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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

LUSH Store Tour and Discovering the Best LUSH Products for Pregnancy Pampering!

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Are you looking for a fun shopping experience? Do you have a LUSH store or a LUSH department (in a Macy's) near you? I highly recommend stopping into your nearest LUSH location to experience all that the store has to offer! Recently, I toured the LUSH "Mall of Georgia" store location. What a fun experience! Not only was that particular trip fun, but also I should mention that I enjoy exploring LUSH products every time I step into a LUSH store or LUSH store department.

For my LUSH store tour, I had one purpose in mind: Pregnancy Pampering!!! As many of you know, pregnancy can be flat out exhausting.Your legs are aching, your skin is stretching, your skin type and hair type may have changed, and you basically can just feel achy, bloated, and tired. Plus, you can't use many of your usual standbys for oily skin and breakouts (no benzol peroxide nor retinol while pregnant) and body aches (Advil is another no-no). Whenever I complain to my OB about fatigue and aches...what does he recommend??? A bath!!! So, what is a girl to do? Me? I headed right to my very favorite bath and body store...LUSH!

So, I basically got the "pregnancy tour"! :) The LUSH Mall of Georgia's Curtis gave me a really fabulous tour and experience. There is no question that he is not only knowledgeable, but also passionate about LUSH products! His enthusiasm was contagious and I had a lot of fun discovering all that LUSH had to offer a tired preggie like me. :)

While I heard about and smelled items in almost all of the stores categories, I am going to focus a bit more on the items that I ended up taking home (otherwise this post would be WAY too long, lol!). There is no question. When it comes to beauty pampering, LUSH has you totally covered!

Bath Bombs:
Can you believe that I didn't pick up a bath bomb (kicking self! must go back!!!). I just had to include the bath bombs as they really are probably the "most fun" of all of the LUSH bath items. As you can see from the photo above, there are a zillion to choose from. I smelled almost all of them and just about all of the scents appealed to me. LUSH scents are certainly not for the faint-at-heart. I mean, you can smell the LUSH store all the way down the hallway in the mall! There is no question that these heavily scented bath bombs would scent not only your bathroom, but likely your whole home too while you use it! Each bath bomb has a different effect in the water creating fizzy colored bubbles and bath water. So fun!!!
LUSH Bar Soap:
LUSH has such a fun assortment of bar soap!!! They cut it to the size you want and you pay for it by weight. Basically, I just browsed the soaps and choose one that appealed to me scent-wise. Also, I mentioned to Curtis that I was looking for a "refreshing" soap since my skin has been feeling a bit oily between the heat of Summer and pregnancy. He steered me towards Ice Blue which is an intense peppermint soap. I find this soap to feel so "cooling" during Summer! It doesn't lather as much as my usual Olay soap. However, it gets me just as clean. Plus, it seems to be a "hard" soap (it doesn't melt down much when I use it) that will last for weeks in the shower. Also, I love that one side has sea salt crystals so that I can exfoliate my rough patches! :)

One of my main pregnancy complaints is my issue with my skin changing type and breaking out. I usually have combo/normal skin that rarely breakouts. However, with pregnancy, my skin has become quite oily and is extremely breakout-prone (especially on my chin). I am struggling with fighting zits on a daily basis. Combine this with the fact that pregnant women can't use standard zit-zapping ingredients like salicylic acid and benzol can imagine how frustrating this is! During my LUSH store tour I mentioned needing something natural and pregnancy-safe to combat breakouts, and my tour guide showed me this product! This refreshing Tea Tree toner contains Tea Tree which is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ingredient. It also contains juniper berry and grapefruit to balance skin and help fight blemishes. This toner is soothing and alcohol-free. I find that it is really effective in my t-zone area for really giving my skin the extra "cleanse" that it needs to cut back the grease and disinfect my skin. I use this after cleansing. 

Do you ever use powder? I fully admit that even as a product-junkie, I haven never routinely used dusting powder! It honestly just never occurred to me! My LUSH tour guide recommended using a dusting powder to not only help me to feel drier and fresher but also to "seal in" my moisturizer. I love the idea of using a rich moisturizer and then sealing it off with this powder to give your skin a dry yet hydrated feel. I chose the Vanilla Puff powder which smells amazing!!! I have an affinity for vanilla body products and perfumes. So, this product is perfect for scent layering, too!

Of course, with a name nodding to one of my all-time favorite shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", I immediately fell in love with Buffy Body Butter! LUSH's body butters are completely different that a typical body butter (like the kind that comes in a tub). These body butter bars were meant to be used on wet skin. This is the perfect treat for the bath tub! Simply rub this body butter bar all over your wet skin while you are in the tub. Buffy contains ground rice, almonds, and beans to exfoliate your skin and cocoa and shea butters to moisturize. It smells so good! Plus, it leaves you so hydrated that you don't need an additional moisturizer after your bath. Top this off with the Vanilla Dusting Powder and you are good-to-go! :)
Last, but not least, lets talk about LUSH's amazing massage bars! My achy and swollen pregnant body NEEDS massage! Let me tell you, these massage bars from LUSH are a total treat! If anyone needs an excuse to get their husband to give them massages, you must scope out these massage bars from LUSH! I picked out three massage bars all for different needs: the Wiccy Magic Muscles bar, the Strawberry Fields Forever bar, and the Therapy Bar. The Wiccy bar is probably my favorite. It is for achy muscles...and that is pretty much what I have with this pregnancy. The Wiccy bar is the "Ben Gay" of LUSH. It gives your skin an "icy hot" feeling with its peppermint and cinnamon spice oils. If you love the smell of cinnamon, then you will love how this bar smells! The Strawberry Fields Forever bar drew me in with its amazing strawberry scent! Have I mentioned that I am obsessed with the scent of Strawberry lately? Finally, the Therapy the herbal scent and it leaves you so moisturized!
LUSH's massage bars are super easy to use: Just rub the bar over your skin. The heat of your skin will melt the bar and then you or your husband/boyfriend rubs it in! I think that LUSH's Massage Bars are a must if you are either looking to explore the LUSH brand...or if you are an achy preggie like me looking for any excuse to get a massage! ;)

As ya'll can tell, I am a huge LUSH fan! LUSH is my quintessential go-to brand when I am looking to do some self-pampering. My LUSH pregnancy-pampering products have transformed my bathroom into a little mini-spa. My favorite way to relax in the evens has been to retreat to my bathroom after my toddler is asleep to indulge myself in a LUSH bath followed up by a massage with my LUSH massage bars.

Are you a LUSHie, too? What do you love from LUSH? I am always looking for new LUSH products to try out? Also, I would love to hear what you did or are currently doing for pregnancy pampering! :)

Thanks for reading!


Kim H. said...

i LOVE Lush!!! I love their massage bars and I live for their Ocean Salt.

Unknown said...

@Kim-Isn't LUSH so fun! :) You know...I have always wanted to try their ocean salt! I hear that it is really great!!! :)

Teri - BeautifulMakeupSearch said...

I didn't realize you were pregnant - congrats!

Unknown said...

@Teri-Yes! Thank you!!! :) I am due January 30th and will find out the sex of the baby in 2 weeks (yay!!!)

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