Monday, February 10, 2014

New Beauty Products from LUSH

Something about staying in the guest bedroom at my sister's house in Massachusetts turns me into a late-night web browsing fiend.  When I was visiting the East coast in January, my nights were spent propped up in bed in the dark basement guest room trying my damnedest to catch up on all of the blogs that I've been slacking on reading. Between my two jobs (my full time job and the side job I took in September), I don't get nearly enough time to read all the blogs that I'd love to read.

So being in Massachusetts affords me two things:  suddenly-free nights when I can lay in bed surfing zee net (something I don't normally do when I'm with Dave), and a time zone difference that allows me to begin work at a luxurious 8 or 9 AM, rather than the normal 7 AM that I work when I'm home on the West coast. In short: If you need me I'll be surfing the web till midnight because I don't have to wake up till 8 the next day! #Holla.

Naturally, after catching up on a ton of beauty blogs, the next step is to want everything that I just read about... And let me tell you, I read a LOT of blogs about new LUSH products. SO HERE WE ARE. Now just sit back and picture me with a huge, virtual bag of LUSH goodies, and then also picture me grabbing you by the collar and yelling, "LOOK AT ALL OF THE PRETTY THINGS (MOST OF WHICH ALSO SMELL GOOD)" while giving you a good shake.

Or don't do that last part. Your choice.

So yous guys know I love me some LUSH. Well, the Valentine goodies are here! And some of them are only here for a little while, so if I were you I'd hop on that shittttt!

Prince Charming shower gel (limited edition):  This is a hot pink shower gel with a bright, sweet, citrusy smell. It smells most like sugary sweet grapefruit and pomegranate. I don't notice anything really fabulous that it does for my skin necessarily, but the gel does lather up nicely. At $9.99 for a 100mL bottle of it, this is only something that I'd buy as a special treat for myself. The smell really is lovely, so I'm not upset that I spent the money on it... but seeing how quickly I've been going through it and realizing that it doesn't do anything spectacular for my actual skin, I just know that this isn't something I'd repurchase. Which is fine, since this is a limited edition shower gel and that won't have it anymore after this holiday!

Prince Charming shower gel, LUSH, Valentine's Day 2014 Collection
From the LUSH site:
Lather up in our brand new, limited edition shower gel! Fresh pomegranate juice and grapefruit oil cleanse the skin while their bright, energetic scents help wake you up on early mornings. Add to that a blend of Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion, skin-softening marshmallow root and almond oil, and you’re in for royally soft, moisturized skin all over. The fragrance was made especially for this product and we think it’s an instant classic. Prince Charming is bound to sweep you off your feet!
Neon Love soap (limited edition):  Another limited edition for Valentine's Day! This bar of soap was one of the first things I saw in the store because it was part of their front window display. It was really difficult to accurately depict the color of this product in a photo (same with the Prince Charming shower gel). For some reason the pictures show up a bit... yellower? Or something? In real life, this soap is a neon pink/orange color, with white heart-shaped chunks inside of it. I haven't used it yet (because I've been using the shower gel instead), but it's been sitting in its wrapping in my bathroom since last week and it has made the whole room smell quite LUSHy. The scent of this soap (which is quite strong in the room, so it may also be quite strong on the body) is made up of things that I simply do not recognize. It's sorta spicy, sorta floral... but mostly I'm at a loss. I will let LUSH describe it for you:
We’re excited to introduce a brand new soap made especially for Valentine’s Day. With fresh passion fruit juice to cleanse and soya yogurt to nourish, Neon Love is one we want to use all over our bodies in the bath and shower. A new perfume was blended for this bar, and includes citrusy bergamot, rosewood and spicy cinnamon leaf oil. Hiding inside the huge heart-shaped soap are little white hearts to ensure every slice looks just as beautiful as it smells.
Neon Love Soap goes for $6.95/100g. I got a big 190g chunk of it for $13.21.

Neon Love soap from LUSH, Valentine's Day 2014 Collection

Charity Pot: This was sort of an impulse buy, but LUSH matches 100% of the price and donates it to charity, so I impulsed away. My hand-health has been going to shit lately because of the wintery air. Anyone else? My cuticles have been really angry and my hands have been dry and alligator-y. I was in need of some new hand creams, fo sho. Charity Pot is a hand and body lotion made with almond oil, cocoa butter, and ylang ylang, and it retails for $5.95 for a 45g pot. A little goes a long way with this lotion, plus I only intend to use it on my hands, so the smaller 45g pot seemed like just the right amount to me. You can also buy the larger 225g pot for $22.95.

From the LUSH site:
Inside every black pot of Charity Pot is a whole lot more than a creamy body lotion to hydrate parched, dry skin. Of course, it’s filled with the finest ingredients, including Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, and made by hand with love. Not to mention the gorgeous fresh, ylang ylang floral fragrance. What makes it so special? Every penny (yes, every single penny) that you pay for a pot, excluding the tax, goes to fund and support grassroots charities all around the world. You end up with softer, floral-scented skin AND you’re doing a world of good with every pot purchased.
When I take care to really rub this stuff into my hands and cuticles for awhile, it does a lovely job of softening my skin. You definitely do have to work it into your skin for a little while though - otherwise you may feel like it's too greasy. I promise if you work through it, there's a light on the other end of the tunnel.  My favorite part about this vegan lotion is that it smells distinctly like a chocolate Tootsie Roll. Mmm...

