Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Jul 30, 2007

Picking Apart My Best Feature

I don't have many good features. To me my entire body, face, and everything in between just isn't what I want! If I could, I'd change it all in a flash! But I can't sadly and I'm stuck with my lot in life ;)

I have a hard time picking out my best feature but after some careful consideration I have to say my best feature would have to be my skin! My skin is just good, period.

I had fantastic teenager years with it and nary a problem! I had lovely twenties years with it and nary a problem there either! And finally I'm heading into 30 (Hell, I'll go right ahead and blow my own horn here! I don't look a day over 20! Some people think I'm all of 16 or 17! I get carded when buying movie tickets! I stopped at the Clinique counter in Macy's once and had the Makeup Artist ask me where my mummy was and please to not touch the lipsticks!! I'm looking forward to 60 when I'll look 30 hehehe) soon and so far, tap wood, it's a ok!

Now I can't take credit for it at all! My good skin has everything to do with a great skin care products! Some of which I discussed in my video!

My main skincare has been Lush for quite a while now! I used to use Clinique and after that Philosophy (I still am a philosophy girl in some aspects of my cleaning routine)! I've used quite a few products that have never fully worked for me! But I must say Lush has been very good to my skin and I've come out with blemish free, smooth, lovely skin all the way around!

Lush skincare has an adapting period, it's the same with Lush haircare. When I say adapt it simply means your skin has to grow accustomed to a moisturizer/toner/cleanser/etc...that's has some to no preservatives! Your skin will thank you within a month's time of developing a good skincare routine with Lush however it does need to a bit of time to work!

All my Lush is purchased from the Lush UK website! If you have the means to do so I highly recommend you too get it from there as well, shipping isn't as expensive as you may think plus it actually evens itself out as the products UK side are cheaper and by the time you add in shipping you are paying equal or sometimes even less than an order you'd do here stateside. I find the products on the other side of the pond fresher, with a different texture, and just better all around!

MuseTV Presents: A Short Video Of Lush Products



To go over my main skincare routine I'll do a morning and a evening routine for you.

My skincare in the morning consists of:

In the Shower:
Baby Face All over my face
Rinse
Sweet Japanese Girl rubbed on my nose
Rinse
Ocean Salt Scrubbed all over my face (Three Times a Week no Coalface used the days I use Ocean Salt)
Coalface scrubbed all over my face (4 Times a Week No Ocean Salt the days I use Coalface)

Out of the Shower:
Prep Skin with Tea Tree Oil (If it's a humid, hot day)
Prep Skin with Breath of Fresh Air (If it's a cooler day)
Moisturize with Gorgeous (If it's a summer day or hot day)
Skins Shangra La (If it's a winter day)
Apply Makeup
Done

My Skincare in the Evening consists of:
Remove Eye Makeup with Lancome Eye Makeup Remover
Wash Face with Philosophy Purity
Rinse
Angels on Bare Skin Work Into Paste and Scrub Onto Face
Rinse
Follow with Fresh Farmacy
Rinse
Depending on how try my skin is I'll use Skin Shangra La or When Hope is Not Enough as my night cream
Apply Enchanted Eye Cream
Done

It seems like one too many steps but in the end it does pay off! My skin has never looked so good thanks to Lush and I can't begin to say how great the skincare line is! If you're interested in trying it but not buying it you can stop into your local Lush for some samples of the products! They are happy to decant small amounts into tiny containers to take home with you to sample out! They'll also gladly cut you off slices of Fresh Fharmacy and Coalface to try!

If you'd like to try the skincare routine out but not invest a ton of money they have some really cute portable skincare kits!





These kits are 19.99 and include a variety of skincare products to try out in mini size! Two Kits are currently available and they are for normal skin and combo/dry skin!

The kits are available stateside only so if you're placing an order with Lush UK these are unavailable at this time! I'm doubtful Mark (Lush's Founder and Owner) would even consider adding these to the UK lineup as he is big on minimal packaging and very conscious of the enviroment. These use a bit more packaging than the normal range of products which isn't what Lush UK stands for! So..if you love these...you'll need to do an order from Lush NA!

