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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