Skincare

Lush A Crash Course in Skincare Mask Review

The Muse has raved about Lush Skincare a plenty but she doesn’t think she ever took the time out to review Lush Masks for you. Gasp! Horror! Apologies I’m unsure why their masks never came up prior to this. Forgive me?


Jump ahead to check one of my favorite masks from Lush out!

I’m actually going to admit that I avoid Lush Masks whenever possible. You might wonder why. Allow me to explain.

Lush Masks are normally sold fresh in store and are unavailable (aside from the UK) for purchase from mail order. If you’re in the UK you can purchase them via mail order however those ordering from Lush US are unable to purchase them as they are shipped from Canada so by the time you get your mask it’ll be into it’s expiration date. Ahh…second reason I don’t buy masks much…expiration date. Masks expire within a range of two, three, or four weeks. I find that I stick them in the fridge and never get around to actually using one complete pot before tossing it. I normally try to rush it along by using heaps of the mask on my face so as not to toss it out.

I’ve tried all the masks from Lush and I have to say as much as I adore Lush Skincare the masks aren’t anything to get too excited about. My favorites are A Crash Course in Skincare, Cupcake, and Mask of Magnaminty (this one has a far longer shelf life).


After all my experiments with Lush Masks I’ve never really seen dramatic results which is another reason I stopped using them. By the way many of them smell absolutely awful too, gag! A Crash Course in Skincare smells decent enough with a bit of lime and avocado, sorta of green and herbal like. Not entirely pleasant as it has some sort of underlay of an unidentifiable note but not terrible either.

A Crash Course in Skincare is supposedly a deep cleansing, calming, soothing mask. It has a blend of avocados, yogurt, and clay to refreshen skin. According to Lush you’ll see immediate results. Personally, it feels very nice on my skin, quite cooling after a time in my fridge, and does leave skin dewy with a faint glow but nothing that’s lasting. I normally use it (if I do indulge which is rare) prior to bed and I don’t really wake up with incredible, oh my god skin after use. I apply. let sit for 10-20 minutes, and wash off with cool water. Sure, my skin looks quite nice afterward but guess what? My skin always looks good after a quick rinse with cool water.

The novelty of Lush masks sure does appeal but I’d honestly rather splurge on a pack of Kanebo Super Moisturizing Masks. I see better results.

If you’ve ever been interested in trying Lush Masks they are worthy of a look at but don’t expect miracles.

Anyone a Lush Mask fan?

Why?

Tell us your favs and how they make your skin look good!

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Light Summer Moisturizer: Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion Review

My skin is ever thankful Clarins as your Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion does the trick of reviving it and making it go from dull to pretty once again!


Find out more after the jump!

Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion isn’t your traditional facial lotion as it has a watery, gel-like consistency that mimics that of a toner. Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion quite reminds me of Guerlain Issima Success Model Smoothing Toner in formula and texture. If you’re familiar with this product you’ll understand the formula of Clarins.


The lotion is rather great for Summer wear as it’s very light and allows for a nice moist application that leaves skin dewy and ready for makeup without making my skin greasy or oily as some lotions are known to do in the Summer. It’s also one less step as I can easily skip toner! To use the lotion you can tap onto skin gently or dampen a cotton pad and pat on. The formula tends to feel sticky on the skin but after dry down it leaves a nice moisturized, soft finish behind.


At the moment Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Up Lotion is my go to item for fresh, moist Summer skin without having to deal with heavier creams. It’s perfect wear for Summer and preps my skin beautifully for foundation and makeup.

Loving it!

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Shu Uemura Moyoco Anno Cleansing Oil

Moyoco Anno is a Japanese Manga Artist, if you like manga you make recognize her work from serials such as Flowers & Bees and Sugar Sugar Rune. Teaming up with Shu Uemura, Moyoco Anno recently released Shu Cleansing Oil featuring bottles designed by Moyoco Anno herself.

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Jump ahead for a peep!

Although Shu’s iconic cleansing oil remains the same, the bottles containing the oil get a sassy update with these limited edition designs.

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This bottle features vines and heart shaped flower petals and a design of a Tokyo kamon girl.

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This bottle features a Japanese pine tree inspired by the deep, austere green of the cleansing oil.

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One of my personal favorite bottles because of it’s pink color this one features a innocent kamon girl with cute cherry blossom-like design. The sweetness and innocence of the pink design are kawaii!

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno White Recovery EX+’ Brightening Cleansing Oil
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EX is my favorite cleansing oil and features a combination of traditional Japanese designs in purple and green!

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Lastly this biottle features a mix of monotone checkered patters and a Tokyo kamon girl amidst a spray of energizing orange.

Each bottle is whimsical, sweet and worthy of a peep. I was thinking of picking one or two up and when I’m through with the oil inside I can always refill after repurchasing my normal bottle of cleaning oil from Shu. I can’t help myself I’m a fan of manga and these are too cute to pass up.

Anyone haul?

Wanting to?

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Beauty Most Unusual: Nightingale Droppings Facial Cream


Birds nest, crushed pearl powder, all of these are possibly different, unique Asian skincare techniques but Nightingale Droppings Facial Cream falls under the Beauty Most Unusual realm!

Bird poop in your moisturizer? They has it!

Check it after the jump!

I dunno about you but I’m not sure if I’m up for spreading bird sh..ahem…bird poop on my face. I’ve tried bird’s nest and crushed pearl powder as I believe everything and anything that Asian’s tell me about proper skincare but I may have to draw the line at Nightingale Droppings.

Supposedly the crap of a nightingale works as an incredible mask treatment for the skin by removing heavy makeup and leaving behind smooth and supple skin. Thankfully it’s a fragrance free experience.

Alright, if I’m honest I admit I’m curious……

Now where can I find a nightingale do you think?

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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.

Anyone try yet?

Loving it?

Tell the Muse!

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