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A Peek at the New Lush Cribbs Causeway

Oh Lush. Who doesn’t love Lush?! Bloggers are forever swooning and fawning at their awesome seasonal collections, and rightly so, in my humble opinion. I remember saving up all my money as a kid to splurge it all at once in Lush, buying slabs of Fluffy Blue Clouds bubble bath and the biggest bits of Alkmaar soap that my little pennies could afford.

My habits haven’t changed much since then, and a few weeks ago, shortly before Christmas, myself and a handful of other lucky bloggers were invited up to have a sneaky peek at the brand new Lush Cribbs Causeway store. Read More

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Festival Essentials Packing List

It’s June! Glastonbury kicks off next Wednesday! I can’t quite believe it’s been a whole year since I was frantically buying wellies and rain ponchos and enough sunscreen to sink a ship (and I STILL got sunburn!). Sadly I won’t be attending Glastonbury 2015 – I have to wait til End of the Road in September to do my festival-ing – but I’ve compiled a few bits and pieces which I can’t do without to help you lucky folk attending Glasto get through the weekend in style.

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It just wouldn’t be a festival without some jazzy festival gear to wear! Upgrade your bumbag to this fruity little number from festival legends Merrimaking – because why not carry your suncream and loose change around in half a watermelon?! For all of those everyday festival fashion staples, turn to two of the best upcyclers in town – the awesome Duvet Days, and brilliant Bristol-based Fix Up Look Sharp, who are driving their festival bus to Glastonbury this coming week.

Duvet Days is a London-based clothing label run by my mate Emma, who upcycles your old 80s Rainbow Brite bedsheets into fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces, whose loose fit and comfortable style is perfect for strutting around any festival in. She fashioned a fugly 1960s duvet I had been carting around from house to house into the most awesome outfit – watch this space for an outfit post! These Mickey Mouse trousers were promised to someone else, but keep your eye on their Facebook page to see what might pop up.

A staple on the Bristol upcycling scene are the ever-brilliant Fix Up Look Sharp, who take your unwanted garments and fashion them into something new, all in the name of raising pennies for Clic Sergeant. Their bus full of treasures will be at Glastonbury, but if you’re heading to a different festival this summer, find more delights (such as these amazing floral dungarees) over on their website.

Toiletry essentials

Stay clean, peeps! Festival toilets are notoriously horrendous, and the beautiful long-drops at Glastonbury are no exception. Hand sanitiser is an absolute must, and my all time favourite is this gorgeous smelling Pink Grapefruit Hand Gel from the Body Shop. Keeps your mitts clean and smelling fruity fresh. It goes without saying that dry shampoo is another must-have in your festival survival kit, and everyone knows that Batiste are head and shoulders above the rest (ha!). My favourite scent is their tropical coconut, but they’ve got heaps of different flavours – take your pick!

I got pretty badly burnt in the queue on the way in to Glasto last year, don’t make the same mistake as me! To keep you protected plus perfectly smooth, soft, and dry, I love Lush’s Powdered Sunscreen. This clever little bottle is no ordinary talc – packed with soothing calamine powder it helps to mattify the skin and keep it protected all day long. It’s perfect for using as a setting powder on your face so you’ve not got suncream dripping in your eyes (yep, another fail – I had to go to the medical tent and everything) or for when you want to reduce that icky sticky feeling right after putting your cream all over your body.

Wet weather essentials

We all know the British summer weather can be reliably unpredictable, no more so than during Glasto. Last year it rained so much that our tent sank in the mud, and we had to spend the last two nights sleeping in a church. Moral of that story is pack a better tent, but it also helps to be prepared to be trudging around in the wet weather in the daytime too.

Y’all need to invest in a couple of things – firstly, some kind of poncho to protect you from the torrential downpours. These cheery numbers are known as Kigoules, and are made by the same people behind those adorable animal shaped onesies. My favourite is this duck fella – plus you can pack him down into a little bumbag-sized pouch for when the sun finally makes an appearance.

Secondly, you need to get your hands on a decent pair of waterproof shoes, and I mean something better than wellies. I have fallen head over heels for these Palladium Pampa ‘Puddles’ Boots in this awesome bright green colour. As well as being fabulously stylish, they are also lightweight and can keep your toes dry, like little anoraks for  your feet!

