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Clarifying Your Hair: Lush Big and Retread Review

I’ve already done a section on Lush Cosmetics Shampoo Bars a long, long while ago but I was doing my daily Sunday night hair clarifying ritual yesterday and I thought I’d share it with you guys since it works so well for me!

As you know my hair mostly stays up and out of my face in a bun with a headband. I don’t like my hair flying around my head, my mouth, my face, etc….it irritates and annoys me since it’s so very long. I like it out of my face when I’m working so 5 days a week from 9 to 5 my hair stays firmly in it’s bun with a headband smoothing it back. After work and on the weekends I don’t mind it floating around but when I’m working it’s smoothed back!

I wash it everyday. I do not believe that washing my hair daily will strip my hair of it’s natural oils yada yada yada. If it does, it does but the fact of the matter is I don’t feel clean unless my hair is washed so every morning I take a shower and I wash and condition my hair.

During the week I use various shampoos, conditioners, and such. My hair doesn’t have a whole lot of maintenance attached to it during the week. It consists of me entering the shower washing it with my daily choice of shampoo and condition, air drying it, curling it into a bun, and going.

I don’t blow dry my hair, I don’t curl it, etc….My hair is naturally curly, a bit dry, and long.

I normally use a very small amount of gel to slick it back otherwise I do have a bit of frizz.

Since I like to switch around shampoos and conditioners so much through the week my hair becomes weighted down from all the silicons in those products plus the gel causes it’s normal wreckage with my hair.

What does that mean?

It means my hair is heavy with a bit of buildup. We all get it, it happens to everyone.

My Sunday evening routine prior to bed is to take a shower and clarify my hair. There is nothing in the world like the feeling of a lighter head of hair. It feels cleaner, my curls are softer, my hair is shiner, etc…after I’ve used a good clarifying shampoo.

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My personal choice for that shampoo is Lush Cosmetics Big. Big gets my hair so clean it nearly whistles. Seriously. If your hair is oily this is a god sent!

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Big is actually for people with fine hair thus the name comes into play here. Big is supposed to give volume and pouf to those of you with fine hair! I do not have fine hair but I still use Big regardless for me it’s a deep cleaning shampoo that rids my hair of buildup. If you suffer from dandruff this will surely rid you of your problem as it contains sea salt which is fantastic for massaging into your scalp to rid yourself of any nasty dandruff that’s made a home in your head!

The formula of this is a tad bit weird and probably not like any shampoo you’ve run across before. It’s clumpy and full of seat salt so it basically looks like a pot of scrub for your face or body not something you’d use in your hair. Many people are a bit wary of trying it because they are worried the sea salt will not wash out easy. Have no fear the salt washes away quickly and easily. The lather is beautiful and the smell is fresh and beautiful.

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Now I had mentioned earlier on that this would be good for oily scalps. My hair is dry so do be warned that this will make your hair even drier when use it. It drys out hair big time so you need to follow up with a good conditioning. There in lays a good thing for the oily scalp folk as Big will definately dry up your scalp, remove the oil from your hair, and replace it with fluffy, soft hair!

Since Big is so drying I follow up closely with Lush’s Retread Conditioner. Retread smells just as gorgeous as Big and compliments it well in my humble opinion! Retread is one of Lush’s thickest conditioners minus any silicones. Your hair might not know what to do without the silicones you get in your normal conditioner but as it adjusts it’ll thank you for treating it to such an amazing conditioner. I normally smooth a good amount on and leave it on for 5 minutes while in the shower right after I’ve rinsed out Big. During that time frame I take a large tooth comb and start detangling with Retread in and smoothing my hair back and while working the conditioner through. Since Big leaves my hair such a mess and in such a tangle it feels good to gently work the comb through while Retread helps with the knots that Big created.

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After 5 minutesI rinse with luke warm water and I’m done.

I towel dry my hair after this and go to bed with it damp. In the morning my hair is fluffy, soft, and beautiful. After this treatment my hair seems to just behave better. It accepts product better, it brushes out easier, I don’t experience frizz or tangles as much, and my hair just seems to be thankful that I took a bit of time out to treat it to a nice clarify!

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The Muse highly recommends trying out Big and Retread for yourself! Retread is fantastic for daily use and as for Big I only recommend using it once a week and twice if you’re hair/scalp is oily!

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Lush Easter Eggs

You may recall me babbling about Lush’s Easter Egg Gifts a few weeks ago! If not do have a click here and here for the details!

Today I got my eggs in the mail! I was so thrilled they didn’t crack! I had ordered three for myself and a few others as gifts! Can’t wait to take a bath to use some! I was going to order from the UK but I had a gift certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket and the UK doesn’t take US gift cards so I said I ordered from Lush NA and was shocked how quickly they arrived and all in one piece too!

Anyone get these?

Wanting them?

The Easter Bunny came early to the Muse’s house!

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Easter Egg Bomb compared to a regular size Lush Bomb!

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Lush Easter Egg Gifts

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Remember how I was raving about Lush Easter Eggs? And how they never make an appearance stateside? Click to refresh your memory!

This year Lush NA decided to gift Lush Lovers with Easter Egg Gifts! Wahoo! These were available last year from Lush UK and unavailable to US shoppers unless you wanted to shell out for the price of airmail shipping!

This year you can order them directly from Lush’s US site or wander into your local Lush Store and grab a few for your very own! We are only getting three of the five released but it sure is better then none at all!

