Skincare

Lush Dark Angels Cleanser Review: Incredible!

The good word on Lush Dark Angels Cleanser is about to unfold oily skin chicas. Lush Dark Angels Cleanser is Lush’s newest “breakaway” cleanser which is a mud scrub for oily skin types made of charcoal and rasshoul. I told you more about it in a prior post which you can see here.

I’m neither young, nor oily, nor dark skinned as recommended for users of Lush Dark Angels Cleanser however I am a Lush lover and that qualified me to purchase some and try it out!


Click to find out what I think.

I’m sorry but I suddenly feel the need to defend the fact that I’m about to review skincare. It’s been said, if you listen to a whisper of news, that if I’m not a scientist or if I can’t provide proper proof of my results with an item that I am not qualified to review it for you (another words my freedom of speech is being threatened). The fact is I must give you a disclaimer that no I’m not a scientist and the below results will vary.

Now that we got passed that boring stuff…on with the good stuff!

If you’re a Lush lover you already know this but for the non Lush users allow me to explain the term “breakaway” cleanser. Lush makes several cleansers that are cut from a “roll” and sold by the pound, quarter slice, etc….these pieces are placed in tiny little containers and sold off to Lush fans far and wide by weight. They are entitled breakaway cleansers because you break off a tiny piece from the larger “roll” and proceed to use it. Thus Lush Dark Angels Cleanser falls into this category. To use it, you’ll break off a small piece, mix it with a few drops of water, work it into a paste, and proceed to cleanse your face with it. Do keep in mind that I consider these cleansers a type of after treatment. Another words do remove all your makeup prior to “cleansing” with this. That’s the way I like to do it and I think it’s the best way.


Now….Dark Angels. Let’s get to that review.

If you’re familiar with Lush Coalface you’ll love Dark Angels. It’s basically the same product as far as I am concerned but it a different format. Coalface is a solid soap format where as Dark Angels is a breakaway cleanser formula. The difference between the two would be Dark Angels is far scrubbier. It has alot of little tiny, fine pieces of charcoal in it which makes a great dead skin scrub. This could prove a bit much for those with sensitive skin though. A little bit goes a long way and one little drops covers my entire face in black mud. It smells like a mix of charcoal and licorice which I find pleasant but some may find revolting.


The results….

One use makes my skin feel smoother, made it glow, and removed traces of oil. I tried it after a long day and my face was oily on the forehead and by the sides of my nose with dry spots on my cheeks. Although meant for younger, oilier, problem skin it successfully worked on the cocktail of combination skin I had going on. I was scared it would dry my skin out badly but it simply made it feel smoother and removed all traces of oil and dryness while leaving behind a nice healthy, glow. To say I was surprised is an understatement. I honestly though I’d end up drier than I already am after use but nope. If anything it made my skin smoother and more refined. This is of course after one use so I’ll proceed to test further and see what happens so far I adore the results.

I imagine Dark Angels has the potential to have incredible results for anyone with oily skin. It seems like the ideal treatment for soaking up oil and mattifying skin. I suggest heading to Lush for a small, free sample and trying it out in the morning prior to a shower. Just wet your hands and work it into a paste and proceed to scrub it onto your face. Afterward step into the shower to rinse. This makes a big mess so it’s best used this way rather than rinsing over a sink. It’s also beneficial as you’ll start your day with a nice matte skin thanks to the cleanser.

Lush Dark Angels Cleanser is so far a winner hands down for me. Pleasantly surprised by this little cleanser by Lush but really I shouldn’t be surprised at all because Lush is ace in the skincare department as far as the Muse is concerned.

Loves it.

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Origins Gloomaway Body Souffle Review

Ok, wait, Origins Gloomaway is back by popular demand? That’s what it says on the Origins site but I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never even heard of it and thought it was a brand new collection.

Thank gawd I’m hearing about it now because it’s awesomezzzzzzzz! FirePower!


Click it for a peep at Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Souffle!

