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Until a year ago I had yet to step foot side a LUSH shop without leaving soon after with a whopping headache from the smells overwhelming my senses. It seems I hardened up recently and was able to enter…which is a great treat for my skin, less so for my wallet. This is due to the vast amount of things I want to try out not the prices, I actually think most products are priced up well once you learn what special ingredients go into making them. Read on for my review of the following products:
Perspective – Liquid lipstick
Energy – Lipstick
Trust – Lipstick
Fantasy – Liquid eyeliner
Feeling Younger – Skin tint
Jason and the argan oil – Shampoo bar
Jungle – Conditioner bar
Scrubee – Body butter & scrub
Dirty Springwash – Shower Gel
Big – Shampoo
Ocean Salt – Face and body scrub
Outback Mate – Soap
Whoosh – Shower jelly
(Green = Vegan)
I have recently become obsessed with trying to find the right lipstick. Going around all the usual brands in Boots hoping to find something that suits me while trying to find a mirror (seriously boots this needs to be easier) LUSH isn’t exactly a cheap brand, and I am not a fan of how pushed their staff are to help you while you shop, but their lipsticks are on to a winner.
LUSH is well known for its bath products and natural skin care products and I like how they reinvent common products – e.g, a solid bubble bar as opposed to bubble bath liquid and toothpaste that comes in pills. In terms of makeup, I think some things have been a bit hit n miss but when stepping into the LUSH Oxford Street they make up for it with the sheer variety of lipsticks on offer (let alone anything else)
Perspective Liquid Lipstick
Word to the wise, I went into the Oxford street LUSH thinking they would have everything that my small town branch wouldn’t and it turned out the Perspective liquid lipstick, along with the whole range of liquids was missing. The assistant explained this is because the liquid line has been there for a long time and the Oxford Street shop likes to stay fresh. I was told that all of the colours in the ‘Emotional Brilliance’ liquid lipstick range were all part of their new range of lipsticks – alongside SO MANY NEW ONES. I had gone to the shop thinking I would try all 6 or so liquid products, would choose one and leave. BUT NO, although I ended up trying around half of their lip products, a good effort on my part, and decided that I would prefer to try Perspective in its original liquid apothecary form and low and behold I found it the next day in a much smaller shop.
I love this colour as it is such an easy shade to wear – I mean it is their best seller after all! It is a sort of pinky-nude with a shine that stays on incredibly well and always has an even finish. Perfect for so many of my makeup looks including daily wear I think it is worth the price tag and will travel with me everywhere. I also love the glass bottle as all of the plastic containers are far less recyclable.
VEGAN | £13.50 | Ingredients: Kalahari Melon Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Oxide, Orange Peel Wax, Sunflower Wax, Glycerine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rose Wax, Talc, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Cetearyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Colour 15850:2
Please note that I totally cocked up the image on the right and ‘Enjoy’ is in fact ‘Energy’. That’s what you get for bad memory and guessing. But we are here to review LUSH, not my memory (thankfully) So as someone with olive skin, bright lipsticks scare the heebeejeebees out of me. They never seem to suit so I was really just trying this one on for the sake of it in store. I was so surprised and pleased when I ended up liking the shade. Finally a light summer lipstick for me! Needless to say, I purchased a darker number too but still I was thrilled. I do feel like this colour has less uses but that could be the fear talking.
It goes on rather dry despite being quite moisturizing while it is on, so if you have rough lips I recommend using some lip balm a few minutes beforehand. Let the balm settle in and then add as much lipstick as you like.
VEGAN | £13.50 | Ingredients: Kalahari Melon Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Orange Peel Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Sunflower Wax, Glycerine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rose Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Tin Oxide, Colour 77491, Colour 77499, Colour 15850:1
Trust is my favorite LUSH lipstick, the colour seems to suit every occasion and can be used lightly or built up. I also love to pair Trust and Perspective together for a sexy going out lip. Much like Energy and the rest of the lipstick range, it can feel dry when you first apply so lip balm is useful but it will not actually dry out your lips at all. The colour is long lasting too!
Fantasy Liquid Eyeliner
VEGAN | £14.95 | Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Stearic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Triethanolamine, *Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Xanthan Gum, Colour 77491, Colour 77492, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
For someone who is used to black eyeliner that resembles a felt tip, going for a gold product with a tiny brush applicator was a bit outside of my comfort zone. But, for the sake of glitter, I bought the bottle. And man I was impressed.
Firstly, application. Harder than a felt tip but still a lot easier than I imagined. there is still enough structure to guide the gold brush around and create a neat line. Secondly, colour. Amazing…and then a bit less amazing…then amazing again. There were inconsistencies with the amount of gold picked up or distributed and because you had to look at your eye in certain angles (because the gold is so wonderful that it picks up the light) it can be hard to know where needs more product. This also increased the margin or error because you may have to go over some parts a few times. Still for a product that packs this much wow it was worthwhile for me. I just need more excuses for gold!
Feeling Younger – Skin Tint
VEGAN | £12.50 | Ingredients: Oatmeal Decoction, Orange Flower Water, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
This has to be my most used LUSH product. It is lasting FOREVER and it use it pretty much every day. I tap on a small amount under my eyes before adding concealer to brighten up my bags, a tiny dab in the corner of my eyes (sometimes with eyeshadow on top as it works as a good base) and also place anywhere I want to highlight. A little goes a long way and I have used it for about five months now and have hardly noticed it go down. It works great when used as a base for powder highlight too. SO it can be used on its own for a more dewy, subtle glow, layered on for a boost or with powder for a more dramatic highlight. Worth every penny.
