Festive ’14: LUSH

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMASI’m going to be honest: I’m keeping Lush’s 12 Days Of Christmas for my very own self. It is full of the brand’s top seasonal offerings, and everything in there will last well into next year.

There are so so many stunningly packaged parcels on hand at your local Lush, quite literally something for everyone, all along the spectrum of price. It’s like the Beauty Division of Santa’s Workshop all up in there.

LUSH assortment

Amazing! I gotta say, though, that I am the ultimate fan I know of the Lush line, of their bath additives specifically — I wrote ‘addictives’ three times! — and I’ll put these to good use. If you know someone like me, then you will not go wrong with this one.

The box itself is gorge, and is shaped like a storybook. Here’s what’s inside.

LUSH 12 DAYS inside

Faves: top left, the Snow Angel Bath Melt; second row, all the way right, Hot Toddy Shower Gel; third row left, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb; third row all the way right, Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb; bottom right, Karma Soap.

I am willing to be beguiled by the others, which include Holly Golighty Bubble Bar (top right) and… all the rest.

Here’s to fragrant bathing in 2015!

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€64/£49.95/$99.95 << There are a few substitutions in the American box, FYI

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Okay, Don’t Kill Me, Okay? Stocking Filling Ideas for Christmas 2012

{Stop screaming at me!}

Come on, seriously: there is nothing worse than trying to buy for certain dudes. The dude you get in the Secret Santa at work? Your younger sister’s rando boyfriend? {My younger sister married a lovely man, so this in no way applies to me.} An uncle who is sort of youngish but not really — like, he thinks you think he ought to be receiving the latest in sk8r wear but, uh, no?

Not to say that Bulldog Natural Skincare is a last ditch attempt to buy a decent gift — rather, it is perfect for every dude, no matter their relation to you, and is a perfect gift to yourself should you treat your significant male other.

The line launched in Ireland earlier in the month, and I met brand co-founder Simon Duffy round about that time. He and business partner Rhodri Ferrier came up with the idea for this line of non-man-made, but made-for-men face stuff, for the kind of guy who cares about his pelt.

Non-man-made, that is, as regards nasty parabens and artificial colours and such. These two men came up with the idea and started the brand from their own initiative, without having had any experience in the skincare line previously.

I liked what I tested, even though it was only the usual test-it-on-the-back-of-your-hand launch behaviour. I really like the packaging*: it’s clean and fresh — like the stuff inside! — and also a relief from the stupid chrome and black default that most men’s lines fall into.

I hope to get some proper dude feedback, but I may keep the Original Face Scrub for myself.

Prices range from €4.99-€12.99, so, I mean, come on. It’s a natural stocking filler, and it’s win-win, for everybody involved. You could go to the chemists this weekend and get so much holiday shopping done! Can you imagine?!? {Me, neither.}

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Available McCabes Pharmacies , http://www.beautyfeatures.ie and  selected pharmacies nationwide.

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*There I go again.