LUSH Life: What I Do and Don’t Love

I’m sure we’ve all heard of LUSH Cosmetics, right? They have gotten a huge following lately because of their all natural ingredient list and “handmade” claim. I put handmade in quotes because I’m never entirely sure that products are handmade until  I actually see it! That being said, I’ve tried my fair share of LUSH products and often get questions on which are my favorite. So, I’ve decided to share with you all what I do and don’t love from LUSH! 
They have SO MANY products to choose from; hair, skin, makeup, bath and body. Most are hits, some are misses. But hey, not every brand can have all winners! 

Tea Tree Toning Water

I thought I’d go ahead and start out with my all time favorite product! I cannot get enough of this stuff! I believe it comes in roughly a 3oz bottle and an 8oz bottle. I always get the 8oz and using it twice a day, I can make it last for about 2-3 months! They divide their ingredients into natural ingredients and safe synthetics. The tea tree toning water is made up of: Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water, Limonene (occurs naturally in essential oils!) , Fragrance, Methylparaben. The last two ingriendents are the safe synthetics. Tea tree water is supposed to help with oily skin and reducing redness! I love this stuff because I can use as much of it as I want, and it will never dry out my skin (actually, I feel like it almost hydrates my skin!) and it will also never interfere with my lash extensions! Tea tree is a natural astringent, so I love it also because it can cleanse my lashes without causing them to shed prematurely! This is by far my favorite LUSH product and the large 8oz bottle retails for $22.95 — I think it is damn well worth the price! 


Ahh- Another love of mine! Honestly, when I first saw this stuff, I thought it looked like a big spoonful of wasabi, and it smells like a rainy plant– I was not impressed. But then, I actually tried it! I was too quick to judge. I fell in love with it the first time I tried it. I use it in the shower, scoop a bit into the palm of my hand, mix with a little water until it turns into a paste almost and then apply. It exfoliates, but I feel as if it is gentle enough for me to use on my skin everyday or every other day. The smell didn’t really bother me after using it, actually, I have grown to like the smell! Herbalism claims to “mop” up excess oil as well as nourish the skin with a variety of vitamins and balance out your skin. The ingredients as listed on their site: Ground Almonds (exfoliation), Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary, Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, and Fragrance. A whole lot of ingredients that basically, in my opinion, add up to a whole lot of greatness. My skin was getting real oily there for a bit, it was a mess :(, then I started using Herbalism and Tea Tree Toning Water together and my skin improved DRASTICALLY. I should have been one of their “before and after” testimonials! But for real, this stuff is bomb and I highly recommend it to ANYONE who has oily skin! You can get this in again a 3oz or 8oz and as little as $13.95, it lasts me about 2 months for the 3 oz size, ( I only use it in the shower, so once a day!)

Charity Pot Lotion 

So, let me start of by explaining what the Charity Pot actually is. This lotion changes perfume and “recipe” each month. Each month they take 100% of the proceeds (minus sales tax) and donate it to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights! The goods: Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Glycerine, Organic Jojoba Oil, Moringa Oil, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid (safe synthetic ingredient) Fresh Aloe Gel, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Triethanolamine (safe synthetic ingredient) Geranium Oil, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Cetearyl Alcohol (safe synthetic ingredient) Citronellol (occurs naturally in essential oils), Coumarin (occurs in essential oils), Geraniol, Linalool (occurs in essential oils), Limonene (occurs in essential oils) and Fragrance. Whew, that’s a shit ton of ingredients! 

I first purchased this lotion because my hands were seriously dehydrated. I don’t know if I was using too much hand sanitizer, drying out my hands, but they were so dry that they started cracking–  gross AF! I bathed my hands in this lotion religiously and my hands slowly started to get rehydrated, but it didn’t do “miracles” it was ok. It is also quite greasy feeling, so I’m a little on the fence whether or not I love it. In my opinion, this is an expensive ass lotion. I get it, they are donating the money so it is well spent? But still, the larger 8oz tub of lotion retails for $25.95. I like this lotion, but not quite at the point where I would say I love it. If you want to try it, they are wonderful about giving out free samples for you to try, so just go into one of the stores and stock up on those samples! 

Grease Lightning 

Let me get right to the point with this one- I feel like this does NOTHING for me. Like honestly, nothing. This product is supposed to be a spot treatment for troubled areas on your face. I’ve tried it so many times, but never really works. It never breaks me out or irritates my skin, so that’s a plus. But, not really anything special in my opinion. The ingredients: Thyme, Rosemary and Tea Tree Infusion, Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Sea Water, Grape Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Lavendar Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Linalool (occurs in essential oils) , Fragrance and Methylparaben (safe synthetics). This bottle of nothing retails for $14.95 and I would say, save your money on something else!

