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LUSH is extremely notorious for being a very ethical company in terms of their sourcing and campaigning, as well as all the green initiatives they take for their packaging. The fact that all products are 100% vegetarian and 80% are vegan plus that all the solid products are preservative-free attracts many people as well. Are LUSH’s ethics the reason why you use LUSH products?
Well, I can’t say that it’s THE reason why I was drawn to LUSH, however, it does make me feel good about myself and the products I’m using. I still own non-lush products, and I can’t say that I will completely stop, but LUSH ethics have brought more awareness regarding ingredients, sourcing, animal testing, and the environment. And I think that’s what matters, right? I find myself reading ingredient labels more often and these days, that can make or break a decision for me. I prefer brands with the “cruelty free” or “no animal testing” logos to corporate giants. With that said, I’m not at the point where I avoid Covergirl with a plague. Now that LUSH has a line of make-up with all the essentials, that will constitute most of my cosmetics collection and make me feel better and more confident with my brand choice. That’s what’s key here - Lush is my preference not only because their stuff is pretty damn great but also because their products and their company aren’t shitheads, to put it simply. It doesn’t mean that I am openly boycotting every other brand, but it does give me almost reason to buy a shower gel, bubble bath, or a black eyeliner from another brand.
For instance, I recently bought a Rimmel concealer stick for $3 at the drugstore. I wanted a stick concealer and not Jackie Oates colour supplement. So I bought it. Last summer, I picked up a Philosophy shower gel because I was sick of Snow Fairy (I think I didn’t know about It’s Raining Men) at the time. Needless to say, it takes me forever to go through shower gel and I just finished that Philosophy last week. Working at LUSH and only going through 3-4 bottles of shower gel a year means that I don’t have a lot of need to switch things up - I have 2 favourites and there’s always limited edition and season stuff coming out - like the Avoshower my store is getting for our anniversary party.
What areas of the products available that you haven’t dived into at all? What’s holding you back?
The only things I haven’t tried are the shampoo bars and the steamer tabs. The shampoo bars have a really simple soap base, which is not a bad thing, but that would send my hair colour going down the drain. And the steamer tabs - I really don’t know why I haven’t tried them yet. I’ll probably pick some up in the next few weeks but they require a little bit of effort and I’m lazy!
Favourite Gorilla perfume that you’ve tried?
Vanillary is my all time fave, but I’m currently waiting on my Yuzu & Cocoa, American Cream and B-side exclusives. Lust is also a lovely, lovely scent but is smells weird on me, so I spray it on my clothes.
But until I have the rest, Vanillary, Vanillary and more Vanillary for me! Vanilla, Tonka bean absolute and a hint of Jasmine essential oil. Beauty!
- working at Chinook Centre LUSH because that mall is full of hot guys are rich people as opposed to frugal soccer moms at my actual store
- if I work there again tomorrow I can buy my emotional brilliance (finally!!!) there tomorrow along with Waving Not Drowning gift, which has TWO discontinued products in it, including my beloved, long-lost, BATHOS!!!
- Chinook mall also has a Papyrus store, and I have to work there now too since they wear little black dresses and have cool wallpaper and a chandelier in their store. And they sell the other crucial items I need in my life - cute stationary, moleskines, postcards, pens, candles, and awesome doodads all around.
What is you must-have-on-hand-at-all-times product that you might die without?
Both Breath of Fresh Air toner and Grease Lightning are crucial, along with Light Pink colour supplement and Emotional Brilliance face powder. If I go somewhere overnight or longer, these guys are coming with me. And here’s why: at some point, my make-up will have to come off. And then come back on. And these items are really handy dandy in more ways than one.
If I’m staying at a friends house overnight after a night of partying on the town, or I’m staying at a boy’s house after a night of partying between the sheets (tee hee!). Before going to bed, I can give my face a nice rinse, and then Breath of Fresh Air on a cotton pad (or on folded up tissue paper if you’re in a dude’s bathroom) will take off most of my make-up that’s clogging up my skin. It’s gentle and soothing so my skin won’t be red and blotchy. Then I can pop some Grease Lightning on my t-zone to shrink pores and prevent breakouts. If I happen to fall asleep in my make-up, I can do this first thing in the morning. Either way, the following morning I can throw the Light Pink colour supplement (which matches my skin perfectly) by itself under my eyes and on any pink-y areas as a concealer. If there’s a face moisturizer hanging around (not too picky with this), I can mix a tiny amount with the colour supplement to make a tinted moisturizer that I can throw on all over my face. Emotional Brilliance powder will set it. Voila! Face is taken care of.
The three products also assist in other shennanigans:
- Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder is (dare I say it?) BETTER than the MAC blot powder for keeping oil at bay because it’s softer and completely free of colour. The only advantage the MAC powder has is the pressed form - less messy, less spill risk. It can also be used on the eyelids to take care of smudgy eye make-up, set lipsticks and give them a matte finish, and if your bangs are looking greasy, you can use some of the powder around the hairline like a dry shampoo (but ONLY there because otherwise, there IS a thing called dry shampoo and you’d be wasting a $19 powder). Obviously you should have a brush handy (cheap kabuki brush is small and works fine).
- The colour supplement has the best foundation consistency EVER, and absorbs perfect. Zit emergency, melted make-up emergency, concealer emergency - takes care of all that.
