Sunday, June 7th, 2009

LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask ($7.95 for 2.6 oz.) is an exfoliating face mask designed for normal to oily skin. As the label states, it is supposed to give “skin a softened, smoothed, and radiant glow.” Ingredients include agar agar seaweed, fuller’s earth, kaolin, honey, glycerin, almond oil, ground almost shells, ground almonds, and lavender oil, to name the major ones.

It’s one of the stronger exfoliating masks I’ve tried, so this is definitely not a product I’d recommend using more than once or twice a week. It smells kind of like an earthy lavender to me–it’s not at all offensive like Cosmetic Warrior and its garlic-tea-tree goodness (which, by the way, no longer bothers me, after using it for two weeks). While it exfoliates, it also hydrates from the seaweed and almond oil, which is a nice treat after you’ve rinsed off the mask.

With summer approaching, these masks are even more of a treat than they were during the winter/spring — because they’re chilled, so they are extremely refreshing! I really liked Love Lettuce, because it did make my skin feel incredibly smooth and soft to the touch, but since it is a bit harsher as an exfoliator, I found it best to use it less frequently. I teter between this and Brazened Honey, since I like to switch up every time I pick up new Fresh Face Masks.

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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Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Body Lotion ($22.00 for 16 fl. oz.) is a recent product addition to Pacifica’s product line-up. They are, perhaps, more known for their amazingly scented and long-lasting candles, but they’ve been slowly introducing scented beauty products to coordinate with their full array of scents.

Pacifica as a brand will always hold a special place in my heart, because they were one of the first brands to support Temptalia. It helps that I’m never disappointed whenever I try their products! (Even my parents–including my Dad, who hates all things scented–love Pacifica candles!)

The Hawaiian Ruby Guava Body Lotion is exactly what tropical paradise smells like–or at least what scent evokes images of sandy beaches, pina coladas, and a hot cabana boy. You can easily note the coconut, as well as the underlaying guava and pomelo–kind of a tropical fruit scent without being cloying or overly sweet. As a body lotion, it moisturizers and hydrates my scaly legs well. To be honest, I love the scent so much I’d still use this even if it moisturized just adequately.

The Body Lotion contains several ingredients designed to better your skin. It has chamomile extract, safflower oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil–all ingredients that work together to give you soothed, supple skin. For those looking for more natural beauty products, Pacifica’s Body Lotions are formulated without GMO, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes, and triclosan. It is a 100% vegan product, and it is not tested on animals.

So if I can’t make it to tropical paradise this summer, at least I can blend myself a non-alcoholic pina colada, lotion up with this, and close my eyes and pretend!

If you love the scent as much as me, you might want to check out the full range of Hawaiian Ruby Guava scented products, which includes Solid Perfume ($9.00), Body Butter ($15.00), Body Wash ($18.00), Soy Candle ($16.00), Travel Set ($14.00).

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearic Acid (Vegetable), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable Emulsifier), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol (Grain), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile Flower) Extract, Sorbitol (Natural Sugar), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Sodium PCA, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Origins is kicking off their Earth Month campaigns for April! Starting April 2nd, the stores hosting recycling events are offering the first 100 people who return cosmetic empties for recycling will receive a deluxe sample of A Perfect World Intensely Hydrating Body Cream with White Tea.

To celebrate the Nationwide events, Origins is a lucky Temptalia reader the chance to win a basket full of A Perfect World products valued at $125. The products are A Perfect World Deep Cleanser with White Team, Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea, Liquid Moisture with White Tea and White Tea Skin Guardian.

To enter: participate in one of the following methods…

(1) Upload images to the Origins Facebook Page
(2) Post images on Flickr, make sure to tag all photos with “Origins Trash Talk”
(3) Tweet to your green heart’s delight using the tag #OriginsTrashTalk

And then comment in this post with the link to your image!

Plus, for every new Facebook Fan and every image of beauty epities uploaded to Flickr and tagged “Origins Trash Talk,” Origins will plant a tree.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask ($7.95 for 2.6 oz.) is one of Lush’s quick and easy face masks that you can purchase in-store (because they’re just *that* fresh). Cupcake is designed for oily, more acne-prone skin. According to the label, Rhassoul mud cleanses and soothes skin, while several other ingredientsh elp to soften it. Several essential oils make it a relaxing experience while you wear the mask for five to ten minutes. I wear mine for about ten minutes, and then I turn on the faucet for warm/tepid water. I wet my hands, and then I gently massage the scrub away in small circles. I find this just seems to relax me (because it’s kind of a facial massage), but it also makes me feel like it’s deeper cleansing. Just rinse any remaining residue off by splashing your face.

The only downside to the mask is I do find it tends to leave a little bit of residue behind, so I like to use either a cotton pad and my toner or a light cleanser to make sure everything is off. (I just can’t risk *any* bad things getting into my skin these days, so no chances for me.) Otherwise, this mask makes me feel relaxed, my skin feel fresh and rejuvenated, and since starting to use Lush face masks, I swear my skin has been happier!

Oh, and I did I mention this smells like extra rich hot chocolate? Yummy!

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Friday, March 27th, 2009

LUSH Celebrates Easter with Gifts & Bath Bombs

Happy Easter Gift ($29.95)

  • Pink One: Candy Fluffy Bath Bomb shell holds Rock Star Soap and Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar
  • Yellow One: Honey Bee Bath Bomb shell holds Honey I Washed the Kids Soap and Ma Bar Bubble Bar

Bunny Bath Bombs ($4.95)

  • Fluff Bun
  • Choco Bun
  • English Country Bunkin
  • Honey Bun

Mini Egg Bath Bombs ($5.95)

  • Magic
  • Fluffy Egg
  • Choccy Egg
  • English Countryside

Availability: Now available in-store and online (though many are showing out of stock currently).

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

LUSH invites you to help them in their campaign to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt. They’re joining forces with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. A limited edition First Swim Bubble Bar ($5.95) is now available in North American LUSH stores. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the First Swim Bubble Bar will be donated to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. You can learn more about LUSH’s campaign to “Save Our Seals” at their official website.