Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Review: Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

You may remember I picked up Lush's Cupcake Fresh Face Mask whilst doing a bit of sales shopping; I've had good experiences with Lush's face masks in the past, but this was not one I've tried before so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it!
"Chocolate heaven for oily and teenage skin. Helps absorb excess oil and calm breakouts. Cocoa butter, linseed and cocoa powder soften, with balancing peppermint, spearmint and sandalwood oils."
Lush Cupcake Mask Review
Let's be honest, anything described as "chocolate heaven" has basically been designed with me in mind, and my skin certainly falls into the oily camp, so I was intrigued to see how this chocolatey wonder would work out for me. Housed in the standard Lush black pot, the packaging is minimalistic and to the point; it's also recycled and recyclable, as Lush accept their packaging back and will even give you a free face mask if you take them five pots!
Lush Cupcake Face Mask
Let's start with the smell. Oh my goodness this is like smearing mint chocolate chip cookie dough (or something equally delicious) over your face in the best way you can imagine - I think I'm in love. With a face mask. I'm not kidding, if you like chocolatey scents then this is perfect. Lush's Fresh Face Masks are all meant to be stored in the fridge as they're preservative-free, which is exactly where mine has been living. This means it feels beautifully cooling as you spread it over your skin; it can be a little hard to spread at first, but quickly warms up and melts slightly, so it becomes much easier to get an even, generous layer over your face. The mask has a slightly grainy texture, which lends an exfoliating effect as you massage it over your skin.
Lush Cupcake Face Mask Review
In my experience, as this dries, it becomes a little crumbly which can get quite messy, so this isn't a mask I'd recommend whilst doing anything that requires you to stay clean / not drop lumps of mask in your dinner / your laptop keyboard / over your child etc. However, it does wash off really easily; I just use a muslin cloth and warm water to remove it as suggested. Once removed, my skin is left looking a lot calmer, with any redness including blemishes noticeably reduced. It also absorbs any oiliness and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. I've not noticed any dryness after use, although I do always use a moisturiser after a face mask and would recommend you do the same.
Lush Cupcake Face Mask Ingredients
[Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud; Linseed Infusion (Linum Usitatissimum); 
Glycerine; Talc; Cocoa Powder (Theobroma Cacao); Cocoa Butter
(Theobroma Cacao); Fresh Mint (Mentha Piperita); Sandalwood Oil
(Santalum Austrocaledonicum Vieill and Fusanus Spicatus); Vanilla Absolute
(Vanilla Planifolia); Spearmint Oil (Mentha Spicata); Peppermint Oil
(Mentha Piperita); Limonene; Perfume.]
As far as I'm concerned the ingredients list is pretty friendly, although obviously if you are sensitive to the essential oils used then slathering this over your face is probably not a sensible idea. Otherwise, there's no nasty preservatives or anything like that, just lovely natural ingredients (and perfume). The only one I'd question is talc, but I think as it's in the form of a cream product rather than just as powder, even that can be excused (it's included to help the mask spread more evenly).
Lush's Cupcake Fresh Face Mask is available from Lush in-store and online, priced at £5.95 for 75g of product which in my experience will provide 5-6 uses, thus working out to just over £1 per use which is an absolute BARGAIN. You should bear in mind however, that these masks have a limited shelf life, generally three weeks from the date of manufacture, so you do end up having to use it fairly frequently (say twice a week) to get the full use out of it. All in all, this was a really lovely face mask for me, smelling incredible and leaving my oily skin visibly calmer, smoother and less oily. I'd recommend this if like me your skin is oily and/or blemish prone, and it is one I'll be repurchasing in the future.
Have you tried any of Lush's Fresh Face Masks? Which is your favourite? Do you like chocolate-y products like me?

xo
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29 comments:

  1. I love this mask, it smells amazing and does a brilliant job of decongesting the skin, for me this is Lush's best mask :o). Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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    1. I definitely agree, this is my favourite of the ones I've tried so far! :) xo

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  2. I've always had my eye on this mask, might. Take the plunge now!
    Joannaloves

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  3. I've never bought anything from Lush before. The smell of the shop has always put me off, but I'm beginning to think I should maybe give it a go! This face mask sounds amazing :)

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    1. I totally see where you're coming from, the smell can be a little overwhelming! I think it's just because there's so many smells in one place. It's definitely worth popping in, their sales assistants are so helpful (and this mask is brilliant!) xo

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  4. Im not usually a fan of lush if im honest, but ive never tried the face masks youve just sold it to me though. definitely need to give this a go x

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    1. I think a lot of their products are quite overpriced, but their face masks are fab! :) xo

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  5. I like lush soaps and this face mask looks interesting. I might check this product in lush store. :)

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    1. Their soaps all smell beautiful, I wish they didn't put SLS in most of them! The mask is definitely worth a look, though :) xo

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  6. Oh my! I'm totally tempted to try this one!

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    1. I hope you like it if you try it, Esha! :) xo

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  7. Sounds brilliant! Can't wait to try this. xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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    1. I'd love to hear how you get on, Emma - hope you like it! :) xo

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    1. Seems like quite a few of us are loving Cupcake! :D xo

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  9. I;ve never tried any of the lush face masks! I keep thinking I'll get one when I have five pots to take back but then I'm always losing the pots so maybe I should just buy one! x

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    1. I'm the same haha! If you buy one, you're one step closer to the free one though ;D xo

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  10. aww this looks nice, but I don't think I could deal with the mess haha x

    LauraThinksAbout

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    1. It's a good one to use in the bath to be honest haha :) xo

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  11. I really want to try more lush! But I live so far away from a store! ♥

    Brittany's Secret

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    1. You can order online too! Although I think there are shipping restrictions on the fresh masks because of the no-preservative thing... xo

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  12. Mmmmmmmmmmmm Chocolate <3
    I still would like to try one of these fresh face masks from LUSH, they all sound great.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Mmmmmmmmm chocolate pretty much sums this one up, Amy! I hope you get to try one :) xo

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  13. Now I need to go for sure to Lush to pick it up :) Great review Jess as always! xo's

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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    1. Thanks Laura - I hope you love it as much as I do if you try it! :) xo

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  14. I've never tried a Lush mask before but I'm really tempted to! I like that they accept their packaging back too!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  15. Ooh this sounds lovely! :)

    www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk
    xox

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