Glossier Update

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Now as we all know I became a full on Glossier convert during the last quarter of 2017. I remain one. Then in mid-January they launched a new product.


The second it went live on the UK website it went straight into my basket, along with a new Boy Brow because I was running out (and so I also got free delivery, go me) and then two days later it was in my hand.

It promises results within 4 weeks and well I have had since the 20th January and therefore we are have reached that 4 week mark (well, it’s actually closer to 6)  so naturally I am going to talk about it and whether I think it is working for my skin.

First of all I use this at night, You can use it at any time of the day as long as you use it only once so I picked end of day, just because I think it has a bit more of a chance to truly put some work in while I sleep.

Within the first week or so I noticed that my face broke out. There were whiteheads galore and they really helpfully all collected in the same place so patches of my face were just spot only zones. I think that was mainly just my skin adapting to it though as once they had all cleared up my breakouts sort of settled back down to normal. The thing that I’ve noticed about all my spots in my time using them is that they seemed to scab over and reach that really juicy state where they are ripe for the picking a lot quicker. Which I guess is a good thing for the life span of the spot on my face, but is a bad thing when you’re prone to spot picking like I am. It’s the spot picking problem that is causing all of the hyperpigmentation issues (for the most part) on my face that I am trying to get rid of. So it gives and it takes there.

Also I learnt that you really need to heed the warnings when it comes to sunscreen application. I already do put sunscreen on on the daily, but it’s just one my face that I am super on top of. I sweep this over my face and also down my neck and in the first few days that I neglected to apply sunscreen to my neck the skin got suupppeerrrr sensitive. Nothing too major, because it’s winter right now and I live in a scarf that protects it from any potential sun exposure, but enough for it to be very uncomfortable. It only took a couple of days of application for that to go away, so yeah. Sunscreen is important.

The thing that I have noticed in a big way is that my skin is super soft. The cleanser had already gone some of the way of making my skin feel super soft and this just seemed to increase that immensely. Honestly my skin is so soft and smooth.

I kind of made the mistake of not taking any proper progress photos when it comes to this. I am super critical of my skin and super aware of just how many little scars there are and am not convinced that they are actually going anywhere. But when I am not being hypercritical my skin has actually cleared up a bit. Also whilst I’ve been using this I have noticed that my Vitamin E oil has just been absorbed all the way in. And so is my moisturiser so yes, this does help make other products work better. The oil problem hasn’t been that bad for a while and it has now settled down again but there was a week about 2/3 weeks ago where my skin just went to being a straight up oil slick, so I definitely felt like my skin need to adjust to using acids for the first time, but once it did it’s all been moving smoothly.

This is £19 which isn’t super cheap, but also is an investment that is sure for sure worth I feel, it has improved the overall appearance of my skin. However, I do have a slight issue with the length of time it lasts for. I got a new cleanser in November last year and I think started using it at the beginning of December, I’ve only just bought a new one and I’ve still got at least a week left in my current one meaning that it has about a 3 month shelf life. My Priming Moisturiser Rich was bought around the same time and I’ve still got a couple of weeks left with it, I’ve got a couple of months left with the Priming Moisturiser before I need a replacement. I’ve been using this for 6 weeks and am already 3/4 the way through. It kind of only amounts to a month difference I think between the products, but I only use it once a day like the two moisturisers so I was slightly surprised by how quickly I was moving through it. But it’s a small gripe for what is otherwise a damn great product.

It’s been a very much welcomed addition to my skincare routine and there is a part of me that is still itching to try one of the serums and see what they might add to my routine as well. I’m waiting until I get closer to finishing my Vitamin E oil before I make a more considered decision about which one I’m going to try, but I imagine in a few months time there will be another one these updates…

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I did mention way back when that I would do something of a review when it came to Glossier and well, here it is.


