Confession time: I was Death from The Sandman for Halloween this year, and there's very little denying that I'm a huge dork, so a "geeky fun or soap?" quiz was inevitable. Won't you put your coolness aside, too, and journey with me to a land of soaps and gadgets that will surprise and delight your inner fangirl? I promise it'll be fun and that there will be Street Fighter. All ready to get down and nerdy?
You guys, I am so, so hungry after I do one of these things. I'm deeply shamed by this, but as I write I'm salivating over the mere thought of those Brach's Fall Mix pumpkins. Why is it so hard to tell yourself that these soaps aren't edible, and how on earth do you keep from putting tooth to bar just to see? These are questions that have no answer (unless you're a cognitive scientist). In the meantime, we can all explore this seasonally appropriate phenomenon further by trying to guess what's really delicious and what's just really tricky. Ready to give it another go? Then take the quiz.
Lush always goes all out for its Halloween product lineups, but this year's offerings are a little different — and muy fun. Instead of the usual pumpkin bath melts and batty bath bombs, the 2010 collection is all about the Day of the Dead, which is on Nov. 2, All Souls' Day. The holiday, which originated in Mexico, is about honoring friends and family who've passed on with festivities, humor, and food. The Lush collection is full of iconic Day of the Dead imagery, like dancing skulls and Lady Catrina hats in bright, happy colors. If you haven't heard much about the Day of the Dead, I highly suggest you check it out. And to see all the fun products from Lush, just have a look-see:
Friends, the Great Candy Evening will soon be upon us, and there's a surfeit of stuff to tempt your sweet tooth being produced. But not everything that looks toothsome is intended to come into actual contact with your teeth, especially given how many disturbingly realistic cupcake soaps there are today. Can you get all Buffy on these soaps in disguise and slay their claims to cake-hood? Take this quiz to find out.
Most of us find at least a couple of beauty items totally necessary, whether it's lip balm or a good moisturizer. But there are some products that have extremely questionable utility at best. Whether it's because there's no evidence they work, they're just a little awkward, or they're way too pricey for what they do, the following 10 products need a little more R&D before they show up on my bathroom shelf. To check out what made the list, just keep reading.
When you think about ways to get bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning, taking an invigorating shower may come to mind. But what about adding a brightly hued shower head to the mix? These extremely cool (and cute) Rainshower heads from German brand Grohe come in six luminous shades that would make any shower feel lively. They aren't stateside yet, but if they did become available at a Home Depot near you, would it be off with your old shower head and on with this one?
Not to sound ancient, but what's with the kids today and their fancy newfangled World of Warcraft games? When I was a kid, we had 8-bit Nintendo and we liked it! OK, so maybe I'm a bit behind the times when it comes to gaming technology. But my love of Super Mario Bros.
is strong, which is why I want to check out Lush's Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar ($4.95). Part of its limited-edition Valentine's Day collection in stores, it appeals to my inner Bowser-fighting, Koopa-stomping game geek. The strawberry- and vanilla-scented bubbles are pretty sweet, and while this mushroom might not give you real magical powers, it just might make you feel super.
Unless you were born sometime this past week, I'm venturing to say that you have yet to celebrate your birthday in 2010. That's the inspiration behind this post. You've got a birthday this year, and what better way to celebrate than with beauty goodies inspired by your date of birth — or better yet, discover some gift options for your friends and family? You say it's your birthday? Then party on with this birthday-themed beauty booty.
OK, everyone who was on the fence about that doggie robe, here's another inventive post-bath ensemble for pets — the Barnyard Friends Hooded Towel ($20). The wild options include a ducky, froggie, bunny or lil lamb, but do they best belong on LilSugar instead of this site?
After finding Lil's comment about splish splashing turning a bathroom into full-blown waterworks without a similar kiddie product, it got me thinking: So could a slippery, shaking pooch! Yes, it's essentially a pointlessly cute, absorbent towel with a hood giving Fluffy or Fido a double face — is the pointlessness or the cuteness winning out for you?
Have you ever just wanted to get blotto by yourself in the tub? Don't answer that question aloud, but in case you have, design company Simplehuman has a tub caddy ($69.99) that has room for a bowl of bath salts, a candle, and a glass of wine — for people who like to get the party started early. (Or relaxing. Either way.) I say that I like the idea per se, but I think they need to add a spot for another glass, since we all know boozing alone is not the best habit. What do you think? Is this caddy a hit or a miss?