Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The LUSH Post #4 Ultrabland

I have to admit, I have been very excited about writing this post, as I believe I have found a brand new Holy Grail product to share with you guys. So as some of you may already know from my previous skincare ramblings, I have been experiencing quite a few of problems with skin over past 6 months. I've always had a love/hate relationship with my skin, forever willing it to behave. Praying for a miracle as I once again, invest in yet another overpriced high-end product which promises to not only give me the skin I've always wanted but to also "change my life" only to be highly disappointed with even angrier skin & a big hole burnt through my purse. I'd had enough. This had to change. To all the people who suffer from extremely sensitive skin that throws a tantrum the moment you apply even the lightest of lotions, I feel your pain and I understand your struggle. However I bring good news, as I am about to tell you about a miracle product which has not only soothed my grumpy skin, but actually improved it. Imagine that! It is possible! 

You can probably see from this photo where I couldn't resist getting stuck in before remembering to take the pic!

As you can see from the title of this post I'm not about to tell you to take a loan out for a drop of another high end bullshit product which leaves you skint, sad & even spottier. Let's take it back to basics, all hail LUSH Ultrabland Cleanser.

Okay, so maybe I'm getting a little too carried away here. However after trying every product under the sun & to finally find something that actually works, then I think I'm allowed to make a bit of a song & dance about it! When I first started getting skin problems I became addicted to researching every ingredient in the products I used, trying my hardest to find something that was not only safe for my skin but the least likely to irritate or contain any comedegenic ingredients (that was hard, let me tell you!) became my new best friend and after coming across Ultrabland on the Lush website (don't know how I could have ever missed it!) I was quickly tapping away searching for it on my new fave website. After looking through the fairly short list of ingredients, noting that they were all safe for my skin and contained only one ingredient (beeswax) which had a very low possibility of causing irritation & was actually supposed improve the skin, I thought to myself "I can only give it a go, it's not like my skin can get any worse!" I wasn't feeling incredibly optimistic but after reading the hundreds of positive reviews online I had hope.

Ultrabland is a thick, rich & very greasy cream with a very fine grainy texture, not what I expected, as I thought this wouldn't only aggravate my combination skin & break me out even more. However I decided to give it a go. Firstly, this stuff melts make up & removes it brilliantly! Even if you do not suffer with skin problems I can't recommend this stuff highly enough as a top notch make up remover. Secondly, y'know that grainy stuff I mentioned? That's almond shell & it's fab little exfoliant. It really buffs andd smoothes the skin. Then there's the thick oily white stuff itself. Looking like something you'd put in a Victorian Sponge rather than on your face, I proceeded to smooth it on anyway in gentle circular motions. It really did feel very greasy but I put this worry to the back of my mind and continued with my routine. Once rubbed all over you are supposed to remove this with either a flannel, muslin cloth or cotton pads soaked in warm water, just like a hot cloth cleanser. The first time I used I used a muslin cloth, but found after a few uses I prefered to remove it with cotton pads, as this was extra gentle on my irritable skin.

 Once removed and patted dry with a towel my skin felt very very smooth with a very light oily layer on the surface. I worried this would clog my pores and break me out, but I needn't have. After using this lovely stuff for just over a month it has transformed my skin! I am so happy! Ultrabland has a beautiful delicate rose scent which isn't too overpowering. Retailing at £6.95 for 45g  (which has lasted me ages, even with my mum stealing a blob or two!) this stuff is fab value for money (especially compared to that high-end stuff which hasn't done my skin any favours!) I really can't rave about this stuff enough! Fellow sensitive skin sufferers I urge you to give it a go. If you don't wish to splash out on the full size the you can always ask the very lovely assistants for a free sample. I can assure you your skin will thank you! Can I get a hallelujah for Ultrabland!

Kelly x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The LUSH Post #3 Rose Jam Bubbleroon

If you're tired of the same old bath bombs and are looking to try something a bit different then look no further than the bubble bar! Perfect for those of you who prefer a bath filled with gorgeous smelling bubbles rather than a ballistic which, although beautiful, just fizzes away in the bath. 

I recently came across Rose Jam bubble bar when having my regular nosey in my local LUSH store. When I first smelt it I coudn't believe I'd never tried it before, it was gorge! It smelt exactly like Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (which I also adore & can't get enough of!) so if you like that then combine with lovely bubble bar for a perfect bath! It may not look like much (if you ask me it kinda resembles a bright pink bottom!) However I was very pleased with how baby soft it left my skin feeling and the beautiful sugary scent lingered for hours after my bath.

