The Best of 2015 Skin and Body Care

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  • Face Wash: This is a hard one.  I haven’t really stuck to anything this year as I’ve been trying to use up all my mini sample and deluxe size samples from various beauty boxes.  I do however about twice a week use the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
  • Facial Scrub: Lush Ocean Salt 

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**I am not affiliated with any of these companies or products; they just make stuff I really like!**

Lush Haul!

Its a good thing Lush is a fair distance from my house.  Otherwise my wallet would be empty!  I was over that way last week and I did “need” to restock on two items that I keep in my skincare rotation.  So lets dive into what I got/needed! 🙂

 

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Up first is something that I “needed” it is Ocean Salt. Here is what Lush has to say…

Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. The minerals in sea salt soften as it scrubs away dirt, dead skin and blockages for a bright, fresh face. We mix in fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, leaving it balanced and soft. The cleansing effects of lime and vodka are ideal for blocked pores, blackheads or blemishes and leave skin visibly brightened. It’s no wonder Ocean Salt is so enormously popular!

Bottom Line:: This is a must have for me in my scrub collection.  If I could only have one scrub for the rest of my life this would be it. If you can’t tell, I like it, no I love it.

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Next is a sample of Let The Good Times Roll.  Lush says…

A luxuriously soft and sweetly-scented cleanser, Let The Good Times Roll has quickly become a huge fan favorite. Maize flour, corn meal and a dash of cinnamon powder gently exfoliate and leave you with a vibrant glow, and lightly hydrating corn oil helps skin to retain its moisture and elasticity. With its rich butter-caramel fragrance and velvety texture, no wonder this one is so popular!

Bottom Line:: This was a limited cleanser only out at holidays (it smells like a sugar cookie!) but due to high demand it was made a part of the permanent collection this year.  Because of its popularity I knew I needed to give it a try and asked for a sample.  My skin is oily so I use this at night as it is made for those with drier skin.

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Dark Angels is the other thing I “needed” at Lush.

Black sugar and charcoal gently exfoliate and absorb excess oils to leave dull, oily or acne-prone skin feeling fresh and matte. Even oily skin can be sensitive, so we’ve made this one soft and soothing to calm redness and irritation, too. Its rhassoul mud base deep-cleanses to help prevent breakouts while vitamin rich cold-pressed organic avocado oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and lightly hydrated. Use all over for perfectly smooth, bright skin. An angel indeed!

Bottom Line::  I use this as a cleanser once or twice a week and it really helps clarify and tighten the skin.

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I’ve used up all of my regular size bottles of shampoo so I decided to give two of Lush Shampoo Bars New! and Jumping Juniper a try.  I’ve used it before (just not the two I bought) and I liked it.

There’s nothing exactly new about our stimulating cinnamon and clove shampoo bar, we call it that because it’s made for people who want NEW! hair! When stress or life goes to your head and your hair starts thinning, motivate those tired scalps with spice and mint oils. It’s intense, (in the best possible way), but works wonders on irritated scalps or hair that’s thinning. Rosemary and nettle herbs rejuvenate, and make your hair shiny and soft as a feather. All of this, in one beautifully spicey bar; are you ready for a NEW! shampoo?

Our purple shampoo bar jumps into action to sort out oil problems on top. It cleans away grease and balances sebum production for soft, shiny (in the good way) hair. Fruity juniperberry oil sorts out your oily, congested scalp, while lemon and lime make your hair clean and shiny and give it an extra fresh scent. The incredible herbal duo, lavender and rosemary are superpowers if you’re having troubles in the oil department. Rosemary has been used for hundreds of years for its anti-bacterial capabilities, while lavender is known for its ability to balance and soothe the scalp. You’ll be jumping for joy in no time!

Bottom Line:: I haven’t used these yet so I will keep you updated on my thoughts!

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If you buy shampoo you also have to buy conditioner to go with it…

Vegans and fine haired folks around the world rejoice! Veganese is our lightest, conditioner that takes hair without volume and makes it go va-va-VOOM! The majority of LUSH products are vegan, but making a vegan conditioner without lanolin took us a few years to perfect. It was worth the wait. We use agar seaweed gel as a natural hair softener instead of lanolin, and blend in generous helpings of lemon oil to create the perfect vegan conditioner to leave you with tons of gloss and shine. We also added in the scalp soothing effects of lavender and rosemary to keep you sorted on top

Bottom Line:: I haven’t used this yet either but I will let you know!

