Lush Empties – Quick Review

Hello!

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I am sure you are all aware of the LUSH container recycling program, I stash mine away util my next visit to Lush to grab a new Fresh Facial Cleanser. I am in the process of moving and came across my empties – There was a lot more there than I expected. I thought it’d be a good post to publish, as I and I’m sure others, find Lush a little hit and miss at times. I want to keep this super simple and quick because there is so many products. I’ll keep my best from rambling and keep reviews short and to the point.

HAIR

Big Shampoo (x2)
The mere fact that there is two of these empties says something. Everything about this I love. It gives my fine hair oomph, it makes it shiny, and goddamn it smells incredible. I will re-purchase over and over.

Retread Hair Conditioner
This doesn’t do much for my hair. The formula is quite-light and not as nourishing on my hair that I had hoped. It smells fresh and reminds me of fruit and yogurt. I would possibly re-purchase for the scent alone.

Marilyn Hair Treatment
This treatment is used to break up brassy tones, provide extra nourishment and the chamomile is used to naturally lighten the hair. I didn’t like this much. The formula is quite thick and my hair felt like it had a greasy film on it. My hair was limp and lack-lustre. There was no difference to the brassiness nor did my hair feel hydrated. I didn’t notice any lightening either. No repurchase for this this one.

Daddy-O Shampoo
A really good purple toning shampoo. It leaves hair really shiny and all yellow tones are removed. Does dry out my hair a touch, but that isn’t hard. A really great natural alternative to my favourite hair toning product. Would spend more cash on Daddy-O.

Rehab Shampoo
Super fresh and fruity shampoo. Dried out my hair and left it with that ‘squeaky’ clean feeling that I really don’t like. My Boyfriend enjoyed this one, however. He may re-purchase, but I wouldn’t.

Damaged Hot Oil Treatment 
Another hair product that missed the mark with me. I wish I would have read more about this product before I used it. I used the whole lot on my hair in one go, next time I’d only use a quarter or so. My hair was covered in a thick hardened mess after letting it sit and process. It took forever to get out of my hair and the results weren’t all that good – It’s a no from me.

Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo
I like this guy. It’s earthy and dark, and makes my hair super silky and shiny. It wasn’t overly drying and lathered up well. A great one for the guys, or those of us who love rich beer-y goodness.

American Cream Hair Conditioner 
This scent is everything! So creamy, soft and feminine but not overly sweet. Exactly like a strawberry milkshake. I had to use a fair bit of this on my hair to keep it happy and healthy, but the fragrance made up for that. I could smell the intoxicating scent for hours and hours afterwards.  Yes to a repurchase.

R&B Hair Moisturiser
Love this fresh scent, it is one of my favourites. As the for the product itself, not great. You are meant to use it as a leave-in conditioner but regardless of how much or how little I use my hair is weighed down, and limp looking. There is no body, life and swishyness. No more spending money on this, thank you.

FACE

Kalamazoo Beard and Face Wash
This was my boyfriend’s. I bought it for his beard, but sneakily used it in the shower to test it out. Cleansed the face nicely and removed makeup well. The scent was very mild but slightly fruity. Kane’s review on the products is  ‘Yeah, it was pretty good.’ – What insight. Possible repurchase when the beard grows back.

Dark Angles Fresh Cleanser
I have bought this time and time again. Perfect for acne-prone and oily skin types. Smells a little like licorice and is jet back in colour. Scrubs away the day with ease and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple but cleansed. Will continue to purchase this black bad boy.

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
Quite an oily cleanser, which makes it ideal for makeup removal. It is a great first step in the double cleansing method. I do like this cleanser, but only for makeup removal. Otherwise, it is difficult to remove and leaves a really oily film on the skin. Probably wouldn’t repurchase as I prefer other oil based cleansers.

