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When it comes to skincare, I rarely change how I do it, but I like switching out the products and trying new brands or items from brands I already know. I have been using the same products for a long time so I thought it was time to switch things out and try some new things out. Here’s what I got and my first impressions of them.

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♥ Simple – Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

This is a micellar water cleanser, and I love to use these. I have been using one from Garnier but I felt like it was time for something new. The major difference for me was that this one actually had a scent, compared to the Garnier one which was practically unscented. It’s not terrible though, and it does make my skin feel just as cleansed and nice as the other one did. So I’ll give it a 9/10.

♥ Nivea – Soothing Toner For Dry Skin

This one was a bit weird! It totally smells like the Nivea body lotion I used before so it was odd to have that scent for a toner. It is soothing though, and my skin feels a bit more hydrated and not as tight after using it so it works well enough. I used to use a tea tree toner water so having something that isn’t actively combatting breakouts and spots feels a bit weird but so far I haven’t noticed any changes in my skin. I’ll give this a 8/10.

♥ L’Oreal – Hydra Genius Aloe Water

This is a slightly weird one! It’s not a water, it’s not a cream and it is not a gel. I guess it’s like those water creams you hear about in k-beauty, but it is a nice texture. It feels slightly cooling on the skin and it does make my skin feel really hydrated, so I like it a lot! It is light weight and it works nicely under make up as long as you give it a few minutes to dry first, of course. I’ll give this a 9/10.

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♥ Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial Night Cream

This is a very floral scented night cream. I’m not sure what I expected from the scent wild rose but I didn’t expect it to be so potent. It’s not terrible though, it’s just a bit stronger than what I am used to. It is a fairly thick night cream so I only use a little bit at a time to avoid my skin from feeling too greasy the morning after. It works pretty well! I’ll give this one a 8/10.

♥ Dove – Nutrium Moisture Shower Cream Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Scent

I adore Dove shower creams and milks and this is no exception! It smells so sweet and fresh at the same time and it is very hydrating and soothing to use in the shower. The scent lingers for a while too so that is a plus! I think all Dove shower creams would get an automatic 10/10 from me, I haven’t encountered any bad ones yet.

I also received a sample with my order, which was for the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser. I haven’t tried this yet since I am still getting used to the new products I’m using now, but I am very excited to give it a go after a while.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them? 

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I’m sure we all have those days where all we want is to get rid of our make up and go straight to bed. Or maybe we want to stay in bed in the morning instead of going to the bathroom to wash our faces. The former happens a lot to me when I come home after a long day, so having products at hand that I can use without needing any water is great.

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The first thing I do is to use the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. It is very convenient, it doesn’t have to be rinsed off and it removes make up like a dream while still being so gentle to sensitive skin. I just use it with a cotton pad, wipe off my make up and then go over again with a new cotton pad to properly cleanse the skin. Then I spray some of the Tea Tree Toner Water onto a cotton pad and use small circular movements as I apply it to the skin. Then I let it dry for a few minutes before moving onto the next steps.

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After using the toner I move on to moisturizing the skin, and lately I have been loving the Figs & Rouge Hydra Activ Smart Nutrient Day Cream. Even if it is a day cream, I also use it at night because it has been so beneficial for my skin, giving it just enough moisture without making my skin feel greasy. It is great for using under powder make up too since it makes sure that you don’t have any dry patches the powder can adhere to. Under the eyes I use the oOlution Eye Love cream which hydrates, depuffs and tightens the under eye area. I love using it because it always makes me look so awake. It also works great under a concealer because it’s not too heavy so it just makes the area smooth and nice. Lastly I use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Balm, this one is especially great to apply before bed because it is a thick formula that takes some time to absorb. I always wake up with soft lips after using it and I love it. It also has SPF in it so its great to use during the day too.

So that’s what I use when I don’t want to spend ages in the bathroom to get ready and just need a quick fix! What do you usually use? 

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Lush Skincare – Deodorants

February 13, 2017 — 9 Comments

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Sells a range of natural handmade bath and body products including natural soaps, bath bombs, shampoos, fragrances and specialty products. They’re 100% vegetarian and 80% of their products are suited for vegans. I’m only a regular consumer and my posts and reviews are not sponsored in any way. If you have any questions, contact lush at uk.lush.com or whichever site is native to you.


