed to get my hair wet then smoothed the bar straight down from crown to ends. The bars lather up nicely and rinse out clean. I highly suggest the Lush Shampoo Bar Tin for safe storage in between shampoos.

Don't forget this!  The Lush Shampoo Bar Tin

Don’t forget this! The Lush Shampoo Bar Tin

The Solid Shampoo Bars are discs of shampoo that are extremely condensed, about 60 to 100 times. In fact, one bar has roughly the same amount of shampoo as three regular plastic bottles of shampoo. This means that when you use a Solid Shampoo Bar, you are doing your part for the environment and reducing the amount of plastic waste.

The six new Solid Shampoo Bars include Brazilliant, Montalbano, Lullaby, Honey I Washed My Hair, Copperhead, and Jason and the Argan Oil. I have all but Jason and the Argan Oil for review today.

Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar

Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar

Brazilliant ($9.95) features orange oil and andiroba oil from the Brazilian rainforest to both strengthen and condition hair. Whole fresh oranges go into this bright little disc. It leaves my hair extremely smooth with no frizz. What I love the most, though, is the scent…that fabulous orange smells so clean and fresh.

Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar

Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar

Montalbano ($9.95) is a little hockey puck of lemony goodness. It has three different types of lemon, including lemon juice, lemon peel, and lemon oil. This is the perfect bar for those with oily hair and scalp. Normal haired people will love this for extra clean hair, but if you have dry hair go for Honey I Washed My Hair or Copperhead instead.

Lush Lullaby Shampoo Bar

Lush Lullaby Shampoo Bar

Lullaby ($9.95) is a great name for this bar since it is very gentle and the scent is so comforting. Oat milk and almond meal nourish and protect hair, and the lavender and chamomile oils make this smell like a warm memory. This is a great bar for your little ones!

Lush Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar

Lush Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar

The Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar ($9.95) has that classic ‘toffee drenched in honey’ scent. The honey is a great moisturizer and I find that this bar leaves my hair very soft and bouncy. This is a great choice for those with sensitive scalps.

Lush Copperhead Shampoo Bar

Lush Copperhead Shampoo Bar

Copperhead ($11.95) is the coolest looking Solid Shampoo Bar with the epic snake imprint. Impressive! This bar has tons of great ingredients, including cocoa butter, agar agar, seaweed gel, and henna. There is just a small amount of henna – not enough to change hair color, but enough to condition hair. This bar makes my hair straight and glossy with shine. It is the one to choose if you have fine hair or color-treated hair. Since I have both, it makes sense that this is my favorite of all the new bars. The scent is a heavenly mixture of vanilla and coffee…a perfect way to wake up in the morning.

Lush has done a great job of creating some fun and exciting new Solid Shampoo Bars. Head on over to Lush to check them out…you need at least one of them for travel!  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration

Get ready for your Heart Throb…Lush for Valentine’s Day

Lush Heart Throb

I am in love with an absolute heart throb. No, not Joe Manganiello…he has Sophia Vergara now so I have moved on. My new love is Lush’s Heart Throb Bubbleroon. It does indeed make my heart go pitter-patter with all that seductive red and glittery gold…not to mention the promise of a super sudsy bubble bath that will leave my skin soft, moisturized, and gleaming. $8.95 is a small price to pay for this big heart that makes for four fabulous bubble baths.

Lush Heart Throb

Lush Heart Throb

Lush Heart Throb

Lush Heart Throb

Inside this beautiful heart hides tons of shea butter to pamper skin, as well as ylang ylang and geranium oils. This is one heart I am happy to break!  I twist it in half, break it apart, then break it into more pieces – four in all – and one piece turns my bubble bath a seductive orangey red with golden shimmer and lots of bubbles. The scent is fabulous, a soft floral that is just beautiful.

Who needs Joe when I have this Heart Throb? Pick this up at Lush for a fabulous Valentine’s Day treat for yourself!  – Lisa

*PR sample for editorial consideration

Yeah, In Your Dreams! Lush LE Valentine Collection

Oh yes, the latest wrapped collection from Lush for Valentine’s Day called In Your Dreams ($23.95) is definitely dreamy. It looks like it is sold out online right now, but my local Lush still has some in stock. Read this review then go pick up a few of these while you still can!

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams

I think of Valentine’s Day as a day to show some love to anyone…my little girl is thrilled to get a little something special as a reminder of how much I love her. My husband is more of the ‘show me’ than ‘give me’ type, so I always take the pressure off him and get myself something special too.

