July 30, 2007

Picking Apart My Best Feature

I don’t have many good features. To me my entire body, face, and everything in between just isn’t what I want! If I could, I’d change it all in a flash! But I can’t sadly and I’m stuck with my lot in life 😉

I have a hard time picking out my best feature but after some careful consideration I have to say my best feature would have to be my skin! My skin is just good, period.

I had fantastic teenager years with it and nary a problem! I had lovely twenties years with it and nary a problem there either! And finally I’m heading into 30 (Hell, I’ll go right ahead and blow my own horn here! I don’t look a day over 20! Some people think I’m all of 16 or 17! I get carded when buying movie tickets! I stopped at the Clinique counter in Macy’s once and had the Makeup Artist ask me where my mummy was and please to not touch the lipsticks!! I’m looking forward to 60 when I’ll look 30 hehehe) soon and so far, tap wood, it’s a ok!

Now I can’t take credit for it at all! My good skin has everything to do with a great skin care products! Some of which I discussed in my video!

My main skincare has been Lush for quite a while now! I used to use Clinique and after that Philosophy (I still am a philosophy girl in some aspects of my cleaning routine)! I’ve used quite a few products that have never fully worked for me! But I must say Lush has been very good to my skin and I’ve come out with blemish free, smooth, lovely skin all the way around!

Lush skincare has an adapting period, it’s the same with Lush haircare. When I say adapt it simply means your skin has to grow accustomed to a moisturizer/toner/cleanser/etc…that’s has some to no preservatives! Your skin will thank you within a month’s time of developing a good skincare routine with Lush however it does need to a bit of time to work!

All my Lush is purchased from the Lush UK website! If you have the means to do so I highly recommend you too get it from there as well, shipping isn’t as expensive as you may think plus it actually evens itself out as the products UK side are cheaper and by the time you add in shipping you are paying equal or sometimes even less than an order you’d do here stateside. I find the products on the other side of the pond fresher, with a different texture, and just better all around!

MuseTV Presents: A Short Video Of Lush Products

To go over my main skincare routine I’ll do a morning and a evening routine for you.

My skincare in the morning consists of:

In the Shower:
Baby Face All over my face
Sweet Japanese Girl rubbed on my nose
Ocean Salt Scrubbed all over my face (Three Times a Week no Coalface used the days I use Ocean Salt)
Coalface scrubbed all over my face (4 Times a Week No Ocean Salt the days I use Coalface)

Out of the Shower:
Prep Skin with Tea Tree Oil (If it’s a humid, hot day)
Prep Skin with Breath of Fresh Air (If it’s a cooler day)
Moisturize with Gorgeous (If it’s a summer day or hot day)
Skins Shangra La (If it’s a winter day)
Apply Makeup

My Skincare in the Evening consists of:
Remove Eye Makeup with Lancome Eye Makeup Remover
Wash Face with Philosophy Purity
Angels on Bare Skin Work Into Paste and Scrub Onto Face
Follow with Fresh Farmacy
Depending on how try my skin is I’ll use Skin Shangra La or When Hope is Not Enough as my night cream
Apply Enchanted Eye Cream

It seems like one too many steps but in the end it does pay off! My skin has never looked so good thanks to Lush and I can’t begin to say how great the skincare line is! If you’re interested in trying it but not buying it you can stop into your local Lush for some samples of the products! They are happy to decant small amounts into tiny containers to take home with you to sample out! They’ll also gladly cut you off slices of Fresh Fharmacy and Coalface to try!

If you’d like to try the skincare routine out but not invest a ton of money they have some really cute portable skincare kits!

These kits are 19.99 and include a variety of skincare products to try out in mini size! Two Kits are currently available and they are for normal skin and combo/dry skin!

