I still remember the first time I saw a shooting star. I was a young'un of eight years old, and was at a campsite with my family and their friends. My childhood friend and I were wandering back from the bathrooms, flashlights in hand hoping we didn't get lost (we did). On our way back we heard some sort of banging and giggling. Being the curious little tykes we were, we turned our flashlights to a couple getting all manners of handsy against a silver pickup truck. And again, being the curious little tykes we were, we decided to help the guy along by catcalling and shrieking as high as our little voices would go. An angry grunt and a flurry of curse words later, we were running for our little lives, laughing and cackling like the maniacal little cock blockers we were. When we were far enough away, we slowed to a stroll, my eyes cast upwards as they always were at night. The sky was clear and I started singing that song from Titanic, a movie I was obsessed with at the time ("come Josephine in my flying machine/and it's up she goes/up she goes!") and as my friend joined me (she was equally obsessed) that was when I saw it. A bright streak of white that flew across the sky. My first shooting star! We both stopped singing and excitedly asked the other if we saw it. We shrieked in joy and went to tell our families about it (stopping at the wrong cabin first of course, embarrassing ourselves). Mama Llama and Papa Bear (two loving nicknames I've bestowed upon my mother and father) just smiled and said it was good luck. I remembered going to bed that night, excited for all the good luck that was in my future.
The next morning I ended up puking all over the deck of our rented cabin. So either good luck takes a while to show up or that was karma for ruining that guy's chance to score. Nonetheless, that memory still resonates with me today. Since then I've seen many shooting stars in the night sky, usually camped out at summer bonfires with a cool summer shandy in hand and drunken shenanigans on our lips. And when I saw Shoot for the Stars bath bomb, the space nerd in my couldn't resist picking it up!
Shoot for the Stars bath bomb was out last year for Christmas, but came back this year with a mini makeover. Instead of a yellow star on the top, it's been swapped out with a silver lustre star, but smells and looks almost exactly the same. Scented with Honey I Washed the Kids, I was super excited to try this one out since the other HIWTK scented bath bomb (Honey Bee) left me feeling itchy and dry. That and one of my coworker who transferred from another store (we affectionately call her Ham. I personally call her Hamtaro) wouldn't stop raving about it. So one dark and cloudy night, I decided to bring the night sky to my tub!
|Did that last line sound cheesy? It probably did. I apologize for said cheese|
When I dropped Shoot for the Stars into my tub, I knew I was in for a visual treat. It immediately turned a pastel blue with dark blue freckles scattered on top of the bomb. Yellow and pink soon joined the swirling mass and I was reminded of Van Gogh's "Starry Starry Night." At one point I stopped snapping my camera for this blog entry and just sat and watched, entranced. I've used quite a few bath bombs and I have to say that this was the most visually stunning of the bunch. It was like watching twilight turn into the darkest night as the water darkened to a deep, rich blue. And then the shimmer appeared.
I vaguely remember setting my camera down and doing my best Keanu Reeves-esque "WHOOOOOOOA" when that first touched of shimmer showed up. If there was a bath bomb that screamed holiday, it was this guy right here. It just poured out like a fountain of diamonds and it was absolutely stunning amongst the dark blue backdrop. The pink slowly dissolved and disappeared into the night colored bathwater, leaving just a solid deep blue with silver shimmer. When I sunk in, it literally felt like I was sinking into the universe butt first. Kind of spiritual if you think about it (not really though...). The water was nice and warm and the bomb didn't lose any of its sweet scent when it dissolved. I immediately grabbed my phone and started plastering pictures over every social media site I had an account on. Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, you name it, there's a picture of the bathwater and my pasty white legs on it! By the time I got out, the water was ice cold and my teeth were literally chattering.
So overall, Shoot for the Stars was one of the most visually stunning bath bombs I've ever used. The only complaint I had was that the glitter felt a bit itchy in the tub, but not enough to make me dislike it. If you don't like glitter, this is definitely not for you. The shimmer easily rinsed out of my tub, but I was still finding sparkles in my bra the next day. Which I didn't mind. I enjoy feeling like a disco ball sometimes. But overall, stunning product with a great smell, and definitely a must have for this Lush Christmas season!
**This product is certified Vegan
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