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Lush Fresh Face Mask Brazened Honey
Member Name: calypte
Lush Fresh Face Mask Brazened Honey
Date: 10/07/12, updated on 10/07/12 (80 review reads)
Advantages: perks my skin up a treat
Disadvantages: not recommended for dry skin
"Been burning the candle both ends? A detox mask to put things right - It's hard to stick to all the rules. Eight hours sleep a night, two litres of water a day, plenty of exercise, five fruit and veg etc. This mask is for when you have overdone things and let the rules slide. A detox to get tired and dull skin back to being radiant and glowing."
Well, that just describes my life all over at the moment - too much time stuck in front of a computer and not enough time taking best care of myself. No wonder my skin is dull; I'm just lucky I'm not having breakouts right now! Usually when I feel in need of a rescue mask I got for the calming calamine of Catastrophe Cosmetic but this time I was oddly spot-free and feeling more in need of some gentle pampering with no drying effect - Brazened Honey sounds ideal for this scenario!
Now I must confess, honey is not actually one of my favourite smells as I generally find it too cloying. However, there's enough added herbs and spices here to balance it all out perfectly - in fact, look at the ingredients (below) and it's more like the honey is actually to balance out more spices than I'd put in a curry!! To me the whole thing smells slightly sweet steadied with a pleasantly almost-medicinal undertone.
As with all of Lush's fresh range, you'll have to keep this in the fridge - it has egg in it and no preservatives. This does also mean you'll have to use it up pretty quickly although you get up to 3 weeks now (compared to an infeasible couple of days as these seemed to have a few years back). I always find I have plenty of time before the best before these days, and to be honest the added push to get the tub used up is a nice nudge to treat yourself a little more frequently than usual.
Because it's come from the fridge this stuff is COLD when you scoop it out and on to your face! That scooping out is probably my only real complaint about this product: I always end up with the mask-goo all over my fingers and under my nails. This is particularly irksome with varieties like this one, which have exfoliating properties and thus bits. Me + Lush + bits = many a rant! ;)
Once you have it on your face - carefully, please: I haven't stained anything sickly-yellow with stray bits of this mask in particular, but they can be dangerous that way! - and I'd suggest a reasonable layer, mostly to use the tub up in 4-5 uses rather than 7! - you just have to sit back and relax. I recommend a spot of meditation, or if you must, catching up on your literature review reading ;)
The pot says 10 minutes, but I generally leave it a bit longer than that. I've never experienced any tingling or discomfort (beyond an itchy nose I can't really scratch!) with this at all. I do find it takes 15-20 to really dry, at which point you may notice that tightening sensation. For me the best way to get this off has to be in the shower - otherwise it's just too messy, ending up all over the sink (tiles, floor...)! I first dampen my face slightly (so, maybe I shouldn't be letting it dry so much, really!) to get the clay-like substance softened and moving, at which point you can rub it into your skin for a quite gentle exfoliation (far less rough than Love Lettuce, for those who have tried that). It comes off very well with enough water, not trying to stick until you've rubbed your face off!
So, the important bit: the effect! I like Brazened Honey for precisely these times when I feel my skin needs a pick-me-up, but nothing more drastic. I've used this when my skin was its usual too-oily t-zone and found it did calm those grease levels. This time I felt I was almost heading the other way - a bit dry (for me, at any rate!) - and while it was also good for rebalancing that a little, I'm not sure I'd recommend this one for particularly dry skin.
Looking at the ingredients clarifies this is probably exactly what Lush are aiming for - "balancing and calming" which I'd absolutely agree with. The mask base is a familiar kaolin (and talc), which are in most of my face masks as they absorb grease. The citric acid from the lime juice will also degrease, and the herbs - rosemary, juniper, sage, clove bud - are likely to help spots, particularly as they are held to have antiseptic properties. I've never come across turmeric (hello, bright yellow colour!) or cardamom in this kind of use before, but a quick google prescribes them as anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, as apparently are the fennel, parsley and coriander (really, this is sounding more and more like food!), whose "enzymes will help break down dead skin cells". Hmm, interesting - I'm not arguing, but the more obvious way to deal with dead skin cells is the exfoliation from the ground almond shells.
And there's more! Ginger is something I know as a warming stimulant, with antioxidant and inflammation-reducing properties. Then there's the honey, egg and almond oil add moisturising benefits, stopping the more astringent properties of some of the rest. Overall, it's an odd, often opposing mix of just a vast number of different ingredients, but I'm surprised at how much it does work! After rinsing, my face is indeed less greasy but also rather soft, with none of that tightly-stretched feeling from stripping too much from your skin.
The tub lasted me five masks, spaced over 3 weeks. The blend of exfoliation, oil-control AND moisturing really did make my skin nicely balanced over that period. Of all the Lush masks, this is perhaps the one I would use longer term - in fact, if you MADE me pick just one for ever more, this would be giving my favourite blueberry-and-calamine Catastrophe Cosmetic a very good run for its top spot!!
So, are you ready to have your "tired, neglected skin" woken up?! I'm thinking I need to find a way to drink this mix, so it can spread that "calming and balancing" effect past my face, too! ;)
Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage, Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentonite Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Parsley, Fresh Coriander, Ground Turmeric, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool, Perfume
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Availability: best bought from Lush stores, in most major cities up and down the UK. They can be bought from mail order, but the fresh/refrigeration needs do add to the postage.
Price: free with five Lush pots, or £5.75 (between about 82p - £1.44 per use, depending on quantity used)
Summary: One of Lush's best masks for me!