- Breath of Fresh Air is a life-savor on: sunburn, razor burn, dry skin patches, and basically any other skin irritations. Shaving legs at parents’ house with a shitty shower gel and legs are unhappy? Slept in a bra and straps/underwire irritated the skin? Made out with a beardy dude all night and now my lips/cheeks/chin/neck have an irritation? Hot & itchy feet? Itchy scalp? Breath of Fresh Air fixes EVERYTHING.
- Grease Lightning will shrink any blemish, prevents blemishes, can be used on ingrown hairs (like when you shave with a shower gel at your parents’ house), soothes mosquito bites, shrinks pores, and can be used on your hands as an impromptu hand sanitizer (though I have an actual hand sanitizer at home). You can also use it between your toes to prevent/treat/heal athlete’s foot, as well as on cuts, scrapes, popped pimples, irritated or infected piercings, and coldsores. In fact, you can use Grease Lightning in a similar way to Polysporin. Thing is, I don’t always have Polysporin on me, nor do I advise replacing it with Grease Lightning. But guess what? Shit happens and this is ONE solution that takes care of ALL KINDS of shit. If not a solution, it’s definitely a great aid.
Do you use the designated LUSH tins for any of your products?
I don’t! But I should since I melted a Wiccy Magic Muscles when I was living in a townhouse with a really stuffy hot bathroom! For some odd reason, the heat vent was underneath the bathroom sink cabinet so entire bottom of that cabinet was being heated up, and when it came the time to move… I had nothing but a yellow bag full off melted cocoa butter and aduki beans. It ended up spilling a bit too, so whoever has that townhouse now has one powerful-smelling cabinet. Whoops!
I keep my Heavanilli and quartered Therapy in a little tupperware which works just fine, and my shower caddy has a drainable soap tray that works best for soaps (and presumably body butters which I currently do not have).
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Do you use hair masks, foot treatment products, or face masks regularly? What’s your ultimate at-home LUSH spa night?
I use fresh face masks twice a week. They can’t be sold to customers if they’re too close to the expiration date, so I usually can get them for free. Here are my favourites and why:
- BB Seaweed is my new go-to because I don’t really have any skin concerns left other than the lack of a deep cleanse. I use Aqua Marina on a daily basis, so my skin doesn’t get any exfoliation, so BB Seaweed is really nice because I can rub it in a little if I want to, and the kaolin clay base is perfect for pulling shit out of pores. I use BB Seaweed every week.
- Catastrophe Cosmetic if I’ve got a blemish situation coming on. This one was my go-to before, because I
haveused to have very a very blotchy, pink complexion that likes to flare up for no reason. Calamine is perfect for that - my Aqua Marina is full of it - and this mask is just a little extra somethin’ for flare-ups. Blueberries are antioxidant and help keep your skin look young and fresh.
- Sacred Truth is my new favourite. It has a reputation of being that “anti-aging” mask, but here’s the deal - you don’t HAVE to have aging skin in order to use it!!! However, a woman in her 50s has less options (Cupcake or Cosmetic Warrior won’t do much for her) so that’s why Sacred Truth is marketed as “hey there old lady, pick me, I’ll take care of you!”. I avoided that mask for a while and that was stupid of me! First of all, it’s awesomely moisturizing thanks to the shea butter base. It has really rich ingredients like fresh yogurt, free range eggs, and honey to really condition the skin and help it look it’s best which is a benefit for both a 50 year old and a 20 year old! It’s full of antioxidants which protect your skin from looking weary. It’s got really beautiful ingredients like papaya, evening primrose oil, lanolin, green tea infusion, wheatgrass, rose absolute, and lavender absolute. All of those work miracles for your skin!!! I use Sacred Truth every week along with BB Seaweed - I alternate them every few days!
- Oatifix is really great in the winter - a little too rich in the summer, but winters in Calgary are so harsh that I want to coat my entire body in Oatifix.
I use Jasmine and Henna Fluff-ease as a hair treatment, but I use it all the time so it’s not really special or spa-like.
I LOVE Stepping Stone foot scrub on my smelly, yucky feet. It’s a little messy, but I work it while sitting on the edge of the tub with my feet inside, and then I leave it on for a few minutes to fight the stink. I rinse and dust them off with a little T for Toes!
- I have no groceries because I kept procrastinating, but according to grocery emails, pizza and blueberries are on sale tomorrow and those are my favourites so that’s quite aw-right’
- My weekends have been tuesday-wednesday recently, so I get to relax when everyone’s working away, and that’s alright
- I got a free Sacred Truth face mask right when I needed one, and that’s alright
- I think Mrs Whippy bathbomb is getting discontinued, but it’s alright - I bought the last one for myself just in case.
- I get to see Brand New in a couple weeks; I’ll probably get all tearful and it’s allllriiiiight
- I can’t find my confirmation email regarding my will-call tickets for that show since I bought them back in April but that’s alright
- I’m going to edmonton the weekend after Brand New to have a small pre-birthday celebration with my parents which will be alright
- I’m gonna hang out with a nice dude and touch his beardy face and have pre-birthday sex in edmonton and that’s totally alrigh’
- I’m going to do boring wednesday things on my birthday and possibly even have to work, but people will make a deal out of it and it will be alright
- And then that weekend I can celebrate my birthday with all my friends from far and wide, which is very alright