The kits are available stateside only so if you’re placing an order with Lush UK these are unavailable at this time! I’m doubtful Mark (Lush’s Founder and Owner) would even consider adding these to the UK lineup as he is big on minimal packaging and very conscious of the enviroment. These use a bit more packaging than the normal range of products which isn’t what Lush UK stands for! So..if you love these…you’ll need to do an order from Lush NA!

Please keep in mind all products from Lush expire within a years time! All products are very fresh with little to no preservatives added which give them a shelf life of about a year! I store my perishable Lush in a mini fridge I have for Skincare. Some items such as Angels on Bare Skin, Face Masks, and a few other bits are only good for about 4-5 months. I have found as long as you don’t get Angels on Bare Skin wet you can keep it around for a good 8 months or more!

Happy Family

Fresh Farmacy Slices

Fresh Farmacy Wet and Lathered Up!

Fresh Farmacy is purchased in any size you want! Soaps and some skincare products are purchased in different sizes at Lush! It’s much like walking into a deli and asking for a slice of this or that! Soap is cut to your size specifications, weighted, wrapped and purchased! Fresh Farmacy comes in a large wheel and is cut to the size you’d like! Normally online the sizes are 3.5oz chunks which in my opinion is plenty enough to last you a good 5 to 6 months! When I get my chunk I cut it into slices and use the chunks one at a time. You can use the entire bar but I prefer small slices! Basically I use this as my last step of the cleaning process prior to moisturizing in the evenings! Some people feel that it leaves a film on your face afterwards and they use a toner to remove it but I don’t I just apply my moisturize and that’s about it! I like the film it leaves behind it makes me feel like it’s working! My forehead is somewhat oily and prone to small breakouts this clears it right up! If you have mild, medium, or even severe acne this is a great product for clearing up your woes!


Coalface Wet and Lathered Up! See the little grains of coal?

Coalface is something I use on a regular day to day base! I use it more days than Ocean Salt because I find it’s more gentle. Ocean Salt is more of a course scrub where as Coalface is more of a gentle exfoliator that you can use daily without feeling like you’re over doing it! It does indeed contain really tiny grains of coal in it and the smell may or may not appeal to you! I’ve grown to love the scent! It seems primitive but it’s actually very effective in drying your face up if you’re prone to oily skin and it’s also wonderful for any minor acne problems you may have! I use it on my entire face to scrub away flaky skin! I works really well but do be careful as it will dry your skin out a tiny bit more than you want it too! This is sold “off the block” and cut into sizes as I explained above with Fresh Farmacy.

Sweet Japanese Girl

Awww she isn’t so sweet in this picture is she?

Ahh that’s better! Here’s what she looks like prior to getting wet 🙂

She’s quite a good piece of skincare for your beauty arsenal! I love nose strips! Use ’em all the time and swear by ’em! However, nose strips sometimes don’t always get the really deeply embedded blackheads and clogged pores on my nose! When they fail to lift that gunk away I turn to this sweet little girl to wipe them all away! She’s quite simple to use! Best $10 you’ll spend in this life! She has two sides, a softer side and a grainy hard side! Basically you swipe her grainy, hard side over your nose a few times you then flip her over and swipe her soft side over your nose rubbing in circular motions to get the grains working into your nose! This loosens any blackheads you may have and those little nasties will wash away with warm water! Presto! Easy as 1-2-3! This takes a bit of work and may even take 2-5 uses before you see them disappear but upon using her day to day you’ll notice less and less blackheads! Mainly she keeps to my nose area and the sides of my nose but some people choose to use her all over the face area! She’s too harsh for me to use everywhere so I stick to my nose!