On a related note, these guys recently got in touch to let me know about their ace City Explorers series, where they’re travelling round 8 different Europe hot spots in a couple of months to see what makes each city tick. They’ve just released this achingly cool video about the music scene in Bristol (Stokes Croft in particular) so if you fancy it, give it a watch, or read their brilliant article here.

Palladium Boots sent me the video because they thought it would be nice to give a little shout out to my city, but all words and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

Have a gert lush time at Glastonbury, me babbers!

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Spring Preview at Lush Bath Spa

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With the excitement of Valentine’s Day out of the way, it’s time to start looking forward to all those other pointless wonderful calendar events coming up, and start getting excited about spring! Lush always manages to know exactly how to cater for every event, plus we have the excitement of a new bundle of goodies just in time for each season. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the shiny new spa store in Bath (which is BEAUTIFUL) for a look at what’s new for the spring.

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The new range certainly does not disappoint. There are flowers – LOTS of flowers. A gorgeous new bath bomb, Secret Garden, is quite literally stuffed with a magical centre which bursts with flowers once the floral fragranced outer has fizzed away, and it’s truly beautiful. There’s also a few new bubble bars – the African Paradise-scented heart shaped Heart Throb, the psychedelic coloured Purple Haze, plus the downright adorable Mother Superior and Bubblegrub!

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As well as loads of product demos happening on the night, we had the chance to make our own products! Here is the lovely Emily making a Big Blue bath bomb, which was a lot harder than it looks. Sadly there was no bath bomb mixture left when me and Steph got there, but they popped out back and came out with another mysterious box, and we got to make their awesome orange-scented Sunnyside bubble bar. Mine was a grotesque heart shaped blob, but kudos to the chap who worked in Lush, who made a pretty good resemblance to Jake from Adventure Time!

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It goes without saying that regardless of who you’re treating this spring, be it yourself or your mam, Lush have got you covered. I really recommend popping in to the new Bath store as well, it’s vast and absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait until their spa opens in the summer! I’ve got my eye on the Good Hour massage.

Thank you so much to Lush Bath Spa for the invitation, I had such a lovely evening testing out all the gorgeous new products! What’s your favourite Lush product?

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What I Got For Christmas

I feel compelled to follow everyone else’s lead here and apologise for being MIA for a week or so, but to be perfectly honest it’s been quite nice having a little break, getting up late, stuffing my face and figuring out how many Cadbury’s Roses are too many Cadbury’s Roses.

In the spirit of the season, and without meaning to shamelessly gloat too much, I thought I’d share with you lot some of the treats I got for Christmas. I always find it’s nice to see what other people got under the tree, and I got some right crackers this year which are too good not to share.

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I think my family know I’m a bit of a fan of Lush, judging by this pile of treats big enough to sink a small ship. Among them was the Rosie and Happy Daze gift sets with a multitude of amazing treats including my favourite Rose Jam shower gel, a Pop in the Bath, Hot Toddy shower gel and amazingly glittery Space Girl bath ballistic. I’d better get bathing if I’ve any chance of using these beauties up before my birthday!

I usually get a few awesome books for Christmas, and this year was no exception. As well as an interesting title – “We Are All Weird” – I got a book by hero history lady Ruth Goodman on how to be a Victorian, as we all know I was born in the wrong time period. I also got some new pens for doodling, as I hope to do some more illustration type things this year!

I know I’m a little behind the times, but in my stocking this year is the one item which is a must have for any bona fide beauty bloggers – the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. To be honest, my want for this palette has simply stemmed from my being incredibly lazy, and having a multitude of go-to shades in one handy place seemed ideal for me. The colours range from light to dark, matte to shimmery, and they’re all beautiful. I’ll need to have a bit of practice with some YouTube videos but I’ll let you know how I get on. My sister also got me this Vaseline set, which comes in the most amazing tin!

Last but certainly not least is a cookbook I’ve had my eye on for ages. I’ve been following Thug Kitchen for about a year on their Facebook page and have always had a little chuckle at their sweary yet delicious looking recipes. Finally they have brought out a cookbook, like a vegan hipster bible, packed to the brim with awesome photos, amazing recipes and plenty of the f-word. I was even given these adorable little Russian doll measuring cups in order to make sense of the baffling American quantities inside. I’m going to be eating well this year.