When Glossier launched in the UK in October I kind of knew that I would succumb and find out what all the hype is about the Boy Brow and the Cloud Paint. What I didn’t expect to do was then fall into the skin care section and lose a lot of time in the skin care section. But that is because it came at a time when I was experiencing a lot of breakouts and I had come to the realisation that my skin was plateauing and I needed to make a change and this place was giving me an option for change. And offering it to me in set that means that I can get it cheaper…And also I needed a new sunscreen when I started looking that wasn’t going to make my skin look like an oil slick like the one I was using was doing, and I remember hearing somewhat good things about it so I bunged it in my basket.

So, this is going to come in two sections, my first impressions and then what I think of it now. A tad over a month later.

First Impressions

Milk Jelly Cleanser – Okay, so I’m used to a balm like, oil based cleanser that I rubbed onto my skin dry and then wiped off with a damp cotton wool pad and that was that done. I’ve used creamy cleansers before and I’ve alway fallen out with them. This can be applied to dry or wet skin, the first time I used it I did it both ways. On wet skin in the morning and then on dry skin in the evening.

The first thing is, this doesn’t foam. Which I guess in my head was weird because when I think of cream based cleansers I think of foam. It also means that it’s kind of hard to tell whether it’s cleaning your face or not. I don’t wipe off the residue with a cotton pad and see the work, I just rinse it off and hope for the best. It went on really nicely and felt super conditioning as well. I think it’s kind of the same on both dry and wet skin. One thing it did make me realise was that I needed to invest in a separate face towel that a bit less harsh than my other one. I haven’t had to think about that for nearly 2 years. But yeah, it did feel like it cleaned my skin without leaving it too dry and also it helped with the shiny T zone.

Priming Moisturiser – This is quite a light moisturiser, but it applies really well and it does feel hydrating. My initial thought was that it felt a bit too light to be a night time moisturiser, but they do have a rich version of this that seems a bit thicker, so I might give that a shot. But I might not, this does hydrate and my old moisturiser wasn’t super thick and that worked fine for months. I also like that both of these products don’t have any overwhelming scents, I only like that for my shower gel, my hair products and my perfume.

Balm Dotcom – I got this in mint because I love all things mint (plus the packaging is a hella cute pastel colour). It felt really hydrating the first couple of times that I used it and the smell was good but not overpowering. It’s a bit easy to get carried away with the squeezing of product though.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – I’m suspicious of all sunscreens. I’m convinced that they are going to make me look ashy and take forever to blend away. This was not one of those. It went on clear. It’s a slightly cloudy colour which initially worried me, but it went on like a dream. And it didn’t leave me super oily like my last one. Yes, there was a bit of shine by the end of the day but it was nothing compared to what it used to be.

Boy Brow – Okay, I understand the hype when it comes to this product. It’s good. It’s not dissimilar to any of my other brow products because when it comes to them I am very particular and also I don’t trust myself with anything like a pencil  or a gel, my eyebrows are naturally quite thick and I play to risky a game by trying to go in with those product at the moment. This one adds just the right amount of colour and coverage and just makes my brows look a little bit neater and a little bit bolder without being too OTT.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – The pop up Glossier store showed up near Regent’s Street towards the end of the month and I just had to go. Mainly to get a better idea of this product, because I got to a point where I knew I needed a richer moisturiser for evenings and reading the reviews they were a bit hit and miss. First of all the scent of lavender with this one is way more pungent then the lighter one. But it is thick and creamy and it did make my skin feel like it was getting a greater injection of moisture through it to get through the night.

Skin Tint – This was also something that I considered buying online, but I wasn’t sure what shade to get it in and so the pop store came at the perfect time. I found my shade (Dark) and this is very much a ‘your skin but better’ kind of thing when it comes to coverage. The only problem with that is that I have hyperpigmentation issues and so I kind of need a bit of a stronger coverage. Also, and I don’t know if this is just my skin  or the way that I applied it (with a beauty blender) but my skin looked really shiny after just a few hours and it looked like it was starting to fall off my face.

Stretch Concealer – Again, this was a product that I needed to just double check my shade for, it’s the same as the Skin Tint, but I just needed to check. This is a great concealer. It’s really creamy and applied really well, it blended down into my skin great. However, this is also a relatively light coverage concealer so it’s not too great at dealing with my more stubborn skin issues, like breakouts and scarring.

