Review – LUSH Mother’s Day 2017 collection, featuring Elsie the Giraffe, Scrubee, Pink Custard Shower Jelly, and Honey Lip Scrub

LUSH Mother's Day 2017 collection review

Mother’s Day is coming up, this year it seemed to be so soon after Easter. For Mother’s Day this year, LUSH has created a ton of new products to share with your beloved mother, or to keep for yourself to enjoy. I’m sharing four new LUSH products with you today.

LUSH Mother's Day 2017 collection Elsie the Giraffe review

LUSH Elsie the Giraffe (C$9.95) Reusable Bubble Bar is the most adorable thing ever, especially after April the Giraffe made headlines this year with her live stream birth. It contains three different types of citrus oils – lemon, lime, and grapefruit oils – to create the most uplifting and cheerful bath experience. You can use this multiple times, just run under running water to create some happy bubbles, then set aside for next time.

LUSH Mother's Day 2017 collection Scrubee review

My honey obsession continues with Scrubee (C$7.95) Body Butter, an adorable invention. It contains tons and tons of cocoa butter, shea butter, plus honey and coconut oil to create the most luxuriously moisturizing body butter bar ever. It also contains ground coconut shells and ground almonds to create a wonderful exfoliating experience. I love using this in the bath actually (just make sure not to drop the thing in the water), and then I don’t have to use moisturizer after. Also can you tell that it looks like a bee with its alternative stripes! Seriously, who thinks of this stuff?

LUSH Mother's Day 2017 collection Pink Custard Shower Jelly review

Fulfill a girl’s dream with Pink Custard Shower Jelly (C$7.95 for 100mL, or C$12.95 for 240mL). It contains Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, and Neroli Oil, blended together for a dreamy shower experience. I personally find these pretty hard to use whole, so I prefer to cut them up into little pieces and I use it up piece by piece instead. Alternatively I’ve also melted this into a squirt bottle and just have it be squirted out. It smells so bubbly and springy, making each shower experience a happy one.

LUSH Mother's Day 2017 collection Honey Lip Scrub review

Lastly, I was so excited to discover that LUSH now has a new Honey Lip Scrub (C$9.95). My lips are constantly dry, so using a lip scrub like this helps keep my dry bits at bay. Sadly the honey isn’t too high up on the ingredients list, but it does contain a ton of jojoba oil, as well as vegan white chocolate, vanilla absolute, and sweet wild orange oil. It also contains peppermint oil, which I am usually sensitive to, but it didn’t linger on my lips for too much. Overall, it’s a nice addition to the existing line of Lip Scrubs.

LUSH Mother’s Day collection is available now for a limited time only. Pick something up for mom, and don’t forget to reward yourself too!

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review – LUSH Valentine’s Day 2017

LUSH Valentine's Day 2017 collection review

For Valentine’s Day this year, LUSH has introduced a number of never-before-seen new products! The good news is that most of these have a beautiful rose scent, the bad news is that this is probably one of the first times where I find the rose scent a bit too potent.

LUSH Valentine's Day 2017 Lovestuck review

The first new product this year is the Lovestruck Bubble Bar (C$8.95). Scented naturally with oils of Sicilian Lemon and Geranium, this bubble bar is smile-inducing! Of all of the products I tried from the Lush Valentine’s Day collection, this one is the most refreshing, and probably my favourite. Lush’s bubble bars are very very sudsy, so I can usually make each one last more than one bath. It was sad to break this into multiple pieces, but it really helps  it go the extra mile.

LUSH Valentine's Day 2017 Rose Bombshell review

One of the repromotes from the prior year Lush collection is the Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb (C$7.95). It contains Rosa Centifolia and Rosa Damascena, as well as Silician Lemon Oil and and Geranium Oil. I really liked the sound of this but the scent is just way too potent. While bathing in this, I felt like I was going to drown in the fragrance. Even inside the paper bag, the scent will fill an entire room, which is a bit too overwhelming. Despite the scent, I love Lush’s bath bomb formulas, and this one is one of the more hydrating ones. If you can stand the scent, I definitely recommend picking one up. The good thing is, there is no parfum / fragrance in the ingredients list, so you know you’re getting pure rose and not synthetics.