Please keep in mind all products from Lush expire within a years time! All products are very fresh with little to no preservatives added which give them a shelf life of about a year! I store my perishable Lush in a mini fridge I have for Skincare. Some items such as Angels on Bare Skin, Face Masks, and a few other bits are only good for about 4-5 months. I have found as long as you don't get Angels on Bare Skin wet you can keep it around for a good 8 months or more!

Happy Family


Fresh Farmacy Slices


Fresh Farmacy Wet and Lathered Up!


Fresh Farmacy is purchased in any size you want! Soaps and some skincare products are purchased in different sizes at Lush! It's much like walking into a deli and asking for a slice of this or that! Soap is cut to your size specifications, weighted, wrapped and purchased! Fresh Farmacy comes in a large wheel and is cut to the size you'd like! Normally online the sizes are 3.5oz chunks which in my opinion is plenty enough to last you a good 5 to 6 months! When I get my chunk I cut it into slices and use the chunks one at a time. You can use the entire bar but I prefer small slices! Basically I use this as my last step of the cleaning process prior to moisturizing in the evenings! Some people feel that it leaves a film on your face afterwards and they use a toner to remove it but I don't I just apply my moisturize and that's about it! I like the film it leaves behind it makes me feel like it's working! My forehead is somewhat oily and prone to small breakouts this clears it right up! If you have mild, medium, or even severe acne this is a great product for clearing up your woes!

Coalface


Coalface Wet and Lathered Up! See the little grains of coal?


Coalface is something I use on a regular day to day base! I use it more days than Ocean Salt because I find it's more gentle. Ocean Salt is more of a course scrub where as Coalface is more of a gentle exfoliator that you can use daily without feeling like you're over doing it! It does indeed contain really tiny grains of coal in it and the smell may or may not appeal to you! I've grown to love the scent! It seems primitive but it's actually very effective in drying your face up if you're prone to oily skin and it's also wonderful for any minor acne problems you may have! I use it on my entire face to scrub away flaky skin! I works really well but do be careful as it will dry your skin out a tiny bit more than you want it too! This is sold "off the block" and cut into sizes as I explained above with Fresh Farmacy.

Sweet Japanese Girl

Awww she isn't so sweet in this picture is she?

Ahh that's better! Here's what she looks like prior to getting wet :)


She's quite a good piece of skincare for your beauty arsenal! I love nose strips! Use 'em all the time and swear by 'em! However, nose strips sometimes don't always get the really deeply embedded blackheads and clogged pores on my nose! When they fail to lift that gunk away I turn to this sweet little girl to wipe them all away! She's quite simple to use! Best $10 you'll spend in this life! She has two sides, a softer side and a grainy hard side! Basically you swipe her grainy, hard side over your nose a few times you then flip her over and swipe her soft side over your nose rubbing in circular motions to get the grains working into your nose! This loosens any blackheads you may have and those little nasties will wash away with warm water! Presto! Easy as 1-2-3! This takes a bit of work and may even take 2-5 uses before you see them disappear but upon using her day to day you'll notice less and less blackheads! Mainly she keeps to my nose area and the sides of my nose but some people choose to use her all over the face area! She's too harsh for me to use everywhere so I stick to my nose!

Baby Face


Ahh Baby Face! Sweet Japanese Girl's little brother! This guy is the same formula as Sweet Japanese Girl minus the grainy bits! He's smooth and melty and can be used all over your face for some much needed moisture during cold winter months when you skin feels just a little too tight for your face! He's filled with lovely shea butter that melts upon contact with hot water! Some people choose to use him without water I find he melts better with it! This is perfect for rubbing in between my brow area where I get a bit of dry skin from plucking my brows! He's quite greasy and oily but with a little hot water it'll all wash away leaving your skin wonderfully smooth! He's no good for you if your skin is very oily but if you're a combo skin type or a dry skin type he's perfect and he'll love your skin! With Sweet Japanese Girl and Baby Face I stock up about 6-7 of these prior to April. Reason being is the weather becomes warm and these guys will melt pretty fast when shipped over! So be sure to get a nice little stash into your fridge prior to the warmer months!

