Monday, 30 May 2016

A Guide to Lush Fresh Face Masks.



As I've mentioned before, I am obsessed with Lush Cosmetics. Like, really obsessed. My bedroom looks a bit like a stock room with multiple boxes of bath products in them - which is terrible for my bank balance, but does make the room smell amazing. While I'd used Lush bath bombs and bubble bars fairly regularly, it did take me a little longer to dive into the world of skincare. And like many people, there was one area that grabbed my attention first: the fresh face masks.



I used to work at Lush and therefore I have been trained on the different products, but even still the fresh face masks were a little overwhelming at first. There's so many to choose from! What do they all do? Which one is most suitable for you?

Before we get into it there's a few points to consider before buying a fresh face mask:
1. The masks are free from preservatives which is great for your skin, but does mean they do have quite a short shelf life. Due to the fact that they are full of fresh ingredients you probably have around 3 weeks from the point of purchase until their use by date.
2. You also need to keep the masks in the fridge but this does give the added benefit of that lovely cool feeling when you apply them.
3. The tubs don't look that big but you can get around 6 uses out of them, giving you two pamper sessions a week before the use by date. Obviously this depends on how much you use!
4. Remember the recycling scheme! Bring back any five black pots to Lush and you get a fresh face mask for free!

Ayesha

Good for: mature skin.

Ayesha is packed full of asparagus and kiwi, giving your skin a boost of nutrients and vitamins while helping to cleanse and brighten. It also contains fullers earth, which is great for cleansing as it absorbs oil and dirt while helping tighten the skin. I was worried that a mask advertised as helping to tighten and smooth skin would be really drying, but it's got honey in to help moisturise. I would say Ayesha is probably the least appealing mask scent-wise, and I personally thought the texture was a bit odd and gloopy. However it really does make a difference and your skin is left looking smooth and radiant. It's a face lift in a black pot; my fine lines and wrinkles (*sob*) look much less visible.

BB Seaweed

Good for: sensitive skin.

This mask is so nice if you have any irritation or sensitivity, as it's got soothing aloe vera in it, and rose absolute to reduce redness. Like almost all the masks it has kaolin clay to absorb dirt and oils, while ground almonds and millet flakes will help to gently exfoliate the skin. As the name suggests, this mask contains seaweed which is lovely and nourishing, and honey and olive oil help moisturise. I really loved the gently cleansed feeling I got from this, and it smells really nice. The only downside is it can be a bit messy!

Brazened Honey

Good for: deep cleansing.

This mask is really good if you're looking to clear up problem skin (I really hate that phrase). It contains plenty of antiseptic ingredients, like a sage, rosemary and juniper infusion, and cardamom and clove bud oils, which alongside lime juice will help give your skin a really good cleanse. There are also ingredients like fennel and ginger to stimulate your skin and leave it feeling fresh. Honey and eggs add some moisture. This mask is perfect for when I have breakouts and need a bit of extra help cleansing. Due to the intensity of the ingredients it may be a little bit much for those with sensitive skin.

Catastrophe Cosmetic

Good for: everyone! Seriously, try it!

This is one of my favourites. Compared to a lot of the others, it feels much thicker and more clay-like in consistency, so may be a little messier to put on if you're as unskilled as me. However this mask is so soothing and calming I'd happily use it daily if I could. It's packed full of blueberries (so it smells unreal), which are full of antioxidants that help protect, soothe and repair the skin. It's also got soothing calamine powder and calming chamomile blue oil in it, leaving your skin feeling so soft that I genuinely sat for five minutes just stroking my own face. This mask is marketed as being a rescue from any skin catastrophes, and I can see why. It seems to do everything - gives a great cleanse and also moisturises and softens incredibly well. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Cosmetic Warrior

Good for: troublesome skin.

(I don't have a picture of this because honestly my skin hasn't been in need of it for a while, and buying it would just be a waste. I have tried it though and it's very effective!)
A face mask full of garlic?! I know, it sounds scary. However, garlic is antiseptic and helps to deeply cleanse skin, making this the perfect mask for those suffering from breakouts. Tea tree oil is also antiseptic and antibacterial, and helps combat spots. This mask is also full of gentle ingredients such as fresh grapes to gently cleanse, and egg whites and honey to soothe and moisturise any sore or sensitive areas. And don't worry - your face won't smell of garlic. 


