Not so Lush…

Almost daily I see beauty bloggers posting about their Lush hauls and how amazing the products are so I thought I must be missing a trick and over the course of a month I popped into the York and Hull stores and picked up a few different items to try.

So onto the products I bought…..

its raining men

It’s Raining Men Shower Gel – £4.75 100g / £9.50 200g / £15.95 500g
I went on a Hen do in November last year and one of the fellow hens had utterly AMAZING glossy shiny hair and completely clear skin. I could not believe my ears when she told me she just used one product all over and this was it! Nevertheless I had to have a go…. and it really is quite a nice product to use. It smells lovely, is a nice thick creamy gel and seems to be friendly to my sensitive skin so for that reason I have bought it again. I cannot however use it on my hair as it makes it super static and frizzy – which is quite obviously NOT a good look. Overall 7/10.

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H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Moisturiser/ Treatment Mask – £9.75 225g
This mask smelled really lovely but the pot simply was not big enough for me. I have pretty long hair so it lasted maybe 3 treatments which was just not enough to see any real difference. I appreciate I could have bought another couple of tubs – but when you start to push the £30.00 mark I’d much rather opt for the Morrocan Oil Restorative Hair Mask £31.85 250ml which makes a visible difference from the first treatment. Overall 4/10.

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Ultrabland Cleanser – £7.25 45g / £11.50 100g
This was recommended as the stores miracle product – it was supposed to be skin clearing, gentle and the number one item if you are stranded on a desert island. Smell wise – I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not… I sort of felt it smelt like I was rubbing beer all over my face. Anyway I persisted… In terms of application – it is a balm texture that forms an oily layer when you rub it onto your skin which is then washed off with warm water and a soft cloth. It leaves quite a nice clean feeling but after a few days I developed really sore under the skin bumps making me look like some barnacle faced pirate lost on the Black Pearl….. definitely not a product for me! Overall 2/10

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Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser £6.75 100g/ £16.50 250g
After the Ultrabland skin disagreement I decided to give Lush a second chance (after all not every product agrees with every skin type) so I picked up a pot of this. It contains lavender oil and rose absolute which are supposed to calm, rebalance and brighten the skin so I thought it was probably a good shout. I’ve used almost the full pot now but I am not sure that I would buy it again. Smell wise it is fine, but it is pretty messy. It comes in quite a solid gritty mud like substance that you then mix with water in your hands to form a paste before application. Because I am a bit of a brat when it comes to skincare, I like a luxury feeling product and this just (sadly) isn’t one. Overall 6/10.

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Catastrophe Cosmetic / Cosmetic Warrior Face Masks – £6.50 each 75g
Both masks are fairly easy to apply and have a thick consistency which I LOVE when it comes to face masks. You are supposed to keep them both in the fridge so when you come to apply them they feel so calming – especially if you have a thick head from the night before (as I quite often do). Catastrophe Cosmetic was my favourite of the two – it contains blueberries so is soothing and smells lovely. Cosmetic Warrior contains garlic and tee tree so is more for spot prone skin or during a breakout. As you can imagine this doesn’t smell quite as nice as Catastrophe Cosmetic, but application wise is pretty much the same. My only frustration with both of these products is that when they dry they flake off your face, so you literally have to sit in a bath with them on really. Not ideal for me as I tend to wander around the house doing jobs with my face masks. I much prefer the Body Shop Honey & Oat 3 in 1 mask £10.00 per 100ml hands down. Overall 5/10 – good all rounder but not ideal for me.

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and lastly….

Skin Drink

Skin Drink Moisturiser – £12.50 45g
Without doubt the most disgusting product I have ever used! Smelt like I was rubbing vomit on my face…. really really sorry to be so negative but I just could not get past the first application. Pretty much full pot available if anyone else wants to have a go! Overall 1/10 (and that is for the recyclable packaging)

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It is of course important to be honest and review not only the good, but also the bad. So it is with deep sadness and regret that I have to say I am yet to find a Lush product I am actually wowed by. I am of course always open to suggestions so please feel free to let me know if I am missing a trick…

Onto the good well actually the VERY good:

Lush stores themselves smell absolutely divine, everything is easy to find and the staff are always on hand, helpful and willing to try and help you find what you want.

The packaging is universal so as a brand anything within their range is identifiable, even when next to products from other brands.

I also think it is FAB that Lush do not test on animals and that you can recycle your empty tubs in store. If you take 5 tubs back you get a free face mask so that is always a winner if you are a Lush addict.

The Lush shopping experience is spot on….sadly the products are just not for me!

Jessica KG
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16 Comments

  1. 17th May 2015 / 11:35 am

    I love ultra bland! It’s a shame you didn’t get on with it. Have you tried king of skin that’s a great product for the skin also I have been using the sea salt face and body scrub which I’ve been loving 🙂 xox

    • 17th May 2015 / 11:42 am

      No I’ve not prettypinkpossum! But I am prepared to give them a go…. Is King of Skin a moisturiser? JessicaKG xx

      • 17th May 2015 / 11:46 am

        Yeah it’s a body butter but it’s like one of those that looks like the massage bars 🙂 xox

  2. 17th May 2015 / 11:35 am

    I love ultra bland! It’s a shame you didn’t get on with it. Have you tried king of skin that’s a great product for the skin also I have been using the sea salt face and body scrub which I’ve been loving 🙂 xox

    • 17th May 2015 / 11:42 am

      No I’ve not prettypinkpossum! But I am prepared to give them a go…. Is King of Skin a moisturiser? JessicaKG xx

      • 17th May 2015 / 11:46 am

        Yeah it’s a body butter but it’s like one of those that looks like the massage bars 🙂 xox

  3. 24th May 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I don’t trust their hair care, but their soaps, bathbombs and bath melts are amazing!

  4. 24th May 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I don’t trust their hair care, but their soaps, bathbombs and bath melts are amazing!

  5. 26th May 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I have to be honest, I’ve never tried a large amount of the products in Lush but the reason is that I find them expensive and I’m always on a budget! I do love their bath bombs and bubble bars as a treat. And in the past, I’ve used their hair henna. (Messiest thing in the whole world!) I’ve been pleased with what I’ve used but the reason I truly love Lush is that I first discovered it when I visited Bath city with my parents for a holiday. Since then, I associate Lush and the smell of the Lush products wafting up the street with exciting holidays away in a city I love! 🙂

    Michelle -x-
    Sugardust and Starlight

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:37 pm

      I absolutely love the smell of the store & like you say it wafts up the street, but sadly I’ve not found a product I love yet! X

  6. 26th May 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I have to be honest, I’ve never tried a large amount of the products in Lush but the reason is that I find them expensive and I’m always on a budget! I do love their bath bombs and bubble bars as a treat. And in the past, I’ve used their hair henna. (Messiest thing in the whole world!) I’ve been pleased with what I’ve used but the reason I truly love Lush is that I first discovered it when I visited Bath city with my parents for a holiday. Since then, I associate Lush and the smell of the Lush products wafting up the street with exciting holidays away in a city I love! 🙂

    Michelle -x-
    Sugardust and Starlight

    • 26th May 2015 / 7:37 pm

      I absolutely love the smell of the store & like you say it wafts up the street, but sadly I’ve not found a product I love yet! X

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