I am a LUSH virgin. Ever since I first came across this store way back in grade school, I’ve always had an aversion to it. The intermingling smells were overwhelming, and all the slabs of soap in the windows looked like… food. Or rather, mouldy cake. Learning that everything was freshly handmade with no preservatives made my presumptions worse – if the stuff is made out of food, doesn’t that mean it will mould even faster?
Inspired by angelandthings‘ review on Buffy, I decided to check out the LUSH website for myself. I’ll admit, some of their stuff was intriguing. In particular, the fresh face masks had me lusting to get my hands on them, especially since I have sensitive skin and their products claim to be good for sensitivity, due to their lack of preservatives.
LUSH haul #1:
Top to bottom:
- Mask of Magnaminty – small 125 g ($11.95 CAD)
- Buffy body butter – small 95 g ($11.95 CAD)
- square Body Butter Tin ($3.95 CAD)
- Love Lettuce fresh face mask 60 g ($6.95 CAD)
- Seanick solid shampoo (sample, $12.95 CAD full-size)
I had gotten the masks to try to draw out impurities without destroying my dry, sensitive skin. We’ll see how that turns out. Buffy is an exfoliating body butter bar that is supposed to help exfoliate but leave a film of moisturizing agents on your skin, reviewed by my friend angelandthings. I’m skeptical, but wanted to try it for myself. And while I was at the counter, the saleslady put the solid shampoo sample in my bag as well (solid shampoo???).
I tried a bit of the masks, but they don’t seem to agree with my skin. I think the saleslady suggested the wrong masks for me to try… I’ll try them again and update, but in the meantime, I went back to LUSH for something less harsh.
LUSH haul #2:
Top to bottom:
- Cosmetic Warrior fresh face mask 60 g ($6.95 CAD)
- You’ve Been Mangoed bath melt 1 oz ($5.95 CAD)
- Celestial moisturizer (sample, $23.95 CAD full-size)
Whereas the first two masks I got had exfoliating bits, Cosmetic Warrior does not, which means I have no need to scrub bits against my skin. The bath melt is a one-time-use moisturizing bar that you melt into the tub of hot water. $5.95 for one use – talk about a luxurious bath! This mango melt smells so delicious, though. I think I’ll probably end up splitting the bar into several pieces – no way am I taking a $6 bath 😛 I didn’t really like the smell of the Celestial moisturizer, but this saleslady said that I definitely needed a good moisturizer after the mask, so she made me a sample.
Sephora Beauty Insiders NARS sample:
This is a decent sized sample of NARS’ Oil-Free Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer (say that 10 times quickly!) – free for Beauty Insiders, no purchase necessary. That is, if your local Sephora still has any left. Call in to see if they have any more, and then go pick yours up!
Okay, now on to the fashion-related portion. Let me first tell you how fashion-inept I am.
I have had the same wardrobe since… childhood. I kid you not. My mother used to dress me, up until about the 4th or 5th grade. Since then, I have dressed myself in the same thing – a t-shirt, pair of jeans, and a hoodie. I went through a gangster phase in grade school (didn’t everybody?): I wore my dad’s t-shirts – which were huge and baggy on me. I tried to purchase baggy jeans as well, but my mother wouldn’t let me, insisting that “girls are supposed to wear tight jeans”. In highschool, I transitioned to t-shirts that actually fit (daddy says too tightly), and started brand-whoring. I have drawers full of t-shirts from American Eagle, Hollister, and Abercrombie & Fitch (all bought only on sale, I barely had a salary, after all). I loved buying hoodies of all colours, zipped or pull0vers. I only owned flared jeans, ones that still fit from 6th grade (no, I haven’t grown taller since I hit puberty). I only wore running shoes, moving from Nike’s to Puma’s.
(By the way, I also only wore black, white, and navy blue like no tomorrow. My best friend in 7th grade told me I “looked like a bruise”. I’m still mostly in neutral solids.)
Then I moved on to the next stage of my life. Except my wardrobe didn’t move on with me. I remember going out for lunch with my friend one time (whom I’ve been going to school with since grade school), who told me that I still dressed like a 15-year-old. I got a job last summer where I worked in an office where there was a business casual, no-jeans policy. So I finally got the incentive to start re-vamping my wardrobe. Not that I didn’t want to before, I just never had an excuse to. And it’s hard to step so far out of your comfort zone!
My intention of redoing my wardrobe also explains my recent mad shopping ventures on YesStyle.
I’ve been trying bit by bit, but I still find myself grabbing my typical t-shirt, hoodie, and jeans every morning. Except now I have boots and flats to wear along with my trusted running shoes. I now also wear tights because it’s so darn cold in the winter and I can’t fit flared jeans into my boots.
Today, I walked into Dynamite and grabbed a few tops that I thought I’d like. The saleslady asked if I was looking for new tops for Spring. I told her my secret: I’m just here to try new things, since my wardrobe is that of a 15-year-old’s. She smiled in delight for the chance to dress me up and went off to pick out pieces for me to try, hanging them up in my dressing room and exceeding by far the 6-item limit she had initially imposed on me.
Here are some of the outfits I tried on – I got rid of the pieces were definitely a no-go. I was pretty intimidated by the pieces she chose – so much colour, so much print, so… different! I ended up leaving without buying anything, but I think I will go back to make a few purchases. Let me know what you guys think and help me decide!
I chose this top. It’s chiffon-like (I think) and pale pink. The red-on-black top hanging on the bar is also a chiffon tank top, chosen by the saleslady and also out of my comfort zone. I forgot to take a picture, though.
Wow, I have no idea what happened to the lighting in this picture, but I look horrendous. This is supposed to be a black dress. I didn’t bother taking off my jeans and boots – too much trouble. I liked the bottom half of the dress and how it flared out, but I feel like the top part looks too constricting, making my shoulders seem even wider than they already are. I feel like this could be work-appropriate, but realistically… a black dress in the sweltering summer heat? Not sure if it’s a good idea. And I think the dress is too long for me, making my short legs look even shorter. Thoughts?
This one was the scariest. Hot pink. Hot pink! I’m a girl who comes from a world of blacks, whites, and greys. While I love the put-together look of the blazer, I’m unsure of how often I can realistically wear this on a day-to-day basis. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to walk around in public in this. Oh, and the red and black chiffon tank top on the hanger in the background is the one I forgot to take a picture of.
I spent the longest time just staring at the pieces in the mirror, trying to decide if I can pull it off. I know lots of you girls have amazing outfits put together every day, and I am envious.
By the way, tomorrow night, March 8, 2012 from 5 -9 pm, select Dynamite stores will be 20% off, with a limited quantity of gift bags for customers with every purchase of $40 and more. Check out dynamite.ca for the list of participating stores in Canada.
The only thing I had on my face was Skin79’s VIP Gold Collection Super+ BB Cream. Review coming soon (I know I keep saying that, but hey, it’s a lot of work trying to pay enough attention to your skin over a long period of time, as I’m sure most of you know)!