LUSH Valentine's Day 2017 Two Hearts Beating as One review

Another new product for this year is Two Hearts Beating as One Bath Melt (C$10.95). It comes in two slices which you stick together to create a 3D model-like thing. This is probably the product I like the least from this year’s collection, because the pink side of this bath melt is so pink that it stains my tub more than anything else I’ve ever used… It also stains my skin just enough that it bothers me.

The issues aside, this bath melt is perfect for keeping your skin from drying out during a hot bath. Despite it being sold as one single bath melt, each side is enough to use during separate bath sessions.

LUSH Valentine's Day 2017 Love Spell review

Lastly, I have Love Spell Massage Bar (C$8.95), which contains a heavy dose of cocoa butter and shea butter, jojoba oil, as well as rosehip syrup, aloe vera gel, carnation absolute, neroli oil, and fresh rose petal. It smells SO GOOD, not as overwhelming as the Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb. In addition to creating a beautiful massage oil, the cocoa butter and shea butter also help to moisturize my super dry skin.

Lush Valentine’s Day collection is available now online and in-store!

Products courtesy of PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Honey, my skin looks awesome! A roundup of honey-based products from Farmacy, Tata Harper, LUSH, and The Body Shop

Ever since I discovered May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud, my skin has been aching for more honey-based products. Today I am sharing with you some newly discovered products that contain honey as a key ingredient.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask and Honey Savior Repair Salve review

Farmacy Honey Potion Hydration Mask and Honey Savior Repair Salve

Farmacy’s NEW Honey products were introduced this past summer. Farmcy’s patented ingredient is a variant of Echinacea Purpurea, the Echinacea GreenEnvy™.  The honey used in these products are harvested from bees that live on the Farmacy farm and pollinate the Echinacea GreenEnvy™ flowers.

The Honey Potion Hydration Mask is one of the coolest masks I’ve ever used – it is a thick, jelly-like texture, similar to honey, but when you massage it in your skin, it turns opaque and creamy, and it also heats up.  This mask contains honey (a natural humectant used since ancient times), propolis (a healing antiseptic found in beehives) and amino acid-rich royal jelly. These ingredients work together to create a hydrated, glowing complexion.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask review

The Honey Savior Salve is a true saviour for dry skin. The boyfriend has eczema around his eyes and nose, and we keep this next to our bed for when he needs relief from dryness. The thick texture helps create a barrier over the skin, and the honey helps to hydrate and treat his eczema. This multi-purpose salve is also great for treating dry cuticles, cuts and scraps (due to honey’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties), and anywhere else where you need a boost of moisture and protection.

Farmacy Honey Savior Repair Salve review

You can purchase Farmacy products from Sephora.

Honey Potion ingredients: Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether.

Honey Savior ingredients:

Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer

I had a small sample sachet of this moisturizer, which I loved, and when I re-experienced this again at my Brightening Facial session with Collective Skincare, I had to purchase the full size. The Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer (C$140), designed for dry or mature skin types, contains mango seed butter, jojoba seed oil, and raw honey sourced from a neighbouring farm in Vermont, to provide the most hydration and also keep the skin looking smooth and supple. It also contains rice extract to balance the complexion; willow bark extract, which is nature’s salicylic acid for exfoliation, and a slew of other natural and organic plant extracts.

Despite it containing so many heavily moisturizing ingredients, it’s actually very fluid and feels lightweight on the skin, while still packing a punch in terms of moisture levels. I’ve been using this mostly at night (two pumps is enough to cover my face and neck), but it is appropriate for being a daytime moisturizer as well. It just leaves my skin feeling balanced and happy, without any heaviness or greasiness. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is comfortable – not greasy or tight, which is the best I can ask for in any moisturizer. In addition, the smell is incredibly captivating. Tata Harper products don’t contain any fragrance, and rather relies on a blend of essential oils to create an experience similar to aromatherapy.

