Category Archives: LUSH

Lush – Handy Gurugu

After my love affair with Helping Hands and Lemony Flutter, I thought the next logical step was to continue completing my collection of Lush hand care. I mean, it’s totally logical, not just addict justification. ¬†When I went in to get my hair dyed (Lush’s Caca Rouge – 3wks STILL red. L-O-V-E! but I digress…) I got a sample of Handy Gurugu from Sarah, my favorite sales girl. I’m so glad I was logical and decided I needed the whole collection! Plus, since I sold Mel on Helping Hands formula but not smell, I now have a back up suggestion for her ūüėČ

Mel’s issue with HH wasn’t the initial smell, but the after-smell (like after-taste, but a smell, if you follow me). I think she’ll be pleased with Handy Gurugu. It’s a different kind of smell, one I have yet to completely be able to describe; a little earthy, a little crisp, a clean smell with a subtle something extra. I also happen to think the smell fades faster from Handy Gurugu than Helping Hands, which depending on your preference could be a plus.¬†Efficacy is pretty much the same top quality level. There’s an instant quenching feeling, a prolonged level of softness and used over time some serious damage control for beat up hands. The formula is another one of Lush’s “less is more”; they tend to not dilute their stuff unnecessarily, so you have to adjust to how much you actually need of things. Start with a small amount and build up; on your hands it thins out a bit and can easily be moved over the whole hand, so it’s better to have to add a little more to spots than to gob it on and then be greasy from user error. Their website says it’s their thickest hand creme, but I think that it soaks in faster for me than HH if used in a good proportion, and that makes it my “on the go” hand lotion.¬†I’ve been using my sample size as a “always in my purse” lotion and at 3 weeks of using it at least once a day, I’m only half done with it if that gives you a better idea of how little you need to get results.

I think the average person isn’t going to be a gotta-catch-them-all fiend about it, so between Handy Gurugu and Helping Hands I’d say choose between which scent fits you more. And test it out! Sometimes, like with Mel, you don’t know how you think of a scent or formula until you do a real wearability test. Thankfully Lush will give you an in store hand treatment to show you all the products and if you bat your eyelashes just right you can get a sample of this too to try out for a bit before you buy. Although if you’re anything like me, you’ll be more than pleased to just grab and go! Haha ūüėČ


Lush – Helping Hands

I’ve been on the hunt since last summer when we started the blog for an awesome hand creme. Back then it was because I was working at an Oncologist’s office doing my phlebotomy externship and washing my hands with ridiculous frequency, but as fall came around I still wanted something that would make my hands feel happy and healthy (and look great for photos on here haha). Once I discovered Lush, Helping Hands was high on my want list, and it¬†definitely¬†fulfilled my hand lotion desires. It’s a lavender and chamomile scented hand creme, although after a few minutes you mainly smell the chamomile. It does take a few minutes to really soak in, but I mean that in how it takes a little to feel like it’s fully in your skin. Pretty much as soon as you rub it in, you lose the greasiness that would transfer to things you touch, but it feels like it’s just on your skin not in your skin for a few minutes. One good finger swipe will cover both your hands, keep in mind. My hands have been so much happier since I started using this; nice and soft and healthy. I even recommended this to Mel, who liked the formula but the smell wasn’t quite her thing. Thankfully, Lush also has Handy Gurugu which is another awesome hand ¬†creme with a very different smell. ¬†Look out for that review tomorrow (and the eventual tweet from Mel that she had a Lush attack and bought it haha)

Lush – Lemony Flutter

Readers, I have a confession to make. I’ve semi-recently discovered an addiction that rivals my varnish one, and that addiction is all things Lush. My bathroom has basically become a mini shrine to the store. So let me take you back to where my addiction began: Lemony Flutter.

