Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

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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Bath, Bath Bombs

More Tea And Sympathy Bath Bomb

More Tea And Sympathy is a new bath bomb for 2019’s Mother’s Day range and originally it was the one I was most looking forward to trying, however in my store it’s been so popular I’ve only just managed to get my hands on one!

More Tea And Sympathy is a beautiful pink teapot-shaped bath bomb that’s decorated with pretty Blue Cornflowers on either side, though arguably the most interesting thing is the long string coming out of it’s tip, which is actually attached to an Earl Grey teabag inside the bath bomb! A while ago, there was a bath bomb called just ‘Tea and Sympathy’ which was white and contained a Chamomile Tea Bag inside it, and now available at selected shops including Lush Liverpool Spa and Lush Harajuku. More Tea And Sympathy seems to be based on that idea, but just more.

Along with its attractive design, comes a beautiful scent that was created by Mark Constantine himself. He blended uplifting Bergamot and Neroli Oils with Green Tea Absolute and what was created was a powdery sweet and fruity fragrance that has a slight herbal hint and is incredibly moreish. I’d absolutely love to see more of this scent in the future! Dare I say a perfume? It really is that good!

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In the water, this teapot is rather a slow fizzer, maybe ten minutes or so had passed until all that remained was the teabag. But I loved watching it, the cloudy tones of pink slowly merged into one deep colour and with the Cornflowers floating throughout, it was so visually stunning. What you’re left with isn’t your everyday run-of-the-mill teabag either, the tea leaves are beautifully wrapped up in cute little muslin bag. Naturally the tea starts to infuse the water but because it’s only little, but doesn’t add anything to the colour, however pick it up and you’ll be able to smell the familiar aroma, it’s a real nice touch.

Once I was in, the water felt lovely and I enjoyed a good long soak with the heady scent staying throughout. Green Tea is thought to be very antioxidant, very soothing and very antibacterial so I was looking forward to a nice cleansed and refreshing feeling after, which is just what I got. My skin also felt heavenly soft and I was smelling my arms for hours after because they stayed smelling so good!

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In conclusion, I am so glad More Tea And Sympathy was as good as it is because sadly it’s a little on the expensive side at nearly £8, but I absolutely love it and I’m gonna say it’s worth it! I can’t wait to buy my mum, a massive tea drinker, one of these for Mothers Day, she’s going to love it! Grab yours soon because she’s proving to be pretty popular!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Water, Bergamot Oil, Green Tea Absolute, Neroli Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Blue Cornflowers, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 15850:1, Earl Grey Teabag

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