You can purchase Tata Harper from Sephora, Murale stores, and Beautymark in Yaletown (Vancouver).

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oleosomes*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Glycerin,  Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Rosa damascena Flower Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate, Mel (Honey), Sodium hyaluronate, Theobroma Cacao*, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) flower Extract*, Tilia europaea (Linden) Leaf & Flower Extract*, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Galactoarabinan, Sclerotium gum, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Soybean Peroxidase, Superoxide Dismutase, Sodium Phytate, Aroma**, Citral, Citronellol, Linalool, Eugenol

*Ingredients from Organic farming

** Clinical grade essential oils blend

Lush It's Raining Men, Fairly Traded Honey, and Ultrabland review

LUSH It’s Raining Men, Fairly Traded Honey, and Ultrabland

I love LUSH when it comes to integrating raw ingredients into the most awesome beauty products, so of course when I was in search of more honey products, I headed straight to LUSH. It didn’t disappoint!

LUSH’s It’s Raining Men has quickly become one of my favourite shower products – it is highly moisturizing, foams up very nicely, and just smells incredible. Inspired by the Honey, I Washed the Kids soap, It’s Raining Men makes my entire shower routine feel like a spa experience.

Fairly Traded Honey is made of 50% honey, and again is ultra moisturizing for my dry, overprocessed hair. It foams up lightly, and washes out well without leaving any residue. Lastly, it leaves my hair looking so shiny. Over time, I feel like my hair has definitely strengthened. The downside is that because of its highly moisturizing nature, it can weigh hair down a bit, but it also reduces frizz, so I love using this mostly during the winter months.

Lush Ultrabland review

LUSH Ultrabland is a beeswax-based cream cleanser that is great for removing makeup and cleansing the skin of a day’s worth of oil, dirt, and pollution. It also leaves my skin feeling very soft, supple, and nicely moisturized. The downside is that I find this slightly too heavy, as it leaves a bit of hydrating oils on my skin. I do generally like to do a second cleanse though, so after that my skin feels pretty comfortable. I also enjoy using this to do facial massage, drawing out impurities from deep within my pores.

LUSH products are available for purchase at LUSH retail stores and online.

It’s Raining Men ingredients: Honey (Mel) , Rosehip , Lotus Flower and Tiger Lily Infusion (Rosa canina, Nelumbo nucifera and Lilium tigrinum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Cocoamphoacetate , Water (Aqua) , Fragrance , Propylene Glycol , Brazilian Oil (Citrus Sinensis) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Titanium Dioxide , *Limonene , *Citronellol , *Linalool , Amyl Cinnamal , Lilial , Methylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Fairly Traded Honey ingredients: Fairly Traded Honey , Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sunflower Lecithin (Lecithin) , Lauryl Betaine , Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) , Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera) , Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , *Citral , Geraniol , Lilial , Citronellol , *Limonene , *Linalool , *Benzyl Salicylate , *Eugenol , Benzyl Benzoate , *Farnesol , Hydroxycitronellal , Fragrance . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Ultrabland ingredients: Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Rose Water (Rosa centifolia) , Beeswax (Cera alba) , Honey (Mel) , Fresh Iris Extract (Iris florentina) , Glycerine , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin) , Methylparaben , Propylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

I was the most excited about The Body Shop Expert Facial masks – I purchased the Ethiopian Honey and the British Rose formulas on the day they launched in Canada, and then I tried it immediately that night. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in this. Despite being a gentle honey mask, it stung like crazy on my skin, and then I got these red bumps on my cheeks. Thankfully, the red bumps went away after using May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew, but it was still annoying.

