We all know the benefits of exfoliating our skin and the importance of keeping our faces squeaky clean and cleansed from the dirt and pollution we subject ourselves to in the modern 21st century (unless you live on a remote farm, in which case, well done). I don’t need to preach about why you should exfoliate.

Instead I’m going to tell you how, specifically, with what.

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I’m an advocate of Lush Skin Care products. I adore them and think they offer such high quality products that suite all skin types, which importantly are totally free from the scary sounding chemicals other brands can be packed full of.

My most recent venture into the crazy and colourful world of Lush is the intoxicating Cup of Coffee Face & Body Mask Exfoliator. A coffee scented face product could not be more perfect for those sleepy mornings and is the mother of exfoliators.

The coffee granules leave the skin feeling refreshed, clean, tightened and unbelievably soft. Like I can’t stop stroking my own face kinda soft.

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A word to the wise, the coffee chunks are a touch on the rough side so don’t go powering in and applying lots of pressure – just a light all over rub is sufficient to get that deep clean.

I have typically been using this product twice a week for a good clean, and thoroughly moisturising afterwards with my Million Dollar Moisturiser (a thing of dreams).

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I am loving the results and my skin has been clear from blemishes, and I’m really enjoying this new addition to my skincare routine.

My boyfriend also loves it, so there you go.

Moisturisers are a very personal subject matter. It’s likely that you and every other female in your circle would name a different moisturiser as their holy grail product, and that’s what makes the beauty industry such an exciting field to work (or dabble in).

Now I’ve tried my fair share of moisturisers. Some I’ve adored, others I’ve discarded after just a few uses, and several have been left in my beauty cupboard until they’re totally dried up and make their way to the bathroom bin.

It’s safe to say I’ve tried a good number of moisturisers (although not as many as some), and so today I wanted to share my experience using a moisturiser I would class as the best I’ve ever used. Quite a claim I know.

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The Lush Million Dollar Moisturiser is my everyday go-to moisturiser and has been for the last 7 months. For me, nothing has come close to rivaling it’s brilliance in the last 7 months and if that’s not worth sharing, I don’t know what is.

The interesting part of my love story with this little pot of magic is that at first and the first week I used it, I didn’t like it and was ready to give it all up. I thank the moisturiser Gods that they steered me back on track.

First up, let’s talk about what it does to my skin. I wear this moisturisers throughout the day, and at the moment most nights as well. It is extremely hydrating and nourishing and my skin really does feel protected. My skin is softer than it has ever been, and any sign of a blemish is gone the next day when I use this stuff. I’ve had enough blemishes/spots/breakouts in my life to know when a product really works wonders on a problem area and this isn’t just some mindless sales pitch. If I see a spot emerging, I make sure I’ve got a good dose of this on overnight and the next day it will be retreating without ever having really presenting itself in the first place. I really do swear by this product and my skin has never felt in such good condition.

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Secondly let’s talk texture. The texture of this product is thick, creamy and luxurious. It applies beautifully and really feels like a protective layer being added. I would say it tends to stay slightly tacky to the touch for a good few hours after application – not visibly so, just so that if you were to touch your face you’d be aware of the product. It is so hydrating but as someone who tends to struggle with the odd attack of oily skin, this product doesn’t leave me shiny, despite how thick and hydrating it appears to be. It naturally has SPF30 built in, which is just a dream when it comes to moisturiser. It’s so important to protect your face every day from the sun, even if it’s cloudy and there’s not a ray to be seen. The fact that I don’t have to worry about sunscreen protection when I’m using this is a massive bonus.

IMG_5049The third and final reason I love this moisturiser and will preach about it all day and night is the unbelievable smell. It smells like a million dollars. I’m not even sorry about punning the hell out of it. It’s a heady mix of cocoa, shea butter and honey and it really is heavenly. It really does have a signature scent that I for one fell in love with immediately.

I haven’t tried any other of Lush’s moisturisers so I don’t know how they compare, but if Million Dollar is anything to go by, they know their stuff when it comes to skincare.

If you’re interested in trying this moisturiser, just visit your local Lush and ask for a sample – I absolutely love that the company is so open to samples and it means you can try the product for a few days before investing.

This moisturiser is on the pricer side, costing £32.50 for 45g of the stuff. However one pot roughly lasts me 5 months, and when it comes to skincare I think it’s worth paying the price.

Have you used Million Dollar or any other Lush moisturisers before? What should I try next?

It’s all about the perfect pink lipstick. We may move through cycles during the year from a bright lip in the Summer months through to darker plum tones in the Autumn, but a constant is the pink lip. It’s classic, feminine, understated and sophisticated.

My favourite pink lipstick of the moment is the Soap & Glory Super Mother Pucker Matte Lipstick.  It’s the perfect mauve pink tone, and just the right combination of gloss meets matte.

IMG_5499It is exactly what I’m looking for in a pink lipstick. It’s a warm pink with lilac undertones and provides a beautiful dusky, natural colour. I’m still tanned from my Winter Sun break at the moment and I think it compliments my colouring beautifully.

The formula is also exactly what I want from a matte lipstick, smooth and moisturising rather than drying and waxy.

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I have sensitive lips that always seem to dry out in record time, especially when I’m wearing a matte lip product, but the formula of the Soap & Glory lipstick is creamy and nourishing and I haven’t had any problems with dried out lips.

IMG_5533IMG_5501IMG_5502Like any beauty product you’re spending money on, the packaging and look and feel of the product is really important and I think Soap & Glory have done a brilliant job with transforming this drugstore product into a luxurious product with sleek packaging that could rival some high end brands.

IMG_5522IMG_5524I’d definitely classed this as a ‘your lips but better’ tone and I think it is a really versatile shade. The range of colours available was also really impressive and I could see myself wearing each and every one of the shades available which is something I’ve never achieved before with brand. I’m excited keep using this and expand my collection of Soap & Glory products.

What is your go-to pink?

 

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect cleanser, whether it’s a liquid, oil, gel or paste. Whatever makes my skin clean, glowy and blemish free, that’s good for me and I’m always up for trying new ones.

Recently started using the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm because I couldn’t ignore the hype any longer and I can completely see why everyone raves about it. I have fallen head over heels for it.

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It smells incredible. The scent is just so relaxing, I absolutely love using this before bed to de-stress and relax. The texture is a thick paste/balm and as you massage it into your face it melts into an oil. It’s rich and luxurious and really feels like the type of product that would be used when having a facial. I love the feel of the product on my skin and I feel so pampered afterwards just by taking that extra bit of time on my skincare routine.

After a few minutes I then wipe off the oil with a warm face cloth. This really feels like you’re getting all the make-up and dirt off of your face before moistening and my face is absolutely loving it.

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I’ve had no blemishes or breakouts using it and my skin feels super soft when I wake up in the morning.

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I make sure to moisturize with my absolute favourite Million Dollar Moisturiser from Lush (read about it here). In terms of price it’s a bit pricier than I’d normally pay, this 100g pot was around £25, but I’d definitely say it’s worth it.

If you’re in the market for a new cleanser or luxurious face product I’d say this is definitely lives up to the hype.

Have you used a face balm before?