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      16.01.2011 12:44
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      Excellent for people that like to ski in the day and party hard at night!

      For those people who are totally clueless, Andorra is situated inbetween France and Spain and all the skiing is located on the Pyrenees mountains. I visited Pas over the Christmas/new year period, and this review is solely based on that! I flew into Barcelona with my friends, our plane was 3 hours late, but that fault belong's to Easyjet. We had a private transfer booked and he was stood there waiting to take us to resort. The transfer there took 4 hours, this was part motorway driving and part mountain driving - queue travel sickness. Once we were there we got dropped off in the town centre, which is a big roundabout! We then had to locate out hotel. We were staying in the Manzano apartments, which we hadn't paid much for considering the time of year, we paid £210 each to share between 4, the apartment itself could sleep 6, but it would have been way to cramped to sleep this many. It was quite difficult to find having just arrived there, with lots of snow on the ground, suitcases to carry and it being an uphill walk, but once we were there it was fine. We were located about 250m from the slopes and had good views of them from our window. The apartment was clean and spacious for 4 people and had a very big bathroom and adequate cooking facilities. We also had ski lockers in reception which were big enough to house 4 people's equipment and also nice and warm which was an unexpected change! That first afternoon we took a walk round Pas, firstly, we noticed equipment prices, clothes etc weren't as cheap as we expected, in fact you'd be better off buying them in England as the difference was minimal. Occasionally you stumbled across a bargain, while I was there the cosmetic and perfume store 'Gala' had 20% off everything so about a 30% off English prices. They sold big name brands such as Dior and Chanel. The staff were exceptionally helpful, always giving free things with a purchase and going to the other stores on my behalf to pick up goods they didn't have in stock. Alcohol prices in supermarkets were about half the price you pay in the UK, we stocked up for the apartment! First day on the slopes was excellent, we had a lot of snow previous to our arrival which made for great conditions. There is a sneaky blue on the far left of the resort which no one can be bothered to walk to, it was always empty and had some nice challenging parts as well as a snowpark at the top. The rest of the runs in Pas were quite busy as expected at that time of year. On our first 'lunch break' we realised the difference in mountain service between Andorra and France, the queues were horrific, we were waiting 30-45 minutes just to be served very average food and drink. All the mountainside restaurants we found were chains selling exactly the same, with the same service. There was the odd exception but not many. It's worth noting that even if you just want water, you have to queue in the same line, so I really would advise thinking about taking a rucksack in your group. Second day, we decided to explore the rest of the mountain and made our way across to Grau Roig. Lovely long red down from Pas into Grau Roig and that side of the mountain was a lot quieter. The lift to take you up into the next mountain though (of which there is only one, so no other options) was very slow. Quite often we waited 30 mins to get on this lift. If you can manage to get there before 9.30am you'll be fine though. Once you were over into Soldeu though it was great! So many more runs in Soldeu, excellent skiing and a lot more variety. If you're a serious skier rather than a partier, I would recommend Soldeu over Pas any day. On the third day I took a lesson booked in Englad with the ski school in Pas, well that requires a review in itself. Lesson was great, organisation between the English company and them was terrible. It was called Ski holiday extras. Never, ever book lessons in Pas with them. I had to walk up and down between two offices 6 times to get my lesson sorted, and even then it was booked for skiing (I snowboard) and as a result my instructor was changed to one who couldn't speak English. If you can, just book when you get there, they didn't have any availability problems with people booking lessons. As the week progressed, snow got worse, we hadn't had any new snow and it was too warm to put the cannons on. So I opted for a couple of days off and this is what I did. I went to the health centre in pas, it has a lovely pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna etc and it only cost 5 euros for the whole day, an excellent place to chill. I went on a husky dog sleigh ride and snowmobiling in Grau Roig. This cost 60 euros for about an hour altogether. There is so much you can do in Andorra like helicopter rides, ice diving, archery amongst others that even if the snow is bad, you won't be left feeling bored! Eating out and going out in Pas was great. One restaurant called La Copa was excellent for general dining they offered a fixed menu of 15 euros, for this I had a goats cheese salad started (massive and very tasty), steak and chips and catalan creme for dessert. Steaks were cooked on an open fire infront of you and portions were large and it was more than I expected! Staff were very friendly, a good laugh and helpful. Drinks here were cheap and served in 'goldfish bowl' glasses as we described them. We rarely ate anywhere else as it was so good. We also chose this restaurant for our New Year's Eve dinner, where a special menu was laid on including Fois Gras for starter and shallot pasta for main. For night time fun, Underground was the best, and I know every review says it so I won't go into too much detail. The lads were great fun, very generous with alcohol and great music was played. Most drinks cost 5 euros, but generally you got a lot more. We ordered vodka and cokes, and then received another straight after 'on the house' and a free jager shot. Very recommended for a good night. My week there was excellent, snow wasn't the best, but I wouldn't have skied eveyday anyway and there are lots of other activities to keep you entertained. I would recommend Pas for the skiers who like to party, and Soldeu for a more family orientated, ski hard crowd. Any questions, just let me know and i'll answer them! I would go back tomorrow if I had the chance!

