Lush Cosmetics’ Facial Masks

October 3rd, 2013 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

I’ve tried a few of Lush’s face masks and really love them!  These are the ones I’ve tried for my combination, mildly sensitive skin (recommended via a Lush consult)…

Cupcake: Great for oily or spotty skin.

Catastrophe Cosmetic: A blueberry infused maintenance mask.

Love Lettuce: Balancing mask for all skin types.

BB Seaweed: A gentle seaweed mask for sensitive skin.

You will easily get 3+ uses from each regular-sized container ~2.1 oz.  Please remember to refrigerate as soon as you get home since they can spoil easily (all made from fresh ingredients be it fruits or veggies, essential oils, clays, and herbs and can only be purchased at a Lush store for this reason).  I also wouldn’t recommend purchasing more than two at a time since they are meant to be used once to twice a week as a facial treatment.  From my experience, they can be safely kept in one’s fridge for 2 to 2.5 weeks without worry of spoilage.  Also, when you “Take Back 5” (5 containers of any size #5 recyclable plastic), you will receive 1 free 2.1 oz. face mask which is quite an awesome deal =)!  Another wonderful detail about Lush is the ability to sample the mask on your skin at the store.  I hope you will give them a try; they have quickly become a repurchase must for me =).

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

lush fresh face masks

 

Gumback Express Smoothie

February 13th, 2013 Posted in Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

I had heard about this amazing product from Lush even before trying it.  At the time I came upon various posts regarding Gumback, the product was in discontinued status and was in high demand for a second wave of production.  A few months later I saw it re-offered online (yayyy, Lush really listens to their fans) and jumped on the Gumback Express and boy was I glad I did!  It is a great product- a treasure-find of an exfoliator!  It does a good job without being too abrasive and I love the scent (a sweet mild almond and banana)…  Moisturizing with a nice texture!  Smells good enough to drink ;)!  I finished my Gumback tub just yesterday =(.  This is definitely worthy of a re-purchase and I hope Lush will continue to offer it permanently!

  • Almond oil
  • Apricot oil
  • Ground almond shells
  • Orange blossom
  • Honey
  • Fresh bananas
  • Gardenia extract

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

lush gumback express exfoliator

Lush Review: Black Cat Bath Cocktail

January 26th, 2012 Posted in Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

Luscious purple bath, mildly sweet, mostly soft-scented herbals =)  A great treat for yourself after your Hallow’s Eve candy-giving duties has been fulfilled.  A few years previously we literally had over a hundred trick-or-treaters knocking on our door (13 bags of candy worth).

Cobweb Bath Ballistic: Sweet, mild herbal scent.

  • Black sugar
  • Lavender absolute
  • Chamomile oil
  • Olibanum oil
  • Myrrh resinoid
  • Silver lustre
  • Silver glitter

Witches Ball Bubble Bar: Lovely herbal scent.

  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried currants
  • Dried star anise
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Sage oil
  • Clove
  • Dried parsley

1 Ceridwen’s Cauldron Bath Melt: Very mild floral oat scent (can definitely smell the oats after a short while of soaking).  I was a little surprised at how much I liked this; I wasn’t sure at first if I would.  Now I have to get more.  I think this is especially nourishing for the skin and may be soothing for sun-kissed/post-beach skin.  I imagine it’s possible to clean, dry, and re-fill the muslin with more oats and your choice of favorite essential oils.  I used CC as a gentle exfoliator so I didn’t choose a bar soap for this bath cocktail.

  • Whole oats
  • Walnut oil
  • Tangerine oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Frankincense Resinoid
  • Rose absolute
  • Elderflowers
  • Daisy flowers
  • Cowslips

I’d recommend Lady Catrina soap to keep in the spirit of this bath cocktail but you can virtually use whatever you’d prefer.

