Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

LUSH Holiday 2009

LUSH for Halloween 2009

Ohh… Halloween fun!

Pumpkin Soap ($5.95)

A spicy Jack-o’-Lantern-shaped soap, made with a blend of sweet orange juice, pumpkin puree, cinnamon powder and clove bud oil to warm you up after those tireless rounds of trick-or-treating. Stand out from your neighbors and offer trick-or-treaters a break from the Kit Kats, Tootsie Pops and Candy Corn with a Pumpkin Soap instead!

Jacko Bath Bomb ($4.95)

Jacko is a spicy concoction of cinnamon powder, ground chili and cayenne pepper to warm you up on those chilly fall nights. Fresh ginger root and cardamom oil have a warming effect on tired, sore muscles as well as the emotions, in case you’re feeling a bit eerie with the season.

Ghost Shower Gel ($16.95)

This shower gel is to die for – it contains a blend of soothing rose water, ylang ylang, jasmine, and bewitching neroli that will uplift your spirit and make showering a real out-of-this-world experience.

Cobweb Bath Bomb ($5.95)

This is a dark and mysterious cobweb-shaped bath bomb that’s shot through with silver luster – a spooky revelation for anybody in a black mood. Drop it in the tub and the water magically turns into a dark, swirling, twinkling mass, reminiscent of the Halloween night sky. Beautiful lavender is blended with calming chamomile and balancing frankincense and myrrh to create a truly bewitching bath-hour!

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

LUSH Holiday 2009

LUSH for Holiday 2009

LUSH may easily surpass even holiday giant MAC Cosmetics in most items released for the holiday season… Everything is now available at LUSH Cosmetics.

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Monday, August 10th, 2009

Get Silky Smooth Skin with Lush Ocean Salt Cleanser

LUSH Ocean Salt Cleanser ($18.55 for 4.2 oz.) is an exfoliator that uses both fine and coarse sea salt to exfoliate the skin.  It also contains vodka and lime as well as avocado butter.  This scrub leaves skin feeling incredibly clean and smooth.  It smells kind of like a margarita to me, a little sour.

While the sea salt can be coarse, the best part about the product is you can always add a little more water to dilute the scrub and make it better for your skin.  I didn’t find I needed to do more than wet my face prior to using the scrub.  Do make sure you mix-up the scrub when you get it, though, as all of the salt mixture lies on top when you initially purchase the product.

For me, I feel like my skin looks and feels smoother, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been dried out either.  It’s soft, hydrated, and looks and feels smooth.  No breakouts or reactions, nor irritated skin in the least bit.  One pot of this stuff will last you quite awhile (I’d probably opt for the smaller size), because a little goes a long way.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you have normal skin and are in the market for a new exfoliating product, look into Lush’s Ocean Salt. I think the grit of the sea salt might be a bit too harsh for more sensitive skin, though adding more water will help to dilute it.

Availability: LUSH Cosmetics

Have you tried Lush’s Ocean Salt before? What did you think?

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This 4th of July, start the patriotic party in your shower with LUSH! Belt out your own rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, toss in some red, white and blue bubbly (shampoo bars), top it off with a dollop of American Cream (conditioner) and you’ve got yourself a party . . . and hair so shiny it’s sure to set off fireworks!

For all those who will have to hit the friendly skies and/or not-so-friendly roads to reach the party, LUSH’s shampoo bars are perfect for travel. Stored in shampoo bar tins ($2.95) that are made from recycled aluminum, these little wonders make carry-on travel a breeze – no spillage, leaking or bulky bottles to lug around. Because we all know if we are going to be lugging bottles around this 4th of July, we certainly hope they won’t be shampoo bottles!

New ($9.25 for 1.9 oz.)

Add some spice to your life with New solid shampoo. Massage the red lather all over your head and soak in the heat. Cinnamon and clove oils warm and stimulate your scalp and fill your shower with the smell of cinnamon hearts. Great for those suffering from hormonal hair loss as the scalp-stimulating essential oils encourage your follicles to hang on in there. (Vegan!)

Seanik ($9.25 for 1.9 oz.)

Don’t let Seanik’s compact size fool you. This little puck of joy buffs and shines like no liquid can. A couple of swipes worked up into a lather to moisturize the scalp, breathe life into the lifeless, and shine your hair like a champ. Economical and easy to use, Seanik’s citrus and seaweed combo enriches and enlivens while its fragrance entices all who cross your path. (Vegan!)

Ultimate Shine ($9.25 for 1.9 oz.)

