lush-review

Doesn’t the bubble table look beautiful?

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LUSH Spa // NYC, 2016

Hey, guys! So I finally, finally, FINALLY got to go to the LUSH Spa! I chose to do the Synaesthesia treatment, which I’ve been dreaming about since it launched a few years ago. The treatment is designed to merge your senses, much like synaesthesia does in real life. As someone with mild synaesthesia, I always thought it would be interesting to experience this spa treatment, and now I have!

First of all, I want to start out by saying that the NYC spa is GORGEOUS. The spa is designed to look like a kitchen, complete with reclaimed wooden fixtures and a beautiful ceramic sink. I’ll be posting more photos from the spa, so keep an eye out for those! Second, my spa therapist was Sarah Ferry and she was absolutely amazing. She made the treatment feel like a choreographed dance. It was incredibly graceful. 

Synaesthesia is a customised spa experience that is built around how YOU want to feel. When you walk into the spa, your therapist will ask you to choose one of the words that are written on the wall. I chose “enlightened”. While Sarah went to prep the room for my treatment, I got to pick out an essential oil from the shelves (but I wasn’t allowed to smell it). The oils are labelled with words or phrases like “curious”, “calm”, “muscle”, or “detached”. I chose “achieve”. The word from the wall decides which massage bar is used for your treatment, and the essential oils are used as well.

The room itself was sparsely lit with essential oils bubbling away in beakers, and the treatment’s soundtrack - a mix of a 52-piece orchestra and bird song recorded over a 24 hour period - was playing through a sound system. For this spa treatment, you remove as much clothing as you feel comfortable with (in private of course) and your therapist will leave the room until you’re under the towel. 

The treatment itself is 80 minutes of ultra-relaxing massage. You get to choose between a stomach massage or a hot stone placement. I chose the stones because I don’t like people touching my stomach, but I’ve heard good things about the stomach massage from co-workers. 

My favourite part was near the end, during the facial massage. Sarah used one hot stone and one cold stone on either side of my face and then switched them during the massage. It was really refreshing and I felt super relaxed afterward. I don’t really know how to explain it, but I definitely recommend it. 

After the treatment was over, Sarah left the room while I got dressed, and when I went back out into the consultation/kitchen area, she had a cup of hot tea waiting for me. Some of the “achievement” essential oil was mixed in with the tea! I also got to take home one of the Enlightenment massage bars and an Enlightenment bubble stone. They smell amazingly herbal, and I’m so excited to use them at home!

Overall, it was the most relaxing thing I have ever experienced, and I felt like a new person afterward. The treatment’s soundtrack was so great that I even bought a copy of it in the store before I left. If you’re looking for a quality spa experience or even just a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, definitely check out the LUSH spa!

Cup O’ Coffee face mask

To start off with, this mask has an extremely strong coffee smell. I literally felt like I had poured myself a cup of coffee when I opened the pot. I, personally, love the smell of coffee so this was a major plus for me. I love that this mask doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge and has a much longer shelf life than the refrigerated masks. This mask is very exfoliating because of the bits of coffee that are in it.

After leaving the mask on for ten minutes, I wet the mask with water and slowly scrubbed the mask off of my face. After completely cleaning my face off, my skin felt incredibly smooth and very clean. My skin did smell like coffee even after removing the mask for probably about an hour, which was a total plus in my book. All in all a wonderful mask that I would definitely buy again.

Rating: 8/10

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the “mask of magnaminty” or the “mask of mag”

I have really been looking forward to this review for a while now and have really put some effort into trying and experimenting with this product and now I can say that this is my all time favourite product from lush

After trying it and using up a whole tub,I took a trip to lush to repurchase another tub and the lady at lush asked me if I wanted a self preserving one,I thought why not and maybe it might be better as the non preserving mask of mag only has a shelf life of 4 months if I can remember correctly.

mask of mag:this product really became my holy grail,I would use it every other night(as I wanted to give my skin a break,but that was my personal choice and I’m sure if you used it every night it wouldn’t do any harm)it really helped calm and smooth my skin and I noticed a difference in the look and feel of my skin.
As soon as you put it on your skin,you realise how thick the mask is(personally I love the texture of this face mask compared to the fresh face masks)you could spread it out but I feel to get the best use out of it you need to have it reasonably well covering the skin.
It smells minty and is quite an overwhelming smell(smell it next time you are in a lush store!!!)and you can slightly feel it tingle like you can feel it getting to work on your skin it’s quite a weird sensation.
I leave the mask of for around 15-20 mins before washing off with hot water and a flannel,moving the flannel in circular motions to make my skin extra smooth.
Sometimes I would need to moisturise my skin after using but it depended on how my skin was acting that certain day!

Self preserving mask of mag:this product is very similar and the differences were noticeable,the self preserving mask of mag doesn’t dry to the point where it gets hard and you could almost pick it off(I wouldn’t advise that though) like the normal mask of mag does,the colour was also slightly lighter,but it did do the same goodness to my skin as the regular mask of mag.

The small pots(for £5.50) lasts me around 2 months which I think I reasonable for the amount I use it,even if I just had a breakout on my chin I could just apply the mask there instead of my whole face!
Next time I get chance to repurchase this product I will stick to the normal mask of mag as I like it better than the self preserving and be purchasing the bigger size tub for (£9.75) so I can treat my skin more often and for longer.

