You might have seen on my Twitter account than I recently went to an evening at Lush with my Mum….and had such a good time!! If you’re celebrating you’re birthday, having a hen night, or just looking for an excuse to pamper yourself, I’d really recommend thinking about doing this. Although no alcohol is involved (dammit!! 😜), they offer a couple of different options depending how you’d like to pamper yourself – and how much you want to spend). We were invited to the Beauty School evening and were given a ‘lesson in great skin’.
The evening lasted for 1 hour 30 minutes and cost us £25. We arrived there for 6pm and were greeted by our hosts for the evening. The had set up the shop with soft drinks (tasty fruity, sparkly ones….with candyfloss!) and nibbles of strawberries, pop corn, nuts and iced coconut….yummy!!
As we sat with our drinks, we went round and said what we liked about our skin and also what we loved about our neighbours skin – a lovely positive way to start the night! Our host for the evening the showed us round the shop and talked through each of the products, the history behind them and their special qualities.
The theme of the evening was decided in advance, with our focus being on facial skincare (however I believe there is also the option to select hand and foot treatments).
Led by our trained party hosts, we received a guide on skincare routines and techniques which we then practiced on one another!! Think of a spa facial…but with the hilarity of having your partner (in this case my mum!) trying to apply the products!!
As with any skincare process, the first step was to apply the cleanser to remove the dirt of the day and any makeup. It’s worth pointing out that it was a completely pointless process taking my makeup to work and touching it up before arriving 😜. We were given the choice of using ‘9 to 5‘ (made with almond oil and dove orchid cleansing milk, to soothe and moisturise) or ‘Ultrabland’ (based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, its made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey). Once we’d selected our toner, our partner stood behind us and used the techniques demonstrated to us by our host, to apply it using soothing motions. This method of application remained the same throughout!!
Secondly, we picked our toners. For this we had the choice of ‘Breath of Fresh Air‘ (which is apparently the most refreshing of Lush’s toner waters. It has mineral-rich carrageenan seaweed extract and rose absolute to tone and balance the skin), ‘Eua Roma Water‘ (which is recommended for even the most sensitive skins. Again the rose water will help to calm and reduce redness, whilst lavender water will balance and soften the skin) or ‘Tea Tree Water‘ (which helps keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear). I went for the ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ option to follow my ‘9 to 5’ cleanser.
After our partner had used the Toner on our faces, our hosts then added a Steam Tab to some hot water for us to breathe in the beautiful aroma. Again we had the choice, but I selected the ‘Dream Steam Tab‘. When added to water the steam lifts the essential oils for you to lift to your face and inhale. Once it’s cooled, you can also use cotton wool pads or a face cloth to remove any cleanser or drift from your face, neck and chest.
As you know, the next step should be a serum! Using ‘Full of Grace‘ (a moisturising facial serum in solid form – which has a blend of oils mixed with Portobello mushrooms, chamomile blue oil and calamine powder), we warmed the bar on our fingertips and applied to our partners faces.
Next up we were able to make our own facemasks….showing how fresh and natural Lush’s products really are!!
We made the ‘Catastrophe Cosmetic‘ mask which has fresh blueberries. These are used as they are so rich in vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E that help to protect the skin from damage. Because of this though, the product only has a life of three weeks and has to be kept in the fridge!
After we mixed it up came the fun part of applying it to our faces!! Excuse the photo below but it was to hard to resist not to add it in!!
Finally we finished with some moisturiser….obviously after picking from a selection again! Our options were –
‘Vanishing Cream‘ – which is a light, cocoa butter-free moisturiser that doesn’t sit on the skin or overload it. This one is good for using in the morning under make-up, or to refresh you during the day.
‘Skin’s Shangri La‘ – This is a rich, silky moisturiser that gives a velvety texture and is particularly good in winter, or as a night cream. It has a base of five nourishing oils, added cocoa butter and beeswax, then a shot of Queen of Hungary Water.
‘Gorgeous‘ – Filled with freshly-juiced fruits, cold-pressed and organic oils it leaves your skin feeling super soft. It’s made fresh in small batches and uses fresh pineapples, fresh organic lemon and orange juices which encourage the skin to stay matte and to help remove dead skin cells.
Now that our skin was feeling clean, soft and glowing, we were given the £10 to the spend in store. What to pick was such a tricky choice, but I ended up plumping for the ‘H’Shuan Wen Hua‘ Hair Mask. Which after using on mine, my Mum’s and Sister’s hair….we can all recommend!! We did book this as part of a corporate night so we were really lucky and also got an awesome goody bag full of treats that we had used during the evening and new ones to try at home too. I’ll let you know how I get on with them!! 😃