♥ Aromaco

This solid deodorant is packed full of gentle, natural ingredients to keep you feeling fresh. Utilize the power of absorbent sodium bicarbonate and witch hazel to stay dry, while antibacterial chamomile vinegar and cooling, fragrant patchouli keep you smelling sweet. Think of Aromaco as a roll on deodorant without the extra packaging. Simply rub under clean, dry armpits and you’re ready to go. Top Tip: To keep Aromaco fresher for longer keep it in it’s wrapper or a reusable box.

9a81f82babaed2e953037b78733dfb11-imageAromaco was the first solid deodorant i tried from Lush, and it is also the least successful one for me. The smell was okay in the beginning, but after a few uses i just could not stand it anymore. I guess i just cannot handle Witch Hazel?

I struggled with the application at first too, since trying to use it on dry skin did not go very well. I then tried it after a shower when my skin was still slightly damp and it worked much better, the only downside then was that it made the smell way stronger.

I’m sure it would be a great deodorant if i just was able to handle the pungent smell, but unfortunately i cannot, and that is why it will get a pretty low score from me. The plus with it is that it is not rough like T’eo and you probably will not get any rashes from it (like I have heard a lot of others have gotten from T’eo, sadly). It keeps you from smelling sweaty and you do not have to reapply that often. Just be wary of the smell, it can be really deceiving at first.

Ingredients; Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Perfume

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♥ T’eo 

A deodorant bar made of super-absorbent powders, fresh green grapes, and juniper and citrus essential oils to help you keep dry and fresh. This gentle but powerful bar makes light work of heavy perspiration, thanks to its nifty little team of freshmakers that absorb odours and work up some anti-bacterial magic.

432T’eo was the second solid deodorant i tried from Lush, the first being Aromaco. I was not too impressed with the first but with T’eo, i was pretty much blown away. The lemony scent is great and it held up through pretty much the entire work day i had it on to try.

I reapplied it when i returned home and it lasted for the rest of the day (or until i showered a little later in the evening). The difference between T’eo and Aromaco is huge, with the first being a compressed bar of Sodium Bicarbonate accompanied by some blue wax to keep it together, and other lovely ingredients. Aromaco has more the consistency you expect from a soap bar, and in my opinion the smell was not too great.

I have read that people have experienced horrible rashes when using T’eo, but luckily i have not had that experience myself. It keeps me dry-ish and smelling lovely and i would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have overly sensitive armpits.

Ingredients; Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of tartar, Apricot Kernel Oil, Blue Wax, Tea Tree Oil, Magnesium Carbonate, Lemon Oil, Juniper berry Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Fresh Green Grapes, Blue Cornflower Petals,  Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume.

Rating (out of five stars); ★★★★★


♥ Krysztal (Kitchen product)

Fresh organic lemon and lime juices for their refreshing, astringent properties, organic jojoba oil to soften and cypress oil to refresh. Gently rub on dry pits to keep any whiffs under wraps.

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After the success with using T’eo as a deodorant, i was really looking forward to trying this one when it was released in the Lush Kitchen. Like it’s brother of sorts, it is a compact bar, but with black wax rather than blue, and it has no decorative flowers. Scent wise, however, instead of having a very gentle citrus scent, it feels like someone peeled a lemon and a lime and shoved one up each nostril.

I don’t mind the scent at all but i think that was what made this an absolute bummer for me. After applying it and wearing it for an hour or two, i felt an intense itchy feeling, and a lightly red rash formed under my arms. I never experienced that with T’eo, no matter how hard i rubbed it on so I don’t the application is to blame at all.

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You apply it in a similar manner, either rubbing the bar directly onto your skin or crumbling it up a bit and applying with either your fingers or a brush. I genuinely believe that the amount of citrus in it was way too much for my skin to handle to i would have to give it a.. well, i can’t give it a too high rating as it gave me a rash, but it did it’s job at masking up any bad odor. It lasted pretty much throughout a work day for me if i managed to suffer through the rashes but most of the time i wiped it off after a few hours.

I would recommend this for someone who doesn’t have too sensitive skin as the citrus can be a little too much. Also don’t use it if you just shaved your armpits, that might irritate it even more.

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Ingredients; Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lemon Oil, Black Wax, Magnesium Carbonate, Cypress Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume.

Rating;  ★★★


♥ Coconut powder

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When it comes to deodorants from Lush, as you can see from the reviews above, I have enjoyed two out of three that i have tried.. This makes it three out of four instead! It is not the first time that i have used a powder as a deodorant, as i have used the silky underwear dusting powder to absorb moisture in a pinch before. However, it’s the first time I’ve used one that was intended to be a deodorant.

