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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wednesday Review: Lush Love Lettuce and Ayesha Fresh Face Mask Review



If you guys have been following my online beauty addictions for any length of time then you will know my love for a brand called Lush. I have tried numerous products over the years, going through phases of being addicted to bath bombs, and then to solid shampoo bars, and then to the comforter bubble bar… my Lush addiction knows no boundaries.

But, for this post we are going to put my love for all of the aforementioned products aside, because today I want to talk about their Fresh Face Masks. I have tried a couple in the past (Brazened Honey and Oatifix), but I never liked them enough to continue purchasing them considering their super short shelf life. Because they are made with all fresh ingredients, they have to be refrigerated and have a maximum shelf life of 3 weeks. The shelf life also depends on when you are shopping; depending on how fresh they are in the store, it might be less than 3 weeks.

I was lucky enough to be shopping at a Lush at the peak of my skincare obsession and on the very day that they had received their batch of fresh face masks. Having not tried one in over a year I decided to give a new one a try. After talking to the Lush sales girl I had narrowed my selections down to Love Lettuce or Cupcake. One look at the two in my hand and Blair yelled (yes, yelled amok in the Lush store), “Don’t pick Cupcake! I hate that one! It smells like chocolate cake but in a really bad way!” She was so adamant that I immediately selected Love Lettuce and was about to check out when the sales girl talked me into also trying the Ayesha mask. “It’s a toning and firming mask. It’s named after a fictional priestess who bathed in the flame of immortality. This is my go to when my skin feels tired.” She had me at the word “toning”. Into my basket of goodies this mask went, and I was on my way to the Yogurt Shop, which Blair had been craving “for years”.

This was 3 weeks ago. Since then I have used the Love Lettuce mask 4 times and the Ayesha mask twice. They are expiring today (sad me) so I thought it was good timing to review them for my “Wednesday Review”. Let’s start with Love Lettuce.



This is marketed as a “balancing mask for all skin types”. It has kaolin clay to tighten pores and draw out impurities, honey for moisture, ground almonds to gently exfoliate, fresh seaweed to nourish and soften, and 100% pure French lavender oil to balance your t-zone and ease any inflammation, like active breakouts. I love the description of it being a “lavender and almond love letter to dull, flaky skin”. It cost $6.95 for 2.1 oz. I apply this after I have cleansed my skin and leave it on for 10 minutes (or 20… naughty), and then rinse it off with warm water, rubbing in circles to exfoliate as it is removed. I love this. I love that it is green, which brings me back to my early teen years; I love that it is clay based, so it dries and tightens on your skin, which makes it feel like it’s super “deep” into your pores. I love the ingredients; I love how my skin feels afterwards, refreshed, brightened, not tight, not as dull. This is a Lush must-try, in my opinion. This is definitely the best that I have tried from their Fresh Face Masks.



Moving onto Ayesha. This mask is also $6.95 for 2.1 oz. It has fresh kiwi and asparagus to tighten mature skin. I do want to point out that even though it is marketed for “mature” skin, the sales girl assured me that this is actually the mask that many young celebrities pick up, because it is so firming and tightening that it is like a “face lift” in a jar. She said it would be perfect before an event or a special night out. In addition to the kiwi and asparagus, it also has elderflower, honey and witch hazel. It is meant to give you a youthful, gorgeous glow that lasts throughout a night out. I found this mask to be runnier than Love Lettuce, and therefore I had to use quite a bit more, and it didn’t dry completely. It stayed kind of tacky throughout the 10 minutes it was on my face and by the end I was kind of ready to get it off. It did seem to work; my skin seemed glowy and happy, but out of the 6 times I did a mask in the last 3 weeks I only reached for this one twice.

I can’t say that I didn’t like it, because I did, I just liked Love Lettuce more. If I had only purchased this one and not Love Lettuce I might be on here writing a rave review about this mask, which makes me feel bad for Ayesha’s luck, but she is immortal anyway so I’m sure she’s okay ;)



Yikes, Ayesha looks gross here. Not that it's normal to swatch face masks but hey! Gotta do it right, ya know? So here they are, swatched super close up on my hand. 

