My skin has been through a lot lately, from breakouts to a rare period of dryness, so I was happy to be invited by Lush to come in-store and select a couple of their Fresh Face Masks to try out! I already knew I wanted Cosmetic Warrior to address my blemishes and soothe my stressed out skin, but the Sales Assistant was very helpful when I was tossing up between Oatifix and BB Seaweed for my second mask. She talked me through the benefits of each whilst applying Oatifix to one hand and BB Seaweed to the other. In the end, I decided upon BB Seaweed, as it seemed like a great all-rounder. Here are my thoughts on these two products!
Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask*
Lush say: "A superhero face mask to combat spots, cleanse dirt, calm and soothe all troubled skins. Antiseptic fresh garlic and tea tree essential oil, reinforced with deeply cleansing kaolin and fresh grapes, are aided by softening honey and free-range eggs."
|Cosmetic Warrior fresh face mask|
In true Beauty Blogger style, I applied Cosmetic Warrior to one side of my face and BB Seaweed to the other, so I could directly compare them. The above photo shows the Cosmetic Warrior mask side. This is pretty much the perfect mask for me right now. I've been dealing with persistent breakouts that I finally cleared up with the Paula's Choice Clear Kit, but because that was Extra Strength, it dried my normally oily/combination skin out! This Lush mask is gentle, soothing and perfect for troubled skin. OK, so it doesn't smell great (unlike the chocolatey Lush Cupcake mask), but the breakout-busting ingredients like tea tree oil, garlic, kaolin and honey are working overtime to calm and de-stress the skin, so to me, it's worth it. This mask has a smooth consistency, and afterwards my skin was very soft to the touch! Areas of redness were significantly reduced, particularly on the Cosmetic Warrior side (compared to the BB Seaweed side). My pores were reduced and my skin appeared brighter and recharged. I love this mask and would definitely purchase it to combat future breakouts.
BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask*
Lush say: "Relaxing and reviving, mineral-rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify all skins. This blend, inspired by the sea, contains fresh and nutritious seaweed and seaweed absolute. Cleansing kaolin, antiseptic honey, calming aloe vera and rose absolute make this a great mask for everyone."
|BB Seaweed fresh face mask|
I'm not going to lie, BB Seaweed smells even worse than Cosmetic Warrior. But you don't get these masks for the fragrance, that's what the Lush soaps and shower gels are for! I see these masks as a way to address my skincare concerns and improve my complexion. Besides, you only leave these masks on for 5 - 10 minutes, a huge plus if you're in a hurry. BB Seaweed is the chunkier of the two masks, containing seaweed, kaolin and aloe vera, amongst other reviving and beautifying ingredients. BB Seaweed is more of an all-rounder mask, and would be suitable for anyone looking for a deep-cleansing, yet relaxing and calming experience. The added bonus of this mask is the tiny gritty particles in it mean you get a little exfoliation action going as you wash it off! Again, my skin was left lovely and smooth, soft and refined, with tighter pores and a brighter appearance. My skin was slightly drier on the Cosmetic Warrior side than the BB Seaweed side, although the difference was barely noticeable. After applying moisturiser and a light coverage foundation, my general complexion looked better than it normally does (without using the masks first).
These Lush masks are preservative-free and packed with fresh, active ingredients, so you need to keep them chilled. It's best to store them in the fridge between uses and finish your mask pot within three weeks.
Both are $13.95 for 60g, available in-store and online (Lush recommend Express Post)
*Disclaimer: Both products were provided by Lush for consideration. I wasn't paid for this post. All thoughts are my honest opinion. Please refer to the Disclosure page if you require further information.
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