Face Powders, make up

Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder

Lush have recently been redesigning their entire make up range and we’re seeing solid foundations, naked highlighters, naked lipsticks and many more amazing and innovative products on offer whilst most of their previous make up products have been discontinued. However one thing that made the cut into the new range is Emotional Brilliance Face Powder. Emotional Brilliance was also the name of the core make up range that has now been phased out.

As a face powder, Emotional Brilliance is to be used after make up for a flawless finish. Saying that, it works just as well on your skin when you aren’t wearing make up and you can apply straight to the skin for a matte effect and to help even out the skin tone.

Emotional Brilliance is made up of Talc, Synthetic Mica and Tapioca Starch, and because of these powders’ absorbent properties, these are what gives you the smooth matte effect as they absorb the excess oils on the skin. Lush use Synthetic Mica in their products as opposed to natural mica because of concerns over child labour in its mining. Synthetic Mica is also purer and brighter than natural mica, and has a more uniform finish without any sharp edges making it perfect for use in make up products. A particular issue with the commercial use of talc is that it supposedly causes cancer, as well as the chances that it might be contaminated with asbestos. However Lush’s talc supplier uses a set of strict techniques to ensure that their talc is safe for cosmetic use.

Other than that, this mineral powder also contains Jojoba Oil, which is why you’ll find that Emotional Brilliance doesn’t seem at all drying for the skin. Jojoba Oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum, allowing it to be readily absorbed into the skin without clogging the pores, and balances out the oil production also.

Although it’s translucent, Lush have ben called out for not being inclusive with this powder, so you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve recently released two extra powders for darker skin tones currently exclusive to the new Liverpool Spa store. Furthermore, you might not realise it, but the pot that Emotional Brilliance comes in can be traded in as part of Lush’s five black pot recycling scheme! So make sure you’re saving it for your free face mask!

I’m super impressed with this powder, I’ve been using it for a while now and it really suits my skin and looks great over the make up I wear. I know it’s slightly on the expensive side but you can always ask lush to give you a little sample so you can try it out for yourself!

Check it out here on the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tapioca Starch, Organic Jojoba Oil, Colour 77491, Colour 77499

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Wild Butterfly Bath Bomb

The second of the butterfly shaped Mother’s Day exclusive bath bombs I chose to use was Wild Butterfly, so called because of the Sweet Wild Orange Oil it contains!

Wild Butterfly has a scent that is very similar to Christmas 2017’s Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel but there’s a slight difference. Whilst still containing the Orange and the Olive Leaf Absolute, it features Petitgrain instead of Bergamot. It’s a strong, unique scent that can be slightly off putting at first, but if you really take it in, I find it really warming. The herbaceous Olive Leaf and Petitgrain give a strong woody note to the scent which is what I can first pick out in the fragrance, whereas the uplifting smell of the Sweet Wild Orange in the background is possibly what saves the scent from being too bitter. Like I said, if you don’t like it at first, give it another chance and see what you think. Petitgrain is thought to help reduce anxiety and mental fatigue, which after a couple of stressful days was really what I needed.

Once placed in the water, much like Rose Butterfly, this one didn’t float well either so I got the best pictures I could. Yet it still made for a really pretty show, vivid oranges and yellows were streaming out of it creating gorgeous patterns before settling into a warming sunset orange bath that had sparkly glitter floating throughout. Furthermore, as it fizzed, the aroma really lifted and filled the room. Unlike Rose Butterfly, I found that this one dissolved at a much slower rate and I found myself watching it for a good six minutes. 

I really like to meditate in the bath as I find it’s the perfect place for clearing my mind and I found that after my bath with Wild Butterfly, I was so calm and grounded. I usually am after a bath but there was something that made me feel even more so with this one. I really felt at peace and was ready to chill out for the rest of the evening.

Once I was out, my skin was still emanating the earthy scent, it felt silky soft and also had a slight glimmer in the light from the lustre. If you really hate glitter, don’t worry too much, as it’s only a little and you can easily wash it off after your bath.

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To conclude, I’m loving these butterflies so far, I can’t wait to try out the last one even if it’s scent doesn’t appeal to me as much as the other two!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Petitgrain Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olive Leaf Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15850:1

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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Boom! Toothy Tabs

The idea of Boom! originally scared me a little. Reading the ingredients list, you’ve got Charcoal, Chilli, Gunpowder Tea and Black Pepper? Honestly it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to put in my mouth and especially not to clean my teeth? Nevertheless Boom! does seem to be pretty popular, and you do see rave reviews over other charcoal toothpastes.

