Thursday, 27 October 2016

Lush Skincare Favourites.

As much as I'm always babbling on about Lush, I didn't actually plan for my entire skincare regime to be made up of their products. When I first started shopping at Lush, I had absolutely no interest in anything that wasn't brightly coloured or glittery, and it took a long time for me to even test out their skin products. Once I did though, I fell in love quickly. It's getting to that time of year again where the weather is getting colder, and my skin is resembling sandpaper more and more, so here are my favourite products to keep my face looking healthy.

I love the concept of Lush's fresh cleansers. You break a little bit of the solid cleanser mixture off, mix it with some water to create a paste, and then slap it all over your face. Let The Good Times Roll is full of polenta and maize flour, which gives it a slightly grainy, almost sand-like texture. This is fantastic if, like me, you have pretty dry skin as you can use this as a two-in-one scrub and cleanser. I absolutely love the smell of this - it's like caramel popcorn, which isn't that weird as it has actual popcorn kernels in the product. This is fantastic for making my skin feel fresh, soft and smooth, and I usually use it in the shower first thing in the morning. It's great for ensuring your skin has a flawless base for make up. I personally don't find it irritates my skin at all, but I do sometimes like to alternate it with another cleanser, Angels on Bare Skin, if I don't feel my skin needs such a thorough exfoliation. You can also use this all over your body if you fancy it!

Once I've finished cleansing, I tend to use this awesome toner water. At first I really wasn't buying in to the toner water thing, I felt like it was all just a big con, but having now tried all three that Lush sell I can hold my hands up and admit I was wrong. Breath of Fresh Air worried me at first - it's marketed as 'sea air captured in a bottle' and I just assumed that salt water was going to make my dry skin even worse. Again, not the case. This stuff does have sea water, but also carrageenan seaweed extract which moisturises and hydrates the skin. Aloe vera gel and rose absolute help to sooth the skin and reduce redness, while patchouli oil is cooling and astringent. All my fears about this drying me out were unfounded; it's really nourishing, leaves my skin feeling soft, and somehow manages to cleanse while feeling beautifully light on the skin. I use this after cleansing both in the morning and night as it is just the perfect cherry on top to make you feel like your skin is sparkling clean, but this also works wonders as a refreshing spray any time you feel a bit hot and bothered.

Enchanted Eye Cream, £13.95 for 45g.

This product is so bruised and battered because it comes everywhere with me. It's my little ray of hope that I cling to with all my might. I use this eye cream twice a day, and honestly I do believe it has helped with the fine lines I'm developing, and in particular the horrendous frown line that's entrenching itself in between my eyebrow and the bridge of my nose. This eye cream has lots of lovely ingredients, like almond oil (which is full of vitamin E), lavender water and jojoba oil to leave the skin soft, hydrated and smooth. I use my ring finger to dab this all around the eye (and in between my eyebrows - damn you, resting bitch face) and let it soak in. It's really made the skin around my eyes feel firmer and has also helped brighten that area; I mean I'm not chucking my concealer away quite yet but it's definitely helped reduce my dark circles. It does seem a little pricey but you need barely any of this so it lasts for ever.

Now that I've cleansed, toned, and whacked on some eye cream, I have to pick between my two favourite moisturisers. If I'm having a make up-free day, I tend to gravitate to Skin Drink. As I've said, my skin is really dry, and without a little help it just feels horrible. Skin Drink definitely helps to quench my skin's thirst, leaving it feeling hydrated, supple (why is that word so gross?) and protected. It has loads of hydrating ingredients like avocado, almond oil, cocoa butter, and sesame oil in it, alongside evening primrose oil to soothe and balance the skin, rose petals to condition and reduce redness, and aloe vera to calm any irritation. This does smell heavily of sesame seeds which can be off-putting, and it's definitely a heavy duty moisturiser. It forms a barrier over the skin to help protect and nourish, which can sometimes look or feel a touch greasy. It's for that reason that I use this as the moisturiser equivalent of a face mask, and tend to use it on days where I don't have anywhere to go - it's almost impossible to stop make up sliding if you've used this but it's so indulgent on the skin that it's worth buying and using as a pamper product if nothing else.