What did you guys get for Christmas? Let me know!

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Christmas Wishlist!

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Ok, so I’m beginning to get just a teeny tiny bit excited about Christmas now – today we spent the day Christmas shopping, and I’ve bought our first bottle of Baileys, which is the official sign for the festive season beginning.

With that in mind, and the fact that the big day is only 32 DAYS AWAY, I’ve made a shortlist of beautiful treasures that I hope Father Christmas will be popping in my stocking this year.

1. Twin Peaks Colouring Book
2. AllSaints ‘Hawks’ Leather Jacket
3. Bill Murray T-Shirt
4. Dr Martens Joyce Brogues
5. imo ‘Sunrise’ Camera Strap
6. Lush Rosie Gift Set

The first item on my list needs no introduction, nor explanation. It’s a Twin Peaks colouring book, from one of my favourite illustrators on Etsy. It’s a Twin. Peaks. COLOURING. BOOK. It’s like someone has read my mind and smushed my two favourite things together. Just remember to get me some crayons, too, Santa.

With this next item I am totally dreaming. I can most definitely not afford it, that’s for sure, but I’ve been searching for the perfect leather biker jacket for some time now and this ticks all the boxes. It’s from AllSaints new collection, which is all absolutely stunning, but this one definitely stood out for me for its classic style but little details like the texture on the shoulders.

If somehow that beautiful jacket ends up under the tree this year, I reckon this Bill Murray T-Shirt would go rather nicely with it. I imagine having Bill Murray emblazoned across your entire upper body has the same effect as wearing a poncho – we all know it’s impossible to be unhappy in that situation.

My Dr Martens collection definitely needs expanding. These beautiful brogues caught my eye because they kind of resemble Audrey’s (from Twin Peaks, obvs), plus I can just picture them jazzing up a cute floral dress or even teamed with a nice pair of jeans (Pssst – don’t forget, you can get 15% off until the 30th at the Bristol store – 16 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 6HH. More details here).

I really hate having the strap attached to my camera – it’s ugly, awkward, and I can’t help feeling that I’m ever-so-slightly gloating having ‘CANON’ emblazoned around my neck. The thing is, I am very afraid of smashing it. I think this adorable camera strap from ‘imo’ on Etsy might make me less reluctant to properly look after my belongings.

You can’t have Christmas without a bit of Lush, or I certainly can’t anyway. I can’t think of a more perfect gift set from Lush this year – this Rosie set not only has the best Lush product of all time, Rose Jam shower gel, it also has its namesake bubbleroon bubble bar and Ro’s Argan with the same amazing smell, plus a whole host of other rosy-scented goodies. Yes please!

What treats are on your Christmas list this year?

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A Lock-In at Lush Cribbs

The Friday before last, I took a rather massive detour from my place of work in Bath, got lost in some windy country roads snaking through little villages, and somehow managed to end up at my destination – Lush at Cribbs Causeway! I love how Cribbs always seems equidistant from everywhere, a mecca of pure indulgence and blissful consumerism. Me and Tom used to pop to Cribbs just to have a wonder around (and inevitably come out with much lighter wallets!).

I had been invited along to a very special event that Lush were hosting, to showcase their new suncare range. It was a very lovely end to a rather crappy Friday; I very nearly didn’t go, but I am so glad I did.

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After treating myself to dinner at Wagamama (yes, I am one of those weird people who has no problem with sitting by themselves in a restaurant… you can stare all you wish!) I hotfooted it over to the teeny little Lush store, and immediately bumped into fellow Bristolian blogging lovelies She and Hem.

We were ushered inside, and I was completely overwhelmed at how friendly and welcoming the staff were. I’ve always considered a career at Lush – every time I’ve been into one of their shops the staff seem genuinely pleased to be there, and are always cheerful and helpful. There was a member of staff positioned at various ‘stations’ around the event, talking us through some of the products.

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After chatting to a lovely lady about haircare, I wandered over to where some fellow bloggers were getting stuck in making fresh face masks! This particular mixture was destined to be a pot of Catastrophe Cosmetic, packed with powerful antioxidant blueberries and calming to the skin. If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I could hardly wait to plaster it all over my mush when I got home, and it really did do my skin wonders.