Baby Face

Ahh Baby Face! Sweet Japanese Girl’s little brother! This guy is the same formula as Sweet Japanese Girl minus the grainy bits! He’s smooth and melty and can be used all over your face for some much needed moisture during cold winter months when you skin feels just a little too tight for your face! He’s filled with lovely shea butter that melts upon contact with hot water! Some people choose to use him without water I find he melts better with it! This is perfect for rubbing in between my brow area where I get a bit of dry skin from plucking my brows! He’s quite greasy and oily but with a little hot water it’ll all wash away leaving your skin wonderfully smooth! He’s no good for you if your skin is very oily but if you’re a combo skin type or a dry skin type he’s perfect and he’ll love your skin! With Sweet Japanese Girl and Baby Face I stock up about 6-7 of these prior to April. Reason being is the weather becomes warm and these guys will melt pretty fast when shipped over! So be sure to get a nice little stash into your fridge prior to the warmer months!

Baby Face Prior to losing his face to hot water!

Both fit quite perfect in Lush’s shampoo tins! When I travel or I’m not using them I store them in one! Be sure you dry them out fully prior to slapping them in the tin otherwise you’ll open the tin the next day to a mess!

Mask of Magnaminty

Lush carries several facial masks in store which are very fresh! These masks last for about 2-3 weeks stored in your fridge but no longer! All are quite good! Mask of Magnaminity or MoM to her devotees is the only Mask that has a shelf life of about 3 months, can be stored in your medicine cabinet, and is sold via mail order (no other mask is)! I think MoM is so popular because of the scent. It smells like chocolate chip mint ice cream which makes it hugely appealing to the masses! Personally I’ve seen very little results in any skin improvements when using it! It is good for scrubbing away dead skin cells but aside from that I’ve never seen anything more. Some people claim it removes redness from their faces (I don’t suffer from this problem), unclogs pores (never did for me), and removes excess oil (nope still oily after use). I do purchase it randomly when ordering but not as a staple product in my skincare routine! I prefer heading to the Lush shop and picking up a Cupcake fresh mask which smells almost the same, rids me of oily bits, clears my pores, and makes my tired face feel refreshed! The only benefits to MoM is the scent because I’ve never seen it do much for me! Sadly, Lush Fresh Masks are available in store only! But if you happen to live in the UK, as I hope to soon, you can order these online and have them shipped happily to your door! Lush UK does NOT ship Fresh Masks to the US only to UK residents only (anything else it will ship to our little pond but not masks)!

Angels on Bare Skin

Angels on Bare Skin is advertised as a facial cleanser. Personally I couldn’t remove make-up with this even if I tried really hard! However, it is a wonderfully gentle exfoliater! I love using this after cleaning my face with Purity! Only a dime size amount is all you need! You take the small amount, add a drop of water, and rub, rub, rub until a paste forms! Apply to your face in circular motions and rinse! Gorgeous skin! This really helps me with any breakouts I have on my forehead and also prevents oily skin on my forehead area! Truly a lovely product! Big thumbs up!


Gorgeous is Lush’s most posh and pricey moisturizer! This costs about $70 per pot! However, it does last a year through, at least it does for me! $70 a year for a perfect pot of moisturizer isn’t too much to pay for gorgeous skin! Personally I believe that Gorgeous is perfect for all skin types. It’s super light and absorbs very quickly! Doesn’t dry skin out, doesn’t make your skin oily, it does what it says it’ll do which is make your skin gorgeous! It quite smells like Fruit Loops to me which I enjoy 😉 I’ve used plenty of moisturizers and this is by far the best I’ve come across! Keeps my skin very happy!

Skin Shangra La

Skin Shangra La is Lush’s 2nd most expensive moisturizer but far cheaper to Gorgeous! It’s quite good as a nightcream but I use it mostly in the winter months because my skin is so tight and dry during the cold weather season! If you suffer from dry skin this is your escape to soft, dewy, blissfully moist skin! It’s rather perfect in all ways! But mind yourself and use it sparsely! A dab will do just fine! It’s super emollient which can cause mega oily skin if you aren’t careful with it!

