Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask ($7.95 for 2.6 oz.) is an excellent all-types-of-skins kind of mask. It’s friendly for both oily and dry skinned folks, and it works well even on sensitive skin. Lush recommends this mask for when you just feel like a treatment, but you don’t “need” one for any specific reason (e.g., acne, aging, etc.). This is a great one to keep on hand for those stressful days where you want to de-stress. I personally LOVE to de-stress myself by pampering my face and/or body. I just feel better when I’ve really taken good care of myself, you know?

There’s a little bit of graininess to the product, which you can gently scrub for a mild exfoliant when you remove the mask–but I must emphasize how small the grit is, so if you have sensitive skin, not to fear!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Recessionista Friendly: LUSH Night In for Two Kit ($20.00)

LUSH knows times are tough, and everyone’s trying to find more wallet-friendly options. Packed in a cute LUSH box, your kit for skincare-for-two comes with two muslin face clothes (reusable, of course), one full Fresh Face Mask, two Toner Tabs, and two sample sized moisturizers and cleansers. Best part about it? You get to pick the samples you want! Hey, if you’re a little greedy about sharing, you just might want to use this as an opportunity to try out some must-have LUSH products without breaking the bank. (Hello, Angels on Bare Skin, anyone?)

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Lush Retread Conditioner ($22.35 for 8.4 fl. oz.)

I’m usually a big fan of Lush products, but this product left me wanting more. I found that this conditioner didn’t work as well as conditioners I’ve tried in the past (AG Hair, Herbal Essences, etc.), but what dismayed me is I felt like I needed to use quite a bit in order to cover all the hair I wanted to condition. I feel like if I used this as my regular conditioner, I’d probably go through the jar in a month–and I have shorter hair now! I think the problem I have with it is I can’t “work it in.” It just feels like it stays put wherever it first comes in contact with my hair, so I can’t spread it or work it through my hair at all.

The scent of Retread is an organic-floral kind of scent. There’s that more traditional organic scent (though not nauseating), but you can sniff a little perfume-y floral-ness to it, as well. The scent does linger a bit in the hair after rinsing the product out, and it’s one of those smells you either love, can put up with, or just hate. Since it lingers, you’ll want to try to do a sniff-test before you bring it home with you! (I was mostly indifferent, personally!)

I do feel this product is better suited as a leave-in conditioner or a hair mask worn for five minutes or so outside of the shower with damp-to-almost-dry hair. I think wrapped up in plastic, it will condition better. Since it would be used more as a treatment than part of your day-to-day routine, it would also allow you to stretch the product out over time and get more value out of it.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

LUSH Hello Sailor Gift ($12.95) is an inexpensive way to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day (or post-Valentine’s Day!). It contains Rub Rub Rub (3.3 fl. oz.), which is a salt-based scrub for in-shower usage, as well as Too Drunk emotibomb as a “hangover cure.” Both products are basically invigorating kind of products, so I see this as being a good way to wake yourself up after a long night out or perk yourself up for your honey after your long work day (’cause you know we all have ‘em). You can read my full review on Rub Rub Rub here.

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner ($7.95 to 17.45) is designed to re-hydrate dry skin while restoring your skin back to the correct pH balance. What I really love about all of Lush’s toners is that they come in handy spray-bottles. You can spritz on the go, on your face, or on a cotton pad–whatever you like–and you know you’re going to get the same amount. I find two spritzes onto a cotton pad to be perfect for half my face, then I repeat on the other side of the cotton pad to finish my face. One bottle seems to last forever–it’s definitely not a product you have to buy more than once or twice a year.

While some cleansers have made toning unnecessary, it’s still an easy step to keep to your beauty routine. I find that they are really helpful to ensure you’ve gotten every last vestige of your makeup off. If you have acne-prone skin like mine (which is terrible right, ugh!), you definitely do what you can to minimize the chance of setting off a breakout by keeping that skin clean before you go to bed! I also like that this toner really does not dry out your skin whatsoever or make it feel tight at all. It is a toner more suitable for those with dry skin, because it helps to soothe it.

The one thing I dislike about the toner is that there is perfume in the ingredients’ list. I really don’t know why it’s necessary, and I’m not sure why there isn’t a more natural way to make it smell acceptable. I just worry when perfume is listed anywhere but in the very last portion of an ingredients’ list!

Ingredients: Spring Water (Aqua), Fresh Sea Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Perfume, Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben.

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

LUSH may have put out some fabulous Valentine’s Day packages to be treated with or treat yourself with come the 14th, but they didn’t forget about the boys. I’m totally picking up the Business Time massage bar next time I’m at Lush!

SHAVE THE PLANET shaving cream ($14.95)
Shave the Planet is perfect for those guys who want to do their bit for the earth while keeping their skin soft, smooth, and stubble-free. This shaving cream soothes, reduces redness, promotes skin repair, and makes skin smooth with a blend of softening fair trade organic shea butter and cupuaca butter, rose absolute to help soothe sore skin, and lavender and organic jojoba oil to help heal damaged skin after shaving.

Business Time massage bar ($8.95)
It’s ‘Business Time’ when it’s time to get romantic and this new massage bar created especially for the boys can help. Business Time is made with quick melting Fair Trade shea and cocoa butters, with almond and coconut oils and scented with luxurious rose, fennel and lavender essential oils. Use on your partner to set the mood and elicit some serious business time!

Shave the Planet Gift ($29.95)
A quartet of LUSH products to scrub up your man: Shave the Planet shaving cream for super smooth shaves, Cosmetic Lad moisturizer to soothe sensitive faces, Bamboo soap to tone and leave skin smelling like the rainforest, plus a Business Time massage bar to get him in the mood to get busy. Wrapped with a fun comic strip, this is a great gift for the superhero in your life.

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