Each Egg is a 18oz’s of Bath Bomb Bliss! The actually egg has two halves, open it up and tucked inside is a chunk soap and bubble bar but the fun doesn’t stop there! The two egg halves that housed these treats are actually a bath bomb which you can break up and use over the course of several baths or if you’re daring drop the entire thing into your bath tub! Oh my!

Each gift set is $29.95 USD and available in your choice of Green, Yellow, and Pink and of course depending on what color you choose you’ll end up with items smelling of Honey I Washed the Kids, Rock Star Soap, or Avobath! These have a little something for everyone from those who like foody smells, to those who prefer something sweet, or those who like a fresh, herbal blend!

The Yellow Egg
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Contains: Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, Ma Bar Bubble Bar Slice, and 18oz’s of gorgeous Honey Bee Bath Bomb!

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Contains: Miranda Soap, Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar Slice, and 18oz’s of beautiful Avobath Bath Bomb!

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Contains: Rock Star Soap, Flosty Glitter Bubble Bar Slice, and 18oz’s of sweet, delicious Candy Fluff Bath Bomb!

Want these?
Get ‘em now because they’ll be gone soon!

Curious how big they are? Click here to see my large Lush Pud from Christmas cracked apart!

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Lush Cosmetics Valentine’s Bath and Body Gifts

Love..or should I say Lush? Is in the air!

Lush Cosmetics has updated it’s site with all the Valentine’s Day goodies your little heart might be desiring this year! The Muse sees at least three items she wants!

Ahhh the Perfect Match! He who makes your soul sing! In Lush’s case the Perfect Match is a set of Solid Perfume and a Matching Hunk of lovely soap!

Perfect Match Gift Sets $19.95 Each USD
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These ultra cute gift sets come in two flavors! Honey contains a heart shaped Honey I Washed the Kids Soap and a Solid Perfume! A most beautiful match if I ever did see one!

While Silky contains a chunk of heart shaped Alkmaar Soap and a Solid Perfume in Silky Underwear! An equally beautiful match!

For $19.95 you can’t really go wrong in buying one for yourself, one for your honey, and one for a mate!

Meet Lush’s newest massage bar, If You Play Your Cards Right. This is scented with the gorgeous smell of Sex Bomb! If you’re a big fan of the bath bomb you’ll be wanting to stock up on a few of these bars as it carries the gorgeous aroma of Sex Bomb! The Muse says stock up on a few and keep them in your fridge! I love rubbing these on rough winter elbow and knees! Of course you’re entirely entitled to use it in appropriate ways with your loved one if you so desire it!

If You Play Your Cards Right Massage Bar $8.95 USD
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Want a bit of a more luxurious gift? How about the Long Lost Love Box that contains an array of yummie Lush goodies to spoil yourself with! This gift box contains an array of retro products that haven’t been available in a long time so grab one of these to experience some much beloved favorites that have been gone for too long!

Gift box contains Kiss Me Klimt Bath Bomb, It’s a Date Bubble Bar, Potion Body Lotion (The Muse’s very favorite product!), Black Magic Massage Bar, and Queen of Heart’s Facial Soap (Another Muse Approved Favorite!).

Long Lost Love Box $49.95 USD
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Lush also has a rather cute trio of massage bars entitled Massage a ‘Trios! Oh La La! Use it for kinky fun (hey not too kinky!) with your mate or stick to rubbing it on your rough elbows and knees to soften your skin and make it scream in delight!

This little set includes Soft Coeur, Mange Too, and Nutts Massage Bar!

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I ordered a Long Lost Love Box for my very self and of course a few of the You Play the Cards Right Massage Bar icon wink It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day for the Muse to spoil herself rotten! Although she wouldn’t refuse some of the other lovely gifts should her boyfriend be reading this such as diamonds, a fur coat, etc…etc…nothing to big mind you!

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Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

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Read about Lush’s upcoming Easter Selections! Click here!

Click here to read a review of Lush’s Solid Perfumes!

Click here to read about the Lush UK Party featuring Snowcake Shower Gel!

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The Eggs are Back!

Last year Lush UK introduced five HUGE bath bombs shaped like Easter Eggs! Much to the delight of fans everywhere these massive bath bombs cost a mere ?9.95! Not only did you get a massive egg that you could crack apart and use in the course of several baths but it was also filled with other yummie goodies such as a piece of soap, a bath bomb, or a bubble bar!

This year Lush UK, never failing to delight us all, has brought back the popular eggs!

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Sadly, if you live in the US chances are these won’t be released stateside (last year they weren’t but cross your fingers and toes or move to England). However, the good news is the lovely people at Mailorder UK really love us Americans and allow us to order from them! Sadly, airmail isn’t cheap but these eggs are only ?9.95 so the airmail cost evens out the cost of purchasing a few of these as gifts or just as a gift from yourself (I’m putting on my card, “To the Muse, From the Easter Bunny, your biggest fan!).

As soon as these lovely little eggs hit the Lush UK I’ll be purchasing all 5 for myself (because I’m a greedy little bugger) and an extra 5 to give as gifts to my little cousins (they were a huge hit with my little cousin Alexa last year!).

If you’re unsure what the hell this all means try heading over to my post about the Giant Lush Pud and it might enlighten you what these here Eggs are all about! Click!

A special thanks to the UK Forum member who posted the great scans of the Lush Times Spring Catalog! If you’re a member of the UK forum you can see her post by clicking here.

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