Ocean Salt

Ahh Ocean Salt quite a multitasking demon it is! It can be used all over your body! Legs, knees, elbows, and all those rough little areas that need a good healthy scrub! And of course, most important of all, it can be used to scrub away dead skin cells on your face! This works a perfect treat for getting your skin into a state of blushing perfection! I normally use Baby Face prior, rinse a bit, and on goes Ocean Salt for a good hardcore Scrub! This may not be good if you have sensitive skin so try a tiny amount prior to a scoopful! This contains all sorts of goodies! Real, fresh goodies! Coconut, Lime, Lemon oh my! It smells just like a Margarita! Prior to using your Ocean Salt I suggest taking a chop stick inserting it into the jar and giving it a nice stir up! The sea salt on top will be mixed in quite nicely that way! Great for clogged pores, minor pimples, oily skin, and more! As I said, quite the multitasker!


Ultrabland has disguised itself in this little jar! Shhhhh it’s actually Baby Face but in a different format completely! Not so solid but creamy now 😉 It’s advertised as a cleanser and is quite good at removing eye makeup and general gunk from your face but I mostly use it after cleaning my face with Purity! I use it about three or four times a week during winter months to moisturize my face! Take a tiny amount apply to face and rinse with hot water! Smooth beautiful skin! Not recommended for oily folks!

Two products pictured in my Happy Family shot that I haven’t taken close ups photos of but are worth mentioning would be Tea Tree Oil and Breath of Fresh Air!

Tea Tree Oil is perfect for getting your skin to behave itself when it wants to be oily! Spray prior to moisturizing and you’ll see your skin will be quite matte and wonderful for make-up application! Lasts all day on me and keeps my forehead from becoming a mirror!

Breath of Fresh Air I keep nice and cold in my fridge and I spray it on prior to moisturizing in the winter months! It’s perfect for prepping any skin type for moisturizer!

I think that about covers my favorite skin care products and how I achieve a good illusion of near perfect skin! I hope this helps you make the proper purchase for your skin! I strongly recommend trying Lush out for a week or two and see what your skin feels like after!

I want to know what you think! Do you use Lush now? What are your favorite skincare products? My comment box is at the ready!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Erusa

    Hi Muse~~!
    I dont think somebody’s is completely happy with his own features, me either! My skin is horrible. *sobs*
    Anyway, I’m posting my latest lemmings list on my blog but now I have to add some more…you’re a bad girl! xD
    *Hugs, hugs*

  • Mag

    I totally agree about your skin! 😀

    Oh but this post made me sad too 🙁 Lush withdrew from SG some years back and I loved so many of their face products!!!

  • PJ

    Hello A-Mused!

    What a great post on the Lush products. Very comprehensive!

    The only Lush products I have used are the Helping Hands hand cream and the solid shampoos. I particularly like the hand cream. It smells really good.

    But I think the scent in their shops is a bit too overpowering. I can’t really stay there for more than a couple of minutes…:(

  • A-Mused

    ‘ello eur!

    Your skin is not horrible! I’ve seen your pics and you’re adorable!

    Ooo! I shall go and read it shortly 😉

    Aww thanks mag! you’re a love! Oh no 🙁 So sorry sweetie! Check makeup alley I’m positive someone has Lush for swap!

    PJ….my lovely friend…..I don’t like Helping Hands but I adore Smitten Hand Cream! Oh god it smells dreamy! Almond and Vanilla and Cherry…like marzipan for your hands!

    I must admit that stepping into Lush is overwhelming scent wise but if you try ordering online a few items I’m positive you’ll be in love!

    Rock Star Soap is brilliant I think you’d totally fall in love with that!

    Creamy Candy BBS the same thing..sooooooo yums!

    and many others! I don’t like the shops as much as I like ordering online as I’m anal about cleanliness and the bombs and bars are all for people to fondle..which kinda sorta freaks me out some! So online shopping it is for me!

    Glad you liked it! Was a bit long winded 😉 Sorry ’bout that if anyone got bored hehe!

    Thanks for the comments guys!

