School starting in 10 days means two things: me freaking out over the fact this is my last semester at UW-Madison and stocking up on all my back to school needs.
After going to see “The Glass Castle” the other day, I stopped into a Lush for the first time in years. I didn’t even know there was one near us till I happened to see it on the mall directory. The very ecstatic guy working showed me the newest products, and seeing the huge selection of fun bath bombs made me wish I had a bathtub in my apartment.
While I couldn’t get bath bombs, I did decide to get some back to school shopping done for things I need and could use throughout the school year. Plus, I love getting new beauty products because it’s another opportunity to do some research to find the science behind what goes into them. Check out what I picked up below!
I’ve had chapped lips ever since I was on Accutane in middle school, and the Wisconsin winters don’t help that. I’m constantly use lip balms, and I use them so often I don’t mind spending a little more for the good ones. I do think some of it is just habitual since my lips were so awful and constantly dry in middle school. My lips really are awful in the winter though, and I’ve heard great things about the Lush’s lip scrubs, so I decided to pick up a proper lip scrub to see if it would work for me.
I picked up their Mint Julips lip scrub, which has peppermint oil as one of its most noticeable ingredients. Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint, and is often used to flavor gum, teas, desserts, and toothpaste. The smell is also known for its calming effect, and its use for various treatments goes back to the Greeks. The lip scrub smells and tastes so amazing from this oil that you almost want to buy it just to eat it.
The base is castor sugar, and you actually lick off the excess scrub once you’ve exfoliated your lips. My lips felt tingly, minty, and, most importantly, smooth afterwards. I’ve tried some homemade lip scrubs at home and my lips just always ended up feeling sticky. This lip scrub has jojoba oil and you can really feel it coat your lips to keep them hydrated and smooth, which is one of they key features of jojoba oil. I did skim through some clinical studies on jojoba and there was a few from the past couple years about it’s ability to treat wounds. It’s interesting and I’ll have to keep tabs on it.
Overall, I loved this product. Not only did it taste and smell heavenly, it actually did it’s job and left my lips feeling smooth and refreshed. The blend of peppermint oil, jojoba oil, and vanilla extract was perfect, and learning the properties behind some of the ingredients was cool.
Check out this awesome video about the power peppermint has in our lives!
Now that you’ve done the lip scrub, you’ve got to find a nice lip balm to go over it. I have a couple go-to’s, like eos Pomegranate Raspberry stick lip balm, Basin Sangria lip balm, and glominerals The Cherry Balm lip balm, which I’ve featured on Josie Pozies before. But, I’ve yet to find a tinted lip balm that really does it for me. I own a Burt’s Bees one, but it’s too grainy for me, and that’s a problem I run into with a lot of tinted lip balms since they have a glitter in them. I was wary to try one of Lush’s for that reason, but after testing some in store, I was sold.
The amazing tropical smell and subtle color and shimmer were the main reasons I chose Sunkissed from their selection of lip balms. They also have Strawberry Bombshell, a fuscia, and It Started With A Kiss, a bright red, but I decided to go with the nude for an everyday color. Some of the featured ingredients are oatmeal, bananas, and beeswax.
The oatmeal and bananas are for soothing. Bananas are packed with vitamins and are often found in face masks for moisturizing. Oatmeal is used for its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, and oatmeal baths have been a remedy of these for centuries. The age old remedy just got capped into a tube for your lips. Beeswax has “rich hydrophobic protective properties” so it’s a favorite in cosmetics and makes it perfect for a lip balm, and locks in all the jojoba oil leftover from the lip scrub.
I love the color and the smell of this lip balm, which also has cardamom, neroli and lavender oils. It looks great and smells great, so it will be a perfect addition to my pencil pouch as I run from class to class this semester.
One of the biggest struggles when school gets busy is finding time to wash my hair. I have thick hair that takes all day to dry and needs to try up in a clip, so I have to shower early. I usually leave it to the last minute, and there are a lot of times where I push it. So, after smelling and feeling this dry shampoo, I thought I would give it a try.
This dry shampoo is a cornstarch base infused with grapefruit and lime oils, so it smells like a citrus paradise in a bottle. Cornstarch always makes me think of that slime we used to make in elementary school, but I also used it to make my hair look white for Senior Day in high school. Fitting I’d be using it my senior year of college to make my life a little easier.
Cornstarch, listed as cornflour here, is a “carbohydrate extracted from the endosperm of corn” and used for everything from thickening sauces to coating medical latex gloves. Cornstarch is also included in a lot of oil removing remedies, so it would make sense it should do the same for your hair. I was worried to try it since I have such dark hair, but the employee, and website, assured me it blends in completely, even on dark hair.
The lime and grapefruit oils in the powder are used for scent, but also have their own properties. Grapefruit oil is used in aromatherapy for exhaustion, and lime oil can also remove grease.
All three of these ingredients combine to make an excellent dry shampoo. Run a bit through your roots, brush or shake it out, and you’re set when you need an extra day to get to proper shampooing and conditioning.
P.S. The guy at Lush suggested shaking it into your hand instead of squeezing the bottle, since squeezing will send the powder flying everywhere.