Impressions Now

Milk Jelly Cleanser – This stuff is still amazing. It’s so gentle and it does get all the dirt of the day off. I’ve worn make up a couple of times in the past month and I typically take off most of my make up with a face wipe and then go through my routine as normal. I did find that when I did that it didn’t get all of my eye make up off 100% and therefore I did wake up the next morning with panda eyes. I decided to do a little experiment and when I had a full face of Glossier on I didn’t remove it with a face wipe first and just went straight in with this cleanser and it did work a treat. But I had no eye make up on beyond my brows so it’s not quite equipped to do that just yet.

Priming Moisturiser – This moisturiser is super buildable and as the weather gets all the  colder I’ve found that it is still really hydrating my skin which I am appreciating massively. I have noticed that my skin is doing that thing when it becomes like an oil slick by the end of the day sometimes and I don’t quite know whether it’s this or the sunscreen. Or just my skin. I don’t use any mattifying products because I cannot be bothered but that might help now that I’m not using a moisturiser that lends itself a bit better to oily skin like my last one

Balm Dotcom – This product is long lasting when I slick it onto my lips just before heading of out the door to work. I’ve also noticed up until last week when it got really cold that I don’t have to apply lip afterwards as frequently as I usually do, which can never be a bad thing.

Invisible Shield Sunscreen – Like I mentioned up above, I cannot figure out if it’s this product that’s sometimes making my skin really oily or not. I’m not very good at keeping proper track of what affects my skin and what doesn’t. I mean my diet has also taken a slight turn so that might also be affecting it and making me break out a bit more and not my products. This is also super lightweight and I am still such a fan of the fact that it dries so well and doesn’t me a lifetime to blend in until all the white is gone. I clearly like all of these products enough that I have now repurchased the above again over Black Friday weekend.

Boy Brow – I remain in understanding over the hype of this product. It does great things and you don’t need to much the get the job done.

Priming Moisturiser Rich – This has been such a lifesaver in terms of making sure that my skin gets a really got injection of hydration overnight. This product also really soaks up my Vitamin E oil and I really feel like it’s penetrating deep and making everything just a little bit softer and more supple.

Skin Tint – This applies better when you use your fingers and not a beauty blender. I learnt that last weekend. It allows a better coverage and it’s also easier to build it up over problem areas, for which my cheeks house a lot. I think it’s because it’s so liquid-y and so it doesn’t just get super absorbed by the sponge. This product is super hard to get out of the bottle and I find that I do need  lot in order to get a decent coverage on my face. I know it’s supposed to be one of those ‘your skin but better’ products but seriously, I want some coverage. I feel like I might need a setting powder for this, I mean I need one in a general sense as well, but this fell off my face by the end of the day basically.

Stretch Concealer – I love this concealer, it blends so well and it’s pretty solid in terms of coverage as well. The colour is great and it hides the discolouration on my face pretty well. Again, it’s one of those products that you need to apply with your fingers to get the proper coverage. I’ve sort of switched over to liquid concealers more recently because they have more coverage I’ve found but this has tempted back to the side of cream based ones. And I kind of love it.

Look, if it wasn’t obvious at this point I am 100% a Glossier convert. I love them. I love the packaging. I love the simplicity. I love the quality of the products. I love the whole look of the website. I loved the vibe of the pop-up store. I love them. I would recommend them. So much. I will be honest, the prices are a bit skew wiff. I mean the sunscreen is pretty expensive for the size, but I’ve used it everyday for a month and it’s still going strong. In fact all of my initial purchases are at most halfway done and I use them multiple times a day so it’s not crazy excessive for the length time of they last. I only bought replacements for them because they were on sale, not because I was in dire need.

I love it. I’m so glad I gave into the hype.

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As you may be aware, one of my goals this year is to try and improve the overall condition of my skin. It’s not bad per se, it’s just seems to have plateaued a little and my skin is experiencing a lot more break outs and because of the breakouts and because I am spot picker I am then left with some scarring which means in turn that I have some hyperpigmentation issues.

