Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

Birth Of Venus Jelly Face Mask

Each one of the five jelly masks have a unique name inspired by five women who work for the company. Lush co-founder Rowena Bird recently won the National Venus Award in the UK which recognises and celebrates British business women. Birth of Venus is dedicated to her.

As a whole, the jelly masks have a certain hydrating quality because of what they’re made from. Like with all of Lush’s jelly products, the soft and wobbly texture comes from the addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from a type of seaweed. Anything with seaweed in it is going to be great at adding moisture, softening the skin, and soothing any irritation.

Birth of Venus contains some other incredibly soothing ingredients too. Its main ingredient is actually Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, which has been chosen for not only its soothing effects but also for its toning and balancing effects. Similarly, Lavender Absolute also has wonderful soothing properties, as well as being balancing and antiseptic. I’d say that Birth of Venus is one of the most balancing products Lush currently have and it’s perfect for anyone who, like myself, struggles with ‘combination’ skin as it really helps to even out the oil production.

This jelly mask also contains soothing and calming Chamomile Blue Oil, cleansing Kaolin which draws out toxins and impurities from the skin, and Fresh Sea Water which is full of many different minerals. Minerals are vital for the skin. They help to maintain water balance and keep the pH of the blood and lymphatic systems stable, which is essential for healthy living.

Birth Of Venus has a gorgeously unique scent. You can detect the floral and herbal elements of the lavender, rose and chamomile but there are grounding resinous notes coming from the addition of Olibanum Oil and Myrrh Resinoid in there too. It’s a very relaxing and fresh ‘spa’ like scent, but I also imagine smoking incense sticks whenever I smell it. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense has toning and soothing properties on the skin and Myrrh also has soothing properties but is also antiseptic.

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If you’ve never used a jelly face mask before, you might want to give one a go. I was really unsure when they first came out but now I love them. They’re so easy to use, though they do take a little longer to apply and take off than a regular mask. To apply you need to squidge a grape sized amount into the palm of your hands before smoothing over your face and the best way to take one off is either with a flannel or a damp cotton round rather than just splashing your face with water. Unlike the fresh face masks, these jelly masks are self preserving, which means they last a lot longer and don’t have to be kept in the fridge where you could forget about them!

I think Birth of Venus is my favourite out of the five currently in the all year round range, it leaves my face feeling so soft and matte, perfect for a morning before make up. I love this product!

Ingredients

Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Kaolin, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Sea Water, Talc, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Olibanum Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

I’m one of those people who cannot survive without coffee. I have to have a cup as soon as I wake up otherwise I won’t make it through the morning, or rather everyone around me won’t. I love the taste, I love the smell, so it comes as no surprise that Cup O’ Coffee is one of my favourite products from Lush and my all-time favourite face mask.

As soon as you crack open the lid, you’re hit with a strong coffee aroma which can put you off if that’s not your cup of tea, or coffee rather. Coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant to the brain, waking you up and giving you energy if you consume it. Likewise, it is also a stimulant for the skin. Cup O’ Coffee contains an infusion made from coffee beans which boosts circulation to the skin, reviving and brightening the complexion. Lush have also included Caffeine Powder to boost that effect.

Although Cup O’ Coffee is a mask, it contains Ground Coffee which acts as an effective exfoliant when you’re washing it off. It’s actually fairly scrubby on the skin which is perfect for deeply cleansing pores and removing dirt. Ground Coffee is one of the best eco-friendly alternatives to plastic microbeads. I will never understand why companies still continue to use highly damaging ingredients in their products when nature provides an alternative.

This mask actually has a fairly moist and sticky texture due to the addition of Agave Syrup. Like honey, this syrup is highly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well was being moisturising for the skin. This definitely makes the scrub a little less harsh and leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished once removed. Also added for their cleansing benefits are Kaolin, which draws out the impurities in the skin, and Bentone Gel which is great for absorbing excess sebum.

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Lastly a few other ingredients have been included mostly to enhance the mask’s scent, but each have their own individual properties too. Vanilla Absolute is soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanilin, its main aromatic compound, is antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin’s brightness and softness. Coriander Oil and Vetivert Oil are warming and stimulating, contributing to the mask’s main benefits and lastly Roasted Cocoa Extract gives a rich aroma to the product whilst also being soothing.

I love the feeling after using this mask. My skin always feels so smooth and honestly looks noticeably brighter and healthier. Dull skin no more! Furthermore, I often get bored of products and I love changing up my routine but Cup O Coffee is definitely one of my desert island products that I doubt I’ll ever stop using. Do not stop making this product Lush!!

Ingredients

Organic Agave Syrup, Kaolin, Glycerine, Coffee Infusion, Talc, Ground Coffee, Bentone Gel, Perfume, Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Roasted Cocoa Extract, Coriander Oil, Caffeine Powder, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

When Lush created their Jelly Masks, each one was dedicated to and named after five of Lush’s most powerful women and this one is named after one of Lush’s co-founders, Helen Ambrosen. The phrase also comes from an Ancient Greek poem, The Iliad, in which Helen Of Troy was said to have had ‘a face that launched a thousand ships’ so a millihelen (which would be enough to launch a single ship) has become a humorous measurement for beauty. 1000 millihelens makes up one whole Helen.

