January LUSH Review

I’ve recently become absolutely obsessed with LUSH. I love not only their products, but their ethics. I’m no vegan, but I love the ethics of LUSH, so I’m totally up for supporting a brand that not only refuse to test on animals, but that talk about it so proudly.

So here are the products I’ve used/been using over the past 8 weeks. I’ve decided to rate them out of 5 in terms of:

  1. Smell
  2. Texture
  3. Effectiveness
  4. Value for money
  5. Overall rating
Ultrabland

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I had heard so much about this product, so it seemed silly not to give it a go. This is actually my second pot, and I can honestly say it’s changed my entire skin care regime. You only need to use a small amount, and I use it in the mornings to make sure my makeup has a clean base, and most evenings to remove my makeup. I now find I hardly ever use facewipes (apart from the rare occasion I’ve been out drinking and need a quick way to take my makeup off that doesn’t involve standing upright), which I’ve found is not only better for the environment, but much better for my skin. I have combination skin, which means my T zone can get really oily. Before I tried this product I thought it was completely ridiculous to use an oil-based product on my skin, but it actually helps to balance my skin, stopping it producing excess oil that it feels it’s lacking. This has become a real staple in my routine.

Smell 3/5

This product doesn’t really have a smell, so it’s difficult to give this a fair rating. It’s not amazing: a little reminiscent of play doh, but it’s not unpleasant. It’s just average.

Texture 4/5

Ultrabland is so silky and soft on your skin. It can sometimes feel a bit greasy, especially if you’re using it to take your makeup off rather than applying to bare skin, but overall it feels lovely.

Effectiveness 5/5

I think I’ve made it clear by now how much I love this product. Since first using it about 8 weeks ago, I’ve seen a real difference in my skin. It’s less oily, less dull-looking, and my gigantic pores have shrunk dramatically.

Value for money 5/5

The first pot I bought was the 45g one, which is £7.50. Now that I know how amazing it is, I’ve moved on to buying the bigger 100g pot for £11.95. In 8 weeks, I’ve got through the 45g pot and about a quarter of the 100g pot, which saying that I use it every day (and often twice a day), I’d say a little goes a long way!

Overall rating 17/20

Overall, I am completely in love with Ultrabland, and I can’t see myself liking another cleanser more any time soon. It’s amazing. Try it.

Dark Angels

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Having used a few charcoal-based face masks before, I knew that it was a great (if unusual) ingredient to use in skin care products. It’s especially good for unclogging pores, and Dark Angels is no exception. I use it every morning in the shower, and I always feel like I’m getting a really deep clean.

Smell 0/5

It’s sad, but I really have to mark this product down on the smell. I know charcoal isn’t the nicest smelling thing in the world, but other charcoal products I’ve used have managed to mask the smell a lot better than Dark Angels does. Some mornings the smell is very over-powering. It supposedly has sandalwood and rosewood oils to give it an ‘earthy’ smell, but I’m really not a fan. The only saving grace is that it doesn’t leave a smell on your skin, so you only have to stomach it for the 30 seconds you’re using it for.

Texture 4/5

I’m always on the lookout for really good exfoliators, and I’m often disappointed in the roughness of the products I buy. Dark Angels does not disappoint on this front. You take a tiny piece and add water, making it into a paste, and it turns into this amazing, gritty exfoliator that feels like it’s actually doing something.

Effectiveness 3/5

I do love it, and I always feel like I’m getting a deep clean from it, but it doesn’t remove residual eye makeup as well as other exfoliating cleansers I’ve used. My skin always feels really lovely and soft after using it, so it must be doing something!

Value for money 4/5

I paid £6.95 for a 100g tub, but you can also get it in a 250g tub for £17.35! I’ve been using this product every day for three weeks now, and I think I’ve used around a quarter of my tub, so a 100g tub would last me around 3 months (which is about the time it expires anyway).

Overall rating  11/20

I do really like this product, it was something that I’d never even heard of at Lush so I thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t noticed a massive difference in my skin, and although I love the amount of texture in it, I don’t feel like it does a lot more than my normal face wash. Maybe if it had a better smell I’d be more inclined to re-purchase, but for now, I’m on the fence.

Mask of Magnaminty

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I think I first learned about this product after watching a video from ‘Beckie0’ called ‘TOP TEN LUSH PRODUCTS!’ In this video, she advises you to buy the self-preserving mask which contains honey, over the not-self-preserving which doesn’t, so that’s what I did! The mask is tailored towards people with breakout prone skin, which isn’t really my skin type. I’ve never really struggled with acne, but I do get the occasional ‘face demon’ as grav3yardgirl would call them, so I thought this would be a useful product to have on hand for those occasions. I’m actually wearing it right now!

Smell 5/5

I am completely obsessed with mint-smelling products, and this is no exception. It’s packed full of peppermint oil, and when I was in the Lush Exeter store with my sister buying this, I kept going on about how it smelled so good that I could literally eat it. I love it.