Which wasn’t bothering me all that much, I mean it was a massive issue 4/5 years ago and it sort of cleared up on its own when I got into a better routine with my skin care, which I strived to do while I was at uni. So I knew it would clear up eventually and didn’t pay much mind to it. And then I went to see a doctor (about something unrelated to my skin) and he mentioned that he could prescribe some medication to deal with the scarring and to prevent any future related acne breakouts.

Now, I don’t have acne but he seemed to convince me that going on medication was a good idea. I lasted all of a week, if that. The serum that was prescribed made my skin super irritated and caused this rash like thing to happen right on my cheek and I kept forgetting to take the tablet first thing in the morning and I realised that I didn’t care that much. I did a bit of reading around it and apparently sometimes skin can react that way, but seriously, I do not care that much.

Once I stopped using the serum it took nearly 2 weeks for the red to go down and become this almost scab like thing and then it faded away to something akin to my normal skin colour. It was grim. I hated it. It made my skin worse. At one point it actually burned to just use my everyday skin care routine so it all seemed to rather redundant. And then after that debacle I sort of just lived my life and kept it as it is, because for the most part it was working.

Until I just would not stop breaking out and I started to look for solutions. The obvious one was Tea Tree Oil and then I started looking at what ones were available and in the end I just picked up Grease Lightning from Lush because the rest of my skin care is from Lush so I trust them, and also I was in there picking something else up so it was a full on impulse buy. For the most part it is helping with drying out breakouts and they don’t stick around for as long, and that means that I have less chance to pick them so there isn’t so much new scarring. Always a bonus.

Which brings me on to the next product that I have also introduced to my night time skin care. Vitamin E oil. I use a Superdrug one, which I kind of picked up on a whim when I was picking up some other bits and pieces but was also on the hunt to finally see if that whole putting oil on oily skin thing actually works. Firstly, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling even oiler which is great, in fact I think it is actually controlling my T-zone which used to become super shiny by lunchtime, if I was lucky. It’s also very light and doesn’t require that much per use, which is great. In fact I think I’ve been using the same 30ml bottle for about 6 weeks and it’s still going. It cost me less than £3, so that’s great to.

Beyond seeming to keep the T-zone in check, it does appear to helping to clear my skin up. I mean I wasn’t expecting overnight results or anything, and I made the mistake of not truly capturing what my skin looked like before I introduced the two new products so I don’t have a direct comparison, but it does appear to have freshened and cleared up my complexion a bit.

Which was confirmed to me earlier this week when someone at work said that my skin was looking so much better. So clearly it’s doing something, whether I truly notice the changes or not and it can only really be down to them because I’ve not made any other drastic changes. I mean I’ve increased my caffeine intake and have upped my fruit and veg consumption but none of them have been as sustained as the night time skin care routine.

So, I would definitely credit it to them on some level. And also, I have gone back to genuinely not being fussed by them, if I was then I would take the time to wake up a bit earlier so that I can put some foundation on and cover it up (which I can now do because I have finally lost enough of my tan to be able to use by secondary foundation) and I don’t do that. In fact I’m mildly annoyed that I let it get to me in the first place, because I did for no real reason.

I’m just gonna keep going with what I am doing. Maybe. I also feel like my skin has sort of plateaued again and I’m trying to figure out whether I want to switch it up again…Glossier is released here soon and I’ve heard good things about their skin care products and I always like trying new things. Although, I am also partly of the belief that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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Subscription Madness

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I’m sticking a similar vein to yesterday’s post, just because that is the kind of mood I am in and I am still trying to digest my thoughts on Nevernight before I post my review which will come tomorrow, so for now we have this.

I am terrible at remembering to do things that need changing or replacing or whatever, which is why I just signed up for VITL (a vitamins subscription) and stopped relying on myself to remember when things were running out and they needed replacing. I now get them delivered to me just as they run out on a monthly basis, it’s great. And so I am all for just leaving things to automated subscriptions so that I can’t forget about them, and as yesterday suggested I am very easily influenced on occasion.