I know I can’t go wrong with Lush, because they always do Valentine’s Day right. It’s heaven for bath and body products and In Your Dreams is a flirty, fun, fabulous gift that will thrill any bath lover.

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams wrapping paper

The funky cool wrapping paper envelopes an entire Valentine’s Day story:  t’s a prince on a unicorn, coming in for the big kiss!

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Unicorn Horn is the most spectacular bubble bar I have ever seen. This big bar has everything:  a pastel rainbow of colors, colored candy stars, sparkles, and essential oils. The bath water turns a beautiful silvery pink…exactly what every good unicorn would want. It smells sooo good, like a peppery pink forest. I can’t even begin to guess how many baths you can get out of this big hunk of magic. Pure love in a tub.

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

The Kiss Lip Gloss is wonderful. I think this is the smoothest pot gloss I have ever tried from Lush. It leaves just a hint of pink sheen on lips along with a wonderful slip. It tastes like yummy almonds and vanilla, and the shea and cupuaçu butters really moisturize. It even has a bit of guarana seed powder to plump up your pucker. This is LE so get it while you can.

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Ah, the Prince Charming Shower Gel is delightful. Not only is it pink and shimmery, it smells AMAZING. The fragrance is an intoxicating blend of pomegranate juice, Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion, and almond oil. This LE shower gel definitely a dream come true. By the way, if you need to travel light, Lush shower gels make a great shampoo.

This is one dreamy gift that is going fast, so run to your nearest Lush to pick one up for your sweetie. While you’re at it, pick one up for yourself, because In Your Dreams is a limited edition gift that won’t be around much longer.  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Lush In Your Dreams opened

Have yourself a ‘Lush’ious holiday with these limited edition treats!

I look forward to many things in the holiday season, like decorating and eating frosted sugar cookies and the amazing scent of a real pine tree inside the house.  Also on my list every year?  The fabulous limited edition Lush holiday treats!  Here are some favorites that Lush sent us.  They make fantastic gifts and each one always puts me right into the holiday spirit.

Lush Star Light, Star Bright and Golden Wonder

Lush Star Light, Star Bright and Golden Wonder

How could the Star Light Star Bright Luxury Bath Melt ($6.95) be more holiday perfect?  It makes for an extremely festive bath, so definitely be prepared for a sparkly version of yourself afterward.  Star Light Star Bright is mega-moisturizing with organic shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil, and it smells clean and happy with notes of ginger and lime. The shea butter is magical for dry skin and makes bath water silky and creamy. There is a hidden treat inside that I won’t spoil for you, but it does turn bath water blue shot through with silver glitter.

The Golden Wonder Bath Bomb (6.95) is one of Lush’s most beautiful bath bombs.  It looks just like a perfectly wrapped gift begging to be opened.  The sweet orange, lime, and cognac oils in it soften skin, and there is a special surprise inside – a little gift just for you!  This is a perfect treat for a special bath on Christmas Day.

Lush Rosy Christmas

Lush Rosy Christmas

A wonderful pre-wrapped gift is the Rosy Christmas ($16.95) duo.  Already ensconced in pretty paper, it’s totally gift-ready and with two great bath products – Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.  Rose Jam Shower Gel is limited edition and I am not sure why, since I would buy this any month of the year.  It smells amazing, sort of like strawberry jam tempered with lemon, a truly gorgeous scent that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is a wonderful mixture of cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, almond oil and Argan oils.  It’s meant to do for your body what conditioner does for your hair.  This is slathered on then rinsed off in the shower, and it makes skin ultra smooth and baby soft. It is particularly great for leg shaving day!

Santa Baby Lip Tint

Santa Baby Lip Tint

The perfect stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift is the limited edition Santa Baby Lip Tint ($8.95).  The little tin is darling, and the red tint makes lips mistletoe ready.  This is a blue-toned red, and WOW is it pigmented!  It’s not like a lip balm.  Santa Baby Lip Tint is so pigmented that a tiny amount is all that is needed for a party-perfect pucker. Plus it tastes like a cherry Coke.

