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?


  1. I absolutely love and adore the Ultrabland cleanser! My face looks its greatest when I use it to remove my makeup at night. I use the roma water toner but I've been thinking of switching to one geared towards combo for summer. Oh and the mint juleps is awesome. I can't wait to see your reviews!

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