Incase you’ve not come across jelly face masks before, they’re an interesting concept and much like Lush’s shower jellies, each one is created with a base of Carrageenan Extract which gives the masks their squidgy texture. Carrageenan Extract comes from Irish moss seaweed and seaweed is expertly hydrating for the skin, meaning that each one of these unique masks has a fairly moisturising element.

1000 Millihelens is the one that’s been designed to be cleansing, detoxifying and brightening, perfect for anyone trying to prevent breakouts due to its highly antibacterial ingredients.

The two main components of this face mask are a Green Tea Infusion and Fresh Apple Juice. Green tea is thought to be very antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial for the skin and likewise apples are also rich in antioxidants to brighten and refresh the skin also. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the the skin’s top layers leaving it toned and glowing. The Green Tea, along with Chlorophyllin is what gives the product its green colour without the need for any colorants.

This jelly face mask further contains both Kaolin (or china clay) and Zeolite Clay, which are two natural clays that again detoxify the skin by drawing out the impurities, further paving the way for a clean and clear complexion.

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A couple of essential oils have been added to 1000 Millihelens which each have their own benefits as well as adding to the mask’s scent. Sicilian Lemon and Brazilian Orange Oils are also antiseptic and brightening for the skin, whilst Neroli Oil is toning and soothing. The scent of the mask is mostly dominated by the crisp appley scent with a herbal element from the unmistakable Green Tea Extract, though these essential oils somewhat add a slight fruity note of their own.

Lastly this face mask contains an ingredient that’s well known to those who have trouble fighting spots – Witch Hazel Extract. It’s a common ingredient in skincare because of its ideal ability to maintain clear and healthy skin. It is proven to be incredibly antiseptic, tightening and soothing.

Although they can be messy and annoying to use, I’m a big fan of the jelly face masks. Their self-preserving formula means they last a lot longer than the Fresh Face Masks and you don’t have to keep them in the fridge where they’re easily forgotten about. Also the seaweed content means they don’t really dry on the skin like other face masks can do, they remain the same soft texture all the while that they’re sat on your face.

1000 Millihelens always leaves me with noticeably brighter and softer skin and does wonders at keeping it clear. Check it out for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Green Tea Infusion, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Apple Juice, Zeolite Clay, Carrageenan Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Water, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

With the name Don’t Look At Me, it’s rather ironic that this is one of Lush’s brightest face masks with it’s bright blue colouring! You can’t not look!

Arguably the best thing about Don’t Look At Me is just how exfoliating it is. Even though it’s a face mask first and foremost, it contains super scrubby around rice to remove dead skin cells when you’re taking it off, just like a face scrub.

Don’t Look At Me has quite a rich, yet wet texture, which means it’s really easy to apply and there aren’t any big chunks like in other face masks. Along with cleansing Kaolin and Glycerine, it actually features a lot of skin softening ingredients. Silken Tofu has a high protein content and lots of vitamins, meaning it’s fantastic for moisturising and improving the condition of skin. Murumuru Butter is also loaded with vitamins and has a high content of deeply moisturising oleic acid. Furthermore, Rice Syrup and Rice Milk have also been added for their soothing and softening properties.

Although I may have made it sound otherwise, I wouldn’t call Don’t Look At Me that moisturising. It’s softening, yes, but I do find it can be slightly drying on my combination skin. It actually features enzymically cleansing Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil and a high amount of Fresh Lemon Juice. When something is enzymically cleansing, it means it breaks down any dirt and excess sebum with the help of enzymes, therefore making certain ingredients great at helping break down excess oils on the skin. Lemon Juice is perfect at this as well as being toning and brightening on the skin. I’d definitely recommend this mask to anyone with oilier skin types but if you are using it on drier skin, just make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after.

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Whenever I use Don’t Look At Me, my skin always feels so smooth and refreshed. The exfoliant works so well, I literally feel like I’m wearing new skin and there’s always a noticeable glow as well, so I love to use Don’t Look At Me before a big event!

However, one thing I really dislike about this mask, is the scent. I think it’s just how sharp the overall citrus aroma is, and mixed with the other ingredients it just doesn’t sit well with my nose. It’s sadly a big reason why I don’t use Don’t Look At Me more often.

Take a look at this fresh face mask here on the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Glycerine, Rice Syrup, Ground White Rice, Organic Silken Tofu, Murumuru Butter, Bentone Gel, Rice Milk, Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

There’s something strange about the idea of putting chocolate on your face. Even as someone who absolutely loves chocolate, I still don’t particularly want to cover myself in it so naturally I wasn’t overly keen on trying Cupcake Fresh Face Mask.

As soon as you pop open the lid and bring it to your nose, you’re hit with a scent that reminds me of brownie mixture, which to be honest, made me want to put it on my face even less and just eat it instead. Don’t try it, it really doesn’t taste nice.

