There’s something about the crisp winter darkness and the sparkle of lights that feel magic, hopeful. And the Magic Lantern Festival being held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens didn’t disappoint. I loved the creativity, weaving round the path seeing the different stories and the simplistic fun of a Saturday night that involved soya lattes and toasted marshmallows, rather than crowded bars and badly poured drinks.
I hope it returns next year…
It seems Christmas is everywhere, but back at the beginning of October I had the pleasure of being invited to Lush in Solihull for a preview of their festive offerings.
This year Lush have gone a sort of Frozen meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with some Nordic Pop influences thrown in for good measure. That’s to say there’s a nice mix of tradition with some more modern influences. I particularly liked the idea of the 12 Days of Christmas, with a lovely Lush treat to take you through to the epiphany.
But for me Lush is all about bath bombs/bars/melts. Ordinarily, I’m more of a shower person, but sometimes life calls for a bath and when it does I always think there should be some bubbles. I was particularly taken with a couple of the non-Christmas range; the sparkling pumpkin bubble bar with all its glitter and a swirling cylinder which let out an array of colours – just like a firework! But there’s plenty of adorable Christmas bath bombs, bars and melts too; snowmen, penguins, mini-drums and even one present shaped with a little gift inside. I admitted to not really understanding the bubble bars (I throw a bath bomb in and wait for bubbles) and one of the lovely ladies at Lush Solihull took pity on me and gave me a demo on how they worked – turns out some of the bars can be broken up and used a few times.
Snow fairy, the delicious Christmas-only shower gel is back too, as are some lovely festive soap. I picked up some of the Yog Nog which had a lovely creamy feel and smell and a delicious rich red soap both of which I’m looking forward to using.
The lovely ladies and gents of Lush Solihull were great hosts; they took us through the range, taking time to explain the products’ inspirations and development. I even got a free massage and left with a very glittery arm, which was mighty fun on the bus home.
Roll on Christmas!
Disclosure: I was invited down to the bloggers event and given free samples to take home, however I wasn’t required to say anything nice abut the event of products. I also spend far too much of my own money that evening, because I’m a big fan of the bath bombs.