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    • Lush Herbalism / Skin Care / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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      23.08.2010 11:02
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      Recommended to anyone with problem skin.

      I have recently had some problems with my skin and visited my trusted Lush shop to ask them to help. The problems I were having were that my skin was a lot dryer than usual and I had also started getting a lot of red spots thus this product was recommended to me. The assistant in the shop demonstrated it on the back of my hand and explained that because of the ground almonds in this product it was a gentle exfoliator and should make my skin super soft. She also showed me that the products itself (although quite dry) contained water when pressed so it wouldn't dry my skin out anymore. As the spots I had were quite red, she also explained that because this product was such a green colour it would help to balance out that redness. The product itself doesn't look too great, it's a green plasticine kind of product which comes in a black pot. The idea is to take a large pea size amount and mix it with a small amount of water in the palm of your hand, when it's of a liquid consistency you rub this over your face and neck. This needs to be done both morning and nights for best results. After a couple of days of just using Herbalism (nothing else, no moisturiser, nothing!) my skin was looking much better, it was a lot less dry and most spots had gone, the ones left were a lot less noticeable. I have been using it for a month or so now and have got about halfway through my pot so it definitely lasts a long time. The cost is £5.50 for 100g which I think is good value for the good effects and amount of time the product lasts for. Available from Lush retail stores or Lush online.

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      25.04.2010 15:17
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      If you're deciding between Hemel and MK - Hemel is 10x better!

      I learnt to snowboard at Milton Keynes just before Christmas, I took the opportunity to learn as Tesco had started to allow their deal vouchers to be used on lessons - if you want to learn this is definitely the cheapest way to do it! I had a great time in the lessons, the biggest group for snowboarding is seven people, but most of the time it was less, i'd even had a private lesson as no one else had booked themselves onto the same lesson. There is a wide choice of lesson times and it's easy to book online. The instructors are so friendly and remembered me from one lesson to another remembering things like my name and the job I do which made me think they actually cared about the job they do! The emphasis in the lessons is always on fun and the instructors do their best to work with everyone in the group. However, my postitive experience of Milton Keynes sno zone ends there. The slope is kept in terrible condition. There always seems to be huge ice patches, no matter what time in the day you go and this is also the case on the lesson slope. It only takes one fall on the ice to really hurt yourself and I know this because i've been carted off to hospital twice from falling on the stuff. The lifts are terrible, the lesson lift usually only half works with the top half always being fixed. There are two button lifts but they hardly ever open the second one which results in huge queues, I once waited 10 minutes just to get on the lift and this was repeated 3 times until they opened the other lift. Considering the price you pay to use this facility, it is just not good enough to only get 10 runs in an hour. Other small details are that the car parking isn't free and the lockers are non refundable which is frustrating if you forget something or if you're on an all day course. I like how the slope is layed out, with it's slope, flat, slope layout, this makes it interesting to ride but far more bad things outweigh the good to pursuade me to ride back at MK now. It's Hemel all the way!! Further information can be found at: http://www.snozone.co.uk/html/snozone-portal/ Including prices, location and other activities.