Overall I will definitely be repurchasing Love Lettuce again. And, since they are expiring tonight I am going to get one more use out of them, and I’m sure you can guess which one I am going to pick. Yup – Love Lettuce.

P.S. Somehow my individual pictures of the face masks look fake - like stock photos! I'm getting quite good at these beauty pics; maybe I should quit my day job and be a full time face mask photographer :P

Love Lettuce:
Agar Agar Gel , Kaolin , Honey (Mel) , Fullers Earth , Glycerine , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Ground Almond Shells (Prunus dulcis) , Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia) , Chlorophyllin , *Geraniol , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume

Ayesha:
Fullers Earth , Honey (Mel) , Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) , Lime Tree Flowers (Tilia europaea) , Glycerine , Fresh Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) , Fresh Organic Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia chinensis) , Kaolin , Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) , Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) , Elderflower Vinegar , Bentonite Gel , *Geraniol , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume

67 comments:

  1. Ooh Love Lettuce sounds awesome! I'll need to pick that one up next time I'm in Lush :)
    I really like Catastrophe Cosmetic from Lush!

    AddictedtoOPI

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    1. That one, is also a favorite of mine! It makes my skin look great afterwards!

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    2. Ooh! I haven't tried that one... I'll look into it!

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  2. What a great review! I'm going to LUSH tomorrow so I'll be sure to pick it up! On another note, these posts are fantastic! It really shows how in depth you can be and how much you really know about the products! Keep up the good work Elle! Can't wait for more posts!

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  3. I never tried anything from Lush. I can't afford it. But thanks for reviews! :) xx

    www.gelaibattung.blogspot.com

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  4. I must try these, your reviews are great and so helpful! Your blog is adorable.
    Do you read all the comments on your blog?

    ~Sophie http://cuteandpinklife.blogspot.com.au/

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  5. I have very dry sensitive skin would love lettuce be okay for me? I have only tried one of these masks before but I do not remember the name. it was when I first got into makeup and face products so I didn't no much and it was horrible for my skin type.

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  6. Hey Elle! I work at Lush and you actually don't want our masks to dry on your skin--no need! :) So the fact that Aeysha didn't dry is no big deal. I'm glad you like Love Lettuce! My favorite is Cosmetic Warrior--the garlic smell can be intense but it clears up my breakouts in a flash!

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  7. I love lush! Want to try so many of their masks!

    Carina xx
    http://www.carstina.com/

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  8. I love your reviews Elle!! And now because of this I want to go out to lush and buy Love Lettuce :) A Lush just opened up in my nearby mall and I am so happy because of all of your videos about Lush, I have a huge list of things that I want to try!

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  9. Nice i will have to try some of them out! For only 6.95 its pretty affordable too!!

    http://skybluesounds.blogspot.com

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  10. Cool! They look so good and useful. The Lettuce looks really fresh and summery and nice. Looking forward to trying it!

    http://luceindia.blogspot.com

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  11. These look amazing! I need to try these out

    Seaside Beauty
    xxx

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  12. I love Lush so much it's unhealthy! You should try Herbalism cleanser & the tea tree water toner!

    I made a post about it last week on my blog, alittleblackjacket.blogspot.com.au !

    X

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  13. Ah..you used the term Amok. :) This is interesting! It's originally a word to describe the act of going for a murderous frenzy or to describe a very critical anger that you feel like killing someone. Didn't know that it has been used worldwide too! :D

    Anyway, the Agar Agar in our language means jelly. Like, literally the jelly that you eat. ;)

    http://cottagecheeseohme.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hi Elle,
    just put the mask in the freezer when/before they're expiring !!! And then just put them out some time before you use them again and just pop it back into the freezer afterwards (you could even freeze it in portions in little plastic bags so you don't have to freeze and refreeze the entire thing again).
    It works great and just keeps them fresh.
    The girls at Lush told me this trick :D - you get so much more value for your money then.
    Oh and I recently discovered the Lush BB Seaweed mask which I quite like. It's supposed to be softening, cooling and reduces redness.
    Katie

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  15. Love Lettuce sounds wonderful! I really need to try that one soon. :)

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  16. How is the Love Lettuce one in terms of added fragrance? My skin can be sensitive to added fragrance, so if it smells strongly of perfume, I'll probably have a reaction. But if it doesn't...I think I'm going to have to try this!

