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There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing up a product (okay, fine — the feeling of unboxing a months-long lemming you ultimately caved into buying. Never mind the financial regret that follows). But yes, there is that small yet unflagging voice at the back of my head that says ‘finally!’ when I’ve finished up a product. Except of course that time when you’ve already turned on the shower, wet your hair and find out there’s no more shampoo. Or worse, when you’re in the toilet… and well, you know the rest. WAIT. I won’t be talking about those kind of empties though, so don’t leave this post just yet. Obviously, I’ll be focusing on skincare and makeup items I feel elated I’ve already gone through (either can’t wait to replace it or can’t wait to repurchase it).
First up is LUSH Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. I could’ve bought the bigger jar which is around 125ml but I went for the small ones instead because LUSH has kind of a Back-2-Mac program where you bring in 5 empties and you get a full-sized face mask for free! It’s more hygienic that way, too. Anyway, I raved about it here and my sentiments stay the same, only more ardent than when I first wrote about it. I truly love this product that I actually look forward to the end of bath time when I’m about to slather this on. Never again do I need to apply sticky, tacky lotion after! A definite REPURCHASE! Again and again till I have nothing to eat but this and nothing to drink but Avene Thermal Water (which you’ll see more of below). 1c LUSH Retread is a hair conditioner that deeply cleanses the hair from build-up. I do like how this tames my frizzy hair without the silicones that go –one and –one in regular conditioners’ ingredient lists. What I can not bear is the smell!!! I don’t smell melon or cantaloupe, I smell stale cigarettes! I’m not sure how I was able to use this all up knowing that. But then again, it’s a hard-worker that deeply conditions without all the fuss. Just get past the smell and you’ll be okay. I will have to REPLACE this with another LUSH conditioner that smells better.
LUSH Rub Rub Rub is the first tub of product I actually emptied. I enjoyed using it everyday as the granules were mild enough to be used daily without damaging the skin. It’s made up of fine sea salt with hints of mimosa and orange flower fragrances that appeal to my picky nose. I didn’t know this could be used for the hair, else I would have tried it. I’ve never tried using shower scrub for the hair! It leaves the skin smooth and feeling invigorated. Perfect base for my Ro’s Argan body conditioner. 2 Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Premium A/O is my makeup remover of choice. I use it when I have a full face of makeup on or when I feel like my skin is becoming drier than usual (I’m normal-combination). Fuss-free and leaves no residual film despite being an oil makes this a constant product in my bathroom. I think I’d even refuse to wear makeup when I know I don’t have this to go home to. A constant REPURCHASE that I already have a back-up I just recently opened. 2c Clarins WhitePlus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator is apt for what the product essentially is. The micro-granules aren’t like those of St. Ives scrubs that feel like you’re scrubbing dead skin of 10 years. I do like the instant ‘brightening’ effect after using this, though. Skin is ultra smooth after wash which means the exfoliating beads are badasses despite being ultra fine. I’ve been shying away from physical scrubs though due to bouts of over-exfoliation I encountered months ago (yes, that instant gratifying smoothness has its consequences so be wary of exfoliating!). If I feel like using a physical scrub though, this is on top of my list.
Clarins WhitePlus HP Pearl-to-Cream Brightening Cleanser is a creamy foaming facial wash that feels luxurious but doesn’t appeal to me. It leaves my face a bit tight and dry which I don’t like. Also, I don’t see any brightening effects. I mean, a cleanser should be simple— washes dirt off your face well but gentle enough that it does not dry it out. Any promise of anti-aging, brightening, etc. should not be considered as you wash it off in the end anyway. 2b And finally, my skin savior, the one I will choose to carry with me when I get stranded in a desert island— Avene Thermal Spray Spring Water. I’ve been using this for months now and my breakout and blemish battles have significantly improved just by using this and a moisturizer (I’m switching between 3-4 brands). It hydrated my dehydrated, wonky, crazy feeling-teenage skin that wouldn’t stop breaking out for almost a month. I used this day and night right after washing my face and it’s such a refreshing feeling. Put on moisturizer a few minutes right after spraying so the hydrating action is locked in. I believe in this can of water and I will continue to use it until I go thirsty (which I can drink anyway when that does happen).
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8 Comments

  1. September 30, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    I LOVE RO’S ARGAN BODY CONDITONER! It just smells so heavenly and you don’t need lotion afterwards! But Lush’s “Back-2-Mac” program requires full sized products. 🙁 But great post! Been lemming for the Avene Thermal Spray. Is it better than Evian’s? 🙂

  2. September 30, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    Hello fellow Lush lover, I will definitely check out Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner next time I head to the mall. 🙂

  3. October 1, 2013 / 1:52 am

    First off, it sucks that they don’t honor the Back 2 Mac program here in the Philippines. I mean, the ACTUAL Back 2 Mac program. Lol, anyway. I currently only have one empty from Lush, the rest just expired on me haha! I think I would check out Lush for a new shampoo and some more skin care products 🙂

  4. October 1, 2013 / 3:38 am

    oooh finally someone who also finds that LUSH retread smells like stall cigarette!! my bf hates the smell even more. lol
    I didn’t really like the product either because I didn’t think it was extraordinary. I mean, for the price, I expected it to be excellent.

    I’ve been interested to try the Ro’s argan body conditioner, your review makes me want to get it even more!! I’ll get it on my next LUSH visit 😀

  5. October 6, 2013 / 5:32 am

    ou i have the same problem with some lush products too. some of them have an off putting scent. sayang bec most of the time the quality of these items are really good. 😀

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