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        21.04.2010 20:43
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        Way better snow than MK.

        I was recommended by a friend that I checked out Hemel as opposed to my usual snowboarding place of Milton Keynes, at that point I was still a learner so I booked myself onto a level 4 lesson. As I drove up to the snow centre, it looked huge, as you walk in there is a big Snow and Rock shop for all your snow related purchases, upstairs is where you check in and get your equipment and up one more level is the SnowBar which sells a large variety of food and drink. I'ts very spacious and there is even a little balcony looking over the slope. When you check in you will be asked to sign to say you are up to minimum standard if you are not going for a lesson. The minimum standard for snowboarders is to be able to use the lift, turn safely and to control your speed. Obviously if you're on a lesson then you don't need to sign this. They give you a pass which you attach onto your jacket and you get your equipment from the locker area. If you don't have your own snow suitable clothes you can rent some for £5 although you have to buy gloves and socks if you do not bring your own - these are essential! Once you have your equipment you wait on the suitable bench for your instructor or you enter the slope once your pass is valid. My lesson here was horrendous, the instructor simply didn't want to help me, however I think this was a one off. I have since been back for recreational time and have had a great time, the slope patrol were very friendly and great for giving me advice. All the staff on the slope were very on the ball. Even though Hemel is more expensive than Milton Keynes, i'd recommend it anytime as the snow is 100% better - no ice or bare patches at all like there is at Milton Keynes. If you need anymore information, you can find it at www.thesnowcentre.com Everything you need to know is on this site including prices and other activity details like sledging! I recommend snowsports to anyone!

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          15.04.2010 16:15
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          Great for the better skiers.

          I have just returned from a trip to Argentiere in France where I stayed for a week snowboarding. I travelled with a company called action outdoors (who I wouldn't recommend) but stayed with the French company UCPA who I would recommend to anyone who wants a cheap but fun holiday! Argentiere itself is located in the French Alps, Argentiere is one of the resorts which makes up the famous resort of Chamonix. All the resorts such as Flegere, Le Tour and Chamonix are linked by train or bus which are all very regular although the bus does get VERY busy at peak times and it's a case of push and shove. At UCPA we were given a card for free to let us use the buses and the trains, otherwise I think it's 2Euros. Argentiere doesn't have a whole load of stuff to do but it's nice enough especially when Chamonix is so close, Argentiere is a lot cheaper though. There are several bars in the area and a few restaurants as well as 2 patisseries, a pharmacy and a meat shop. The most handy thing was the supermarket though, 19cents for bottled water which saved loads by taking that up into the mountains. The bar I would recommend was called The Savoy, it was a very friendly place and not overly expensive, shots were 2euros each and coke was about the same. For English sports and football The Office is the best choice, but the drinks here are far more expensive. If you head into Chamonix for a night out then Chambre Neuf is well worth a look, it's right opposite the train station, drinks were extortionate but the cost was balanced out by the amazing band that were playing. The food is quite expensive here but there are a couple of little gems, take a look at the pizza places through the tunnel walkway, we found these to be the best. You're talking 8 Euros for a pizza. I would assume most people go to Argentiere for the skiing, this resort is best suited to intermediate to advanced skiiers. The best resort for beginners is Le Tour which is a 10 minute bus journey down the road. If you have the expensive ski pass, you can go into Chamonix and up L'aguille de midi for free (usually 41 Euros) which is worthwile, this is the highest point in Europe. You can get another lift across to Italy from this point as well, but I didn't do this. If you are looking to travel out to Chamonix a fair bit there is a lot more to do, there's an ice rink, cinema, swimming pool and a lot more shops although things are a lot more expensive there. If anyone has any questions about UCPA or Argentiere, leave a comment and i'll try and answer!

