Cleansers -LUSH -coal face soap

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I found this soap just a little too harsh, even on my very oily, prone to acne skin. After using this, my skin always felt a little tingly almost, a little wrung out.

I suppose it controlled my acne, it didn’t break me out but I don’t feel like it improved it very much either. The scent is mild. Like most Lush soaps I’ve used, this didn’t really lather very richly, which means you end up using more soap and it finishes quite quickly for it size. I used the whole soap and my skin didn’t come out worse for wear, but I won’t be repurchasing this soap. I would definitely not recommend this for sensitive skin.


Lip Treatments -LUSH -Bubblegum Lip Scrub

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I've never had much luck with LUSH products, but this beautiful bright pink color was calling my name. This lip scrub is fantastic! It's easy to use and does what it's supposed to do. Smells fantastic...and tastes fantastic too, if you happen to lick your lips by accident upon application.

This product dried out after a while and I was bummed that I might have to throw it out. However, I decided to add a few drops of rosewater and BAM! we were back in business. It's working just fine.


Hair Color -LUSH -Caca Marron

on 1/14/2018 8:49:00 PM

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I'm on my second bar of Lush henna, having used it three times. The first time I, of course, did my whole hair and used the whole bar. The two following times I used two squares for touching up my roots, and from what was left I made a henna gloss to put in the lengths of my hair. I'm really, really happy with the results. The first few days it's a pretty fiery and a bit brassy in colour, but after that it mellows down to an auburn colour. I don't think the colour screams henna though, and I've had so many people ask about my hair colour and be shocked when I say that it's henna-based. (Not to slag off the "typical" bright henna colour in any way, I love it, I just prefer a darker shade on myself.)

So a little backstory: I'm a dark blonde with previously dyed auburn hair, and when I first tried this dye I had a fair amount of roots. I was really happy to see that there was no difference in colour between my natural roots and my previously dyed hair, though. I know there may be a lot of issues dying over henna, but hennaing over semi permanent hair dye was no problem whatsoever. I had been using the L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss (in either Spicy Amber or Amber) for a few years, and to be honest I was quite content with the results. The main reason I wanted to replace it with Lush's henna was that I had transitioned to cruelty free alternatives in every other area of my beauty routine, apart from my hair dye. The naturalness of henna was definitely a plus, too. I will admit that I miss how quick and easy it used to be to dye my hair, though. I leave the henna in for 2-3 hours (covered with clingfilm and a towel), so including preparation, application and clean-up time, it's a pretty long process.

The first time I hennaed my hair I enlisted the help of my mother - not for expertise as she has never dyed her or mine hair ever, let alone with henna - but merely to have an extra set of hands. I ended up not adding enough water and making the paste much to thick, so it crumbled everywhere. The cleanup of the bathroom took me so long, I would've been discouraged if I hadn't liked the result so much. The first time I was gonna touch up my roots I made the batch pretty runny and applied it to my roots with a brush, and I much preferred that application technique. Less messy, and quicker, too. When I had covered my roots the best as I could (the back of the head is the worst) I mixed the henna I had left with a hair mask (Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Coconut mask) and worked it into the lengths. I've heard other people saying that they experience fading a lot quicker when they do a henna gloss, but I didn't notice any difference in fading from my first time applying it. Possibly because Lush's henna is already sort of a gloss (rather than pure henna)? Speaking of Lush's henna vs pure henna - I have no doubts that you can get better result with good quality, pure henna, but personally I like the ease of buying everything pre-mixed and ready to go.

I have curly (2c/3a) hair that is very, very dry, and it felt super moisturized after application. After the first time, I had to wash it again the day after because it felt greasy, and I usually tend go about 4 days between washes, and even then it's not greasy, only tangled. Since then I've changed my hair care routine to a low poo type of situation (sulfate free shampoo and only water soluble silicones), and it seems like my hair absorbs and retain moisture in a completely different way ever since. It doesn't feel greasy after application anymore, just moisturized, thick and healthy. It does disrupt my curl pattern a bit, but after a few washes it's more or less back to normal.

Overall, if it's not already clear by my long and ramble-y review: I really like this product! Considering I only have to use 1/3 of it most of the time, I think it's good value. Especially since you get a hair treatment - not just a dye.

