Now... I wanted to write about something I've really been feeling lately. LUSH.
Now, I know LUSH it's really either hit or miss with people. Many people LOVE it and live for it, others dont and many others think it's too expensive.
I have to admit that I really enjoy some of their products and some are just really not my thing.
So I wanted to make a collection of things I've tried, give a mini-review in case you're considering where to start with it.
Bath Melt: Happy Blooming
How it works: You use one of the three blocks as an additive to bubble bar or a bath bomb. It's supposed to leave your skin seriously moisterized.
My thoughts: The sad thing in life is that I dont have a bathtub in my apartment. I only have a shower, which is fine because I'm because I'm a shower-girl. But every once in a while I'll ache for a bath so this is where my work travels come in handy. I take my goodies with me and I soak at the Marriott. Works out great for me since I dont have to clean the tub :) I really love this product, it smells amazing, like exotic fruits and normally I'm anti-fruit smells. I like muskier deeper scents or floral tones but this leaves my skin so smooth that I end up loving it.
Shower Jelly: Whoosh
How it works: You split a small piece from the jello and smush it into your loofa, it'll create bubbles and clean you up!
My thoughts: It's a clean lemony-scent which I'm all for in the mornings because the scent wakes me up and if you follow me on twitter you know I constantly complain about being tired in the morning so to shake sleep off this things helps out a lot. My annoyance is the ripping of the jello. I think I should just cut it up in squares in order to make it easier.
Facial Cleanser: Angels on Bare Skin
How it works: You take a piece of this roll and wash your face with it.
My thoughts: I hate this with the passion of a thousand suns. It smells like lamb marinade to me. However... my mother LOVES it. I bought like $10 worth of this to test it and ended up detesting it so I gave it to my mom and she does nothing but rave about it and how much better her skin feels. She loved it so much I got her a huge chunk some weeks ago and it made her very happy. So I think you either love it or hate it.
Facial Cleanser: Herbalism
How it works: You take a piece of this roll and wash your face with it
My thoughts: I have a strange relationship with Herbalism. We're not friends... we're more of acquaintances. You dig? I guess I'm an old fashioned girl who likes her facial soaps to have suds so I have trouble falling in love with this. The scent is... alright, I guess. I have a tub of it that I got in a swap and I will use it but I'm not sure if I will re-purchase it.
Facial Cleanser: Facial Pharmacy
How it works: Like a bar of soap, you make little suds in your wet hands and wash your face with it
My thoughts: Out of all the cleansers I've tried from LUSH this is my favorite... and I still dont think it's perfect because it doesn't remove my makeup. But if it did I would love it. I love the scent, it's not offensive or anything and the concept is much more traditional which I like. I think I would buy again... I think.
Makeup Removers: Baby Face
How it works: I'm still not sure.
My thoughts: I really want to re-name this to "what the fuck face". I was excited to get a bar of soap so what do I do? I run it under water to make suds and get my makeup off. Yeah. Bad idea. It became a pasty, Vaseline-like mess in my hands and eye. It was not pretty. Later I find out I used it all wrong but by then I hated it and it was sent to permanent time-out in the corner of my vanity. I will most likely be swapping it.
Makeup Removers: Ultra Bland
How it works: Like your grandmother's cold cream, you gently work it into your eye and then wipe it off with baby wipes.
My thoughts: I'm pretty sure I've raved about this before. But seriously: BEST STUFF EVER. I'm on my second tub, I love it so much, removes all my makeup, it's a bit complicated but when a girl is wearing 3 coats of Diorshow Mascara in Carbon Black life is already at complicated. We deal with it.
Solid Conditioner: Jungle
How it works: A chunk of this apparently conditions your hair
My thoughts: I came to the conclusion that the reason this is named 'Jungle' is because George of the Jungle used it to condition his dreads. Now, I tried it. Twice. And I had not had anything leave my hair as nappy and dry since the great Dove disaster of 2004. It was not a good thing. The great Dove disaster of 2004 came when I compulsively bought a Dove conditioner (dont ask me which one, I have deemed all Dove products hazardous to my health) and used it and it dried my hair out so badly that I had to soak it in beer to rejuvenate it. This kind of shit can mess up a girl. So I had the similar reaction to this "jungle conditioner". Unless I want to emulate an extra from a Tarzan flick or begin anew a "Boho chic" look I plan to stay as far away from this as possible. Bad little green block. Bad.
Solid Shampoo: Trichomania
How it works: No one knows
My thoughts: I think I'm being too negative. I didn't like it. It didn't work for me. Ewww.
Toner: Tea Tree Water
How it works: It's a toner. How else is it supposed to work?
My thoughts: I love it, I spray a bit in a cotton ball and use it on my face once a day after washing it, it's not drying or harsh and it's a lovely tingly feeling.
Soap: Rock Star
How it works: It's a soap bar.
My thoughts: I like this product. It works excellent. I dont like the smell. Makes me feel like a walking laffy-taffy bar. It's not good. But I like what it does for the skin.
Bubble Bar: The Comforter
How it works: You drop it in the water and it makes soothing bubbles.
My thoughts: This stuff is delightful. I love it. Yes, it smells kinda like cherry but I love playing with it. I have a couple I need to use when I go on my next trip.
As you can see, it's either hit or miss. I love some things, like others and plain old hate some of them. Now, I have plenty more to try. I got the 'naked' pack this week when I went and I want to try more stuff.
The thing about LUSH stores is that they have the nicest people working there. They get all excited about a bar of soap and because they seem to love it so much you think to yourself "OMFG, I NEED THIS ASAP." when you really dont and when you make it home (after hiding the bags from a suspecting significant other) you're like "WOW... I got a $15 bar of soap. Excellent, B." But you can't take it back because I would hate to see their disappointed face taking back the soap. So it becomes a vicious cycle.
Any thoughts on Lush, you guys? Love it, hate it, never tried it?