Hello again, my dears! I hope everybody had a super weekend and are getting ready for the warmer months ahead. I spent most of last week sleeping, which was pretty nice. How I got to be so exhausted I don’t know, but I’m feeling a heck of a lot better now.
Are you ready for bathtime?
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Lotus & Frangipani Bathing Milk, $18.00
What a mouthful, eh? By the way, let me start off by saying frangipani is a flower – and it actually smells pretty darn nice. I expected to be blown away by this bathing milk, but in reality, it wasn’t nearly as exciting as I expected. It smelt really nice – nothing too overpowering, but just a nice, light floral smell. My skin feels really soft and smooth after bathing in this, which is just really lovely.
They suggest pouring the product in and swirling it, which creates a bit of a bubbling/foaming effect. I wasn’t blown away by this, but it was a nice product for a more relaxing bath.
Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish, $18.00
Yum yum and yum! Soap & Glory products smell so good, it’s actually unmatched. The scrub is gentle, but gets the job done, and it leaves skin feels so smooth and lovely. The scrub itself is a pretty fine consistency, more like sand than anything else. The product is a good size, and I know it’s going to last for months – yay! After using this scrub, I don’t find it absolutely necessary to moisturize. Since it’s chock full of good ingredients (hello shea butter & sweet almond oil) it moisturizes while smoothing. Awesome.
Note: it was incredibly difficult to rinse the granules out of the bath. Like, after 2-3 rinses, the bath still had a surprising amount of granules left.
Avène Cleanance K Cream-Gel, $24.00
You know, I really can’t decide how I feel about this. I was recommend this product since I have trouble with blemishes, and this product is meant to help eliminate clogged pores, blackheads, and blemishes. What I really like about it is that my skin isn’t oily at all after I use it. I find it hard to find face creams that don’t make me look like an oil slick, so this wins in that aspect. It absorbs super quickly and blends right in, though it can also make my skin feel a little bit tight. My skin does feel very smooth after using this, but I can’t really comment on whether or not it’s actually helped my skin since I haven’t noticed a difference in that regard.
Something I really don’t like about this is the smell. It’s a pretty sour and unpleasant smell, and it really throws me off. For the winter months, this product doesn’t quite cut it in terms of moisture. I’m not completely writing off Avène products because I think this product has a lot of potential.
Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask, $6.95
I was so exited to try this face mask because, well, y’know, I love face masks. Since this product is all natural, it only lasts about 3 weeks. It kind of stressed me out because, well, it means I needed to use it quickly! I was told you can get 6-8 uses out of the container, so using a face mask 6-8 times in a span of 3 weeks is a little intense. I mean, I tend to use face masks about twice a week. But always different ones! It’s like I have some sort of unspoken rotation.
I only ended up getting 3 uses out of this. There are a few possible reasons for this. 1. My face is massive and nobody has noticed, so I need a heck of a lot more product. 2. I use far more product than necessary. I think it’s more likely to be option 2. Oh, and two of the uses were the two days before the product expired. I forgot I had the product, so I had to use it up quickly!
Anyways, about the actual product. There’s something about the smell that totally throws me off, and I don’t like it. I won’t be repurchasing this for the smell alone. One of the main ingredients is garlic (who knew garlic was an antiseptic?) and I think that might be the main cause for the weird smell. The mask is intended to help clear up breakout prone skin, and I did notice that my spots seemed less inflamed, so that was nice. But I didn’t notice a difference to my pores or anything, so that was a bit of a bummer.
Considering this product is all natural and I got 3 uses out of it, the price is pretty darn good. If you compare 3 uses of this to 3 packs of Balea Face Masks, it’s actually cheaper to go with Lush! I wish there wasn’t a time deadline (but it obviously makes sense because it’s all fresh ingredients) because it stresses me out having to use it!
(Is that the longest review of a face mask you’ve ever read or what.)
Essie Bahama Mama, $8.50
I wish I was feeling spring colours, but I’m just not quite there yet. Instead, I opted for this wintery plum purple shade. I don’t really have much to say about this shade, except that it’s pretty and easy to apply.
Simple Pleasures Hand & Body Lotion in Vanilla Bloom, $10.00
I received this in the Winter 2013 Luxe Box, and oh boy – does it ever smell yummy. It’s a subtle scent, and not overpowering at all. Sometimes it’s nice to have a more subtle scent. It’s moisturizing, and absorbs really quickly. Also, apparently this brand doesn’t exist. I cannot find anything about it online.
P.S. Did anybody get the Kelly Clarkson inspired post title?