Love Lettuce Face Mask
One of my favourite fresh face mask. It smells fresh and feels really nice on the skin. I love the added extra rough bits for exfoliation. Will probably grab another of these as my freebies for returning 5 tubs.

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Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask
I adore this mask, it is probably my favourite thus far. The colour alone is amazing; a bright electric blue. This particular mask is quite grainy which is great for a deeper exfoliation and cleanse. Full of salt and lemons, it smells very beachy. This could possibly be a little too harsh or drying on sensitive skin. But it works perfectly for my grease ball of a mug. A big resounding yes for repurchase from me.

9-5 Cleansing Lotion
Really nice all-round cleanser. Gentle but very effective. Doesn’t strip the skin nor does it leave behind and residue. Quite similar to the Philosophy Purity facial cleanser. Works really well with the Clarisonic and Foreo Devices. Will repurchase.

Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
Ehhhh, I feel nothing for this mask. It’s not great and it’s not terribly bad. The scent is a little off-putting but I could deal with it if the mask worked miracles – But it doesn’t. It is quite a creamy mask that doesn’t dry down and tends to leave me wanting something extra. I think it would better suited to dry skin types that needs a lot of heavy hydration. I won’t be grabbing this one again.

BODY WASH

So White Shower Gel
Stunning white, shimmery shower gel. Scent is crispy and fresh. Fills the whole bathroom with a beautiful apple fragrance. The body wash doesn’t dry out my skin and cleans like a charm. This little guy is LE but if I see it again I would no doubt repurchase.

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Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub
I’ve bought this one a few times. Really nice is the warmer months. The scent is gorgeous and remind me of eating oranges at the beach. Not my most favourite of body scrubs, but I sure give it a work out. I like to use it to prep for fake tan as there is no oily residue like other salt or sugar based scrubs. I’m sure this one will make its way back into my collection.

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie
I really liked the super moisturising properties of the shower smoothies. Great for very dehydrated skin. Smells of roses, but not sickly sweet nor like my grandmother – A happy medium between the two. Will re-purchase.

OTHER

D’Fluff Shaving Soap
I see absolutely no use in shaving cream and soaps. I actually find the idea quite gimmicky and a little bit redundant, to be brutally honest. I confusingly ended up with 3 different shaving products somehow. Out of the three, I liked this one the best. It smells like strawberry shortcake and the whipped formula spreads lovely across the skin. It washes it off easily and skin is left nourished and smooth. Wouldn’t purchase again only because of my firm stance on shaving creams.

Dirty Shaving Cream
Did nothing for me – The scent didn’t win me over either. More of a uni-sex fragrance, but it was really mild and almost undetectable. Not for me.

Ambrosia Shaving Cream
Smells really lovely and is a thinner formula than the two shaving products above. Did feel nice on the skin and felt really nourishing. Nice product, but again I find shaving creams pointless.

Vanillary
My absolute favourite everyday perfume. Creamy, buttery, vanillary goodness. I always get complimented on the scent when I wear it. This is probably my 5th bottle and currently have two more on the go. Yes, yes and more yes.If you love vanilla like me, this is for you.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub
I love Lush lip scrubs and like to alternate between this one and Popcorn. They really buff up my lips to plump pillow-y softness. I use this most days in the shower to get rid of dry flakes on my chronically dry lips. Will buy another lip scrub when I am in Lush next.

 

What are you all-time favourite Lush products? What else should I purchase on my next visit.

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

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Let’s talk trash #3

Hi friends,

I haven’t done an empties post in many moons, so it is safe to say that I have a lot.  I’ll only stick to the products worth mentioning (good and bad)

Skinstitut – L-lactic Cleanser

I think I have spoken about this before in a favourites blog, but it deserves another mention.  This cleanser is so effective but doesn’t dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight. L-Lactic Cleanser actually hydrates and nourishes the skin, while working on congested areas and improving the skins integrity. Over time my skin looks much more healthy and even has a bit of a glow about it.  I have already repurchased this cleanser and will again and again.