Jason and the argan oil – Shampoo Bar
VEGAN | £6.50 | Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water (Aqua), Agar, Argan Oil, Glycerine, Perfume, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Rose Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, *Limonene, Coumarin, Citronellol, Geraniol, Colour 17200
I really enjoyed using this shampoo as it was easy to pack for holidays or camping with no fear of spilling shampoo liquid everywhere. I kept mine in a circular LUSH tin that worked well but took my bar hostage and it is still stuck inside to this day. This may have been a bit annoying (and I think LUSH need to develop a different tin.. perhaps one that opens from the middle instead of having a lid) I could still use the shampoo by rubbing it against my hair or just my hand inside the tin. I preferred the rub-on-head method and it lathers up really well. Washes out like a normal shampoo and smells wonderful. The one con for me is that it is all a bit more time-consuming than traditional shampoo so since trying out others, Jason and the Argan oil has sat unused in my bathroom. Still, it will be my best friend next time I am camping!
Jungle – Conditioner Bar
VEGAN | £6.50 | Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Perfume, Soya Lecithin, Fresh Avocado, Fresh Figs, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Passion Fruit Juice, Fresh Kumquat, Behenyl Trimethylammonium Chloride, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cypress Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Chlorophyllin, *Limonene, *Cinnamal
While I have stopped using the shampoo bar, my Jungle Conditioner bar has remained my main conditioner. As the tin (as pictured) is square it is a lot easier to grab and rub in to my hair. As it is a conditioner I use it on the length and ends of my hair, not the roots. It smells wonderful and fresh in a green, grassy sort of way. It keeps its shape well and the tin is really handy for storage. I do not think it is a particularly strong conditioner but it is more natural than others. No complaints here!
Scrubee – Body butter & scrub
NOT VEGAN| £6.50 | Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Ground Coconut Shell, Perfume, Honey, Ground Almonds, Coconut Oil, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool,*occurs naturally in essential oils.
I love Scrubee so much! Is it because it looks like an adorable bee? Probably. Is it because it scrubs my skin while leaving me moisturized? DEFINITELY! It scrubs so nicely, like having someone gently scratch your back and it was a great combination whenever I was peeling from a sunburn as it would keep the area soft and moisturized while getting rid of dead skin. Smells divine but since it contains honey is not Vegan friendly. I have yet to look into honey use all that closely but as this product is Vegetarian certified and LUSH has a very high standard I am confident that the quality and treatment of bee’s is high too.
Dirty Springwash – Shower Gel
VEGAN| £4.95 | Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Methylparaben*occurs naturally in essential oils.
WAKE UP with this minty fresh shower gel. It is perfect for all your shower needs and lathers up really well. I have used this to wash and shave with and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or damaged. Love using this after the gym as the mint makes me feel like I’m instantly fresh and revitalized. Unfortunately, I left this in a campsite shower so I hope whoever has it now enjoys it! Definitely going to rebuy soon!
Ocean Salt – Face and body scrub
NOT VEGAN| £8.95 | Ingredients: Fine Sea Salt, Fresh Grapefruit Infusion, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Stearic Acid, Fresh Organic Lime Extracted in Vodka, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Avocado Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Lime Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Glycerine, Lanolin, CetearylAlcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
I have only used this product a few times as I don’t like to mess with my face much. If I felt particularly greasy though I will dip in. It is a pretty soft scrub, and can be used on the face or body. I get a bit spotty/ greasy on my chest so I have used this on my face and chest. I love the consistency and appearance and although it apparently contains vodka, it smells wonderful. Very fresh and fruity (it contains grapefruit and limes so that makes sense!) Let me know if you have tried out this product, or any of the others.
BIG – Shampoo
VEGAN| £6.95 | Ingredients: Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Fresh Sea Water, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Neroli Oil, Mandarin Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, *Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume
A shampoo…that comes in tub…with chunks of salt…was a bit questionable to me. Oh how wrong was I not to try this straight away. My hair and I love BIG shampoo. It lathers up well, smells wonderful, and the chunks of salt are a fun addition (that don’t scratch my head) I assumed that this much salt would dry out my hair but it feels soft and clean! I do think I noticed a few extra split ends but I am still not sure if that is due to the shampoo or because I was actively looking. If you have dry hair already this is probably not going to do much good, otherwise, for uncoloured and undamaged hair go for your life! and let me know what you think.
Outback Mate – Soap
VEGAN| £4.50 | Ingredients: Eucalyptus Infusion, Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Eucalyptus Oil, Sodium Stearate, Lemongrass Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, EDTA. Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, Cornstarch, Maltodextrin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Colour 42090
Okay guys, how beautiful is this soap!? SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL. BEAUUUUUUTIFUL. I wish I could keep it beautiful forever but it smells as good as it looks so it must be used! To keep it pristine for longer I cut off chunks at a time and it seems to last longer this way so there is a pro tip for you. It contains lots of wonderful eucalyptus, native to Australia (hence the name) which is fantastic for its moisturizing abilities. We have a small plant in the garden and it comes in handy every time we are sunburnt. Thankfully this isn’t too often but how brilliant to be able to save my plant and use this soap instead! 10/10 for soapy goodness.
Whoosh – Shower Jelly
NOT VEGAN| £8.50 | Ingredients: Glycerine, Honey Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Warning: Your bath/shower time will be extended due to dropping the jelly several times and general fun because YOU ARE WASHING WITH JELLY OH MY GOODNESS. *Calms down* So I love this thing. It is hours of fun and structurally pretty strong. It took a lot of used to wear down and eventually start breaking apart. When this happens just keep the jelly in its tub and you will keep it usable for longer. It smells wonderful and cleans your body nicely. Grab it tightly and Whoosh will be your best friend. Probably better in a bath than a shower, but beggars can’t be choosers, I love it!
SO that concludes my review. Let me know if there is anything else I should cover and leave questions or comments below. Goodbye for now!