At £3.25 Rose Jam isn't the priciest of bubble bars (the most costly being The Comforter, retailing at £4.50) and as you can split it in to 2 baths, this product is great value for money! If you're new to the whole bubble bar experience then do not fear, as these are ever so simple to use! Whilst running your bath just  the crumble your Rose Jam bubbleroon under the running water and watch as your tub fills with heaps of sweet-smelling pink bubbles. Heaven!

Have you tried Rose Jam? What's your fave bubble bar?
Kelly x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The LUSH Post #2 Whoosh Shower Jelly

One of the main things that always has me returning to Lush is knowing that I will discover something weird & wonderful with every visit.

They are at the pinacle of creative & innovative ways of bathing and Whoosh Jelly is no exception of that fact. Just the meer thought of rubbing a bright wobbling dessert on to ones body seems absurd but to clean yourself with it? Lush really has gone bonkers. However, as always, curiosity most definitely got the better of me and I was soon popping the little tub of Whoosh shower jelly in to the sales assistants hands eager to get home and try it!

So how do you wash with a jelly? This was both an exciting & ever so slightly frightening task I had ahead of me! The instructions said you can chill or freeze the jelly (whoah this stuff is getting crazier by the second!) or just use it straight from the tub (which is what I did, I didn't want to start with anything too adventurous!) As instructed on the tub I rubbed their wobbly bits over my wobbly bits (Oh Lush you do make me laugh) and was surprised at just how easy this strange stuff was to use! I'll admit it took me a couple of goes before I was successful in the not-dropping-any-on-the-floor...ness. 

However once I got to grips with it, I found it to be really fun product to use! It lathered like a dream, which surprised me the most (how the hell do you get soapy bubbles out of jelly?!) and don't even get me started on the smell! It had the most refreshing gorgeous lemon, lime & rosemary scent I've ever had the pleasure of smelling! It did exactly what it said on the tin (or tub!) and really woke me up! Fab if, like me, you too find it hard to face early morning starts!

Have you tried Whoosh Shower Jelly yet? How much crazier are Lush products going to get?

Kelly x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The LUSH Post #1 Grass Shower Gel

Hello my lovelies and welcome to, what I hope to become, a regular post on my little blog. As a self-confessed Lush addict, I thought it only right that they have their very own post right here. The Lush Post will be a weekly (or more often, I practically live in that lovely shop!) review or just general chatter about what's new at Lush. So, where to start? I think it'll have to be with one of my absolute faves at the mo, Grass Shower gel!

Despite being a committed regular at Lush, I'd never really taken much notice of their shower gels before (I normally skip straight past them to the beautiful piles of glittering bath bombs & delicious smelling soaps!) However, after running out of my usual go-to shower fave (Original Source Mint & Tea Tree) and whilst browsing their online store, I thought it about time to try a Lush shower gel & tossed Grass in to my (already over-filling) basket.

Lush Grass Shower Gel is unlike any other shower gel I've ever tried before! I was intrigued as to what it would be like to wash with a scent I've never found from any other brand before. The only way I can describe it is by saying it's like showering in a beautiful meadow, full of flowers and sunshine. (Honestly, if you've ever tried it you'll know what I mean!) It's summer in a bottle! 

I was expecting a freshly mown lawn sort of scent, but this is ten times better than that! (If possible, I do love a freshly cut lawn!) when I use this my mind is transported to a gorgeous woods somewhere, with the sun shining through the trees. Somewhere peaceful & bright. As well as wheatgrass juice (which is the main ingredient in this lovely stuff) sandalwood, neroli & bergamot oils have also been squeezed in to this little bottle, which help to look after your skin & lift your mood (bergamot is my number 1 feel-good fragrance!) This is perfect for summer & in my opinion, ideal for the festival goers among you. 

One small thing I did notice was that when I told my sister to try this it seemed to set off her hay fever just from smelling it. Odd I thought, as it's only a shower gel. So I would just like to warn anyone who suffers allergies that this may not be for you. Don't let that put you off though if you really want to try it! Maybe just ask for a small tester from one of their very helpful assistants or give it a bit of a sniff in store to see if it tickles your nose before purchasing a full sized bottle!

Grass lingers on the skin but is not too heady or overpowering. I just felt super clean & fresh as a daisy all day! My skin was also left feeling very soft & unlike other shower gels it didn't feel like it had been smothered in harsh chemicals, a feeling I often get from products which contain a lot of synthetic fragrances & ingredients.

At £4.95 Grass Shower gel is a little more pricey than your average bog standard pot of shower goo, but remember this lovely stuff is anything but bog-standard! All in all I have to say I am very impressed with Grass & can't wait to try out the other shower gels that Lush has to offer. 

What's your fave Lush shower product? Let me know in the comments! 

Kelly x