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One Thing I HATE About Hot Days Is…

… I always feel panicked to make the most of them! I don’t know if anyone else gets this – most people I know find 32 degree Celsius days in England to be horrid, and just want to stay indoors and wish the hot weather and sunshine away. They get headaches, nausea, sweaty, dizziness and just generally don’t fare too well in the heat.

Me?

I live for these days. I’m constantly waiting for the temperature to hit 22 degrees or more where I live – which only occurs for a total of less than 7 days a year here I’m sure! Winter is an absolute nightmare for me. I HATE the cold with a passion. You hear so many people say in Winter that they can’t wait for the weather to be warm again, but those same people are usually the ones screaming “IT’S TOO HOT!!!” on days like these. Not me. To me, this is bliss. I’m not saying the hotter it is, the better – but I do really enjoy it being very warm.

So I find myself today, on the hottest day that I will feel all year – and probably the hottest day I will feel until another year has passed, and I don’t know what to do with myself. I’ve made no plans, I’m just sitting here! I don’t even know what it is that I want to do in this heat. Honestly, I think it is just it being warm that makes me happy – not what I’m doing when it is warm. I just hate the feeling that it is only going to be a pleasant temperature for me for a limited amount of time, before it’s back being too cold for me again. I wish I lived somewhere warmer than here – like in Queensland Australia or something! Knowing the weather is pretty much always going to be nice would be absolute freedom for me!

I find hot temperature to be freeing – when it is cold, I find myself trapped indoors because of how uncomfortable it is to be outdoors. I wasn’t always so hateful toward cold weather. When I was a teenager, I’d go out in the snow wearing a skirt and converse, as though it wasn’t a big deal at all. One Winter whilst living in Bulgaria, I caught hypothermia. My extremities became extremely painful and well, I think since then I’ve become more sensitive to the cold. Sometimes I feel like I feel the cold twice as strong, and feel warm temperature only half as strongly as most people I know feel it. I’m sure this isn’t fully true, but hypothermia can cause people to become more sensitive to the cold afterwards, so I don’t think it is entirely untrue of a statement either.

Anyways! For now, I think I’ll just enjoy the ability to have my back doors (that lead to my bedroom) wide open, whilst sitting in bed on my laptop and enjoying the heat 🙂 I’ll keep looking forward to a future where I live somewhere warmer, where I never feel rushed to enjoy the sunshine and heat before it disappears!

– Storm

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Lush Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask Review

Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask:

Rating: 2/5*

Cons:

Messy: This hand mask is insanely messy. It is really waxy in texture once is starts to dry, and dripped all over my lovely dressing gown while I was using it! I’m hoping it will wash out in the washing machine, but I’m not certain whether it will. It is messy because you are supposed to put your hands in a bowl full of the melted mask and massage the mask into your hands for 15 minutes. You then have to go to a sink to rinse the mask off. I think that unless I had literally used the mask at the sink or whilst in the bath, I couldn’t have avoided making a mess! If this sounds like a hassle to you, then don’t get it!

Inconvenient: While this mask is on your hands, doing anything is pretty much impossible. It might sound like a doddle – it’s just 15 minutes, right? If you get an itch on any part of your body, you will instantly have gooey, waxy residue left behind in that spot. Lovely. If you need to answer the door, well, you’re screwed! What if your phone rings of if you urgently need to respond to a message? No can do! Pretty much anything and everything is impossible to do with this hand mask on. Even just using my hands to remove the bowl of hand mask from my lap when I went to rinse the mask off, was a hassle. Christ, even turning the tap on was a nightmare! Again, this product is SUPER MESSY!!!

Texture and Consistency: The fact that this mask dries sort of waxy is annoying. It is really difficult to remove from anything it gets onto, and if you want to save the mask in the fridge for a while, some waxy residue will be left behind on the bowl it is in too (also not the easiest or most pleasant to wash off!) Where do you rinse out a bowl of hot hand mask anyways? In the kitchen sink – doesn’t really seem appropriate. The bath seemed most appropriate to me, although now the mask has just helped clog up the bath’s drain, and has also left a gross, waxy, dangerous (slippery) hand mask residue behind on the bottom of the bath! THIS PRODUCT IS SUCH A PAIN!!!

Doesn’t Keep: Okay, so after using the mask, you will find there is this a huge amount of product left behind in the bowl you used. I wanted to save this in the fridge, so that I could re-use it at a later date. Some time passed (okay, maybe it was a few weeks but still!) and the bowl of hand mask literally had mould growing on it. It was really nasty. I didn’t re-use it sooner because, well, my first experience with using the stuff was so terrible. Still, this definitely doesn’t last as long as any other Lush product I have used before. If you want something you can re-use over a long period of time, this isn’t the one for you!

