I had one of those days where you just want to walk around Lush and buy everything. Do you get those days?
I started at the fresh face masks. I had a chat with the assistant about which would be best for calming the redness of spots and she recommended Catastrophe Cosmetic, which is a blueberry based mask which I’ve used once before and enjoyed. I forgot about it and didn’t get more than one use out of it, so I thought I’d give it another go.
Next I spotted a product I hadn’t seen before which is the Lemon Flutter Cuticle Butter. You can rub this on any areas of dry skin, particularly cuticles, to soften them. Unsurprisingly, it smells very strongly of lemons, which is nice and refreshing.
I debated buying more of the Tea Tree Toner Tabs, as I liked it when I used it, but in the end I went for the Tea Tree Water which is a toner water you can spray straight on your face or onto a cotton pad to wipe over your skin. It’s supposed to be good for spot prone skin, so I hope it will help me with the hormonal breakouts I seem to get.
Finally, I went over to the body section to look at the one product I always look at and never buy: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. However, I finally gave in and bought it. This is a moisturiser you apply to wet skin in the shower or bath and then wash off. It smells really beautiful and I loved the sample I had once. I’ve always resisted because it’s around £15 for a tub, but I decided to treat myself this time.
I’ve been keen to try another Lush fresh face mask ever since I tried the Cupcake Face Mask. I had a peek in Lush to see which mask looked most appealing. If you’ve never been in a Lush store before, they have metal bowls of the masks on display so you can see what is inside each container. They are usually decorated with the key ingredient (for example almonds or chocolate drops). The bowl of Catastrophe Cosmetic caught my eye because it was topped with fresh blueberries. It looked really fresh and natural, and unlike a lot of the items on display, like something I would actually want to spread on my face. I gave it a sniff and it didn’t have a particularly strong scent, but then blueberries don’t really. However, it smelt fresh and clean so I thought I would give it a try.
I know it doesn’t look particularly appealing in the picture above, but in reality Catastrophe Cosmetic looks really enticing. You can look at the fresh bowl image on the Lush website. Catastrophe Cosmetic is full of blueberries which have lots of natural vitamins and are an antioxidant. It also contains Irish moss gel to soften the skin and almond oil to moisturise. The mask is designed to calm and soothe the skin, particularly if it is red, irritated or has inflamed spots. It has Chamomile which has lovely natural soothing properties to reduce redness and irritation.
To use the mask, scoop some up and apply it to your face and neck, avoiding the eyes. Leave it for five minutes or so and it will dry; you can then wash it off with warm water. I was really pleased with the results. It was far less messy than the Cupcake mask and easier to wash off. Afterwards my face felt really clean and fresh. When I applied the mask it felt really cold and smooth, so I think it would be very soothing if your skin were irritated. I incorporated this mask into a pampering session, which helped to make it even more relaxing and feel luxurious. I can’t wait to use it again!