Lush Sikkim Girls Body Lotion

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Ed’s note: Even though we were given this at the Lush Christmas blogger event, our reviews are honest opinions. We don’t believe in sugar coating unless it’s on our food. Our guinea pig today is our awesome contributor, Andrea Reitano.

I’ve been on the lookout for an everyday, light, cruelty-free moisturiser. Body butters don’t have the same results in summer as they do winter. In winter they make my skin feel nourished and revitalised, but in summer they don’t absorb as well because of the heat and I wind up feeling slick and greasy.  I’ve loved all the Lush lotions Emma has thrown my way so far, so I was excited to try out another bestseller.

Brand/product: Sikkim Girls Body Lotion by Lush. Lush says, “Jasmine flowers infused with vanilla pods and Darjeeling tea creates the soothing base. Unpreserved and beautifully rich, creamy butters and hemp oil nourish your skin while Tuberose, Jasmine and Frangipani essential oils entice others closer.  A sexy, nourishing cream that will leave you feeling seduced after the bath or shower.”

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Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel and Candy Mountain Bubble Bar

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Ed’s note: Even though we were given this at the Lush Christmas blogger event, our reviews are honest opinions. We don’t believe in sugar coating unless it’s on our food. Our guinea pig today is our awesome contributor, Andrea Reitano.

So Christmas has come and gone (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all) and with the festive season came the Limited Edition Christmas range products from Lush. It’s disappointing some of these products aren’t available all year round, but you still have time to make a quick pit stop and pick up the last of these babies – and best of all, they’re half off! These are two of my personal favourites.

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Lush Ponche Shower Gel

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Ed’s note: Even though we were given this at the Lush Christmas blogger event, our reviews are honest opinions. We don’t believe in sugar coating unless it’s on our food. Our guinea pig today is the lovely Alex Harmon.

Brand/Product: Ponche Shower Gel. Lush says, “[I]nspired by the Mexican fruit punch made from seasonal fruits such as plums, oranges, cinnamon and vanilla.  All ingredients that can help warm and stimulate the senses.  Wash your hair and body with this fruity, softening shower gel and lift your spirits and get into party mode – there’s even a dash of tequila to give it a little kick and add some festive cheer!” 

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Celebrating 2013 and Lush’s Limited-Edition Goodies

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Lush goodies on top of the scarf  that they use as wrapping paper

Happy New Year’s Eve. I don’t know where this month has gone. Or the year for that matter. And what a year it has been. The blog was launched, I fell pregnant, I discovered my love for so many wonderful cruelty-free brands and also dabbled in making my own beauty products.

I want to end 2013 by giving a shout out to all our lovely readers who supported the blog. You make it all worthwhile. So thank you. I also want to thank all the companies who supported our blog too. As a part-time writer who has to juggle caring for a toddler (while being pregnant), funds are tight. So thanks Australis, Innoxa, Natio, Sukin, Mode, Trilogy, Inika and Lush for sending us freebies and helping us to discover cruelty-free options and saving the bunnies 🙂

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WIN: 1 OF 3 TRILOGY INSTANT BRONZING GELS

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Yes, yes, yes, summer is finally here! It’s time for beaches, barbecues and bronzing. But that’s no excuse to fry your skin.

Thankfully, the good people at Trilogy are giving three of our readers the chance to glow with their Instant Bronzing Gel (valued at $27.95). All you need to do is subscribe to our e-newsletter.

How To Win

1) Subscribe to our e-newsletter.

2) Check your inbox by 5pm Monday, 9th of December to see if you’re the winner. 

After some help on how to achieve a flawless tan? Check out our post on tanning tips and tricks.

The competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only and closes at 5pm Sunday, 8th of December. Winners will be contacted via email on Monday 9th of December and will have five days to claim their prize. Good luck.

Treat Yo’self To A Tan

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Let’s make a deal. If you promise me (and yourself) that you won’t get sunburnt, then you can treat yo’self to a tanner. Now we’ve got that sorted it’s time to work out what self-tanner is right for you. Of course it’s a given that no animals should be harmed in the making of our bronzed bodies. But I know each of you will have different priorities such as: paraben free, streak free, nice smelling, easy to use, long lasting or gradual. So My Fair Lipstick is reviewing six products to help you find your perfect sun-kissed glow.

Tom and Donna want you to treat yo'self to a tanner

Tom and Donna want you to treat yo’self to a tanner

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Tanning Tips and Tricks

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There’s a scene in Sex and the City that really struck a chord with me. The four BFFs are holidaying at the Hamptons. Charlotte is pretending to be 27 while the others manically douse their bodies in sunscreen. Their shoulders are covered and they wear ginormous hats and sunnies. Then Samantha says something along the lines of, “When you get to your thirties, you wear sunscreen.” This is so true of me. I loved to tan in my twenties but when I developed a massive sunspot on the side of my face it was time to embrace the fake tan.

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