So far I’ve only tried out Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Souffle but obviously I need to get to Origins quick and snap up the rest of this fine collection! Loves it!


Origins believes everyone needs a pick me up now and again and here you go products to make the gloom go away! I mean seriously who doesn’t want products to liven up things and make the day seem brighter? What better blend than grapefruit, orange and mint to get things going when it’s all about gloom sometimes.

Origins Gloomaway is the perfect blend of grapefruit, sweet orange, and mint. Honestly, I don’t get the mint but damn straight the grapefruit and orange is in there and cocktail’ed into a fruity, sweet candy-like finish that’s sure to please anyone who enjoys bright, sunny blends. The blend starts off with a tart almost sour note of grapefruit but blends into a candy-ish scent due to the sweet orange. A hint of mint can be detected for those with a stronger sense of smell but for the most part it’s ever so subtle. It’s difficult to explain but it’s unique that’s for sure and very, very pleasing. I think for the most part the combination of grapefruit and orange makes for a very sweet linger but dominant you’ll get alot of orange. Anyway, the point is it’s delightful and unique! Loves it!

Origins Gloomaway Body Souffle comes housed in this interesting little container. The bottom portion unscrews and you lift out the secondary container which has the moisturizer housed in it. For those of us liable to lose things this could be a problem as for me I just dig the packaging, dunno why but packaging tends to make me happy.


The souffle is heavily scented so it’ll linger quite long once applied on skin. It’s highly moisturizing and a luxurious cream, no skimping on this formula. It’s ideal for knees, elbows, and legs as it offers a heavy dose of moisture and leaves behind a beautiful blend or grapefruit and orange.


If anything the souffle wet my appetite to try more of the collection. Other items releasing in the collection are as follows:

  • Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Mist ($25) This I have to have!
  • Gloomaway Grapefruit Gumballs ($5) Got these! Yum!
  • Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Wash & Bubble Bath ($21)
  • Gloomaway Grapefruit Body-Buffing Cleanser ($20)
  • Gloomaway Grapefruit Bath Bar ($13) Wants it!

For fun I also have a pack of the Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Gumballs, yay chewable optimism for chasing away gloom and doom! They taste like tasty grapefruit and orange!

Nom, Nom!


Overall, I’m quite excited to explore this collection further. I tend not to get too excited about Bath and Body items outside of Lush but this had me at first sniff. Loving it. It’s worthy of a sniff at your local Origins counter. But be warned you might become as addicted as I am.

Now I’m busy wishing for a bad day so I can chase it away with Gloomaway!

Anyone sniff this yet?

Do share!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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Soap & Glory Touch & Glow Daily Radiance Moisture Lotion Review

Count the Muse beyond please that Soap & Glory didn’t take long at all to bring it’s new skincare collection to the US. Released on Boots UK early in May I was shocked when it popped right into my Target merely a month or less later. Nice work Soap & Glory!

I recently went a little Soap & Glory mad when it was on sale at Target and picked up quite a few staple items plus much of the skincare bits and bobs which accounts for my endless reviews lately on the brand. Hope you aren’t minding too much. As I try hard to search out good beauty budget options as per your requests I thought that Soap & Glory was both budget friendly, high quality, and fun which is why I choose quite a few items for review.

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Today I’m taking a look at Soap & Glory Touch & Glow Daily Radiance Moisture Lotion and I’ll tell you what I think after the jump!

Soap & Glory Touch & Glow Daily Radiance Moisture Lotion is quite an interesting little product. It’s a basic facial lotion but with a little something extra that could appeal to those who like bronzers.

The lotion contains little beads that burst (or should burst) upon contact with your skin. These beads are little bronzing beads which deliver the “glow” to your skin that the product advertises. So basically you’re getting a facial lotion that has a tiny hint of tint to it.

