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 anymore....at 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.