Face Mask Review: Cup O’ Coffee

Coffee Face Mask

Of course I was eager to try the latest face mask from LUSH Cosmetics called Cup O’ Coffee infused with ground coffee beans and cocoa. The strong coffee aroma relaxes, yet stimulates, your senses, which allows you to have a fresh start during the day. Surprisingly, I never put two and two together – coffee beans are used regularly in perfume stores to reestablish your sense of smell. Similarly, this masks reinvigorates your skin, while also acting as a light exfoliant.

I highly recommend this product for anyone who wants a mask that not only transforms your skin, but also your mindset. What do you think about this product?

P.S. – Sorry for not posting last week – it has been absolutely crazy at school and my internship! I plan on posting again this week to catch up!

March vs. April Birchbox

Birchbox can either be the greatest part of your month, or one of the worst. Lately, it has been a bit of both. I always try to do the early sample pick (which never works out) and change up my beauty questionnaire to mix up the likelihood of my product selection. In March and April, I received boxes with duplicate products from past boxes or purchases from Birchbox. Here is a comparison of my March and April boxes!


MARCH: I ordered the Roller Lash mascara from Benefit on Birchbox and it happened to come the same day as my March box! How lucky!

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PROS: This Cargo Blush has changed my view on cheek shades. I was an all pink lady, but now I am all about the coral shades! A perfect product to enhance your summer glow! I got the Cargo Bronzer in one of my boxes a couple of months back and thought it was OK… nothing unique besides being waterproof! But why would you want waterproof blush? I cannot think of any situation where I will be dolling up my face just to jump in the pool! Can you?

CONS: I purchased an Amika gift set in January from Birchbox with my points… Got quite a bit off! But why would Birchbox then put a product I purchased from them in my box? Just a little annoying… wish it was another brand! By the way – Amika has phenomenal dry shampoo! Absorbs all the oils and leaves you with a blow out look.


APRIL: I absolutely ADORE this box! Such a great collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. Definitely check out their website for extraordinary stationary!

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PROS: When I saw the sample selections for April, I was immediately drawn to the Bee Venom face mask… BEE VENOM?? What kind of ingredient is that?? It smells wonderful, is very soothing, and completely transformed my skin from a dry bone to a blossoming flower (a little cheesy, but it’s the truth). This is going to be my next purchase from Birchbox!! BEWARE – if you are allergic to bees, avoid the venom at all costs! Birchbox even sent a warning for costumers who are allergic.

CONS: I mentioned in a blog (see here) that I get tons and tons of lotions from my boxes! STOP! I do not need any more body or hand lotion…! I should have taken a picture of my lotion stash for this post. Plus, the Temple Spa lotion was a REPEAT! My first Birchbox repeat and it wasn’t even a product I liked. Oh well… cannot win them all!

Full Of Grace

Hallo all! To continue with the cleansers/face products, I wanted to do a product review for the Full of Grace serum bar! I love this thing… Mine lasts a while because I only use it before a mask. It really hydrates and sets the skin for any type of mask. Here is my bar:

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SKIN TYPE: This product is super gentle and comforting. I think it would go well with any skin type since it does nothing but moisturize! I have dry and sensitive skin. Full of Grace works miracles on me! 

SMELL: This product also has a pretty soft smell. To me, it has a soft lavender smell that has a floral perfume punch to it! I think LUSH says that this product has many butters, chamomile and mushroom! But it is a lovely sweet smell. Nothing to over powering at all! 

TEXTURE: This serum works exactly like a massage bar. You just rub it on your face or hands and then it melts down and turns into an oily texture. Full of Grace is nice because it is no to oily at all! You can feel it on your skin after you use it though! It is light and very moisturizing. 

FRESH INGREDIENTS: Like every LUSH product, Full or Grace has many many fresh ingredients. There are murumuru butter, chamomile blue oil, organic almond oil, fresh portobello mushrooms, fresh rose infusion and so much more! The ingredient list for this product is jam packed with lots and lots of amazing butters and oils. 

