Thursday, April 26, 2012

My first LUSH purchase

This is going to be a long post. A few weeks ago the SO & I went to downtown Atlanta to shop at Ikea and just look around.  We don't go often and didn't have the kiddo(he was with my family for spring break) so we just wandered around.  On the way home I remembered we were near 2 malls that have Lush stores.  We'd passed one because we couldn't get over in traffic, so we went to another one.

I'd never been to Lush, so I walked in and was in heaven.  I was instantly greeted and since it was my first time offered a few products to try.  I knew I wanted Lemony Flutter & a few bath bombs, but went ahead & tried a few things.  While she put some flutter on my nails they were all drooling(I wore DL On The Beach).  We spoke about a few things about my skin and she gave me some recommendations and offered a few samples to try before I made a HUGE purchase.

This is what I got....

Top to Bottom(L to R): Butterball Bath Bomb(I already used 1), Lemony Flutter, Cupcake Fresh Face Mask, Vanishing Cream Moisturizer sample, Fresh Farmacy Cleanser soap sample(well what I have left of it).

Now some things I took individual pictures of, some I didn't.  I took these with my phone, so I apologize for the quality.  I wanted to hurry up before I forgot and put it off any further.  Now to what I thought.....

Fresh Farmacy:  I'm so glad I got a sample of this.  I have extremely oily skin and I've tried oddles of different products with 0 results.  Even Proactiv.  Lately, my skin has been acting like I'm a teenager and I've had some pretty bad breakouts.  It's been annoying.  I believe she recommended this or another one(I can't remember), so I went with it.  I'm glad I did.  Lets just say I'm not the best about washing my face twice daily, but I do wash it daily.  This has been by far the best thing I've EVER used on my face.  Normally after I wash, tone, moisturize or skip it, my face is oily within 30-60 minutes after showering.  It's really a pain when you want to wait a while before applying make-up because you want smooth clear skin.  I've not had the first bit of oilyness pop up and my skin is clearing up.  With the sample I just break a small piece off and use it in the shower.  I keep the rest in a container outside by my sink.  I have another full bar of a different soap I purchased from Etsy to try after I use all of this up and if I'm not satisfied, I'll DEFINITELY be purchasing this.  It retails for $9.75 for a 3.5oz bar on the website, but the stores can customize the bar size for you.

Vanishing Cream: Now I'll admit, this is a bit pricey.  BUT a good moisturizer is worth it.  As with a cleanser, I've tried several different ones.  Everything I've ever used just amplifies the oilyness of my skin.  This doesn't.....well at least when used in conjunction with Fresh Farmacy.  This is light enough and formulated with enough good things for oily skin that it doesn't do anything but make my skin nice and smooth.  Since I have just a sample of this....I've been using it sparingly and alternating with my Clinique Gel.  This retails for $39.95 for a 1.5oz. jar.

Butterball (Bath Bomb): I picked up two of these.  I've already used one.  While the kiddo was away for Spring Break, the SO was nice and cleaned the bath for me then filled it up with some hot water & chunked one of these in.  Some of my GF's absolutely LOVE Lush's bath bombs, and I've been hearing about them for years.  I couldn't remember which ones they'd tried so I went with this one.  I hopped in with a glass of wine and lit some candles.  Next time I'll remember to turn my ringer off while trying to listen to music as people were blowing my phone up knowing I was trying to relax.  Once I turned it off, I was so good.  It has a light vanilla scent and moisturizes with cocoa butter.  I could see some of the cocoa butter floating on top of the water as if I'd poured oil in.  It smelled so wonderful.  I really can't wait to try some more bombs.  I'd definitely recommend this one.  It retails for $4.95 for a 3.1oz ball. 

Cupcake Fresh Face Mask:  This is only available in store, so I have no link for it.  Let me just say this stuff is AMAZING!!!!!  It is made fresh(duh) and only lasts like 3 weeks.  All of the fresh face masks are kept in a refrigerator in the stores and have expiration dates on the bottom.  The description on the lid reads "To calm breakouts, this Rhassoul mud cleans and soothes, while cocoa butter, linseed and cocoa powder soften the skin.  Balancing peppermint, spearmint, and sandalwood oils complete the effective deep cleansing experience.  Smooth onto dry skin avoiding the eye area.  Leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse away with warm water."  I had a choice of this or another one(of course can't remember the name) and went with this.  Mainly because it freaking smells like chocolate.  I admit the first time I used it, my face looked funny.  I wanted to eat it off my face, but resisted.  Since then I just use it in the shower after I cleanse with Fresh Farmacy.  It's torture smelling that AND my chocolate body wash.  I will definitely be re-purchasing this as well.  It's done amazing things for my skin....AND SMELLS GOOD!  If you return 5 of the black get a free fresh face mask.  THis retails for $6.95(I think, can't find my receipt) for a 2.1oz jar.

Lemony Flutter: Now I've been wanting this one for a LONG time.  Because I don't go to ATL much I haven't had a chance to get it, and really didn't want to place my first Lush order without going in the store first.  I tried this while in the store and a little goes a LONG way.  This smells WAY better than any other lemony scented cuticle product I've ever used.  It also moisturizes like crazy.  Any other product works for a little while then my skin is dry and horrible again.  When I use lasts.  Even after washing my hands.  I think I remember the lady at the store saying she even uses this on her lips.  It absorbs fast and isn't greasy AT ALL.  I already know I'm going to eventually re-purchase this.  I recommend this to ANYONE who has dry skin, especially the hands.  My only gripe is I wish there were smaller containers of it available to carry in a purse or something.  There may be, but I didn't see any.  This retails for $14.95 for a 1.5oz. jar.

Overall, I'm so happy I finally made the trip.  I hate that I didn't go sooner.  I'd have saved a LOT of money on products that do not work for me.  I will definitely be trying some more Lush products.  I really want to try some dusting powders(I miss using my granny's Chanel No5 powder when I was a kid) as I've not found any lately, and with GA's humid summers I'm gonna need them.  I also want to try some of the hair products & perfumes.

While the clerk was ringing me up, she informed me about keeping the face mask cool and when I told her we didn't have too far of a drive but I wish there was a store closer she said there would be one near me by the end of the year.  I looked online and she was right.  I'm totally stoked and I know a few people who are going to go nuts, besides me, when it opens. 

Have you tried Lush?  If so, what are your favorite products?



  1. I love love love love LUSH. I use Curly Wurly on my hair. Makes it less frizzy and it curls better. I stopped using conditioner because it's that good. I love Whoosh shower jelly too. If you live in the Marietta area they have a small set up inside the Macy's at towncenter mall. At least they used too.

    1. I think they still do. I went to the one at Perimeter. They're opening one at Mall of Ga which is much closer to me


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