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Lush FRESH Facemask-Brazened Honey!
Lush Fresh Face Mask Brazened Honey
Member Name: ljackson24
Lush Fresh Face Mask Brazened Honey
Advantages: cool, refreshing
Disadvantages: very thick texture
I've tried all of the Lush Fresh Facemasks, and Brazened Honey is my personal favourite. All the facemasks are good for certain skin types and have different benefits, so it's not gonna be the same for everyone, but this is the one for me!
All the Lush Fresh Facemasks come in a small black 75g tub that cost £4.95 each. There are several Lush products that come in plastic black tubs, and if you take back any five to be recycled then you get to choose a Fresh Facemask for free. After you've finished with your facemask the tub will count towards your next lot of five which is a bonus. So, you can either get your mask for free or pay £4.95, a price I think is easily justifiable. I always get at least five uses per tub, so it's only about £1 per mask. About the same price as those little sachets you buy in places like Superdrug that last one use, and the Lush ones are, in my opinion, much more effective.
The Fresh Facemasks in Lush are always displayed in an area filled with crushed ice. The nature and size of this area varies from store to store. In some of the smaller shops there is just a shallow regtangular tray filled with ice, wheras some of the bigger shops have large round features. The Facemask display always has a bowl of each Facemask, which is then topped with some of the ingredients that are in it. For example Brazened Honey is always decorated with slices of lime, as it contains lime. Provided the shop has kept the facemasks and toppings looking nice and fresh, these displays can look so appealing and definitely make you want to ask about the facemasks. The display will also have signs telling you what all the facemasks are called, what's in them, and what they do, as well as some of the black tubs filled vwith the masks, available for purchase. The bowls of facemask are really good because it means you can see, smell, touch, and even test the facemasks before you choose one. If you are undecided I have found the staff will normally offer a small samples of some to take away. The sample is normally a sufficient size to apply one full mask.
All the fresh masks have to be stored in the fridge, and used within 3/4 weeks. There will be an expiry date on them, and the member of staff that deals with you should hopefully make sure you know to keep them in the fridge! I have been told by staff that the short shelf life is due to fresh fruit and vegetables being in all the masks, but no preservatives.
Anyway enough about Lush Facemasks in general and back to Brazened Honey. The first time I chose Brazened Honey I'd been overdoing it and my skin was looking worse for wear, and this is what I told the Sales Advisor. I was asked about my skin type, and whether it was sensitive or not, after saying it was fairly dry and not sensitive, I was recommended Brazened Honey. I was told that as this was one of the harder working masks it wasn't as gentle as some of the others, and unsuitable for sensitive skin. Also that it was ok for dry, oily, or combination skin, and that it would give me a glowing complexion! Brazened Honey is yellow in colour, and it looks nice and fresh in the bowl with some slices of juicy lime as decoration. After having a smell of it (not very strong smelling with no smells jumping out at me apart from a hint of honey) and a feel of it I decided to try it. One thing that put me off a little was the consistency, which I would say is the thickest of all the Facemasks. It's very clay like, and I was worried it would make the mask difficult to apply, as most of the other masks I had tried were the perfect consistency-and not as thick as Brazened Honey. As I said I went for it anyway as I really did need something to revive my skin and liked the sound of a glowing complexion.
That night I decided to start trying my new Facemask straight away and removed it from the fridge where it had been for a few hours. One thing I live about Lush Facemasks is that due to having to keep them in the fridge they are always so nice and cool and refreshing when you apply them. I cleansed and toned my face, as skin should always be nice and clean before putting a facemask on, and then applied the mask itself. The very thick consistency was not really a problem and it was still fairly easy to use, but I still prefer Facemasks just a little less clay like. Brazened Honey is quite a smooth texture apart from a few little exfoliating bits in it, which I keep forgetting to ask what they are. I was told I only needed to leave the Mask on for 5 minutes, as I have been told for all the other masks too. With Brazened Honey being so thick, any longer than 5 minutes and it starts drying, cracking, and crumbling off your face anyway. I was told to remove the mask with cleanser and cotton wool, or warm water. I have to say that cleanser and cotton wool takes so long due to the thick and dry nature of the mask. I always use warm water, and as the mask starts to rinse off I massage the exfoliating bits into my skin with my fingertips. The first time I used it, once my face was rinsed and dry, I definitely thoughty my skin looked healthier and a little more radiant. I have no idea if it does actually make a huge difference or whether I just think it's going to work, so it does in my mind. Either way Brazened Honey certainely makes my skin feel better at least, and I feel a little detoxed when I've used it. The fact that the mask is exfoliating leaves my skin thoroughly cleansed and smooth. I also think it helps a little with the dryness of my skin. My favourite times to use this Facemask are before a night out, as it makes me feel good about myself, or after a night out, as it cool and refreshing and helps the hangover feeling as well as the effects of alcohol on the skin!
When I buy Brazened Honey I normally try and use it twice a week, so that I get it used up within the 3-4 week use by period. I just buy it every few months as a nice treat if I've been over doing it and my skins looking rough. I think it's well worth the money and choose it every time now! 4.5 stars!
Summary: Great value for money, nice skin treat, would recommend