Review: Lush The Sacred Truth

Lush Fresh Face Mask

While I think the whole anti-aging thing is a little bit of a gimmick this face mask is a beauty. I’ve tried all the lush facemasks now, I just haven’t reviewed all of them, and truth be told I like all of them. Just depending on your skin type and the season certain masks work better.

“Maximum benefits for those who know that a little extra help and care will keep their skin at the height of its game”

You know when your skin just feels haggard and tired? That’s what I like this mask for, or the day before a big event and I want my skin to look the best. It has a slightly zingy feeling and gives your skin a soft kick while being moisturizing and balancing, so perfect for a skin pick me up.

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I think this is the kind of mask that would really work for anyone, but as usual, anyone with sensitive skin should be careful and not smear this all over your face before testing out a small patch first. You skin feels amazing after you use it but you start to see the effect after you’ve had a sleep.

Basics:

  • 2.1 oz
  • £5.95
  • Cruelty-Free
  • 4 week shelf life

It’s got a slightly thick creamy consistency and an earthy fresh scent. One thing that does make a HUGE difference for how effective this mask is is wether you’ve exfoliated recently. If you have normal/combination skin try and gently exfoliate before you use this but if your skin is sensitive then try and exfoliate the day before. It makes a massive difference!

The sacred Thrush

I wouldn’t recommend this for dry skin though, I think the  kaolin and the talk wouldn’t agree with dry skins very much. But it’s the perfect mask for after a long night out, exam season or just a rough time when your skin desperately needs some tlc.

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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Review: Lush Cupcake Facemask

Might not be the best face mask to have if you’re craving chocolate, you might end up licking your face, but this is one of the Lush face masks that I consistently forget how good it is. Being a bit of a chocolate addict it’s pretty hard to put this on my face without wanting to eat it off.

“Linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse”

It’s marketed as a mask for teenagers and like all the Lush face masks (apart from Mask of Magnaminty) it needs to be kept in the fridge since it has no presevatives, and so has a limited shelf life.

Though this is marketed towards acne prone teenagers I don’t think anyone with severe cystic acne or sensitive skin would appreciate this one too much, it is quite exfoliating and I’d imagine that when your face is sore and sensitive the last thing you want on your skin is something which is even mildly abrasive.

Basics:

  • 2.1 oz
  • £5.95
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • 4 week shelf life

Lush recommend removing this with warm water but personally I don’t like to do that. What I normally do it wait till it’s dry and then just rub it off my skin, washing off the little bits I’ve missed when most of it’s rubbed off. You would think that this would actually be rougher on your skin than using water but it’s actually much gentler, well at least for me.

One thing I would recommend you do if you try this is to mix a little filltered water with it to make the consistency less like batter, I’ve found it varies from batch to batch. Some are very thick and heavy and others are mixed perfectly.

Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc,Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint,Sandalwood Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute,Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, *Limonene, Perfume

My skin reacts quite funnily to this. With my combination skin you would think a mask that’s aimed towards oily acne prone teenage skin would make my skin quite dry. But it actually leaves it quite moisturized and I’ve noticed that my skin seems to produce more oil after using it (in a regulating kind of way), which for me is perfect as with the autumn/winter my skin always starts moving on the dry side.

Overall my experiences with this mask is that it’s very good at regulating my skin. I would not recommend it for anyone who has dry or very sensitive skin. Its really great for cooling your skin and redness, but bear in mind that the peppermint oil can be irritating for some people. So if you’re not sure then just ask for a tester at the Lush store :)

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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Review: Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

I don’t know if i’ve mentioned this before but this is hands down my FAVORITE face mask! While there are many other masks that I love to use this one is the one that I can be sure will help my skin no mater what the problem is. While garlic is the primary ingredient in this, thankfully it does not smell of it.

Primarily this mask is fantastic for acne break outs, but it’s also great for dry or irritated skin

As much as I love garlic for how quickly it kicks acne’s butt, I would rather not smell of it. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the best one with description when it comes to smells, but I would describe this as a creamy smell. The smell reminded me so much of creamy oats I was surprised there wasn’t any in the ingredients.

One of my favorite things about this mask, apart from the fact its amazing for my skin, is the texture. I HATE those thick drying cement texture some masks have where you have to scrape it over your skin. The texture for this is a bit like porridge.

Ingredients: Kaolin, Fresh Green Grapes, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Cornstarch, Glycerine, Fresh Garlic,Tea Tree Oil, Limonene, Perfume

But what I normally do with any of the Lush face masks is first spray my face with mineral water, and then apply the mask. That way I use less of the product and I really do enjoy massaging it into my skin, personally I’ve always found the mask to be more effective that way.