Like the rest of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Boom! contains Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate for their plaque removing properties and their ability to increase the alkalinity inside the mouth, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth. However the Charcoal and Sea Salt content of Boom! gently polishes and cleanses the teeth also! Charcoal containing toothpastes are on the rise because of how great they are at removing stains and therefore whitening the teeth. Boom! further contains an odd sounding product called Gunpowder Tea, which is a type of green tea. The leaves from this plant are rich in antioxidants that are great for improving the health of the mouth and gums. It gets its name from the shape of the leaves because when rolled into tiny black pellets, they can be mistaken for gunpowder grains.

It’s the Charcoal that gives the product it’s black colour, and it’s a strange feeling when you see your mouth turn black when you’re using one of these tabs but there’s also a sense of fun too, so I reckon Boom would make a great product to get those young teens to brush their teeth!

Boom! is meant to taste like cola, and to be fair, it kinda does. Boom! contains zesty Persian Lime Oil, liquorice-tasting Aniseed Oil, spicy Black Pepper Oil, vanillary Benzoin Resinoid with a small amount of Ground Chilli and even simply reading those ingredients, you can see how they’d make up a similar taste to cola. It’s an odd taste, yet it’s really not bad at all, Lush have added Sorbitol as a sweetener and it’s actually pretty good once you get used to it. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn syrup, but despite this it doesn’t have any harmful affects on the teeth.

The only problem with Boom! is that due to its colour, it can be a tad messy and can stain clothing and leave black marks on your sink. If it happens, don’t worry as its easily wiped away and washed out of fabrics but it can be annoying. Just be careful when you’re brushing your teeth I guess.

I’m actually enjoying using Boom! at the moment, I’m already starting to notice my teeth looking brighter with just a weeks worth of uses and it leaves my mouth and breath feeling clean and fresh. I’d happily purchase them again!

You can check out Boom! for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Charcoal, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Fine Sea Salt, Flavour, Persian Lime Oil, Aniseed Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Powdered Gunpowder Tea, Organic Ground Chilli, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb

I think that this year’s Mothers Day range is beyond incredible, I feel so overwhelmed with so many new and exciting things to try! Three of the new limited edition products are butterfly shaped bath bombs which are made with specially 3D printed moulds. There’s a Rose Butterfly, a Lemon Butterfly and a Wild Butterfly, and their beautiful marble effect patterns are created by sprinkling different coloured mixes into the moulds before pressing. They’re some of the most beautiful products I’ve seen in a long while!

I picked up Rose Butterfly first because both it’s colours and it’s scent really drew me towards it. This gorgeous bath bomb features a new fragrance that Lush are calling Road Rage apparently. It’s a musky floral perfume of Sicilian Lemon Oil and Rose Oil and is absolutely to die for. It’s really powdery and I don’t think that just comes from the format either. The bright notes from the Lemon really lift the sweet and floral Rose and it’s a beautiful balance between the two. I say it’s a new scent, but it strongly reminds me of Two More Hearts Perfume, which contains the two ingredients amongst others. The scent of the perfume is a lot deeper and more complex though, whereas this is like a light recreation; but I loved the perfume, so I’m in head over heels for this too.

Once popped in the bath, I was hoping I could get Rose Butterfly to float for some cute pictures, but sadly she half sank under the water. Still, I managed to get some lovely shots of the pretty blues and pinks that dispersed out of the bomb. Much like the patterns on the actual butterfly, it made some beautiful bath art. I was also very pleased at the fact that whilst it was fizzing away, Rose Butterfly released a heavy dose of it’s wonderful aroma into the room.

After a relatively quick fizz, the end result was the most gorgeous vibrant shade of purply-blue, decorated with silvery lustre. I am actually blown away by how pretty both the bath art and the end result is from this bath bomb. I’ve not seen such a beautiful and exciting end colour from a Lush product in a long time and I couldn’t wait to jump in! Once I had taken the plunge with the warm water feeling so soft and the colour and the scent all around me, it was honestly heaven.

Even once I was towelled off and ready to snuggle up for the night,  I could still smell the light, yet powerful scent lingering on my skin. Although there’s no particularly moisturising ingredients in this product, my skin still felt lovely and soft and was decorated with a little amount of the shimmering lustre.