A lovely white shampoo bar with gold sparkly bits (not loads, just enough to leave a couple of sparkles in your hair), Ultimate helps hair shine by using spicy elemi and ylang ylang oils to balance your scalp’s oil production. Deliciously sweet violet leaf oil is said to relieve anger and anxiety so you can shine socially too. (Vegan!)

American Cream ($8.75 for 3.3 fl. oz. or $26.65 for 16.9 fl. oz.)

American Cream is a conditioner like no other. With honey and vanilla to soften and fresh strawberries and oranges to add shine, it takes on the toughest tangles and roughest frizz, all the while smelling like a sweet honey milkshake. you’ll catch a whiff every time you turn your head and wonder where that 1950s diner is.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

LUSH A Crash Course in Skincare Fresh Face Mask ($7.95 for 2.6 oz.) is the best mask for a general purpose, make-your-skin-feel-fabulous mask. It is ideal for all skin types. It contains such ingredients as organic avocado, kaolin, organic yoghurt, glycerin, organic lemon juice, sandalwood oil, lavender oil, and chamomile oil. It has a lemon-y herbal scent, which is pleasing and not overly aromatic.

I find this mask feels creamy, applies well (not too thick, not too thin – very easy to spread), and I always feel wonderful after using it. My skin looks and feels better — softer, smoother, and almost glow-y. I love using this early in the morning or before bed time. Makeup applies even better when I’ve used this in the morning (I imagine it has to do with my skin feeling smoother). When I’ve used it the night before, it seems like my skin is a bit clearer and still has some of the results of the previous night’s mask treatment.

I’m just about done trying all of the Fresh Face Masks I’m interested in (I’m passing on anything that’s anti-aging for now), and so far, I think my go-to duo will be A Crash Course in Skincare and Cupcake. I’ll probably switch it up occasoinally and go for Catastrophe Cosmetic and Brazened Honey. I kind of have a soft spot for all of the ones I’ve tried (even smelly Cosmetic Warrior), so it’ll be tough to pick and choose. I think I’m going to go through them again, but this time, I’m going to try and see which one really works best for my skin type.

(The following is a regurgitation from previous Fresh Face Masks reviews, for those unfamiliar with them.)

Just a reminder, Fresh Face Masks, at least in the U.S., are only available in-store and not online or via mail order (I believe UK Lush will ship within the UK), and they have a shelf life of approximately three weeks, and they must be stored in the refrigerator. They’re exactly what they’re called — fresh — so don’t expect to use them much longer than three weeks, because of potential bacteria and mold growth (gross, right?).

Even using a generous amount per mask, I get at least eight masks out of each tub. For $8 a tub, it’s definitely a price I like. I usually pick up two pots — one mask that is exfoliating and another that is just a general, soothing/cleansing/refreshing one. When I reach the end of the life of them, any extra, I slather everywhere – from face to neck to chest to hands. Plus, for every five black pots you turn into Lush, you get a free Fresh Face Mask!

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask ($7.95 for 2.6 oz.) is a calming, cleansing mask for all types of skin. It contains such ingredients as calamine powder, talc, irish moss gel, fresh blueberries, glycerin, almond oil, and chamomile oil. It smells rather like blueberries, though I find the scent very subtle. This is an excellent mask to keep in the refrigerator just because.

It is amazing at making skin look and feel more even in tone, while giving it a really thorough, deep clean feeling (without the tightness). I bought this to accompany one of the exfoliating masks, so I can switch between the two during the three weeks they last. I find this to be a pretty gentle mask, so my skin has no issues using it more frequently. I’ve used this product before, and I swear it used to be a reddish/violet shade, but mine wasn’t colored at all.

I recommend this mask to anyone who wants a little treat for their face, and especially to anyone who would like something to help calm down any redness!

(The following is a regurgitation from previous Fresh Face Masks reviews, for those unfamiliar with them.)

Just a reminder, Fresh Face Masks, at least in the U.S., are only available in-store and not online or via mail order (I believe UK Lush will ship within the UK), and they have a shelf life of approximately three weeks, and they must be stored in the refrigerator. They’re exactly what they’re called — fresh — so don’t expect to use them much longer than three weeks, because of potential bacteria and mold growth (gross, right?).

Even using a generous amount per mask, I get at least eight masks out of each tub. For $8 a tub, it’s definitely a price I like. I usually pick up two pots — one mask that is exfoliating and another that is just a general, soothing/cleansing/refreshing one. When I reach the end of the life of them, any extra, I slather everywhere – from face to neck to chest to hands. Plus, for every five black pots you turn into Lush, you get a free Fresh Face Mask!

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