  • Velyana

    I’m so happy to find a fellow Lush addict! I’m partial to Honey I Washed the Kids, Snowcake (Smitten of course :)), Banana Moon, Dream Cream, Honey Trap etc, and recently venturing the skincare also. Love Angels on Bare Skin, Eau Rome toner, and now you got me interested in Fresh Farmacy and Baby Face. Sadly the hair products didn’t work for me. Anyway, which cleanser would you recommend for removing makeup? I’m currently using DHC Cleansing Oil then AOBS. Thanks so much!

  • A-Mused

    Hi Velyana 🙂

    I love Honey I washed the kids! Yummie! I have the shower gel! Wash my hair with it! So dreamy!

    Smitten is gorgeous!!!!!!!! Have you tried Rock Star? That’s another of my absolute favs 😉

    Yay! Glad to hear I’ve created some lemmings for you!

    The hair care is kinda sorta ok but your hair needs a long adjust period too it! I really need silicons on my conditioners lol! and Lush’s products have zero!

    Believe it or not I had used I love Juicy and American Cream for two months and my hair adjusted and was very happy with it! I stopped because I like using some etailer shampoos with a pretty fruity scent!

    I recommend Philosophy Purity for removing all your makeup prior to using Angels on Bare Skin! It’s very good for getting your skin nice and cleaned up for Angels on Bare Skin!

    Hope this helps 😉

    Thanks for the comment and for visiting my blog!

  • Anonymous

    Hey! I’ve been on this blog for awhile and Love it! Sorry to bother you, but I’ve been meaning to try Lush for awhile, and…I don’t know the website! please, could you tell me the site’s URL? Thanks!

  • A-Mused

    Thanks for stopping by and reading 😉 Appreciate it!


    I’ll give you the link that will let you select from the country line up as I have no idea where in the country you’re located!

    http://www.lush.com/ and select your country 🙂


  • Anonymous

    hi im really impressed with your makeup collection. i dont know how u find the time to wear it all.
    my question to u is whether or not u know of any websites that i can use to purchase japenese makeup brands. i am especially intrested in jill stuart.
    any help would be greatly appreciated.

    [email protected]

  • Anonymous

    Hi there, I just got my first batch of LUSH just yesterday. In your video, where can I get the suction container thing from your stall for Coalface, Sweet Japanese Girl. Thanks… I really enjoyed checking your blogs and videos. Keep it coming.. (smile)

  • A-Mused

    Hi there! Do let me know what you think of it all 🙂 very very curious!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for visiting 😉 I sure will do more videos!!!!!!!!!

    Mmmm…those you can find in any Bed, Bath and Beyond stores or on E-bay as well! They help dry out Coalface and Japanese Girl prior to storing them in their tins!

  • Sugarlisx

    Ive Just ordered myself, sweet japenese girl, tea tree water, Fresh Farmacy and Angels on Bare Skin! Can’t wait for it too arrive as they all sound great and my skin needs some help! I love all your make up and storage solutions, I may have to invest in some!
    Thanks for your great reviews on the products it really helps out 🙂

  • A-Mused

    Hi sugar!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    I’d love to hear a review of the products one you get them 😉


  • sugarlisx

    Wow! I’ve been using the products for not even 2days and already can feel the freshness of my skin. Its not as oily anymore and blackheads around my nose are gradually waving goodbye! I’ll post again when I have used them for longer, but thank you sooo much!! x

  • A-Mused

    sugar I’m so happy to hear it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank YOU! I’m so excited that it’s working well for you! How awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Do you use any toner with your evening routine (Tea Tree or Breath) after you wash with Fresh Farmacy and before moisturizer? I know you do it in the morning but you did not mentioned it at your night time routine. Thanks.

  • A-Mused


    I don’t use toner in the evening. I do use it in the morning.

    My nightcream, skin shangra la, is so rich that I have no need for a extra helping hand toner wise.

    My daily moisturizer, gorgeous, is very light and matte so a toner always helps me get it to sink in nicely.