 

Lush Review: The Ex-Factor Bath Cocktail

August 19th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Cosmetics, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat | No Comments »

A perfect bath to chase away any blues (post-breakup or otherwise).  This bath cocktail has a citrus-lime fragrance punctuated by a muskiness/woodsiness.  It’s quite masculine; I didn’t mind though (kind of like sleeping in a boyfriend’s t-shirt).  Reminds me slightly of Aquolina’s Blue Sugar (would be great to use post-bath for guys).  Once I bought a small pot of vegan lotion dupe for Blue Sugar from Etsy as part of a sampler set and loved it!  I suggest this wonderful sky blue bath cocktail as an anytime detox soak or stress reliever…

1 Ex-Factor Bath Ballistic: Sweet, candy vanilla.  1 Ex-Factor will be more than enough; you can even use a 1/2 chunk.   Like most of Lush’s bath ballistics, this is a fast fizzer.

1/2 Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar: This scent is similar to the Big Blue bath bomb only a little more mild and sweet.  At first whiff, there seems to be a nuttyness similar to those in chocolate candy bars e.g. Snickers.  Not sure if I was imaging this?  I think of it as the more masculine counterpart to The Comforter Bubble Bar.

  • Patchouli oil
  • Frankincense resinoid
  • Cinnamon leaf oil

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Sweet scent which does remind me of candy cherries.  I loved Happy Blooming with the other elements I chose for this bath!

  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil

 

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

 

Lush Review: Tang Bath Cocktail

August 16th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

This bath cocktail is a small reward for all the recent organizational milestones reached so far and for the 5 big loads of laundry I did yesterday (quite exhausting).  Very Tang in color and scent (orange, citrusy).  This may seem rather strange, but the woodsiness of this bath also reminded me of pre-lit orange incense.  Here are the ingredients:

1 Donkey-Oaty Bath Bomb: Sweet floral.  Love that it’s in the shape of a Scottie dog.  Pink and gold tie-dye cuteness!  It’s a fragile bath bomb though.  Both mine arrived in broken bits but it was going into the bath anyway (just doesn’t make for the picture-perfect bath ballistic).

  • Ylang ylang flower infusion
  • Geranium oil
  • Tagetes oil
  • Gardenia extract

1 Gold Star Bubble Bar: Smells like lemon hard candy or Sprite pop with lemon.

  • Gardenia extract
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Frankincense oil
  • Golden stars
  • Golden edible lustre
  • Red golden glitter

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt: Sweet floral scent.  Just in case you’re wondering, it’s very easily crumbled under running water.  I do sense the musk in it.

  • almond oil
  • chamomile powder
  • marigold powder
  • synthetic musk

*Recommended Soap: Sandstone soap or any of the lemon-based ones would be perfect.  I used Summer Pudding since it was still sitting in my soap dish.  Summer Pudding is also exfoliating with a delicious aroma of candied cherries.

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics


 

Lush Massage Bars

August 14th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

Just some of my Lush favorites.  My top three are Soft Coeur (The Honeymooners), Shimmy Shimmy, and Glitterbug.  Please see past massage bar reviews.

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

 

Lush Review: Cheer Up! Bath Cocktail

August 12th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

After a disappointing end result of Project Runway: Season 9 (and the elimination of my favored designer, Fallene Wells), I decided a Lush bath cocktail was in order though it was very late.  I’ve had the ingredients laid out since before vacation and boy did my feet need a good pumice scrub (which I saved for last)!  I would describe this as a slow to dissolve, very mild floral scented bath with sweetness reminiscent of white chrysanthemum tea with honey.  Also don’t be alarmed that the bath will look a little olivine murky; what it lacks in looks, it readily makes up in being moisturizing.

1 Happy Pill Bath Bomb: Sweet and citrusy. Slow fizz.  It’s one of Lush’s largest bath ballistics.  I could have used just half of it.

  • Olive Oil
  • Hemp Oil
  • Grapefruit Oil
  • Bergamot Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Orange Flower Absolute
  • Mandarin Oil
  • Gardenia Extract


1 Dorothy Bubble Bar: Very mild floral.  Made me think of chamomile and lightly scented florals in general.

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Orange flower
  • Gardenia extract

 


1/2 Floating Island Bath Melt: Mildly sweet floral scent.  Made the bath very moisturizing.  I mean, what bath melt doesn’t?  This one is a slow froth.  I’ve used this bath melt a few times already but now its scent reminds me of a Connecticut Muffin Angel Cake muffin =)

  • Almond oil
  • Sandlewood oil
  • Lemon oil

*Recommended Soap: Sandstone Soap (citrus scent, exfoliant)

I used Summer Pudding (exfoliant) soap since it was right in front of me.  Summer Pudding has a candy cherry scent.

