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LUSHious products

24 Aug

I’m a sucker for cute packaging, all-natural ingredients, and yummy smells. Which is why I’m pretty obsessed with some of Lush’s new (and classic) products. Here are my invigorating picks for making the summer last a little bit longer:

OCEAN SALT CLEANSER ($34.95). This stuff is potent — it only takes a little bit of this moisturizing scrub to cover your face and make you glowing and radiant. This is exfoliation at its finest, and at its most natural. Because the cleanser is 50% sea salt, it will give you that fresh from the beach glow. (Note: Don’t be scared of salt. It won’t raise your cholesterol if you’re only putting it on your face). There are also avocado and coconut fats in the cleanser so you don’t have to worry drying out your face. And oh god, does this stuff smell good!

HAPPY HIPPY ($26.95). I’ve been on this shower gel since it first came out. I’ve just moved back into the dorms, which means I can be seen running back and forth from my room to the showers with none other than Happy Hippy. Not only does this smell delicious enough to eat (please don’t), you can actually put it everywhere! I’ve just discovered that it works AMAZINGLY on the face– like an instant facial. Probably because it’s packed with grapefuit juice and grapefruit essential oil. Yum.

SUMMER PUDDING ($5.95). This soap is adorable. It exfoliates, cleanses, and nourishes, all while smelling like delicious berry pie. I could settle down with this soap.

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Back-to-school skin care regimen

14 Aug

I’ve found myself (and my skin) becoming very tired of all the chemical nonsense I use. Don’t get me wrong– chemical nonsense can often works better than the natural stuff. But I’m on an all-natural kick, and I’m in the mood to treat my skin to something organic and gentle.

Which is why I looooves The Body Shop’s new(ish) Tea Tree skin care line, which utilizes Community Trade (yay!) tea tree oil, lemon tea tree, and tamanu oil to prevent blemishes, clear skin, and control excess oil. Here are my top pics:

  1. Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash, $13. This creamy facial scrub gently exfoliates to remove all the crap that gets stuck in your pores. It smells of lovely lemon tea tree oil and crushed apricot stones, which exfoliate and condition.
  2. Tea Tree Face Mask, $15. I love this product. Put it on your face for 10 minutes, and feel the soothing effect of the Madagascan tamanu oil, which calms irritation and redness. The menthol creates an icy fresh tingle that is quite refreshing. When you wash this off, you’ll be glowing so much that people will start asking you if you’re pregnant.
  3. Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion, $18. I moisturize my skin just as much as I floss. Which is to say never. I know, I know, this is really bad, so I’ve tried to start getting in the routine of moisturizing (not flossing. I refuse to floss). I love this lotion. It really visibly improves the appearance of your skin over night, both controlling oil and moisturizing at the same time.