Charity Pot lotion from LUSH

Charity Pot lotion from LUSH, 45g pot

Lemony Flutter: This cuticle cream has been popping up a lot in other people's blogs, so it was on my radar. I was about to buy some at LUSH this time when I noticed that it cost $17! Whaaaa? For some freaking cuticle cream? Granted it was a huge container, as far as cuticle creams go (this was a 45g pot, compared to the 11.3g "pot" of the Sally Hansen cuticle cream I'd been using), but good lord. $17?? As a solution, I asked the employee for a sample of the cream, which she was happy to give me:

Lemony Flutter Lush Cuticle Cream

From the LUSH site:
We made Lemony Flutter to soften your dry, cracked cuticles and nourish your nails; it’s our thickest, zestiest cream yet. In fact, it’s so good at softening, our customers have been using it on other rough body parts, like feet, elbows and knees too. Fresh lemons infusion is lovingly blended in our rich butter base to brighten skin and lighten nails. Each batch contains twenty-two pounds of beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturize and soften your skin. There are so many nutritious butters and oils in each pot, it’s no wonder that such a little amount can go such a long way.
I've barely tried this yet because I've been going HAM on my Charity Pot hand cream (as well as another hand cream which you'll read about later this week). But I will say that the smell of Lemony Flutter is basically like lemon-scented PineSol - it kiiind of reminds me of a public bathroom in that respect. Like a freshly cleaned public bathroom, but a public bathroom nonetheless. The texture is also much creamier than the Sally Hansen cream I'd been using (that was more of a waxy texture) and reminds me a bit of cream used on diaper rashes. Wow, I am really selling this product - public bathrooms and diaper rash cream. Two things you never want to associate with your beauty routine? YOU DECIDE.

Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask:  Whoohoo! Another LUSH fresh face mask! (I've written about Oatifix and Cupcake in the past.) I'd heard phenomenal things about Catastrophe Cosmetic, especially that it is good for troublesome, sensitive skin. That's meeee! It contains things like blueberries, chamomile, and almond oil. I will do a whole post about this one when I eventually use it. It retails for $6.95/60g pot.

Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask from LUSH

From LUSH:
Prevent disasters by taking regular care of your skin with our deep-cleansing, nutrient-rich blueberry mask. The little blue bulbs are packed with vitamins, and blended into calamine, rose absolute and chamomile blue oil to soothe redness, irritation and cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. This one is wonderfully soothing on sensitive skin. Treat your face to Catastrophe Cosmetic as often as you can to keep your skin looking its best.
Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts, if so!

As I mentioned, some of these Valentine's items are limited edition, so don't be mad at ME if you slack and miss them! You can browse their other Valentine's items here.

And hey, today marks my 250th blog post. That's something to celebrate right? I'm patting myself on the back right now. How will you celebrate?


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  1. Oooooh! I never thought to get a sample of the cuticle cream! I've been lusting after it, but I just can't drop $17 on something like that. I wouldn't drop $17 ON A SHIRT! haha! I love lush, but haven't actually ever purchased anything myself from there. My MIL got me a few bath bombs LAST christmas that I'm rationing! haha!

  2. So many yummy goodies... I have been loving that Neon Love soap. Wish I could use Charity Pot as I've heard good things (plus the donations!) but I believe it has almond oil and I'm allergic to nuts. So sad :(

    xo, alison*elle

    1. Awww rats, it does indeed contain almond oil. Bummer!! I did end up using the Neon Soap last night and I really like it! I love that it lathers up so pink :) AND I really enjoy that it doesn't leave a lingering smell.

  3. Oh, what goodies! I have seen LUSH a few times but failed to actually go in. It would be an understatement to say that I get overwhelmed by beauty stores.
    $17?! I wouldn't pay good money for that. That was so awesome of the salesgirl to give you a sample though. I didn't know you could ask for samples haha. I'm using Burt's Bees cuticle cream and it's pretty good. I was kinda surprised to see how small the tub was for $5.. :/
    Happy 250th post!

    1. Yeah I don't think I will end up buying the full size version of this - but we'll see if it ends up doing something extraordinary for my cuticles! I will check out the Burt's Bees one next :)

  4. These products look so good, especially the face mask. I need to find a lush store by me!

    1. I'm lucky to have several LUSH stores near me in Vancouver :) You should check out their website and do some online shopping!

  5. I've actually never really used lush but I think i'll try out their face masks soon! Great haul :)

  6. really want the shower gel!!! i'm all about the citrus
    A Beautiful Zen

    1. Better go scoop some up before they discontinue it!!!

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  8. That catastrophe cosmetic face mask sounds delicious! I've been reading a lot about Lush products lately too, but have yet to try. I think my first purchase is going to be the sea salt body scrub, I have yet to find a store by me yet. Might have to order the ole online way, so much for samples. Poo. Thanks for staying up late on the interwebs and reviewing. :) Also come by and enter a giveaway I have on my blog for an Adore Me lingerie set- pretty sweet!!! Toodles lovely!


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