Cucumber Eye Pads from Lush

 

Immediately after using Lush’s Cucumber Eye Pads for the very first time, I knew straight away that it was a product I always wanted a packet or 2 of at my disposal. Sold in packs of 2, the Cucumber eye pads make at-home, DIY-spa-days quick and easy.

Best stored in your fridge, (fresh is best!) the Cucumber eye pads have a very short and simple ingredients list; Cucumber and carrageenan seaweed. 

To use the Cucumber eye pads all you have to do is take them out of your fridge, unwrap them from their fully compostable wrapping paper, then place them on each eye for approximately 15 minutes. I often wear them for a lot longer as I just love how soothing they feel after a long day.

Cucumber is packed with vitamin c and is an incredibly gentle ingredient making it perfect for the delicate skin around your eyes. As well as cucumber being loaded with vitamin c, it also has both hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties making the Cucumber eye pads perfect for soothing tired and/or puffy eyes.

Used along side a cooling face mask such as the Mask of Magnaminty, you can’t go wrong, especially during a Summer heatwave. Some people use the whole of the eye pad, covering the whole of their eye with each, while others cut their eye pads in half, placing each half under the eye masking their unwelcome eye bags!

I’d love to tell you that the Cucumber eye pads banish away eye bags forever, leaving you looking and feeling 10 years younger but that would be a very unrealistic expectation and any product claiming to do this sadly doesn’t exist. 15 minutes with them on does however leave my under-eye area appearing brighter and really does reduce puffiness.

Fortunately I don’t suffer with my eyes in hay fever season, hay fever instead attacks just my nose and throat. I therefore can’t personally claim that the Cucumber eye pads help with itchy-hay-fever eyes but I’ve heard from several reliable sources that they work a treat for eye-related hay-fever-issues.

The Cucumber eye pads are said to stay fresh for 3 weeks, this time frame can however be stretched somewhat as long as you haven’t handled them without the compostable wrapper too much and have kept them in the fridge.

Would I recommend using them more than once? I want to say no as the eye area is a really delicate part of your body BUT as long as your eye is clean before using it and you are comfortable using it on yourself again then I don’t see why not. As I mentioned earlier, cutting them in half is a great way to make the product go further IF you did want to play it safe and use the eye pads just the once.


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Mother of Pearl Bath Bomb from Lush

The Mother of Pearl Bath Bomb is a brand-new, limited edition product from Lush’s 2021 Mother’s Day collection. As its name suggests, the Mother of Pearl bath bomb is designed to look just like a fresh water pearl. Every last detail of a pearl has been captured and crafted into this truly beautiful bath bomb, even its outer layer is a true representation of a pearls pearlescent finish.

The Mother of Pearl bath bomb contains a long list of ingredients; Lush have blended ylang ylang, vanilla absolute, benzoin resinoid, borage, hibiscus seed and organic rose hip oils to create a brand new scent family. Described as an ‘orchid-scented, delicate floral fragrance’ on Lush’s website I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.

If you’re a fan of the softer, less in-your-face Lush products such as the Sakura or Avobath bath bombs then the Mother of Pearl bath bomb would be a good choice for you. It’s a very simple bath bomb but I’ve said this before and I’m going to say this again now, sometimes less really is more, especially when it comes to Lush.

What the Mother of Pearl bath bomb lacks in bath art, it well makes up for in how it transforms your bath water into a pool of silky soft, super creamy and milky coloured waters.

As soon as the Mother of Pearl bath bomb comes into contact with your bath water, it begins to slowly fizzle away. Inside the Mother of Pearl is a hidden layer of oils making this a real treat for your skin. Its gentle, orchid fragrance slowly fills your bathroom as the bath bomb dissolves.

Prior to using the Mother of Pearl bath bomb I wasn’t expecting much from it at all, I knew there wouldn’t be any bath art yet when I got round to trying it, I was still completely mesmerised by its beauty, I was just as captivated as I would be with a bright and colourful bath bomb.

