Out of the ashes that was Cosmetics To Go, a great company was born… LUSH
Lush actually uses a lot of the same products that Cosmetics To Go did. Held most of the same principles too. In fact, LUSH even originally even had most of the same staff. After Cosmetics To Go literally drown, everyone went their own way. All landing great new opportunities, but they kept running into each other through out the upcoming years. Every time that they met, they would talk about how much they miss Cosmetics To Go. The fun work place, being able to create new and exciting products, being able to work not just with coworkers but with friends. They always left on the note of, “One day we should do it again”. One day came, and they left their jobs to come and create another company.
LUSH is born!!! They learned a lot about business and about what they wanted. They decided that instead of being a mail order company, they wanted to open stores. They wanted inter act with the clients, they wanted to be hands on, they wanted to see what people liked and wanted.
For those of you who have not heard of this amazing global company, you are in for a real treat. This company is truly one of a kind. Everything they do, they do with purpose. Sometimes that purpose is “fun”, sometimes that purpose is for “karma”, and sometimes it is simply to be “gorgeous”. They are very open about their position on everything from civil rights, to animal cruelty, to using the very best products for their products. And off they went……
The Phoenix is a fascinating bird. It is said that this bird will catch on fire, and burn to nothing but ashes. Once there is no life or anything left of this creature, that it will rise again. Out of the ashes will be born a new stronger bird. All great phoenix stories, have to start with an epic fail or death. And without the failure of Cosmetics-To-Go, we would never have the amazing company that is Lush.
In 1977 the first company was born. Constantine & Weir was formed by Liz Weir and Mark Constantine. Liz was a beautician and Mark was a visionary obsessed with natural/herbal hair and scalp treatments. When Mo (Mark’s wife) would come home from work, her and Mark would stay up late working on different concoctions. They opened a small shop in Poole, and while money was tight they were growing and the three of them were happy.
Around the same time, a little store was beginning to emerge as well. You might recognize it: The Body Shop. Very quickly The Body Shop became Constantine & Weir’s largest client. Within a few years, it was not enough to just be their client. The Body Shop offered to buy Constantine & Weir for a small price of nine million pounds, to be paid over the coarse of three years. Liz and Mark signed the deal. The only condition of the sale, is that they were not allowed to open any retail stores that would compete with The Body Shop.
The solution: open a mail order company. On Feb 29, 1988 Cosmetics-To-Go is born. At the time typical mail orders would take 28-32 days to deliver once you placed the order. Mark and Liz set up to have items turned around in a far quicker time frame. They were on top of the world. With problems of: to many orders, clients loving the product to much, having to hire more staff.
While this seems like great problems to have, certainly the signs of a booming business, they ran into issues of: longer ship times, getting orders wrong, or not shipping orders at all. They began to over compensate their inventory shortage, by hiring extra staff to produce stock around the clock. They began to stock up for Christmas time. However, the orders started to slow. Clients were worried about not getting their presents in time for Christmas, or at all. The last payment from The Body Shop, was late. And fear that it was not coming was beginning to set in. To help save money, the company would turn off the heat system at night. Every penny that could be saved would be.
Up on the top floor a small radiator sat, harmless really. And up there it was forgotten about. Christmas night, the temperature dropped lower enough to kick on this tiny little radiator. Late that night, Mark got a phone call saying that the alarms at Cosmetics-To-Go were going off, and water was seeping out the front door. He made a few frantic calls, and rushed to the factory.
Normally the happy and upbeat workplace, looked like it was crying. There was water everywhere, on every floor. Everything was ruined. While it did not set itself on fire and burn to the ground, Cosmetics-To-Go simply drown. There was nothing to save. Mark and Liz left their crying factory, closed the front doors behind them. Never to be opened again. Cosmetics-To-Go was over.
Be sure to check back next Thursday, to find out how the Phoenix rose into the beautiful strong company that we know today.
Have you ever fallen in love with a product, or product line? Then found out about the company and fallen even more for how great the company is? For me that is Lush.
My dad often summers in Vancouver Canada, and like a lot of parents when he comes back from a trip he would bring back little gifts for me and my sister. One year, many many years ago, he brought me back this fantastic smelling pretty package. I was so intrigued; it was bright, colorful, decorated with pure happiness is the only way to describe this box. I will never forget how that packaged looked. Before I was able to open it, he told me a little story.
“I was walking around downtown Vancouver, looking everywhere for something for you. I looked in high end stores, I looked at purses, and leather jackets. I looked at jewelry and clothes. For once in your life, I was going to come, after being gone for the entire summer, empty handed. There was nothing that was saying, “Buy me!! I am perfect for Kat!!” Then I smelled it. The most amazing smell, drifting along the breeze. It was sweet, and spicy. It was like nothing I had ever smelt before, so I followed it. I tracked down the source of this intoxicating aroma. And there was this tiny little bath shop. I went inside and it was set up much like a farmers market. Full of baskets of soaps, lotions, bubble bars, and these balls called a bath bomb. I knew that I had found the perfect gift. This was saying “Buy me!!! I am perfect for Kat.” He went a head and purchased my gift. The amazing staff at Lush not only helped to pick out the items in this package, but wrapped it up so pretty right there in the shop.