Apart from the sensitivity I got, this mask seemed just okay. My skin didn’t feel any more nourished or hydrated after using this, and I also really disliked the scent, as it was a very weird, synthetic, chemical fragrance. For the price ($28 per mask), you’d be better off getting the new Vichy masks.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Mel/Honey/Miel, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Citric Acid, Caramel.

My top picks: Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer, LUSH It’s Raining Men, and May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud (even though it’s not in this post, it’s still a honey product!)

The Farmacy and LUSH products in this post were provided by PR; as usual, all opinions are my own.

Surprise your sweetheart with LUSH’s Valentine’s Day collection!

LUSH Valentine's Day review

Lush’s Valentine’s Day collection is ultra pink this year, just the way I like it. I’m super in love with this year’s Valentine’s Day collection, not just because of the pinkness, but also because of the variety of products. Sometimes Lush collections can be predominantly soaps, or bath products, or something, and there isn’t enough variety for everyone. This year, Lush has created something for everyone, and it’s a great way to show that special someone that you care!

LUSH Valentine's Day review

The product I’m most excited about is the Roses All The Way soap. It’s made with fresh rose infusion and rose oil, as well as glyerin, rapeseed oil, coconut oil, rose syrup, and kaolin for a deep cleanse that’s also hydrating and luxurious. The best part is that the soap is in the shape of a heart with a rose engraving! It’s the perfect gift for that rose-lover significant other, or special friend.

If you’re all about taking romantic baths with your partner, the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar is a great addition to your bath bomb collection. Lavender, ylang ylang and neroli help to create a romantic, warm, and relaxing atmosphere, while the beautiful colours create a fun and playful environment for you and your partner to frolic in. The fun shape of this Bubble Bar can also help to create some pre-bath fun!

LUSH Valentine's Day review

The Prince Charming Shower Gel from prior years has been reformulated to be Prince Charming Shower Cream! I adore the new Shower Cream formula, it’s richer and more nourishing than the old Shower Gel formula and still retaining the same level of foamy. Apart from the richer texture, not much has changed. It still contains a blend of pomegranate, grapefruit, sandalwood, and geranium, and is also formulated with fair trade vanilla pod infusion and fair trade organic cocoa butter to hydrate the skin while you wash.

There are also two lip products for Valentine’s Day, both called The Kiss, seeing as they will prep your lips for some smooching on the day. The Kiss Lip Scrub is a sweet, sugar-based lip scrub that contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, Sicilian mandarin oil, almond essential oil, as well as some salt to help slough off any dead skin and help to keep your fresh skin baby soft. Finish off your lip treatment with a wash of The Kiss Lip Gloss, which is mostly made of fair trade shea butter, kalahari melon oil, organic jojoba oil, illipe butter, glycerin, agave syrup, Sicilian mandarin oil, and almond essential oil. It also contains a small dose of guarana seed powder to help plump up the lips.

So this Valentine’s Day, whether your partner is a bath or shower person, or she’s a lip product junkie like me, pick something up for him or her from Lush! The Lush Valentine’s Day collection is available now in store or online.

It’s that time of year again! Holiday 2015 offerings from Lush Cosmetics

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

The Lush holiday collection is one of my most anticipated holiday collections each year. Lush has not disappointed me with their holiday offerings for 2015, which is bigger and better than ever before!

lush christmas holiday collection 2015
lush christmas holiday collection 2015

This year, Lush introduces a few new soaps to their holiday family. Old Father Time is formulated with fresh sage and thyme infusion, as well as juicy redcurrants, glycerin, rapeseed oil, and coconut oil to cleanse, sooth, and hydrate the skin. I love Lush’s earthy scents, and Old Father Time, with its herby base smells perfectly grounded and great for that end-of-the-day shower. Baked Alaska soap (C$7.95) has a citrus base, made with organic lemon myrtle, grapefruit, as well as stress relieving ylang ylang oil, glycerin and coconut oil to freshen and cleanse the skin. The coolest thing is the piece of soap itself is cut from a giant colourful sphere. Lastly, we have Lush holiday favourites Yog Nog (C$6.95), a slice of spicy egg nog in soap form, as well as Snowcake (C$7.95), a marzipan-scented soap that smells good enough to eat.