The application is a little bit messy since it is a powder after all, and it’s density makes it a little hard to get out of the bottle, but once you rub it on, the magic begins. It smells lovely of coconut and it dries up any moisture right away. It wore fairly long too, i applied it before work, and 8 hours later it was still going strong and still smelled like coconut.

It would have been a bit problematic if i would have to reapply it throughout my work day since it is easy to spill it when applying, so I’m really glad i didn’t have to. I started using it after trying out the Krysztal bar and it did sting a little, but i think it was because my armpits were a bit sore from rubbing the bar against the skin.

If you’re wanting to try it if it comes out in the kitchen again, i would recommend it just for the experience of using a powder, it’s an interesting experience!

Ingredients; Cornstarch, Tapioca Flour, Magnesium Carbonate, Perfume, Coconut Milk Powder, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Cream, Desiccated Coconut, Benzoin Resinoid, Vetivert Oil.

Rating; ★★★★★

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♥ Cucumber & Aloe

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To be quite honest, i didn’t even know that H&M had any skincare like this until i randomly found them on their website. I live too far to be bothered to go into town so I haven’t been in the actual store in a while so they might have it there. Anyways! Their masks come in these cute little plastic containers, similar to coffee capsules and they contain 10 ml (0.3 fl oz). It doesn’t sound like much, but you can honestly get up to three uses if you leave the lid on. I have use number 3 on my face as i write this and i am very pleased with it.

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As you can see on the left, below, you only need a thin layer of the mask, just enough for your skin to look dewy and nice. I put too much on my cheeks the first time so it refused to dry properly, but i learned my lesson the second time around. You’re supposed to keep it on for 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you feel it would take for it to dry. I left mine on for a full 20, and it dried like a second layer of skin, as shown on the right.

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The peel off process was simple, and there was not much left over after i was done. I cleansed my face with some toner water just in case, and i was very happy with the result. My skin felt refreshed and it left behind a slight scent of cucumber.

So all in all, i would recommend this mask a lot, i have yet to try their Tea tree peel off mask, but i’m really looking forward to it!

Pros: 

  • A lightweight, refreshing mask
  • Gentle scent of cucumber
  • applies easily
  • peels off usually in one go
  • Can be enough for up to three uses

Cons:

  • A bit hard to get off if you accidentally layer it on too thick
  • The lid isn’t technically resealable so you might end up spilling it if you’re not careful.

♥ Manuka Honey

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My local H&M used to only have a few of these masks available, so i was pleasantly surprised when i found that they finally had stocked up on more of their face masks. They come in cute little pots, and for the peel-off masks, they often contain enough to apply it twice.This one in particular contains honey, and oh boy, can you smell it!

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It is a vivid, orange colour and it is a bit thicker than the previous peel off mask i tried from them. It’s almost like you could feel the honey in it when you applied it. I just used my fingers to rub a moderately thin layer all over my face, avoiding the eyes and lips. I did get a tiny bit stuck in my eyebrow and it was a bitch to get out again.Also, the mask looks really yellow on your face so it kinda looks like you have some20161215_123444 sort of skin disease.

I left it on to dry, and it took so long that i forgot to even check what time it was when i peeled it all off. It came off in one piece so that was good! I felt a slight itch when i had it on but i didn’t think it was anything serious. After toning my skin i noticed i had really dark red marks on the skin beneath my eyes that actually felt really warm and inflamed. There was no indication that i was allergic to any of the ingredients and still it happened.. So it didn’t help my skin much, it just made me in need of a moisturizer to calm down my skin.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Smells of honey
  • Comes off in one piece if you make sure to connect everything
  • Doesn’t hurt that much when you peel it

Cons:

  • Takes quite a while to dry
  • Made my skin really irritated so be careful if you have sensitive skin.

♥ Raspberry Leaf

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After the disaster that was the Manuka Honey peel off mask, I didn’t really have any good expectations about this one at all. This is a mask made for combination skin so it’s supposed to nourish and reduce oil at the same time. When you open the packaging it reveals a raspberry colored mask (big surprise, right?) and it smells just like raspberries too.

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It was not as thick as the honey mask and the color lightened a bi20161219_191511t, only showing a pink tint on the skin as you applied it. It was a bit more runny so i could get two used out of it because if i used too much at once, it would start dripping off of my face, and no one wants that to happen.

