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Lush: Hair Doctor

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Lush's Hair Doctor treatment

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend is off to a great start. I’m back today to tell you all about the new hair and scalp treatment I tried last weekend: Hair Doctor by Lush. I’m actually using an image I had to search for because I just got a small, sample portion of this to try out last time I was at Lush. I do plan on going out and buying the product full size though!

I had read several reviews about this product before I asked for a sample. My scalp is generally dry and I’m always trying to find a product to alleviate that. I was surprised at the different experience I had compared to most of the other reviews I read.

The first thing you notice about it is the smell, it’s very minty and earthy and the smell is rather strong. All of the reviews I read and watched about Hair Doctor gave me the impression that this product was going to be literally impossible to work through my hair. I have to say that this wasn’t the case for me at all, I’m not sure if that was because of my hair or not, but eventually I worked this through my hair and scalp relatively easily.

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Lush: Tea Tree Toner

Facial Toner

What can I say? I like skincare. Especially because I dealt with very difficult skin and acne for a large portion of my life and it is honestly something that is very discouraging and affects the way you feel about yourself. And when your skin is looking clear and healthy, it can change how you feel drastically. And for me I needed the help of several different medications throughout my life and a couple different dermatologists. Not to mention a handful of different topical medications and antibiotics. So, please feel try to ask or talk to me in comments (or via email!) about this subject if you want! Acne sucks.

My skin isn’t terribly uneven. I have been using a Clinique toner for almost as long as I can remember. I never really felt any need to change or stray from it. Until recently when I noticed I wasn’t even using it anymore. I would like to start off by saying that my skin is oily, pretty resistant and not sensitive at all. I do think this toner might be a little too intense for people with dry skin or very sensitive skin. (Lauren also has this product and has semi sensitive skin and it hasn’t irritated her.)

Tea tree is an ingredient that helps control acne and blemishes. It’s a natural antibacterial and antifungal which help the oil and pimples on the face. But I have heard it may be too abrasive and “tough” for some skin types. Two other main ingredients are grapefruit water and juniperberry water. These help tone, soothe, and control blemishes.

This toner smells great and is light weight on the skin. After cleansing your face, spray a spritz or two onto a cotton swab and wipe all over your face followed by your moisturizer. It’s very effective is making my skin feel smooth and soft. It also makes it feel fresh. It isn’t drying at all. And during this cold time of year, I am actually finding it to moisturize and hydrate my skin well. It also says that it can help tighten pores, however I don’t have very large pores to begin with, so it’s hard for me to visually notice that. But the smoothness could be from that. I haven’t had many pimples recently, (although I keep a VERY strict facial regiment) but I will say I think this product is helping with that.

This was $9 for a 3.3 oz bottle that will last you quite awhile. It’s a bigger bottle and more product than you would think it is!

– Liz

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Lush: Sympathy For The Skin

The perfect body lotion

This entire week, the high has been no more than 23 degrees outside. So, my skin and entire body has not been happy with this. I recently got a mini Lush haul. I love Lush products. All of the products I have bought have worked beyond my expectations. I like that everything is all natural and all personally made. And many of the products have lots of different uses. However, my personality doesn’t really mesh with the intensity of the Lush in store experience (all of you that have been there know what I am talking about.) I have to really put on my game face when I go in for new products and questions. That is honestly the only downfall I can find in the company and products.

I don’t wear perfume. I like to smell fresh and most of the time fruity. I usually  use a body wash and lotion that has coconut in it because that’s sort of “my thing.” (Not to mention my shampoo and conditioner.) So, I like when I have a lotion that has a light scent that stays and is also not too over powering.

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This lotion smells really good. I usually don’t like lotion that smells like vanilla or that is too sweet and warm smelling. But this lotion does smell like vanilla, but the other main scent is bananas! Which may sound sort of weird but it’s SO good. It fills that fruitiness that I like and the vanilla scent is from real vanilla pod so it just smells good. Those are the two main scents I smell from this product. (Vanilla bean banana smells like an awesome summer candle scent too, right??) Other ingredients include almond oil, cocoa butter, lemon oil, and sandalwood oil.

I wish you all could smell this

I have drier skin in the winter time, like most everyone does. This lotion moisturizes amazingly. It isn’t too greasy and there isn’t too much moisture in it that it doesn’t absorb into the skin or sit on top of it. It melts into your skin. Since my face is more on the oily side, I always tend to play into that with the “dewy”  look for make up and foundation, I don’t like to matte it out. And I like the same look all over my body. It looks healthier and more attractive to me.

Creamy not greasy

This lotion is also perfect for that because it’s a brightener as well! The lotion I was using before this one was also a brightener (with shiitake mushrooms) and I loved it. This lotion literally wakes up your skin and reflects light and makes you look bright, hydrated, and beautiful. It even brightens up tattoos. It leaves you smooth, soft, and luminous.

I will admit this lotion is on the pricey side for something like a lotion. I don’t mind paying the $24 for the 8.5 oz of product. It works wonderfully , is high quality, and is all natural which is important to me with beauty products. If you’re looking for a new lotion and don’t want to spend the $20, maybe you could ask santa for it for the Holidays. Or actually this would be a great gift for someone. Sort of a step up from a lotion or body product you sometimes get as a gift and don’t really like.

– Liz

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Products

Like most of us girls out there, I like products. I keep most of my nail products on my nightstand and apply them at night or even multiple times a night, depending on how much TV on my computer I am watching. And all of us nail fanatics have our own nail program that we do every night or as often as possible. I just wanted to share with everyone what I have been using recently on my hands and nails because it’s always nice to hear about new products and new things to try in the future that work well. But these products I am writing about, I have been using for months and really enjoy.

Barielle Intensive Nail Renewal Oil

Intensive Nail Renewal OilThis nail/cuticle oil I picked up at TJ Maxx. TJ Maxx randomly gets shipments of Barielle products every once in awhile and they are priced dramatically lower than they are at, say, Ulta. I bought this I believe for $4 and almost all Barielle products I have seen at Ulta are $15. So, if you are lucky enough to run into Barielle at TJ Maxx I would completely suggest picking up all they have. Anyway, I use this oil maybe once or twice a week. I normally put it on before I go to sleep and just let it sink in. It is sort of messy and gets all over, but I do believe it works well. It has sort of an herby scent and moisturizes my cuticles, nailbeds, and skin pretty well.

Lush Ocean SaltLush Ocean Salt

This salt scrub is not limited to my hands and feet. This stuff is amazing. I use it on every part of my body. It is hands down the best exfoliator I have ever used, and I have used salt and sugar ones before. It leaves my skin so smooth and fresh. I love Lush because it’s all natural so there’s not anything weird going on me. I try to use mostly organic and natural beauty products, but not everything I use is. This salt exfoliator is made of lime, coconut, sea salt, grapefruit, and believe it or not vodka. Every women needs this.

Lush Lemony Flutter

Lemony Flutter

This Lush product is also not only limited to my cuticles. I used it on my feet and all over my hands. This butter absorbs pretty quickly into my cuticles, but does take a little longer on my hands and feet. It works like a charm. I usually put this on when I’m in bed watching tv and not running around doing stuff. It smells lemony. I have heard some people say it smells a little strongly, but it smells fresh and nice so that does not bother me. My cuticles especially feel very soft and manageable after using this.

Also on my hand and feet (and whole body) I use the Lush Buffy bar. It has like literally 100 uses and is amazing. I didn’t want to take a picture of mine because it’s pretty small and I will need a new one soon. But it’s full of all natural moisturizers and leaves your skin literally silky and hydrated. It has shea butter, coco butter, ground almond, natural oils, etc. The ocean salt, lemony flutter, and the Buffy bar are all part of the “Lush Hand Treatment” that you can go into any Lush store and ask for and you will be converted. That is exactly what happened to me. I use all of these products daily, with the exception of the oil, and recommend them to everyone.

I love all of these products and haven’t really found a need to go looking for much else. I am in need of a new / better hand lotion or butter. I’m sure I will end up at Lush for one though!

Enjoy,

Liz

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