Scent: The smell to me wasn’t pleasant at all. It smelled pretty gross actually, almost like the smell of hair dye or something – perhaps with a slightly buttery, slight citrus scent to it. I’m not sure why this is, but it definitely didn’t smell great.

Time Consuming: This mask took ages to melt, and was a very boring process. You are supposed to stir it continuously, until the mask develops, thickens and becomes a “dreamy, creamy lotion.” For it to achieve this state, it took at LEAST 15 minutes (somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes.) I had the TV on so this wasn’t so horrid, but it was tedious. This was with using boiling water. At least it taking so long to develop gave the mask time to cool down! If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, this isn’t a product for you!

Very Hot!: The only bowl I had that was an appropriate size to fit BOTH MY HANDS in comfortably was a metal bowl. Since I had to use boiling water in order for this mask to actually melt, this of course made the bowl itself very hot to the touch. It was quite difficult to move around – and I’d imagine it wouldn’t be much better if the bowl were made of glass! If you don’t want to risk burning yourself, don’t try this mask!

Drying: This mask didn’t even make my hands soft or moisturised. I’m not even kidding – I’m pretty sure my hands ended up DRIER than they were before I used the mask on them!!! I’m not even sure how this is the case – perhaps it is because of the mask being warm, although it is more likely because of the main ingredient of the mask being “Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,” an alcohol and SLS mixture (both known to be quite drying on the skin!) These are also the ingredients that make the product waxy in consistency. The drying effect was probably due to serveral of the ingredients combined together to be honest, as it isn’t just made of butters and oils (the mask also contains citric acid, perfume, sodium bicarbonate…) If you want something that is really going to do your hands some good, don’t try this hand mask!

Stressful: I didn’t really find this mask to even be relaxing – as a pamper session should be. To me, it was actually rather stressful, because it got everywhere and was a nuisance to clean up. I also didn’t anticipate the entire process taking quite so long, so I became rather stressed and antsy while using it! This definitely isn’t the most calming or relaxing of products that Lush do make!


Pros:

Only Hand Mask: This is the only hand mask that Lush do, so if you want to try a hand mask from Lush, give it a go!

Looks Cute: This hand mask does look insanely cute! It comes in a solid form, and is in the shape of a little hand, covered in golden lustre. It is attached to a wooden stick, and has a little piece of cardboard wrapped around it that has all the ingredients and instructions written on it. If you like cute looking products, maybe this is one for your collection!

Cozy: This hand mask did feel nice and comfortable on the skin whilst actually using it. It was really warm and comforting!

Provides Time to Yourself: If you want to find a way to slow down and to just have some time to yourself, then this is definitely a good product for that purpose. It takes a long time to use, and requires a lot of patience. Using this product will force you to have a good hour or so to yourself (once you include all the preparations and after cleanup!) Try this hand mask if you need some time to wind down!

Novel: This is quite a novel product – you could very well find the novelty of it to be fun!

A Lush Product!: Lush is a fantastic company, and honestly, I think every one of their products (that are vegan) are worth trying at least once! Some people really love this hand mask, so it is worth a try!


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I honestly really didn’t enjoy this hand mask. It is a real shame, because it is currently the only hand mask that Lush do! I really hope they make some new ones, because this being the only hand mask they do means that regardless of my rating, it is still my favourite Lush hand mask!

I think this hand mask was a right pain to use. It was just extremely messy, inconvenient, time consuming – and didn’t even work!

I’m going to have to rate this product a 2/5* rating, and that is me being very generous. Honestly, the only reason why I’m giving it 2 stars is because it is a really adorable product! I could imagine that it would look really cute in a glass jar, as a piece of decoration in a bathroom, along with some reusable bubble bars and hair masks! Like a cute jar of lollipops or flowers 🙂 It was also really warm and cozy to use!

There is a lot of room for improvement from this product – it certainly shouldn’t be drying on the hands, and I think it would be better if it were like the face and foot masks that Lush do, and didn’t need to be melted. The scent could also definitely be improved upon!

– Storm

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Lush Sunrise Review

Hello! Today is my review of Lush’s soap product called “Sunrise”. It was a mother’s day exclusive product earlier this year. Let’s begin!


