Monday, April 26, 2010

A surprise beauty gem from LUSH Cosmetics


I had never used anything from LUSH Cosmetics, although tempted many a time while perusing through Annapolis Mall and while walking through Georgetown(where stores are located). As I'd walk pass their storefront, I'd spy their Honey I Washed The Kids toffee-scented soap made with honey and aloe and I'm ALWAYS compelled to take a huge chunk and sniff it, which I do, but always put it back because I can't rationalize the cost per ounce, which is $7.95 for 3.5 oz(yikes!).

Anyway, I attended a "Passion Party" thrown by a good friend back in March, where each of the attendees were gifted a bag with lovely goodies. One of those goodies included Angels On Bare Skin facial cleanser, which is a kaolin clay-based cleanser made for all skin types. As someone with combination oily and acne prone skin, I was hesitant. I didn't think it would work on me, but it was a freebie and I'm not one to waste freebies.

As you can see from the above picture, it's a cluster of ingredients in like a soft mold where you take a piece, mix with a little water and apply to wet skin. After the first application, I was left with vibrant, soft, and hydrated feeling skin. I was impressed, but time would tell whether this "cleanser" was a keeper.

A month later, and my skin is clearer than it had been in about a year, maybe two, and I'm sad I don't have the moment. Nothing a short trip won't fix. I KNEW it was working when my father asked me today, "What have you been using on your face. It looks good."

My expression.....O_O. He NEVER notices anything like that, so yeah...I was OFFICIALLY convinced today. LOL!

But seriously, it's a great cleanser, albeit a little messy when using. I probably used more than needed, but I tend to be heavy-handed. The one other con is its strong scent. It can seem a bit overbearing, but luckily it doesn't last on your skin.

If you're looking for a more natural alternative for cleansing your face outside of drugstore brands, give it a try. It's not the most inexpensive cleanser at $9.95 for 3.5 ounces, but it lasts at least a month. Having great looking skin is worth the price to me, as I plan on replenishing my stock in the near future. :)

Ingredients: Ground almonds, glycerin, kaolin, water, lavender oil, rose absolute, lavender flowers, limonene, linalool, perfume.


Anonymous said...

did you use it in conjuction with any other facial products? i.e. toners, masques or moisturizers

KP said...

I didn't use any of LUSH's other products, but I just used an oil free moisturizer after cleansing. That's it.

When I use it, I make sure my pores are open(cover with the hot towel) so that it penetrates better and I rub the clay off in a circular motion with the towel.