Lush Cosmetics Product Review

Aloha friends!

It has been approximately 5 months since I began my Lush journey, transferring over from crappy all talk, no action drugstore skincare products to pots of goodness that are not only a lot better for the environment, but eons better for my skin. I thought that since I’ve been using a bunch of their products for a few months that it was time to give a good old fashioned review, and to chat to you all about how they have withstood everyday/weekly use and the dreaded summer weather.

Living up in Cairns means I am limited as to what I can get my hands on (the online store doesn’t stock the fresh face masks or any of the in-store exclusive products), but I’ve got 8 or so that I’ve tried so far with good/mixed results. Not being the richest of gals, I’ve always leant towards skincare from not-so-reliable Coles, and after reading lots of informing articles from Zoe Foster-Blake, skincare queen, it has well and truly been drilled into my head that it all comes down to quality over quantity, and sometimes you’ve gotta be prepared to spend to get lasting results. That being said, Lush is more than affordable, and considering how long each pot lasts for, the cost-per-use really comes down to nothing in the end.

If you have a Lush store near you, I’d definitely recommend checking it out, if for nothing but the amazing bath bombs (because who doesn’t want to be glittery and smell like a goddess when they step out of the tub?) and to have a chat to the girls and guys that work there. I thought that working in a department store meant I had a lot of product knowledge, but these staff are phenomenal. You can seriously ask them about any skincare problem you have and they will not only work out exactly what your skin needs, but show you a bunch of yummy smelling options that work a treat.

So without further ado, here are my honest opinions about these delicious products, and I hope it encourages you to shop consciously and only put real, fresh ingredients on your skin.

 

Herbalism Fresh Cleanser 

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I’ve spoken about this guy before and my opinion still hasn’t changed. I am totally and completely in love with this face cleanser. It took me 21 years to find the one so someone please smack me over the head if I ever decide I need a change. I’m not exaggerating when I say my skin’s never looked to good. Even before I introduced weekly face masks and a new moisturiser, Herbalism had sucked all the bad shit out of my skin and left it feeling clean and almost oil free. I use it every night in the shower religiously and can immediately tell the difference if I haven’t. Not gonna lie, the smell takes a little to get used to at first- it has a pretty intense rosemary/sage scent – but after a week or so you barely notice it anymore. I bought my first 100g pot back in August, and finished it around the start of January, so basically it was the best $17.50 I ever spent.

 

Don’t Look At Me Face Mask

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This was the first face mask I tried from Lush, and also the first one in general that didn’t make my skin whimper in protest before the recommended 10 minutes was up. As soon as you put it on, you realise that the name speaks for itself, or in other words – you look a little weird. But it’s cooling on the skin and makes it feel like a dream afterwards, so looking like a Smurf in front of your boyfriend is 100% worth it. I can’t remember exactly how much the 60g pot cost, but as it was a fresh mask it was only in date for a few weeks. So definitely nice as a treat, or a bit more practical if you’re sharing with a partner and using it every few days, but I struggled to finish it even after it expired. I still adored it though, and wish it wasn’t only available in-store because it would be perfect in this heat right now.

 

Mask of Magnamity Face & Body Mask

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The slightly duller, maturer older sibling of Don’t Look At Me, and by that I mean, this guy is double the size (125g) for around the same price, and lasts over 3 months longer. I must say that I prefer DLAM’s fresh, citrus scent over the peppermint/honey/something else scent of MOM, but I still enjoy them both. MOM has a thicker formula, but in terms of results I think they both work just as well as each other. When I asked the girls at Lush they said both would do the same things to my skin, and it really came down to what was going to be more practical for me not living near a store. Hence why MOM eventually won.

 

Enzymion Moisturiser

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I never thought I’d be a girl who actually enjoyed the feeling of moisturiser on her face, especially one with combination skin living in Far North Queensland; but here I am, enjoying the heck out of it. Enzymion is the first moisturiser I’ve used that a) actually feels like it’s working, b) doesn’t feel thick/greasy whilst it dries, and c) doesn’t leave my skin feeling  even more oily afterwards. I never thought I’d see the day, but I have and I’m so relieved. That being said, I’m still a little lazy when it comes to moisturising, especially during summer, but I am really happy with how it has improved my skin, and it feels freaking divine when you pop it in the fridge before use.

