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In Response To GwenInRealLife’s “LUSH COSMETICS: “Controversial” Changes” YouTube Video.

Hey guys!

Another rant here!

So, I just watched GwenInRealLife’s YouTube Video “LUSH COSMETICS: “Controversial “Changes” YouTube Video. I had so much to say that I decided to write a comment – only it ended up being really, really long, so I thought it would be much more appropriate to write in my blog!

So, here it is:


 

Okay, so I’m going to be super honest and be careful for what I wish for.

I genuinely and honestly wish that Lush was almost exactly how it was years ago. I’m talking about around 2015 when it was super chill but still super fun to visit your local Lush store to just try a few new fresh, exciting, pampering, luxury skin care products. That wasn’t even that long ago, but it really feels that way because of how much has changed since then.

In my local Lush store there used to be just a fairly small table with wooden crate baskets on with bath bombs, and another fairly small wooden table with crate baskets on it for the bubble bars and miscellaneous bath products like the cauldron bath melt thing. There was half a wall for the makeup, half a wall for the skin care, half a wall for the gift sets and half a wall for the hair care. The store was just 4 small walls – the other 2 walls being the entrance and the wall lined with a few cashiers. Besides this there were 2 more tables in the store – one with the fresh face masks on it, and one with the soaps on it, piled high. On the cashier counter was just a few little lip scrubs, lip balms and lip scrubs. THAT WAS IT.

And it was pretty close to perfection.

I never got the chance to try Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream. Little losses like that hurt my soul.

I hate all the new products they’re coming out with.

Okay, I don’t specifically hate them, but I hate that they’re releasing them.

Lush has become entirely overwhelming to me. Lush used to be a place where a lot of people with mental health problems could go to find some sort of sanctuary and peace and happiness and escape from the stress and crappiness they came across in life. Now Lush has become PART of my mental health problems! Seriously! My happy place has been turned into a money making factory. I still find some happiness in the company here and there, but I used to be excited by the feeling that I was slowly trying all of the products, and would have tried them all within a year or so of CASUALLY buying them if they hadn’t started chucking out so many products all the time like they do now. Now I know I’ll never try them all. I’ll never know what my favourite of each range is and IF I do, they’ll release new things in that range a month later or something.

I MISS THE OLD LUSH. I MISS IT SO MUCH.

The only things they could have done with experimenting more with back then was the makeup range. I remember how exciting it was when they released Outback Mate. It was like, wow, something new for the first time in a few months, and it was a GOOD THING. I liked it taking a few months for a handful of new permanent range products to be released.

I wish they would just be more decisive and EDIT their permanent line, and MAKE IT A PERMANENT LINE. i.e, DON’T MESS WITH IT. Don’t remove products that people LIKE, get rid of the ones people DON’T LIKE VERY MUCH. Don’t add new products constantly, just add a few new ones EVERY NOW AND THEN.

If you used to shop at Lush from around 2009-2016, you KNOW what I’m talking about. I miss it so much.

They need to get their shit together, maybe to a massive Kon Mari of their products. I literally feel like Lush is the equivalent to a hoarders messy stash right now. They just need to calm the heck down – I get that they’re a business and I get that they want people using their products because of how they have a much less negative effect on the environment, but sometimes more is less and I think they’ve taken it too far. They messed with a really, really good thing.

It isn’t even like they were doing bad business back then – they were doing really well! They just went sort of viral and yeah. I just hope they get the message and bring Lush back to its prior glory days.

It’s not that I think the innovating isn’t good sometimes – I think they’ve done really, really good things with the makeup range that 100% would have bettered the 2009-2015 stores (these naked highlighters, all the lipsticks). I also agree that them being more conscious of their affect on the environment is overall, a good thing, but I also wish they could implement what they’re doing in a better way. I liked all the shower gels being liquid (like they’re supposed to be), and think they could have a different system – maybe one where you have to bring your own bottle and have a pay by weight system or something. That way rather than making reusable packaging or no packaging at all, they’re actually utilising what people would otherwise throw away or attempt to recycle.

Please Lush, edit and simplify your range. CUSTOMERS LIKE AND WANT SIMPLE. I’d rather give up all the new products that I enjoy (the lipsticks, highlighters, the Don’t Look At Me Face mask etc) if it meant having a much smaller, much more reliable permanent range of products, and a lot lower volume of dropping temporary line products for different occasions. Lower the stress of your store. Please.

Storm

 


 

 

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It’s Time For My Tryptophan!

