July has completely flown by and I can’t believe it is August already?! I’ve had a pretty busy month, and if you are a regular reader or you follow me on Instagram, you will know I have been trying to balance blogging with, day trips, BBQs, nights out, concerts and busy days at work – no wonder this month has whizzed by! Anyway, today I’m sharing with you my July Must Haves.Continue Reading . . .
I love a bubble bar, and this cute macaroon smells so summery and leaves skin feeling really soft. Plus as it is a bubble bar you can get about four uses out of it!
This is everyone’s holy grail bath product so I imagine it is on everyone’s LUSH wishlist! I love the gorgeous berry scent and how pink it turns the bath water. I also find that it lasts a while as you get a good amount of bubbles from a small chunk of the bar.
After The Comforter, this is probably my second favourite bubble bar due to the strong and sweet citrus smell. Again as this is a bubble bar you can get a good amount of use out of it.
If you are up to date with my posts you will know that I often suffer from troublesome skin and I have tried all sorts of wonderful products in my battle to combat those pesky spots. But recently I have found myself wanting to strip my skincare routine right back to basics. I was previously using a micellar water, an eye make up remover and an astringent lotion to remove my make up and cleanse my skin but I found this process to be too time consuming, too many products and actually not very good. So when I was in Lush about a month ago I started speaking to one of the lovely girls who worked there about what I needed from a skincare product and she recommended that I try the Ultrabland Facial Cleanser.
What really sold me with this product it the fact that Lush founders have declared this their “number one desert island product”. The cleanser is very mild and feels like a thick almost buttery cream which melts down into an oily consistency. It is very rich and it feels so nourishing. Now I know we all love Lush for their amazing smelling bath bombs, soaps and shower gels however this is a very different product. I’ve read some negative reviews where people say it stink…it really doesn’t Personally I think the name is very apt because the scent is ultra bland. It is barely there, if anything it smells slightly of beeswax but it is really no noticeable of offensive. It is just very pure and not chemically or artificial smelling like a lot of cleansers
The product is typical of Lush, very natural based with no nasties in there to cause flare ups for those with sensitive skin. Ingredients include almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey which are perfect for soothing and hydrating your skin. Although I have oily skin, I actually love oil based cleansers more than anything. They are amazing at removing heavy make up including waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and Ultrabland does not disappoint.
I apply a small amount of cream to dry skin and gently rub in to my skin in small circles. When I get to my eyes, I very gently smooth my fingertips in a downwards motion to coat the lids and lashes with the products and slide the liner and mascara away from my eyes. I like to look in the mirror at this point because you look like a scary ghost with big black panda eyes/face (depending on how crazy you get with the sliding technique) Sometimes if I’m feeling silly I will hide and try to scare him because I look ridiculous and I’m childish When I am done clowning around I dampen my hands slightly and rub over the product as it slightly emulsifies the oil and helps to lift grime and make up from your face. Then using a damp face cloth I wipe away the product gently and voila I am clean and have a naked face once more.
So here are my five reasons you should go back to basics with your cleanser:
- It is fantastic at removing all traces of make up, not matter how heavy it its.
- Ultrabland is so gentle and it has never irritated my skin. If you are prone to allergic reasons or sensitivities to skincare products I really recommend you try his out.
- The antibacterial properties of this cleanser have really helped keep breakouts at bay.
- Thanks to the almond oil and honey it is a very moisturising cleanser and it leaves my skin feeling plump and soft after cleansing.
- Aside from preservatives, the cleanser is made with natural ingredients that have been selected for their fantastic properties so you avoid slathering chemicals all your face.
One of my pet peeves is having dry lips. Unfortunately for me, this is something that I regularly struggle with. Sometimes it is caused by the weather and other times by super matte lipsticks (MAC RiRi Woo, I’m looking at you…). So to solve my dry lip woes I decided to head down to my local LUSH store and pick up the beauty blogger favourite, the Mint Julips lip scrub. While the concept of a lip scrub does sound a little bit daft – my mum laughed when I told her about it!! – this is actually pure genius.
The scrub is made with the natural ingredients, caster sugar, organic jojoba oil, vanilla extract, tagetes oil, peppermint oil and limonene. This gorgeous concoction smells (and tastes!) amazing. It is exactly like mint choc chip ice-cream. The sugar gently buffs away dead skin cells from your lips leaving them soft looking and feeling and visibly plumped. The oils can then penetrate the new layer of skin to re-hydrate the lips.
Now, I mentioned earlier that Mint Julips not only smells like heave, but also tastes like it too! That’s right… you can eat it! Seeing as the main ingredient is caster sugar, and the rest is all natural, it is perfectly safe to eat the product. This means application is incredibly simple. You simply dab your finger into the pot picking up a small amount of product. I prefer to lick my lips first – I don’t really know if it matters, but my reasoning is you wouldn’t put a face scrub on a dry face – then gently scrub my lips with a small circular motion. As soon as you feel that you’ve scrubbed enough, simply lick it off! So tasty and so convenient!
If minty chocolatey goodness is not your cup of tea, never fear, Lush also stock this scrub in Popcorn and Bubblegum flavors. Popcorn is not my favourite scent, but the Bubblegum smells wonderful. Overall, I really recommend the LUSH lip scrubs for anyone who suffers from dry lips. There is a lot of product packed in the pot so they last for ages, but I know when mine runs out I will certainly by repurchasing. You can get your hands on your own from LUSH Cosmetics stores or their website for £5.50 for a 25g tub.