Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Argan Naked Facial Oil

Argan is the last of the five naked facial oils for me to actually write about. It’s taken me this long to actually try it for myself at home as part of my everyday routine. I love how each of the naked oils is so unique and different and how Light Touch, Amazon Primer, Full of Grace and Banana Skin each have such different benefits for different skins with their incredibly diverse ingredients. With each one there’s so much to talk about and Argan definitely contains some of the best around.

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As the name suggests, Argan contains rich Argan Oil which has bountiful benefits for the skin. Argan Oil has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin as well as restore hydration. Because Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants also, it has massive replenishing and revitalising properties too.

Also for adding moisture to the skin, Argan contains a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Date Syrup. This sugary, sticky syrup actually works a lot like honey, in how protective it is, really locking moisture into the skin.

You may have heard of Rose Hip Oil being used in skincare products, or being used as the pure oil itself in place of a moisturiser. Rose Hip Oil has a long list of benefits so its no surprise it’s used so often. It contains many antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids and it’s also proven to help the formation of collagen in the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation, even out the skin tone and keep the skin’s elasticity.

An ingredient you might not see too often in skincare is Prickly Pear Oil. A prickly pear is a fruit from a certain type of cactus and the oil its seeds contain is thought to be one of the best natural ways to maintain skin’s youthfulness. It has the most powerful antioxidant compounds and the most effective vitamins all in very high concentration levels whilst being soothing and moisturising too.

Argan is actually part of the Rose Jam family and smells just like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan Soap and the rest of the products in the scent family. A lot of people would say it’s a little too potent of a fragrance for a face moisturiser but it’s a scent I adore so I can’t say I share that same sentiment. I do however, find Argan to be a little more creamier, warmer and slightly less sweet than the standard Rose Jam smell, likely due to the format. Naturally this means that Argan contains Rose, Geranium and Lemon Oils for the aroma. Rose is well known for its soothing effects, Geranium has toning properties and Lemon gives the skin brightness. Argan lastly also contains Aloe Vera Extract to further soothe the skin.

I’m really enjoying using Argan each evening. I say evening as for me it’s a little too heavy to wear during the day, but it’s perfect as a night cream/oil. I’ve really noticed a visible difference in any redness that was beginning to appear on my face and although I’ve always been such a fan of Full of Grace, I think I may have found a new favourite! I’ll definitely be continuing to use Argan for a long while!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Date Syrup, Dried Dates, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Prickly Pear Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

 

 

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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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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Angels On Bare Skin Fresh Cleanser

I used to use Angels On Bare Skin all the time. It was one of the first Lush skincare products I really got into and I loved how it made my skin feel! I’ve since moved on to Herbalism as I find that it’s better suited towards my skin but I still love to use AOBS on occasion.

Angels On Bare Skin is actually inspired by an ancient medieval skincare recipe that was to be used by anyone wishing to be carried off by a knight in shining armour. Essential oils like Rose and Lavender were actually banned by the church because their effects on the mind were considered the devils work! Eventually, they discovered they had wonderful benefits for the skin too and were much more accepted.

Like almost all of Lush’s fresh cleaners, Angels On Bare Skin has a fairly crumbly texture, which you need to add water to, to turn it into more of a paste. AOBS contains Ground Almonds which creates a soothing milk when water is added and offers a lovely and gentle scrub. After adding water, work it into your palms to create the paste, then massage over the face and body before gently washing away. This cleanser also contains Kaolin for cleansing and drawing out the impurities in the skin.

Angels On Bare Skin smells strongly of Lavender, in its raw and natural state. On the skin, Lavender is a fantastic ingredient with many benefits. It’s soothing, balancing and antiseptic, making it one of the best ingredients for a cleanser suitable for sensitive skins.

Along with the Lavender, AOBS contains Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which have been hand picked to further calm and benefit the skin. Rose is another fantastic ingredient that’s perfect for this cleanser thanks to its rejuvenating and toning properties too; it’s been used for centuries to heal wounds and scarring. Not just anti-inflammatory and protective but Benzoin Resinoid is also believed to stimulate the blood flow.

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I find AOBS is the ultimate in balancing and resetting my skin. If I’m ever using too many products on my skin (which lets face it, I often am) and chopping and changing my routine, I’ll always go back to Angels On Bare Skin for a nice clean slate to soothe and repair. I find it makes my skin feel much more refreshed and calm and any spots I may be living with soon disappear.

If you’ve never given this cleanser ago you might want to. Because it’s so gentle, anyone can try it! It might be the perfect one for you.

