A real Stepping Stone – Lush

Stepping Stone BannerOne thing that always “gets me” about Lush’s products are the names. Whoever comes up with these names should be awarded a “Punny medal of honour”. If you’re reading this, I salute you. I saluteThe much dreaded Sunday evening with its taste of the Monday Blues, to me, is usually a bath time feast. It’s the time of the week, where I try to relax and indulge in my favourite bath products. Just so that it’s very clear – I’ve had the worst time trying to ration my Lush products – I want to use them every day, all day long!

This week I set out to try the blue, fresh smelling, foot-shaped foot scrub called Stepping Stone. As with the Each Peach Massage bar, my purchase was based on smell. It smells like the ocean, if the ocean smelled like citrus and jojoba. At first, I wasn’t convinced that this brittle bar could quite stand up to the challenge, but as soon as it hit the water and I worked it onto my feet, I could feel the sea salt and pumice doing its magic. Stepping stone 2Bonus: If your dream has always been to be a Smurf, then THIS is the product for you! *LIFE MADE*

stepping stone 3Also, in addition to being buffed and polished, my feet were soft and moisturised by the oils the scrub contains.

How to use: Break into preferred sizes for future uses (I think I’d get about 3 uses out of it) and store in a cool, dry place. If you would like to purchase your very own Smurf maker… I mean Stepping Stone, you can head on over to the Lush site.

stepping stone 1** I think I might have to factor into my monthly budget some extra money for Lush … who needs to eat? **

Ceridwen’s Cauldron – Lush Bath Melt

Ceridwen's CauldrenMy lush haul (or at least what qualifies in my books as a haul) included a Ceridwen’s Cauldren. I was partly persuaded by a video I saw by another blogger (and now I can’t remember who it was… oops), but the name of the bath melt was the final nail in the coffin.

It makes me think of the country side where a bunch of hippies live off the land with a fire and a brewing pot … and I won’t lie… I want to be there. awkies

A Cauldron is a big metal pot used for cooking and here’s what tickles my “I-see-what-you-did-there” fancy. The bath melt looks like this: Ceridwen's Cauldron in hand

Sort of pot looking, right? And if you’re relaxing in the tub, it’s almost like a big pot – cooking away the stress.

A bath melt is a slow releasing bath oil and Ceridwen’s Cauldron is a lovely combination of oats, soothing lavender and rich oils. Every bath melt is wrapped like a gift in muslin cloth and dipped in wild flowers … feeling like a hippy yet?

As the butters melt, you’ll feel your skin softening and the stresses of the day leaving your body while the wild flowers and lavender create a feast for the senses. The oats make the water milky and you’d be excused for demanding the execution of your sister, because, yes, you WILL feel like Cleopatra.

The only downside to this is the one time use. But it is a GREAT once a month or once a week (if you can afford it) spoil and it is something that you must try. If you’d like to buy yours, click here.

Footnote…. How excited am I about Lush coming to Canal Walk? super excited 2

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Happiness is a Hey Gorgeous Pineapple and Mango Body Sorbet

Just like everyone who attended the Hey Gorgeous High Tea at the One and Only Hotel, I got the first look at their spring/summer range. As I was helping to set up and pack out the products, I “Ooh and … Continue reading

HOW TO: Pretty Polka Dotty Nails

If you know me, you’ll know that I canter on my merry way without a second thought to the condition of my nails. Ginger’s eyes twitch ever so slightly at the sight of the aftermath of my 2-week-old self-done mani coat. It takes him a couple of “Leana, when are you going to do your nails again?” for me to finally get sick of it and take it off, after which, my nails would be naked for weeks.

Last week I saw an Instagram post by Beauty South Africa that has changed the way I do my nails forever.

So, I tried my hand at it and this is was the outcome … Polka Dot Nails

And here’s how I did it Some Colours that I usedI’ve been using Hey Gorgeous’ Vanilla Cuticle oil that we got in our goodie bags – AH-MAH-ZING!

Start off with a base coat. I love Tip Top Nails vitamin E base coat – and it dries really quickly. If you don’t have a base coat, you could use any clear colour. I’ve been toying with the idea of a clear glitter coat. Tip Top Vitamin E

*** For the purpose of this tutorial, I used my toenails as guinea pigs *** My naked toes

1) Cut toothpicks in half (You’ll use the thicker part and not the pointy part). Take your first toothpick half (you can also use a dotting tool if you have one), dip into your first colour and dot wherever the hell you feel like it! All the colours

dot them anywhere2) Continue doing this with all the colours you chose. Try to use the sharp point of the toothpick towards the top of the nail to create some diversity – it looks like bubbles.

3) Once you’re done and happy with your dots and it’s dry, cover with a top coat. I would NOT suggest something with glitter for the top coat as it destroys the look of the the “bubbles”. My toes

And then you’re done!

You’re welcome! * skips away *

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Each Peach is different, but Lush’s peach is SPECIAL

A recent study has shown that the smell of citrus lifts a woman’s spirits… boys… if you’re paying close attention, this means copious amounts of lemony bath products and perfumes with top notes of lemon like Dior Addict Shine and … Continue reading

Face-mapping, Heart shaped biscuits, tea and Dermalogica

Last weekend, as a Women’s day treat, Heather and Dermalogica arranged a little get together for the Bloggers who Bless girls and a friend. I didn’t hesitate to invite my bestie, school chum and Tina Fey to my Amy Poehler, to join me in a morning of heart biscuits, tea and Dermalogica.

As part of our treat, we got a free face-mapping assessment and I’ll tell you this – knowing exactly what is wrong with your skin AND knowing that you are the only one to blame is both empowering and shameful.

Since my blogging journey started, I had received quite a few Dermalogica goodies, but I never knew how to use them and thus, never REALLY appreciated the range.

After everyone was assessed, we had a “face bar” session where we did our own “Dermalogica mini-facial” using products suited for our skins that target our problem areas. This was a defining moment for me. My skin was angry with me – so inflamed and stingy, but it soon calmed down after the very active products settled on my skin. But besides the flared up skin, I realised that if I wasn’t going to take action, my skin is going to pay the consequences.

Each of us left that day with a goodie bag containing 3 products to help us on our journey to glorious skin and every day since then, I’ve used them religiously. I think it’s safe to say, I’m addicted to Dermalogica. Dermalogica

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