Sunday, 7 August 2011
LUSH Review - Part Two!
Part One of our LUSH Review went down well, so, here's hoping you all enjoy the second installment just as much! We have both also purchased more LUSH goodies ourselves over the past few weeks, so, keep your eyes peeled for more reviews!
We both tried our hand at using the brand's new Toothy Tabs (€2.50-€4.45).
We were sent 4 of the 6 flavours of Toothy Tabs to try, each one promising to deliver a little something different to your gnashers. I tried out the Tabs in the flavours Aquatic and Breath of God.
LUSH Toothy Tabs including size of Tab.
As Sinéad already explained in Part One, these Tabs are meant to be a solid and greener alternative to toothpaste. They definitely take some getting used to, but are worth a shot for several reasons. They're much better for the environment and are much easier to transport (particularly if you're flying) than ordinary toothpaste. I also think they would be great for festivals - even if you can't find your toothbrush, one of these used in conjunction with your finger and a bottle of water would do the trick.
So, would they replace toothpaste permanently in my bathroom? I have to confess, no. It's not that I disliked them, I really enjoyed trying them out, but I'm worried that they aren't whitening like my normal toothpaste. Plus, the cardboard packaging isn't exactly bathroom-friendly. I think that Lush would have been much better off packaging these in one of their sturdy tubs instead. My bathroom is teeny-tiny, so keeping the cardboard packaging away from water is near impossible.
I'm still enthusiastic about them, though, and will definitely be taking them away with me on my next trip. Hopefully Lush will repackage them in future, and I think that they are a brilliant idea with a ton of potential to become really popular!
Twilight Bath Ballistic (€3.80)
Lush are famous for their bath bombs, and for a good reason if you ask me! These aren't your run-of-the-mill bath fizzer. Most of them are a few different colours and have interesting scents and textures, which makes for a really fun bath.
Twilight contains lavender and ovaltine, so it is perfect to use just before bedtime to relax and unwind. I used this at the end of a day when I had a raging hangover, and it worked a treat. Just look how pretty it turned out:
The swirls of pink and blue are just gorgeous, and I found the foam to be suprisingly creamy and moisturising, which I didn't expect at all. If I am to be really picky, I'd say that you should stay away from this one if you aren't a fan of glitter. There is glitter in the ballistic, and it can show up on your skin after you've towelled off. To be honest, it wasn't a massive deal to me, it was only a few small grains, and I by no means looked like a disco ball! This ballistic made for a really relaxing bath. It's also fairly cheap, so buying one of these is an inexpensive way to treat yourself to a bit of pampering.
Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap (€5.20)
Most of you will have heard about this soap as being one of Lush's stand-out products, and I'm happy to report that it does live up to the hype. The scent is beautiful without being overpowering - a creamy, honey-toffee aroma. It leaves the skin feeling clean (duh) and fresh without stripping it of any moisture. It has fully replaced shower gel in my routine, which is quite a big feat for me. I can't help but associate bars of soap with Victorian times, and my Mam and I have great craic poking fun at my Dad for his fondness for bars of carbolic soap!
I may need to eat my words, though, as I am well and truly converted. It's also good value as my bar is still going strong. When I think of how dear shower gel can be, and of how fast I tend to go through it, this is a much better deal and possibly better for my skin too. You really can't go wrong with this, it's a fantastic buy, especially if you're a Lush newbie!
LUSH Buffy Body Butter
Buffy is another famous Lush product, which is designed to exfoliate and moisturise in one. You use it in the shower on wet skin, and it is particularly effective on the thighs and bum, although you can use it anywhere! I loved the texture and smell of this, and my lovely friend Aoife is also a fan.
It's a hard-working, 2-in-1 product, so it's ideal if you're often pushed for time to pamper yourself. There's no need to moisturise afterwards, as the bar leaves a non-greasy film on the skin that sinks in gradually.
It really works well to smooth out cellulite - I haven't seen my legs this smooth and soft in a long time. I'd suggest this as a fantastic way to prep your skin for holidays, or just for if you need a little TLC. This is a brilliant idea, and I will definitely be repurchasing.
Lush Colour Supplement (€9.95 for 20g) is a fairly confusing product to receive in the post with no explanation! I originally thought that they were some kind of conditioner for coloured hair, but they are, in fact, Lush's first foray into the world of make-up.
The idea is that you mix a little of the pigment in with your moisturiser in order to create your own tinted moisturiser. As a full-coverage junkie, the words 'tinted moisturiser' are enough to send me running. Even when my skin is looking its very best, I simply don't have the confidence to wear such a sheer product. I only ever wear a tinted moisturiser if I'm on holidays or working out.
So, needless to say, I was already a little biased before trying this product. I also got the darker of the two, meaning I only had to use the tiniest amount with my moisturiser, which meant even less coverage! I have to say though, I was suprised at the result. I didnt hate it, especially when I powdered over it a little. I may be getting over my foundation addiction just a little, and will be picking up a lighter shade soon for a bit more coverage. I think that these are a great idea as it's easy to mix your own custom shade, and they are much cheaper than other tinted moisturisers out there (Laura Mercier, I'm looking at you!).
What do you think of these products?