Lots of exciting things have been happening at bbHQ this week, including a fun visit to LUSH Cosmetics! Read on for Sam's summary!
For those of you who were lucky enough to sample the MeMeMe's Face Base earlier in the year, you will know what a lovely product it is! It smells gorgeous, like a mandarin, and creates a smooth base for your foundation. In summer, I used it as a moisturiser underneath my Erborian BB Crème. The Face Base, along with the popular Poppy Tint Cheek and Lip Tints are restocked in the bb store this week.
We are having a little love affair with You, Me and Everybody here at bb. Their products are cutely packaged, they don’t cost the earth and each product does what it says on the tin. Lauren is in Bali this week and has emailed just to tell us that she is loving the Cool It Aloe Vera Gel, and we love the Bodhi Me Hand Wash in the office.
Natalie is our other brand manager, and she has brought some amazing brands to bellabox. For those of you that have been with us since the beginning, you might remember the moisturiser in the 'syringe' from One Skin System? Well, I haven’t tried anything from the range before, so this week I took home an Illuminate & Radiate Pack. It is perfect timing to do a treatment like this now, as our skin can look a bit dull and dehydrated after winter. You deep cleanse and then scrub, and it made my skin feel so clear and clean, perfect for absorbing a serum or moisturiser before bed. I also liked the microfibre cleansing cloth - you can use this on its own and it still thoroughly cleanses the skin.
This week Lucy and I were invited for a personal colour consultation with Peta, the Head of Retail from Lush, and Cate, the manager at the Swanston Street store in Melbourne.
Peta explained how Lush had been working on a colour range for some time as they wanted it to be done in a way that fits with the Lush ethos, meaning clean, pure products with minimal packaging, but also a product with integrity. Lush once owned a company called B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful that had gorgeous colour and fragrance made from ethical ingredients. Years ago when I worked at Liberty in London in the beauty hall (naturally), I used to pop in to the Carnaby Street store on my lunch break, the shop was like Aladdin’s Cave filled with sparkly, glittery products with packaging sourced often from India or Morocco. Sadly, the business didn’t turn a profit and they had to close, but many of the products and concepts have merged over into Lush such as fragrance and colour.
Emotional Brilliance was developed with the idea that you chose a colour instinctively, rather than your favourite colour or the colour makeup you normally wear, and that you wear that colour when you need to invoke that emotion. You spin the wheel and chose three colours that attract you and they tell you a little something about yourself. The first colour tells you what other people see, the second is what your subconscious wants and the third is what you need to get it. Both mine and Lucy’s were scarily accurate. I chose bright colours, I am a Melbourne girl through and through and colour does not grace my person often, Lucy even said ‘they are so not Sam colours!’, but I walked out of Lush sporting the brightest, hottest pink lipstick you ever did see. And you know what? I loved it! I even wore it for the rest of the week. Apparently this means that I need passion in my life (Alexander Skarsgard, where are you?)
There are lipsticks, eyeliners and cream eye shadow, but don’t be afraid to use the products as a face colour, the lipstick can be worn as a blush or the eye shadow as an eye liner. Peta was telling Lucy and I that not long ago she had to give a talk to large group of people, so she applied a little dot of Confident on her wrist to empower herself.
The colours are highly pigmented and easy to blend, the lipsticks are moisturising and the eye colour doesn’t budge. Cate told us about a customer that had never been able to wear mascara, but after she tried the Eyes Right Mascara, the tears she cried were of joy not irritation! We were both incredibly impressed with the range and the ethos behind it. In an industry where it is always about the latest and greatest innovation, it can be hard to keep doing something new, but Lush have done it. They have created a range that can improve your state of mind with the power of suggestion. Brilliant.
Do you love Lush as much as we do? Have you have a chance to check out their new Emotional Brilliance colour collection? If so, what do you think of it? Let us know below!