    I know some people don’t like the feel of Fresh Farmacy after washing with it. It’s been said it leaves a very weird film on their faces. Personally I do get these but my moisturizer clears it up. So if you get that film and hate the feel of it, using a toner afterwards will help. I also don’t use toner after Fresh Farmacy because I think it’ll dry me out some. Fresh Farmacy is a bit of a drying cleanser as is adding toner to that cocktail is a bit much for my skin 🙂

    Hope this helps you!!!!!!!

    How are you finding Lush? Are you new too it?


  • Anonymous

    Hi, Yes I am new to Lush! So happy to have discover you. I saw your videos on YouTube about your makeup stash. I was just browsing for MAC make-up collection and then I found your make-up collection.
    From then on, I followed you. I added you under my Favorites. Then found your blog (the old one) and now here.
    Here I am today still checking your blog everyday and then your Lush blog came out.
    My husband even my 15 year old son is now into Lush. My 5 year old is always so happy to go with me at the Lush Store. I finally let him use HIWTK soap. I kept the whole Lush thing to myself for about a week because I wanted to try it first and make sure no reaction whatsoever. Then I told my husband and he also started using it and after a few weeks my oldest son also. (You know acne stage for him.)
    What are the odds, I was just into MAC and now LUsh. I loved both but of course I am more into skincare so I am getting so addicted with LUSh. I started using Lush just this August and I am so happy to have found YOU! Thank you so soo soo much. If not for you I would not even know about Lush.
    I love the fact that you like to share all your favorite things. You remind me of “O” Oprah’s Favorite Things. (lol)
    I hope you will never get tired of doing videos and writing blogs. I enjoy everything!
    God Bless. Take care…

    Greetings from California (San Francisco side)!!!

  • A-Mused

    Hello Miss California 🙂 Lucky you! I love Cali! Fav place ourside on the US side 😉 Aside from my own beloved state of New York!

    Your comment moved me to tears! I’m sensitive lol!

    Thank you for reading my blog each and everyday I can’t even begin to say how flattered I am you take time out of your busy day (and I am sure you’re busy being a mum) and read my insanity hehe!

    Your teenager sound will be thankful for Lush I’m sure as it truly helps clear, dry up acne probs! I hope it helps him some!

    LOL You’re so cute that you were stashing away HIWTK! Hehe! That’s fab! It smells so yummie I just wanna eat the bar! They did a shower gel as well which was equally yum! Sadly it was an LE thing so it’s not around 🙁 I wash my hair with it!

    It’s rare that Lush causes any allergies or rashes but you’re clever for making sure it didn’t before letting your kids try it!

    I highly recommend trying the haircare! It really works well! It takes a bit of an adjust period before your hair will like it but it works amazingly after using it a good solid month! Big Shampoo is such an amazingly clarifying shampoo! It drys my hair out like straw! But I use it once a week my hair literally squeaks it’s so clean! I love it!!!!!!

    If you need any recs for bath goodies, hair care, etc..give a yell I’ve tried most everything Lush offers hehe!

    They make a moisturizer for men which your son might want to try or your husband. It’s called Cosmetic Lad. And also shaving gel for men (or women if you’d like to try it).

    Oh my gosh I’m reading your comment as I type this and it makes me so giddy that you are loving Lush so much 🙂 I’m so happy you discovered it and are enjoying it 🙂

    You’ll love it around the Holidays as well! Christmas is a wonderful time at Lush! Wahooo! Snowcake! Hehehehe!

    Hehehe AW! Oprah’s Fav things! Very cool indeed hehehe!

    I love doing this everday and it started out as a form of entertainment for my nutty little head but more and more people read it and now it’s all about you guys! I love writing reviews and such and know that people read them and try the product etc…it just tickles me pink 😉

    Many many many MANY MANY hugs!
    Thank you!
    Your comment means the world!

    Please do keep in touch! I love hearing what everyone purchases, what they love, hate, etc!