NO PACKAGING: I also love how this bar has zero packaging like some LUSH products. It is wonderful to just pull this out from my cabinet and start using it immediately! Also, less waste the better! Full of Grace is also preservative free and Vegan! Two pluses! 

I suggest this serum for anyone who uses any type of face mask often! It helps moisturize your skin while the mask is on and prevents it from dehydration! This serum bar is available all year round from LUSH online and in stores. Have you tried Full or Grace?!

 

More Mask Madness

So to continue the LUSH fresh face mask month, I wanted to talk about the toner tabs that you can purchase from LUSH!!! I have tried both, the Dream Steam and Tea Tree Toner Tab. But today, I wanted to review the Tea Tree Toner Tab and go over some more social media posts from LUSH about their fresh face masks!

Tea Tree Toner Tab:

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So this is about the size of a quarter and as thick as a small Reeses cup! So it is fairly small! These are only about $2 from LUSH! I love these… I use them mainly before I use a face mask! I put it in steaming water in my sink and put my head over it and a towel over my body and sit there to let the steam hit my face!! It feels great. The purpose of doing this is to open all your pores so the face mask can clean out more of your problem areas! I suggest these toner tabs if you have never tried one before! Dream Steam has flowers in it and is famously named after the lotion Dream Cream and the bath melt Dreamtime. This is a fairy simple toner tab and does not have any dried flowers or anything of that nature in it.

Media Posts:

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This post is from Instagram. It takes about the ingredients in the BB Seaweed LUSH face mask! So these are rooses, almonds and seaweed which nourish and smooth the skin! I have tried this face mask once and it was a bit to seaweed-y for me! But this is a very popular LUSH mask! Let me know your thoughts on it.

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This post was from LUSH’s Facebook account from the Willowbrook Mall location. This location was my home, local LUSH store for a few years! They quoted a quote about the Ayesha face mask. I actually have never ever tried this mask… I think it is meant for older people who are worried about wrinkles! It is a face tightening mask! But the fresh ingredients look great. Asparagus and Kiwi are my favorites.

So so much fresh face mask media and buying going on! LUSH is really really putting this media campaign into gear! I wanted to finish off this post with two holiday posts from LUSH that I completely forgot about during the holiday season! I hope everyone had a happy new year and great holiday! Here they are:

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Brazed Honey Face Mask Review

Today I wanted to review the Brazed Honey, LUSH fresh face mask. This is one of their popular ones! It is very subtle and enjoyable. I think that it works well for people with combination or oily skin. LUSH says that it is best with oily and congested skin… my skin is nothing like that and it helped eliminate all the redness!

Here are some pictures of the product and me with the mask on:

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The texture of this mask is very grainy with a yellowish/tan color. Fresh ingredients in this mask are honey (of course), eggs, lime oil, different spices and ground almonds. Each of these ingredients have a special purpose. For instance, the lime oil helps to brighten the skin. This mask also has a subtle smell. It is not strong like some LUSH face masks. It just has a faint smell of honey.

I really enjoyed this mask! It is a great choice for people with combination skin or people who suffer from redness/acne. Thanks Violeta for this awesome treat for my face! I am still curious to know what masks y’all are all trying in this new year! Please share!

Tata for now!! #LUSHfreshselfies

#LUSHfreshselfies + Cupcake Review

So with the lunch of the #LUSHfreshselfies campaign, I decided that it would be fit to do a few fresh face mask posts. So here goes my first one, Cupcake!!! Unfortunately, I did not get pictures of the product or this on my face (this was before I started blogging)! But I do have an image of the pot. I would like to focus this post though more on the social media aspect of the #LUSHfreshselfies campaign!