Dr Bronners Pure Castle Liquid Soap – Tea Tree

This soap is incredible – It is completely organic, plus the ingredients are ethically sourced and fair trade certified. That alone is impressive, however this humble liquid soap is impressive for so many other reasons, upwards of 18 to be exact. Dr Bronners can be used to wash almost anything. I use it on the floors, when I clean the bathroom, if I’ve ran out of body wash, to wash my fruit and veggies even. But what I love it best for is cleaning my make-up brushes. My brushes come up sparkling! Even those beautiful white Zoeva brushes that are always stained orange and red, they come up as good as new and with very little effort.  I’ve already gone through 2 of these and there are 2 brand new Lavender  and Rose scented bottles waiting for me. I highly recommend.

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Trefiel Anti Aging Lace Hydromask

This has got to be the most beautiful sheet mask I have ever used – And silly me forgot to take a photo! The mask looks like black lace on your skin, much better than those scary white cloth sheet masks.  Trefiel Lace Hydromask boasts premium ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for hydration, skin repair and free-radical protection. The ingredients are also plant-based and GMO free, meaning they contain no nasty chemicals and won’t harm your precious skin.  The mask feels cool and soothing on the skin and is much easier to wear than other sheet masks. This mask is really lovely to use, I will definitely re-purchase (Sorry again for not taking a picture of the beautiful lace detail)

Skinny Tan – Body Mousse

If you have been reading for a while you know that I h ave never been much of  a fake tanner, until recently. This little bottle of sunshine changed all of that. This tanner is so easy to use with beautiful natural-streak free results. Never had I used a product with such a natural bronze colour, without being too orange. The mousse is so easy to buff in and not-at-all sticky. It does transfer slightly on clothes, but didn’t stain my sheets at all. The scent isn’t offensive, the tan lasts for over a week and wears off evenly.  I have also gotten so many uses out of the one bottle, I am amazed. This little guy has turned me into a weekly tanner.

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Antipodes – Aura Manuka Honey Mask

I am sure Aura isn’t a stranger to regular readers of the blog; I adore this mask.  Full of antibacterial properties and intense hydration, this mask is so soothing, nourishing and gets to work on any pesky pimples. This can be left on for 10 minutes, an hour or all night for an especially intense treatment. Aura smells of juicy mandarin and creamy vanilla, and it spreads so easily all over the face. It really is a pleasure to use. I like to massage the mask into my skin using a jade roller for better absorption. I am truly sad that my tube has run out, but with so many other hyrdration masks waiting to get on my face, it’s only fair I don’t re-purchase just yet….. but it will certainly make its way back into my stash in no time. I would like 1x life supply of Aura please, skincare gods.

Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Corrective Care Fluid.

I usually love Bioderma – They have innovative products that are of such a high-quality, I am often surprised that they are sold in Priceline. But this little guy, let me down. This Corrective Care Fluid states that it is a purifying, smoothing cream that hydrates and eliminates blemishes and blackheads. For me, none of these statements ring true. The fluid is very thin, I find no moisturising benefits for my skin. I used the whole tube, which lasted quite a while,  but never noticed a difference in blackheads, smoothing or purifying. I had read that some people used this as a primer, but when I tried this, the product just seemed to ball up under my foundation. I sadly found nothing positive about this. But that is not to say that it won’t work for anybody else. My love for Bioderma will forever remain.

Loreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Strengthening and Repairing Mask Treatment

This was another disappointing product  for me. I use a hair treatment mask every time I wash my hair; I am all about that soft, hydrated hair life. I cannot function if my hair is knotty or dry.  I was looking forward to this treatment, it is marketed as Loreal’s most gentle treatment and is 100% sulphate-free. But unfortunately it was a little too gentle, in that it did nothing for me. The mask is fairly runny but has a beautiful fresh scent. It applies effortlessly and feels lovely in the hair. However, after washing and drying my hair was dry and felt similar to straw. I played around with the amount I used but kept getting similar results. I won’t be purchasing this guy again.