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  17. I've never tried any products from Lush, but they seem very interesting.

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  18. I love Lush products as well! I think I will definitely be trying Love Lettuce!

    Kendra

    www.beautybykendrac.com

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  19. this is going to be completely irrelevant but i hope you post more pinecone pics in this blog ^^ and maybe a sneak peak of your new bedroom, like a tag post of the pretty little things in it, if its not yet ready for a video tour :) i love your room tours, it inspired me to redecorate my bedroom, which i did, and i will be sharing it soon too ^^

    a more relevant comment - i love lush :) and the lush ladies here are super friendly she recommended this mask to me since it last longer.

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  20. I used to buy loads of bath products from Lush a few years ago, but more recently have stuck to skincare and hair products! I've never tried out their face masks though! Love Lettuce sounds great, and I won't lie, I love that it's so green as face masks always make me laugh when applied! Great review xo

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  21. Those masks seem pretty affordable, despite their short shelf life!Very good, detailed review! The only question I have is on the scent of each.

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  22. Elle,
    I know that it is unlikely you will respond to this comment or even read it, but I have a question (or two!) for you: Are the masks worth it? and how much of the masks did you use up? Thank you!

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  23. Hey Elle! This was helpful, and I think Love Lettuce Sounds great. You should try Cupcake! I love it and it does smell like chocolate and peppermint, but IT REALLY WORKS!!!! Try it out and I bet you will love it. It does not harden, but does feel like it is pulling impurities out of my skin.
    chronicallylovelydespitepain@blogspot.com

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  24. Thanks for these reviews! We JUST got a Lush here in Connecticut and I've been pondering what I want to get for my first trip in!
    I love face masks, I think this Love Lettuce one sounds amazing! Any other suggestions for a first time Lush haul?
    <3
    Kallie, But First Coffee Blog OR But First Coffee on Bloglovin

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  25. Thanks for the reviews! I've only tried Love Lettuce and because I loved it so much - how it works/feels on my skin AND the smell - I haven't tried any of their other masks! I'm a sucker for anything lavender!

    Shannon
    colourtheskywithyou.blogspot.com

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  26. I will have to try those! You should try Cosmetic Warrior too! It's really amazing!

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  27. You are so well spoken you seem to be born for written blogs. I've really enjoyed this entry, I love the way you write about products: so detailed and pragmatical, never boring.

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  28. Love Lettuce sounds amazing! Ah, I'm definitely picking it up!

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  29. The girl in my Lush store told me you can freeze the face masks, that way you can use them longer. Thought I would share this since its so annoying when you have to throw away products...hope it helps :)

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  30. I have been wanting to try one of these SOOO bad. I do not have a Lush store where I live so it is hard for me to purchase a Fresh Face Mask. I seriously CANNOT wait to try Love Lettuce! It sounds amazing! :)

    ♥ Samantha
    http://www.busysweetlife.com

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  31. Is commission junction a good affiliate provider? What are their payouts?

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    1. it depends on the brand - you'll have to apply to see!

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  32. I've always loved Lush's face masks! I've tried both Love Lettuce and Ayesha but for me, nothing beats the cupcake mask ;)

    Hayfa
    http://chic-and-cliche.blogspot.com

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  33. Awesome review! I LOVE face masks and these look amazing. I am not a big fan of lush products but I do like their face masks. the concept of a fresh mask is so appealing to me!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  34. I have never tried a lush product or ever felt the urge too. However, now I think I MUST try one! Haha I love face masks and this seems perfect!