So when I ended up deep in a Buzzfeed article spiral I ended up with two new subscription services under my belt.

And they were for razor blades and toothbrushes. Both of which I never remember how long I’ve been using for and when I need to replace them, so outsourcing it is just great all around for me. So here is just a short summary of my thoughts of them as I’ve been using them both for a few months now (one for longer than the other).

Friction Free Shaving

I’m guessing the title gives it away as to what this one is for. I have always been terrible at remembering to change my razor and my legs don’t really like me for it. And what with it being summer now and all that jazz it means that regular leg shaving season has officially descended. And well this site offers four fresh new razors either monthly or bi-monthly for £8 (if you get a 5 blade one, the 3 blade one is cheaper). I’m on a bi-monthly one because I don’t shave my legs that often that it would be required for me to change the blade every week, so I change it every two (and even then I still almost forget sometimes). I noticed the difference almost instantly, I literally always forget the difference that a new blade makes in the whole process and now I get that often it’s wonderful. Although I do still somehow manage to take giant chunks out of my legs regardless. I’m a fan. Oh and also the customer service team were great. So wins all around.


Aka the hipster toothbrush. Mine is black. Super sleek, doesn’t require daily charging and is light. And I love it. I mean it’s an electric toothbrush. It’s not going to reinvent the wheel or anything and nor is it claiming to. But it’s a gentle kind of electric toothbrush. It also helps me to pay attention to where I am actually brushing my teeth and for how long for. It also makes it a lot easier for me to just feel like I’m getting a deeper clean each morning and night. This toothbrush in conjunction with my toothpaste leaves my teeth feeling super clean. The best part is that in 3 months a new battery and brush head, I don’t quite remember how long I’ve had it for, but I know it’s not been 3 months, I think it might have only been 1 so far. I have also been converted to this one as well.

And those are my current two subscriptions that I currently partake in (actually it’s 3, but I only talked about two) which I am currently loving, if only mostly for the fact that it means that I no longer have to think about replacing them because they are just delivered directly to me. And that’s always fun.

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The Charcoal Experience

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Never one to jump on a bandwagon (actually sometimes I do, sometimes I steer well clear of one) I ended up falling into one of those weird loops where I just read all the possible articles that I could on something.

In this case it was charcoal toothpaste.

It started off as reading about Emma Watson’s beauty regime and ended with me heavily leaning towards giving it a shot.

And then I stopped leaning and just fell.

Into the toothpaste aisle in Boots looking at the charcoal toothpaste options available to me. Then there was one that was on offer and the calling became too much so I answered.

And now I brush my teeth twice a day in a foam of black.

That surprisingly didn’t take much getting used to. What did though was watching where said black foam ended up. Charcoal is funnily enough a lot harder to quickly deal with than regular toothpaste, so I have to be extra careful when I’m going about brushing my teeth and remember to rinse the sink out for a bit longer (not gonna lie, I am better at doing this at one end of the day then the other, guess which one?).

The one I use is Curaprox Black is White and I bought it at the beginning of June and now in mid-July I still have at least a third of a tube of left, maybe closer to half. My point there is that it’s long lasting, I reckon I might have another month left with this tube quite comfortably unlike my previous toothpaste which lasted 4-6 weeks. The fact that one tube lasts for so long means that it makes the price tag a little less of a terrible blow to take.

In terms of the actual toothpaste it has a nice fresh minty taste. I mean it says fresh lime mint but it’s minty. It’s nice. It’s refreshing and not too overpowering as it could have been. It leaves my teeth feeling cleaner than when I used my previous toothpaste. And it has a pretty similar texture to a regular one as well, although it is a little coarser, but not noticeably so, once I’ve used mouthwash.

Obviously the hype around charcoal toothpaste is that it helps to whiten teeth, and to be honest I have noticed a difference but also I’ve not massively been paying attention to it. But there is a difference.