There are many more fabulous limited edition lovelies available at Lush, and they don’t last long.  Make sure a trip to your local Lush store – or the online store – is on your to-do list for the holidays!   – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Top Ten Tuesday celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you are like me then you are still trying to think of a gift for someone dear to you. Gifts don’t just have to be to mothers – they can be for daughter-in-laws, grandmothers, a dear friend or aunt, or even yourself. Here are 10 plus that I’d love to see wrapped up for me. Starting at 12:00 and going clockwise are….
1. SEPHORA SUMMERTIME FAVORITES – I don’t have this but it’s loaded with items I love or want to love. For $45 you’ll find a cosmetic bag filled with this amazing collection
- 0.049 oz Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten
– 0.08 oz Nars Travel Size Laguna Bronzing Powder
– 0.095 oz Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape
– 0.27 oz Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream
– 0.018 oz Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L
– 0.08 oz Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave with Lip Brush
– 0.23 oz Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer in Venus
– 0.5 oz Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
– 0.09 oz Marc Jacobs Mini Lash Lifter Mascara in Blacquer
2. A GIRL’S GOTTA SPA ENERGIZING CITRUS BODY LOTION AND BODY WASH – I’d love these because as much as I splurge on cosmetics, I don’t splurge on body products. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body products are free of trendy ingredients, bogus miracle solutions and product hype. They’re cruelty-free (in fact, we’re Leaping Bunny certified.) They’re also free of sulfates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and fragrances. What our natural body wash and natural lotion do have, is something purely honest and simple, something effective and unpretentious. They are made in small batches to give you the highest quality product possible. It is an elucidation to your dry skin care woes and satiates your senses. I am partial to citrus fragrances in products so I just know these would make me (and you) happy.
3. PACK A HAT by Capelli Straworld – a great summer treat for anyone who loves to be outside. This is a hat that folds into a purse so you can carry it anywhere. I’ll be reviewing it soon but until then you should check these out since they’ll make walking, gardening, spending time near the water and just about everything you do outside much prettier.

4. STELLA & DOT JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES – this is my Mother’s Day present to myself. I bought a 30″ dainty ball chain with the initials of my two grandchildren. It’s not a statement piece (Stella & Dot carries some beauties) but it’s a piece that shows my love. I’ve linked to my wonderful representative, Darcy Sieber, in case you don’t have one. After ordering this I had it in 4 days!!

Stella & Dot

Stella & Dot

5. and 6. SUBSCRIPTION BOXES – I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes and think there’s one for everyone and every budget. For $21 a month you can order GLOSSYBOX and get someone full size and deluxe samples of skincare and cosmetics; for $7 a month you can order COLOR ME MONTHLY which delivers a surprise nail polish shade; for $36 a month you can order one of three WANTABLE boxes (cosmetics, accessories or intimates) and for $49.95 you can order FAB FIT FUN which has a little bit of everything. A subscription box gift is perfect for those far away from you or for a last minute “oops I forgot”. You pick the number of months so you can keep it in your budget.
7. LISA HOFFMAN SCENTED JEWELRY – there are a lot of items you can order from Lisa Hoffman that make very unusual gifts. My blog partner Lisa adores this line so when I asked her to pick a favorite fragrance for me to share today this is what she chose. This particular one is the Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet that you fill with the scented beads but there are others that she’s crazy about too.
8. LUSH MUM’S GIFT SET – While Lush has beautiful gifts for all occasions there is something special about this Mum’s Gift Set. The Mum Gift Set has seven different floral-scented products, including two bath bombs, three bubble bars, a body lotion and a face moisturizer. It’s everything your mom needs to smell amazing after a bit of pampering. And I bet she’ll share too.
9. CLARISONIC ARIA INDULGENCE GIFT SET – I chose this since more mom’s know about the Clarisonic than the Foreo Luna plus it’s a great set that not only contains the new Aria but also 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, 0.5 oz Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, and 0.23 oz Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. You’ll get a lot for the $199 that this normally costs by itself.
10. MONT BLEU – I could have done a post just on buying Mont Bleu products for Mother’s Day but I chose just 3 of the hundreds of beautiful items. I have the heart key chain and smile every time I pick up my keys. I can distinguish between the two cars with ease plus it’s a heart!! The business card case shown is perfect if you have a working mom and the hairbrush is just to die for! You can find every price item at Mont Bleu and you absolutely won’t be disappointed. The shipping is reasonable and quick.
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Out of all of these I think my own elderly mother would most enjoy the Lisa Hoffman bracelet since she’d have something different than the other ladies in her senior citizen apartment building. For me I’d love more Mont Bleu and A Girl’s Gotta Spa products.
Join the other bloggers to see what they chose. It’s always fun to see the differences. — Marcia

 

*some items were PR samples

Your mum says hi. Lush Mum Gift Set for Mother’s Day

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Yes, your mom does even more than a superhero, yet there’s only one official day of the year to recognize her for it.  You might as well go big and get her a bunch of treats that will help her finally relax: the Lush Mum Gift Set (54.95).  This gift set comes in a beautiful floral reusable tin.  If your mom is like mine, she will love how practical and pretty this gift is.