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Lastly I got a Fresh Face Mask.  I have used these before (they only sell in store because they must be kept rerefrigerated) but Cupcake is a new one for me.

Cupcake is our one Fresh Face Mask that was created for a bit of fun. At the time, our inventor’s daughter was a young girl having slumber parties with her girlfriends every weekend, so he whipped up a chocolate mint mask for young, oily skin (officially solidifying him as the coolest dad ever). If you suffer from oily or spotty skin, slather it in this cocoa concoction. With spearmint oil to cool, vanilla absolute to calm redness and Rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse- Cupcake is a sweet savior for young faces. Smothering yourself in chocolate for clearer skin? Every teenage girl’s dream. 

Bottom Line:: Used this Sunday night and loved it!  I will need to use it a few more times but expect to see a Mask Monday in the near future.

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Products Mentioned::

Ocean Salt $21.95-$35.95

Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser $12.95

Dark Angels Cleanser $12.95-$31.95

New! Shampoo Bar $11.95

Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar $10.95 

Veganese Conditioner  $9.95-$32.95

Cupcake Fresh Face Mask $6.95 

 

Let Me Know What Your Favorites Are From Lush Or What You Want To Try! 

Favorite Facial Scrubs

I love a good exfoliating scrub.  My skin is oily and acne prone so I find that exfoliating my face several times a week is helpful in keeping my skin somewhat in check.  The scrubs that I share with you are geared towards oily skin, so if you are combo or dry, these may not be the best for you.

Swanson Ultra Tea Tree Oil Exfoliating Scrub $6.99 for 8.5oz

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I know some people claim that using walnut and apricots seeds for exfoliating is bad for you, but I have not had any problems. This scrub is free of parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate.  It does have a scent of Tea Tree oil which I like, but I know some people with sensitive skin may react to the oils in the scrub.

Lush Dark Angels $12.95 and $28.98 for either 3.5 or 8.8oz

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If you read my blog you know about my obsession with Lush.  This scrub is described as a “ velvety black sugar cleanser”. You can use it as a cleanser but I prefer to use it once or twice a week as a scrub.  Dark Angels features Rhassoul Mud, Avocado Oil, and Powdered Charcoal.  Absolutely love it, this scrub does contain sodium lauroyl Sarcosinate which is considered a safe synthetic. It is messy so I use it in the shower, otherwise I have a black mess to clean up around my sink.

Lush Ocean Salt $35.95 for 8.8oz

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I have already mentioned this is my favorite Lush Products post.  But it is so wonderful that it deserves a second mention.  Seriously you feel like you are on a vacation to the beach when you use this. Sea Salt combined with avocado and coconut is excellent for hydrating dry and combo skin and has just enough moisturizer for oily types like me. And don’t forget the lime and the vodka, yes this scrub has lime and vodka, but I would not recommend eating it, just for use on your face and body.

Mary Kay Time Wise Microdermabrasion  $55.00

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This one is on the expensive side so I only buy it after I have a Mary Kay Party and have Hostess Points!  Regardless of the price I love this microdermabrasion formula.  I have never had microdermabrasion professionally but I have tried other at home versions of microdermabrasion  and Mary Kay is the best so far.  This set has two steps.  The first step is ‘Refine’  which is the exfoliation portion and consists of a white creamy lotion containing exfoliating crystals.  The second step is ‘Replenish” which is a light gel/cream that absorbs into the skin quickly and makes your skin feel amazingly soft and smooth.  I use this once or twice a month.

Avon Clearskin Pore Penetrating Invigorating Scrub $6.49 for 2.5oz

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Avon has some really great skincare products but the one I keep coming back to is this scrub.  Years ago it used to be blue; and then it was discontinued for a while but a few years ago Avon revamped their Acne/Pore skincare line and brought the formula back, just in a new color. Your face will feel incredibly fresh and minty after being cleansed with this green scrub. Pore penetrating invigorating scrub is formulated with eucalyptus extract and witch hazel to cleanse and refresh your skin.

Have you tried any of the scrubs that I listed here?  What was your experience?  Let me know if you have any favorites I love to try new products!!!