For the most part I think I will probably stick with it but then also I’m not like holding myself to that. Mainly because the price tag is a bit too big just for toothpaste but that’s a small drawback that may not actually affect anything. I’m gonna see how long this tube actually lasts and then make a decision. For now though, I’m converted.

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Lush Chat

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The 2016 Reading Challenge has finally been wrapped up which means that I am now full on focused on this year’s one, for which I have already made a ‘sizeable’ dent in (how sizeable can it be really when the current number is 51?) and so yeah, as I have mentioned a few times before over the last week or so I am going to have to do a slight catch up of all the books that I have read so far.

I am gonna break it up a bit though for the next few days and we start today with a little Lush chat. The repurchases include, Ultrabland, Eau Roma Water, Enzymion, Rub, Rub, Rub, Cupcake and Celestial. All face skincare products (bar one) and all things that have helped my skin massively, they work and so therefore they must stay for the time being. So, here are the new things that I have since acquired:

Twilight – At some point last Christmas (as in 2015) I received a small bottle of this and then fell in love with it. And then before I knew it I discovered that it was seasonal and I would have to wait a year before I could  have it back in my life. And get it back in my life I did. I initially bought a small one just to sort of get me through the festive period. And it did, for the first week of my holidays. And then because I need a new shampoo I found myself buying a bigger bottle. And I’ve gotten too attached to it because it’s season is over and I’m gonna have to wait until the end of the year again to have it again, just gonna have to enjoy it while it lasts. The smell of it is just divine. It’s sort of musky and yet also vanilla-y. Then there is a lavender undertone to it all. It’s just a delight to wash with every day. It’s so soothing, and a nice contrast to my typical citrus-y shower gels.

Sugar Plum Fairy – I reached the dregs of Mint Juleps at some point in November without even realising and then when I was in the queue at Lush I just ended up picking this up because it gave me good vibes. And it was seasonal and apparently I am a sucker for a seasonal product despite my Scrooge like tendencies. It’s a good lip scrub for the most part. It’s a little bit crumbly and occasionally it’s a bit mess, but for the most part it gets the job done and leaves a nice smooth base for me to apply my lipstick on.

Daddy-O – This product is just really fucking pretty. It’s a gorgeous purple colour that looks a bit like a galaxy when it’s squeezed on my palm. Also it lathers purple (and it lathers really well) and I get a small joy rinsing it away in all it’s purple glory. The scent of this shampoo lingers for days and at first it drove me a bit mad because I couldn’t quite place the smell. Anyway, it hit me one day that it smells a bit like parma violets. It’s not necessarily an unpleasant smell, but parma violets brings back some memories from my childhood…As I’ve said before I’m never that fussed about shampoo, it just needs to clean my hair, which most do just fine, so I will probably try a different one when this runs out, but purely for the smell and the look of it I would probably repurchase this. (Although I have noticed that my hair feels a bit better these days, but that might also have something to do with the fact that overall I am just conditioning it more and keeping it well moisturised.)

Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Ease – I mentioned in my goals for this year that my aim was to take better care of my hair and I had already started this in mid-December when I purchased this and slathered it onto my hair.I think I only picked this up because it showed up this video and I am always down for anything that will help tame this curly hair. It definitely felt softer once I had rinsed it out, washed and conditioned my hair (and detangled, always detangling). It also feels slightly healthier as well, but again that might just be because of all the extra care I’ve actually bothered to put into my hair now. I’m a little bit conflicted on the smell of it to be honest. It lingers on the hair for dayyyssss. Like 3 or 4 and that’s with shampooing and conditioning, so to be on the fence about it is slightly conflicting. It’s kind of an overpowering smell, I can’t even think of something to liken it to like parma violets because I just can’t place the smell at all. It’s not too big an issue I guess, given that it works and rather wonderfully can be used on dry hair meaning I can start a hair routine with it and get some other things done in the 20 minutes I need to leave it in for. The smell is one of the only drawback with it because otherwise it’s a product that I can say works. The price to size ratio is also a drawback because I have thick, dry, curly, long hair and no recommended amount of product is never enough for me so I go through this quite quickly. I think I can get 4 treatments out of it, I’ve used it twice and my mum has used it once and I think I can maybe get one final use out of it on my hair…or on her considerably shorter hair… So yeah, that’s a drawback as well.

