Given that this soap is for super oily skin, and is BLACK I figured this was some hardcore soap. Took some home as a sample, and much preferred it over my Fresh Farmacy. I actually consider myself to have sensitive skin, though sensitive soaps barely whisk away my oils. I felt my cleanest skin ever after Coalface. The exfoliants in the bar are quite scratchy, but there's so few it doesn't do damage. And for reference, I consider the St Ives Apricot Scrub to be damaging. I've found Lush to be inconsistent from store to store, so if you're breaking your skin open, try another shop!!
Tinted Moisturizer -Pixi - illuminating tint & conceal
crazytlccool 9/21/2012 11:57:00 AM
Wow, people actually like this? I always passed it off as the overpriced target brand that hopes to sell by price alone "if it costs such and such it must be good!" the concealer looks cakey especially under my eyes. The tint is very sparkly and is not attractive with the caked look. Even when I tone it down with moisturizer, it just transfers onto other surfaces.
AH-MAZING! I was hesitant to use grapeseed oil, because my skin seemed like it needed moisture! Kept going back and forth between jojoba and almond oil, but felt like neither could really penetrate, just sit on top of my skin. Almond oil was great after exfoliating, but in hindsight I see it was just getting me by UNTIL!... I finally went ahead and got grapeseed oil. Again, very iffy! The first time I put it on I was touching my face like "oh my god, this is it!" Sometimes with face routines I go through with it thinking meh meh, I haven't had good skin in awhile so I probably don't know how its supposed to feel. Really, this is so natural, lightweight, it sucks right into the skin, and did I say it feels natural? I think its actually clearing my skin! Just two drops in my hand, rub them together, and lightly *brush* (not rub) throughout the face.
Tinted Moisturizer -Aveda - Aveda Inner-Light Mineral Tinted Moisture SPF15
crazytlccool 9/16/2012 3:12:00 PM
At first I was really excited how nice it made my skin look. I have sensitive skin and it didn't leave me with any discomfort! Jojoba oil is one of the ingredients, and I know a lot of people swear by its effectiveness against acne and for moisture. (For myself, I hadn't had so much luck, but I digress...) SO I was really liking it, and dusting an acne controlling powder on top. I did have transfer on my hands, but so long as I don't touch my face right? ... I had breakouts, but I figured it was just stress and changing my cleansing routine... then I run out of this. No more makeup. And my face clears up! Then I go out one night and wear this again after two-three weeks of clear skin. Breakout! And its the kind where you not only have pimples, but you have these red patches around some of them. This product is bad news on normal to oily skin! OH! and one last thing, I got major gunk buildup on my brush from this! Can't be good for your skin!
Terrible coverage, then dries cakey...which is interesting because it wasn't actually covering anything. Then I realized the area on top of my cheekbones were burning. Had to wash it off immediately. I do not trust these ingredients.
use VERY little, and follow up with a better face wash. I use Kiss My Face in order to get off the final residue and not leave it completely parched. Would be better if it didn't break you out on its own.
Took me 4 months to love this stuff! I have oily/sensitive skin, and allergic to all commercial moisturizers. I first found Jojoba to be to clogging, so then tried Almond. I was glad to see it helped reduce oily-ness, but probably too much so. I felt like this stuff was not even penetrating my skin. Putting on more only broke me out, but I continuously had dry skin after this. Then I found that you have to *exfoliate* well, and have a moisturizing soap! I use Kiss My Face Olive Oil soap with my Clarisonic. Big difference compared to the acne-drying soap I used previously! Its all about your personal skin type AND the combination of other products! If Almond oil isn't for you, there has to be another natural oil that is! And switch up the rest of your routine too, but the trick is to exfoliate! So it can actually get in there. FIVE stars because: My $14 bottle could last me 2 years! (So long as it doesn't go bad....)