Cupcake

Good for: oily skin.

Originally developed for the inventor's daughter and her friends to use at sleepovers, this mask is good for adolescent or oily skin types. It contains rhassoul mud and cocoa powder, which are excellent at getting into your pores and giving a really deep cleanse. Alongside this, there are two types of mint oil to help cool and tone, cocoa butter to soften, linseed infusion to protect and nourish and vanilla absolute to soothe the skin. It smells good enough to eat, but please don't. Pretty much the only kind of 'chocolate' that's good for your skin.

Don't Look At Me

Good for: dull skin + clogged pores.

This little head-turner is a multi-tasker. As well as being a face mask, it's a really good exfoliator due to its gritty ground rice base - when it's time to remove the mask, just add a bit of water and rub in gentle circles to feel the scrubby goodness. It's also absolutely packed with lemon juice, which is great for eradicating grease and oils, and toning the skin. These ingredients will help get rid of any dead skin or clogged pores, leaving you with bright, smooth skin. It has murumuru butter and organic silken tofu to help soften and moisturise, and the addition of grapefruit oil means this mask smells amazing. However I really would recommend that this is used with caution, and if you have sensitive skin probably avoid it altogether: the grainy texture can be harsh if you are too aggressive with it.

Love Lettuce

Good for: normal skin.

I don't really believe there is such thing as a 'normal' skin, but Love Lettuce is a good all-rounder. It's got a bit of a scrub with ground almonds to exfoliate and remove dead skin, kaolin (as most of the others do too) to give a deep cleanse, agar seaweed to nourish and soothe the skin, and honey to moisturise. Lavender gives this mask a gorgeous smell while helping to calm and balance the skin. It's nice and light, and is great for when your skin is behaving but you fancy an extra treat. 

Oatifix

Good for: dry skin.

This is a miracle worker if, like me, you have dry, patchy skin. It uses oatmeal and ground almonds to exfoliate, gently removing the dry patches to leave your skin smooth and bright while calming any irritation. Fresh bananas and illipe butter make this a super hydrating treatment, restoring moisture to the skin and softening it in the process. Oatifix has an unusual consistency as it's basically like smothering your face in porridge, but don't let that put you off. This one really does make a massive difference to the texture of your skin.

Rosey Cheeks

Good for: redness + irritation.

Another favourite of mine. As the name suggests, Rosey Cheeks is full of roses. It contains rose petal infusion and rose oil, and it smells absolutely divine. Rose is really good for reducing redness, and it also nourishes the skin. This mask also contains calamine powder, brilliant at soothing any irritation. Kaolin and rose clay will get deep into your pores to give you a good cleanse, but this mask is mainly about gently calming down stressed out skin. Plus it leaves you feeling super soft, bonus!

The Sacred Truth

Good for: renewing your complexion.

(Another mask I don't have a picture of as they don't currently seem to be stocking it - it's no longer online and not in my local store. If you do see it, definitely give it a shot!)
I thought I was going to hate this mask, but it's actually in my top 3. Like Ayesha, this is a mask that can help reduce signs of aging, with egg whites to give a tightening effect. The enzymes in the papaya work as a natural chemical exfoliant, stripping away dead skin cells to renew and brighten, while ginseng and gingko leaf stimulate circulation. Shea butter and coconut oil restore moisture. After using this, my skin felt like it had increased elasticity, was firmer and smoother, and looked bright and radiant. I honestly love this mask, it's some kind of miracle worker.

As you can see from the state of the black pots (sorry!) these are all masks I use regularly and love for a variety of reasons. I hope this post was helpful for some of you, and has given you an idea of which one to try out next. Massive thank you to Jads for all his help with this post!

Have you used any of the fresh face masks from Lush? What did you think of them?
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27 comments

  1. This post was so helpful and useful. I need to try Lush face masks but I haven't had the time to really go through them in depth. This was awesome. :)

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It was my first time doing something beauty related so I'm glad it was somewhat helpful! :)

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  2. What an amazing post, I am currently thinking about trying a Lush face mask so this was really helpful! I'll probably go for the Seaweed one, it sounds perfect for my skin. I'm also really tempted to try the cupcake one but I don't have oily skin so I'm not sure it would work for me. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad this helped out a bit! BB Seaweed is so nice, it feels really refreshing and nourishing on your skin so hopefully you'll like it. And to be honest my skin is usually pretty dry but I can't resist trying EVERYTHING so if you want to try Cupcake then you should go ahead! The mint chocolate smell alone is worth it, and as long as you aren't super sensitive it should be okay as its nowhere near as intense as Cosmetic Warrior or Don't Look At Me xx

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  3. What a fab post! I've never actually used a Lush face mask before but I love their other products, and their Vanillery perfume may well be the most divine smelling fragrance in the whole wide world!

