Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hormones and Chocolate: Lush “Cupcake” Fresh Face Mask


Hi Mommies!
Long time no talk (sorry).

So lately I've been, like, extra know what I'm talking about. The mood swings have sent many an innocent bystander running for cover, and the zits were coming out and waving ‘goodbye’ to folks on their way out the door. Sad, sad story.

In addition to the hormones, the oppressing humidity we've been having in the Northeast has turned my face into an oil slick, which just makes matters worse since bacteria thrives in excess oil! All of this resulted in some deep, stubborn blemishes that completely shot down my Mario Badescu Drying Cream, Clarisonic brush, and my go to skincare mask, Freeman’s Clay Mask with Avocado and Oatmeal. I even stooped as low as Crest toothpaste!

Feel my pain?
M'kay, thanks.

I was at the mall with my cousins waiting for our showing of Sex and the City 2 (Anybody seen it? I thought it was entertaining, but it didn’t reach out and touch me like the first one.), so I decided to stop by Lush to find something to remedy the situation on my face, because I'd heard really great things about their Fresh Face Masks.

The customer service at my local Lush store is nothing short of amazing. The girls are all really passionate and educated about the store’s products and mission, and it shows. As soon as I stepped in the door, an associate named Kris offered me her assistance. I recognized her as the same woman who’d given my mother a lil’ education about henna application.

Anyway, when I told Kris about my skin crisis (merely a formality. She could see that mess!) she immediately recommended the “Cupcake” mask. The damage was a mere $5.95 for 2.1 oz.


This particular mask contains Rhassoul mud for cleansing, cocoa butter and linseed for softening, and peppermint, spearmint, and sandalwood oil for balancing. Its recommended for oily and teenage (i.e. hormonal) skin. I applied it after removing my makeup with Purity Made Simple, and cleansing with Origins Checks and Balances, and it felt divine! In the sticky, thick humidity this stuff instantly woke my skin up and made it feel super fresh, and it summoned up cravings for an Andes Creme De Menthe Mint.

Please excuse my second day hair…

“Waas that on you base (face),  Mom?”

So the following morning, I woke up to find that my zits had given up on the party. So I used it again the next day, and they stopped trying to engage in conversation. And after the third day I was pleased to find that they’d found a new purpose in life, in a land that was not my face.


Lush’s Fresh Face Masks are just what they say they are- fresh. Thus, they have to be refrigerated and they have an expiration date, just like a carton of milk or eggs, and you can only purchase them in-store, not online. Because of this, I'd only recommend purchasing one to address a specific skin issue as needed. Definitely not something you can stockpile, but that’s exactly what I love the most about these masks. They’re potent because they’re fresh, and there’s no worry about unnecessary chemicals. Great for my pregnant or breastfeeding Mommies, since everything we put onto our skin ends up in our bloodstream.

If you’re having some skin upsets lately, I’d definitely recommend ‘Cupcake’. I’m sure its gotten plenty of women through PMS and pregnancy, maybe it can help you too! I’ll definitely be picking it up on the regular, especially because you get a free mask for every five empty black pots you return to the Lush store.

Whoo hoo! Free stuff!

Have your ‘Cupcake’ and eat it too, Mommies!


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