And I’m scared.

Not scared of the pill itself, I’m just…

Scared of this journey.

I’m scared that it will actually work, that self-medicating myself with Tryptophan will actually make me feel better.

WHY DOES THAT SCARE ME?!?

I’m scared of losing this massive part of me.

I’m scared of not being ill enough to have my struggles diagnosed…

It feels like I’ve been through SO MUCH, and that pretty much NOBODY has helped me, nobody has listened to me, nobody has given me the support I’ve needed (besides my partner) – I didn’t even reach the point of being brave enough to have a Student Need’s Assessment so that I could have more time for exams or some leniency with deadlines (I don’t think I’ve ever finished an exam paper due to time constraints and my mental health problems.)

I’m disappointed in myself for not having sought out more help than I have done while struggling, but at the same time, I’m disappointed for all the times I’ve sought out help and HAVEN’T been helped.

I don’t know, it just feels really scary and like…

It’s like I haven’t been able to function as a normal human being – my partner does everything for me, I’ve never had a job and I’m 25 years old, I’ve had to take FOUR DIFFERENT LEVEL 3 COURSES (Access to Higher Education Diploma, two University Foundation Years and Intensive A-Levels,) to FINALLY get onto the first year of a degree.

It’s just been so dysfunctional and abnormal – but that’s become my normal.

I think I’d find it hard to live up to the expectations of being a healthy, intelligent, high functioning adult with the world as their oyster.

I know this all probably sounds ridiculous and at my worst I do wish that it would just go away, but now that that might become a reality, it just feels very odd.

I’ve lost all my friends over this, I’ve lost all my hobbies to this, I’ve lost SO MUCH TO THIS.

What if just taking Tryptophan solves it all? Would I feel like all I’ve lost to mental health problems was just… For no reason at all?

Bearing in mind aswell that this is a depressed person speaking and depression, for some reason, kinda wants you to spiral downwards, to make the choices that exacerbate the situation etc. It’s self defeating. It WANTS to win.

The idea of just simply being happy, healthy, capable, sounds…. Uncomfortable.

I’m literally trying to convince myself and talk myself into trying to treat my mental health problems. How stupid am I?

It sounds so petty, doesn’t it?

It probably won’t change anything by taking this pill anyways, and this is what I’ve wanted for years so what the hell am I hesitating for?

It’s the right choice, so I’ll just do it.

Here’s to hoping my dodgy brain actually sees some improvement over the next few weeks.

I’ll update you all tomorrow, maybe, if I feel like it 🙂

I know, I’ll up the ante.

If I see improvement, I can treat myself to something I really want, like… I don’t even know… Something I’d actually be able to enjoy if I weren’t mentally ill – like a good book or something! Been years since I finished a book. Kinda impossible to focus with my racing, anxious, overbearing, over-thinking, repetitive, stressful thoughts!

Storm

 

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My Hair!

Hey guys!

This post is all about my hair! I’ve been wanting to write a post about my hair for a while because it’s definitely something I feel quite proud of, and I’d love it if some like-minded ladies found some hair inspiration in this post 🙂

I hope you enjoy!


BEFORE… 

(Dying process took place sometime between 3rd June 2014 and 16th July 2014.)

Before I began growing my natural hair out, I had been dying it for the previous 8 years or so. I literally hadn’t seen what my natural hair looked like since then, and I always assumed it would be a mousey, grey-blonde, super unattractive colour going by what I could see of any roots that would show.

Nonetheless, I became absolutely sick and tired of trying to maintain a dyed hair colour. It just felt like a losing battle against nature, so in the end I thought “Fine hair, you win. If you want to be natural, healthy and long, you can be natural, healthy and long.” I decided it was time to let nature take its course and to just accept my unique genetics for what they are – rather than trying to hide them. I decided to go all natural, and to grow my hair out completely. My goal was to grow out my natural hair, without any cuts besides trimming off split ends, to the point where I would find my hair to be actually less attractive than when it were a tad bit shorter. I’ve always loved long, natural princess hair, so I assumed this would turn out to be a very long length!

To begin this process, I first cut my hair at the time as short as I possibly could without getting upset, so that I would have as little “starter” hair as possible. I also dyed it with a permanent dye in my favourite colour (magenta) – both so that I could enjoy having beautifully coloured hair one last time, and so that I would have a permanent marker between where my old, damaged hair ended and where my natural, new and healthy hair would begin. Basically, I had a very short (around lip length) straight across magenta bob, with a fringe (or bangs.) The natural hair process had officially begun!

