Product Type: Lush body care
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Breakfast on my face left me very thirsty!
Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask
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Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask
Advantages: Smells nice
Disadvantages: Hard to apply, expensive and left my face a bit dry
Having read and heard a lot of good things about Lush products, last week whilst in the Trafford Centre in Manchester, I decided to treat myself to a couple of them. I particularly wanted to try one of their fresh face masks and I ended up purchasing the Oatifix one, which was recommended by one of the Lush shop assistants, after I let her know that my skin is a bit on the dry side.
The Oatifix fresh face mask comes in a small black pot made from 100% recycled plastic. It contains 75 grams of the mask and priced at £5.95 it is not exactly cheap. It has a screw on lid, on which you have the small Lush logo and the name of the mask is displayed in quite big lettering. It also states that it cleanses, softens and moisturises sensitive skin. It also informs you that it is a blend of bananas, vanilla and oats to cool and nourish, illipe butter to reduce redness, ground almonds to gently polish and kaolin to cleanse your skin. You are also advised the keep this in the fridge and that if you bring back 5 clean full-size Lush pots or tubes you get one fresh mask free.
On the sides of the pot there are stickers advising how to use (apply a generous layer over the face, avoiding eyes, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then wash off with warm water). You are also advised that Lush is fighting against animal testing and that the mask is suitable for vegans. There are also details of the manufacturer and the amount contained in the pot.
On the bottom of the pot there is a full list of ingredients and it states that it is handmade with fresh ingredients and preservative free. There is also a round sticker letting you know who and when the mask was made by and when to use it by, I think that's a very nice touch!
The mask itself is a very light brown colour and smells absolutely yummy, a mix of vanilla and bananas. It really does smell like something you would have for breakfast! The mask itself is very thick and slightly coarse in texture. Because of this, I found it very hard to apply to my face. It is sort of lumpy and crumbly, not moist enough in my opinion to just spread it on. Constantly, there were bits falling off as I was trying to put it on, and I ended up making a bit of a mess on the bathroom floor. However once it was on, it did not feel uncomfortable at all, if it wasn't for the scrumptious scent I would have forgotten it was there. Throughout the next ten minutes that I had it on, it did not dry but if anything it seemed to slightly melt (probably because it was no longer "rock hard" straight from the fridge and had softened when in contact with skin warmth), so it did not make my face feel tight. I did not really get any other sensations such as tingling, itching or stinging, which I sometimes get with other face masks.
After 10 minutes, I washed it off (came off a lot quicker than it went on). My complexion hadn't changed and my skin did not feel any better than before. In fact I would probably say that my face actually felt dryer and almost thirsty for some rich moisturising cream. All in all, I was quite disappointed in this face mask as it was supposed to hydrate my skin and it seemed to have had the opposite effect. I only used it once and still have loads left (I could probably get another 5 or 6 applications out of it), but I doubt that I will be using it again. I would not personally recommend it to anyone, and it has really put me off buying other Lush face masks!
Summary: My first ever tried Lush product was very dissapointing