 

 

Speak soon lovers,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

Let’s talk trash

Hello beautiful people,

Are you ready for another installment of Trash Talk?

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Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray ($23-49)

This little bottle of magic is a holy grail item to me. I first used this a year or so ago and instantly fell in love. I noticed such a huge difference in the longevity of my foundation and oil control. Any excess powders dissipated and my make-up is set and look fresh as a daisy all day. It is a little on the more expensive side of things, which is why I buy the smaller bottle, but it lasts quite a while.  The All Nighter Setting Spray has already been re-purchased and will be again and again.

Alpha H – Liquid Gold ($ 59.95)

Liquid Gold is a cult product, everyone raves about the miracle results – Firmer skin, smaller pores, reduction in wrinkles and  refined skin texture. I might be shunned from the beauty community for saying this, but I just don’t see it. While I feel like it does make a small difference, I just don’t see these miraculous results the morning after; nothing that is screaming fresh, youthful skin as some people describe. I so desperately want this to work for me as it works for others, but I am not sure whether I can shell out another $60 if I am unsure about it. I really love Go-To Skincare’s exfoliating swipeys, I think that they may be a better option for me. However, I don’t believe I am quite ready to give up on Liquid Gold just yet.

Olaplex – Hair Perfector take home treatment

What a huge miracle in a little bottle. As a blondie with fine and generally dry hair this little guy is a godsend. My hairdresser uses this in my hair colour and then this is the take home treatment to use weekly. As I understand it, Olaplex reconnects and bonds hair fibres which limits damage during and after colouring. It is free from silicones, sulfates, phthalates and cruelty free.  For the last 6 months or so I have been using this at home and in the salon and the results are undeniably good. It is an extra $80 or so on top of your usual salon expenses, but I fully recommend it for blondes, especially if you are trying to go lighter.

Fudge – Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo ($19.95)

This is an old favourite of mine. I have gone through so so so so many of these babies.  Absolutely nothing tones and looks after my hair like this shampoo does.  I have a thing about brassiness in my hair, I would much rather it be an over-toned grayish purple than yellow, and Clean Blonde is the only shampoo that actually makes a difference. The smell is uplifting and the shampoo itself is a dark indigo colour. It doesn’t dry out my fine blonde locks and always removes any yellow tones. It can slightly stain any dry skin on your hands, but I don’t find that a problem. I cannot say enough good things about this product. Now I just need a lifetime supply, haha!

Lush – Cup O’ Coffee Exfoliating Mask ($35.95)

I was so excited for the Australian release of this mask. I love anything coffee, anything scrubby and most products from Lush, so this sounded amazing. Firstly the small was incredible! So energizing and uplifting and exactly what you’d expect. It is perfect for those bleary-eyed monday morning showers. The formula is somewhat creamy speckled with grains of coffee. It feels quite nice on the skin, but I found the grains a little too abrasive on my face. So I use it on my body and very gently on my face.  I have used many coffee scrubs over the years and I wouldn’t say this is a favourite nor is it even in my top 5.  I don’t want to take away from it, because there is nothing overly wrong with it, but I just don’t love it.

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Catwalk by Tigi – Oatmeal and Honey Hair Mask ($25.95)

Now this is what I call liquid gold. This hair mask is everything. It smells incredibly delicious and leaves my hair so so so soft, healthy, smooth and shiny. It looks beautiful when air-dried, but also is so much better to style after using this. I honestly cannot get over how healthy this makes me hair look and feel.   I tend to use hair masks over regular conditioners because of the hydration factor, and because of this I have come across many duds that just don’t work. Many masks are leave my dry hair greasy, limp and lifeless regardless of how much or how little I use. I have never found one that ticks all the boxes. But boy, does this little tub deliver. My hair is swishy, soft and smells like banana porridge (That’s a good thing). I always have a good hair day when I have conditioned with this mask. Annnnnd I have run out, so bad hair days all round. Now if I could get a lifetime supply of this one too, that’d be great.