lush christmas holiday collection 2015
lush christmas holiday collection 2015
lush christmas holiday collection 2015

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

One of my favourite new products for 2015 is Cranberry fresh mask (C$8.95). It’s formulated with cleansing kaolin (clay), festive cranberries, brightening fennel seed infusion, moisturizing argan oil, and a blend of aromatic essential oils to give you tightened, glowing skin. It does sting a bit for the first few minutes, especially if you have sensitive skin, but the stinging sensation goes away after a while. The kaolin also tightens the skin and extracts any impurities within the pores.

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

Lush also has a plethora of pre-wrapped gifts to make gift-giving easy for everyone. Joy to the World (C$19.95) is a limited edition gift box containing Lush’s new Love and Light hand cream and a bar of Snowcake. Love and Light hand cream contains neroli and organic fair trade shea butter to soften and hydrate the hands. It also contains brazilian orange and orange blossom to brighten the skin.

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

Some of my other Lush holiday picks include the ever favourite Rose Jam shower gel, a sweet-scented rose shower gel that has been at the top of my holiday favourites list for years; Snowman shower jelly, a freshly scented shower jelly shaped like a snowman; Celebrate hand and body lotion, created with a blend of almond oil, cocoa butter, and orange flower.

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

You can check out the above Lush products, as well as other Lush holiday offerings online here or in stores now. They’ll only be available for a limited time (some items are already sold out!) so get yours soon.

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

lush christmas holiday collection 2015

Freshen up your shower routine with Lush!

lush shower gel reviews

Lush shower products are among my favourites, and I also love discovering new formulations, as well as rediscovering old ones. Recently, Lush introduced a few new products to help reinvigorate your showers!

lush the comforter shower cream review

The Comforter shower cream (C$9.95-28.95) is described as a “cuddle in a bottle.” The sweet berry-scented shower cream is thicker and creamier than shower gels, and also lathers up more richly. It contains blackberry and fair trade vanilla infusion, with sweet cassis absolute, uplifting bergamot and assuring cypress essential oils to create a blackcurrant scent that’s warm and inviting, great for both early morning and late evening showers.

Beautiful shower gel (C$9.95-28.95) is for all peach lovers out there; it’s formulated with fresh peach juice and apricot infusion. It lathers up very nicely and leaves my skin feeling ultra soft. The only thing I’m not a huge fan of is that it contains micro shimmers in it – even though it washes off completely, it still makes me a bit wary to use.

lush refresher shower jelly review

Refresher shower jelly (C$6.95-11.95) is a super refreshing, citrus-scented shower jelly. Created with all things lemon in mind, this leaves my skin feeling ultra clean (maybe even a bit too squeaking clean), and my spirit uplifted. I leave the cap half-off in the shower to let air out a bit after each use, and my bathroom smells absolutely amazing.

lush the rough with the smooth shower scrub review

The Rough with the Smooth shower scrub (C$9.95) is made with granulated sugar and murumuru butter to create incredibly smooth, moisturized skin. I love using this in the shower because I feel like my skin is left covered in a light layer of essential oils, and then I have one less body part to moisturize after (booyah lazy person). Only qualm is that if you shower in very hot water then this scrub will fall apart/melt quite quickly. You will want to work fast and then let it air dry after each use.

Lastly, a recent favourite discovery that isn’t new to the market is Happy Hippy shower gel ($9.95-29.95). This grapefruit scented shower gel is one of my favourite things to come home to each night because it smells absolutely amazing! I use this at night, but I can see it as being extremely uplifting for those morning shower people. The clear shower gel lathers extremely well, and a little goes a long way.