If I do have places to be and feel like having make up on, Magical Moringa is an absolute dream of a moisturiser. This guy is quite unusual; it's more like a balm or a wax than a traditional cream moisturiser, so I warm this up in my hands to melt it before I apply it. It turns into a kind of oil texture, but when you whack it on your face it feels really different to any moisturiser I've used before. It's essentially the polar opposite of Skin Drink; you won't really feel a noticeable layer of moisture like you would with that product, but that doesn't mean it isn't working it's magic. This guy has shea butter to moisturise, argan oil to help repair and restore your skin, rose hip oil which is full of vitamins and anti-oxidant rich moringa (duh) to keep your skin healthy and nourished. The only thing I can think to compare it to in terms of texture is Benefit's Porefessional, as it does have that silky, almost powdery feeling like a silicone primer. Handily, Magical Moringa actually does double as a really awesome make up primer that'll help mattify your skin and hold your foundation in place.

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser, £12.95 for 100g.

When it comes to the end of the day, if I've had any make up on at all (even just mascara) then you'll find me reaching for this little star. Ultrabland is so easy to overlook, but you'd be making such a mistake. This cleanser is based on an Ancient Greek cold cream formula, with very simple, gentle ingredients that'll work wonders on even the most sensitive of skins. Rose water soothes and reduces redness, beeswax and honey are deeply moisturising and have antiseptic properties, while almond oil hydrates and protects the skin. This cleanser is hands down, without a doubt, the best make up remover I've ever used in my life. It's so gentle I can smother it all over my eyelashes without even worrying about irritating my eyes. It's so effective that it'll take off waterproof mascara with no worries. It's kind of a waxy balm texture, so I do recommend using it with a hot cloth like you would with a Liz Earle cleanser. It's really thick so you don't need much, but it does leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated afterwards which is an added bonus! 

Full of Grace Serum Bar, £8.25 for 20g.

If I could marry a Lush product, it would without a doubt be the Full of Grace serum bar (maybe not this exact one though, it seems to have picked up some colour and glitter from a bath bomb it was in a box with). This is marketed as a serum bar, but I actually use it as a night cream as it can make my skin look a little shiny, but it works actual miracles. Full of Grace contains Portobello mushrooms, which are packed full of vitamins B and C that help protect and repair damage to the skin. It also has chamomile blue oil to calm and restore the skin, murumuru and cupuacu butters to hydrate, and calamine powder to control greasiness and tone the skin. This little bar looks so unassuming, but has made the biggest difference to my skin. It melts at body temperature, so I warm this bad lad up, and apply the resulting oils all over my face (focusing particularly on that forehead of broken dreams aka wrinkles). I leave it to soak in while I sleep, and in the morning I am greeted by the very welcome sight of tighter, smoother, less wrinkly skin. It's honestly amazing, it really evens out my skin tone, reduces redness and makes me look so much healthier and glowy! I cannot recommend this product enough; it can be a little heavy but it's worth using even just at night time. It's really gentle too, and helps calm any irritation or sensitivity. It's a big statement, but I think this is my favourite Lush product ever.

So that's everything I use on my face, with the addition of a nice face mask once or twice a week. For me, Lush skincare is the best. It's full of hydrating and nutritious ingredients that keep my skin looking its best. I'm 27 this weekend and got IDed twice in two days earlier this month - if that isn't a great testament to how well this stuff works, I'm not sure what is!

Do you have any Lush skincare favourites I didn't mention?

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  1. Love Breath of Fresh Air! Let the Good Times Roll has been on my wishlist for a while everyone seems to love it!

  2. Oh no.... I've been meaning to take the plunge into Lush skincare for the past little while and this post has me convinced. Now to convince my husband <3 do you have any recommendations particularly for face masks? I've heard so much love for mask of magnaminty, but I'm wondering if there are others that are just as lovely? thanks so much for sharing! xX


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