Lush Retro 2013! - January

Yay! It is my first Retro of 2013. How exciting! It was this time last year I bought my first Retro EVER so its almost like a years anniversary. 

Now I know what you are going to say... aren't you on a spending ban? Yes, yes I am. But in my spending ban rules I did state I would allow myself the monthly lush Retro and limited edition goodies, since that is one of the main parts of my blog. I don't think thats too bad is it?
Anyways, for those who don't know what Retro is. Lush release a lot of limited edition stuff. Lush bring back this discontinued stuff for ONE MONTH only, so its a great way to try out older products that you might have missed!

This month Lush decided to focus on face products. No fancy bath bombs or bubbles here folks!

Almond Kisses - £22.50 for 45g




Let me start off by saying I was incredibly disgruntled to hand over £22 for this. When I saw the prices of this months Retro I grimaced a bit, since I am on a spending ban and usually the Lush retro doesn't cost me much. This month it cost near enough an arm and a leg and I wasn't very happy about it, I have NEVER paid that much for a moisturiser before, so I was thinking "This stuff better be gold or something for that price!". So what's it all about? Well it smells lovely, I was a little worried because as someone who is allergic to nuts, you just worry when you see the word Almond. It didn't smell nutty in the slightest. In fact its very heavily rose scented, if you like Dream Cream or Rose Argon, you will definitely like this. It is the same scent as Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar. My skin especially on my forehead and cheeks has been very very dry recently. Worse than normal so what better time to give this a test run. I can happily say I really enjoyed this. Like really enjoy it, to the point where I am thinking I would like to get back ups if I wasn't on a spending ban. Its quite a light consistency, but goes on quite heavy - I have taken to using it as a night cream since its to heavy to use pre make up. It calms my skin, soothes it and make it lovely and soft to wake up to. My skin no longer feels dry when I wake up and overall I really really like this. 

Lip Lime Lip Balm - £5.95



Again I have never paid so much for a lip balm before. Lip Lime is a little screw tin of lip balm. This is one of the nicest but strangest lip balms I have probably ever tried its gotta be said. Its not creamy but rather its buttery and coats the lips with just a sheer sheen of gloss which actually looks like lipgloss but without the tackiness. It is moisturising due to the shea butter, avacado butter and cocoa butter (that would explain the buttery texture) and a blend of different oils. The only thing I'm not too keen on is the smell. Its lime-y as the name would suggest but not too overpowering so I can deal. I like the fact its small and pocket friendly, this is definitely going to be my lip balm of choice at work as I can just slip it into my pocket. 

Starcraft Cleanser - £5.95




I was excited to try this, but I have to admit, I was confused to use it. It was labelled as a cleansing lotion, so you smooth on your face and them remove with water. I've never really done this before with a cleanser and have to admit it did feel like I still had cleanser my face afterwards. I then couldn't find anywhere online or on the bottle what sort of skintype this is best for. The ingredients nod towards dry/sensitive, but still - a confusing product nonetheless. On my dry skin, it was fine. It didn't irritate it or make it feel tight. But it didn't make it feel clean or cleansed after since I still felt like there was product on my face. Very confusing. 


Mudflats Soap - £4.10 for 100g



So this product, I didn't really buy for me. I bought for my boyfriend who suffers with the dreaded spots on his back. Not terribly but its something he is self concious about especially with a holiday coming up. So I kindly asked him to review this for me. He said...
"It lathered nicely and didn't have any bits in it..."
Well I pushed for a bit more than that! He said it didn't sting and felt nice in general. The smell is really nice, its zesty and fills the whole house with its smell. My mum actually came in waving the soap around asking where she could buy some! It contains a lot of good things for the skin, tee tree, rosemary, sage and rhaussoul mud - all natural healers and antiseptics. So far, we haven't seen an improvement since he has only used it once, but he likes it and says its nice and easy to use compared to Mask of Magnaminty. Maybe useful to get the guy in your life if he suffers from the same problem? 

Sweet Japanese Girl - £6.95 for 40g




The first thing I thought when this came was "jeez this is small". Its not incredibly big for the £7 you pay for it! If you have ever had full of grace solid serum before, its smaller than that! I was very annoyed. But regardless, I really wanted to like it after hearing a lot of good things. 

Well, I loved it. First I can see it lasting a long long time since you use it directly on to your face and it melts pretty quickly (like a massage bar). You then massage it in and the ingredients bond with the oils and dirt on your face to lift it away. You then wash it off. Its easy, smells amazing (if you ever smelt Sexy Boy the smell is very similar, a lime/vanilla smell). My skin is left moisturised and very very soft and clean. I also love the little design on the front, mine isn't the clearest but you can sort of make out a face! 

Overall: I was excited for this retro, being skincare and never having the chance to experience past skincare before. But it was a bit underwhelming and very expensive.  
Hit: Sweet Japanese Girl blew me away. I am so happy with this cleanser and think its worth getting. Also I love Almond Kisses, its so lovely, one of the nicest moisturisers I have ever used.
Miss: Starcraft cleanser to me was confusing and just not worth it. I have cleansers that are far easier to remove and actually work. 