The formula is light, decently moisturizing, and quite good for Summer wearin’ and tearin’. I think it might work decently on dry, oily, and sensitive skin as the formula is really light so I’m doubtful it’ll clog pores. I doubt I can make proper use of it in the Winter though as it doesn’t have nearly enough moisturizing benefits for my skin but for light wear in the Summer it’s ideal.

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Now…the concept of the bronzing beads is a cute idea however it doesn’t exactly work unless you burst the beads between your finger tips. If you apply the lotion onto your face even with proper pressure the beads just slip and slide around without bursting. However, if you apply a small amount of lotion to your fingertips you can burst them easily and apply from there. It’s not too big a deal but it would work better if I can just apply and burst from the get go.

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Honestly, unless you’re super duper pale you won’t really see any “glow”. It gives a decent dewy look to skin but unless you apply a whole lot you really won’t see a considerably different in your skin nor will you experience the glow the product advertises.

I love the concept of Soap & Glory Touch & Glow Daily Radiance Moisture Lotion but buy it for the inexpensive price tag, buy it for the cute packaging, buy it for a nice, light Summer facial lotion, however don’t buy it because you want to glow because sadly you won’t.

I like this. Not a bad moisturizer for the warm days of Summer ahead. I probably won’t purchase it again as I’m more a Lush girl as you already know but it’s a decent enough product if you’re looking for a cheaper facial lotion that won’t make your wallet scream out in pain!

Anyone try?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

Is it something you’d be willing to try?

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C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask Review

Yesterday I was telling you about Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask which is very nice but pretty expensive too! Sad sigh. Have no fear the Muse can cheap it up for you.

I recently hauled a few bits and bobs from C.O. Bigelow’s Face Collection when it was buy two get two free at Bath and Body Works. One new item they introduced is the Power Berry Mask which is a moisturizing mask treatment for nourishing and restoring moisture to skin.

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Click for the review!

I dunno if I’d call this cheap as it’s $18, that’s somewhat high for C.O. Bigelow but I do generally like their products so indulge I did (plus the sale didn’t hurt the price too much either).

The C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask is a light purple shade and smells subtly of fruit and floral. Of course it makes the wild claims of how incredible the acai berry is for wrinkles, skin, etc….we’ve all heard those before. Simply put it delivers nice hydration to my skin and it’s cheap and that’s what matters most to me. Hey, if it helps with anti-aging in the long wrong I won’t complain!

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I apply the mask and leave it on for 20 minutes you can do 10 as per the instructions. I just leave it on longer to get the full benefit of a moisturizing treatment. After the time is up I rinse with cold water and my face feels nicely softened and moisturized. It’s nothing dramatic but it does offer moisture where moisture is needed as my face is dry as all hells lately.

Few facts….

I read some bad reviews that said this made a few folks break out, haven’t experienced that but their was a slight sting when I applied. Barely noticeable to my hard as nail skin but I imagine if you’re sensitive this could possibly irritate or break your skin out so beware. Secondly, I got it free as I got it on sale but I’m really unsure if I’d indulge further at $18 as I’d rather just shell out the rest of my cash for the Clarins mask but if it’s on sale again I can see myself picking it up for sure.

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Not an amazing facial treatment but not terrible either.

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WANT IT: Lush Coco Lotion

Yes, well, it goes without saying that anything with pineapples, coconuts, or other tropical fruits talks to me, particularly in the Summer!

Meet Lush Coco Lotion:

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Wants it!

Jump ahead for the details!

Inspired by the beautiful Caribbean, with fresh pineapple juice, extra virgin coconut oil, mandarin and rosemary this new lotion from Lush sounds well..it sounds lush!

You know the Muse thinks she could happily live in the Caribbean. She’s been all around it and thinks the people are so incredible plus it helps that most everywhere on in the Caribbean is a little piece of paradise. So anything that reminds me of paradise tops my skincare regime!

Count Lush Coco Lotion as a want for this Muse! Yes, please I’d like to smell like fresh pineapple.

Available now from Lush UK and soon to follow in the US I’m ever so sure.

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