DURING…

During the hair growing process, I would check my roots everyday in the mirror for any progress. I was SO EXCITED by the sign of any new, healthy, natural hair growth! I took such good care of my hair during this stage – I made sure to wash it very, very rarely (only once it would become very, very dirty,) and made sure to condition it in the shower every single day. I even went so far as to put BODY BUTTER AND BODY LOTION into my hair, to help add in EVEN MORE moisture!

Every now and then, when my hair would start to become a little bit longer, I’d ask my partner to cut my hair back to its original bob length, straight across, whereas I left my fringe to grow out. My plan was to get all my hair to be natural, and all the same length.

After maybe a year or so, my hair was entirely natural and my fringe had pretty much grown out – yay! It was also just below shoulder length. I decided to cut a fringe in around this point, which I then grew out, and I then cut another fringe and some face-framing layers in a year later. I basically have just maintained my fringe, grew my face-framing layers out and have just kept growing my hair out, only trimming it straight across to get the split ends off every now and then.

AFTER…

(Hair at the present, 3rd September 2018)

After all that time, 4 years and 2 months later (wow, I didn’t realise it had been that long,) my hair is now pretty damn long, and I still have my fringe! I still haven’t reached a moment where I look in the mirror and think to myself “My hair actually looked more attractive before, when it was a bit shorter.” So, I’m still growing it 🙂 After all of this process, I now absolutely LOVE my natural hair. I think the colour is absolutely gorgeous – a golden, sunshine caramel colour, and think that it’s such a unique colour for people with my warm, olive skin tone to have. I love how healthy it is. I love how free it is. I don’t interrupt its natural process at all – besides to shampoo / condition / add hair moisturisers to it, and apart from cutting it to maintain my fringe length and to keep the split ends at bay. I just really, really love it. I feel that my hair is more unique, true to myself and self-expressive than I have ever felt it has been before.

I aim to keep growing it until I reach the point I stated earlier, and to then to cut it and maintain it at the length I decide looks the best. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting a fringe – I love how I never have hair in my eyes and I just think a fringe really suits me (and most people honestly!) After reaching my ideal length, I MAY cut it into some sort of style – like into a V-shape, cutting layers into the front to frame my face and layers into the back, MAYBE. It’s far more likely that I wont though, because I just really love my hair and don’t want to cut any of it off! I have also toyed around with the idea of perming it – I’ve always LOVED curly hair, but the thought of it growing out, having to maintain it and it just not being natural really puts me off. I’ll more likely keep trying overnight hair curling methods. As for dying it in any way, I do love the look of sun-kissed hair – pretty surfer-esque highlights or a balayage effect, but I don’t know… I think I’d prefer to try to achieve that naturally, by applying chamomile and lemon to my hair and sitting in the sunshine! Basically, I kinda love my hair now, like, a lot. The thought of it taking on another colour besides my own scares me! I absolutely love bright colours like magenta – just not on my hair thank you very much!

The way I do add some interest to my hair is by using overnight curling methods to curl my hair, by maintaining my fringe, by using hats and accessories, and by putting my hair up into different styles like braids, high ponytails, side ponytails, messy buns etc. I love my hair! 🙂


 

Thanks for reading this essay about my hair!

What are some things you love about your hair? What are some things you love about your natural self?

Let me know in the comments below!
– Storm

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Lush Love You, Love You Lots Soap Review

Yes yes yes, I’m very aware that this is a really old product from Lush (Valentines Exclusive 2017,) but I’ve only just used it up. Here’s my review – I hope you enjoy!


 

Love You, Love You Lots Soap (100g):

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Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

This was a Valentine’s Day Exclusive product in 2017 – it would be very difficult to get your hands on the soap now and would be even more difficult to stock up on should you happen to fall in love with it!

This is a very girly soap. It is pink, has the word “love” written in it with a heart for the ‘o’ (in translucent cherry red,) is super creamy and smells like soft, powdery roses. That’s not to say that a man couldn’t use and enjoy this soap of course! It just may not be the soap you want to purchase for a man or woman who doesn’t appreciate cute products very much.

The scent, although very soft, is still quite sweet and could become slightly sickly after a while!


Pros:

This soap was pretty creamy. If you have sensitive or dry skin, this soap would be a good one to try. I definitely found this soap to be more calming and soothing on my hands than a lot of other soaps I’ve tried.

‘Love You, Love You Lots’ lathered up really well.