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In conclusion, Rose Butterfly is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. Honestly. I cannot express how much I love it! I strongly urge everyone to try it before it potentially disappears forever! If I were a rating sort of Lushie, it would definitely get top marks from me!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Naked Body Conditioner

After really enjoying my potted American Pie, I was eager to try the naked version too! I personally find that usually the naked versions last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts, predominately because you aren’t using a great amount of the product with each use.

Upon first sniff, the two versions smell almost identical. Both are a very gentle recreation of the original American Cream scent but I actually really like it that way and you still get all the wonderful creamy notes of vanilla and strawberry. In the shower however, I do notice that the scent is somewhat stronger with the naked and actually I find that the Lavender is more easily noticeable, intertwining with the sweet Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the main component of the fragrance.

With a naked body container, you simply grab the whole thing and swipe it over your skin before putting it down and rinsing it off. The addition of the warm water allows the nourishing and moisturising ingredients to sink deeper and more quickly into the skin and I always find that I’m a lot more hydrated with a body conditioner than with a body lotion.

In terms of feeling, I’d actually say that I felt a lot more moisturised with this version. Perhaps it’s the addition of the Cocoa Butter, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax (which help to keep the product solid) but it felt a lot more oily, yet in no way greasy. It was easily absorbed into my skin and felt effectively hydrating. Another change between the varieties is that this version doesn’t include any fresh strawberry, though I’m not sure it makes much of a difference.

Because of the difference in format, I’d recommend stepping out of the shower stream when applying this product, else it’ll quickly melt with the hot water and you really don’t want to waste any, plus it only makes it more messy.

The only thing that’s difficult with a naked body conditioner, and a lot of Lush’s naked products in general, is that storing them can be a hassle. I personally use the lids from Lush’s large black pots (225g) to sit my naked body conditioners on, which are actually the perfect size. 

After towelling off, I found that my skin was radiating the comforting scent that I’m really starting to admire, which was a big step up from it’s potted sibling. Again, I could definitely smell more of the powdery floral notes at this point too.

As with the American Cream Shower Gel, I’m definitely preferring the naked version of this product! How about you? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Fresh Orange Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 73360.

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Shower, Body Conditioners

American Pie Body Conditioner

American Pie was another American Cream scented product released alongside the namesake shower gel for Valentine’s Day and is a body conditioner, which if you didn’t know, is a body lotion that you use in the shower. I’m a big fan of body conditioners, and with my new found love for the American Cream scent, I was super excited to try this one.

With a super luxurious base of Shea, Cupuaçu and Murumuru Butters, alongside Almond Oil, you can already tell that you’re in for a treat. Lush’s body conditioners are usually a step up from their standard body lotions in terms of how soft and hydrated your skin feels and American Pie is no different. All these ingredients do wonders at sinking deeply into your skin with all their moisturising benefits.

In the shower, you can definitely feel the product get to work as soon as you start slathering it over your body. Body conditioners really go a long way so only a little is needed each time, even for your whole body! Upon contact with the warm water whilst rinsing it off, the American Cream fragrance lifted and filled my shower area.

It’s a mix of Vanilla, Clary Sage, Lavender and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the comforting scent which was designed to replicate the aroma coming from a fresh plate of strawberries and cream, and sweet and delicious milkshakes. Whilst American Pie does contain real Fresh Strawberry Infusion, strawberries themselves don’t really have a strong scent and so are mimicked with the help of the other ingredients creating a sweet vanillary and floral fragrance. It’s a gentle smell, especially in this format and I know some people would have liked it stronger but for me, I think it smells perfect.

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As mentioned, American Pie contains Fresh Strawberry Infusion, as well as Fresh Orange Infusion, which sweeten the scent but mainly, both fruits contain many antioxidants and cleansing enzymes which rejuvenate and cleanse the skin respectively. Furthermore the four ingredients that make up the forefront of the scent are also wonderfully soothing and calming.

Like I’ve said, I’m a big fan of body conditioners and this one certainly didn’t let me down, my skin felt so smooth afterwards and I could still smell the lovely aroma wafting off my skin for hours after using it, especially so when paired with the shower gel! I often use body conditioners as nighttime hand creams because they’re super effective at moisturising dry skin and you only need a really small amount! Do you have any other uses for them? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Fresh Orange Infusion, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cupuaçu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Triethanolamine, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Perfume, Colour 17200

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