Conditioner -Yes To Carrots - Nourishing Conditioner
crazytlccool 4/2/2012 11:28:00 PM
I have grown to really love this stuff! I was devastated to find I am allergic to gluten, and especially corn derivatives (we're talkin' 300 ingredients here....) and was SO excited to find a conditioner that is pretty safe! At first I was frustrated it wasn't moisturizing enough, though I really loved the smell and texture of it. I ended up cutting off all my damaged hair, and now I see its full benefits. Think about it...if the conditioner doesn't have intrusive chemicals in it, would you really expect dramatic results? Those dramatic results we see in other conditioners--are they healthy? Are they just superficial? The trick with this stuff is to leave it in for 5 minutes or even 10... so do your hair first then leave it in while shaving, masks, scrubbing, (teeth brushing?) etc..... So yeah, this has turned out to be one of THE BEST conditioners I have used...and I have certainly been in love with conditioners before. Mainly softening/hydrating ones. I don't even need to brush my hair out of the shower.
There isn't anything this $20 product does that your own rose/lavender water mixture wouldn't. I have no idea why Lush would pollute this with methylPARABEN in addition to fragrances many people are sensitive to. They're only in there to make you think you can't make the product yourself!
This stuff is a miracle! I have oily/sensitive skin which is such a terrible combination! There's basically no way in clearing your skin OTC as they either do nothing or irritate your skin. WELL this bar is so gentle while being so powerful at once! I would consider it a "solid cream". It starts melting into your fingers as soon as you apply a few drops of water, and it lathers too! I haven't found anything to work for my sensitive/oily skin other than one expensive product (and their ingredient sources are sketchy). I love how you can go to Lush and they are totally on it with their ingredients. You ask "whats the source of your propylene glycol?" and they will look it up and tell you "coconut"! Woo! 95% of products have corn derivitives somewhere in their ingredients, and I'm allergic Oh, and another thing! This is cheap! If you take care of your bar, $10 worth lasts you 2 months! I don't understand why its listed $$$
I got the huge bottle of this...boy was it a mistake! Just for reference, I have thick poofy hair with lots of natural waves. I need a shampoo that is non-volume, even anti-volume if you can believe it haha! Despite people's complaints that this shampoo weighed down their hair, I figured that's what I needed anyway. Get the stuff, use it in the shower, and I can feel right away as I am washing that it feels like I am ADDING gunk to my hair if anything! It doesn't even suds until the second time washing. As my hair drys, it looks greasy and weight down/flat at the top...the rest of my hair has these annoying fly aways. I used it for the week, needing to wash my hair everyday instead of every other day, and it didn't get any better.
It's been two weeks, and so far I give it four stars. (Will update if necessary) It's amazing how little time you need to cleanse your face, and it times it for you. My overall complexion improved even though I was getting more pimples from my period and some slight purging. I can't describe the improvement completely, but its like I suddenly had more "true" tones to my face, like the skin cells themselves were more translucent so you have more underlying blues and greens instead of crusty yellows and reds if that makes sense. My three large pimples from purging have cleared and now I'm just waiting to see the overall improvement. The way it is going, I don't think I'm going to get clear skin from this, but I like it for the glow it gives my face. It's a lot of money though....
#3 didn't do much for me, and no drastic improvement with #4. I was expecting to have this be my *it* astringent, but I suppose this product at least meets my minimum requirements--cleanliness, doesn't make me break out. I wonder if this stuff makes my skin dull. It's hard to tell with my other products. I think I will start using this more often and report back.
Great color, but it needs to be for someone with warm undertones. It looks too orange on my NW15 skin. This eyeshadow also needs a strong primer so the glitter sticks. If you get this part down, the finish is very nice. I'm jealous how awesome it looks on my roommate.
I have dull, uneven skin with large pores, and breakouts along my chin. I revamped my skincare routine to all dermalogica about a year ago, and unfortunately broke out. My roommate told me it was probably this stuff that made my skin so angry, so I stopped using this after a couple weeks and it helped. Ultimately, I don't think I should have switched to dermalogica at once. Then once I had a new skincare routine that kept my skin decently clear, I figured it was safe to add this back in. Nope. Used it ONCE and BAM nasty breakouts all along my jaw that took a week to clear. It was so bad, my mom nagged at me thinking I stopped caring for my skin altogether...ughhhh