Dark Angels

No, no an no! Just don’t. I purchased this because at the time, the LUSH location that I went to was out of stock for Herbalism. It was bad. Just everything about my experience with this was bad. I used it in the shower– it stained my face, it stained my finger tips and it smells awful. (like black licorice, so unless you’re into that smell, but I am not!) It is a black sugar and charcoal scrub meant to control oil and exfoliate. The exfoliate in it was a bit too harsh for my skin, and THE SMELL! I still have bad memories of it. The ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Black Sugar (safe synthetic), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (safe synthetic), Fragrance, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Linalool (occurs in essential oils) and Farnesol (occurs in essential oils).  It did not break me out, it made my skin a little sensitive due to the harsh exfoliate, but it just did not mesh well with me at all. A small tub retails for $12.95 and I honestly wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. (Who the hell would want their face stained with black, let’s get real) Just save your money and get Herbalism instead!
My overall opinion of this company is that I love them. They claim that none of their products are tested on animals. In fact, they claim to try to fight animal testing, and also that they only purchase from ingredient supplies who do not test on animals. So, if you are an animal activist, this is a company to get behind. LUSH has had a bit of a nasty legal history of serving a law suit to any small business that has the title “Lush” in it, which is kind of disappointing because we should all show some love for our local businesses. But, legal shit is legal shit I guess. What you put on your face is very important and I feel much better putting LUSH cosmetics on my face rather than some other companies that uses a variety of unrecognizable chemicals into their skincare products. I urge you to go into your local LUSH store and pile up those samples because they do have a TON of great products to try out. 
Lastly, I want to mention, that most of their products come in these recyclable black tubs. If you save 5 of these black tubs once you’ve used all the product inside and return them to the store, you get a free face mask! Pretty cool, since if you collect enough of these products, you’ll be paying a pretty penny all said and done!
Let me know if you love or hate any of these products. OR what your favorite LUSH product is. I’m always on the hunt for some great new products! 
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Dude, My Skin is SO Soft

I am not a mask-er. I actually hadn’t taken much a notice to in depth skin care until this year really. Sure, I would wash my face and all that jazz, but I didn’t really think about going in any deeper with my skincare. This past year and some of 2015, I found some companies via Instagram like, Vanity Planet, Blackout and Jealous Body and it opened my eyes and my mind to the depths of skincare and masking!  More posts to come soon on the other companies, but right now I want to focus on this “odd” looking mask. 
It’s called the Blackout Mask, named for just that reason, its a blackout…on your face. I thought it was so weird when I first saw. “Who would want to put that on their face?” – It’s made from activated charcoal and coconut, and some other stuff you can find here. There are two types of masks they offer, a black one, as shown above, and a white one. The black one is meant to reduce redness, help with oil control, preventing breakouts and hydrating. The white mask is meant to tighten skin, prevent fine lines and also hydrate! Sounds good, huh?
I ordered the single blackout mask, which also came with a little applicator brush and I also order an 8 pack of the dehydrated wipes. I was fascinated with these. They come in a pack much like a pack of antibiotics. You pop them out, drop them in a bowl of water and voila they hydrate into moistened toilette to wipe off the mask with out having to get your nice face towels all dirty. Not like I really have that many nice face towels. But that’s irrelevant. These things are handy AF. 

The Process:

Ok so first you should wash your face. Preferably with warm water to open up your pores so that the mask can really sink in and get into the nitty gritty. 
Then, big surprise, you apply the mask, with the little applicator brush provided and put a generous amount all over your face. Avoid your eyes and mouth please, no need going blind for the sake of beauty 😉
Cute, huh?
Next, set your alarm for roughly 15-20 mins. Or until dry. It feels tightening but not too badly. I know it can get boring waiting those 15-20 mins, maybe you can take that time to read some of my other posts 😉 sorry for the shameless plug, I couldn’t help myself. 

Time to wipe off now. 
Wipes off nicely! 
After removed, apply a toner to your face to close up the pores and moisturize! It’s important! 

Final Thoughts

I like it! Will I purchase again? Yes! I’ve read that you can get about 8 uses out of one pack, so I won’t have to repurchase for a while. I’ll keep you guys updated if I change my opinion, but as for now I’d say it’s great. It’s been 4 days since I used it and I can notice a difference in the sizes of my pores and no new breakouts! Thank gawd. I always get nervous of that when using a new product. Oh, and did I mention how INCREDIBLY SOFT my skin is now. It’s like a baby’s butt! 
Let me know of any other masks you’ve tried! I’m on a hunt now for more. It was a good experience I would like to continue! Or let me know if you have tried this mask. I haven’t read of any bad experiences with this mask so far. (BTW, this is not sponsored by Blackout, I just liked it so much I wanted to review it for you all. I’m sure Blackout has no clue who I am!) 
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