This soap did a great job at cleaning my hands thoroughly.

This is an ADORABLE soap! It is a super cute bubblegum, pastel pink colour, with the word “love” on the top of it, with a heart for the ‘o’. The writing is in transclucent, cherry red. The whole product smells like powdery, soft roses (if that makes any sense!) It has a sweet, soft, floral, rosy scent. The name is really cute too. This is definitely a product for any girly girls who are into everything sweet scented and pink!

This product was gifted to me, and it made a really sweet gift as part of a gift box for Valentines Day!

Even as somebody who isn’t super girly, I think this soap looks really cute. The pink colour is different to any other soaps I’ve seen from Lush so far (or any other company for that matter.) This soap would even look lovely just being on display in the home!

The scent is quite inoffensive, because of how soft it is. It is definitely a feminine scent but it is so light and calming and pretty scented that I don’t think it is a scent that would bother anybody very much.


 

Overall Conclusion:

Overall, this soap was fine. The design was super cute, it smelled pleasant and at the end of the day, it did it’s job at cleaning my hands very well. The entire formulation of the product is inoffensive in general – the scent, the creaminess… I think this would be a really good gift for somebody you appreciates cute and feminine beauty products 🙂

Overall, I rate this soap a 4/5* rating. It was a really really lovely product, but wasn’t anything life changingly special to me. The best part about the soap was the concept – it’s just so flipping cute!

– Storm

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Lush Igloo Soap Review

Hey guys!

So this was a Christmas exclusive soap from Lush back in 2016. I purchased a good block of the stuff (yellow in colour) and have only just finished it using it up! I bought SO many soaps that year that I’ve just been slowly making my way through them. I still have 5 other soaps from that year that I’m working on using up! Regardless, I hope you enjoy this review 🙂


Igloo Soap (100g):

Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

My piece of this soap was yellow (I believe you could get the soap in either red, orange, green or yellow.) The colour of this soap was so vibrant that it would leave bright yellow marks on my sink! It washed off easily, but it just meant having to wash the sink more often to keep it looking nice.

I don’t particularly remember my hands being soft or feeling moisturised when I used this soap. If anything, it was very, very slightly drying to my hands.

Although I really liked the colour of the soap, it was pretty basic and didn’t really “go” with anything in the bathroom. It was just plain in design – no lustre or other colours swirled in there or anything, and was such a bright yellow that I could only see it looking good in a predominantly yellow room.

The scent of this soap is mainly citrus (lemon,) and I know that a LOT of people are very bored and tired of all the citrus scented products that Lush makes!


Pros:

I LOVED the scent of this soap personally! It smelled like lemon flavoured turkish delight – a soft, sweet, icing-sugary, powdery, lemony, rosy scent. It is definitely one of the best smelling Lush soap that I have used thus far!

The smell would always cling to my hands after using it. The scent of the soap is non-offensive because of how soft of a smell it has, so the scent clinging to my hands was never a bad thing.

The colour of this soap was gorgeous. It was a delicious, bright, zesty, lemony yellow colour. Super uplifting to look at!

Igloo soap always did a good job of washing my hands thoroughly.


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, this was a nice soap. I loved the scent of it, but besides that… I just really don’t have too much to say about this product overall! Besides the scent it was honestly a pretty basic soap.

Overall, I’m going to rate Igloo soap a 4/5* rating. It was a nice soap and was better than average – it just wasn’t anything special really!

– Storm

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Depression Tip #4

Depression Tip #4:

If you’re not on any medication for your depression, you should be taking supplements! I personally decided to not opt for medication when my doctor offered – SSRIs just really don’t agree with me at all. Instead, after a lot of research, I decided to begin taking Tryptophan supplements. Tryptophan is a natural amino acid that your brain needs to produce serotonin – an important brain chemical that helps regulate mood, sleeping patterns, focus, appetite, energy levels etc. The purpose of prescribed SSRI medication is to increase the levels of serotonin in your brain – taking Tryptophan supplements effectively do the same thing!

You should always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements – particularly if you are already on medication. Do NOT take Tryptophan if you are already on prescribed medication related to your mental health – too much serotonin in your system can do a lot more harm than good! 

There are other healthy ways to self-medicate from home – such as taking vitamin D supplements, taking vitamin B complex supplements, using a SAD light or using SAD alarm clock.

Taking supplements really helps me. Just knowing that you’re actively doing something to help yourself feel better feels really good!