 

What empties have you had this month? Link your own empties post in the comments. What would you repurchase or steer clear from?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

*Although some of these products were kindly gifted to me for consideration, all opinions are 100% honest. I only include products that I genuinely believe are worthy of a mention.

 

Let’s talk trash…

This will be the first post of many in this series. I have been gathering these empties for 2 months and due to being on a spending ban, I have been going through products like crazy. So please stay tuned for a lengthy post.

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Sugar Baby Vita + Skin – Sugar C-rush (Coconut & Raw Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub)
I’ll start off by saying I am a body scrub fiend. I love the sensation of grainy scrubs on the skin. Not only do they exfoliate and moisturise like a charm, remove every last bit of false tan, but they also create the sense of a spa treatment. Well, I think so anyway. This particular sugar scrub is so dreamy. The scent takes me away to some sort of tropical paradise and the scrub does its job perfectly. My skin is left so silky smooth and fresh. I generally use this the night before I plan to fake tan or whenever I need a little pampering.

Ishka – Raw Sugar Scrub (Coconut & Vanilla) 
… as I said, I am a fiend. This scrub is very comparable to the Sugar Baby scrub. The scent is so similar, if not a little stronger. My bathroom smells beautiful for the next day. The botanical and coconut oils moisturise and leave my body feeling heavenly. These scrubs are Australian made, organic, vegan and cruelty free. Plus they come in all sorts of amazing scents like – Vanilla and Orange, Goji Berry and Basil, Coffee and Vanilla. Ishka often have 50% off sales, I will definitely stock up on these next time.

Bondi Sands – Liquid Gold
I have never been a religious fake tanner, nor have I ever been that interested. However, dry tanning oils have completely changed that. I used the St. Tropez Dry Oil a year or so ago and fell in love. I used it only for special occasions due to the price tag. But then Bondi Sands released their own Self Tanning Dry Oil and a weekly tanning routine was created. This fast drying tan contains nourishing coconut and argan oil. There is no fake tan smell and no wash off required. Liquid gold is long lasting and fades evenly. The only negative is that there is no colour guard, which makes it easy to miss patches. But after a bit of practice, I feel as if I have almost perfected my application. The bottle lasts for around 5 uses and is really reasonably priced.

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Original Source – 40 Limes Body Wash.
I love Original Source Body Wash and stay pretty damn loyal to the brand. I think it is safe to say I’ve used every scent and repurchased these over and over again. My boyfriend is absolutely obsessed with these as well. 40 Limes definitely isn’t my favourite but sometimes it’s nice to change things up. That being said, it doesn’t mean the 40 Limes is awful, it’s actually really good. I just prefer the Mint and Raspberry Vanilla scents.

Oh Deer Sugar – Blueberry Cheesecake Bath Bomb Jar
I love exploring and discovering small Australian brands. Although Oh Deer Sugar is no longer that small (Good on them!). I have made a few purchases from their website over the last little while and have absolutely adored all their products. The idea of a bath bomb jar gets me a little excited. I really enjoy having the control over how much product I use and being able to mix and match. But you do lose the novelty of a bath bomb fizzing away and exploding with colour. Which is why I generally add a scoop of this to an already bombed bath. This jar has lasted forever and smells delicious. This brand is adorable and deserves every success. The bakery style products are just amazing. Holding out ’till my spending ban is up and I can make another order. I’d love to add a face mask to my order to give a go.

GlamGlow – PowerMud Dual Treatment
GlamGlow seems to be a cult favourite. I purchased a few samples sizes while I was visiting Hawaii to see what the fuss was about. And I just can’t see why they are so popular. Although I haven’t had the chance to trial the white version, the two masks I did try didn’t blow me away. While the consistency is lovely and they feel really nice on the skin. They smell strongly of chemicals and leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. These are not masks that will remain in my skincare regime.