And they are the most recent Lush purchases that I have made since the last time I did one of these back in November.

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Lush Chat

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I break up the book talk for one day only (for the time being) to bring you some Lush chat, because I have acquired quite the haul since my last one of these.

First of all, the repurchases. R&B hair moisturiser because it is a gift to my hair and made it mostly manageable during the summer mugginess that enveloped London (and probably most of the country actually) . Rub, Rub, Rub because it smells so good and is still my fave thing ever and even though we are reaching colder months where the legs will hardly be on show at all, there is something incredibly satisfying about coming back from a spin class all sweaty and mildly uncomfortable and sloughing it all away with this delightful blue stuff. American Cream because my hair no longer accepts anything else and one of my more recent repurchases, Don’t Look At Me because I needed a face mask and this was the last one available of this, my second favourite face mask, when I went into the Liverpool Street Lush. Opening the pot of this for the first time was like welcoming an old friend, as sad as that may sound.

Onto the new stuff now.

Now my skin has recently decided that it hated me or something and just became really oily and super spotty in a way that I haven’t experienced in years because I am no longer a teenager and I was under the impression that puberty was a huge factor for these kind of issues because school lied to me (I mean, I am fully aware that spots don’t miraculously stop after 18, but my skin is bad these days) so I have spent a lot of time (and a fair amount of money) trying to get some sort of balance back into my skin. I tried Clinque, that failed. I tried Liz Earle, which I thought was aiding the situation but then after about a month it got worse again and then I remembered that Lush exists and I love most things I get from there so maybe it was time to give it a shot.

My new 3 skincare saviours are:

Ultrabland – I spent a lot of time umming and ahhing about whether to go with this or 9 to 5. I think this was got the better reviews on a whole in the end so I went with. I was skeptical at first because it’s sort of oil based and oily skin has been one of my main problems these days, but there were reviews that said they were in the same boat and that it didn’t case them any further issues. And that’s true. It takes a bit of getting used to effectively rubbing some kind of oil on your face and watching it get shinier and shinier, which is the exact issue that you were trying to avoid in the first place, when you are super used to either cream based cleansers or micellar water (which I used for bloody years and am still sad just seemed to stop working on my skin). But it gets the job done for the most part. It leaves my skin feeling super clean and there is something quite satisfying about wiping away the dirt of the city and seeing it in all its slightly gross glory on the cotton wool at the end of the day. It smells good too, which is maybe not the most important thing but is also super important. The first tub I bought (because I have just repurchased it) lasted over a month which I thought was pretty good given that I use it twice a day. It also says on the tub that if your skin is particularly problematic then use this only for a month, which I have done and for the most part my skin is better. I mean as I am writing this (in a Starbucks in Doncaster train station killing time at the beginning of October…) my skin is experiencing a break out but that is mainly because I’m getting ill, have been slightly stressed and am at the stage in my cycle so that’s not too unusual.

Eau Roma Water – Most of the reviews that I read about Ultrabland commented on the fact that pairing it with this toner helped them massively. And I can see why. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and so much cleaner. The smell is really subtle as well which I was concerned about as it has quite typically strong scents in it. A few spritzes of this on a cotton pad and a swipe across my face makes all the difference. The pairing is a match made in heaven and my skin thanks them.

Enzymion – I spent a lot of time pondering over what moisturiser to get because I find that they can make or break a skin care routine. I needed one that would help combat oil and shine and also felt like it was actually moisturising my skin without feeling too thick and generally kind of gross. I read a lot of reviews about all the ones that were available and also have some knowledge of the ones that I knew really wouldn’t work because they haven’t in the past and eventually I decided on this one because it seemed to have generally favourable reviews (I have honestly never spent so much time reading about other people’s opinions on products before, I generally like to just go in blind and figure it out for myself) and was fairly reasonably priced when compared to the price of some moisturisers that I have used in the past. The consistency is just right for my skin, it is fairly lightweight and very nourishing and does actually have some mattifying properties as I have noticed for the most part that my skin is slightly less oily and stays that way for the majority of the day. The trio of products has made a difference in the state of my skin and so far I am happy with the way that things are going.

