Hello! Today's post is going to be all about the shopping I did on my birthday! My birthday came a little bit ago and luckily, it fell on a Sunday this year! My husband was able to get the day off, so we do what we always do when we want to celebrate: we went to our big Mall (yes, it is big enough to warrant being capitalized. I'm pretty sure you all know what Mall I'm talking about, but I like to pretend I am mysterious...)! We went shopping (well, I went shopping), had a really tasty dinner and dessert, then went and saw Pacific Rim in 3D and D-Box! If you don't know what D-Box is (I'm not actually sure if it's even offered at a lot of places, I only know they have it at the theater in the Mall), it's where you get special seats that move and vibrate along with the movie. It's kind of like a mini ride where you don't really go anywhere. You can choose how much movement and vibration you want and my husband and I always put it at max settings. For max awesomeness.
Without any spoilers, I'd say Pacific Rim was an okay to good movie. Honestly, the best parts where when the giant robots fought the monsters. It tried way, way too hard to have a deep plot when, really, it didn't need it. I just wanted to see giant robots fight monsters. That's all I am expecting and that's all it needs to deliver. It also felt like every single character was trying to "out quirk" the rest. EVERYONE had weird habits/ways of dressing/pasts/etc. except for the main character. He was so completely normal that he actually stood out. If you're into big robots and monsters, I would definitely say you should see it, at least in 3D if there are no D-Box theaters near you. It has really slick graphics and is a very visually complex and interesting film. Also the giant robots fighting the monsters was pretty rad. Did I mention that already?
Since my and my husband's birthdays are so close together (I am two whole days older than he is), we decided that he would buy me dinner at one of my favorite restaurants as my present and that I would buy the tickets to Pacific Rim as his present (actually, if you were to ask him if this was the case, he'd probably deny it and say we didn't get each other anything, but it all works out the same in the end). Before the movie we ate at a Japanese restaurant called Masu. It has another location as well that has an extended menu (which has kitsune udon on it...the one in the Mall doesn't sadly). For dessert, we went to Cupcake (which also has another location, but I'm pretty sure they have the same menu. One thing that bugs me about Cupcake is that they rotate out which cupcakes they offer so sometimes they don't have your favorite available) where my husband got a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting and I got a strawberry and balsamic shortcake macaron (which was super tasty).
But before all the eating and movie watching, I bought things! I really wanted to go to the Mall for two specific reasons: to go to the Body Shop and get my mom a birthday present (her birthday is a few days before mine; also, I hope she doesn't read this because I still have to give her her present...) and pick up a face lotion and to go to LUSH and get a Beach Box. I accomplished both my missions and got a little extra on the side! I figured you guys wouldn't be interested in my random other stuff (really it's just a magazine and some basic clothes), so I'm just going to focus on my Body Shop stuff and my Beach Box. If you want to watch a video instead, just check out my video on Youtube: http://youtu.be/c4BzGKlsYUg
I'll start with the Body Shop! This was actually only my second time going into the Body Shop's store; the first was when I got a little tub of Cocoa Butter Body Butter and coconut lip gloss. I was interested in trying some of Body Shops products because I thought they were a more "natural" brand, but I'm not sure if that's really true. At least, they're not "natural" in the way LUSH is, or even something like "Burt's Bees". They use some natural ingredients, but I think their focus is more on "ethics" instead of "natural", if that makes sense. From what I've tried, I do like their products, so I wanted to try another one. One of the things my mom asked for for her birthday was some cocoa butter lotion. She said she had some from the dollar store that she really like and that she wanted some more. My mom deserves better than lotion from the dollar store, and since I liked the quality of my little Body Shop cocoa butter body butter, I figured that would be a great birthday present! Initially, I went to Ulta to pick it up since Ulta is easier for me to get to than the Mall, and they were even having a sale on Body Shop products, but they were completely sold out of the cocoa butter! Figures. However, it was at Ulta that I discovered the other product I really want to try from Body Shop: their Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion.