Baby Face Prior to losing his face to hot water!


Both fit quite perfect in Lush's shampoo tins! When I travel or I'm not using them I store them in one! Be sure you dry them out fully prior to slapping them in the tin otherwise you'll open the tin the next day to a mess!


Mask of Magnaminty




Lush carries several facial masks in store which are very fresh! These masks last for about 2-3 weeks stored in your fridge but no longer! All are quite good! Mask of Magnaminity or MoM to her devotees is the only Mask that has a shelf life of about 3 months, can be stored in your medicine cabinet, and is sold via mail order (no other mask is)! I think MoM is so popular because of the scent. It smells like chocolate chip mint ice cream which makes it hugely appealing to the masses! Personally I've seen very little results in any skin improvements when using it! It is good for scrubbing away dead skin cells but aside from that I've never seen anything more. Some people claim it removes redness from their faces (I don't suffer from this problem), unclogs pores (never did for me), and removes excess oil (nope still oily after use). I do purchase it randomly when ordering but not as a staple product in my skincare routine! I prefer heading to the Lush shop and picking up a Cupcake fresh mask which smells almost the same, rids me of oily bits, clears my pores, and makes my tired face feel refreshed! The only benefits to MoM is the scent because I've never seen it do much for me! Sadly, Lush Fresh Masks are available in store only! But if you happen to live in the UK, as I hope to soon, you can order these online and have them shipped happily to your door! Lush UK does NOT ship Fresh Masks to the US only to UK residents only (anything else it will ship to our little pond but not masks)!

Angels on Bare Skin


Angels on Bare Skin is advertised as a facial cleanser. Personally I couldn't remove make-up with this even if I tried really hard! However, it is a wonderfully gentle exfoliater! I love using this after cleaning my face with Purity! Only a dime size amount is all you need! You take the small amount, add a drop of water, and rub, rub, rub until a paste forms! Apply to your face in circular motions and rinse! Gorgeous skin! This really helps me with any breakouts I have on my forehead and also prevents oily skin on my forehead area! Truly a lovely product! Big thumbs up!

Gorgeous


Gorgeous is Lush's most posh and pricey moisturizer! This costs about $70 per pot! However, it does last a year through, at least it does for me! $70 a year for a perfect pot of moisturizer isn't too much to pay for gorgeous skin! Personally I believe that Gorgeous is perfect for all skin types. It's super light and absorbs very quickly! Doesn't dry skin out, doesn't make your skin oily, it does what it says it'll do which is make your skin gorgeous! It quite smells like Fruit Loops to me which I enjoy ;) I've used plenty of moisturizers and this is by far the best I've come across! Keeps my skin very happy!

Skin Shangra La


Skin Shangra La is Lush's 2nd most expensive moisturizer but far cheaper to Gorgeous! It's quite good as a nightcream but I use it mostly in the winter months because my skin is so tight and dry during the cold weather season! If you suffer from dry skin this is your escape to soft, dewy, blissfully moist skin! It's rather perfect in all ways! But mind yourself and use it sparsely! A dab will do just fine! It's super emollient which can cause mega oily skin if you aren't careful with it!

Ocean Salt


Ahh Ocean Salt quite a multitasking demon it is! It can be used all over your body! Legs, knees, elbows, and all those rough little areas that need a good healthy scrub! And of course, most important of all, it can be used to scrub away dead skin cells on your face! This works a perfect treat for getting your skin into a state of blushing perfection! I normally use Baby Face prior, rinse a bit, and on goes Ocean Salt for a good hardcore Scrub! This may not be good if you have sensitive skin so try a tiny amount prior to a scoopful! This contains all sorts of goodies! Real, fresh goodies! Coconut, Lime, Lemon oh my! It smells just like a Margarita! Prior to using your Ocean Salt I suggest taking a chop stick inserting it into the jar and giving it a nice stir up! The sea salt on top will be mixed in quite nicely that way! Great for clogged pores, minor pimples, oily skin, and more! As I said, quite the multitasker!