I think if you have an allergy to tee tree (or essential oils in general) then this might not be the mask for you. My skin can change at the flipp of a hat depending on my mood from oily to super dry, and no matter what state my skin is it always leves my skin feeling moisturised, refreshed and with slightly less redness and acne.

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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Review: Lush Sex Bomb

If they’d called this one Gun’s and Roses I’d get it, but Sex Bomb? For something that looks and smells like this it seems like a bit of a gimmick. Oh Lush, you and your product names! Not quite on the level of NARS though (thank goodness!) Lush don’t you dare get any ideas!

“This ballistic is packed full of every sensual, relaxing oil we could find. Clary sage, jasmine and ylang ylang, blended into a classic musk base”

Like with all the bath bombs I never use them in one go. As soon as I photograph them I like to break it up into fourths to try so as to get as much use out of them as possible. Some bath bombs break really easily, but this one? So hard to break! I felt like a deserved a medal when I finally managed it.

Lush do seem to have a thing for adding little things into their bath bombs. I can’t remember which bath bomb it was (I think it was Dragon Egg?) where they added a blob of glitter in the middle (which made me itch like hell by the way). The paper rose in this one was cool at first, but a soggy rice paper ros pink pulp floating around you in the bath like some kind of mucus jellyfish is not terribly appealing.

Basics: 

  • £3.20
  • Vegan (synthetic musk)
  • Cruelty Free

I think, like most Lush products, some people will find the smell terribly off putting. I ADORE sweet and floral smells, but I think because of the musk in this one some people will think it smells a tad “old lady-ish”. The smell of this one is particularly strong (even for Lush products).

I can’t really place why but I don’t like the smell of this one, I think it’s the quite heavy musky smell that put’s me off.  When you pop it in the water it turns it a bright pink which I loved! With some of the bath bombs I’ve found the smell doesn’t really linger, not the case with this one, my bathroom (and myself) still smelt of it even that day after.

Too bad it left my bath a lovely shade of pink too! 

Overall I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing this bath bomb. Not terribly fond of the smell, the mucus flower or the pink stain it left on my bath tub.

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Review: Lush BB Seaweed

I’m so used to typing ‘cream’ after BB that I nearly typed the title wrong several times. Thankfully I’ve never seen a BB cream like this! My sister Nicky de Lys was absolutely lovely and got this for me the other day which was just perfect has my skin really needed some TLC from being sick.

“For softening, cooling and reducing redness”

I have tried this mask before (I think it was some time last year) and as some of you have heard/read me mention Cosmetic Warrior is my favorite lush face mask but this one come in close second.

It’s funny cause this mask has my favorite and least favorite ingredients, honey (my favorite) and rose (well, rose petals). Normally anything with rose in it will make my skin go bright red and itch like crazy,  but oddly enough it’s not the case with this mask, my personal theory on that is because it’s using rose petals and not rose water.

“A mask made with men in mind, but without excluding women”

Even though it’s a clay mask I love that this mask doesn’t dry your skin out. Clay masks are great for pulling the rubbish out of your skin but I hate how some of them pull out the last bit of remaining moisture in your skin too. Not the case with this mask.

The Packaging:

For cream products like Enzymion and Dream Cream (Enzymion more than any other) I can’t stand these kinds of pots. The cream ends up in the screw thread of the lid and it’s a nightmare to get out, not to mention messy. With the face masks since they’re so thick you don’t really have that problem fortunately so I don’t mind the pot packaging.

One thing I would like to see Lush do is sell these in smaller pots aswell

I’ve gone through quite a few of the Lush face masks and on at least two occasions I forgot about them and opened them a few weeks past their expiery date to find a dried up tablet left (they have a shelf life of approximately a month). Also I think it would be a introduction for people who maybe are just trying the face masks and don’t want to drop £5-6 on the current sized pot.

The chunks of seaweed will annoy some people, personally I would prefer it it they were ground up into thiner chunks but overall it doesn’t bother me too much. Because this (well most Lush face masks) are quite thick I like to spray my face with Breath of Fresh Air (or just plain water) and then apply the mask.

Basics:

  • £5.95
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • 4 week life span
  • Preservative-free
  • Mildly exfoliating
  • Needs to be kept in the fridge
I find that way it’s easier to apply, you end up using less of it and it feels quite lovely to massage it into your skin too. Without doing that this mask can be really thick and difficult to apply, especially when it’s nearing the end of it’s best-before-end date.

Like all Lush products the smell of this (a herbal with a slight floral sea water smell) you will either love or hate. I love how soft this mask leaves my skin (especially if you massage it in). For me personally it does a little for redness, nothing that will blow your mind but it does help. I also find it quite brightening.