Cupcake Review: 

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This is LUSH’s most popular face mask! Who couldn’t turn down this mint-chocolatey goodness?! This face mask is so popular, that it is sometimes a hard product to find! You need to catch the shipment of fresh masks early! So now for the review, this is a great mask! I highly suggest it for anyone who has oily or acne prone skin! I do not have this type of skin… mine is more dry than oily! But, this mask is a great treat for any skin type I believe! So the fresh ingredients in this mask are cocoa powder, spearmint leaves and a special, all natural mud from the mountains of Morocco. There really is no cons about this mask… it is a bit thick but that is expected with every mask made with fresh, fresh products! I found this video published by LUSH on Youtube very interesting about manufacturing this mask: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0DbSShpdsI !

#LUSHfreshselfies: 

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Here are the campaign instructions! Basically, if you wish to enter, you take a picture of yourself with a LUSH face mask on and then you post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag – #LUSHfreshselfies! The winner then gets a fresh party pack! What do you think this includes?! An array of fresh face masks?! Maybe it comes with a personal LUSH Spa massage therapists?! If you have a LUSH mask, you should join the race! (I will be posting my #LUSHfreshselfies picture in an upcoming face mask review, but you can see it on my Twitter, @AndreaPuskar, https://twitter.com/AndreaPuskar)

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Along with this campaign, LUSH has been advertising and highlighting all their fresh face masks! I got this email a few days ago that kind of reviews how they make their masks, fresh, chopped, and then blended! What cool graphics for this layout or step by step making. They also have this on their U.S. homepage through the scroll bar!

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And like always (with most media campaigns), they followed up with a Facebook post! This was posted a few days ago and basically goes over where, how, why, and when the fresh face masks are made! This post also reviews some of the fresh ingredients one can find in a LUSH mask! Can anyone guess what mask the compounder is making in the picture?! I will give you a hint… it looks like spearmint leaves 😉

So.. to conclude, as a PR major at Marist college and an insane LUSHie… I always am on the look out for new media campaign that help to bring awareness around a certain product! Share your #LUSHfreshselfies with me! I am interested to see what face mask everyone loves! Tata for now!

5 Pots For 1 Free Mask

Recently I have been going to LUSH stores A LOT. At least more than I do once my semester starts. Each time I have been returning around 5-6 empty black pots for a free face mask! LUSH started this system to use pots that are post customer recycled plastic! So when you return pots, they recycle and reuse them.

Here are all the LUSH fresh face masks you can chose from (the picture is a bit small, I know):

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  1. Sacred Truth
  2. Love Lettuce
  3. Catastrophe Cosmetic
  4. Cupcake
  5. Brazed Honey
  6. BB Seaweed
  7. Oatfix
  8. Cosmetic Warrior
  9. Ayesha

I have tried a few of the LUSh face masks. Some of my favorites are Cupcake, Brazed Honey and Love Lettuce. I actually have gotten 3 of the masks with the return 5 pots for free mask deal recently. The three I picked out were Brazed Honey, Cupcake and Catastrophe Cosmetic.

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  • Brazed Honey – I think this is the most gentle and simple face mask that LUSH offers. The smell is not to strong and the texture is smooth. The fresh ingredients in this mask are eggs, honey, lime oil, ground almonds, Kaolin clay and probably much much more.
  • Cupcake – This is definitely one of the most popular masks. It is sometimes hard to find this one in stock at stores. This is for skin that is more acne prone. The fresh ingredients in this mask are cocoa, mint, vanilla absolute, spearmint oil, Rhassoul mud and much more. When using this mask, you feel like your spreading mint chocolate icing all over your face!
  • Catastrophe Cosmetic – This is another popular face mask from LUSH. This one is especially nice in the summer months. The fresh ingredients in this mask are blueberries, calamine, rose absolute, chamomile blue oil and more. This mask is especially made for people with sensitive skin.

Soon, I will be reviewing all three of the detailed masks above. If you would like to purchase a mask or return your pots for one, you cannot order them online but only find them in stores. This is because the masks are made super fresh and have an expiration date about two-three weeks after they are bought. Also, you should keep your mask in the fridge to make sure it stays nice and fresh! To learn more about LUSH face masks you can visit: http://www.lushusa.com/Fresh-Face-Masks/fresh-face-masks,en_US,sc.html

What face mask have you tried? What one is your favorite?