I've been trying to re-vamp my skincare routine; it doesn't seem to be working for me anymore. I'm not sure if it's the weather, or if my skin is changing, or what, but my current regimen just isn't cutting it anymore. I broke out really badly recently and have been trying to do damage control, which only seemed to make it worse. I was initially intrigued by Body Shop's Tea Tree line, but since I had never seen it before, I wasn't sure what reviews on it were like. It was also $18.50 and while that isn't really all the expensive, especially for a skin care product (compared to what I normally use), I didn't want to invest in something that wasn't going to work. I know I can always take things back, but I hate the extra hassle and would rather make sure I'm going to like it (at least as much as possible) before I buy it. When I got home and checked the reviews for the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion, I was even more interested in purchasing it; on Body Shop's website it has 4.7 out of 5 stars and 94% of people would recommend it. The biggest complaint about it was that some people didn't like the smell of the Tea Tree oil (I actually like how it smells; it reminds me of this farmers market my grandparents would take me to when I was little. You know...this is the second skincare product whose scent reminds me of my grandparents. Weird). I knew I had to at least try it.
Now, I feel like the Body Shop is one of those places where you shouldn't ever buy anything at full price since there is always a sale (and if there isn't, there will be one soon!). I did pay full price for my Tea Tree lotion, but that was because I am an incredibly impatient person and my acne was getting pretty bad so I was feeling desperate. I was only going to get one tub of body butter (the one for my mom), but they were having a buy one get one half off deal, so picked up one for myself.
I picked up one more random item from the Body Shop.
So that's what I got from The Body Shop! I would have liked to have looked around a bit more, but we were kind of in a hurry since we only had a couple hours to shop and eat before the movie. I much prefer to buy body products like this in person than online, so I'm really happy that my Mall has a physical Body Shop store.
Next up is what I got from LUSH: their Beach Box!
I was exploring LUSH's website a day or so before our big birthday excursion because I was interested in picking up one if their solid shampoos. I've never used a solid shampoo before and thought it might be nice to try one and help the environment out a little. Solid shampoos are great because they don't need any packaging, like bar soap! I actually only use bar soap, but that's more because I find it easier to use than any real environmental reasons. But I can pretend! But seriously, plastic bottles for things like shampoo and body wash can really gunk up the environment since a lot of the time they aren't recyclable and there's nothing people can really do with them besides bury them in a landfill or make a garbage island out of them (which is pretty gross...I think it's about the size of Texas now if I'm not mistaken...). Also...I just like the novelty of a solid shampoo.
While I browsing, one of the promos caught my eye (it's right smack dab in the middle of the first page, so I didn't have to look for every long); it was for the Beach Box! And lo and behold, it had a solid shampoo bar in it along with four other LUSH products! Since I a complete sucker for little kits like these, I knew I had to have it; and five LUSH products for $30 sounded like a great deal. Granted, these aren't full sized products, but you definitely get enough to give them each a good try and the value of the box is just a little more than what you pay for, so you do get your money's worth.
In the box there are five products: a 3.3oz Sea Vegetable Soap, a 2.4oz tub of Ocean Salt, a 1.6 fl.oz Sea Spray Hair Mist, a 0.5oz Seanik solid shampoo (I know it doesn't sound like much, but you really don't need to use a lot of it so it seems like it will last a good lone while), and a teeny little 0.5oz container of Dream Cream. Everything in the box has sea salt/seaweed/sea water or a combination of the three in it except for the Dream Cream, which I think they threw in mostly because it's their best selling product ever. I've used all these products, except for the Ocean Salt, so I'll go over each one individually, starting with...
The Sea Vegetable Soap!
Next up is the one I haven't tried yet, the Ocean Salt.
Next is the Sea Spray Hair Mist.
Next we have one of the main reasons why I wanted to get the Beach Box, the Seanik Solid Shampoo!
Finally, the last item in the Beach Box, this little container of Dream Cream body lotion.
Overall, this is a really great kit! I love being able to try new things without having to invest in full sizes and I really hope LUSH releases more like this. The Beach Box costs $30 (both in store and online) and the items inside are worth about $31.05. You're not really getting any discount, but you do get your money's worth so it's definitely not a waste. If you're interested in trying out different LUSH products (or even if you've never tried LUSH at all!) I'd highly recommend you go and pick one of these up. I'm not sure how long they're going to be around, but they're limited edition so not too long. When I went to my LUSH they had a whole bunch of them, but they are super popular so make sure to get yours before they sell out!
Thanks for reading! <3!