Sitting in my hands was that gift. I could smell it through the wrapping. Eagerly, but very gently as to not actually hurt the wrapping, I opened it. Inside, nestled in colorful straw I saw four round balls. Each a different color; one pink, one yellow, one blue and the last green. Each a different smell. My daddy went ahead to tell me that they were called bath bombs. I was to drop one in my bath and see what happens.
I was beyond excited. That night as I was running a bath, I dropped the pink one in. It started to fizz and bubble. The water in my bath changed from clear, to a light pink, to an incredibly dark sexy pink color. Then as the bomb started to get towards the end, it started releasing pink flower (rose to be exact) petals into the tub. By the time that the bomb was out, my bath was pink, full of rose petals, and smelled amazing (rose, champagne, with a hint of spice). After getting in I noticed that it was full of salt and oil. My skin has never known such luxury. I smelled like that bath until I went to sleep that night, and even still hinted of it in the morning. I was hooked. I knew that this was going to be a lifelong love. Every year I looked forward to when my daddy came home, and would bring me a package from Lush.
Stick with me every Thursday as we explore this amazing company: their first company that failed, the birth of Lush, their stance on animal rights, their bath products and their new cosmetic (but not really) line. I invite you to fall in Lush, just like I did.
You have been reading about how fun makeup can be. You have gone out and bought all kinds of new makeup; or pulled out all of yours that is collecting dust. Now what??
Here is my going out, date night with the hubby makeup look. I am going to use (this is in no particular order): Naked 2 by Urban Decay (eyes), Pink Peony by Bobbi Brown (blush), Maybelinne Big Eyes (mascara), High Tea by MAC (lips), Stay Matte Foundation by Rimmel (Face), Forever Young by Lush (for highlight), Baby Skin by Maybelline (as a primer), and last but never least, Black Cherry by Zethina (gel eyeliner). This is going to sound way way harder to apply then it actually is.
1. Apply Baby Skin to your entire face. You only need a pea sized amount to cover everything.
2. Apply your foundation to your entire face. Apply with a foundation brush for best results, you will stipple (dot it on) it on then blend it in with circular motions.
3. I start with the top and move down… So eyes, checks, then lips.
- Apply Foxy to entire lid. From lashes to brow
- Apply Snakebite in your outer V area. (To get that outer V, you will apply Snakebite along your upper lash line starting at the outside corner towards your nose about a third of the way along your lash line. Then starting at the outer corner again, take Snakebite into your crease about a third to half of your lid based on how big your lid is.) Blend Blend Blend
- Apply Suspect in your crease and just above it, following your crease line.
- Apply Blackout with a thin angle brush along your lower lash line
- Apply your gel eyeliner, I used Black Cherry, along your entire top lash line.
- Curl your lashes and apply mascara to both your top and bottom lashes.
- Put a small amount of Lush Feeling Younger on your ring finger, and dot this along the top of your check bone. You want to take it below your eye and up around to your temple. This will highlight your eyes.
- Starting at your hair line sweep, using curricular motions, Bobbi Brown Pink Peony along your check bone stopping about two fingers width away from your nose. Then take it up around your eye towards your temple by your hair line.
6. Coat lips with MAC high tea
7. You are ready!! Beautiful as always
As I stated in my last Lush review, I am not a huge fan of cream based makeup. However, on that same trip to Lush, they had also talked me into trying (and then buying) Feeling Younger. Now I am not an easy, push over, eager to spend client that buys whatever the sales person tells me. Actually, quite the opposite. They REALLY have to work for a sale with me.
Getting off track there, so back to the review. I was on the fence about this one, it was nice in the store lighting. Made my under eye circles almost disappear, brightened my face. Overall did what it said it would. However, I was not wow-ed with it. It was nice and I could layer it above the Charisma (see here for review on that) on the days that I didn’t want a full face of make up. So I went with it.
When I went outside, in natural lighting, it was amazing. Not to shimmery to make me look weird, but enough to actually make me look younger. It was a great highlighter, and even made my little lines (no wrinkles, lets get that straight. There are NO wrinkles) vanish. My husband even commented on how great I looked. To me that says it is a keeper.
This little jar of perfection, should be on everyone’s wish list this year. Normally I am not a fan of cream based… well anything. I find them hard to blend, use, and general dislike. On my last trip to Lush, the sales girl talked me into trying this. It went on a little dark I have to say. I was a bit nervous, the last thing that I wanted was to walk around the mall looking like a clown. She laughed at my reaction and told me to blend it in using small circular motions with my ring finger. Once it was all blended in, it gave my face a wonderful glow. Not as harsh as most bronzers are on my fair olive skin. But just the right amount of sun kiss. It blends into your skin, so does not have any make-up like appearance. I use this on the days that I am not wearing a full face of make-up. When I just want some mascara and a little color to my cheeks.
For foundation, I use BellaPierre mineral foundation; and it seems that Charisma does not like to play nice with this. It might be trying to put the powder under a cream. Don’t know, but since most days I don’t wear foundation, this is not a big problem for me. But is noteworthy to those who use a powder foundation every day.
Have you guys tried this yet? What are your thoughts?