Friday, July 19, 2013

Very Lush

I'm not a big fan of Lush- their skincare can be very hit-or-miss and their shower gel scents aren't as nice as The Body Shop's in my opinion, and I don't take baths so their bath bombs/ballistics/melts are lost on me. The whole shop has the same overwhelming scent that's very hippie and a little nauseating but I have a friend who can drop hundreds of dollars at a time in there so we visit regularly because that girl takes baths unnaturally often. (Love you Sam!) I was waiting for a bus at a shopping centre and decided to see if I felt like any Lush things and whaddayaknow, for the first time in a long while, I walked out with purchases in hand!




"Sweet and sophisticated fruitiness. Lashings of blackcurrant and bergamot essential oils in a sour cherry and coconut jelly make this about as fruity as you can get. It is incredibly difficult to resist taking a spoonful. Instead, take a handful and smooth it over your hair and body. Passing strangers will smell you and find their minds wandering to fruit pastilles."

The Sweetie Pie shower jelly is possibly the most hilarious soap I've ever used. According to the girl at Lush, 'you have a lot of options with the shower jellies' as it can be used like a bar of soap, or torn off and used in little bits, optimally with a shower pouf. 
I tried it out as a bar of soap, scooping the whole jelly out of the tub and it's like being a little kid playing with slime from a science kit at the Australian Geographic store. It's got a handful of blue glitter in it, which makes it even prettier to look at. It lathers up nicely and sometimes slips out of grasp. It's very fun, smells fruity, and sweet, and not in a sickly way. I like it a lot. 



"Our fabulous lip scrubs are here to keep your kissers sweet. When you use Mint Julips, you’ll find yourself craving a bowl of mint-chocolate chip ice cream. It’s made with refreshing peppermint oil, which will make your lips feel soothed and tingly, and sweet vanilla extract to lock in moisture and protect your lips. Simply rub it over your lips when they’re feeling the need for some sugar."


I often get bouts of flaky lips so if I'm intending on wearing anything other than lip balm, a lot of prep has to be done. Intensive lip conditioner and lip scrub, the whole shebang. However, lip scrub is a big rip-off. At one point I vowed to never buy into the Lush lip scrubs because they're essentially a pot of sugar. I could buy five kilos of sugar for the price of a tiny 25g pot of flavoured, jojoba-oil Lush sugar. I've even tried my hand at DIY lip scrub and it worked great. I ran out and didn't get around to making up another pot so when I was in the city on Monday (at Brew with Stamatia) I saw Lush's Christmas in July rerelease of Snow Fairy shower gel (way too sweet for my liking), the Santa sugar scrub, the Ponche shower gel, lots of other stuff that I can't remember, and the Christmas edition Popcorn lip scrub, which Sam got persuaded into buying, along with $1546 worth of bath bombs. Yesterday I relented and decided to see if the Indooroopilly Lush store had Popcorn but it was sold out so I settled for the Mint Julips lip scrub because I love After Eight chocolate mints and I'm a sucker for chocolate mint-flavoured things. Like the Palmer's Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Lip Butter. And the Mint Julips- though I'm picking up far less chocolate than mint. I found there's a difference in this lip scrub to the one I made myself, mostly to do with the jojoba oil, which lingers and kind-of moisturises the lips. The Lush girl said it also stimulates blood circulation, as does any friction, duh. It's okay, but I probably wouldn't buy another one. Unless it was salted-caramel-flavoured and actually tasted like it. I don't mind smelling and have a feel of the lip scrub testers instore but there's no way I'm putting that on and eating it. Nuh-uh.

Lush has its pros and cons. I think the shower jellies are cool. I think the overpriced pots of sugar are not. The hippie aesthetic isn't really my scene. Still, if you're a fan of the Lush Christmas stuff (no Twilight though, sadly), head down there soon! Get the Popcorn lip scrub while you can!

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  1. Haha, I thought you would never buy the lip scrub! Haha, I really like it though and it will probs last me for aaaages (past the expiration date... :/). I remember having shower jelly a couple years ago and was intriqued but after a while it got all goopy and thin from the heat and use but glad you like it! I'm almost finished my Origins Super Spot remover and was wondering how the Lush grease lightning compares, or is that only good for scars?

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    1. Lush Grease Lightning is natural and therefore more gentle, and slower to work. If you're looking for something to clear up dastardly pimples quickly so you don't have to go to school looking spotty (oh do I know that feeling), I'd say stick with the Origins SSR- it's only a few dollars more and it works much quicker. They were plugging Bubblegum lip scrub but it's way too sweet, just like Snow Fairy.

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    2. Thanks for the advice! Though I don't think I'll get a chance to go to the city anytime soon :/ I found that while I like the SSR, it wasn't the greatest for me so I wanted a bit of a change. I think I might give Grease Lightning a go since the Indro store is way closer. Also since I scar soooo badly. I was also thinking about the Mario Badescu drying lotion, though I tend to get more cystic than whiteheads. I heard the Buffering lotion was better for those?

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    3. I've wanted to try the Drying Lotion for a while, but just like you- I've heard the Buffering Lotion is better for cystic breakouts, but I haven't heard as much about it. I want to do some research before buying either one. You get to a point where you just don't care though haha like yesterday I went to work barefaced because I had a couple of breakouts and I just wanted them to heal unhindered by concealer. I've been facemasking like crazy. I like the Origins Clear Improvements sample! Might get that after I finish my Aesop.

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  2. Haha, my boyfriend's not a fan of the Lush store either. That photo of the shower jelly gives me the heebie jeebies. Popcorn flavoured lip products reminds me of Skittles coming out with popcorn flavoured candy (which wasn't so bad) so there's hope for this one. :P x

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    1. Haha heebie jeebies- wait til you try using it. I was trying not to laugh aloud when I kept dropping it in the shower. Skittles made popcorn flavour?!

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  3. I don't get the appeal of the lip scrubs ... they just seem pointless to me. Maybe because I don't really get flaky lips, or if I do, I just slather them with lip balm and press my lips together or physically pick off the dry skin (TMI, I know) and it's usually sorted. I have that shower jelly and I really like it! Mainly just the smell - it's like blackcurrant gummies. Yes please.

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    1. I like that the shower jelly isn't sickly- I bought it for the blackcurrant but I checked the ingredients and there isn't any blackcurrant on the label! They must have reformulated it. Haha half the time I'm at home I'm chewing on my lip because it's flaky. I read somewhere the best thing is to just gently rub the lips with a finger after a hot shower. Haven't tried it but it's not rocket science.

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  4. ok, that shower jelly sounds interesting!! really interesting!! thanks for the review, i may have to check that out next time!

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