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            13.01.2010 09:28
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            Worth twice the amount of money it costs.

            I needed a new face wash and as part of Lush's recent offer of 'What's in the box' I decided to give this a go to make up part of my spend. The cost of it seemed quite high at the time - £5.26 for a 100g black tub of it (make sure you keep these, once you have collected 5 empty one's you can exchange them for a free face mask). But I had read good things about it so I decided to give it a go. The Lush blurb says it's suitable for people with young, dark or oily skin. My skin is none of these but I do love to use something with some scrub in it on my face. The main ingredients in this product are Rhassoul mud, avocado oil and charcoal. The product itself doesn't look particularly appealing, it's a black squidgy lump. The smell of it is ok, to me it doesn't smell of much except a faint pong of liquorice. The application of this is strange if you don't know what you're doing, but it is similar to other lush products like Aqua Marina. Basically, you pull a tiny amount off the block, similar to the size of a pea, and put that into a wet palm of your hand. As you move it around a little it should form a black paste which can then easily be rubbed onto your face in circular motions and then washed off. Of course you need to rinse thoroughly with this as the mix is very dark and if you missed a little bit, say on your neck, you would look like you hadn't washed for a year! This stuff doesn't work if you try and rub it directly onto your face as it just rolls together and clumps in balls. Once you've rinsed your face it's best to follow with a Lush toner, just to make sure you really have removed every last bit of it. If you have dry skin a moisturiser may be needed as well. After I had used this for a week my skin was glowing and was exceptionally soft! Even people at work commented on how soft my skin felt! After you buy this product you have 15 months to use it. I think if used once a day a pot could reasonably last 3 months as you require so little to use it.

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            19.11.2009 21:45
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            Good in-expensive product!

            I bought this product on my most recent trip to Mac as part of a spending spree! My first problem with this product was encountered immediately as soon as I opened the little pot, the clear plastic part in the middle of the pot constantly falls inwards onto the concealer. I'm not sure if this is supposed to do this, but it means the pot always looks dirty and i'm wasting a reasonable amount of concealer by having to keep digging my nails into it to retrieve the lid. The concealer itself I find good, it's a rather thick creamy paste, a lot thicker than any of the usual liquid concealers. As a result of it being so thick you really don't need to use a lot of it. A tiny amount on a brush belnded onto and around a blemish will cover it perfectly. It totally covers most of my blemishes. This blends perfectly into my surrounding skin and doesn't leave a 'caked on' look like you get with a lot of cheap concealers, it does the job without shouting about it. With this concealer you really do need a decent brush as fingers are really a no go as you will end up with far too much and a far bigger area covered than needed. I was disappointed that the assistant at Mac recommended me a totally useless brush for concealer, but that's a whole other story! A proper brush will allow for precision. This concealer costs £12 from Mac and has an SPF of 35. Usually I say how long a product lasts but as this is a recent purchase I can't although it would last a long time due to the small amount that is required.

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            • MAC Studio Fix Lash / Make Up / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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              19.11.2009 16:21
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              Not a staple for me!

              I bought this as recommended by a Mac assistant to go over the top of the studio fix fluid to give me a very full coverage. Firstly I tried this powder out using a big brush as the assistant had done in the shop and I was left slightly disappointed at the result. The coverage didn't look much difference, so I decided to use the sponge style applicator that comes with it. Using it this way did seem to give a much fuller converage which I was happy about but I did have to pay more attention to areas such as my nose to make sure all the creases had been filled! I mentioned in another review that I was impressed with the staying power of the liquid but this wasn't matched by the powder. I found a need to keep re-applying it as by midday I had started to get a shine on my face. Due to the nature of the product though it wasn't a problem to keep touching it up. I found that whilst the coverage was very full, it didn't look very natural on the skin and it was easy to tell you are wearing quite a lot of make up, whilst this is fine if you're on a night out or in a studio, it's not great for general day to day wear. Wearing the powder on it's own didn't give me enough coverage either so I just keep this for those special occasions when I really do need to be made up well! The packaging of this powder is nice, it's very compact and the sponge applicator sits nicely underneath the powder, it's easy to pop in your handbag. It also has a mirror inside the lid so it's great for on the go application too. Whilst this cost £19 to start with it has lasted a relatively long time as I have used it quite frequently over a 9 month period and it's only just starting to run out now. I will buy this again but it's not a staple product for me.