There is not really any set time limit for masks like these since they basically just have to dry up complete so that you could peel them off. This one took about twenty minutes to dry completely, though i found it to be slightly damp on my cheeks even if the rest of the face was dry. I’m not sure why that happened but it took another five minutes for it to become stiff like the rest. Once i peeled it off my skin felt nourished and refreshed, and it didn’t stick to any of the hairs on my face to make it painful at all.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it worked better than the honey mask and i would definitely repurchase this to use it again. The lovely scent is a plus too, it didn’t get overwhelming and it was just the right amount of raspberries. I would recommend this to anyone that has combination skin and is in need for a refreshing experience.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Not too thick
  • Smells really nice
  • Doesn’t pull on the hairs when you peel it off

Cons:

  • Dries a bit unevenly
  • A bit too runny if you apply too much

 

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♥ Cucumber Slice Mask

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This was really a product that surprised me! Judging by it’s name, i thought it would just be a cucumber scented sheet mask, but boy, was i surprised when i saw that it was actually shaped like cucumber slices!

It does smell like cucumbers though so at least i didn’t have to be disappointed by that! It felt kind of strange to just have small pieces of a sheet mask on my face, but they did hydrate my skin where they were. There are two sheets of slices in the pack so you can cover your entire face if that is what you want to do. I kind of had to play some tetris on my face to try to make them all fit, my face isn’t exactly the largest in the world so i couldn’t get all of them on there at the same time.

It left my skin feeling soft and smooth and a bit cooled down so it was an enjoyable experience.

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As you can see above, the slices are pretty big so i doubt anyone could really fit them all at the same time. On the packaging it demonstrates that you could use them on other parts of your body is you need some moisture, so that could also be a possibility.

Pros:

  • Has a very gentle scent
  • Is easy to apply and remove
  • Gives a lot of moisture

Cons:

  • A bit hard to remove from the sheet they come on
  • A bit hard to use them all up at once.

♥ Sweet Banana Mask

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Along with many others, i have really come to love the convenience of sheet masks compared to traditional face masks. Sometimes i feel too lazy to go into the bathroom, apply the mask, wash my hands, wait for a while then rinse off the mask. It’s so much easier to just pull out a sheet mask, leave it on for a while, pull it off then massage in the excess serum.

20160725_153848This mask in particular is a moisturizing and very soft feeling mask. It contains banana and honey extracts and it smells exactly like banana candy. I love that kind of scent so for me it was kind of like heaven. It comes in a 3-pack so for me it’s good for at least three weeks, if i choose to use it once a week.

The sheet is very wet and it is kind of hard to unfold it because it’s so slippery but it’s worth it in the end. The mask is a bit too big for my face but as long as i folded the ends a bit, it was fine. It was comfortable to have on and i felt no discomfort whatsoever. It is a very cheap mask, a bit over four dollars for the 3-pack. You’re supposed to keep the mask on for 15-20 minutes, then massage in the excess serum.

All in all, i’m very pleased with this mask, it made my face feel refreshed, and the serum made my skin feel smooth after i had massaged it all away. It took a bit of time for my skin to absorb it though but that’s not the worst thing in the world. I also loved the smell, it was nice to have something fruity compared to the slightly chemical smell i have noticed in a lot of masks.

Pros:

  • Very moisturizing
  • Smells great
  • Low price

Cons:

  • A bit hard to unwrap
  • A bit too big for my face so it got a lot in my hair and made it greasy

♥ Sweet Peach Mask

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Just like the Sweet banana sheet mask, this sheet mask is simply made to moisturize your face. When you open the packaging, it smells very sweetly of peaches, so the20160831_195106 name for it is pretty accurate!

The mask, like its brother, is excessively wet and i found that i had to let some of the serum drip off from it. If i had not done that, it would have been way too heavy on my face. When i tried putting on it would slowly slide downwards and it was not a great feeling.

Once it was ‘dry’ enough, i left it on my face for 20 minutes, which is the maximum time you’re supposed to keep it on for. It did the exact same thing as the banana mask so i think that with these, it just really depends on what scent you prefer since they are the same.

It’s by all means not a bad mask, i just found it slightly frustrating that they’re basically the exact same sheet mask. I shouldn’t have expected them to be different. There is a melon scented one but i don’t think i would end up trying that when i have several left of these and the banana scented ones.

Pros:

  • Very moisturizing
  • Smells great
  • Low price

Cons:

  • So wet that it’s too heavy to wear
  • A bit too large

 

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