When Lush in Livingston invited me round to make face masks with them I got a bit overly excited… If there’s one thing I like more than a face mask, it’s getting messy and doing some DIY! They essentially concocted the perfect evening for me as I knew there would be a serious home pampering session after all the fun. With a couple of pin up shoots on the horizon, getting my skin in top condition has been a priority for me, so I was really thrilled to get some time to chat to the staff about which products would aid my mission. But more on that later!
Before I got stuck in, I got a little taste of their newest Spa treatment, The Comforter. And when I say taste, I genuinely mean it! This is a 60 minute full body massage and exfoliant treatment that is as close as you’ll get to what Willy Wonka would create if he got into the beauty industry. If you’re a fan of candy floss and chocolate, this is ideal experience. Not only do the products smell heavenly, they’re good for you too! Being a lighthearted and playful gal, this is now top of my list for beauty investments; it’s not the cheapest treatment, but by gosh you know you’re never going to experience anything like it again. Plus all the products they use during the experience are totally exclusive – you can’t even buy them in the store, so you know you’re getting the best of the best. Sold? I AM!!
After drinking candy floss cocktails and eating as much chocolate and honeycomb as I could manage (it was a tough day!), it was time to get to making. I love that the products in Lush are all handmade in their own kitchens, but when you’re looking at all the pretty stuff in the shop, it’s kinda the last thing you’re thinking about. Getting the chance to make my own Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask gave great insight; there’s absolutely no nasties in there, it genuinely is supremely fresh (a few blueberries accidentally got eaten during this process!) And it’s a lovely, squishy stress reliever to make, so I know that the staff who are employed to do this are having a total ball!
When choosing between making Cupcake or Catastrophe Cosmetic I went with the latter because my skin is really prone to redness. Cupcake smells deliciously chocolatey and is great for oily skin, but having tried the two for a few weeks now, I’ve found the combination of vitamin packed blueberries and calamine powder to be super beneficial to me. Calamine lotion is something I used to use a lot as a kid to reduce redness and irritation on my skin (mostly arms and legs) but as I’ve gotten older, it’s dropped off the radar. I think it’s one of those things that no one really talks about or uses for beauty treatments any more, perhaps because everyone associates it with their granny. Classic remedies tend to be more effective than the usual chemical pimped alternatives, and after this little experiment, I am 100% back on the calamine train. It’s a great way to boost zinc into your skin, and as I mostly eat vegetarian, this is a good way to help my skin when my diet is letting it down.
With the additions of almond oil, rose absolute and chamomile blue oil, this mask left my skin silky soft afterwards, where as I often find that face masks leave my skin a bit irritated. I have read in other reviews that they found Catastrophe to be quite drying on their skin, which is something I haven’t experienced at all and I’ve used it several times. Once made (as in smushed all together in a big bowl, slumber party style) the face mask needs to live in the fridge and will last you a month. This is because it’s got fresh ingredients in it, but in all honesty I do love a colder face mask as it’s so soothing! Once made in the Lush kitchen, it’s dropped off at store and will only stay there a couple of weeks before being changed (that’s if it’s not all sold out!) Knowing that this stuff isn’t just kicking around till its last scoop has been scraped off the bottom is great – no one wants mouldy blueberries on their face, right?!
After chatting through my skin issues with the lovely Livingston team, I picked up a pot of Angels on Bare Skin cleanser too for daily use. I’ve been using it morning and night for the past few weeks alongside Catastrophe Cosmetic face masks and between the two my skin has never looked so good. The redness is less frequent and aggressive and I’ve only had a couple of little spots appear (rare for me, I usually get a lot!) I’ve found they’re calming down much quicker too which is a godsend.
I guess the only way to share how great the results are is to share the photographs from the pin up photography shoot I did at Lipstick Lashes and Locks with photographer Carolyn Henry, because that’s where all the hard work totally paid off. I don’t want to give away too much just yet (there is an epic blog post on the way!) But here’s a cheeky little one to show you the wonders of a good skin care routine. Big thank you to Lush and the lovely team at Livingston for making it super soft, even coloured and spot free for my big day!