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  35. I have got to try Love Lettuce, I just bought Ayesha a few weeks ago. I can't say I love, love it. But I am excited to try more Lush Fresh Masks.

    www.beautybetold.blogspot.com

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  36. Can you plz do daily Vlogs like a day in the life? And show is how you organize and have lived in your new condo? :)��

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  37. You should try the one called Sacred Truth, I think you'll love it. It's great for brightening the skin, plumping it and just making it look refreshed, without stripping it at all. Plus, it's green!

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  38. I've heard a few awesome reviews of Love Lettuce other then this one. After all this I think I may just have to try it out for myself haha. Thanks for the review :)

    www.debrabros.blogspot.com.au

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  40. I like love lettuce a lot. Helps me with my breakouts in the summer. Acts by pulling out the gunk from my oily skin yet keeping it smooth.
    http://glamourjournals.blogspot.in

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  41. After this post I NEED Love Lettuce. My experience with Lush products before hasn't exactly been a good one but I suppose I'm going to have to try this mask now that this was such a good review! Really enjoying your new blog :)

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  42. I love Lush products but have never been able to try one of their masks because they don't ship them out and I live way too far to casually drive there! But I must say that Love Lettuce and Cupcake have both been on my "need to try" list for quite some time! I must say that I am loving your new blog :)

    mercuteify.blogspot.com

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  43. I'm still stuck in my bath bomb lush face! Did you/do you have a favorite? Though I'm planning on picking up the lemon cuticle cream after reading some great reviews on it!
    I really enjoy reading your blog!
    xx Amber
    Lovely Notions

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    1. I really liked Cinders (which was a Christmas time exclusive) and honey bee! :) As far as the lemon butter... smell it first! That is my all time least favorite lush item haha - I couldn't STAND the scent!

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  44. I'm seriously loving this blog, Elle! Ahh! :) You've even inspired me to start one!

    http://www.jillianchats.blogspot.ca/

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  45. This sounds like a great product.. I've never used Lush products before, but I kinda wanna try this. It is nice how they use natural, fresh ingredients rather then a bunch of weird chemicals. However, I'm a bit iffy about buying a facial product that will only last for 3 weeks, if that, and paying that kind of money for it. However, if I only bought one at a time and used it daily it may be worth it. :)

    angelicglitter.blogspot.com

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  46. I love you blog Elle! I love reading it and its inspired to recharge my own! Really wanna try the Ayesha mask out!

    http://aaperception.blogspot.ca/

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  47. Been looking for a great facial mask, as I struggle with acne. Too bad that there isn't a lush anywhere near me...oh well! Maybe I'll have to order some online!

    http://sarahxoxo95.blogspot.com/

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  48. i love their stuff :-)
    so good for you and yummy! was disappointed with their make up though!

    www.rosielouiselove.blogspot.co.uk x

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  49. you should try catastrophe cosmetic!! its my favorite!

    Julia
    http://borntoblush.blogspot.com/

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  50. Why don't you use up the rest of your product by applying it to your body instead of just your face? That's what I do with expiring products.

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  51. Lol, face mask photographer. Well, u have to be unique to succeed, so there you go-u photographed face masks. The love lettuce sounds amazing, as does the Ayesha one. I love how love lettuce looks. It reminds me of the sea.

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  52. I was thinking the same thing about your photos looking like stock photos! :L

    letitiaharriet.blogspot.com

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  53. I though those were product photos from the website! Fantastic job :)

    Can't wait to try Love Lettuce--I've wanted to try a Lush mask for ages!

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  54. I love their fresh face masks because you know you're not putting sketchy preservatives like parabens on your face :) (plus it feels nice and soothing/refreshing putting on a nice cool mask straight from the fridge).

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  55. I cheat and put them in the freezer before they expire. When I want to do a mask I break off a little, let it thaw and use it. I have never seen a quality issue (and I have tried them all) after the freezing. I know they are meant to be fresh but it works great for me so I wanted to share :)

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