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            • MAC Studio Fix Fluid / Make Up / 19 Readings / 16 Ratings
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              19.11.2009 11:27
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              I love this stuff!!

              I bought this foundation purely off the recommendation of others on several review sites, I am always at a loss with foundation and this one appeared to get the best reviews all round. I went to a Mac counter and had a consultation with a member of staff as i'd never bought any Mac before and I was unsure of the colour I would need. The staff member was very helpful and spent a long time talking to me about what I wanted from a foundation and how my skin would normally behave. After having 3 different colours applied to my skin and a quick trip outside the shop to check the colours I was given NC15 - it matched my skin perfectly which I was really happy about as my skin is usually quite difficult to get a match for. In the store, it was applied with a foundation brush, however i'm not a big fan of using a brush for foundation so when I put it on myself I tend to just use my fingers. I was impressed with how long the one bottle lasted, it was quite expensive to start with at £19 however it has lasted me 6 months now using it every single day so i'm happy with that side of it! This goes to show that a little really does go a long way with this foundation. Once applied, it gave a very smooth finish on my skin, I wasn't happy only using the foundation though as it did leave my skin with a slight shine to it. But apart from that which can be easily solved, I thought the medium coverage was excellent. This foundation stays on pretty much as long as you want it too, I occasionally have to touch it up if i'm doing a really long day or i've been in the gym or something like that. It also never creases up like some foundation's i've used have done, it stays where you put it! I love this foundation and i'm never going back to another one! Addition: It's also SPF15 which is always a bonus!

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            • Lush Celestial / Skin Care / 35 Readings / 34 Ratings
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              03.09.2009 17:57
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              A great base for make up.

              I recently wandered into a Lush store (yes, again!) and found they were doing a good promotion where if you spent £20 you could chose a new product for free. Seems I didn't really need anything, I thought I would just pick something 'useful' so I could get a nice freebie. That is when I discovered Celestial. None of the Lush moisturisers work that well for me, so I decided to ignore the fact it was supposed to be for sensitive skin and thought i'd give it a whirl anyway. The scent of it also had me hooked straight away as it smelt like a lovely floral vanillla which I loved. The price of it was also quite attractive at £9.96 for a 45g tub which is one of the cheaper Lush moisturisers. When I got it home, I followed my routine as usual before opening the moisturiser. Inside the pot was a very white liquid, I would say celestial is one of the more liquid moisturisers that Lush do. As soon as I opened the lid I could smell the vanilla - it smelt yum! I put some onto my finger and rubbed it into my face. It was aborbed fully after about 5 minutes which is when I put my make up on. Now, I will not lie. This didn't make me think 'ooohh my skin is so much softer' but it made my skin normal. Throughout the day my skin remained hydrated, there were no dry patches which I would normally get and nor were there any greasy patches of skin. My make up went over this moisturiser fine and didn't look as though it was about to slide off! I would say this is the perfect base if you just want to have normal looking and feeling skin! The smell didn't last very long once i'd applied it, which is a shame in some ways but better in others - it depends on your preference! I would recommend this to people with normalish and sensitive skin. This product is available from Lush stores, online and mail order and is suitable for vegans. *Remember - keep the black tub it comes in and when you have 5 you can take it back and get a free fresh face mask!*

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              03.09.2009 10:13
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              Good for when you don't want a strong scent.