Lush Cosmetics natural exfoliants in fight against microplastics and microbeads #BantheBead

lush ban the beads

Today I’m featuring a selection of natural exfoliants from Lush as part of their campaign to encourage consumers to stop using exfoliants that contains microplastics and microbeads. Microplastics are often added as exfoliants to products, but they are extremely harmful to the environment as they either take several years to break down, or they don’t break down at all. In the meantime, these microplastics are being ingested by fish and other animals, which can cause health and other issues to the ecosystem.

lush Life's a Beach review

Life’s a Beach (C$6.95 for 95g) is the newest body scrub from Lush, containing finely ground sea salt as well as sand for the deep exfoliation. It smells deliciously of vanilla-caramel, and leaves your skin feeling super smooth and cleansed. The best part is that 100% of the selling price (not 100% of the profits, but 100% of the entire $6.95 that you pay) goes to organizations protecting our waterways from microbead pollution.

lush buffy review

Buffy (C$6.95-22.95)is one of my favourite new body scrubs that also doubles as a body butter. Named after TV’s favourite heroine, the Buffy Body Butter scrub uses ground rice, ground almonds, and ground aduki beans as the exfoliant, hovering in a base of fair trade cocoa butter and shea butter. The exfoliants make your skin feel super soft and supple, while the cocoa and shea butters leave your skin feeling nice and moisturized – no additional body lotion needed! The addition of the lavender oil also means that it smells incredibly heavenly, and is great for relaxing before bed.

lush Sugar Scrub review

Sugar Scrub (C$6.25 for 100g) is a sugar-based scrub for the body that also contains fennel, lavender oil, and ginger. The solid form of this scrub is great for taking on vacation or when travelling. In addition, this scrub leaves your skin feeling smoother. The only downside is that the scrub crumbles and melts super fast in the shower, so you need to work extra quickly before it disappears. One tip is to break it up into little pieces first before using it.

lush Mint Julips review

Mint Julips (C$9.95 for 25g) is a gentle lip scrub formulated with sugar and jojoba oil. It also contains vanilla extract; tagetes oil, for its antibiotic, antimicrobial, disinfectant properties; and peppermint oil for that tingly, fresh sensation. This is great for using right before doing a bold statement lip because all of that sugar scrubs off the dead skin, and the jojoba oil helps to create a nice hydrated base for that lip colour to glide on.

Bottom line: all of these natural exfoliants create great scrubs for keeping your skin nice and smooth, without all that awful damage to the environment. My friend also went with me to try Lush Ocean Salt in stores with me and LOVED it. There are so many alternatives out there, there should be no reason why we still use exfoliators filled with microbeads.

Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas from Lush Cosmetics

lush mother's day

Generally I’m very anti-commercial holidays, but Mother’s Day is the one day a year I support fully. Oftentimes in our busy lives, we aren’t able to sit down and properly appreciate our dear mothers, so Mother’s Day is when we take the time to fully appreciate what our wonderful moms have done and continue to do to help enrich our lives. Every year, LUSH releases a limited edition Mother’s Day collection that’s ultra feminine and great for those mothers who love to be pampered. This year, LUSH continues to innovate with the introduction of new products such as Yummy Mummy Shower Gel, Rose Bubble Bar, and Secret Garden Bath Bomb.

lush yummy mummy

Yummy Mummy Shower Gel (C$9.95 for 100mL) is a strawberry-scented shower gel, containing  ingredients such as geranium oil and orange oil to moisturize. It smells SO GOOD, like fresh strawberries, and like all LUSH Shower Gels, leaves my skin feeling super soft and supple. LUSH Shower Gels are more expensive than normal body washes you get at the drugstore, but it really does create a positive experience each time you’re in the shower. It’s like a spa session for me, and I take the time to really breathe in the scents. The only thing I dislike about Yummy Mummy is that it contains lustre shimmers. It doesn’t leave any residue on my skin or my tub, but generally I prefer no cosmetic ingredients in skincare products.