There’s just something so refreshing and heavenly about the pearlescent white colour of the Mother of Pearl bath bomb.

Once the Mother of Pearl bath bomb has fully dissolved you are left with silky, pearly-white bath water. The hidden oils and butters within it subtly soothe your skin, it’s not super oily either, skin-hydration wise it’s just right. The Mother of Pearl bath bomb is the perfect product to help your dry, Winter battered skin, adjust to the (not much warmer but warmer) Spring weather.

Overall I really enjoyed using the Mother of Pearl bath bomb, so much so I ordered a few more straight after using it. I’ll be very sad to see this bath bomb retire once the Mother’s Day holiday is over. I hope to see this little gem return for Mother’s Day year in, year out.



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Blow Me A Kiss Bubble Blower from Lush

The Blow Me A Kiss Bubble Blower is a brand-new product from Lush’s 2021 Valentine’s Day collection. Just like the previously released and original bubble-blowing-product the I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles reusable bubble bar, the Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower can be used in the same way, as a reusable bubble bar and also to blow bubbles with too!

The Blow Me a Kiss reusable bubble bar boasts a never-before-been-released, brand-new Lush scent; it’s a deliciously fruity fragrance that really stands out up against all of the other traditionally floral fragranced products that are also in the 2021 Valentine’s Day line.

Containing bergamot and davana oils, the Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower is a zesty and magnificently uplifting product that breathes energy into the ridiculously cold, short February-days.

The bergamot oil gives its fragrance a fizzy-sherbet twang while the davana oil adds a little warmth to the fragrance; Davana oil is often described as smelling just like a big bowl of super-ripe-fruit and adds a tropical element to Blow Me A Kiss’ fragrance. The davana scent is also very well known to be an aphrodisiac, tying it in with the Valentine theme of love beautifully.

I am pleased to report that the Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower does not disappoint as a bubble bar or a bubble-blowing-toy. It probably won’t happen, but I think it would make a wonderful all-year-round product, keeping it just for the Valentine’s day line is a crime in my eyes.

As soon as you place the Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower under a running tap your bath begins to fill up with beautiful, blood-orange water. Slowly but surely the bath also begins to fill up with bright-white, fluffy bubbles.

The Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower goes a very long way bubble wise, making it excellent value for money. I expected to get 2 baths out of it maximum but have managed 4 adequately bubbled bubble baths out of just one bar.

Underneath the bubbles is silky-smooth blood-orange bath water. As the bath runs, Blow Me A Kiss bubble blowers fruitylicious fragrance fills your bathroom transporting you into thinking that you’re on a sunny, Summer holiday rather than stuck at home on a notoriously-cold-February.

The bubbles last throughout the whole of your time in the bath tub and so does the beautiful fragrance. I normally find the reusable bubble bars to be quite drying on the skin, Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower however left my skin feeling moisturised as well as appearing brighter. Its scent also stayed with me for several hours after getting out of the bath.

The bubble blowing side of this bubble bar (although more of a novelty feature) actually works surprisingly well. I can see children and adults alike enjoying this extra-special-feature. Over all I really have enjoyed using the Blow Me A Kiss bubble blower, it has left me very excited to see what bubble blowing products Lush come up with next!


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Orange Shower Scrub from Lush

The Orange Shower Scrub started off as a 2020, Christmas-line exclusive. It however became popular very quickly, so-much-so that Lush decided to make it an all-year-round product within just a few weeks of its release.

If you enjoy using the Brightside bubble bar then you’ll enjoy using the Orange shower scrub too. Brightside shares the same uplifting and zing-elicious fragrance as the Orange shower scrub, When I’m groggy and tired I can’t help but reach for it in the shower on a cold Winters morning.

To use the Orange shower scrub all you have to do is scoop out a small amount, you then work the scrub into your skin in circular motions making sure to pay extra attention to any dry patches you may have such as your knees and elbows.