 

Intergalactic Bath Bomb

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This guy arrived just in time for Christmas, so on Christmas night I let my little brother drop it in the tub and we both stood there in awe at how pretty it was. Also at how deep blue it turned the water! It was my first time using a Lush bath bomb, and I was pretty darn happy with the results. Not only did I soak in a pool of glitter, but the peppermint and grapefruit oils made it smell oh so heavenly. Since I don’t have a tub of my own, bath bombs are a very occasional treat, and that’s probably a good thing because $9 for a single use would add up pretty quickly. Nevertheless, it got me hooked, and I can’t wait to go back to Brisbane to pick up some new ones.

 

Whoosh Bath Jelly

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Another one of my recent purchases, Whoosh was a product I couldn’t quite wrap my head around, so of course I had to give it a go. I’ve been wanting to swap over all of my skincare/toiletries to all natural products for a while now, so my shower gel was next in line. I’m in love with the smell – it’s become clear whilst writing this post that I am majorly addicted to products with grapefruit and lemon juice – and it really does wake you up. The only downside is that it’s a little hard to use. On my first attempt I didn’t use a loofa, and as a result most of the jelly slipped onto the shower floor before it reached my body. Use tip: Grab small clumps and rub them into the loofa, rinse under shower to create a foam, THEN use. You’re welcome. [EDIT: I just saw a video on the website that has the user scoop out the entire blob of jelly and use it like a bar of soap. Seems kinda tedious, but I guess you could give that a go to].

 

D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap

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Out of all of my Lush purchases, this is the one I enjoy the least. Don’t get me wrong, it smells great, very Strawberry Shortcake, but it’s not exactly razor-friendly. I feel like it takes me about 3 times longer to shave my legs in between having to rinse the product off the razor (which is a lot) and doubling back to make sure that the area was actually shaved. For $9.95 you get 75g, which after a month is still around 2/3 full, but unfortunately isn’t a product I’d purchase again. I just saw that they have 3 other shaving cream options on their site, so I might give them a whirl and report back.

 

Popcorn Lip Scrub

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Actually the best, although I don’t use it anywhere near as much as I should. It’s caramel flavoured and super sweet, so it’s not to everyone’s taste, but you can’t deny that this scrub works. My lips instantly feel moisturised and soft, and the packaging says you can eat it, so really what more can a girl ask for? I also just realised that it’s good for 10 months, which is a really good lifespan compared to some of the other products.

 

If you’ve made it this far, then thank you. I hope this (possibly too) detailed post has helped make some decisions or even just inspired you to start being conscious when you shop for your cosmetics.

 

Till next time,

Viv  x

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Making the Chop

So it’s been a glorious 17 months since I took the plunge and chopped off most of my hair.

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But I did get a bob, a style I hadn’t sported since I was 7 years old, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made in regards to my hair. Aside from learning the value of getting foils instead of scalp bleaching. Now THAT was a game changer. 

My old hair, which I had been attempting to grow long forever, was probably nearly to the bottom of my ribs at it’s longest point; but it was brittle, uneven, and thinning at the ends from the copious amounts of bleaching and the total lack of treatments I had subjected it to over the years. 

I spent a solid year umming and ahhing over whether or not I should do it, but after some drastic life changes (cue: end of relationship, moving away from my hometown FOR GOOD, basically starting a new life sans the shittiness of the last few years) I literally said “fuck it!” and walked into the first hairdressers I found and asked them to cut it off ‘ah la Lauren Conrad’. 

The result? Shorter. Healthier. All one length – for the first time in YEARS. No more shitty layers to maintain. Could just tie up, but it was summer and already I noticed just HOW MUCH COOLER IT WAS. Maybe the boys are onto something, after all. 

That was December 2014, and since then I’ve only cut it maybe 4 or 5 times (with most of them just being a tidy up trim by my step mum) and despite the colouring, ocean swims and low-maintainace hair care program I’ve got going, it’s still the healthiest it’s been since that fateful trip to the hairdressers in year 8. 

I am notoriously lazy when it comes to styling it, but I find that I’m saving a tonne of money on shampoo and conditioner, and it takes approximately a 3rd of the time to straighten now than it used to (score!), and more often than not I can get away with that tousled-grungy-effortless look.

I know I’m a little late to the party with writing about this trend (because who DIDN’T chop their hair in 2015?!) but over a year on I can still say it’s rad and so easy to look after and yes you should throw yourself to the wind and DO IT already. You won’t regret it – I hope. 

So here’s some pics of gals who style their hair much better (and more regularly) than I do and completely rock their bobs/lobs. 

Enjoy!

Viv x

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