Sunrise

Rating: 5/5*

Cons:

If you want to get this soap, I must warn you that it becomes very… slippery… toward the end of it’s days. The last chunk of my soap (I suppose an inner piece compromising of a lot of murumuru butter…) literally slipped out of my partners hand and down the drain while he was using it. If you think slippery soaps sound like a pain, this one isn’t for you!

The scent sort of fades with time. I have had this soap since Mother’s day (approximately 7 months ago now!) and only just finished using it up, but its fragrance has certainly been extremely mild for the past couple of weeks – in fact, I could hardly smell any sort of fragrance at all coming from this soap over the past couple of weeks.

This soap can become really difficult to lather up toward the end. When it gets to the point where it is quite small, it is mostly murumuru butter, and that by itself really isn’t a strong latherer.

Even when this soap was larger, I distinctively remember it slipping out of my hands and landing on the floor or into the sink several times. I don’t know what it is about the soap, it is just super slippery in general!

When using this soap toward the beginning, the lather is quite syrupy and has a very strong yellow-orange colour to it. It does wash off completely when you rinse your hands, but such a strong coloured lather does put me off a little bit. I’m not sure why – I think it is because it makes me feel like my hands are possibly less clean, or maybe it is because I am scared that some of the pigment will remain and stain my hands slightly after rinsing off the lather.

The soap changes from a vibrant fruity translucent orange colour, to a more soapy and opaque pale orange colour the more you use it. It definitely changes in appearance toward the end of it’s days in comparison to when it is initially bought. This is fine, but just be warned that it won’t stay looking like a sparkly semi-orb of wonder forever!

This soap is quite soft, so when it does drop on the floor at any point (and it will…) it will sustain some battle wounds, aka dents. I never had any of my soap actually break off, and the denting didn’t personally bother me too much, but it might bother some.


Pros:

This soap does smell really nice when you first get it – like orange flavoured lolly pops. It really is a lovely smell!

The colour is such a vibrant orange, it really is a beautiful looking soap. If you like the colour or the fruit orange, this soap is definitely one for you! 😉

This soap is made to look absolutely incredible with its gorgeous lustre running through it. The lustre really shows once you have used the soap and it is wet. It is a golden lustre and I really cannot describe how beautiful it looks in this semi-spherical shaped soap, but it really does look amazingly beautiful and magical!

The soap starts off washing your hands like a fairly standard soap from Lush – it lathers up okay and the lather is rather syruppy in texture. As you use the soap more and more, the lather gradually becomes more smooth and creamy, due to the murumuru butter in the centre. The mix of the initial cleansing lather of the soap and the creamy lather further on in the soap really makes this product a great one in my opinion.

The ingredients are all natural, the product is handmade, is vegan and from the incredible company Lush! Just that makes this product a win in my books. I know I say that in almost every review but it comes from the heart every single time. I truly believe it is worth it – to the customer, the company and all the organisations that the company helps – for people to buy and try out Lush’s beautiful products!

This soap was a Mother’s day release, and I bought one for my own Mummy. I think it made a wonderful gift as it lasts a very long time and is an all natural product – it feels nice knowing that my gift to my mother will not harm her in any way shape or form. I think this soap would make an amazing gift to almost anyone in fact – my partner even thoroughly enjoyed using, so it’s definitely one for the men too!

This is a very unique soap and I think it is one that is definitely worth at least a try.

This soap’s colour, name and well, just everything about it to be honest, really puts a smile on my face. It is a super happy soap!

The semi-spherical shape of this soap makes it fit really nicely in the palm of your hands, and makes it look different from all of Lush’s other soaps.

I really enjoy the concept of this soap. I love that it is called sunrise, looks like a sunrise and smells how you’d imagine a sunrise would smell on a warm summer’s day in some southern European country like Spain. It is a soap with a very warming feel to it (not literally, just emotionally.) Definitely worth a try!


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, this is a really nice soap. It reminds me of my youth actually – my favourite colour for approximately the first 13 years of my life was orange. This soap being such a happy one also reminds me of being a child, most children seem quite happy right?

I enjoy the smell of this one – not too sweet, just a subtly sweet orange scent. It looks absolutely incredible, the most beautiful Lush soap I have reviewed yet, due to that gorgeous orangey golden lustre in there!

I’m not so keen on the soap at all as it gets nearer to the end of it’s days, but I really enjoyed it for around 2/3 of the time I used it.

Overall, I rate this gorgeous soap a 5/5* rating. It has it’s faults, but the concept and beauty of this soap, as well as all it’s other pros, have really won me over this time!

Join me for another Lush review in just a moment, where I will be reviewing the infamous Angels on Bare Skin!

– Storm