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LUSH Skin’s Shangri La Moisturizer: Review

[ 0 ] February 5, 2009

Skin’s Shangri La moisturizer from LUSH is simply spectacular.  Before coming across this product, I often wondered how stars like Halle Berry or Jennifer Lopez got that glowing, dewy look.  Over the years, I searched (unsuccessfully) for a cream that would give that glow without clogging pores or turning my face into an oil slick.  My search is officially over.

Skin's Shangri La from LUSH gives that lovely, dewy look.

Skin's Shangri La from LUSH gives that lovely, dewy look.

In just a few days, Skin’s Shangri La moisturizer has become my favorite face cream relegating other products to the sidelines.  This cream seems perfect on all levels: price, performance and pleasant scent.

Price:  At $44.95 Cdn, I would consider this moisturizer to be reasonably-priced.  Yes, it is more expensive than a lot of drugstore brands but it is much, much cheaper than prestige products which make big promises but fail to deliver.

Performance:  Skin’s Shangri La contains a potent mix of antioxidants including fresh seaweed and wheatgrass water.  It also has cold-pressed almond and jojoba oils.  I have tried those oils in pure form – they did not work for me at all.  It seems they need to be ‘in bed’ with other ingredients like organic cocoa butter and evening primrose oil.  Great formulation.

Pleasant scent:  So not only is Skin’s Shangri La reasonably priced, loaded with antioxidants, and gives that much-sought-after dewy look, it also has a very pleasant scent – like soothing vanilla.  I don’t normally appreciate a vanilla scent in a face cream but this is a very mild fragrance.

In a span of a few days, I have already converted my mother and a friend to this product.  We all have different needs but this moisturizer delivers the goods.  Oily skin types who find this too rich may want to check out LUSH’s lightweight Gorgeous moisturizer (see my review).

One final note:  It would be great if Skin’s Shangri La moisturizer came in a pump bottle rather than a plastic tub but it is still worth it.  If potential contamination is a concern just use a tiny, plastic spatula.  All in all though, this is a wonderful product!

LUSH Skin’s Shangri La moisturizer.  Buy it here.

$44.95 for 45 grams

LUSH Gorgeous Moisturizer: Review

[ 0 ] February 5, 2009

LUSH could not have come up with a better name for this product.  Gorgeous moisturizer is just that – gorgeous.  It is smooth as silk with a breathtaking floral scent.  Now I’ll be honest:  At $84.95 a jar I really did not want to like this.  But I do.  A lot.  Unlike many prestige products that are priced high just for marketing purposes, this product really does deliver.

LUSH Gorgeous moisturizer: Expensive but wonderful.

LUSH Gorgeous moisturizer: Expensive but wonderful.

After taking a closer look at the ingredient list I understand why this is the most expensive product at LUSH. Gorgeous moisturizer contains a number of nutritious oils which are cold-pressed, the best way to extract essential vitamins and nutrients.  Also, the product is scented with neroli (orange blossom) oil and water.  Neroli is one of the most expensive oils on the market mainly because it takes a lot of those tiny, white flowers (picked by hand) to get just a drop of oil.

Throw in for good measure, the royal connection.  Neroli is named after an Italian princess from the Renaissance period.  It became her trademark after she scented her gloves with the precious flowers.  Centuries later, another royal – Princess Diana – would use this actual cream.

Back to Gorgeous:  It is a lightweight moisturizer more suited for combination, oily skin or during the summer.  For dry skin types who fall in love with this like I did (it is addictive) you will likely have to ‘top-up’ with another, heavier moisturizer.  If you want to stick with the LUSH brand I would suggest Skin’s Shangri La (please see my review for that cream too).  You may want to use Gorgeous sparingly.  The scent is glorious but it may be overpowering if you wear too much.  Plus, it is not cheap.  What’s that saying, ‘too much of a good thing’…?

Lush Gorgeous Moisturizer.  Buy It Here.

$84.95 for 45 grams

LUSH Dream Cream: Review

[ 0 ] February 4, 2009

Dream Cream by LUSH is absolutely divine.  I have been searching for a body lotion to soothe, soften and most importantly, moisturize my dry skin during the harsh Canadian winters.  This cream does that and much, much more.

LUSH Dream Cream is absolutely divine.

LUSH Dream Cream is absolutely divine.