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, Limonene, Linalool

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Banana Skin Naked Facial Oil

I’ve used Full of Grace Facial Serum for a long time now as my night-time moisturiser and it’s one of those products I don’t think I’ll ever stop using. Saying that, when Lush bought out four other naked facial oils obviously I had to try them all and so currently I’m using Banana Skin in it’s place.

Banana Skin is one of the more nourishing and hydrating bars out of the five and is full of ingredients to soften and moisturise thirsty skin. It’s base is made out of rich butters like Murumuru, Illipe and Cupuaçu. Cupuaçu has a fairly low melting point so it melts easily when it comes into contact with the warm skin, giving a generous amount of hydration. Cupuaçu Butter is also full of antioxidants, which help destroy the atoms, or groups of atoms commonly referred to as free radicals that occur as a result of normal human metabolism and exposure to sunlight, pollution and cigarette smoke. Free radicals are highly reactive and can start a damaging chain reaction in our cells, the results of which have been linked with ageing and various cancers. Banana Skin also features Mango Butter which is extracted from cold pressing the seeds of the fruits and is luxuriously soft. It’s also full of essential vitamins and minerals which benefit the skin greatly.

It would be odd if Lush created a product called Banana Skin without any banana in it right? This facial oil actually features banana in two different ingredients. Fresh Banana is added for its nourishing and conditioning effects on the skin and a tincture of banana peel which tones the skin. It’s also said to help with scarring and treating acne!

This yellow facial oil further contains Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Jojoba Oil for their moisturising and emollient qualities. Grapeseed Oil and Jojoba Oil both have a high affinity with our skin cells, allowing for easy absorption. Grapeseed also possesses regenerative and restructuring qualities and is reputed to be very effective at reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. Rich in vitamin A and minerals, apricots produce a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture. Apricot Kernel Oil is full of unsaturated fats which is very beneficial for the skin.

Banana Skin is a fairly heavy moisturiser. Because it melts ever so easily, the consistency of the residue on your skin can feel quite thick, especially when you’ve over applied. I think for this particular serum bar I’m preferring to apply it to my hands first before applying the oils to my face. For this reason also I’m preferring to stick to using it at night only. Lush have included Tapioca Starch in this product to help absorb any excess oils and leave a more matte effect. It does allow for a smoother finish but unless you have dry skin then it still might be too much for you.

Scent wise, Banana Skin is gorgeous. Naturally it has a bananary element to it with sweet muskiness from Ambrette Seed Oil and Tonka Absolute and warmer notes from Sandalwood and Labdanum. It smells like rich banana pudding!

It’s bright yellow colour is actually completely natural, coming from the addition of Safflower Petal Extract!

In conclusion, I can see why Banana Skin is a great product, but it just doesn’t suit me so I  don’t think I’ll be buying it again.

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Organic Illipe Butter, Fresh Banana, Tapioca Starch, Organic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Cupuaçu Butter, Mango Butter, Banana Peel Tincture, Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Ambrette Seed Oil, Tonka Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Safflower Petal Extract, Citral, Coumarin, Farnesol, Limon, Linalool, Perfume

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Light Touch Naked Facial Oil

Light Touch is one of Lush’s solid moisturisers or ‘naked facial oils’. It’s designed to give a fairly light hydration and to promote a clear, balanced complexion. Each ingredient has been carefully chosen to calm, soothe and refresh the skin also, right down to the perfume.

As the name suggests, Light Touch is one of the less heavy facial oils in the range and it has base made up of Illipe Butter and Kokum Butter. Kokum Butter is a very stable and solid seed butter that is renowned in cosmetics for its ability to melt very fast when it comes into contact with the skin, yet remains hard otherwise. Similarly Illipe Butter has a high melting point, making it excellent in a face oil. This product also contains Shea Butter in a smaller quantity.

Light Touch further contains Safflower, Grapeseed, Meadowfoam and Jojoba Oils. Each one of these oils has a high affinity with the structure of our skin cells which means they are easily absorbed into the skin, along with other ingredients they may carry. This means they’re perfect for a lighter feel moisturiser that sinks in nicely without leaving you feeling too oily. These oils all have a high content of linoleic acid which helps to break down excess oils and is a known acne-fighter; they also all possess regenerative and antioxidant effects too.

Speaking of antioxidants, one of the main ingredients of this facial oil is mineral-rich Irish Moss Infusion. This bushy red seaweed is great at softening and soothing the skin whilst leaving it fresh from toxins. Blue Spirulina further contains many antioxidants, contains more protein than fish or cereals, and almost all the amino acids that are essential to human life, making it a renowned cosmetic ingredient, boosting skin radiance and good health. It’s also what gives the product its natural blue colour.

Witch Hazel is a popular product in skincare thanks to it being ideal to maintain clear and healthy looking skin by preventing bacterial growth and firming the skin by tightening the pores.