And now we move away from my new face skin care routine (kind of…the daily skincare part at least) onto the other bits and pieces I have acquired over the months.

Ayesha – Okay the first face mask of the bunch. As you probably know over the course of the past year I have been slowly making my way through all the fresh face masks that Lush has available and I have now reached the point where I think I have made my way through them all (there might be seasonal ones that I haven’t tried, but I’m sure I’ll get there). This made up one of the last few left to try and I am not gonna lie I kind of hated it. It was really cake and thick and lumpy and didn’t spread over my face all that easily. It as a nightmare to remove and it cracked within about 30 seconds of drying on my face. It was a really unappealing colour and the smell wasn’t all that great. I mean it did kind of leave my skin feeling softer and slightly more deeply cleansed than my regular cleanser, but it wasn’t such a noticeable difference that it made up for all the issues that existed with it’s application and removal. Also it wasn’t all that exfoliating which I like in my weekly deep cleansing face masks.

Catastrophe Cosmetic – Again I am not a huge fan of this mask. It was better than Ayesha I will give it that, but it still wasn’t all the great for me. Again, it cracked really easily once it was one my face in a  big way and I basically could not move a muscle of my face once I had applied unless I wanted remnants of face mask all over my sofa and myself. This also made it really hard to take off, a fact that was made worse because this mask never seemed to properly come off. Like I would get rid of all the cakey annoying bits and then there would be this thin residual layer of clay still on my face that just would not wash off. I could get a bit of it off with some toner water, but otherwise it stayed there and meant that my skin didn’t necessarily feel all that clean at the end of it. It was easier to apply than Ayesha I will give it that, it didn’t become rock solid in the tub and get to the stage where it felt like I needed a heavy duty shovel to get enough to go on my face. The scent of it was quite pleasant as well, if you like the smell of blueberries you would probably like this. I mean sometimes it did also really make me want a blueberry muffin, but that’s whatever I almost always want of them. I would not buy this again, but it also isn’t the worst one I have used.

I Love Juicy – I am apparently in a changeable mood when it comes to shampoo, mainly because that is rarely my priority when it comes to hair care. My hair needs more moisture than most people can imagine so I focus way more on the things that hydrate it than I do shampoo. So I can afford to play around with it and while I loved Rehab a whole bunch because it felt like the perfect tonic to the sweet smelling American Cream I impulsively changed it up while I was on the website to this. It’s slightly citrusy which is alien to me when it comes to my shampoos and that has been pleasant when I open it up and squeeze some into my hands. The way that it lathers is a bit hit and miss, but that is something that bothers me all that much, it lathers eventually and gets the job done.

Coal Face Soap – I have had a love affair with charcoal based products brewing for a while now and I finally finished my pot of Dark Angels and so was on the look out for a new one to use a couple of times a week to just give my skin a nice little bit of exfoliation.  Now, I am not going to lie, I have only used this once because I have sort of fallen off the ball with semi regular exfoliation because sometimes (all the time) I am lazy and Ultrabland is quick and easy. It’s a tad difficult to use because I have a massive piece of this in possession and trying to break pieces off seems like something that I am not willing to take on right now. It’s a bit difficult to lather as a consequence and I obviously still need to learn the knack with it. The smell isn’t all the overpowering which I am glad about because the reviews I read said it was very liqourice like and I hate that stuff and the way it smells and I didn’t really want that all up in my face. But it’s not, so that’s good. I am gonna give it another whirl this week because my skin needs it as it’s not at it’s best. 

And that’s it. This very lengthy Lush Chat has now come to a close. I’m actually probably heading to a Lush store this weekend because I am due a free face mask and you can’t pass up free stuff…?

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