Barefoot in Luxembourg goes shopping: Lush Winter Collection

Last month, I have been invited to the presentation of Lush Winter Collection that was held at the Lush store in the Gran-Rue. It was a great occasion to meet some fellow bloggers, spending couple of funny hours and above all learning about the new Lush Winter Collection 2015 – with great products dedicated to Halloween, – gone already, and Christmas, – coming!

Some pictures of the event – together with lovely Imena of Katherade preparing her Butterbear – followed by some more information about the Winter Collection.

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Lush has always been one of my favorite brand for bathing products. If you are following me on snapchat, you know probably that a long, bubbly bath is one of the best treat to conclude my day. I tend to associate my bath products to my daily feelings – using sparkling products before nights out or calming one when I had a bad day. This is the reason because the Lush collections are perfect for me.
Moreover, I am always very attentive regarding the quality and the origin of the products I am using – my granny is used to say: ” you are born with a great skin, but to keep it you must work for it” – and for this reason, Lush products, with natural and organic ingredients, not tested on animals, are, once again, one of the best thing you can find on the market.
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I waited a bit before writing this post because I wanted to be sure to have tried all the fabulous products we have been gifted and that you can find at Lush shop for your Christmas shopping – great ideas for gift but, above all, for self presents! 🙂
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First product I have tried, as soon as back home the same day, was the Butterbear – well, I prepared it, so I wanted to be sure I did a good job. Butterbear is a great bath bomb, prepared with cocoa butter, vanilla and ylang ylang. I loved it – not only because I prepared it! – because gives you a very relaxed feeling and soft skin.

My favorite bath bomb was indeed Yog Nog , made with Karite, Ylang Ylang and with a very sweet perfume, and, above all, the Star Dust, with Rose and Vanilla. When you put it into the bath, you have tons of starts flowing around, it is perfect before a night-out during Christmas holidays and my skin was feeling absolutely delicious afterwards.
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Next was the Santa’s Belly – I am still using it! – a very unusual shower jelly, perfumed of apple and wine. At the beginning it was quite weird to use and was giving a strange feeling, but after the first couple of times it became my best shower product. It is very cleansing and give a spicy and warm sensation.

IMG_3512-bisAt last, my favorite favorite favorite product – The Santa Baby lip tint. Normally I am always using “big brands” make-up, as for some reason, I feel safer. But after trying this lip tint I have forgotten all my glamorous lipsticks in the box. I am really just using the Santa Baby when going out and I really hope this will become somehow a continuative product. Not only it has an incredible smell and a wonderful color, but it is the first lip tint I tried it stay all day long, without drying your lips and maintaining its amazing color even if you eat, you drink and wash your face. All my friends asked me about the color of my lips recently and all of them were surprised discovering it was “just” a Lush tint.
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Girls – trust me, go and try.
Boys – this is a perfect idea to complete a gift for your lady, you will never have lipstick on your face/shirt again.

In conclusion – I was really happy to be part of the Lush presentation of Winter Collection. I tend to be loyal to my usual products – even at Lush – and not to go out of my comfort zone, so this occasion was perfect for discovering amazing items and fall in love with them.. until Christmas 🙂
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A wonderful present from Soufeel

You know, for me September is never an easy month. I see lots of bloggers around full of motivation and great check-lists, while, on my side, I am just a bit depressed.
The tan I took three weeks to obtain is fading out – thanks Luxembourg! -, I had already to pack my summer clothes and hubby was back at work today, so definitely less time to spend together.
In all these sad and grey settings, I had a great surprise when back at the office on Monday, a wonderful package waiting for me on my desk. If you follow me on Snapchat (corie.bratter), you had already a chance to see it, other case, I have downloaded the link for you here:

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When Soufeel‘s manager contacted me earlier during summer, I was a bit reticent to get in touch, as charms were not really my cup of tea. I decided anyway to give them a chance and to collaborate for this project. Soufeel is a pretty famous brand on the US market and they are trying now to develop also in the Old Continent.
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by the gift received.
– As you can see from the video I uploaded, the items where packed very carefully. There was an external envelop, a thick box and each and every charms is enfolded singularly. They give you also a sponsored bag together with the already cute box, so you can use the package as a gift.
– They have charms very different from those I am used to see in European shops. Have you seen my Starbucks cup and my Eifel Tower?
IMG_2361 IMG_2356 IMG_2355– For sure, I will not loose this bracelet after two weeks, as it happened to other similar products I used to have, as Soufeel‘s bracelet closing is massive and strong.
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– If you are worried about ordering online something you could not try before, please consider that Soufeel offers free shipping and 365-days return policy.
If this is not yet enough for ordering,  you can use my 5% discount voucher BLOG5, that will give you a further 5% off your order.

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Absolut Vinyl Session at Absolut Ink In Bonnevoie, Luxembourg

Christophe’s Absolut Ink is one year old, but it seems yesterday that it opened its doors for the first time. It filled a gap in Luxembourg panorama, as a tattoo shop was missing in the area. Above that, if you visit is, you have immediately the feeling it is definitely something different from the usual tattoo piercing shop you are used to. It is full of light, minimal and clean spaces all around, bringing it far from the misconception that this kind of places are only for dark, gothic people. They sell also nice products – so you can jump in also for buying your girlfriend a lovely gift (a unique bag or a bracelet from the brand “Too Late“) and not only if you want to get inked.

Once per month, they organize busy parties, with Dr. Gonzo in charge of the dj bit. This Saturday it was the occasion to meet back after Christmas holidays and to introduce the new shop manager, lovely Sandra.

Take a look to some pictures and pass by as soon as you get the occasion – just if you want to change your piercing or you are curious, they are conveniently located in Bonnevoie, few blocks from the Central Station.

Absolut Ink
2, rue Sigismond
L-2537 Luxembourg
Bus: 3, 5, 6, Stop: Leon XIII Bus 15, Stop: Rotonde

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