April Favorites

Happy Friday and May the 1st nerds & nerdettes! The month of April is over, which means it’s even closer to Summer (hello flip flops and barbecues). I always love the end of the month in the blogger/vlogger community for one reason…monthly favorites! I decided to skip this week’s Friday Favorites and give you guys something better. Continue reading

LUSH Skin Regimen Review

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I’ve searched high and low for years looking for the best skin care products for my very difficult and complex skin. I have very dry combination skin that has been treated by everything (Proactiv, SkinID, Murad, drugstore brands, etc.) with no improvement :(. I decided to try my luck with LUSH and I can’t believe how much better my skin is! I wasn’t planning a review this soon, but after a week of these products my skin has showed more improvement than the years of trial and error with the other brands.

LUSH Ocean Salt Face Scrub

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9.5/10– This life changing product isn’t just a scrub, it also doubles as my cleanser. Ocean Salt contains antibacterial lime and vodka to cleanse skin without using harsh synthetic chemicals, and with extra virgin coconut oil and avocado butter it hydrates my very dry areas. Plus, with fine and coarse sea salt added it gives an invigorating scrub that leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth :).

My only gripe is the price, for $19.95 you get the 4.2 ounce (small) pot, or for $34.95 you get 8.8 ounce (large) pot. This scrub is so wonderful though the price will not keep me from purchasing it again. Plus, a little scrub goes a very long way! I use a nickel sized amount and that’s enough for my face and neck.

LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Mask

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10/10– Normally masks dry my skin out leaving my face tight, or has very temporary benefits. BB Seaweed is so gentle I use it every morning! With finely ground almonds this mask works as a gentle scrub, and contains extra virgin olive oil for supple, soft skin. After using this mask for a week all my dry patches were gone, and my skin tone was more even. Did I mention it left my skin baby soft? Love this mask!

LUSH Breath Of Fresh Air Toner

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9/10– This toner has been quite the miracle worker. Breath Of Fresh Air Toner contains seaweed extract, rose absolute, and aloe vera to repair damaged skin and balance skin tone. I got a mild sunburn on my face over the weekend, and this toner has been quite soothing! I love that its alcohol-free so it doesn’t dry out my skin it just hydrates and prepares me for…

LUSH Vanishing Cream

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10/10– Oh my god this is the Holy Grail of moisturizers! I am always hesitant of facial moisturizers because they’re either too greasy (yuck!), or don’t do shit. I apply Vanishing Cream immediately after my toner and automatically my skin feels phenomenal. This moisturizer contains witch hazel which shrinks my pores (I’ve got some seriously large pores) almost to the point of invisibility and helps get rid of any blemishes. With added grape seed oil it leaves my skin so smooth and soft I literally have to refrain from touching my face.

Even though this moisturizer is priced at $39.95 for a 1.5 ounce pot I will most definitely be purchasing this again! On the plus side, a small dip on the end of your finger is enough to moisturize your entire face and neck so this pot will last for months.

I recommend these products for anyone with very dry combination or oily/combination skin.

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A Lush Life Part Deux

Oh man do I love LUSH! I went to get a few bath bombs and treat myself, but the always amazing people at LUSH convince me to try new things and a girl just can’t say no. I ended up spending $100 there, but I have to keep telling myself “It’s your birthday.” On the plus side I am stocked for a few months on skin care so it was well worth it.

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Here’s what I got…

1. Rose Jam Bubbleroon (quite possibly the greatest scent ever!)

2. Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

3. Sex Bomb Bath Bomb (of course, and what my boyfriend calls the store cause he can’t remember the name haha)

4. Vanishing Cream Facial Moisturizer (this is where it got expensive at $39.95 for a 1.5 ounce jar yipes!)

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5. Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub

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6. BB Seaweed Face Mask

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7. Custom Colour Supplement (Jackie Oats + Light Yellow)

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The wonderful Becky at LUSH made a custom color sample jar for me to take home and try. If your curious as to what their Colour Supplements are, they’re an alternative to foundation. These can also double as a concealer :).

8. Breath Of Fresh Air Skin Toner

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A Lush Life

I finally checked out what all the fuss was about and got my butt over to LUSH today. I must say I had the best time there and adore the staff! I was welcomed with open arms and dove hands first into a demonstration of their bubble bars. When they found out I was a LUSH virgin they took me around the store and showed me everything, and demonstrated on me their numerous massage bars, body butters, body tints, by the time I left I was a LUSH expert.

I wish I had purchased more but in the end I walked out with two bath bombs, a bubble bar, and a sample of yummy soap.
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I got the Sex Bomb and Space Girl bath bombs, and the Yuzu and Cocoa bubble bar. I loooove the smell of Sex Bomb! I also got a free sample of Sexy Peel soap and it smells like a bunch of lemons which is a great pick me up smell :).

I wish I could say my experience at MAC was as wonderful. I’m definitely not a MAC virgin but considering it had been a while since I’ve purchased their foundation, for the life of me I couldn’t remember my  color number. After standing there clueless and ignored for 10 minutes a MAC employee approached me and assisted me in finding the right foundation number for my skin. He then proceeded to give me a free application and lesson, which was greatly appreciated but I felt bad since he was trying to sell me a bunch of other products I couldn’t afford at the moment. After explaining I just wanted foundation the lesson was over and he hurried up and grabbed the foundation I asked for.

I can understand his annoyance, I should have said something but before I could I was grabbed and sat in a chair. After I left I checked my makeup in my mirror and was very disappointed. Since the application was rushed the foundation was not blended well ( I could see on my nose where he didn’t finish blending) and whatever powder he used caked on my face very badly. In the end I know if I want a specific MAC product I’m better off buying online.
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Oh yeah, I’m an NC15.

Mandee