Light Touch’s earthy and floral fragrance comes from essential oils and ingredients that further soothe the skin – Olibanum Oil, Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil and Myrrh Resinoid. Both Lavender and Geranium Oils have balancing properties to help sort out any sebum production issues.

As someone with combination skin that’s sometimes on the oily side yet sometimes on the dry side, Light Touch really works for me because it effectively moisturises my skin without leaving any excess oils. Therefore, it’s also perfect for skins that are prone to oiliness, especially those that can get red and irritated. At the moment I’m using it both morning and night to hopefully try and get my skin rebalanced and calm and I’m loving it.

Ingredients

Illipe Butter, Kaolin, Kokum Butter, Irish Moss Infusion, Meadowfoam Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Safflower Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Silica, Perfume, Witch Hazel Extract, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Absolute, Olibanum Oil, Geranium Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Blue Spirulina Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Base & Coverage, Make Up

Slapstick Solid Foundation

A while ago, Lush really started expanding their somewhat dated make-up range. The first thing to come out of this was their innovative solid foundations, called Slapsticks. I remember seeing these for the first time and honestly being in awe of them. There’s a whopping forty shades, separated into three undertones depending whether you are cool, warm or neutral. They’re also vegan, cruelty free (of course) and also zero-waste and naked, save for the black wax you use to hold the product and the cardboard packaging it comes in! How cool is that?!

Each Slapstick is an enriching, highly buildable blend of gentle ingredients and pigment to give a medium coverage and to make your complexion glow. They’re composed of 14% pigment and 45% Indonesian Coconut Oil. The Coconut Oil base means that the Slapsticks feel so soft and make for an easy application, as well as keeping your skin hydrated underneath. Jojoba Oil allows the product to sink into the skin nicely and blends beautifully with a quadruple threat of Candelilla, Sunflower, Rose and Orange Peel Waxes to help the colour and pigment last. Each solid foundation also contains rich Argan Oil and Oat Kernel Oil to rejuvenate, lock in moisture and really nourish the skin.

All these ingredients are super gentle even for sensitive skins and frankly I’ve never felt a more nourishing foundation. I’ve seen a couple of reviews where people have said that the Slapsticks aren’t good for people with oily skin as it leaves them feeling too greasy. Personally I’ve not had that issue but I don’t have oily skin, my suggestion would be to perhaps try one in store and see how you feel first.

Although they’re foundation, I’d argue that with just one layer, the Slapsticks feel a lot more like BB Cream than anything else, which is perfect for me as that’s what I’ve been using before. The great thing is, if you want more coverage, you can continue to apply layers until you’ve got the desired outcome, without it feeling cakey or too heavy, even with all the oils it contains. I apply mine straight on my face in smallish sections and then blend in with a general buffing brush, though you can use your fingertips or a sponge to suit your needs. It leaves a fairly dewy finish but you can easily mattify with the help of a powder.

As I mentioned already, there are 40 different shades, making the range one of the most inclusive out there. There are four families of the Slapstick shades: dark, medium dark, medium-light and light and within each family are 10 different shades numbered from the darkest shade (40) to the lightest (1). Each shade then has either the letter N, C or W to indicate your skin’s undertone, standing for warm, cool and neutral. The best way to find out your undertone is to look at the underside of your wrist. If the veins there are mostly blue or purple, you’ll lean towards cooler hues, while greens indicate a warmer tone. An even mix of both suggests you’re a neutral.

If you really aren’t sure and you’re definitely interested you can pop into one of the stores that currently carries the range such as Oxford Street or Liverpool Spa and a staff member there will be happy to help you match your shade. I currently use 8N as my skin is relatively light with neutral undertones, though when I’m slightly more tan I’ll use 9W or a mixture of both for a more sun-kissed finish.

I’m super impressed with my (now second) Slapstick. I had a few issues at first with it melting slightly in the hotter temperatures and applying way too much when I was getting used to it but now I use it almost every day (or at least whenever I wear make-up). The best thing about it is just how versatile it is, you can use it to contour, to conceal or for total coverage and obviously all this comes at no cost to the environment as even the wax seal is biodegradable. You can find and purchase the range here at the Lush UK website, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Ingredients (Slapstick)

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Candelilla Wax, Glycerine, Organic Jojoba Oil, Silica, Sunflower Wax, Oat Kernel Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Rose Wax, Argan Oil, Talc, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Cetearyl Alcohol, CI77492, CI77491, C177499, Black Wax

Ingredients (Wax Seal)

Black Wax, Perfume, Rose Absolute, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellal, Geraniol, Linalool

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Body Masks, Face, Face Masks

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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