I would recommend this to lots of people,especially people with acne or inflamed/red skin(the mask is very cooking on the skin)as I feel it targets these problems well.
I wouldn’t recommend the normal mask of mag to anyone with sensitive skin as it dries quite quickly and could be quite violent on sensitive skin when being washed off,however the self preserving mask of mag may be a better option as it doesn’t dry the same way the regular mask of mag does,so would be more gentle to wash off.
(My friends/family who I have recommended this too agree with me and love the product just as much as I do!!!!)

Please if you fancy trying a new lush product or even want to purchase your first lush product give this face mask a go!
10/10 product from lush I can’t wait to repurchase it

Review of Green Coconut Jelly Bomb:

Ok first, I must tip my hat to Lush for creating a coconut scent that I absolutely love (considering I normally despise coconut)!

I also want to give huge props to all the people who came up with the idea of jelly bombs because these things are amazing in the tub!

To describe the sensation of the “jelly” part of the bath, I would honestly compare it to having algae stick on you in the water, BUT IN THE BEST WAY!!!

Guys, this is the best! It helps moisturizer your skin beyond and the scent lasts so much longer + is stronger than normal bath bombs! I love it!!!

I would highly recommend this Green Coconutty Lushiousness to EVERY lushie out there!!!

Rating from 0 (horrible) - 10 (amazing): 10!

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Damaged Hot Oil Hair Treatment

When I first saw these I was like really, Lush you can’t just make the treatment for me and put it in a pot. (I am lazy and I am busy) but after reading about it I thought I’d give one a shot.

It was easy to melt and use, just pour a few ounces of hot water over it and stir. The stirring was the hardest part of the whole process b/c it melted slowly but it was no big deal. Once it is to the desired creamy and thick texture apply to your hair as you would a normal hair mask.

I was impressed at the amount of mask it yielded, which was another concern of mine. It was enough for my very long hair (to my butt at the time, but it is on the thin side), my husbands average man length but super thick hair, beard and mustache with still more left over. (Not quite enough for a full treatment but I plan to use it closer to the ends). A good tip is to melt it in a container that you can use to store it in later b/c transferring would not be ideal.

My hair was both visibly and textually improved after the mask and I would most definitely use it again and repurchase the product. This is now my favorite of Lush’s hair masks.

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So because I’m the ultimate Lush Junkie, I decided it was time to try out their Toothy Tabs, their solid toothpaste tablets.

So for a little background, I am terrible at taking care of my teeth.  Half of it is aversion to the taste and feel of toothpaste, and half of it is just executive function issues.  So now that I’m an adult and don’t have anyone telling me to brush my teeth, I’m even worse about it.  And I felt terrible about it, because I want to have good hygiene, but everything was working against me.  So I learned that Lush made their own version, and I got an idea.

I love everything else Lush makes, there’s a 90% chance I’ll love these.  They’re really cheap for forty tablets per package, so I got three different ones that looked good.  I forgot to ask for any samples, but they included a sample of Rockstar Soap, because they’re just that awesome.  Anyway, here’s the rundown:

You use these by crushing them with your front teeth (they’re very soft and crumbly), swishing your mouth a bit, and then they’ll get all foamy and you can brush your teeth like normal.  They all worked the same, and well.

Chou Chou…I Love You: This one is probably my favorite of the three.  It smells like roses, and well, tastes like roses smell.  It’s probably the gentlest of the flavors, and leaves your breath really nice, and your mouth feeling fresh and good.

Aquatic: My least favorite of the three, but still fine to use.  I’m not actually sure how it tastes, it’s hard to describe?  Probably much more like lime than the other components, but still a pretty harsh flavor.  Likely the best for mornings, because it will wake you the heck up.

Breath of God: This one fell in the middle, because it’s really weird…but I liked it?  It’s main note is sandalwood, and it’s very prominent.  So basically, your mouth will taste like wood…but in a good way.  To each their own.  But I’m pretty into weird flavors and smells, so it works for me.

A few days in of using them upon waking up and before bed, my teeth feel great and are looking whiter.  I do recommend them for people who have a hard time with toothpaste or just need a different way of brushing their teeth.  Or want to have breath like a forest.  Whatever your jive.  I like these.

No Drought Dry Shampoo

Great for when you’re either too lazy to wash your hair of don’t have time for a shower! My hair is pretty oily so this is great to have for those panicky moments when I realize my hair looks greasy, especially while traveling. Grapefruit and lime oil give the powder an uplifting citrusy scent so you not only look clean, but smell clean too. I find it best to massage it near the roots at night so while you’re sleeping it can be absorbing as much oil as possible and not leave your hair powdery looking. Some people will even dust this inside shirts or in their bed to absorb oils from their skin too!

8/10

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Let’s start off with a current product, and one of my favourites. The Kiss lip scrub is currently in the valentines range and is my favourite scrub of the lot. Like all of the lush lip scrubs, you apply it to the lips, rub it in and lick it off (all are completely edible). It’s very sweet tasting and leaves your lips silky smooth, getting rid of any excess skin. I actually purchased the lip scrub last year and this year took the opportunity to repurchase it because I loved it so much. 

I give ‘The Kiss’ lip scrub a rating of 10/10