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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Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Review

When will the day arrive when you’ll walk into a drugstore (within the US) and have a selection of foundations that aren’t all predominately beige? Porcelain? Oh yes we have the shade with hints of beige. Light? Yes, of course we have it with a base of beige! Medium? Absolutely, it’s here in stock with a bit of beige.

I feel like every single drugstore foundation is beige, beige, beige. Ugh! I find beige terribly unflattering in my foundation. It makes my skin look dull and gross. I recently got super excited about Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse as it looked quite good. I remember being particularly delighted with the UK release of this foundation however I do admit to getting lazy and just ended up going to the drugstore ahead of doing the abroad purchasing.


What I ended up with was another beige foundation that’ll end up in the graveyard of unwanted drugstore crap!

Click your heels and jump for the review.

Maybellime Dream Liquid Mousse sounds like an ideal foundation as it promises an airbrush finish. Airbrush? No way! Want. Yes, well, whether or not I actually got an airbrush finish remains to be seen.

The moral of the story is as always I’m disappointed with drugstore foundation. Why I try I’ll never know. I admit that one of the main reasons I purchased this was because the interesting packaging intrigued me. I’m such a packaging junkie. The bottle is very well designed with a pump dispenser, a cap to cover the dispenser, and a rather elegant glass bottle that houses the foundation. Quite nice and does make it rather worthy of a look at.


Of course, hearing airbrush makes it equally tempting. I got the shade Light 2 and it’s pretty much beige, beige, oh and beige! The color is not flattering in the least and after carefully looking through the other shades those are pretty much quite beige too including Light 1. So here in lays one problem.


But I was determined to make it work for me. Application should have been medium to full since the formula is quite creamy and pigmented with a bit of a runny consistency that could sometimes prove unforgiving for me. Great we got a base of beige, a runny consistency, and coverage that’s pretty much sheer. Strangely enough coverage seems quite sheer to me. I expected so much more but for the most part, once in place, the coverage isn’t anything you’ll want to write home to your mum about. I shouldn’t really rant coverage as I like a sheer foundation anyway.

The good news is the finish is decent. I don’t have a large pores but I’m taking a wild guess that this may look quite nice on someone who used a good primer and has larger pores. The finish isn’t airbrushed by any means but it does soften my face. It’s not flawless really but just healthy, very soft looking, quite nice surprisingly. I think I could actually like this if it weren’t for the terribly unflattering beige base. On a follow up note the product only stays on for about an hour at most and quickly fades away. Not good. I like my foundation to last at least 4-5 hours. This pretty much faded after an hour at most.

Mmmm Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse has a ways to go before it becomes my dream foundation that much is for sure.

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Too Faced Flatbuki Brush Review


One of my all time favorite purchases recently is the Too Faced FlatBuki Brush. I held off purchasing this for a while since I have so many facial brushes (kabuki and otherwise) it seemed a terrible waste to get another. After seeing the brush in person, purchasing it, and finally using it, I find myself asking, “How did you ever get along without this little brush?”

Jump ahead for a brief review on the Too Faced Flatbuki Brush!

With a mere $12.50 price tag this is probably one of thee cheapest (and perhaps tiniest) brush in my collection. I think it’s well worth a check out and purchase for the price as it multitasks at applying bronzes, blushers, powders, and shimmers perfectly onto your face with little to no work on your part. A quick tap and swirl blends color seamlessly on my cheeks.

The Too Faced Flatbuki is actually a smaller version of the regular Too Faced Retractable Kabuki. Mind you this isn’t retractable nor does it have the standard kabuki look or feel. The brush is a flat head and not as dense or round as many other kabuki styles. It’s flat, very soft, and lacks the density of a regular kabuki style brush. The flat head allows it to fit nicely onto the contour of cheeks and allows for a nice sweeping motion for blush application. I personally wouldn’t attempt mineral foundation with this style brush but for using with blushes, bronzers, or other powder it’s a winner.

The brush is particularly great for brighter blushes or bronzers as the bristles pick up just the right amount of color without overdoing it. You can gradually build color up without going overboard. The brush feels incredible on my face as the bristles are incredible soft. It sports a cute pink metallic handle with a floral motif which is particularly flattering if you’re a lover of girly pink bits and bobs.


I simply adore the brush and recommend snagging one especially with it’s inexpensive price tag. The only thing that can be annoying is it’s not particularly travel friendly and can get easily get crushed in your makeup bag. But hey that goes for any style kabuki brush or brushes in general.

Loves this!

Great value for a sweet little multitasking brush that makes makeup application a snap.

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100% Pure Glossy Locks Anti-Frizz Smoothing Hair Balm

Check out this cute set from 100% Pure:

100%25+Pure+Glossy+Locks+Anti Frizz+Smoothing+Hair+Balm

$24 bucks snags you three great products from 100% Pure in their first foray into styling products.

See more after the jump!

Count me curious about these. I’m a convert to 100% Pure after trying one of their makeup kits recently so I can get on board with good for you haircare product. This kit gets you three items for keeping hair under lock and ridding you of the evil frizz.

You’ll get 100% Pure Glossy Locks Anti-Frizz Smoothing Hair Balm plus 100% Pure Honey Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner.

I wants. I need all the help I can get for Summer frizz with my wavy locks.

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