lush rose bubble bar

Rose Bubble Bar (C$4.95) and Secret Garden Bath Bomb (C$6.95) aren’t new products, but are popular repromotes. Rose Bubble Bar contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, lemon oil, sweet orange oil, rose absolute, and organic rose hip oil for the most rosy-filled bath that will also leave your skin leaving soft. Secret Garden Bath Bomb contains rose absolute, sweet orange oil, rosewood oil, rosebuds, marigold petals, rose petals, and blue mallow flowers to turn your bathroom in to a secret garden. My preference of the two, obviously, is the Rose Bubble Bar because rose 😄

lush secret garden bath bomb

LUSH Mother’s Day collection is available now online and in-stores! Go stock up if any of these catch your fancy, they’re only available for a limited time.

A love letter to face masks, featuring LUSH Mask of Magnaminty, Nuxe Bio Beauté Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask, and Guerlain Blanc de Perle White P.E.A.R.L. Sleeping Mask

I loooove face masks. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been following Asian skincare now for over 10 years and face masks are a big focus in Asian skincare, or if it’s just because I’m lazy and face masks are a quick and easy way to perk up your skin. Today I’m sharing with you three face masks I’ve been playing with lately. Although I’m not 100% sold on all of them, I still enjoy using them on a regular basis (yes, even the ones I don’t love) because they’re super fun to use, and is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to treat yo self after a long day of work.

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty review

A favourite recent discovery thanks to the awesome recommendation by LUSH PR girl Maram, LUSH Mask of Magnaminty is an ode to honey-lovers everywhere. The first ingredient on this moisturizing deep-cleansing mask is honey, followed by kaolin (clay). It sounds like such an oxymoron – how can a deep-cleansing mask be hydrating? But yes, LUSH Mask of Magnaminty combines the deep cleansing power of kaolin with the hydrating, antibacterial and antioxidant properties of honey. It also contains ground up azuki beans (aka red beans) for that extra bit of exfoliating power. It is an absolute pleasure to use, not only does it smell like I’m slathering mint chocolate all over my face, it doesn’t set to become a hard, powdery mess like other clay masks, and it leaves my skin feeling super smooth and my pores feeling tighter. My skin is never stripped, rather just feels clean and comfortable. I use this twice a week, or the night before an event for a quick pick-me-up.

Recommend? highly.

Mask of Magnaminty is available in two sizes, priced at C$12.95 to C$24.95. I’m pretty sure I’ll be stocking up with the large size once I finish up my current jar.

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty review

Nuxe Bio Beauté Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask

Nuxe Bio Beauté Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask review

The Nuxe Bio Beaute Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask (C$27) is a new release from late last year. It’s one of the more interesting masks I’ve used, as it has the texture of… very thick and sticky honey. It’s less thick and less sticky once it’s warmed up via your skin, and it has the scent of fresh orange water. Upon contact with water, it actually emulsifies and rinses off completely clean with no greasy feeling. It’s definitely cool to use, but I don’t know if I found it to do anything to my skin. I didn’t notice any spectacular hydrating, smoothing, or cleansing properties. I have been reading some other reviews on the internet and it seems like everyone else really likes this mask, so maybe I’m doing something wrong. That being said, if it’s working for other users, then it must be doing something right. Bio Beaute by Nuxe is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, so if you have one near you, you should see if they can offer up a sample to try first before committing.

Recommend? Nope, sorry, but do try it out for yourself!