+ Cruelty free
+ Vegan
+ Lasts well, and when it does fade, it does so in a natural way that makes roots less apparent
+ Natural
+ My hair loves the moisture and the protective coat that the henna provides
+ Though it may seem tricky at first, you'll quickly find the best techniques and it'll get easier (already at my third time I could do it much more quickly)
+ My hair has never been as shiny (or shiny at all) as it is after applying this
+ The hair feels thicker, and while that's not really something I'm after, I think people who doesn't have very thick hair to begin with may enjoy that aspect

- You sort of have to be "committed", not only because it's time-consuming and messy, but because you may have problem going back to chemical dyes if you would change your mind
- The ground coffee is not easy to rinse out completely. Takes me two rounds of shampoo (with sulfate) and then a ton of conditioner to get it out of my scalp
- The scent isn't horrible, but it's certainly not good. And it lingers for a LONG time
- Fellow curly people: it may affect your curls. For me it was just for the first few washes, thankfully, but still worth mentioning

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Moisturizers -LUSH -Magical Moringa moisturiser and primer

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I'm not at all sure why this is called a moisturizer, because it's unlike any cream, serum, or balm out there. This is far more in line with silicone primers, and performs just like one in terms of oil control and line filling properties. I consider this superior to Benefits Pore-Fessional when applied right.

This works much better at body temp, and when used sparingly. You can't put it on like lotion, but one fingertip resting on the top of the product melts plenty to spot treat any area you need. I'm not especially oily, but on days I need it, this has never failed me or caused caking that pore-fessional can. I have even used this all over my nose and been amazed at it's staying power. You'll know when it sets in because it has a powdery feel to it.

One last thing- this product is ALL oil and it needs to stay cool. If you travel with this, be warned, it can make a mess!


Masks -LUSH -Mask of Magnaminty

on 1/12/2018 4:29:00 PM

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Made my skin feel clean and soft.


Lotions/ Creams -LUSH -Charity Pot

on 1/12/2018 3:01:00 PM

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This isn’t a bad moisturizer but I definitely don’t prefer it compared to others I have, even others from Lush. The finish on this is a little bit oily/tacky for me to tolerate. The scent is just okay. From Lush I prefer Dream Cream, Sympathy for the Skin and I coat myself in Sleepy before bed or if I’m not working (because the lavender is rather strong). Would not repurchase this one.


Lip Treatments -LUSH -Chocolate Lip Scrub

on 1/12/2018 12:52:00 PM

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Oh my god I'm in love!! This is the first lush lip scrub I tried and let me tell you, I know some people would say that a lip scrub is so easy to make at home, but this is significantly better. Plus, I enjoy the small luxuries in life. I paid 8€ for this little pot that will last me a long time as I need a very small amount.
I love chocolate, and this smells exactly like my favourite dark chocolate with orange! The best part is when you lick it after and it truly tastes like dessert. It even has some dark chocolate pieces inside. Chocolate lovers, you really need to try this!
It does a really good job at scrubbing away dead skin, it is not too harsh and it has saved my dry lips during winter. They feel so soft, smooth, look plumper and taste delicious ;-). Lock it in with a good moisturizing lip balm.
*** Always store it upside down so that it stays wet and nice!! ***

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Lips -LUSH -Popcorn lip scrub

on 1/12/2018 12:38:00 PM

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Ok, so this is now being discontinued, but I'm glad I got to buy a little pot of this.
I love cinema, I love pop corn so I was eager to try it and let me tell you that it smells great.
You know when you buy pop corn at the movies you got that fresh delicious pop corn on the top, but there is also that pop corn at the bottom of the bag that is a little yellow and tastes strongly of butter and is not that fresh, (though is still really good) ?
This is exactly what this scrub reminds me of, with a sweet twist, I personally love it.
It does a really good job at scrubbing away dead skin and when you lick it off it tastes salty but also a bit sweet.

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Masks -LUSH -Cup O' Coffee

on 1/10/2018 12:21:00 PM

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Meh. I love mask of magnaminty which makes an immediate difference in the texture and color of my skin. This mask doesn't do much of anything that I can see. It's a naturalish exfoliant (the coffee beans are quite large so you have to be careful though) but I don't see a difference in texture or brightening.


Hair Treatments -LUSH -Roots Healthy Scalp

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This product works! And very quickly, I might add. I see and feel the effects after one use, which is incredible. When you apply it, there's a minty sensation that doesn't last for very long (around 10-15 minutes tops?) and then slowly dries down almost like a gel hair product would. I usually leave it on for longer than what they say, which is as long as I have the time for basically. It's easy to wash out and doesn't leave any residue or thick feeling on your scalp.

One tub can last me for about 2-3 heavy uses, or around 5-7 light ones, and it's usually another 6 months or so before my hair starts to fall out more aggressively again and I go back to Lush to pick up another tub. That's just me being lazy haha, I imagine you'd get longer lasting and better results with frequent use. I've bought this around 5 times now? And I've also introduced this to my mum, and she loves it too.

It's also perfect for me because I shower at night, and so many of these hair loss treatments are to leave overnight and wash out in the morning and I don't want to have to change my routine and this is perfect for it.