I guess it could be argued that my love of Lush is a tangent of my love of nail polish, seeing as that’s what led me to love Lush was testing out Lemony Flutter. It’s pretty much my cuticles best friend. Considering I beat the hell outta my fingers with straight acetone every other if not every day, they need a best friend.¬†And with it in my arsenal, I’m not worried about my claws surviving the winter months which tend to wreak havoc on everyone’s hands.¬†Lemony Flutter is a super thick, super rich, super luxurious cuticle creme. It soaks in like a dream and has a sunny lemony scent (didn’t see that one coming did ya? haha). I love this product, and like Mel, I take it e.v.e.r.y.where with me. I even asked the girl at Lush the last time I went in for an empty sample container so I could have a mini portable stash. (yeah, Lush gives samples, so you have no excuse not to try this stuff!!) It only takes a LITTLE bit to do wonders. Seriously, just a touch of the stuff is enough. The few reviews I’ve seen of it saying it’s greasy are probably people who gobbed it on like hand lotion; there’s a reason they call it cuticle butter people. It’s super rich and thick so that it¬†thoroughly saturates and conditions your cuticle area. ¬†This also means that the tub of it will last you amazingly long.¬† I use it 2-3 times a day, and I’ve barely made a dent in mine. Also works great for those tough areas on your feet. Before bed, rub some in and throw on a pair of socks. Thank me in the morning ūüėČ

I would also like to point out that this is a NATURAL product ūüôā I know, you could say I’m silly for caring about that when I use such colorful chemicals on my nails haha, but part of my love of Lush is that I have¬†temperamental¬†skin and Lush makes me look and feel fabulous. And I feel like it’s my way to say sorry for the “beauty is pain” ritual I put my hands through on a regular basis. I’ve also been using Hand Gurugu and Helping Hands lotions from Lush as a whole hand¬†regimen, so I’ll review those for you guys in the coming days as well!

‚̧ Jess



Mel’s Black Friday Haul

I hope everyone had a good Black Friday! Mine was seriously the least stressful BF I’ve had in the time I’ve been shopping. I suppose this is due to hitting them slightly after opening time, and going places such as ULTA, Ross, and Rite Aid. I picked up some goodies, none of which were really “on sale” but who cares!?

I picked up the Color Club Beyond The Mistletoe set at Ross for EIGHT DOLLARS. It comes with the 7 colors from the line, plus a bottle of clear polish. From left to right we have: Sugarplum Fairy, Beyond The Mistletoe, Holiday Splendor, Jingle Jangle, Candy Cane, Gingerbread, and Clear. I swatched a finger of each yesterday and boy are they sparkly! Thanks to Gina for the heads up! Also, they have the Color Club Foiled Collection, as well as the Boho Collection, also $8.

After listening to Jess wax poetic about Helping Hands, I went to pick some up. A few weeks ago, I tore my hand up opening a 2ltr bottle of coke. I took a huge hunk of skin out of my finger and gave myself a blood blister in that part where your index finger and thumb. I think this was a moisturizer problem. So I went and picked up HH, and gave the new products a sniff test. I also got a sample tub of Lemony Flutter so I can stop carrying around the large one. Hopefully Jess will do a review of her LUSH goodies soon!!

I finally got a full-sized bottle of Warm and Fozzie!!

Ulta had the Essie Luxeffects display out. The only one I REALLY WANTED was Pure Pearlfection. So I picked that one up. Shine of The Times is definitely AWESOME, but not something I would get a lot of use out of. I may pick up As Gold As It Gets at some point.

A few days ago, I was browsing my Google Reader feed and saw Essence’s Irreplaceable as the base for a really cute nail art. At $.99 a bottle, and .16fl oz, these are GREAT for travelling. They are easy to replace, and take up zero room. They also come in a nice assortment of normal colors and unique colors. I definitely think I’ll be picking up several of these colors for England and Antigua next year.

Ulta Is also running a 5 for $5. In addition to 2 face masks for Mud Mask Mondays, and a black eyeliner, I picked up a 4pk of emery boards and a bottle of Ulta Set the Nude. The emery boards are perfectly travel-sized (are you sensing a theme?). And one can never have too many nude color polishes!!

Were you successful this weekend?? What polishes did you pick up?