SAVE THE SHARKS: LUSH Shark Fin Soap

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Each year, up to 100 million sharks are needlessly killed. Sharks are caught illegally, their fins are cut off and then thrown back into the ocean. Though many countries have placed bans on shark finning, there are still countries where it is legal.

In celebration of World Oceans Day (June 8), LUSH recently re-released their limited edition Shark Fin Soap.
100% of the sales of the soap will be donated to supporting the completion of Rob Stewart’s newest documentary SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION.

Rob Stewart was a brilliant Canadian conservationist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He dedicated his life to raising awareness/educating humans on conserving our oceans and planet. He was in the process of filming his latest documentary when a tragic diving accident took his life. To honour Rob Stewart’s life and work, all the money raised from the sales of ‘Shark Fin Soap’ will be used to continue Rob’s legacy.

I am so incredibly happy that LUSH released this soap in honour of Rob Stewart. I have been a fan and followed Rob Stewart’s work for years. His documentaries and book really made me take notice of so many important issues that are happening on our planet. Stewart’s documentary, ‘Sharkwater‘ was so eye-opening and powerful that it actually ignited shark fin bans worldwide. Absolutely incredible. I highly recommend watching Rob Stewart’s documentaries if you haven’t already.

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Shark Fin Soap is made with natural ingredients including seaweed, sea salt and zesty lime oil, (smells SO good!). All LUSH products are never tested on animals, cruelty-free, handmade and 100% vegan. This is a limited edition release so once the stores run out of stock, it will be gone. There weren’t too many left at our local store and I read online that some stores have already sold out! Don’t hesitate if you want to pick one up.

The Shark Fin Soap is actually made up of the same ingredients as LUSH’s popular, ‘Sea Vegetable‘ soap. They are the exact same – the only difference is the cute recyclable paper fin. So if you fall in love with the limited edition Shark Fin Soap, you can still buy ‘Sea Vegetable’ all year round.

Shark Fin Soap retails for $5.95 each. Instead of picking up your daily caffeine fix, we encourage you to drop by LUSH, purchase a Shark Fin Soap and help support a worthy cause!

Natasha & Laura xo
(written by Natasha)

LUSH Limited Edition Valentine’s Day 2015

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Okay, Christmas is, but Valentines’s is 2nd! Who are we kidding? We love every occassion/holiday because it gives us yet another reason to celebrate something fun! Valentine’s may be for ‘lovers’ par say but even us single ladies (and guys alike) can have some fun for Valentine’s Day. Even if that requires picking up a little something for yourself or for someone special in your life like a family member or close friend.

Chocolates are always a much appreciated Valentines gift but sometimes thinking outside of the usual box is even better. Such as these special soaps and goodies from one of our absolute favourite stores ever, LUSH. Talk about making us happy! Who would’ve thought a piece of soap would have such ability?!

LUSH products are all handmade using the freshest ingredients and are 100% vegetarian (completely safe for your skin and body). LUSH is also a lead supporter in the fight against animal testing. We have been loyal customers for years. So when we walked into the store and seen the Valentines display, we just couldn’t resist. It was true L.O.V.E.

All of LUSH’s Valentine’s products are Limited Edition so be sure to pick them up while you still can! 

IMG_9953ggCupid’s Love Soap ($6.95 per 100g)

Could the Cupid’s Love Soap be any more perfect for Valentine’s Day? I think not! 
The soap is a delicious blend of fruity scents including citrusy bergamot, rosewood and even cinnamon to give it that little spicy somethin’ extra. We looove the look of the soap with the cute white heart in the middle of the bar. Definitely one of the cutest soaps ever.

Fact: Lush’s handmade soaps are all composed of their new vegetable soap base and are completely palm oil-free. Palm oil is a nasty ingredient consisting of animal tallow which is the main ingredient in some of the world’s best-selling soaps!
We were extremely happy to learn that Lush’s soaps are completely safe and healthy for your body and are made with natural ingredients such as rapeseed and coconut oil. 

IMG_9929gLove Locket Bath Bomb ($11.95)

I will admit I picked out this bath bomb solely based on the appearance. SO CUTE RIGHT? I was even more thrilled to learn that when you crack open the heart in half, there is a mini heart bath bomb inside as well. 

The Love Locket Bath Bomb is super nourishing and has a lovely blend of vanilla, jasmine and neroli essential oil which smell divine. It releases a glorious mix of tiny red paper hearts and shiny red agar seaweed hearts when exposed in the water. Though it’s a little more expensive than their regular bath bombs, it is generously sized and can be broken up and used in multiple baths (approx. 3-4). 