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Guerlain Blanc de Perle White P.E.A.R.L. Sleeping Mask

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Sleeping Mask review

New in Canada for this year is the Guerlain Blanc de Perle range. You can read the rest of my reviews on this range here. The Blanc de Perle White P.E.A.R.L. Sleeping Mask is a new addition to the line and is touted to “counteract the pigmentary damage caused by UV radiation during the day.” This face mask was my least favourite product out of the entire Blanc de Perle range. It is a light lotion/emulsion that comes with a flat plastic, spatula-like applicator. I found the applicator very gimmicky – I ended up just squeezing it onto my fingers and massaging it into my skin with my hands. Even so, I felt like this sleeping mask did not increase radiance throughout the night, and actually left my skin feeling tighter and drier than if I had just used the Blanc de Perle night cream on its own (the texture is significantly lighter than the night cream). I even tried applying more, and more of it, just to see if I was supposed to use a thicker layer to “protect” my skin throughout the night, but to no avail. And then couple that with the $100 price tag… I guess I should say that you should all try it out for yourself in person before deciding whether or not to buy. Check out a Guerlain counter and ask for a sample first, otherwise you might end up disappointed like me.

Recommend? No

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Sleeping Mask review
Guerlain Blanc de Perle Sleeping Mask ingredients

Available now – Valentine’s day collections from LUSH and The Body Shop

Okay so this is like, super late. I’m sorry *hangs head in shame* but hey if you’re in a happy relationship, then every day should be Valentine’s Day! So I am featuring some Valentine’s Day products that can be used year-round, but sadly only available now. If you like these, better go out and stock now up!

LUSH Cupid’s Love Soap and Prince Charming Shower Gel

lush valentine's day

I always look forward to LUSH’s Valentine’s Day products because I’m completely addicted to that sweet, fruity scent that LUSH usually puts out during this time of year. This year, I got to try Cupid’s Love Soap (AKA Neon Love from prior years) and Prince Charming Shower Gel. Yup, I am still addicted to that sweet, fruity scent. Cupid’s Love is a blend of passion fruit, fresh figs, bergamot, cinnamon, and rosewood to create zesty yet intense fragrance, perfect for frolicking in the bath with your significant other. It also contains glycerin, rapeseed oil, coconut oil, and soy yogurt as four of the first five ingredients, which means you’ll leave the shower (or bath, you know, after the frolicking) with beautifully soft and smooth skin.

Prince Charming Shower Gel is a blend of pomegranate, grapefruit, sandalwood, and geranium that creates a bubbly lather and a bubble of fragrance that will help to perk you up in the morning. Also, did I mention it’s a bright perky shade of pink? Yes, the Valentine’s Day products shown here are very typical girly and bright.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

body shop smoky poppy review

On the flip side we have the sultry, which is the Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection. Not gonna lie, this is one of my favourite The Body Shop scents released to date – the smoky poppy is a dark fragrant floral. I have a really hard time describing what exactly it smells like, but it’s kind of a floral but blended with darker musks or even incense. You got to try this out in stores because it is very addicting to sniff. The scent is also pretty unisex, so you can finally buy a fragranced shower gel that your man will enjoy using but won’t be embarassed about it even though it’s technically still floral.

body shop smoky poppy review

The Smoky Poppy Shower Gel… is black. It is literally tinted black, something I’ve never seen before, but is super cool. As with all The Body Shop Shower Gels, it lathers up nicely, cleans well, and leaves a subtle lingering scent. It’s a classic formula, and you can’t go wrong by getting it in this scent. The Smoky Poppy Body Butter is one of the best body butter formulas I’ve used from the Body Shop, and in general in my body butter usage history. It’s rich yet not greasy or heavy, absorbs quickly, ultra moisturizing, and leaves just a subtle lingering scent that dissipates after 1-2 hours.

body shop lip cheek velvet universal shade review

Lastly, the coolest item of them all, the Lip & Cheek Velvet Universal Shade is a black-tinted lip and cheek stain that will give you a custom colour based on the unique pH balance of your skin. In reality, that’s kinda true but you usually end up with a dark, plummy stain which is great for the fall season.

Both of these collections are available for a limited time only, so if anything peaks your interest, you should go out and take a look naaaao!