  • Anonymous

    Hi again,
    Wow, you replied back at 7:05am. I hoped I did’nt take much of your time.
    Thank you for replying. Love it love it. I have several questions but I was wondering do you have an email so I can do that way instead or you rather have it this way.

    Best regards…

  • sarima


    I discovered Lush in India last summer only to realise it is a british company so of course as soon as I came back to london I located a local Lush and did a full scale raid! Have been using there products for 3-4 months now and my skin, hair, hands have not looked better! I was a clinique gal myself for long long time and never thought a natural alternative that worked even better!!

    I love and use fresh farmacy, alternate between herbalism and angels (although I only use each twice a week) Tea Tree Toner… I have had
    some trouble with their moisturiser however – my skin didn’t like the vanishing cream, enzymion or celestial so Im thinking of getting gorgeous
    what kind of skin do you think it is best for? Also what sunscreen do you use with it? I noticed it didn’t have any spf and for a £35 ($70 im guessin) cream that is a little bit of a let down 🙁

    Btw I tried both baby face and ultrabland earlier on too and loved how quickly it took off ALL my makeup including waterproof mascara but I find it works best with a warm wet flannel rather than just rinsed off – well that is what the girl at lush told me to do and it worked well without me needing a second cleanser. I love rockstar soap for my hands and keep a huge chunk of it by the bathroom sink much to all my friends and visitors amusement.. lol

    Also love their solid shampoo’s in particualr New Shampoo Bar with American cream, again another shocker that my hair can survive without silicions and petrochemicals after all!! Im turning into a complete (ok I’ll be honest I already am) a complete Lush junkie I think ther should be Lush Addictions society to help us cope haha. Getting my friends and family into it and they use and love their products. Shame you can’t get the fresh face masks in Sg as I would say that hands down they are the BEST products out of lush. When your in the UK definetly check yourself into a lush and hordeeee

    • the Muse

      hi sarima

      so great to hear you are loving lush, I’m a big fan as well 😀 Looks like you’ve converted to their skincare and haircare awesome 😀

      lol well the Lush Forum is a good place for addicts 😀 I’m not a big fan of fresh face masks myself but lots of lovers out there. I’m not in the UK but we have Lush here as well in New York, two actually 🙂

      Enjoy your lushin’!

  • Janice

    I’m trying out Angels on Bare Skin and it’s my first time using anything from the Lush skincare line. I hope you’re right about the adapting period because right now my face seems to be in its beginning stages of breaking out… If this doesn’t work out I’ll just read some more of your reviews and try another cleanser. Thanks and happy new year!

    • the Muse

      hi janice sorry for the delayed reply. how’s it going with Angels!?

      Thank you!
      Happy New Year hun!

  • Jennifer

    I already had many of these lush products, but it had never really occured to me to use more than one at a time, so I went out and got samples of some of the rest and tried something very similar to what you said you used. This was only 4 days ago, and my skin is already much much calmer, with no new zits, I also added in grease lightning, which is fantastic, a cetaphil sunscreen in the morning, and I am using cetaphil instead of purity at night, (I’m considering trying purity, or perhaps kiehls ultra cleanser after reading your reviews).

    Thank you so much for opening my eyes to a more intense, but more effective approach to skin care. If things continue as they have so far, I will forever credit you with having changed my life! Thank you!

  • Alli

    Ok, so I love this post…just what I needed to ehlp with some decision making…but, I do have a question for you… Since this post, they have discontinued Sweet Japanese Girl, right? Have you replaced with anything? I suffer from the same thing you said you used this product for (blackheads on nose) and I really need something to hook me up in that department…Also, what else have added or subtracted or changed in your regimen?? Love this… Thanks, Muse!!!!