Orange shower scrub can be used on both wet and dry skin; For a gentle scrubbing experience I’d recommend using it on wet skin and for a more intense scrub, I’d use it on dry skin followed by you getting in and rinsing it off in the shower.

A very small amount of the Orange shower scrub goes a very long way making it excellent value for money. As much as I love a heavy duty scrub I do prefer using the Orange shower scrub on wet skin, I find that when used alongside water it gives my skin just the right amount of hydration as it does scrubbiness.

Containing Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oils, the Orange shower scrub is jam packed with vitamin C, it not only gives me an energy boost but also leaves my skin perfectly buffed as well as appearing much brighter.

Consistency wise I’d compare the Orange shower scrub to a mixture of the Rub Rub Rub and Magic Crystals shower scrubs. It’s not quite as silky to touch as Rub Rub Rub but has the chunkier salt crystals in like the Magic Crystals shower scrub does.

While the Orange shower scrub isn’t my favourite of the Lush shower scrubs that are currently available, it has been nice to experience a scrub in a different scent. I can see why it has sold so well and can see it doing well in the foreseeable future too. I for one would be a lot happier to receive a pot of this in my Christmas stocking rather than a satsuma! 😉



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Angels Delight Bath Bomb from Lush

If you’re like me and are not a huge fan of the Winter products that are in-your-face Christmas, the Angels Delight Bath Bomb would be a good choice for you.

It’s an eye-catching and bright hot pink bath bomb decorated with a yellow half-moon. Its easy-on-the-eye design reminds me ever so slightly of the old Shoot for the Stars bath bomb from Lush Christmas lines many years ago.

The Angels Delight bath bomb is the same size as the Butterball bath bomb so is on the smaller size. Throughout the years I have however learnt to never judge a bath bomb on its look and size alone.

After how impressed I was with another smaller bath bomb from this years Christmas range, the Tick-Tock bath bomb I couldn’t wait to see how Angels Delight performed in the bath.

Angels Delight has a sweet, citrus fruit fragrance. Containing both orange and tangerine oils it’s the perfect bath bomb if you’re in need of a Winter pick me up. Its scent is uplifting, refreshing and an energy boost all rolled into one.

It’s fragrance actually really reminds me of sunny holidays making it the perfect Winter escape. Perfect if you’re feeling the lockdown blues.

As soon as the Angels Delight bath bomb touches the water you are greeted with an explosion of pink, thick foam.

Even though Angels Delight is small, it’s a relatively slow fizzer. With it being so small I was expecting a very small amount of bath art BUT as it spins, floating around the waters surface, pinks, maroons, yellows and oranges spindles out of it creating bright and beautiful swirling patterns galore.

My photographs in this review do the Angels Delight bath bomb no justice at all. I’m still a little in shock at how much bath art this tiny bath bomb created. It puts some of the larger bath bombs to shame.

The saying that all good things come in small packages has never been a more accurate statement!

Once the Angels Delight bath bomb is fully dissolved the water left behind is a bright, bright orange. I couldn’t help but take a photo of it, it really is like a bath full of liquid sun shine.

The water left behind is silky smooth and super hydrating. Once out of the bath my dry Winter skin was noticeably brighter and most of its dryness had gone. Its uplifting scent also remained on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day too.

Overall I am really impressed with the Angels Delight bath bomb, please don’t let its smaller size trick you into thinking it wouldn’t be as good as some of the bigger ones Lush have on offer.

I will most certainly be grabbing a few more of these before the Christmas stock retires at the end of the year!



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Toffee Apple Lip Scrub from Lush

The Toffee Apple Lip Scrub is yet another brand new product created for Lush’s 2020 Halloween line. I use Lush lip scrubs almost every day so whenever a new one is released I always try to buy a pot.

The main ingredient in Lush lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still lost for words that such a simple and natural ingredient can do such a great job at creating smooth and hydrated lips. Why other cosmetic companies ever felt the need to use micro-plastics in their exfoliating products when we have always had sugar to-hand is beyond me.