Cupcake’s base is made from something called Rhassoul Mud, which should put you off eating it. This helps to soften skin and gives a deep cleanse, drawing out dirt and impurities, leaving skin soft and clear. As a natural clay, its super absorbent, drawing out excess sebum, minimising shine and preventing breakouts.

As you can imagine, Cupcake contain’s Cocoa Powder. Thanks to the residue of cocoa butter Cocoa Powder contains, it is really effective at softening the skin. It also contains a high amount of antioxidants, which are compounds made by plants to prevent premature breakdowns of their cells caused by exposure to atmospheric agents like air, heat and sunlight. These antioxidants benefit skin as well so they protect your skin from premature aging! Cupcake also contains a generous helping of actual Cocoa Butter also to hydrate your skin so it’s not left feeling too dry.

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When Cupcake is actually on your face, you can immediately feel your skin being nourished by its beneficial ingredients. Mint and Cedarwood are balancing for the skin, sorting out any excess oil issues and a soothing infusion from Linseed (Flaxseed) help with any redness or irritation. Although it’s the same texture as a brownie batter, you’re safe in the knowledge that it’s cleansing and clarifying your skin, not making breakouts worse!

Cupcake is actually perfect for hormonal, teenage skin, especially those prone to greasiness and breakouts due to the absorbent and purifying nature. Although I’m past that teenage stage, it still works for me when I do get the occasional spot, but I can’t say Cupcake is one of my go-to’s out of the fresh face mask range. I do find it can be a little drying, so make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after if you find you’re in the same boat!

Check out Cupcake for yourself here, or head into your local Lush for a free consultation on which mask would be better for you!

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc, Cocoa Powder, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint, Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Farnesol, Perfume

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Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

As the name suggests, this Fresh Face Mask is very much Rose based. Roses aren’t just beautiful flowers, the oil that the petals produce has numerous benefits for the skin.

Rosy Cheeks is quite a simple face mask. A blend of Rose, Calamine and Kaolin are basically the only ingredients meaning this mask is perfect for sensitive skins.

Kaolin, or China clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Its ability to absorb moisture into itself means it is an excellent ingredient to support product formulas that are self-preserving, by hiding water within itself away from bacteria, yeasts or molds. It also absorbs the impurities from the skin making it an effective cleanser.

Calamine powder is mainly zinc oxide, a white powder, with a dash of iron oxide, combining to produce a pretty, light pink powder. It is a very gentle ingredient on the skin and has great cleansing and PH balancing qualities. However, it’s main benefit is that it’s incredibly (and gently) soothing and calming for the skin.

The main feature is of course the Rose. Rosy Cheeks contains Turkish rose in three forms. An oil, an infusion and in a clay. Roses are the Queen of Soothing and this is why this particular mask is perfect for anyone suffering with any irritation, any redness, sunburn or any sort of inflammation.

The scent of rose is used by aromatherapists to lift the mood and restore balance, Rosy Cheeks is gorgeously scented with a strong and almost powdery rose scent.

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Because of it’s really smooth clay-like texture it’s easily applied to the face and immediately starts the soothing action, especially when it’s taken directly from the fridge where it’s supposed to be stored. A great thing about Rosy Cheeks is that unlike most of Lush’s other masks, it doesn’t dry out that much or become flaky at all.

I really love this mask, it makes my skin feel so good after and is beautifully mattefying once washed off. It’s great for use in the summer to help with sunburn or when you’re feeling flushed.

Check it out on the website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Kaolin, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Calamine Powder, Rose Clay, Rose Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Perfume

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Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Brazened Honey is a great mask for a detox and for when you want to reawaken tired skin. It contains many ingredients designed to deeply cleanse, improve circulation and brighten the complexion.

This bright mustard coloured mask contains a multitude of Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of the treatments are plant based, using herbs and spices.

Fresh Fennel is used for it’s antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and is also very stimulating, getting the blood flowing to the skin, reawakening the complexion. Anti-inflammatory Ginger and soothing Clove Bud Oil are also effective stimulants.

Turmeric is added for it’s soothing and antioxidant qualities and Parsley, Coriander and Cardamom also feature to help purify the skin.

Other fantastic cleansing ingredients are Kaolin, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion and Fresh Lime Juice. Kaolin, which features in a lot of Lush’s fresh face masks makes up a majority of the base and draws out impurities. The infusion of the three botanicals is not only antiseptic but also help to balance the skin’s sebum production and refreshing Lime Juice brightens and eats away at any excess oils.

Brazened Honey also features Honey and Free-Range Eggs so sadly this product isn’t currently vegan. Honey is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also incredibly moisturising, whilst protein rich Eggs contain lots of vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum production.

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I love the feeling of my skin after using this face mask, it feels so smooth and polished due to it containing Ground Almond Shells to give a light exfoliation, but also because of the wonderful purifying ingredients. It really gives me a glow and is perfect for those sluggish mornings! Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the spicy, herbal scent but I can definitely look past if for the great benefits!

Take a look at Brazened Honey for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Organic Parsley, Fresh Organic Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Perfume

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