Ultrabland


Ultrabland has disguised itself in this little jar! Shhhhh it's actually Baby Face but in a different format completely! Not so solid but creamy now ;) It's advertised as a cleanser and is quite good at removing eye makeup and general gunk from your face but I mostly use it after cleaning my face with Purity! I use it about three or four times a week during winter months to moisturize my face! Take a tiny amount apply to face and rinse with hot water! Smooth beautiful skin! Not recommended for oily folks!

Two products pictured in my Happy Family shot that I haven't taken close ups photos of but are worth mentioning would be Tea Tree Oil and Breath of Fresh Air!

Tea Tree Oil is perfect for getting your skin to behave itself when it wants to be oily! Spray prior to moisturizing and you'll see your skin will be quite matte and wonderful for make-up application! Lasts all day on me and keeps my forehead from becoming a mirror!

Breath of Fresh Air I keep nice and cold in my fridge and I spray it on prior to moisturizing in the winter months! It's perfect for prepping any skin type for moisturizer!

I think that about covers my favorite skin care products and how I achieve a good illusion of near perfect skin! I hope this helps you make the proper purchase for your skin! I strongly recommend trying Lush out for a week or two and see what your skin feels like after!

I want to know what you think! Do you use Lush now? What are your favorite skincare products? My comment box is at the ready!

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21 Comments:

Blogger Erusa said...

Hi Muse~~!
I dont think somebody's is completely happy with his own features, me either! My skin is horrible. *sobs*
Anyway, I'm posting my latest lemmings list on my blog but now I have to add some more...you're a bad girl! xD
*Hugs, hugs*

July 31, 2007 at 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Mag said...

I totally agree about your skin! :D

Oh but this post made me sad too :( Lush withdrew from SG some years back and I loved so many of their face products!!!

July 31, 2007 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

Hello A-Mused!

What a great post on the Lush products. Very comprehensive!

The only Lush products I have used are the Helping Hands hand cream and the solid shampoos. I particularly like the hand cream. It smells really good.

But I think the scent in their shops is a bit too overpowering. I can't really stay there for more than a couple of minutes...:(

July 31, 2007 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

'ello eur!

Your skin is not horrible! I've seen your pics and you're adorable!

Ooo! I shall go and read it shortly ;)

Aww thanks mag! you're a love! Oh no :( So sorry sweetie! Check makeup alley I'm positive someone has Lush for swap!

PJ....my lovely friend.....I don't like Helping Hands but I adore Smitten Hand Cream! Oh god it smells dreamy! Almond and Vanilla and Cherry...like marzipan for your hands!

I must admit that stepping into Lush is overwhelming scent wise but if you try ordering online a few items I'm positive you'll be in love!

Rock Star Soap is brilliant I think you'd totally fall in love with that!

Creamy Candy BBS the same thing..sooooooo yums!

and many others! I don't like the shops as much as I like ordering online as I'm anal about cleanliness and the bombs and bars are all for people to fondle..which kinda sorta freaks me out some! So online shopping it is for me!

Glad you liked it! Was a bit long winded ;) Sorry 'bout that if anyone got bored hehe!

Thanks for the comments guys!

August 1, 2007 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Velyana said...

Hi!
I'm so happy to find a fellow Lush addict! I'm partial to Honey I Washed the Kids, Snowcake (Smitten of course :)), Banana Moon, Dream Cream, Honey Trap etc, and recently venturing the skincare also. Love Angels on Bare Skin, Eau Rome toner, and now you got me interested in Fresh Farmacy and Baby Face. Sadly the hair products didn't work for me. Anyway, which cleanser would you recommend for removing makeup? I'm currently using DHC Cleansing Oil then AOBS. Thanks so much!