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Lush – 9-5 cleansing lotion
While I love Lush, I find a lot of their products to be hit and miss. 9-5 is a bit of a miss for me. There’s really nothing that is wrong about it, but there’s also nothing overwhelmingly right. The scent is very mild and leaves my skin feeling a little oily and not thoroughly cleansed. While it does the job and feels nice, it’s not a cleanser that I love.

Lush – American Cream Conditioner
I started this conditioner quite a while ago and wasn’t too impressed. The smell is incredible but it didn’t seem to last, nor did I find it very conditioning. But I have since cut my locks into a lob and thought I’d try to use this up. My opinion has completely changed. American Cream perfumed my hair and this lasted until my next wash. A few people even mentioned the strawberry milkshake scent. My hair was soft and shiny and oh-so sweet smelling.

Lush – Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie
I received Turkish Delight as a little extra in an online order. I have never used a shower smoothie before so I was intrigued. Turkish Delight smells of rose and feels nourishing but left a bit of an oily film on my skin. I wasn’t overly impressed.

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Lush – Big Shampoo
This is a re-purchase. Big smells absolutely amazing. It has got to my favourite lush smell. Full of sea salt and lemon, this shampoo can be a little drying but man, does it give great volume. I look forward to using Big once a week to give my fine, limp hair a little boost. I just ensure my follow-up conditioner is really nourishing. It’s a winner.

Lush – Marilyn Hair Treatment
Marilyn is a pre-wash treatment aimed at blondes for brighter hair. With notes of banana and oats, Marilyn smells lovely but that’s about where the good stops. I found this hair treatment did nothing for me and really weighed down my hair, regardless of what amount I used. Marilyn won’t be joining me in the shower again unfortunately.

Lush – So White Shower Gel
Limited Edition So White smells of crisp apples and rose. It’s the same consistency as most Lush shower washes. It leaves you smelling great and feeling squeaky clean. It’s a really lovely uplifting scent. Will repurchase next time it is released.

Lush – Retread Hair Conditioner
Retread is marketed as a triple strength conditioner. Which aims to give life to rough and wrecked strands. Since my bleached hair is often course and dry I thought this would be ideal. However, the conditioner is similar to Marilyn in that it left my hair oily and heavy. Once again it smelled great, full of orange and violet. But I just couldn’t get Retread to work for me.

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Are you still with me? Only a few more to go..

Lush – Vanillary Perfume
Vanilla is hands-down my favourite scent, but it often can be too sweet and artificial. This perfume is exactly what vanilla should be. It’s a warm, soft and creamy caramel scent with subtle notes of jasmine. hallelujah! This perfume is absolute perfection. I have repurchased this too many times to count and will continue to for the rest of my days.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz in Soft Brown.
This was the first ABH product I bought and have re-purchased it many times over. I love the tiny pencil and the dual ended spoolie. This little guy is perfect for on the go and oh-so easy to use. Always a staple in my makeup bag.

Too Faced – Better Than Sex Mascara
Hello holy grail mascara! Better Than Sex is just that. It makes my eyelashes look huge and full without being clumpy. This mascara is jet black and lasts all day without flaking or transferring. The packaging is cute and sturdy. Although BTS is on the more expensive side it is definitely worth it. I will be re-purchasing after my spending ban is up.

Benefit – They’re Real Mascara (Sample size)
This is a great little mascara, but only if it is the sample size. Strange, right? But I just don’t get the same results using the full size. They’re Real lengthens, separates and adds volume. It is super black and a little wetter than most mascaras. Not sure whether I’ll repurchase, as Better a Than Sex in my go-to.

And we are done. Thank you so much for hanging in there and reading the entire blog post, even though there was probably something more productive you could have been doing 😉 Haha.

Love and Lipstick,
C x