Texture 3/5

Now I love exfoliating skin washes, but I struggle to like the texture of an exfoliating mask. I like the traditional thick face masks that go hard after 5 minutes so you can’t move your face. I don’t know what it is, but I always feel like the less you can move your face, the more a face mask is doing. Which is obviously completely wrong but I can’t help it!

Effectiveness 2/5

I don’t know if it’s because I just don’t get that many breakouts, or it’s just not suited to my skin, but I honestly haven’t noticed that much of a difference in my skin. I’ve used it about twice a week for three weeks, and it does leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed, but it hasn’t really made a difference to my face demons.

Value for money 3/5

I bought the 125g pot for £5.75, and you can also get a 315g pot for £9.95. I feel like even though there are mask I prefer from LUSH, for the right person this could be really good value for money. To be honest I’d pay that much just to be able to smell that glorious peppermint smell.

Overall rating 13/20

It’s a nice mask, and my skin feels amazing after I’ve used it, but I think I’ll be trying out another face mask next time more better suited to my skin type, rather than repurchasing this one.

Tea Tree Water

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I bought this because I’d seen it on my sister’s bathroom shelf, and was totally curious.  It’s described as ‘antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial’ and is basically a toner. I love that it’s in a spray bottle, it makes it so easy to use, and reduces the need to use cotton wool to apply it to your face. You can literally just spray it a couple of times on your face and that’s all you need. I use it every day after cleansing with Ultrabland.

Smell 3/5

I wish this smelled more minty! Or at least citrusy, since it’s got grapefruit in it. It’s got a kind of medicinal smell to it, but it’s not overly strong or unpleasant.

Texture 5/5

It genuinely feels like your just spraying a bit of water on your face, and it sinks in so quickly. I can start applying my moisturiser pretty much immediately after spraying this because it just goes straight into your skin.

Effectiveness 4/5

I have noticed a clear difference since using this. I often suffer from red patches on my face, and it really calms them down immediately. It also helps to control the oils on my T zone, which is always a plus for me.

Value for money 4/5

I bought the 100g bottle for £4.50, and it’s also available in a 250g bottle for £8.50. It’s a bit more difficult to tell how much you’re getting through, and I feel like it would be very easy to use it all up very quickly, depending how liberal you are when you spray it on your face. I tend to use about 4 sprays each time I use it.

Overall rating 16/20

I’ll definitely be repurchasing a toner water from Lush, and I would love to try one of the others they have on offer. The Tea Tree Water has completely replaced my Body Shop Seaweed Toner. It’s just so much less faff, and I’m all for products that reduce the amount of time I have to spend on my skincare routine.

Seanik

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For ages I’ve wanted to try a shampoo bar. I’ve heard so many good things about them, and I’m notorious for buying shampoo, getting halfway through it and getting bored and buying something different. My shower is littered with half-empty bottles. Seanik contains seaweed, sea salt and lemon to give shine and volume, two thing which my hair often lacks, so I thought this would be the perfect one to try out first!

Smell 3/5

I did smell a couple in the store that smelled amazing, so this had a lot to live up to. It’s a nice, subtle smell. I can smell the lemon in it, and the hints of jasmine, but it’s not over-powering.

Texture 4/5

It’s tricky to give this a ‘texture’ rating, so I took into consideration how well it lathered which I was pleasantly surprised with. It’s literally like a bar of soap, you can either rub it in your hands to work up a lather and then apply that to your hair, or rub it straight into your hair for the same effect.

Effectiveness 4/5

I’m definitely a shampoo convert, and I now totally get it when beauty bloggers say that they wouldn’t go back to liquid shampoo. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, and I have noticed a difference in volume.

Value for money 5/5

I have a feeling this bar is going to last me ages, and I paid £5.95 for it (and £2 for the reusable tin to keep it in). £5.95 might seem like a lot for a little shampoo bar, but I’ve been using it for 3 weeks and it hasn’t got any smaller, so I think it’ll last me ages! And if you think about it, you spend about £4 on a bottle of shampoo that probably doesn’t last as long.

Overall rating 16/20

I’ve been completely won over by this little shampoo bar, and I can’t wait to give some of the other ones a go! I’ve not tried any of the solid conditioners yet (I’m trying to use up all the random bottles I have scattered around my bathroom), but I’m definitely open to giving one a go.

So overall, I’m loving the products I’ve purchased recently from LUSH. I’m totally in love with the brand, and I fear it would be very easy to spend an awful lot of money in there! One thing I love is that if you’re not sure on a product and you don’t want to buy it and run the risk of hating it (they’re not cheap!), they’re happy to give you little sample pots to take away and try before you buy. Another helpful hack is that once you’ve used up five tubs or tubes (unfortunately the spray bottles like Tea Tree Water aren’t included), you can take them into store and get a free fresh facemask! It’s a great incentive to recycle, but please make sure you rinse your pots out first, as apparently it’s not uncommon for people to bring in mouldy pots… Not nice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog: I’d love to do more beauty-related posts and maybe even some YouTube videos, so watch this space!

Jessica xXx

 

 

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