August 1, 2007 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hi Velyana :)

I love Honey I washed the kids! Yummie! I have the shower gel! Wash my hair with it! So dreamy!


Smitten is gorgeous!!!!!!!! Have you tried Rock Star? That's another of my absolute favs ;)


Yay! Glad to hear I've created some lemmings for you!

The hair care is kinda sorta ok but your hair needs a long adjust period too it! I really need silicons on my conditioners lol! and Lush's products have zero!

Believe it or not I had used I love Juicy and American Cream for two months and my hair adjusted and was very happy with it! I stopped because I like using some etailer shampoos with a pretty fruity scent!

I recommend Philosophy Purity for removing all your makeup prior to using Angels on Bare Skin! It's very good for getting your skin nice and cleaned up for Angels on Bare Skin!

Hope this helps ;)

Thanks for the comment and for visiting my blog!

August 1, 2007 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I've been on this blog for awhile and Love it! Sorry to bother you, but I've been meaning to try Lush for awhile, and...I don't know the website! please, could you tell me the site's URL? Thanks!

August 2, 2007 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hi!
Thanks for stopping by and reading ;) Appreciate it!

Sure!

I'll give you the link that will let you select from the country line up as I have no idea where in the country you're located!

http://www.lush.com/ and select your country :)

Enjoy!

August 2, 2007 at 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi im really impressed with your makeup collection. i dont know how u find the time to wear it all.
my question to u is whether or not u know of any websites that i can use to purchase japenese makeup brands. i am especially intrested in jill stuart.
any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks
musiclover8659@yahoo.com

August 2, 2007 at 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, I just got my first batch of LUSH just yesterday. In your video, where can I get the suction container thing from your stall for Coalface, Sweet Japanese Girl. Thanks... I really enjoyed checking your blogs and videos. Keep it coming.. (smile)

August 7, 2007 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hi there! Do let me know what you think of it all :) very very curious!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for visiting ;) I sure will do more videos!!!!!!!!!

Mmmm...those you can find in any Bed, Bath and Beyond stores or on E-bay as well! They help dry out Coalface and Japanese Girl prior to storing them in their tins!

August 7, 2007 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Sugarlisx said...

Ive Just ordered myself, sweet japenese girl, tea tree water, Fresh Farmacy and Angels on Bare Skin! Can't wait for it too arrive as they all sound great and my skin needs some help! I love all your make up and storage solutions, I may have to invest in some!
Thanks for your great reviews on the products it really helps out :)

August 19, 2007 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hi sugar!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

I'd love to hear a review of the products one you get them ;)

Hugs!

August 20, 2007 at 12:00 AM  
Anonymous sugarlisx said...

Wow! I've been using the products for not even 2days and already can feel the freshness of my skin. Its not as oily anymore and blackheads around my nose are gradually waving goodbye! I'll post again when I have used them for longer, but thank you sooo much!! x

August 22, 2007 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

sugar I'm so happy to hear it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank YOU! I'm so excited that it's working well for you! How awesome!

August 23, 2007 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
Do you use any toner with your evening routine (Tea Tree or Breath) after you wash with Fresh Farmacy and before moisturizer? I know you do it in the morning but you did not mentioned it at your night time routine. Thanks.

September 5, 2007 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

hello!

I don't use toner in the evening. I do use it in the morning.

My nightcream, skin shangra la, is so rich that I have no need for a extra helping hand toner wise.

My daily moisturizer, gorgeous, is very light and matte so a toner always helps me get it to sink in nicely.

I know some people don't like the feel of Fresh Farmacy after washing with it. It's been said it leaves a very weird film on their faces. Personally I do get these but my moisturizer clears it up. So if you get that film and hate the feel of it, using a toner afterwards will help. I also don't use toner after Fresh Farmacy because I think it'll dry me out some. Fresh Farmacy is a bit of a drying cleanser as is adding toner to that cocktail is a bit much for my skin :)

Hope this helps you!!!!!!!