    • the Muse

      hi ally really haven’t had success with blackheads aside from silver powder from Mario badescu and biore strips. They are stubborn buggers. My skincare changes often lately since I try and test so many things for the sake of the blog 🙂

  • alli

    Thanks for responding and yes, i agree…stubborn little guys. Did you ever find a LUSH product to replace sweet jap girl? wish they didn’t get rid of it…sad 🙁
    I have to say that I am amazed at how amazing your skin looks considering how you change and use so many products…quite impressive girl!
    I am trying really hard to mae some decisions about my LUSH order…any other suggestions for your recent loved products from them?
    also in need of a good whitehead helper….i’m in some trouble these days…ugh! thanks, muse! you rock!

    • the Muse

      no problem ;-D love talking Lush. coalface and dark angels cleanser is about the best you can get in regards to facial scrub but def not as lovely as Sweet Japanese 🙁 I hope that maybe they’ll bring her back for retro.

      Aw cheers thanks 😀 Mostly I suffer from dryness and dullness 😛 it’s a hard battle ;-D I love just about everything Lush haha! Just check the archives and you’ll find my most recent reviews/loves particularly since xmas collection is out 🙂 https://www.musingsofamuse.com/category/lush whiteheads I can’t honestly help with, not sure what would be the best course of action ;-D I don’t have them or struggle with the prob but you can contact Lush and they can recommend the best products for your skin type ;-D

  • alli

    Thanks Lush sistah!!! Yes, I am def thinking about either coalface or dark angels. I have more normal to dry skin…so, do you have a preference?
    I do feel llke I could talk LUSH all the live-long day, but not too many are as into it as I am…and then I found your site. A-M-A-zing! I haven’t gotten thru all of your posts on LUSH, but I have had a blast going thru the archives!!! Fab!
    I agree and hope they hook us up and retro sweet japansese girl…we’ll see. Is there a way to find out if things they are discontinuing will be made retro? or do you just need to wait and see? they are discon soft touch, which i really like…
    oh, another ques (so, sorry) – have you reviewed body butters? not sure on buffy vs king of skin?…
    again, thanks for everything….

    • the Muse

      ha my pleasure alli 🙂 depends on if you want a solid or loose style cleanser that’s the only diff between them in my opinion also DA seems a bit scrubbier thanks to it’s loose consistency. Happy to hear you’re enjoy the archives yay!!!!!! ;-D

      I’d love to see that happen. she was my fav! They normally post dc’s on the lush forum but not so much retro. But they do have general announcements and such plus fans keep things updated, you should join it’s a great place to be active with Lush and other lush lovers ;-D

      I haven’t reviewed body butters but I like buffy b/c she’s scrub and king of skin when I want a hydrating experience as he lacks the scrubby bits ;-D!

  • alli

    oh, also am loving the shower suction holders you have in the video…the longer ones that are holding sweet japanese girl and coalface…where are they from? they don’t seem to have them at BB &B…and they seem like the perfect holders! also need to find siilar ones for above the sink that can attach without tile….love myself some organization!!!
    ok, I’m done now…i think heehee

    • the Muse

      I got those at BBB, in the shower aisle. If you can’t find them there maybe Container Store? 😀

  • Paloma

    Hey! Sorry that this is a bit late!

    I love reading every single one of your posts!
    and as for you not having any good features, well, in all your pictures you look gorgeous! 😀

    You’re so lucky with your skin, my skin is disgusting. I have severly combo skin, my chin gets so dry it peels, and stings, then my nose and forehead get so oily, things can actually slide off it! Then to add to that I have atleast 10 or more whiteheads on my face, then keratosis pilarosis (probs spelt that wrong:L) all over my cheeks that will not be removed!

    At the moment I use angels of bare skin (fresh farmacy when oily), tea tree toner (dark angels/ocean salt once a week) and I haven’t found my perfect moisturiser. I don’t know what to do, it’s the kp that bothers me the most, it just won’t go, even after exfoliating or added moisture:/

    Oh dear, you’ve probably fall asleep! Anyway, thanks a lot! Love you blog! You’re such a great writer, and I love that you’re honest! xxx