Other than occasionally slathering a £1 sachet on during a rare ‘girly pamper sleepover’ in my early teens, face masks were never something I really did. However, since I’ve become rather addicted to skincare in the last year or so, I’ve started to realise what a big difference a regular face mask makes to my skin. I’ve now amounted quite a collection of face masks and peels from various brands but one of my favourite places to visit when I’m after a new mask is LUSH. I’ve tried a fair few of LUSH’s face masks recently so I thought I’d round up my top 5 and give you the low down on each.
Cupcake Fresh Face Mask > £6.50
Out of all of LUSH’s face masks, Cupcake is without a doubt my favourite, and one that I’ll continue to buy as long as they continue to stock it. Not only do I adore the delicious minty chocolate scent, but the texture is perfect and it really does help with my oily blemish prone skin. Cupcake contains Rhassoul mud, which is highly absorbent, and works with the cocoa powder to give a deep cleanse, and to draw out all of the impurities and dirt lurking in my skin. It also contains fresh mint which stimulates and tones and the additional linseed and cocoa butter help to soften and moisturise the skin. Cupcake has quite a thick, gritty consistency, which I love as it means it’s not going to drip off your face, however it can be a bit messy trying to remove this over the sink, after the 10-15 minute time frame is up. After about 7 minutes or so, it does begin to harden however it doesn’t get so hard that you can’t move your face or talk, which is a pet hate of mine with face masks. The scent isn’t an artificial at all, instead it smells of real delicious chocolate, with a fresh uplifting mint addition to it, which I really, really love – I wish they made more LUSH products in this scent!
The Man In The Mushroom Fresh Face Mask
Earlier in the Summer, myself and Jasmine (from Jasmine Harding Makeup) met up in London for a blogging event, and whilst we were on Oxford Street, we couldn’t resist popping into their new extremely huge flagship store. I picked up two LUSH Oxford Street exclusives, including this The Man In The Mushroom mask. African honey, jojoba oil, oyster mushrooms and avocado help to soften, hydrate and condition the skin, whilst turmeric powder brightens the complexion. Man In The Mushroom also contains soya yogurt giving it it’s unique milky, fresh texture, which feels incredible on the skin once applied, especially when it’s cold and straight from the fridge! (LUSH Fresh Face Masks need to be kept in the fridge if you weren’t aware). I’m not entirely sure what the scent of this mask actually is, but to me it smells like sweet caramel apples – delicious! I’m hoping that LUSH will make this a permanent product so that I can buy it from my local store instead of having to traipse into London to restock.
Mask of Magnaminty Face & Body Mask > £5.75
When my skin is really playing up, or when I’ve got those sore under the skin spots lurking around, I like to opt for Mask of Magnaminty to give me a helping hand. This is the only mask in this list that isn’t a fresh mask, so it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge, unlike the other 4, and is the only one that you can purchase in two different sizes (£5.75 for 125g or £9.95 for 315g). Although this doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge, it still gives an incredibly cool, fresh feeling on my skin, and can tingle slightly due to the mint extracts, which I personally love. Mask of Magnaminty has been created with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients that are used to help clean, calm and clear the skin. Peppermint oil stimulates, whilst marigold oil and chlorophyllin treat the skin and evening primrose seeds and aduki beans act as a gentle exfoliator as you remove the mask. I feel like this makes a big difference to my skin when used, and leaves my skin feeling thoroughly cleansed, smooth, soft and supple and I do think it helps with my acne too which is always a huge bonus for me!
Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask > £6.50
Catastrophe Cosmetic is probably my least favourite mask from this list, but purely due to the fact it seems to be impossible for me not to make a huge mess when I use this. The application goes smoothly, by using my usual ‘Face Mask’ flat foundation brush to apply, however when it starts to dry I find the problems start. Due to it having actual pieces of blueberries and a slightly bizarre texture, I found as the mask sets, it seems to clump and ball up, and literally just drop off my face. The last time I used this I actually had to get a dustpan and brush out on my bedroom floor and sweep up all of the hardened face mask off the floor – lovely right? However, other than this downfall, I do actually really like this mask. Containing blueberries, calamine, and chamomile, rose, and almond oils, Catastrophe Cosmetic is said to be a great calming, soothing and moisturising face mask that can help prevent breakouts. Whilst I wouldn’t say that this mask has prevented breakouts for me (although that is a feat with cystic acne), I do think it helps to calm, and moisturise my skin, whilst reducing any redness I may have.
Rosey Cheeks Fresh Face Mask > £6.50
Another of my LUSH Oxford Street exclusive purchases was the Rosey Cheeks fresh face mask, however it does look like LUSH are beginning to sell this in their other stores (and online!) which is great news! In my opinion, this is the most soothing and refreshing mask that I’ve tried from LUSH and I think that’s down to the calming rose scent and great ingredients. A blend of kaolin and calamine will help to cleanse and remove any dirt, whilst Turkish rose oil nourishes and tones your skin. Together these ingredients are said to delicately calm the skin and restore balance, which is a claim that I can definitely agree with. If I’ve had a rough day, and fancy a pamper session to help me unwind and relax, Rosey Cheeks is the mask that I’ll turn to in my time of need, to not only calm me, but my skin too.
Overall, in case you hadn’t already guessed, I’m a big fan of LUSH’s face masks. I’m particularly fond of their fresh face masks, as I love the cooling sensation of applying the mask straight from the fridge after a long day, but realistically they’re all fab in my eyes! As with all of LUSH products, these masks are handmade with the freshest natural ingredients, whilst being 100% vegetarian, and completely against animal cruelty. If you’re a fan of face masks, but have yet to try one from LUSH I would definitely recommend you checking them out! If you haven’t seen anything that takes your fancy in this post, or suits your skin type, definitely ask an assistant in LUSH – they’re always so helpful and full of knowledge!
Have you tried any of these I’ve mentioned or would you like to? What’s your favourite face mask from LUSH or of all time? As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!