Dream Cream is loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin e-rich olive oil, skin-softening oat milk and soothing rose water.  It also contains lavender and chamomile oils to help you relax after a hard day’s work and guarantee you a great night’s sleep.  Trust me, this is the only “sleep aid” you will need.  However, do not let the name fool you.  While this cream will ensure your head hits the pillow dreaming of sheep and all things ethereal it is also the perfect body moisturizer to start your day.  Slather this all over, especially after a shower while the skin is damp.  It has a soft, subtle fragrance obtained from botanical oils making it an ideal compliment to your “day scent” but you may be tempted to just shelve your other fragrance (especially if it is derived from synthetic ingredients) and make this lavender-and-rose potion your everyday scent.  Added bonus?  Like LUSH’s face moisturizer Skin’s Shangri La, Dream Cream leaves a beautiful sheen on your skin, a wonderful glow.

As for the price, $24.95 Cdn may seem a bit steep for a body moisturizer but as I discovered with other LUSH products a little goes a long way.  Dream Cream also contains a wide spectrum of skin goodies so that should be reason enough to treat your skin to this wonderful product.  Oh, and it is great for massages too, especially if you are on the receiving end!

LUSH Dream Cream Hand & Body Lotion.  Buy It Here.

$24.95 for 240 grams

Makeup Remover Recall: Another Reason to Keep it Simple

[ 0 ] January 22, 2009

Next time you stay at a Holiday Inn Express hotel, you may wish to steer clear of the hotel’s moist towellete labelled “”.  The company that makes this product, Celeste Industries, says it has voluntarily recalled this product from hotels in Canada and the U.S. after some towelettes tested positive for a bacteria that causes eye and respiratory infections as well as dermatitis and a host of other infections.  Because this makeup remover is intended for the eyelid there is a strong possibility that a tainted product could cause a serious infection.

At the risk of seeming preachy, this is yet another reason for adopting a more natural approach to skin care such as using olive oil on a cotton pad to remove makeup.  If the oily residue left behind is bothersome, simply use a mild cleanser afterward.

The company says no illnesses have been reported as a result of these findings.  The moist towelletes are not sold directly to the public.

Radiant Skin: 3 Quick and Easy Steps to Beautiful, Glowing Skin

[ 0 ] January 15, 2009

For centuries, women have obsessed about radiant skin – and how to get it. Cleopatra bathed in milk to get the benefits of lactic acid exfoliation while modern-day princesses use everything from fish oil and fruit acid peels to crushed Aspirin masks, all in an effort to get that youthful glow. We’ve been tricked into believing that the more we spend on products and procedures, the younger we’ll look. The truth is, the more we do, the more damage we incur. With a plethora of products on the market promising miracles, it can be confusing and quite tantalizing but, after talking to several dermatologists and other medical experts the answer seems to be: keep it simple. Also, you must work from the inside out. Using top-notch creams while starving your body – or eating junk food – will only make your wallet thinner. I did state this would be quick and easy, so here goes:

Eat Healthy Fats, Fruits & Vegetables:

Instead of reaching for a jar of beauty cream, grab a jar full of nuts – almonds and walnuts to be precise. They are full of healthy fats and also pack a powerful protein punch.

Next, load up on fresh fruits and colourful vegetables – they are loaded with antioxidants. Added bonus? Eating just a few different fruits together (ie. an apple, orange and banana) increases the total antioxidant effect in a synergistic manner. More simply, you get more nutritional value by eating your fruits together rather than individually. Buy organic whenever possible, especially apples, peaches and strawberries which are usually high in pesticides.

Take a Triphala Tonic at Bedtime:

This herbal body cleanser is a mainstay in Ayurveda (a wholistic system of medicine from India). If anything deserves to be called a miracle product, this is it. Triphala literally means ‘three fruits’. It combines, in equal measure, the fruits Harada, Amla and Bihara. The benefits are tremendous: 1-2 teaspoons mixed with a cup of water helps detoxify your liver and colon while reducing high blood pressure. If that’s not enough, this herbal laxative also has a strong nutritional value including high levels of stabilized vitamin C. So, it helps rid your body of toxins (hello clear skin!) while giving your body a potent vitamin boost (hello radiant skin!). It’s inexpensive and available at Indian grocery stores.

**Take this right before retiring for the night or during the day if you plan to stay home!!

Say No to Parabens and Irritating Ingredients:

Cosmetic companies are exceptionally skilled at luring vulnerable women with their claims of miracle ingredients and patented potions. Unfortunately, many of these products do more harm than good. Note: A moisturizer with a long ingredient listing significantly raises the risk of skin irritation. In theory, a cream loaded with vitamins and minerals is great for the skin, but this is not the case for many women. Keep your skin care routine as simple and natural as possible.

I stumbled across a great product which is working for me thus far – olive oil! Yes, my favourite kitchen ingredient is now my makeup remover/cleanser and moisturizer. It makes my skin glow, when used sparingly. I also use an exfoliating cream 2-3 times per week to ensure skin cell regeneration. So far, so good.

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