    Definitely going to have to give these a try soon, and hope I don't get overexcited and ending up buying them all at once!

    Love it :) Rebecca xx
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    1. Thank you Rebecca, as you know your support on this post means so much to me! Let me know if you do end up trying any of these, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts :)

      And yesss Vanillary is sooo nice! xx

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  4. What an amazing post! I love love loved this! I just purchased my first fresh face mask from Lush last night so I shall let you know how I get on.

    This was very well written, informative & such a pleasant read!

    Great work poppet.

    @blogabtnothing1 xx

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    1. Thank you! :) I'm looking forward to doing more of these kinds of posts now.

      Hope you enjoyed the face mask! :) xx

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  5. I'm becoming more and more obsessed with Lush's fresh face masks, whoops haha! I've been using Oatifix recently and like you say, it's a miracle worker!

    This is such a brilliant post & will definitely help me choose which face mask I buy next time. I love your photography too!

    Sally xx



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    1. Oatifix is so good, I'm definitely gonna go use it in a minute, too much sun has dried my skin out even more.

      Thank you for your kind words, I was so nervous about this post cause I'm not remotely 'beautyish' but I am glad you enjoyed it! xx

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  6. This is an awesome post! I'm such a massive fan of the lush face masks

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    1. They're great aren't they? I get overexcited with them but they all do and contain different things so it's fine...right? Haha! x

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  7. After reading this I definitely need to get Oatifix as I have dry skin and haven't yet found a mask which helps my dry skin just yet. The break down of which masks work best for which skin type is really useful!xx

    Beth | MissCosmeticBlogger

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    1. Oatifix will hopefully sort your skin right out! It's nice and gentle too, but leaves you feeling super soft and nourished. Do let me know if you try it out! Would love to hear your thoughts. And thank you, I hoped that the break down would make it a bit easier to understand! xx

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  8. I want a fresh mask so bad. I bought Don't Look at Me, but accidentally left it in the fridge when I moved out of my dorm. I was devastated. I almost got Oatifix because it smells like a dream! From reading this post, I think I would want to try Rosy Cheeks and Catastrophe! Thanks for sharing! I think I need to make my way over to Lush now! XOXO

    Breanna Catharina
    smile--sugar.com

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    1. Oh nooo, I'm devastated for you! I love DLAM, that's a sad one to lose! Let me know if you try out Rosy Cheeks or Catastrophe, they are both so nice! Really good for a treat :) x

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  9. Wow, the photos on this post look lovely! Love how you arranged everything on the natural backdrops! 😘 Some of these masks look really disgusting but I bet they smell gorgeous! I think I need to try cupcake, it sounds perfect for me! Thanks for sharing this! 💞

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Haha, thank you lovely... the photos were mostly my brother's idea. He's pretty creative. Some of them don't smell great to everyone, but Cupcake is amazing. It's like a mint-chocolate goodness and it does absolute wonders for your skin! Let me know how you get on if you do try it! x

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  10. Wow this is so beautifully presented! So so useful too, love this! Just recently purchased my first Lush product last month and yet have to try any of these but after this pat in convinced! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica☺️💓
    www.foodandbaker.co.uk

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    1. Oh thank you! That is so sweet :) Lush is like an addictive substance, you'll probably get hooked now you've started! Worth it though :) x

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  11. Such a big collection of masks! Colour me envious!

    Chelsea
    www.TastetheTea.co.uk

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    1. Haha, yeah it's slightly ridiculous. I'm going to choose to blame it on the recycling scheme... ;) x

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  12. So helpful! Definitely gotta bookmark this for future facemask shopping!

    Paris x
    http://lifeinflorals.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh thank you, that's really kind. Hopefully you find the one for you! xx

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  13. This is perfect! Thank you :D xxx

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  14. Ah this is ideal as I've been wondering about buying one and deciding which one to get! Thank youuu! :) xxx

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