Snacks for your skin part deux

Lush

Lush Cosmetics is a pretty amazing company.  All of their products are 100% vegetarian and cruelty free.  They also have several vegan products that are equally as amazing.  It’s been my favorite store since 2014 and has a brand and mission that I fully support.

All good things aside, they are pretty pricy.  I recently tried to save a little money by swapping out some of my Lush products for ones I could buy at my local drug store.  This was a terrible idea.  First, my face and shoulders broke out with an intensity that can only be described as Ben-Day Dots.  Second, I was forced into wearing a ton of makeup to cover up the breakouts which only resulted in more breakouts.  Ugh.  So, instead of saving money, I actually spent more trying to re-correct the damage I did.

But, in doing so, I landed with a few solid favs that will forever be staples in my beauty regimen.  My top 4 must be shared.  They are my “secrets” to flawless skin sans makeup.

1. Let the Good Times Roll Face & Body Cleanser (3.5 oz) – $12.95

What it does
This vegan cleanser is made with maize flour, corn meal and cinnamon to gently exfoliate skin.  It leaves your skin glowing and hydrated.  One of Lush’s fan favorites.  To use, dampen skin, massage onto face, and rinse, and pat skin dry.

Why I love it
Finally, a cleanser that doesn’t dry or breakout my skin!  I absolutely LOVE this product – it’s AMAZING!  I always have trouble selecting a face wash, but when I saw the great reviews I had to try it for myself.  It definitely exceeded my expectations.  I use it every morning and evening (and sometimes in between.  It leaves my face polished, soft, and glowing, and it smells fantastic – like golden graham crackers and vanilla ice cream.  I have nothing bad to say about it.  I NEVER want to run out of this stuff!

2. Ocean Salt Face & Body Cleanser (4.2 oz) – $21.95

What it does
Exfoliate and soften your skin with this scrub made with vodka, lime, coarse sea salt, and avocado.  Apply a small amount to wet skin – face, back, arms, legs (or my personal favorite, booty), massage into skin, and rinse with warm water.

Why I love it
First, the ingredients are super yummy!  Ocean Salt really cleans out your pores, softens skin, and clears breakouts fast.  AND, it doesn’t dry out your skin.  It’s very versatile and works with all skin types – dry, oily, or combination.  Lush recommends that those with sensitive skin use a gentler product because the salt and citrus oils can irritate skin.  I have to disagree.  My skin is insanely sensitive to the point of being annoying, and it works for me.  Your best bet is to try a sample and see how the product works for you.

3. Don’t Look at Me Fresh Face Mask (2.1 oz) – $10.95 or free if you bring back 5 washed pots

What it does
Cleanse, exfoliate, and soften with this versatile mask.  Ingredients include lemon juice, murumuru butter, and ground rice.  To use, apply a generous amount to clean skin, let sit for 10-15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

Why I love it
You might look a little like a Smurf when you smooth this on, but it’s so fun and leaves your face feeling baby soft!  I don’t even need to follow-up with a moisturizer.  Fresh face masks must be stored in the fridge and I think this is an added bonus – when you put it on it is so cool and refreshing.  After my first use, my skin was glowing.

4. Mask of Magnaminty Face & Body Mask (4.4oz) – $13.95

What it does
This mask uses china clay, fresh peppermint, aduki beans, and vanilla absolute to deep clean, exfoliate, and then sooth your face.  Lush recommends weekly use to “keep skin in good condition.”

Why I love it
Besides smelling like my all-time favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream, this mask really deep cleans without drying out my sensitive skin.  It is very refreshing and cool when you put it on your face and it spreads very nicely.  After about ten minutes it hardens so when you wash it off you are really exfoliating your skin.  I’ve noticed that this dulls any redness I might have and also helps to clear breakouts with just one use.  Always a staple in my medicine cabinet.

Another great thing about Lush is that they will let you sample most of the products.  To my knowledge (and from my experience) all of the above are able to be sampled.  So try them out and see what you think.  They’ve all been game changers for me.  AKA they give me the confidence to go makeup free J

Moral of the story:  I will be a #lushie forever!

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