Disclaimer: Prepare for a very photo heavy post.
Last week was a week of blogging event invites, although I didn’t attend most of them. There seems to be a lot of spring/summer menus coming out at the moment but due to only just being out of the post-appendectomy woods, I thought it was best to stick to just a couple of events. On Tuesday I told you all about my afternoon at #LeedsMarchMeet and today I’m sharing my experience at the most exciting event invitation I have ever received – the Lush Spring Event in Leeds.
If you know me, you’ll know that I love Lush, and the fact that I got invited to an exclusive blogger night has actually made my blogging life to this point. In my head, I always said I would’ve made it as a blogger when I got invited to a Lush event. And it happened this week!
Before I went the event I met the always lovely Rhianna for dinner at Trinity Kitchen. I opted for a burrito (no surprise there because I bloody love Mexican food) whilst she chose a pizza. After eats and chats for the best part of an hour we headed over to Lush. We had to wait five or ten minutes in the cold before we could go in but we had Saira (who I’ve been waiting to meet forever) and Heather to keep us company, and Jenna and Carrieanne also appeared around the same time. When we were let in, we were greeted with a glass of prosecco and were free to mooch around the store.
After having a sniff of all the bath bombs and bubble bars, and a preview of how Golden Egg acts in the water (just be aware that you will definitely get covered in glitter if you use this unless you rinse it under a tap first), I headed over to the face masks. I love the freshness of Lush face masks, although they do go mouldy so you have to use them quickly! Because you store them in the fridge, they’re very refreshing on your skin and my personal favourite is Catastrophe Cosmetic. After hearing all about these I want them all, although I may have to pick up Love Lettuce at some point soon as it sounds perfect for my skin type.
After hearing all about the face masks the Lush offer (and wanting to try all of the ones that I’m yet to buy), I was invited down into the spa to learn more about what it has to offer. Obviously not all Lush stores have a spa attached to them, but the one in Leeds does – and it’s beautiful.
It’s set out like a traditional English cottage with vintage plates and reclaimed wood featured. You walk into a kitchen which is where your consultations take place, before being taken through to your treatment room. This particular event was to discuss Lush spring (although a little late since Easter is today and a lot of the key products were for Easter and Mother’s day), as well as promote the new ‘Tales of Bath’ treatment. This treatment includes a bath and a full body massage – definitely right up my street!
Whilst being shown around the spa and being told about some of the most popular treatments, I discovered that Lush do spa days. I’m not a big partier, so if I ever had something big to celebrate or maybe I was going on a hen do I would definitely opt for one of the more relaxed days. Every guest gets a treatment with the main guest (birthday girl, hen, or whoever organised it) getting to have a bath so it’s definitely a different way to spend an afternoon.
We were lucky enough to receive a little treatment down in the spa, with the choice of a hand/arm massage, a head massage or a palm reading. Something about a palm reading creeped me out a little bit, and I had a hand/arm massage at the Neal’s Yard Remedies event that I went to in January, so I opted for the head massage. They use tradition head massage techniques, along with using tuning forks to help relax you. It seems to be a very holistic approach to spa treatments down at Lush.
A particularly exciting part of the evening was making my own Comforter bubble bar. Personally, I don’t like the comforter because I don’t like blackcurrant and that’s all I can smell. But I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to pretend that I work in Lush Kitchen (the dream)! It was so difficult to make this and it was easy to get frustrated with it. But for a first attempt I’m not too gutted as I got a little bit of a swirl in it! Maybe I’ll just be leaving it to the professionals, and maybe I’ll warm to it since it’s my own creation.
After I’d made my Comforter bubble bar, I was frantically racing around the store trying to decide what I wanted to buy. In the end, I opted for just the one bath bomb – Honey Bee. I’ve been after it for a while and I didn’t fancy the disappointment of buying a limited edition product that I won’t be able to buy again in a week. If the event had been earlier on in the season I would’ve definitely been tempted by A Bunch Of Carrots bubble bars, Humpty Dumpty and Fluffy Egg (except this one was sold out). When I paid I was presented with a goodie bag which I wasn’t expecting, and it had some fabulous products in!
I was internally screaming when the goodie bag was passed over, especially since all the products inside were new to me! I was lucky enough to receive the Green Bubbleroon Bubble Bar*, the Golden Egg Bath Melt*, the Therapy Massage Bar*, the Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar* and the Full of Grace Serum Bar*, and I’m ridiculously excited to try them all out!
My only small complaint of the evening (tiny, tiny, tiny) is that I couldn’t see the skincare side of Lush as there was a musician playing for us all night right in front of it. But I’m definitely going to try to pop back into store soon to ask hundreds of questions about the skincare as it’s such an underrated section of the store.
I really hope Lush have some more events soon as I had so much fun with some of the best girls I know in one of my favourite stores. I’ll also definitely be returning in the future for a treatment because their spa is just divine (I know what I’m requesting as a birthday present this year).
*This post contains gifted items, but all opinions are my own. My full disclaimer can be found here.