Monday, January 16, 2017

Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Since my husband fell in love with his Lush Cosmetics beard wash, I am fast turning into a "Lushie". Apparently it is the most glamorous sort of cult...and I am not sorry. I get to try all sorts of fun things, and find some real gems in the process.

Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Combined with Mr. Beard (aka my husband) I managed to collect five empty Lush pots. Like MAC, Lush will give you a freebie if you bring your containers back to be (presumably) recycled. For Lush, it is limited to your choice of Fresh Face Mask. As I had already tried one mask so I decided to try the other highly-recommended-for-dry-skin mask: Oatifix.

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Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

This mask smells (and looks) like baby food. That isn't a bad thing, at all. But...its weird. Take banana baby food and mix it with baby oatmeal cereal. In fact, I might give that a try at some point because I dunno how different this really is. I am also a little concerned about the fact that there are ground almonds in there, especially if this is supposed to be for sensitive faces. It wasn't super gritty, thankfully...but it did give me pause.

It is full of skin-friendly ingredients. Glycerin is great for dry skin, and "fine oatmeal" is another great thing for sensitive skin. Talc isn't my favorite for skincare, but it is pretty non-offensive so I can't complain. I dunno about those oils towards the end, specifically sandalwood and gardenia. I haven't really researched those in terms of skincare. 

Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

I applied the baby food mask to my face, using a tongue depressor because I can't abide gritty things under my nails. It worked fairly well, and I have about three thousand of them (hooray amazon) so I would definitely recommend using a spatula-like device to apply it. I also recommend holding the tub under your face as you apply because it will crumble a bit until it warms up. 

I liked that it didn't feel gritty on my skin. Once it warmed up, it applied easily. But it was chunky and hard to get it to stick at first. I think that letting it warm up for ten minutes before applying is a great idea. But who has time for that?

Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

After ten (or thirty. I was watching tv) minutes I hopped into the shower to "wash off with warm water" because I knew that this was going to be a bit of a bear to just rinse right off. And it was. You want to be careful while rinsing, because there are chunks of almond in here. It took me a good five minutes to wash it all off, but that is not too weird for a thick mask. My skin felt...glycerin-y. Which isn't bad, but kinda weird and gloopy. You definitely will feel a layer of stuff on your skin, and if you are like me, that will not be cool. I ended up washing my face again, just to get that layer off. It could feel it under my nails when I washed my face.

My face did feel clean and moisturized, but the glycerin was just too heavy. Even for my dry skin. 

Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

So would I recommend this? No...not really. I'm definitely not sorry I tried it, but I think I could DIY a much more effective and user-friendly version with a lot less ingredients for a lot less than $10. But I am not sorry that I chose this mask as my freebie. I can't wait to try another!

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