Although it’s apparently for all skin types clay based masks can be a bit rough on dry skin so if you have dry skin bear in mind this may not agree with your skin.

You can get this online or at your local Lush

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Review: Lush Floating Island

This one kind of looks a bit like a cheese doesn’t it? Thankfully it doesn’t smell like one (could you imagine?) but it was funny how many of you though I was going to do a blog post on cheese when I posted a picture of this on my Instagram. 

“Ride the tide of skin softening surf to arrive at your very own floating island”

Unlike some bath bombs which at times could easily be cannon balls in disguise these are so easy to cut! Like a mixture of cheese and short bread type consistency (great…now I really fancy eating some shortbread). As you can see in the picture above there was a slight amount of glitter on these but I think it had rubbed off from an other product in the shop.

As usual I cut this one up and only really used about a fourth per bath. This product isn’t really meant to be a bath bomb so don’t expect a tone of bubbles, even if you hold it right under the tap you only get a few weak bubbles, it’s more of a skin softener and bath melt.

Basics:

  • £3.85
  • Vegan 
  • Cruelty Free 
  • Preservative Free

The thing I loved about this one is the smell and how amazingly soft your skin feels. The smell isn’t over-powering like most Lush products have a reputation of being, a soft warm smell of cocoa butter and vanilla. It turns the bath water a milky colour when you put it the water, made me feel a little like Cleopatra haha!  If you used the whole thing at once it would take a fair while to dissolve.

One thing to point out, be careful when you get out of the bath with this one. Makes the bath slippery as anything! If you’re a bubble bath manic I think you’ll find this one quite disappointing. But it you want something which smells warm and cosy while leaving your skin soft and moisturised then you might want to give this one a try.

You can get this online or in a local Lush

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Review: Lush Dream Cream

I should have written a review on this one ages ago but for some reason I kept forgetting about it even though it’s an essential on my skin-care routine. Though it’s described as a hand and body lotion I also use it on my face from time to time.

“A soothing and cooling cream that is designed to go on even the most sensitive and easily upset skins”

I still use my Enzymion face cream everyday but in the winter I sometimes need a heavier cream to protect my skin so I use this one probably every other day on my cheeks, corner of my eyes and forehead where my skin needs a little more protection.

I had been using the Manuka Honey Rescue cream for my winter cream but since I’ve finished that one this one has replaced it as a firm favorite. Oh and it’s fantastic for calming down razor burns!

Basics:

  • £10.95
  • 240g
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan

It’s not the most affordable of the Lush creams but I love it! It comes in a HUGE pot and I’m nowhere near half way through it and I’ve had it for about 4 months now. That’s party because I’m a bit of a miser with my application but it really is a decent amount of product too.

When I get really stressed my skin gets what I suppose is a bit of a mild form of eczema all over my cheeks and my face puffs up like a balloon, get’s SO itch and red (not a nice image I know) but stress really messes me up! Especially my skin. When that happens this and Embryolisse is so far the only thing I have found that I can put on my skin and calm it down.

Product tip: If you don’t exfoliate this product wont sink in and will just sit on the surface of your skin

It does contain Methylparaben and Propylparaben which is disappointing. But considering it contains oat milk which spoils very easily I can understand why they would include them, otherwise the cream would go off in a week and for £10 a pot you don’t really want it to spoil before you can finish it. 

The smell of this is very…oaty. You will either like it or hate it. The texture is creamy/oily, at first it can feel a bit heavy and then after a minute or two it sinks into your skin leaving it feeling moisturised and plump.

One thing I will say is make sure you’re not allergic to any of the essential oils in this product if you’re getting this for easily irritated eczma prone skin. Some people like myself are fine with it, but for others it can cause a nasty reaction.

You can get this in a Lush store or online

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Review: Lush Avobath Bath Bomb

I think out of all the Lush bath bombs I’ve tried this is one of my favorites, I’ve probably already bought around 3 of these, possibly four if you include this one. The main reason I like this one so much is the smell. A citrus and lemongrass smell with avocado and olive oil to moisturise.

“Use this when your skin is thirsty and your mind is blocked”

It’s not the most spectacular of the Lush bath bombs, its not really a bubble bath (if you hold it right under the tap it will bubble slightly) and it has a miniscule amount of faint shimmer (which for me is a good thing). It’s essentially a scented bath softener with slight moisturising properties which smells amazing and calms you right down.

I don’t know if Lush have been making their Lush bath bombs tougher but this one was like trying to break a cannon ball! Took me ages to break it into pieces (I like to use about a fourth in each bath). After you’ve used this in the bath the smell probably stays on your skin for an hour or two which is slightly disappointing, but when you’re actually having the bath it smells so amazing!

