Sunday, February 26, 2012

when life hands you lemons...

...take a bath with yummy Lemon Sugar bath & body products from mark. AND help an amazing cause at the same time!

During magalog 3 (which lasts through March 22), I'm joining some fellow mark. reps in donating a portion of all Lemon Sugar sales to Alex's Lemonade Stand, a foundation started by a little girl who wanted to help the doctors cure childhood cancer.

You can read more about the organization here: and follow our fundraising progress here: mark. reps Lemonade Stand.

But first, let me tell you a little bit about our Lemon Sugar products!

A luscious blend of sparkling citrus and sugar with fresh notes of lemon zest, orange blossom, and sugar crystals, the Lemon Sugar collection is tangy yet sweet, and consists of:

Hand It Over Super Moisture Hand Cream, $4
full of vitamins and skin conditioners, and the perfect size for your purse!
{$1 donation with every purchase}

Three's A Charm 3-in-1 Cleanser, $8
my personal favorite of the collection, this foaming cleanser can be used as a bubble bath, shampoo, or body wash, and leaves behind the light scent of sweet lemons! I especially love mixing it with Change Is Gonna Come exfoliator to give it a little extra power as a shower scrub!
{$2 donation with every purchase}

Get Misty Body Hydrating Mist, $12
this water-based fragrance mist leaves skin feeling hydrated, refreshed, and lightly scented. Try layering it on top of the Whipped Up Body Butter to make the scent last even longer!
{$2 donation with every purchase}

Whipped Up Body Butter, $10
A super-rich and ultra-hydrated whipped body cream leaves skin feeling soft and silky, and can be used on all skin types, including super dry winter skin!
{$2 donation with every purchase}

Other scents come and go (Peony Apple, Berry Cranberry, Pear Blossom, and {spoiler alert} the upcoming Jasmine Petal have all been great limited edition scents for the bath & body line), but Lemon Sugar is the popular and steadfast scent you can return to over and over again! It's a win-win right now since you can get some really great products while helping out an amazing cause!

To shop the Lemon Sugar collection, head to my eBoutique at and click on Bath & Body! Use promo code WELCOME for free shipping on your first order, or MARKFS30 for free shipping on any order over $30. Thanks SO much for your support!

A huge thank you to mark. rep Sharon Roberts Phillippi for organizing this event and for the graphics used in this post!

Friday, February 24, 2012

my LUSH obsession

There's something I need to confess...

My name is Trisha, and I'm addicted to LUSH. It's only been 2 days since my last long, luxurious bath with a Lush bath bomb, and I can't stop daydreaming about which product I'll use next.

Whew, glad I got that off my chest.

Seriously though, if you've never tried Lush products (or never heard of Lush) it's time to get to the Mall of America NOW. Or order online at One way or another, you HAVE to get yourself some bath bombs, bubble bars, soap, or which ever product most intrigues you!

Not sure where to start? No problem! I'm here to share with you some of my favorite products from Lush!

Twilight bath bomb * Golden Wonder bath bomb
Ring of Roses Buttercream soap * Rose Jam bubbleroon * Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar
Amandopondo bubble bar

This is my current Lush collection! I do have doubles of a few of these too. I store them each in separate ziploc bags to keep them fresh. Golden Wonder and Twilight are my favorite of all the bath bombs I've tried (and I've tried a LOT). I'm most excited to try the Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar next, it was a "Retro" product back only online for the Christmas season, and I snapped up 2 of them! They are similar to the Sunnyside bubble bar, which is covered in gold glitter:
Sunnyside bubble bar

With the bubble bars, you crumble them under running water, and they fill your tub with gorgeous fluffy bubbles that smell AMAZING. Sunnyside is a citrus-y scent, and when you push the bubbles aside to look at the water, it looks like you're taking a bath in swirling liquid gold! Can you see why I'm excited to try Ruby Red Slippers?! Another similar product that I'm dying to try is called Turbo Bubble, and it looks like the same thing only in PINK. omg.

Next up are some products that are permanently in either my Lush shopping cart or wish list, waiting for the next order I place. When considering what to buy next, I read the reviews on the website, and also watch youtube videos to see what each product looks like in use.

MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment bath melt

#1 on my list to order next is the MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment bath melt. It will be my first bath melt, and I read that it has some of the bubble bar powder in it to make it frothy & bubbly! It's pink, it's shaped like the bottom of a cupcake, and it smells sweet - what's not to love?!

Also on my list is the Fizzbanger bath bomb. This is one of the newest bath bomb formulas, that combine bath bombs with bubble bars. I wasn't crazy about the scent based on the description, but if you get a chance to stop in a Lush store location, they have products set out that you can test in store, and Fizzbanger was one of them on my most recent visit. It looked similar to Twilight, which leads me into my next photos to share - Twilight in action!!

Twilight bath bomb

Here's a great close up of Twilight! I've seen the colors range on this one from a candy pink to a pale lilac, and since all Lush products are handmade, you get natural variations each time you shop! I love the stars molded in to the top of the bath bomb, too! When using a bath bomb, fill your tub first and then gently drop the bath bomb into the water.

pretty pink froth when Twilight first hits the water! 

The pink mixes and swirls with gorgeous pale blue, like a beautiful sunset!

Twilight moves and swirls throughout the tub while it slowly dissolves, over about 10-15 minutes!

Sorry for the size, but you just have to see the detail of the glittery "stars" showing up in the Twilight sky of your tub!

As I said, I've tried many of the bath bombs Lush offers, and after Twilight, Golden Wonder is hands down my 2nd favorite! Golden Wonder was another Christmas seasonal product, and I liked it so much (and couldn't stop talking about it) that my hubby went on ebay and got 5 more for me, after Lush had sold out! If you're able to get your hands on one, I definitely recommend it! It smells great, shakes like every good present should, and leaves tiny gold stars floating on top of your water!

Other bath bombs I've tried are Rose Queen, Sex Bomb, Dragon's Egg, Pink, Tisty Tosty (which has the same rose/lemon scent of my favorite Ring of Roses soap!), Ickle Baby Bot, Rocketeer, and Space Girl. There definitely have not been any that I didn't like - just ones that I didn't like as well as my favorites! I won't go in to details on all of these, but if you're perusing the website and want to know my opinions on any of them, feel free to ask in the comments :)

Last up is one more product that I'm very intrigued by and have considered buying a few times, but just haven't been able to bite the bullet and try it:

Caca Marron henna hair dye

Their Henna Hair dyes have been catching my attention every time I'm on the website or in store, and one of these days I will work up the nerve to try it! I've been dying my hair for years, and would love to switch to a more natural, chemical free method. I read as many reviews as I can find for this stuff, and I think the main thing holding me back is the time involved (we're talking like 1/2 the day to dye your hair...) and the upfront cost. The brick is $25, and I'd probably get 3 uses out of it, so it's not THAT bad, just enough of a cost upfront that I always skip over it in favor of the bath bombs, haha. If any of my lovely readers have tried this, or any other brand of henna hair dye, I would LOVE to hear your feedback! 

Thanks for reading! I'm going to try to be more of an active blogger, so watch out for some of my new mark. favorites in a post coming soon!