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Lush Blogger Event Cribbs Causeway | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

Of course, the next half hour or so was spent wondering around pressing various brightly coloured things to my nose, and smelling absolutely EVERYTHING. I can get completely and utterly lost in Lush, and love how there are always new things to smell every time I go in there. I also spent a good deal of my time completely boring the pants off the poor chap who stopped to listen to me, detailing every single product I’ve bought, the things I’m sad they don’t sell any more (including Alkmaar, Tramp, and that weird banana soap they made in drainpipes), and how they should bring back Rose Jam.

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Of course, the star of the show was their new suncare range – I was lucky enough to be a guinea pig for a sample of the African Paradise treatment, and can confirm that it both smells absolutely gorgeous, and left my skin beautifully smooth and moisturised. It has fresh mango to brighten the skin, as well as one of my favourite scents, moringa. We were also treated to a sample of Million Dollar Moisturiser (which left my hand baby-smooth), and the lovely Lush lady explained to me the benefits of their SLush fund, and how it is contributing directly to their products. As if we needed an excuse to love Lush any more?!

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We were very lucky to receive a goody bag on the way out – as well as the samples of Sunblock, Yuzu & Cocoa, Happy Hippy and Shine So Bright, I also treated myself to a larger than usual bottle of my favourite conditioner, American Cream, and some Daddy-O shampoo to re-blondify my brassy locks.

I haven’t had a chance to test the Yuzu & Cocoa bubble bar, or the Sunblock, but I am intrigued to see if it really does have the SPF protection, if the sun ever makes a reappearance! The Happy Hippy shower gel is sure to be a favourite with everyone – I can’t see how anyone couldn’t love its cheery grapfruity smell. It also benefits from frankincense, which compliments it beautifully, and is gentle enough for all skin types, leaving mine lovely and soft.

My favourite product from this entire haul, however, is the Shine So Bright. This little tin is a balm for hair, something I had trouble grasping at first. The solid balm melts instantly onto your fingertips for easy application through the ends of your hair, leaving it feeling nourished and smelling absolutely amazing. I really can’t rate this highly enough – it tames my flyaway, over bleached locks without making my hair greasy, and the citrussy floral smell has a slightly spicy woody note to it, and lingers on my hair all day. Beautiful.

What’s your favourite Lush product?

Thank you so much again to everyone at Lush Cribbs Causeway for inviting me, for all the lovely treats, and for putting up with my crazy fangirl ramblings!

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Birthday Treats

I suppose this post is somewhat late, considering my birthday was nearly two whole Fridays ago! In my defence, what with Harry Potter World and all, the weeks at the moment are turning into a bit of a blur! It’s nice that’s it’s finally beginning to feel like summer, even if the bus journey in the afternoon is a little more sticky and uncomfortable.

Anywho, I am here to share with you – nay, GLOAT – at the treasure trove of awesome beauty treats I got amongst some other fabulous birthday gifts this year. Someone’s been reading my blog, I think!

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Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

Lily Doughball birthday beauty treats - Ren, Clinique, Lush

I love birthdays, especially now I’m beginning to get older. It seems to be the one day of the year where you really do have the excuse to do whatever it is you feel like – this year me and top took a trip on a narrowboat (woooooo!), opening locks and doing some steering, then finally travelling up to see my mam and going for a lovely dinner at Zizzi’s. What a treat. Plus, people actually give you things for the privilege of being a year older! Win.

As you can see, I got all the beauty bits on my wishlist and so much more. I can’t quite believe how much I was spoilt this year – alongside my favourite Lush shampoo bar and tried-and-tested Ren Glycolactic Peel there was a WHOLE BAG of other little treats from Ren Skincare which came from my brother and sister, plus a fabulously colourful Clinique bag stuffed with goodies from Tom’s parents. I love having samples to test out; I am a very fickle beauty buyer, and am shamefully always buying new things when I know I’ve got one half full which needs using up at home. Samples are good for this purpose – all of the excitement of a new product, with none of the commitment!

I was particularly excited about the Clinique chubby stick, having heard so much about them through the beauty blogosphere. The colour which came in my bag was ‘mega melon’, which turned out to be a coral-pink colour, with an orange undertone. I’m loving orange-y lipsticks at the moment, and can’t get enough of this product – it’s almost like a tinted lip balm but with a bit more of a firmer pencil texture, so you can apply it with a bit more precision. Perfect for tucking away in your handbag for summer.