– Storm

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Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser Review

R&B Hair Moisturiser (100g:)

Rating: 5/5*

Cons:

This product will make your hair get greasy faster than it would do otherwise. I have really fine hair and also have a fringe, meaning this effect on me was really noticeable! I normally like to wash my hair daily as it is (or at least my fringe,) but when using this product my hair almost NEEDED to be washed daily.

A lot of people really hate the smell of R&B. To me it actually smells nice, but really, a LOT of people dislike its scent, so it’s definitely a product you should smell in store before purchasing.

The scent is really strong and clings to your hair. That means that if you happen to hate the scent of this product, even using the tiniest amount in your hair will cause you to smell of the stuff all day!

Although I personally do like the scent of R&B, just the fact that it is such a strong scent can make the product a little tedious to use. It’s like using the same perfume every single day for a REALLY long time! I mean, I’m not sure how noticeable the scent is to other people when it’s in my hair, but I personally can smell it very strongly throughout the day.

Using R&B correctly could be a struggle for some people. Everyone’s hair is different, so the amount you need to use in your hair wont be the same amount that somebody else needs in their hair. I personally used a really small amount at first, and kept adding more until I felt like there was enough product in my hair for it to have its full effect. After a while I learnt around how much product my hair needed. I also found it best to apply the hair moisturiser after washing and towel drying my hair. I’d begin at the tips, and work my way up to my roots, so that the least product would be on my roots and the most on my ends. I’d then brush my hair through, followed by using a hairdryer to dry my hair whilst running a brush through it. I’d brush one more time and voila! Learning how to use R&B to achieve the best effect for your hair might take some time!


Pros:

I personally love the scent of R&B, and really like the fact that the scent is strong and that it lingers in the hair (most of the time!) To me the scent is a very natural, sweet, buttery, herby floral scent. I REALLY like how it smells in fact, and so does my partner! I’m genuinely surprised by the amount of people that hate the way it smells.

Okay, so as I said before, my hair is SUPER fine. It’s also pretty long. R&B was a life saver for me when it comes to tangled hair. I could never imagine how easy it could be to comb my hair after towel drying it until I started using this product. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is dry, damp or completely wet, R&B makes it SO easy to comb your hair. Brushing my hair is a job that literally went from taking what seemed like 15 minutes to 15 seconds after using this product.

My hair has never felt so healthy and moisturised in my LIFE until using R&B.

R&B would also leave my hair feeling SUPER silky, smooth, soft and looking really shiny. It also helped my hair to look more bright and vibrant – it really helped my natural highlights to stand out! I always loved how my hair looked when I had used R&B.

This product would also help a lot with fighting static – I don’t remember hair static being a problem much at all during the time I used R&B, and it’s normally a pretty big problem for me and my fine hair!

My individual strands would look a lot thicker once I had applied this stuff, which is something I really enjoyed!

I’d find that my hair was stronger, healthier and would break a lot less when I had used R&B. The frequency of finding split ends reduced a LOT.

My 100g pot lasted me quite a long time. I asked my partner to run to Oxford Street after work to grab me a pot of the stuff on the 6th January 2017. I’m not 100% sure when I used it all up but I know it was very recently, so I’m going to go ahead and say that 100g pot lasted me around a year. Not bad!

The feel of the actual product by itself is really lovely. It feels super buttery and soothing.

R&B is a pale creamy yellow colour by itself – it even LOOKS buttery!

Despite what a lot of other people say, this product never made my hair feel greasy in a bad way. It would leave my hair feeling moisturised and healthy, and my hair would only begin to feel and look greasy if I didn’t wash it for over 24 hours. Even then, the greasiness was only really noticeable in my fringe so sometimes I’d just wash my fringe quickly in the morning – and tie my hair up if I was a bit paranoid about the rest of my hair looking greasy.

I didn’t have a conditioner to use in my hair for the longest time, so I relied on using R&B after washing my hair to keep it moisturised. It worked SO well, and a little really did go a long way. When I used it after having conditioned my hair, I’d need such a teeny bit to get the best effect from the product.


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I absolutely loved this product and am really upset that it’s all gone now! I could hardly flaw it at all. In fact, I don’t really think I can really find a genuine flaw in the product personally.

I 100% recommend that everyone try a sample of this, or purchase a small pot of it. It isn’t recommended for my hair type but dayum, it worked wonders! I didn’t even think my hair was dry until I started using R&B and realised how healthy my hair could be!

Overall, I rate R&B a solid 5/5* rating.

– Storm