Skincare - Body -LUSH - Friends With Benefits massage bar
katesloan 1/27/2012 6:32:00 PM
Loooove this massage bar! I bought it to replace my Soft Coeur, and I like it even better. It has a gorgeous chocolate scent and works just as a massage bar should.
Lotions/ Creams -LUSH - Soft Coeur Massage Bar (The Honeymooner)
katesloan 1/27/2012 6:27:00 PM
Love this bar! Pros: -lasted for years without ever going bad in any way -very very nice for massages (my boyfriend agrees) -excellent moisturizer -luxurious, sexy scent Cons: -takes a long time to absorb (which is also a pro, for massages) -sometimes the scent can be a bit overpowering
Pros: -extremely sexy scent -stays on all day -I like the packaging Cons: -makes my friend sneeze -can stain clothes red -bottle is prone to falling off my dresser a LOT because of the slender base Overall: Love the scent, it's great for a "date night" or some other event where I want to smell really attractive and appealing. It's probably a bit strong for people with scent sensitivities though. Only use a little bit, on your pulse points.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Authentic African Black Soap-Product of West Africa
katesloan 1/27/2012 5:45:00 PM
I bought some African black soap from a seller on Etsy (AstridaNaturals). I intended to use it as a facial soap, but I found it was far too drying for my skin. I also tried out using it as shampoo, but it doesn't seem to get my hair very clean at all, even when I use a lot of it. Now I'm just using it as hand and body soap. It smells lovely, it's just too drying for me.
This product works great for me in the summer, but it's too drying for my winter skin. I wish it exfoliated better. That's the main reason I'm going to switch back to Lush's Mask of Magnaminty once I finish up my bottle of Queen Helene's. I like the minty smell and feel of this product, and I like how easily it comes off with a warm wet washcloth. It certainly cleans out my pores, though it frequently dries me out so much that my skin freaks out and I break out, even though I moisturize immediately after removing the masque. I also hate the squeeze-tube packaging. The product is way too thick and the bottle has to be left under hot running water in order to get any product out. In summary, this masque feels luxurious and is nice, but I don't think it's anything special, as far as clay masques go.
Love this stuff! I'm on my 2nd bottle and it's still great. It doesn't remove all my makeup in one go - it takes a few swipes and a minute or so for it all to be removed - but it smells nice and is gentle enough for my sensitive eyes, so that's fine with me.
I had a horrible allergic reaction to this, which caused my entire face to become red and itchy and stay that way for a few hours. Though it was quite moisturizing, I will not be using this again. I think all-natural moisturizers are where it's at for me.
This stuff will really clear you out. It leaves my skin spotless and clean, just as a good mask should! I recently tried switching to Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque, which has great reviews, because MoM is a bit out of my price range at the moment... the MJM isn't nearly as good as MoM. It's not as exfoliating, and it leaves my skin more dried out. I need to get my hands on some MoM again!
I used Coalface religiously when I was an acne-prone, oily-skinned preteen/teenager. It has a great amount of scrub, the charcoal is very cleansing, and there's something almost kinda glamorous about using a black soap. I usually followed up with a small amount of virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer, and the combination left my skin very happy and balanced. Sadly, I can't use it anymore. Maybe it's just the fact that it's winter and I'm spending a lot of time in my heated, dehumidified house, but Coalface dries out my skin WAY too much these days. Even when I moisturize with coconut oil afterward, my skin protests from the dryness and I break out and have that "tight" feeling. Such a bummer, since I LOVE the scent of Coalface (maybe because of the nostalgia I have associated with it). I'm using Angels on Bare Skin now, which works much better for my skin type at the moment. My boyfriend, who has oily skin, uses my bar of Coalface sometimes, and it seems to work great for him.
This soap smells amazing, but it's really nothing special. It's drying, and the scent doesn't linger. I wish they would put more moisturizing ingredients into it; that could improve it a lot.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - EXTRA VIRGIN Coconut Oil (All brands)
katesloan 1/27/2012 5:23:00 PM
I started using coconut oil because it was recommended to me a lot when I was a member of an online haircare community. I would oil my hair's length liberally, a few hours before shampooing, wrap it in a hot towel, and then shampoo it out. It made my hair super soft and shiny. After a while, I started using coconut oil as my face moisturizer. For this purpose, it is GREAT. It doesn't clog my pores, and it leaves my skin super soft and hydrated. I usually wash my face at night, and then rub a pea-sized amount of coconut oil on my face, especially the drier spots. I can even use it around my eyes without irritation. By the time I wake up in the morning, much of the oil has been absorbed, but if any excess remains, I can just wipe it off. It leaves my skin glowy and radiant. Sometimes I stray, wanting to try out a more "glamorous" moisturizer, but I always go back to virgin coconut oil in the end!
My skin gets pretty dried out in the winter, though it remains oily in the T-zone. A Lush salesperson recommended this moisturizer to me when I was complaining of red, itchy, dry winter skin. It's a lovely moisturizer that leaves my skin smooth, soft, and happy. The only trick is, unless you have REALLY dry skin, you should only use a pea-sized amount for your entire face. It works best for me if I apply while my skin is still damp, starting on my cheeks (which need the most moisture) and spreading to other areas, leaving my oiliest spots for last so they get hardly any moisturizer on them. I had previously been using virgin coconut oil as my moisturizer, and still do when I need a LOT of moisture (like after a harsh clay masque), but for everyday purposes, Celestial is great.
I went into Lush because my old faithful cleanser, Coalface, had become too drying for me. I had classic "winter skin" - red, dry, itchy. I needed something gentler. They gave me AOBS because it's more moisturizing than Coalface, though still scrubby enough for my needs. They also gave me a sample of their Celestial moisturizer. I LOVE THIS CLEANSER. After using it, my skin never feels tight or dried out. AOBS is easy to use once you get the hang of it (I like to take a little chunk in each hand, get 'em a little damp, and scrub in circles all over my face). It has a nice, calming, herbal scent. It gives just the right amount of scrub. Overall, very pleased with my purchase, and will buy again!