Another year older, and halfway through June already! I’ve got another busy weekend coming up, have you got any plans?

Psssst! Have you entered my giveaway yet?

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Birthday Wishlist

I am well aware of how much of a blogging cliche it is to harp on about how the time has flown, and “is it May already?! I hadn’t noticed!” etc. etc., but this time I really have lost a grip of the weeks, hence the radio silence on the blog. Truth be told, a large majority of it was spent in the sunshine, snaffling burgers at Burger Joint, meeting up with old friends, drinking beer, and I even managed to sneak a shift in at the Cube on Tuesday (I saw The Double – I highly recommend it)!

All this talk of time passing, plus the birthday of dear Bristolian blog friend Lyzi today has made me realise that it is only 3 short weeks until my birthday! I feel I deserve to get just a little bit excited about it in a childish manner, and so I have compiled a list of things which I am going to treat myself to next payday:

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The first item on my list is Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It has been in a previous wishlist post, about a year ago. The reason it’s come around again isn’t because I bought it and have run out, but simply because I haven’t got round to buying it yet. I feel pretty ashamed that I’ve allowed a whole year to pass me by with the vague notion of wanting it in the back of my head that I haven’t got round to fulfilling yet. Truthfully, it’s the price that puts me off every time – it’s £30 of the Queens, but it’s worth every penny. My friend lent me a sample a while back and it left my skin feeling absolutely incredible.

The next is a Lush favourite – this shampoo bar is called ‘New’, and is without fail a request every single Christmas and birthday. There is something about the cinnamon smell which is so incredibly addictive, plus it makes your hair super shiny and soft, while soothing your scalp. It worked wonders when I had red hair. Item number 3 is this cheerful rainbow film for my Instax Mini, better than boring old white any day! I really want to try and take my instant camera on more adventures this summer, and I think this will give me more of an incentive to do so.

Number four probably warrants some explaining. A couple of weeks ago I had a text off my brother telling me he is moving to Germany this coming Saturday, and that I should go and visit him. We’ve been wanting to visit Germany for a couple of years now, and so now that I have a legitimate excuse, how can I not go?! Trouble is, my passport expired in 2010, and it costs around £90 for a new one. Yet again one of those expensive purchases I have put off in favour of cheaper (and arguably crappier) useless items. This year, I will leave the UK!

Lastly, is this rather stunning Pashley Britannia bike. Oh, a girl can dream! All these weeks in the sunshine has made me vision cycling down the towpath to Bath, stopping off at all the cafes and pubs along the way, with a massive picnic basket of treats (ie BEER) to have when we get there. My little 1977 Raleigh bike is a bit of a stunner, but boy is he heavy, and not the most comfortable thing to ride. It’s time to upgrade from a kids bike to a grown up bike. There is no way I would be able to afford this, but hey, it is a wishlist, after all!

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Christmas Favourites from Lush

Hello again everyone, I trust you all had a marvellous Christmas?!

Amongst all the presents I was spoiled with were some old and new favourites from that most faithful of high street cosmetics shops, Lush. I’ve always been a fan of their products, and these join a growing stash of indulgent treats in my bathroom cupboard.

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I got a couple of little bottles – Rose Jam shower gel and American Cream conditioner, plus a tub of Angels on Bare Skin facial cleanser. I’ve used this and the conditioner before, but the Rose Jam is a new one on me. It’s been recommended to me so many times by various people but I’ve always resisted it in favour of their jasmine-scented concoction, Flying Fox.

OH MY GOD, if you haven’t tried it yet, then I urge you to do so. The smell is absolutely gorgeous, I love anything rose scented and this is no exception. I was wary when the bottle said it was a sweet smell, I’m not such a fan of those – I’m not wild about their Snow Fairy scent, for example. But this isn’t overpowering, there is a hint of something musky to tone down the sweetness from the roses and vanilla. Plus it left my skin unbelievably soft.

The American Cream is an old favourite, and is always on my list every birthday and Christmas. The smell really is like a vanilla milkshake, and injects some much needed moisture into my poor straggly locks. This is my third tub of Angels on Bare Skin and it does exactly what it says on the tin; I have always had pretty bad skin and this does wonders for it, really gently cleansing my grubby little face and making my skin look bright, soft and clean.

Did you get any treats for Christmas?

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