IMG_9996bbIMG_9975gThe Kiss Lip Scrub ($9.95 per 25g)

We have never tried any of Lush’s lip scrubs previously but when we came across the pretty pink packaging and smelled how nummy this one was, we had to try it out. The Kiss Lip Scrub contains caster sugar, sea salt and adorable tiny hearts and sprinkles (oh so cute!). The scrub itself is edible and tastes sweet & fruity. It leaves a really pretty natural-looking pink tint to your lips after applying. 

My mom and I have both been using the scrub for about a week now (applied nightly) and are pleasantly surprised with the results. We both agreed that this lip scrub has actually made a difference in the appearance of our lips. They feel softer, smoother and healthier. Definitely a fantastic product to use during the cold Winter months when lips are prone to cracking and dryness. 
We love the Kiss Lip Scrub and will be trying out Lush’s other scrubs in the future. 

IMG_993bb7IMG_9916tClick here to view & shop Lush’s full Valentine’s Day line.

Have you tried any of Lush’s Valentine’s goodies? What’s your favourite product in this year’s collection?

Happy Valentine’s Beauties!
Natasha & Laura xo (written by Natasha)

Laura’s Fall Wishlist

Even though I prefer Summer, when Fall rolls around and I see all the new Fall fashion, I can’t help but get excited.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Here are my top picks for Fall…
(Click here to see Natasha’s Fall Wishlist)

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1. Classic Tall Ugg Boots in Black – $195
Even though Ugg boots aren’t considered ‘fashionable’, and always top ‘most-hated’ fashion trends for women by men, I still love them. They are so comfy and easy to wear.

2. Fit & Flare Knit Dress by Le Chateau – $99
The perfect little black dress – Every girl needs one.. or 3.

3. Hamilton MK Logo Satchel by MICHAEL Michael Kors – $298
Never can have too many purses. Gotta have it!

4. SINCLAIR Steve Madden Boots in Cognac – $229
Love Steve Madden Boots!

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5. Rose Felt Pillow from Chapters – $34

6. Comforter Bubble Bar by Lush – $10
I love absolutely everything at Lush, but this Bubble Bar has always been my favorite.

7. Cardamom Bowl by Crate & Barrel – $85
Did I mention that I have a bowl obsession? This bowl is so purty.

8. Greenwich Grove Tea Set by Kate Spade New York – $59
Did I mention that I also have a teapot obsession?!

What’s on your Fall Wishlist?! Comment & let us know. :)
Laura Xo.

Hostess Gifts

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We are all so busy during the holidays. With all the running around, shopping, baking, cooking, & entertaining, it can get real exhausting. We have made up a sweet list of hostess gifts that any girl would be happy to receive. Wine, chocolates or poinsettia’s are typical hostess gifts that are commonly given and while these gifts are great, we think hostess gifts can be a little more personal and have a wee bit more pizazz.

1. Soap Gift Sets from Lush

You can’t go wrong with Lush products. We love them so much. I know, I know, I have Lush on every single list for gift giving. Trust me, the hostess that receives a gift from Lush will definitely invite you back next year!

2. Specialty Tea from Teavana

Every Host knows that it takes a lot of time and energy to plan a get together let alone get through all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. A quality cup of tea is always appreciated. We love these gift sets that come in the beautiful tins that can be reused over and over. You will be affectionately remembered every time she brews a cup of tea long after the holidays are over.

3. Pure Maple Syrup from Blisgourmet

This amazing maple syrup is recognized by top chefs and foodies such as Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray. This is something a little different then the typical bottle of wine or chocolates. Especially great for those that love to cook.

4. Scented Candles from Bath And Body Works

The scented candles from Bath And Body Works are to die for! We can’t pick just one as a favourite. This one is the ultimate holiday scent of rich red apples, green pine and golden cider. One for the hostess and one for me!

5. Lip Balm Sets from Korres

We love, love, love this line from Greece. The body products are the ultimate and so are their lip glosses. Perfect for the long winter to keep lips hydrated and smooth. This limited edition lip glaze set has delicious flavours such as jasmine, pomegranate, raspberry. Made with no parabens or sulphates.

6. Nail Polish Sets from Nails Inc.

Nail polish and nail art is all the rage and who doesn’t love to have their nails all done up? We are amazed at the selection of colours, textures and art that is being done on nails. Can never have too many nail polishes, now can we?

7. Bath and Body Products from Philosophy

We will never get tired of Philosophy products! Ever. The festive gingerbread products add spice to any girl’s day!

8. Designer Fragrance Sets

So many mini sets to choose from during the holidays. A set like this one is perfect with the rollerball fragrance so she can throw it in her purse.

9. Fun Novelty Gifts

Finding really fun personalized gifts are the ultimate if you know the hostess well. For music lovers, a gift like these coasters is different, unique and fun.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Love, Laura xox