Just like the Unicorn lip scrub, Toffee Apple also has 2 different layers. Its top layer is bright green and its bottom layer is a Halloween-spooky-special, BLOOD RED. Both layers aren’t just different colours either, they are also different flavours/scents. The green layer is apple and the red layer is sickly-sweet sticky toffee. The perfect mix of both sweet and sour!

Lush lip scrubs make maintaining the perfect pout ridiculously easy, they cover everything your lips need to always feel and look their best. Sugar is an excellent ingredient for gently buffing away dead and dry skin from your lips while the organic jojoba oils and shea butters are good for softening and hydrating them.

Exfoliating your lips has so many benefits and has never been easier thanks to Lush.

As well as the ingredients I mentioned above, the Toffee Apple lip scrub also contains, bergamot, geranium and sandalwood oils. It’s sweet and sour scent is incredibly moreish.

Being honest as always, I do love the 2 different coloured layers mixed together, it’s toffee-apple scented heaven BUT as a die-hard fan of all things apple I couldn’t help but think that the apple layer would also sell very well on its own.

I’m just thinking out loud but maybe as a Valentine’s Day product? I’m thinking a fairytale-apple-theme to work alongside the newly released Once Upon A Time body spray?! 😉

Just like the Galaxy lip scrub from last years Christmas line, Toffee Apple is very pigmented. This means that I recommend using a little amount at a time to prevent any colour transfer. You do actually only need a small amount for it to work but just in case you liked the taste so much that you were tempted to over indulge, be careful so you aren’t left with green tinged lips!

Overall I really do like the Toffee Apple lip scrub, it’s not my favourite lip scrub from Lush but it’s one I’d happily buy again if given the opportunity. A huge positive about it is that it’s a lot more hydrating than any other lip scrub I have used from Lush before.



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Dirty Bath Bomb from Lush

dirty bath bomb (1)The Dirty Bath Bomb is a brand new 2020 release and is a part of the small collection created for Father’s Day. Rumours are however circulating that the Dirty bath bomb will remain past Father’s Day, becoming a permanent fixture in all stores. 🤞

SPOILER ALERT – I have fallen in love with the Dirty bath bomb and am very excited just at the idea of it becoming a part of the permanent line. It is a great minty alternative to the Intergalactic bath bomb and I feel there is definitely a gap in the bath bomb collection for such a product. No other minty based bath bomb has impressed me more than both the Intergalactic and Dirty bath bombs.

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Although I am really sad to see that the Dear John bath bomb didn’t make its way back into the Fathers day line this year, the Dirty bath bomb has well and truly softened the blow of its absence.

Containing spearmint, neroli, tarragon and sandalwood oil, Dirty’s fragrance is a super-cool mix of herby-spearmint. Just one sniff of it leaves me feeling refreshed.

Upon getting my last Lush delivery the Dirty bath bombs scent was the most dominant in a box full of several other bath bombs. It’s a powerful fragrance to say the least and one I can’t get enough of.

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After picking up on its amazing scent the next thing I noticed about the Dirty bath bomb was how beautiful it was, like the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb it has layers of several different colours; Dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green and yellow.

As soon as the Dirty bath bomb hits the water all of its cool and calming colours begin to fizzle out of it sending out thousands of tiny-hissing blue, green and yellow bubbles creating beautiful patterns on the water’s surface.

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Although the Dirty bath bomb is quite a fast fizzer it puts on such a spectacular show, the bath water it leaves behind is a deep-dark-green, very similar to the shade of water that the Guardian of the Forest bath bomb creates.

I found myself running my hands through the soft-water, watching the green swirls as they caught the sunlight.

Even in a hot, hot bath my skin is left feeling cool as a cucumber once out of the Dirty bath bombs waters. I feel fresh and energised and more than ready to take on the day.

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My skin laps up all of the goodness from the Dirty bath bombs ingredients, it feels soft, hydrated and appears brighter once I am out of the bath. Its awakening scent stays on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day too.