Lush Mum...just right for mom!

Lush Mum…just right for mom!

Lush Mum

Lush Mum

The Mum Gift Set has seven different floral-scented products, including two bath bombs, three bubble bars, a body lotion and a face moisturizer.  It’s everything your mom needs to smell amazing after a bit of pampering.

all the goodies!

all the goodies!

The Mum is a gift a bathing beauty will use for a long time as there are five different bath options, each of which can be used for multiple baths.  There are two bath bombs, the first being the Secret Garden Bath Bomb.

Secret Garden Bath Bomb

Secret Garden Bath Bomb

a little flower power for your mum

a little flower power for your mum

What is so secret about this bath bomb? The inside is stuffed with flower petals. Drop this in the tub for a garden scented volcanic eruption as rose absolute, sweet wild orange, and rosewood oils waft about the room. The top of the water is covered with foamy goodness, while the rose petals, marigold petals, and blue mallow flowers swirl underneath to soften the skin. This one requires some tub cleaning afterward, but your mom will think it’s no problem while she is in the zen state of bliss after a Secret Garden bath.

 The second bath bomb is the wonderfully meditative Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb.
Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb

Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb

first inhale...

first inhale…

exhale!

then exhale!

The pink inhale part fizzes up quickly, the scent of neroli making for a perfectly bright and fruity inhale.  The blue exhale part takes its time, and infuses the bath with a more contemplative scent of warm amber and sandlewood.   This unique bath bomb is one of Lush’s most popular items, so you can be sure your mom will love it.

The other bathing goodies include three very different bubble bars.  The first is the Rose Bubble Bar – could this be any sweeter?

Rose Bubble Bar

Rose Bubble Bar

Definitely enough for several baths, this bubble bar has a creamy, delicate rose scent that morphs into frothy bubbles.  It is actually the scent of the classic Amandopondo Bubble Bar, but with a beautiful pink color and some sexy shimmer.

The next bubble bar is the one named specifically for moms – The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar.

The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar

The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar

more flower power!

more flower power!

I just love The Mum , a reusable bubble bar on a stick. It’s a never-ending bubble bath with the best sort of packaging ever. I don’t know why, but everything always seems better when it’s on a stick!  Draw your mom a nice warm bath, then swirl this pretty yellow and orange flower around to create tons of bubbles that smell amazing.  This year The Mum has the sweet Honey, I Washed the Kids toffee scent that will put a huge smile on her face.

Mumkin Bubble Bar

Mumkin Bubble Bar

The Mumkin is so cute it deserves another photo!

The Mumkin is so cute it deserves another photo!

The Mumkin is Lush’s hybrid of a pumpkin and your mom.  The Mumkin, just like your mom, is very special – it’s only available around Mother’s Day. Crumble up the Mumkin and hold the pieces under running water to create mounds of velvety bubbles. It smells like raspberry, bergamot, lemon, and violets – pretty amazing. The eyes are chocolate drops, and the stick is a candy stalk. It’s tempting to try to eat this one, but it makes a much better bubble bath than a candy treat!

After bathing it’s time to slather on some body lotion, and Lush has included a nice big tub of Dream Cream just perfect for the job.

Dream Cream

Dream Cream

inside the Dream Cream pot

inside the Dream Cream pot

Dream Cream is a thick but not greasy body lotion that works for even the most sensitive skin.  In fact, it’s terrific for rashy, inflamed skin and chapped hands from too much gardening.  It has a lovely lavendar scent that isn’t overpowering.

Finally, faces need moisture too…and Lush Gorgeous will make sure your mom always looks stunning.

Gorgeous Facial Moisturizer

Gorgeous Facial Moisturizer

moisturizer to get gorgeous

moisturizer to get gorgeous

Gorgeous has cold pressed and organic oils that make it a mega-moisturizer for your face.  It is especially fantastic for those with very dry skin.  Ingredients include orange blossom honey, extra virgin olive and wheat germ oils for baby soft skin.  This is a deluxe sample size so your mom can try before she buys.

Your mom wants this.

Your mom wants this.

The Mum Gift Set from Lush is the supreme gift for bath-loving moms.  Hurry and get one before they are sold out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration