I love Lush. Their products are great. When you go into a Lush store, there is a spunky energy that makes you want to fill your whole world with Lush. I never leave without picking up a few things.
A few months ago, I gave their mascara a try. It's a simple ingredient list, and the wheatgrass is supposed to help condition your lashes. It's a cute package with a tiny brush. I tried it for a week and gave up. The brush was hard to use, and I just wasn't getting the volume I needed....
Then on another trip to Lush, I was chatting with one of the Lush girls. She told me to give it some time and hated it at first too. She was really happy with the build of the mascara and she was able to really beef up her lashes with it. And since they had been out of their liner, she was using it for that too with an eyeliner brush. So I gave it another chance....
I still hate the little brush it comes with and I dip my own mascara wand in the bottle. You can get good build out of it after a few coats and it still feels lightweight. And it is surprisingly smudge (not water) proof. It does makes a cool liquid liner.
So, would I buy this again? Possibly, so if you're looking for a lightweight, healthy, vegan mascara, this is it. It's a jeans and t-shirt mascara, It's also a great value. The little bottle contains a ton of product.
My brides are always asking for skincare tips. Sometimes lips are overlooked. Everyone wants bright sparkling eyes and glowing skin. But did you know that taking care of you lips not only helps your lip products wear better and stay on longer, but also reduces fine lines?
Now that winter is here, it's important to keep your lips protected and hydrated. Here's a few of my recommendations....
Hydrate & Protect
Every jacket pocket and every drawer (at home and work) should have something to hydrate your lips. Going for a run? Sitting inside? Going to bed? Getting ready to go out? Put something on your lips. When you're outside, it's the cold dry wind. When you're inside it's the dry heat.
I keep it simple, I stock up at Whole Foods or my local health food store. They have a great selection of inexpensive and effective lip moisturizers. My favorite continues to be the original Burt's Bees. Coconut Oil is another perfect option. Scoop some into a small container and keep it in your night table. There's also a lot of high end treatment products out there specifically targeted for pluming and reducing lines. Dermalogica makes a nice one.
Getting the dead skin off your lips helps your moisturizer work better. It also provides a smooth surface for your lip color.
I love fancy sugar scrubs. They come in all flavors and are so much fun. Lush has a lot of really fun ones. If you're feeling crafty, here's a recipe for a DIY:
DIY Lip Scrub
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1 tsp oil - use whatever you have - Olive oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil all work well
1/2 tsp honey (optional)
You can also add a few drops of mint oil if you choose