              I purchased this ballistic as I had heard so many people rave about it. I wasn't so sure as it was possibly the most plain ballistic I had seen, but as i'd never tried it I thought I should! I believe this product was a Christmas special but it has now been brought back into 'almost' regular Lush (it's in the retro section which means you can only buy it online or through mail order, not from shops). I placed an order online and was disappointed when it came lacking my Silent White - there was however a note in there saying they were making some fresh ones and it would be sent out asap, which it was. When I smelt this for the first time, I wasn't overly impressed, it didn't smell of anything too exciting. It was plain white in colour with no bits in it or anything else to make it a little more exciting. It is also the same size as other normal ballistics. I was however still excited to use it so I ran my bath! I popped the ballistic into my bath, but it didn't fizz as normal ballistics do... it just kind of bobbed around very, very slowly fizzing. As it did this it left a small amount of white froth on the top of the water. As the ballistic is white, other than the froth no other effect was had on the colour of the water. The scent of it now had changed a little and I would describe it as a clean cotton smell. A very small amount of floral came through but to be honest it just smelt 'clean'! If you are more into recognising individual scents than me, the three main scents detailed in the ingredients are petitgrain, ylang ylang and patchouli. I found the scent to not be a clinger with the ballistic and was disappointed that the scent didn't hang around on my skin for much longer afterwards. I could still smell it in the bathroom the next morning though! This is definitely a ballistic for when you want to feel clean and not have an overpowering scent! This ballistic costs £2.75 and is unfortunately not suitable for vegans.

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              02.09.2009 19:58
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              Perfect for children or girly girls!

              This product was my very first encounter with Lush back when I was about age 11 and it is still one of my firm favourites and will be for a long time! Originally the display attracted me with a big slab of purple glittery jelly, but then I read the description and fell in love - sour cherry and coconut! In the shop if you buy these they will come in a tub similar to a takeaway container with cardboard around it - if you order online they will just come in an oval plastic tub. In the shops the weights will vary from 100g upwards and the prices appropriate to the weights will be displayed - online they just come in 100g blocks. The product itself could be described I suppose as a jelly version of shower gel as I suppose that is effectively what it is. There are many different ways to use the jelly so I will describe a few: 1) Many people like to pull a small chunk of jelly off and put it in one of the shower puffs. Just push it into one of the gaps and rub it on your body. It will all foam up and make you sparkling clean. 2) Take a largeish chunk and rub it between your hands to make a lather and then rub that on your body. If the piece you use is to small it may escape through your fingers or if you rub the jelly directly onto your body you stand a high risk of dropping it too! 3) Freeze it! This is really refreshing to do in summer and works really nicely. Obviously as it's jelly it's very slippy, so bare this in mind when using it otherwise you could lose it very quickly! This product is designed to get you clean (as I said earlier, like a shower gel in jelly form). It certainly does leave you clean and smelling very sweet! The smell also lingers for ages on your skin! The scent of this jelly is lovely, a really sweet blackcurrenty smell - Like fruit pastilles. I can't detect any coconut in it although it is one of the ingredients. This product is vegan and is priced at £2.27 per 100g (a bargain!). If you like this product you would LOVE The Comforter - they smell nearly identical! This is available to purchase from Lush stores, online or through mail order.

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                02.09.2009 15:38
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                Great for the sugar addicts like me!

                As a usual Lushie, buying something from The Body Shop is something I don't do very often, however I was captivated by the very sweet smell of this body butter and I couldn't resist buying it! I happened to visit a few weeks ago around sale time and this body butter (and several others) was reduced to £6 from £12 for a 200ml tub - I believe they also did smaller tubs too. *The packaging* The tub is a very simple design, a dark pink colour tub with a screw top lid - this is very easy to get on and off. On the top of the lid is a sticker which shows a close up photo of some raspberries on. The writing is white and stands out clearly against the background colour. The wording is written in both French as well as English. The bottom of the tub has another sticker which details the ingredients as well as body shop policies. *The product* As you open the tub, the first thing that hits you is the very strong, sweet fruity smell. I would say it definitely smells of raspberries but much sweeter - personally I prefer this but some people wanting a more 'natural' smell may not appreciate it. The actual butter itself is a light, creamy pink colour. Although it looks quite wet, the butter is really quite a solid consistency, but it's still very easy to apply and as it's quite solid you don't end up putting far too much on. I find that the butter sinks into my skin very quickly. *The effects* My skin instantly became softer and smoother, I used it all over from my feet right up to my neck and it seemed to have the same effect everywhere! The smell was just as strong on my skin as it had been in the pot which again I like but other people who may wear perfume etc may not like. The softness of my skin lasted throughout the whole day if I applied it in the morning which was good and I think it will be perfect for my skin in the winter. I really love the smell of this and if I can buy it again I definitely will be. I have used it every day for a month or so now and it's only half gone - bargain!