Basics:

  •  £3.20
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Vegan 
  • Handmade
Bellow you can see what the water looks like with just half the bath bomb. Like I said, not the most exciting bath bomb of all time, but if you’re just looking for something which relaxes you and moderately moisturises your skin then I highly suggest you give this one a shot!

My favorite way to use this?  A few candles, some nice music (possibly a drink of hot chocolate on the side) and this…perfect!

You can get this online or at a local lush store.

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My Skincare Favorites: Breath of Fresh Air

It’s quite funny that before trying this product I’ve always thought that toners were a bit of a con, when I first started getting into skin care a few years ago the first toner I tried out dried my skin out something chronic.

I don’t know what on earth possessed me to buy this a few months ago, but since then I’ve gotten through the first one and re-purchased a second one. Absolutely love it!

I had tried the tea tree toner on a whim before this one (was the last few months of uni at the time and I have to admit, I bought quite a few impulse buys just as a bad form of stress relief). Ended up really kicking myself for that one since it was the same price as this one and was pretty much just water and tea tree which is easy enough to make yourself (and cheaper!).

Basics:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • 150 grams = £3.95
  • 250 grams =£7.25
This one however has a lot more ingredients and I’ve noticed that my skin really loves anything with seaweed in it. While I wouldn’t call this a “nessasary” item in my skin care routine (to be honest you don’t really “need” more than a moisturiser, cleanser, exfoliator and sunscreen) but it’s just one of those products that I absolutely love! It leaves the skin feeling so fresh, clean and ‘balanced’ if that makes any sense.

I tend to use this when ever my skin just needs a pick me up. In the summer for example I like to put it in a little spray bottle and carry it around in my bag to spray on my face when I’m feeling a bit hot and bothered. I also tend to use it in the morning instead of washing my face.

“The sea breeze captured in a bottle”

My skin does NOT like heavy water or fouride, dries my skin out like CRAZY, so in the morning I tend to spray my face with this and clean my skin with a cotton bud to get rid of any muck which has settled on my skin overnight.

One thing I do love it for is traveling, especially on airplanes! Obviously you can’t bring a full sized bottle with you on the plane, I de-pot mine into one of those little spray travel bottles, it really helps your skin feel perky and alive, especially on long haul flights or anywhere with heavy air conditioning.

The 250 grams bottle lasts me roughly 6 months, so while it is quite pricy it does last a while before you have to (or want to) re-purchase.

The bottle itself is one thing I don’t like. Unless I’m just unlucky every single one I have tried could easily be used as a water gun, no fine mist just a shot of water shooting at your face. So what I do is pour half of this (well…more like a quater) into a spray bottle from Superdrug and use that instead.

You can get this HERE 

Recent Empties

Really this should be titled a every-six-months empties because I really don’t go through products fast enough for it to be monthly. Quite a few of these are gong to be re-purchases, especially the Body Shot Pomegranate and Raspberry room spray (which personally I use as a body spray).

Lush: Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water 

Originally the whole “toner” term put me off this products. But I ended up buying this on a whim and it’s become a must have in my skin care routine. In the mornings I don’t like to wash my face. Since I live in the south of England the water is very heavy hear and it leaves my skin so dry! Instead in the morning I just spray a little of this on a cotton ball and clean my face with that instead. Leaves my skin feeling so fresh and clean!

The Body Shop Love exc. 

Love this one one but don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing it. The smell only lasts for about 4-5 hours and I still haven’t found a perfume which I absolutely adore. The search for “my” perfume continues!

 Matalan Jar Candle

I bough 3 of these a few months ago and so far I have finished 2 of them. A bit like my perfumes I like to experiment, these were nice (I do wish they had been a bit more fragranced) but I really like to try new things so these probably wont be a re-purchase. Not to mention the shape makes it a bit of a pain in the neck to DIY. 

Barry M Clear Nail Varnish 

I think this is the 3rd bottle I’ve gone through this year. I have tried clear nail varnishes from other brands but honestly, I keep going back to this one (or rather this brand). It last ages and when you put it over a nail varnish which chips easily it makes it last so much longer.

The Body Shop Pomegranate and Rasberry room and linen spritz

Adore this one! Pretty much anything pomegranate I am an absolute sucker for. I also have the home fragrence oil of this one and so far I have finished three bottles, it’s just one of those smells that no matter how stressed I can, calm me right down and put things back into perspective. One downside of this one though is the smell doesn’t last long, I used it as a body spray most of the time and after 3 hours you have to spray it again, so not too great on the long lashing side. But I can’t help it, adore the smell!

So those are my current empties…maybe this time next year I’ll have another post for you haha :D