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Comments

  1. Almond kisses sounds nice but its a shame about the price!

    Kimberley x

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    1. Such a shame about the price, £22 is crazy!

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  2. The soap looks nice
    www.alittlepersonalshopper.blogspot.com

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    1. It is nice, very soothing and moisturising :)

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  3. I was really shocked at the price of Almond Kisses when I seen it on the website! Glad to hear it's working well though. I love the design on Sweet Japanese Girl :)

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    1. Me too! I was like SAY WHAT! £22! I've never bought a moisturiser that expensive before!

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  4. I got my retro order yesterday and I fell in love with the Almond Kisses moisturiser immediately! It feels very nice on my dry skin and smells sooo good. Sweet Japanese Girls is my long time favourite, I stocked up when it got discontinued and it lasted me till last month, perfect timing! I stocked up again :) I don't like Lip Lime very much, it doesn't taste very good and I have other lip balms that are much more moisturising. Not sure about Starcraft yet... I didn't buy Mud Flats as I already tried that one and it wasn't that special.

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    1. Sweet Japanese Girl is really nice, i was pleasantly surprised since I didn't think i'd like it so much! Thanks for your lil round up, I always love hearing what other people think :)

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  5. Oh my gosh .. £22 for a Lush moisturiser?! That's crazy talk! At least you like it! I really enjoyed reading this post and look forward to the next one!

    www.fashionandbeautyrelated.com

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    1. It IS crazy talk. When I saw it, I was like "This has to be a mistake" but nope! Thanks Katie, I think there will be another one next month :)

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  6. It sounds like there was some really nice items here but omg the prices! Not in a million years. Sweet Japanese girl and Almond Kisses do sound like great products though, I'm glad you loved a lot of the stuff you bought :) looking forward to the next lush retro x

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    1. Thanks Lauren, the prices though. I'm still not quite over it haha! £22 on the tiniest pot - it does go quite a long way though. The next one will be next month I think! :)

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  7. This post was great, I think I shall be trying some of these products!

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  8. I used to love using Sweet Japanese Girl from LUSH - so sad when they discontinued it! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Sometimes I cannot get my head around why the discontinue certain things, SJG seemed like such a popular product!

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  9. Nice reviews! I really liked that they did skincare retro for a change. I used SJG regularly before it got discontinued, so I had to stock up on a few of those! I got Starcraft too, but I take it off with a cotton pad rather than water, then user a toner afterwards - you should try it, this method removes it better than water. I'm really enjoying Almond Kisses too - I was annoyed at handing over the cash at first but you hardly have to use any so it should last ages.

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    1. Me too, I also liked they did skincare. Its nice to see something different. I tried using toner but I don't know, my face just didn't feel clean... you know?

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  10. I absolutely love lush, but you are right about the products costing a fortune!

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  11. I used to use Sweet Japanese Girl years ago and loved it. I had no idea that Lush do this retro thing, I will have to look out for this. After my spending ban is over of course! xx

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    1. We can hope they have some SJG left for you in April *crosses fingers*

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  12. Ah! :) I ordered these yesterday I'm so excited for them to get here now! I've ordered the Mudflats soap for my boyfriend as well, did yours think it helped at all?

    Fab post! :) x x x

    http://luckofthegoldentouch.blogspot.com

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    1. He responded with a "mhm". Very helpful. I myself think its working. Its getting better but it got worse the first couple of times he used it(things have to get worse before they get better sorta thing?) but yeah, I think if he uses it consistently it will be good for him :)

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    2. Fantastic :) thank you! Yes that's definitely the motto it must get worse before it gets better! Haha they're all the same aren't they! I'll get him to give it a go :) x x

      http://luckofthegoldentouch.blogspot.com

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  13. I went on to the LUSH Retro page just out of curiosity and my mouth dropped when I saw the prices, but it sounds like it's worth it :) really liked your post, don't see many LUSH retro posts floating around the blogosphere xx

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    1. I do them every month (or every time Lush release a retro!) This is one of the more expensive months, I don't think I've ever paid so much :(

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  14. Really tempted to pick up the Lip balm next time i'm in Lush, i've seen and lusted after the red one too! x

    http://lucyandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The red one is lovely, whereas Lip Lime is completely clear, the red is soooo pigmented if its the one I'm thinking of!

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  15. I've heard such good things about almond kisses...I really should try it one of these days. haha

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    1. It really is nice, once you get over the price! :)

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  16. I had mud flats, and liked it enough, but oooh if that Sweet Japanese Girl doesn't just look so promising (that might have come out wrong..)! I've been so into the idea of a cleansing balm for ages, but each one I come across is just soooo out of my budget. The size issue is a real bummer, but I might be willing to give it a try regardless! I'm a sucker for a glowing review :) x

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