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                02.09.2009 14:21
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                Great for events like exams.

                I saw this ballistic ( Waving not drowning) in the Lush shop when I visited the other day - but decided to wait until I did a Lush order to buy one. Sure enough, I didn't forget and it came a couple of weeks ago. If you see this next to other ballistics you will notice it is quite a lot smaller than other ballistics. I would estimate at saying about half the size. It is also pale blue / lilac in colour. It doesn't look too exciting, but the blurb Lush say about it made me want to try it anyway. This ballistic is said to be helpful to people wanting to get a good night's sleep and to wash their problems away. The ingredients such as ylang ylang and lavender oil match this description perfectly as both of these encourage relaxation and aid sleep. I popped it into the bath and it started to fizz away taking a minute or two to disappear completely. When it had all gone the bath water had only changed colour slightly which I didn't mind, but a little more colour would have been appreciated. There are no 'bits' in this ballistic, so no nasty bits poking into you or getting stuck down the plughole! The scent of it is hard to describe, it is floral but without being flowery, it's quite an earthy scent. This is the only way I can think to describe it. I would say this is perfectly suitable for both males and females. It is a very relaxing scent and you won't notice how long you are spending in the bath! This product doesn't do anything 'special' to your skin as most Lush products do, it is purely a very relaxing scent for you to while away your problems whilst lying in the bath. This ballistic costs £2.22 which I consider quite expensive when you consider it's half the size of other ballistics. That said, if you have an event like exams or an interview then I consider it well worth it. This product is suitable for vegans and is available to buy from Lush store, online and from mail order.

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                Perfect before a night out!

                As a regular Lushie I couldn't help but treat myself to this bubble bar as I had never used it before. I really liked the minty description the website gave and thought it would be a lovely refreshing bath for the summer time. I believe the bubble bar is itself inspired by an 'ice hotel' in Sweden. As I went through my latest Lush parcel, I found the bubble bar and at first didn't know that it was Ice Hotel as it didn't look the same as the photo. It was a lot less glittery and a different colour. I would describe it as a cream flat circle with specks of glitter. When I smelt it for the first time, the mint was a very obvious feature however it was not as strong as I had imagined and other undertones were definitely more powerful than they perhaps should have been given the description of the product. Although very minty it also smells very earthy and a little bit floral which I personally found disappointing as this wasn't mentioned in the description and I get headaches from floral smells. Since I had bought it though I thought it would be a shame not to use it so I crumbled it under the running water in my bath. I noticed it was a lot softer than other bubble bars and so it crumbled easier and I nearly dropped half of it in as it was so soft! Straight away, bubbles started to form. On a scale of 1 - 10 for bubbles this bar gave approximately a 7, not loads but enough for me not to be disappointed with the result. Due to the colour of the bar, the water didn't change colour at all underneath the bubbles, however the little flecks of glitter did make the water look inviting. The water itself was very soft after using this bar, softer than others I have tried. The bubbles lasted a long time and as I got out I had glitter all over me (so perfect to use before a night out!). The scent lasted on my skin for a few hours after the bath, but it did stay more minty than floral which I was pleased about! If you like this bar you will probably enjoy Melomint. This bar costs £2.85 and is available from Lush online, stores or mail order.

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