How are you finding Lush? Are you new too it?

Hugs!

September 5, 2007 at 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Yes I am new to Lush! So happy to have discover you. I saw your videos on YouTube about your makeup stash. I was just browsing for MAC make-up collection and then I found your make-up collection.
From then on, I followed you. I added you under my Favorites. Then found your blog (the old one) and now here.
Here I am today still checking your blog everyday and then your Lush blog came out.
My husband even my 15 year old son is now into Lush. My 5 year old is always so happy to go with me at the Lush Store. I finally let him use HIWTK soap. I kept the whole Lush thing to myself for about a week because I wanted to try it first and make sure no reaction whatsoever. Then I told my husband and he also started using it and after a few weeks my oldest son also. (You know acne stage for him.)
What are the odds, I was just into MAC and now LUsh. I loved both but of course I am more into skincare so I am getting so addicted with LUSh. I started using Lush just this August and I am so happy to have found YOU! Thank you so soo soo much. If not for you I would not even know about Lush.
I love the fact that you like to share all your favorite things. You remind me of "O" Oprah's Favorite Things. (lol)
I hope you will never get tired of doing videos and writing blogs. I enjoy everything!
God Bless. Take care...

Greetings from California (San Francisco side)!!!

September 5, 2007 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hello Miss California :) Lucky you! I love Cali! Fav place ourside on the US side ;) Aside from my own beloved state of New York!

Your comment moved me to tears! I'm sensitive lol!

Thank you for reading my blog each and everyday I can't even begin to say how flattered I am you take time out of your busy day (and I am sure you're busy being a mum) and read my insanity hehe!

Your teenager sound will be thankful for Lush I'm sure as it truly helps clear, dry up acne probs! I hope it helps him some!

LOL You're so cute that you were stashing away HIWTK! Hehe! That's fab! It smells so yummie I just wanna eat the bar! They did a shower gel as well which was equally yum! Sadly it was an LE thing so it's not around :( I wash my hair with it!

It's rare that Lush causes any allergies or rashes but you're clever for making sure it didn't before letting your kids try it!

I highly recommend trying the haircare! It really works well! It takes a bit of an adjust period before your hair will like it but it works amazingly after using it a good solid month! Big Shampoo is such an amazingly clarifying shampoo! It drys my hair out like straw! But I use it once a week my hair literally squeaks it's so clean! I love it!!!!!!

If you need any recs for bath goodies, hair care, etc..give a yell I've tried most everything Lush offers hehe!

They make a moisturizer for men which your son might want to try or your husband. It's called Cosmetic Lad. And also shaving gel for men (or women if you'd like to try it).

Oh my gosh I'm reading your comment as I type this and it makes me so giddy that you are loving Lush so much :) I'm so happy you discovered it and are enjoying it :)

You'll love it around the Holidays as well! Christmas is a wonderful time at Lush! Wahooo! Snowcake! Hehehehe!

Hehehe AW! Oprah's Fav things! Very cool indeed hehehe!

I love doing this everday and it started out as a form of entertainment for my nutty little head but more and more people read it and now it's all about you guys! I love writing reviews and such and know that people read them and try the product etc...it just tickles me pink ;)

Many many many MANY MANY hugs!
Thank you!
Your comment means the world!

Please do keep in touch! I love hearing what everyone purchases, what they love, hate, etc!

September 6, 2007 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again,
Wow, you replied back at 7:05am. I hoped I did'nt take much of your time.
Thank you for replying. Love it love it. I have several questions but I was wondering do you have an email so I can do that way instead or you rather have it this way.

Best regards...

September 6, 2007 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

hehe ;) I'm quick!

You're most welcome ;)

Sure you can email me at Musings.of.a.Muse@gmail.com

I look forward to speaking to you!


Hugs!

September 6, 2007 at 1:52 PM  

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