Overall I am really, really impressed with the Dirty bath bomb, there is not a single thing I would change about it. Its fragrance, the way it looks and performs in the bath and literally everything about it makes me so happy, what more can you need in a bath bomb? It’s perfect and has really helped me get out of my self-pitying quarantine slump, I really do hope it does become a main line product. Lush would be mad to not keep it around. 🤞


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Sleepy Bubble Bar from Lush

Sleepy Bubble Bar

The Sleepy Bubble Bar started its Lush life as a Harajuku, Japan store exclusive. It is however at the time of writing this review currently available from Lush’s UK website. Released alongside a mountain of other bubble bars in celebration of 30 years since the bubble bar was invented, Sleepy has been one of the most popular sellers of them all.

The Sleepy (aka Twilight) fragrance is one of Lush’s most popular so this bubble bar being a best seller was no surprise to me at all.

Sleepy’s bath bomb equivalent Twilight was actually my first ever Lush bath bomb so its scent will always mean a lot to me. A few years ago the Mum in a Spin bubble spinner was released, it too shared a scent with the Sleepy bubble bar. If you enjoyed the bubble spinner then you’ll adore the Sleepy bubble bar as it’s on par size-wise with the, The Comforter bubble bar. It’s HUGE making it excellent value for money.

This cloud shaped bubble bar contains benzoin resinoid, tonka-absolute and both lavender and ylang ylang oils making it perfect to use just before bed. A very small amount of the Sleepy bubble bar goes a very long way too, with it being so big I cannot express how happy the fact that a little goes a long way makes me!

I normally break my bubble bars up and throw a few of the pieces (see above photo) into a sieve, I then run the contents of the sieve under the baths tap, remembering of course to put the plug in first! 😉

As soon as the water comes into contact with the bubble-bar-pieces its sweet-lavender-scent fills the room. At the same time, the bath-water starts to turn a beautiful shade of purple and lots of fluffy white bubbles also begin to appear; It doesn’t take very long at all for the bubbles to form into a blanket-like-layer upon the waters surface.

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You can easily get 4 generously bubbled baths out of just the one Sleepy bubble bar with no hindrance to its quality. I will be very surprised if Lush do not make this bubble bar a part of their permanent line once the 30 years of the bubble bar celebrations are over.

I am over-the-moon impressed with the Sleepy bubble bar, its scent remains on your skin even the morning after using it and it really does help me wind down of a night time. I love the Sleepy scent and totally recommend using the Sleepy shower gel and Sleepy body lotion alongside the Sleepy bubble bar.

If you’re looking to have a luxurious and relaxing bath then Sleepy bubble bar needs to be top of your list of things to chuck in the tub with you!



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Unicorn Lip Scrub from Lush

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At the point of writing this review the Unicorn Lip Scrub is now a part of Lush’s main-product-line. It is a brand new release for 2020 and has got a lot of people excited, me included.

I have loved the magic and wonder behind unicorns for as long as I can remember and I have always rooted for more unicorn-inspired Lush products to be released. I adore the Unicorn Horn bubble bar but there is still a huge gap for more unicorn inspired something-or-others on Lush’s shelves!

I knew as soon as I learnt of this lip scrubs name that I was going to buy a pot, buying Lush products blindly is something I haven’t done for a long time but I couldn’t resist upon hearing its name.

The main ingredient in Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still lost for words that such a readily available and cheap ingredient can do such a great job.

Using a Lush lip scrub requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look their best. They are the perfect product to gently buff away dead and dry skin from your lips and are also very good at softening and hydrating your lips too. Maintaining the perfect pout has never been easier or tastier thanks to Lush!

As well as caster sugar the Unicorn lip scrub also contains organic virgin plum and jojoba oils. Both of these ingredients are known for their emollient properties and is an exfoliatingly-smooth force-to-be-reckoned-with when put with caster sugar.

