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Look at her, all retro in her dressing gown.  She's probably thinking that her Nanny needs a raise...
Look at her, all retro in her dressing gown. She’s probably thinking that her Nanny needs a raise…

Last Friday, I took an extra long lunch and headed over to the mall to do a little shopping.  Our local mall has recently seen some serious and much-needed upgrades.  They’ve basically gutted the place, kicked out all of the crap stores, and welcomed new, high-end retailers that I should not be patronizing.  I’m looking at you Teavana.  And Sur La Table.  And Micheal Kors. (haha, you know they’d lock me out.)

But this time, I discovered Lush Cosmetics.  Am I late to the party?  Do you guys know all about this already?  And if so, why didn’t you tell me?!  I feel like I’m in 8th grade and I’ve just discovered the Body Shop for the first time.  If you know me at all, you know that I love PRODUCT.  Product makes me happy.   Face creams, make-up, hair stuff.  I’m a product junkie. 

I walked out of the store with the Ultra-Bland cleanser/make-up remover and the Full of Grace moisturizing bar.  Plus a little sample of their oatmeal body cream for the girls, and a little sample of their Ocean Salt Scrub, because I need all the pampering I can get.

I’m loving both products so far.  The face bar smells amazing, very spa-essential-oils-like.  I really love their approach – keeping ingredients fresh, organic, independently manufactured, and clearly labeled with expiration dates.  They proudly advertise their commitment to sustainability and document their improvements and metrics.  And while digging through their website for more information about where they source their ingredients and their sustainable business practices, I found this little gem, with quotes from their “working mum” employees:

“We know how hard it is to find time for a luxurious LUSH fix some days; it’s even harder with little ones to care for too. We’re lucky to have so many hardworking mum’s as part of the LUSH team who somehow manage to carve out time for themselves, in some very inventive ways.”

And honestly, the cleanser I purchased removes every trace of make-up in seconds.  Even that terrible drugstore mascara that I bought (and hate).  I might have really enjoyed those 30-second showers with a newborn screaming in the background if I’d have had these products. Maybe. It would have been worth a shot.  Well, know they’ve gone and sold me all over again.  Where’s that tea tree oil face spritz?!

PS –  Santa is totally getting this crazy Fun soap for the girls’ stockings this Christmas.

Photo Credit Jerome Vial via Flickr

 

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Also a transplant to New Jersey and Mercer County, Merritt McGlynn is walking a tightrope between career woman and devoted mother: hanging on for dear life with her dishpan hands. Merritt is a mom to two of the most adorable children in Jersey: a darling and spunky 4-year-old and a certifiably insane but heart-melting almost-3-year-old. Married to the always-working "Coach", Merritt tries to maintain some appearance of a work-life balance, and often finds that the scales are usually tipped in one direction or the other - but she’s still trying! In her spare time, if she ever gets any, Merritt would like to read books, travel with her husband, drink margaritas on the deck, and one day, if she’s really lucky, enjoy a phone conversation without interruptions. For now, she’ll settle for 20 minutes of an Audrey Hepburn movie and a diet coke.

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