Lush Portsmouth Re-opening Event

Friday, 31 March 2017

If you know me well, or follow my social media you might know that I have a *slight*  LUSH addiction .. okay maybe its major but who's keeping score? So, as you can imagine I was thrilled to be invited along to the re-opening of the newly re-furbished LUSH in Portsmouth Cascades shopping centre. The store has benefited from being made more spacious and has had an improvement in the layout.
I pulled on my adorable bumble bee blouse and painted my lips ready for an evening of fun and excitement. Myself and Karen (from LifeofHearts blog) attended together on Thursday 23rd March a day ahead of the official opening and we were well and truly spoilt.

Upon arriving we were handed a glass of Prosecco each and treated to some divine vegan canapes provided by The Hungry Herbivores. There was everything from bruschetta with fresh tomatoes to the most flavoursome banoffee pie puddings you've ever tasted. As we stuffed our faces we wandered around the fabulous, spacious new store, marvelling at each jam-packed shelf, filled bath and skin care treats in every colour of the rainbow.
LUSH Portsmouth is, excitingly, the only store alongside the Oxford Street store to carry Easter eggsclusives - favourite products shaped as Easter eggs. And let me tell you, I'd happily skip out on my chocolate egg for any one of them.

The new re-fit was stunning. Fresh, clean, modern and vibrant; it was everything you'd expect from a even the flagship store. It was truly a feast for the eyes with fresh flowers and fruits lining the shelves along with LUSH products new and old displayed in the most creative ways, stacked up as far as the eye could see.
We watched demonstrations of bath bombs fizzing away leaving behind bowls of vivid colour and I couldn't help but dip my hand in, covering it in a plethora of colour and sparkles, looking like some kind of pop art. We trialled products with out-of-this world friendly, knowledgeable staff making our arms smell like a candy shop, sniffing them every now and again and feeling a million dollars; personal favourite - 'Scrubee'.

Browsing through the products there was an intoxicating atmosphere, people were smiling, laughing, cameras were flashing, various scents filled the air and up-beat music played, it was a truly happy place.
The cult fave Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt from the Easter range was something I was hoping to get my hands on and, thankfully, there were stacks of them available. My fingers got covered with golden lustre as I popped one into a paper bag and I smiled thinking about how magical my bath would look with this in it.
Other stand out items from the Easter range were the adorable Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bar and the Which Came First Bath Bomb with a little surprise inside - I was kindly given one of these by a member of staff who saw my eyes light up when I saw it, but I won't spoil the surprise for you!

After spending more time talking with staff, learning as much as possible about the products and how they are made, and trying on some of LUSH's cruelty free makeup range we made our way to the tills and paid for our choices, kindly being handed a generous gift bag too. We left the gorgeous new store through the back entrance where another LUSH staff member asked us if we had a nice evening and handed us an extra bath bomb each for our gift bag. How kind!

We were well and truly spoilt at the LUSH re-opening event and I was so pleased to get the chance to see the new store in all its glory as well as learning so much about the products - I love to spend time in the store on shopping trips but its not always easy with an idle husband and toddler in tow, so I took full advantage of this time we were given.
If you are in the area then I'd highly recommend a visit to the new store. Take your time browsing and really take advantage of the knowledgeable staff there too, they are so friendly and always happy to demonstrate and answer questions. There is a much more relaxed vibe than before as the store is so much more spacious and welcoming, so you're sure to enjoy your time there.

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