Unlike any other lip scrub released by Lush before, Unicorn has 2 layers. Its top layer is blue and its bottom layer is a purpley pink. Supposedly, the 2 layers are different flavours/scents. With mine arriving pretty much all mixed together I sadly can’t confirm this to be true or not.

The Unicorn lip scrub has an incredibly moreish blueberry muffin like fragrance. The taste that it leaves on your lips is however a little artificial, it reminds me a little of Lush’s Bubblegum lip scrub when you use too much. A little amount of the lip scrub does go a long way, with its flavour being so strong I’d say that less being more is a great rule to abide by when using the Unicorn lip scrub.

What I wasn’t expecting in the Unicorn lip scrub was popping candy, it was a very strange sensation but didn’t hinder its lip buffing qualities at all. Over all I do really like the Unicorn lip scrub, it’s not my favourite but it does what its meant to do. I would like to maybe improve upon its flavour slightly as it does taste a little artificial but I’ve enjoyed using it nevertheless!


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Not So Secret Santa Bath Bomb from Lush

Sharing its size with the Butterball bath bomb the Not So Secret Santa Bath Bomb is one of the smaller sized bath bombs that appeared in this years (2019) Winter line.

I have never had much luck when participating in ‘Secret Santa’ gift swaps so always opt out of doing them if I am now invited to take part. (Don’t ask 😬) Even with the Secret Santa gift-swap-curse hanging over my head I couldn’t help but purchase this bath bomb.

The Not So Secret Santa bath bomb is named and designed from a play on words of the tradition of ‘Secret Santa’ gift-giving. As you can see, inside the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb is a Santa shaped paper-insert. He seems to be half hidden until you finally use the bath bomb.

Lush have been hiding paper notes in some of their products for years, one of the most recently released products being the Figaro Figaro bath bomb. The paper notes add some what of a novelty factor to bath bombs and it can make using them that little bit more exciting, especially for children!

The Not So Secret Santa bath bomb may look (apart from its paper insert) quite plain but one thing I have learnt through my excessive use of Lush products is that you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, or in bath bomb terms, you shouldn’t judge a bath bomb by its initial appearance! 😉

Containing essential oils from lemon myrtle, Sicilian lemon and litsea cubeba fruits/plants the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb might be Lush’s zestiest bath bomb yet. If I had to compare it to another bath bomb I’d say it’s fairly similar to the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb.

When you feel it is time to free Santa from the ‘snowball’ that he has got himself stuck in, place the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb into your bath water.

Upon hitting the water the Not So Secret Santa bath bombs scent begins to fill your bathroom almost immediately, just its scent alone leaves me feeling a lot brighter. Slowly but surely the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb dances around the waters surface, when suddenly a bust of red starts to trail out of it.

The trail of red soon becomes more apparent, pretty patterns begin to spurt out of the bath bomb until all that is coming out of it is red. It’s almost as if Santa has been accidentally put in a white wash! 😂 As the bath bomb dissolves, the Santa paper-insert reveals itself more and more, little by little.

For such a small bath bomb the Not So Secret Santa sure is powerful. Both bath art wise and by its scent. This bath bomb is lemony fresh through and through. Being a relatively fast fizzer it doesn’t take the freeing of Santa very long at all.

Unfortunately my Santa in the below photo appeared to have lost one hand while spinning around in my bath, I however found it stuck to my bum once I had got out of the bath, whoops! 🙊

With Santa finally being free, it’s the perfect time to lay back and relax in the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb’s waters… A soak in this bath water blasted away all of my winter blues. It’s the perfect mid-winter pick-me-up.

Once out of the bath the Not So Secret Santa bath bombs’ scent stays on your skin for the best part of the rest of the day. Its fragrance definitely added a little fuel to my ever declining Winter-energy-levels adding a spring to my step.

For such a small bath bomb I am surprised at how hydrated it left my skin, I didn’t just feel brighter mentally, my skin looked it too! Overall I am so, so impressed with the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb, it made for a nice change from the Butterbear bath bomb, I really do hope to see it making a return to the Winter line next year. 🤞



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