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Review: Ceylon Tea Bath Cocktail

June 23rd, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

A bubbly, frothy melon-colored bath.  This was a belated birthday treat to myself.  I was occupied in a good way with celebrations with family and the completion of a school course.  I didn’t get a chance to enjoy this bath cocktail until yesterday.

1 Luverly Bath Ballistic: A mild floral.  My first guess was chamomile; which is incorrect.

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Gardenia extract
  • Straw flowers

1 Auntie Pamela Bubble Bar: A very spicy sweet fragrance; very cinnamon.  Judging from the ingredients, it must have been stored next to a bubble bar made of cinnamon or the like.  So don’t go solely by my account.  I love this bubble bar enough to re-purchase for a future bath cocktail.  I threw this into the bathwater and it melted in no time.  I didn’t even have to crumble it!  The bathwater was quite warm though; maybe this helped?

  • Chamomile powder
  • Rose absolute
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Rose petals
  • Red golden glitter
  • Gardenia extract

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt: Sweet floral scent.  Just in case you’re wondering, it’s very easily crumbled under running water.

  • almond oil
  • chamomile powder
  • marigold powder
  • synthetic musk

A Ring of Roses Buttercream Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap.  I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic).  I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent.  I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase.  RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized.  For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.

  • Larkspur
  • Honeysuckle
  • Marigold & cornflower infusion
  • Rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, & evening primrose oils
  • Lemon & sweet orange oils
  • Rose absolute
  • Rose petals

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

 

Lush Review: Perennial Garden Bath Cocktail

June 14th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Cosmetics, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

My Perennial Garden bath cocktail was a sweet white powdery floral citrus blend.  A perfect before sleep treat.  My mind is always busy with some mundane thought but all I could think of were the pop-pops of the bath bubbles for a change.  All I needed was a rubber ducky to sail on by.

1 Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb: Mild florals and citrusy.

  • Seven rosebuds
  • Rose absolute
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Jasmine absolute

1 Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar: Sweet citrusy.

  • Bergamot oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Orange flower absolute
  • Mandarin oil

1/2 Floating Island Bath Melt: Mildly sweet floral scent.  Made the bath very moisturizing.  I mean, what bath melt doesn’t?  This one is a slow froth.  I’ve used this bath melt a few times already but now its scent reminds me of a Connecticut Muffin Angel Cake muffin =)

  • Almond oil
  • Sandlewood oil
  • Lemon oil

A Ring of Roses Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap.  I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic).  I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent.  I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase.  RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized.  For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.

  • Larkspur
  • Honeysuckle
  • Marigold & cornflower infusion
  • Rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, & evening primrose oils
  • Lemon & sweet orange oils
  • Rose absolute
  • Rose petals

 

Lush Review: Walk of Fame Bath Cocktail

May 24th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

A really luscious milky pale lilac bath with sweet cinnamon and floral notes.  Very relaxing indeed!  At first it smelled very lavender but as I mixed all the ingredients together it became quite pleasing to my surprise.  I hope you will get a chance to try this cocktail.  Unfortunately, you may need to find a substitute for the bath ballistic I chose (Brandy Butter was limited edition).

Brandy Butter Ballistic: Sweet cinnamon.  I adore it and wish it was part of the permanent bath bomb collection =(

  • brandy butter
  • cinnamon leaf oil
  • tangerine oil
  • brandy
  • pink sparkles

 

Hollywood Bubble Bar: Gritty like coconut, clay-like and chalky to the touch, mild baby powder scent.  Not a usual choice of mine but it’s a nice bubble bar for any floral scented bath.

  • Rose absolute
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Candy Star

Something Wicked This Way Comes Bath Melt: Strong lavender scent.  Not a favorite of mine but it is very moisturizing and prettily colorful with its swirls of blues and purples.

  • Almond oil
  • Ginger oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Oakmoss absolute

*Recommended soaps: Porridge (Exfoliating) Soap and Honey I Washed the Kids.  I went for the sweet scented soaps to compliment the cinnamon and to balance out the floral notes.

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics