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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Lush Massage Bars


I love Lush massage bars! I use mine all the time (and not just for massages). They're super moisturizing and soak into the skin nicely. I love to use mine on my legs before bed and I always use Heavanilli for this because it's a larger massage bar.  It has an ok scent—I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. Heavanilli also leaves my skin with a bit of s glow to it, which I really love! There are other lush massage bars out there with glitter in them that would make you're legs a little sparkly (Silk Stockings is one example), but I don't really want sparkle on my legs, so I stick to the regular ones. I keep this on my nightstand and put it on before bed, especially on my knees which tend to get dry.



My favorite massage bar for an actual massage though, is Soft Coeur. It smells amazing and has a real chunk of chocolate in it! Husband and I love trading massages with this because of the scent and because it soaks into your skin in a way lotions and oils don't really do. Since it's a solid bar, you also get to avoid that terrible, shocking feeling of cold lotion falling on your skin. Soft Coeur is not something I us on my legs because it's a smaller massage bar. Heavanilli is $10.95 for 1.9 oz (which will last a long time) and Soft Coeur is $8.95 1 oz. For the extra $2.00 I get twice as much product and that's definitely worth it!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dry Foot Treatments

Living in a super dry climate, I've had to deal with cracked skin on my heels in the summer. I've tried a few treatments and I have two favorites: Pedix Heel Rescue Balm and a combination of Lush's Lemony Flutter and Fair Trade Foot Lotion.

Pedix Heel Rescue Balm




This product is amazing! It is hands down my favorite foot cream. It's super moisturizing and I would use it in the morning and then put socks on to trap the moisture. In just a few weeks my heels went from cracked and dry to incredibly moisturized. I got this in a Glossybox one month (which I no longer subscribed to) and I've been dying to repurchase it. I decided not to, however, because it's incredibly expensive. 100 mL is $20.00! I wouldn't mind spending that much on a product as long as I can make it last for a long time, but the Pedix Heel Rescue Balm only lasted me about 3 weeks.

Lush's Lemony Flutter + Fair Trade Foot Lotion


                     


This treatment overall is more expensive than the Pedix Heel Rescue Balm, but it lasts a lot longer. I've been doing this for about three weeks now and just finished my sample of Fair Trade Foot Lotion (which I used sparingly) and the tub of Lemony Flutter I bought is still almost full.

Lemony Flutter smells like - well - lemon and I love it! My husband is not such a fan though - I think it's just a little too strong for him. It has a buttery consistency and is almost a little oily, but it is very moisturizing. It takes longer to work than the Pedix Heel Rescue Balm, but it lasts a lot longer. 1.5 ounces of Lemony Fluter is $16.95, making it more expensive overall than the Pedix Heel Rescue Balm, but it lasts forever since you don't need as much of the product for it to work.

The Fair Trade Foot Lotion adds a little extra moisture to the foot treatment, but it's not really necessary to add into my foot treatments. I've decided to purchase a full size though because I just love the way it makes my feet feel. It has a lot of mint and it just makes my feet feel happy, if that makes sense. It's very refreshing. 7.9 ounces of this product costs $23.95.



Do you have dry feet in the summer? Which products do you like for getting rid of cracked heels?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lush Fresh Face Masks Review: Brazened Honey and Mask of Magnaminty

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I have been wanting to try out Lush's fresh face masks for a while because they just look like so much fun and I've had great experiences with their other products (particularly the Herbalism face mask and the super moisturizing massage bars). So I decided to give Brazened Honey and Mask of Magnaminty a try at my recent trip to Lush.


Brazened Honey

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Brazened Honey is described online as "stimulating," which is incredibly vague, so I didn't really know what I was getting myself into with this one. I loved the way it felt when it was on my skin - fresh and cold. As the mask dries it has a tightening feeling to it, which I love because it makes it feel like it's working.

Once you take off Brazened Honey, you're left with a fresh, clean, and moistureized feeling. It was great! Unfortunately, I now completely understand what they mean by "stimulating." Brazened Honey reaches deep down and gets all of the dirt out of your skin. In my case, however, it didn't eliminate the dirt. I have this one area on my cheek that has been broken out lately and Brazened Honey irritated it further and gave me a huge blemish 2 of the 3 times I used it.

Even though I didn't have an all around fantastic experience with Brazened Honey, I am going to give it another shot in the future. I have tried three masks since then and nothing has made me feel like I got both a deep clean and a lot of moisture put back in my skin. My face was just so happy immediately after trying this one, that I have to give it another go. That said, I am never, ever using this product again while any area of my skin is in questionable condition.



Mask of Magnaminty 

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Oh, Mask of Magnaminty, what a savior you are! I got a free sample of this from Lush with my purchase since they were out of the smaller size, but I will certainly be buying a small size of this in the future. Mask of Magnaminty is a clay mask, so it also has that nice, tightening feeling. All of the mint makes it smell amazing and also gives your skin this tingly, clean feeling.

The first time I used it, my skin felt refreshed. The times I've used it since then have been a bit more sparingly since I only have a sample and I knew I needed to extend how long I'd be able to use it. Why you ask? Because it turns out to be a great spot treatment! Remember that trouble area on my cheek that was made much worse by Brazened Honey? Mask of Magnaminty fixed that! In just a few days my cheek looks significantly better. Not only did it fix the damage caused by Brazened Honey, but it improved my cheek situation overall.



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