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Friday, June 13, 2014

Review: Lush Let the Good Times Roll Face and Body Cleanser

Hello, lovelies! The next few days, you're going to be seeing lots of Lush reviews, so if you're curious about their products or you're already a fan, stay tuned! :)



First up is the Let the Good Times Roll Cleanser. This item was originally only seasonal, and would come out every year around Christmas. However, due to popular demand, it is now available all year round, and is one of Lush's more famous products.


As you can see,. I used up almost the entire container, so I have a pretty good idea how this works on my skin. The pictures really don't do it justice -- what makes this stuff so popular is the smell. It smells exactly like caramel popcorn, super sweet and yummy. I'll admit I used and loved it the first few weeks largely for that reason.

But while we all love nice-smelling face products, none of that means anything if it doesn't work on your skin, right? That's where this doesn't quite live up to all the hype. The idea with this and Lush's other roll cleansers is that you take a pea-sized pinch, put it in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water, and make a paste, which then goes on your skin. The result is an exfoliating scrub that cleanses skin without being too harsh. However, it left a residue behind that reminded me of the feeling I would get if I rubbed candy all over my face -- not the feeling I'm going for when I wash my face in the morning. Toner gets rid of that, but in the end, I found it didn't do much to improve or worsen my skin. It just kept it at a happy medium. Considering my skin can get pretty crazy, that is in fact a compliment. But I expect a little more out of my cleansers, and moved on to other Lush products (which I will review later) to better deal with my acne and oily skin.

This product is cute and fun, but if you're serious about your skincare like me, Lush makes better products that will do what you need more thoroughly and efficiently than this did. Skip it unless you have really good skin and just want a nice smelling scrub for the mornings.

You can find Let the Good Times Roll and other Lush products at lush.com, or in Lush boutiques. The smaller 3.5 oz container, which I recommend if you're trying out any of their products for the first time, is $12.95 USD, while the full size 8.8 oz is $31.95 USD.

Which Lush products have you tried? Which would you recommend to friends?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Off-Topic Tuesdays: Where the Heck Has Jackie Been?

Hello, dears. :) I know, I know, I really need to stop disappearing like this. All I can say is that when I shut down, I really shut down.

My class recently graduated from college, and it broke my heart to know I could not be with them. I've been depressed (what else is new?), but I pushed past it. I've been working a lot, which means more money should be coming in, and more money means more makeup! I'm probably going to finish up my Bare Minerals review series, and then move on to my Lush collection, so stay tuned!

As always, I love you madly and thank you for your support and concern. Don't worry, you'll see me soon.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Lush Skincare Haul!

Hello lovelies!

Before I get started, I would like to give virtual hugs and a big THANK YOU to all the people who commented both on the blog and on Facebook when I ranted about my anxiety last Tuesday. It was a really rough day (actually a rough week) and I'm feeling much better. Your encouragement and concern helped push me through, and I'm glad this blog is a soft place to fall when I'm feeling down and need a boost!

Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the haul! I went to Atlantic City with the family for a couple of days. It was my first time gambling, and though I didn't win much, I had a blast! :) When I travel, I always go on the hunt for beauty products and try to find the nearest cosmetics store. The customer service is just plain different in a Sephora in New Jersey than it is in New York, where I live. Unfortunately however, there was no Sephora within walking distance of our hotel. I searched far and wide on my handy dandy iPhone and found that the nearest beauty place was literally steps away from where we were staying, and it happened to be a store called Lush.

I'm really late getting on the Lush bandwagon. I'd heard the name every now and then on YouTube videos, particularly from the lovely girls living in the UK. I know there are at least 5 in Manhattan, but I was so caught up with my other skincare stuff I never bothered to try it. I also was very skeptical of the whole all natural, organic movement that's sweeping the makeup and skincare world at the moment. However, my acne scars are still VERY present, I'm still breaking out occasionally in hormonal breakouts, and my skin is just not where I want it to be. I stand by everything good I've said about Clinique and St. Ives, but they still weren't quite getting me where I wanted to be. I want CLEAR skin, something so many girls take for granted. It's too soon to tell if Lush will do the trick, but at least it's given me some hope.

The sales girls were great, on BOTH days that I went. This was kind of a two-day Lush binge, since I loved the first few products I got so much that I wanted to make a little skincare routine with more of their stuff! A special shout out goes to Jessie (there were two girls with this name in the store, and both rocked!). They were super polite and helpful and answered all of my questions.

The newest revelation I discovered while perusing the exotic looking creams and cleansers at Lush was that it is best to fight oil...with oil. Wait, what? That's apparently the in thing now, and I can see why after having used some of these products for a couple of days. Cleansing with old school cleansers designed for oily skin (you know, the kinds that foam up and require lots of dramatic water splashing in the sink) actually dries out your skin and strips it of its natural oils, causing it to create more oil to compensate. If we take a lesson from our dry skinned sisters and moisturize well using essential oils, our skin won't feel the need to create extra oil and become a greaseball by the end of the day.