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Moisturizers -LUSH -Magical Moringa moisturiser and primer

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I love this moisturiser, though I use it as an oil control product, and somewhat of a primer. It's oil control properties are ridiculously good, I was so surprised because of the ingredients and the amount of oils and butters in it. I got a sample of it from the store when it first came out, and have since repurchased it about 3 or 4 times now. It's expensive but worth it. It also lasts for quite a while.

It's a solid balm kind of product that looks like shea or cocoa butter and you rub your finger around the top to pick up a little bit of product and then apply it to your face like a primer (I don't really rub it in). It starts off as a little oily and balmy before it dries down to an almost powdery finish that smooths out pores and other skin irregularities that I have. I feel like it smoothes out my deeper acne scars, the kind that's more than hyper pigmentation but actual marks in your skin. I also love that I'm using a moisturising product to control my oily skin rather than harsh astringents or products. It doesn't clog up my skin either. It's also great under makeup! Creates a smooth canvas for foundation.
Sometimes it does kind of clash with some of my silicone primers, causing it to start 'balling up' on my face, so it's not compatible with everything.

One thing I hate is the packaging. Seriously, Lush needs to figure out how to make their packaging air tight. I learnt my lesson the hard way, which is to seal ALL tubs of Lush products before travelling. Although this starts off as a solid balm, because I was travelling to hotter climates and it's essentially made of butters, it melted and leaked all over my makeup bag. Now every time I open it I've got to be careful not to spill it anywhere.


Moisturizers -LUSH -Cosmetic Lad

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Right off the bat I have to say, I have been drinking the Lush Kool Aid for a long time. It started with their Chox away soap (R.I.P, please come back to me one day) then graduated to bath bombs and bath bars, then eventually to their hair care. Their skin care hasn’t always jived with my skin, every now and again I would return to it and then promptly give up and turn to something else when it didn’t work for me.

But those were younger days with far less knowledge and a pretty bad and inconsistent skin care routine. I am older and wiser now and I think that’s the big reason why it works for me now.

Originally I went in for their celestial moisturizer, full of grace serum, aqua marina cleanser and a restock on my rose water toner. The location I went to had been hit hard by Boxing Day sales and was pretty ransacked so I decided to give Cosmetic Lad a shot.

This bad boy is THICK. You definitely have to work to spread it around, but having pretty dry, eczematic, sensitive/reactive skin (made worse by Canadian winters, damn you -40*c) I didn’t mind the thickness. It has definitely helped with that chapped feeling my skin had before and I wake up with hydrated, smooth and less red skin in the morning. I was a little weary because it does contain cocoa butter (ranked decently high on the comnegenic scale) but thus far no blasted closed comedones or milia have popped up (like they usually do if I go to hog wild on the rich creams during the winter months). It takes a little bit longer to absorb, but it’s a thick cream so I expected that.

Overall I’m pretty impressed and I think it’s a decent value for what you get (cruelty free, vegan, ethically sourced, organic ingredients), although I don’t really like the jar it’s held in (but I use a spatula that came with another face cream to prevent some germs from getting all up in there). Unless my skin changes it’s mind about this, I’ll definitely repurchase.


Bath Treatments -LUSH -Twilight Bath Bomb

on 1/9/2018 4:18:00 AM

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great smell, leaves bath a lovely color, fragrance lingers, doesn't stain tub


Lotions/ Creams -LUSH -Soft Coeur Massage Bar (The Honeymooner)

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This is definitely more for a sensual massage, a Valentine's day idea even. I love chocolate but I think the scent was a bit sweet even for me, so this might be good followed up with a shower. If I remember correctly this is smaller but cheaper than other massage bars, but if you want moisture, one of the other bars might be a better choice.

This is very messy and fast melting btw, do not go near white or nice sheets!

But if you want a fun massage with your S.O. this might be right up your alley! ;)


Moisturizers -LUSH -Vanishing Cream

on 1/7/2018 6:43:00 PM

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I will start by saying I use quite a few lush products. This one is one of my favorites. I have tricky combo skin with oily t zone. I use this moisturizer for daytime. Less than a dime size and I mix with a little bit of sunscreen, because this doesn’t have any on its own. Sunscreen in FL is mandatory.
It smells so good and only takes a few minutes to absorb into skin. Not greasy once it absorbs, but I would caution not to use too much. I use a different and much more moisturizing Lush cream overnight. Vanishing cream will not be the most moisturizing, but for oily skin types using under makeup for daytime works very well. Oh yes this smells fantastic as well. Did I mention that already? If interested I use Lush Celestial as a night cream. Most women with oily skin tend to forget you still need to moisturize a lot. Or else oily skin will produce more oil to compensate. Important lesson I wish I would have understood years ago.


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