This leads to my first product, Ultrabland Cleanser. It's an oil based cleanser that looks and feels pretty much like butter. And it gets even more strange -- you don't use water to cleanse with this. That's right, you slap this greasy goop all over your face, with your makeup still on, and start rubbing. Then you take a damp cloth (preferably damp with HOT water) and gently wipe it off. All the dirt and makeup should come off with it. Does it work? So far yes, but I want to use it awhile longer and give a more in-depth review when I know more.

Next was the Ocean Salt Cleanser, an exfoliator that is only to be used 1-3 times per week. This stuff smells amazing -- no joke it's like a margarita. Feels fabulous on the skin and it's great for at home facials!

For my toner, I was recommended Tea Tree Water, a lighter option, but very effective. This also helps remove Ultrabland after using that damp cloth.

My moisturizer was a surprise, because it's usually geared toward guys, but so far Cosmetic Lad works fabulously for me. Doesn't make me grease up, but leaves my skin really moisturized and baby soft.

I'm also a sucker for face masks, so I picked up the Cupcake Mask on a whim. Definitely different from the drugstore masks I normally use, but not in a bad way!

Last but not least, I had to try to the famous Mint Julip Lip Scrub. My lips are ALWAYS chapped, and it's a pain when I want to wear lipstick. So far this really helps keep my lips moist and plump, especially when I use my EOS lip balm afterward. Plus, it's edible and tastes great! :)

Okay, that post ended up being way longer than I originally anticipated, lol. I don't usually do big hauls, but I really had fun on this trip and I was ready to jump on the all natural bandwagon and see what it does for my skin. At this point I've got nothing to lose.

What are some of your favorite Lush products?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Off-Topic Tuesdays: When Anxiety is Kicking Your Ass

Today was a bad day. I might have had a panic attack before a Bio exam that I knew I was going to fail. And I might be dropping said class because despite the fact that my advisor gave me the lightest course load he possibly could, I'm STILL buckling under the pressure and need to scale back a bit, delaying my graduation further and pretty much screwing myself over, up, down, and sideways.

I feel like a failure. I feel weak. I do not know why I'm sharing this. Maybe because I'm tired of this illusion that beauty gurus are perfect, smile through everything, and have absolutely no problems in their personal lives. I've got problems, and when I hold them inside, bad things happen. So I vent where I can.

The internet can be a dark, cruel place, but here I've found friends all over the world who are genuinely kind and caring through this blog. I hope you will continue to be kind and bear with me through these mini-rants once a week. I figured a little realness mixed with all the makeup fun would make for a better blog. And a post, even if it is an off-topic post, is better than no post at all, right?

I really thought my anxiety was getting better. I take medication for it, I see a therapist about it. Most of the time it's not even noticeable. But then there are days like today when the panic rises. I hear my heart racing in my chest. My stomach churns, my palms sweat, my cheeks flush, and out of nowhere it feels like I've contracted the flu in half a second. I run to the restroom for quiet, for peace. The quiet makes me more anxious. It's too quiet. How long have I been in here? Are they (a teacher, a friend, my boss) asking for me? Wondering where I am? Does anybody even care? If I tried to explain it, would they understand?

All this and more races through my mind in less time that it took you to read this sentence. I feel helpless. I can lessen the symptoms, I can cope, I can breathe deeply and pray to God that it all goes away. But I can't help feeling that I'm stuck like this, like I'll be like this forever. And that scares me. Because I remember a time when it all seemed so easy. Now the thing that I love the most is slipping through my fingers like sand and I can't grab onto it. I'm tired of trying. But I keep doing it anyway because it's all I know how to do. I can't go back to lying in bed everyday praying to a silent God for death. There is too much fight in me now for that. But my next step, the one beyond this computer? I'm not sure what that will be, or where. I only know that I will take it, because I can't sit here forever. I know that somewhere out there is hope, an answer, an explanation for why I'm like this. And everyday I feel one step closer to finding it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

FOTD: Nude Glam



Hey, guys! If you saw my Instagram (@jackiew592), you know I was really feeling the neutral look I created today. I thought I'd show you how I did it so that if you're like me and have those outfits that no makeup look seems to work for you'll have something that will look glamorous, but neutral enough for school and work.

Face

Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Primer
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW 
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW 50
Revlon Nearly Naked setting powder in Deep
Nyx powder blush in Mocha
Guerlain Teracotta bronzer 

Eyes

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC pigment in Tan (lid)
MAC eyeshadow in Carbon (outer corner and crease)
MAC eyeshadow in Ricepaper (brow bone and inner corner)
Nyx eyeliner in black
Maybelline the Falsies Flared Mascara

Lips

Nyx lipstick in Thalia

As always, if you would like more information or a review on any of the products listed, let me know in the comments or Tweet me @beautymdsimple, and I will gladly do it. Have a great day, and stay beautiful. <3