09 Feb The Nicole Code in South Africa Part 1. Lush Cosmetics.
Hi everyone! To make up for the lack of posts, this is going to be a two part series of my South African beauty adventures! First of all, can we just look at my picture and all note that Cape Town certainly agrees with me? I had the best time there.
I’ve been to South Africa once before, but I was pregnant and very very sick, so I didn’t leave the hotel room the whole time. I had NO IDEA that South Africa had basically all the big international brands. Amazing really. Best of all, I stumbled upon a Lush Cosmetics store which I was super excited about. Why?
1) The stores are so beautiful and smell so yum.
2) I love the company’s whole organic spiel, and I am forever a sucker for organic skincare products #oursbyjuliada #neverforget.
3) I like their ‘Ultrabland’ cleanser and ran out of it ages ago.
4) I really wanted to try their ‘Coalface’ soap.
I was a believer in organic/natural products for the body- never for the face. One of my many failed experiments included using nothing but black soap and shea butter on my face. You know those people who tell you to take it ‘back to basics’ and ‘nature knows best’ and ‘all this harsh chemicals on your face are probably making your skin worse’- DON’T LISTEN TO THEM IT’S A TRAP! My skin deteriorated into the worst it has ever been. Shea butter on acne, oily skin is a massive no.
So imagine my surprise when I started seeing Lush Cosmetics Ultrabland cleanser crop up on pretty much all my favourite beauty blogs. According to the Lush website, Ultrabland is a beautifully simple emulsion of essential oils, rosewater, honey and beeswax without stripping away your skin’s naturally defenses. The packaging is awesome, and I love that it has the name of the person who actually made the product and when. Completely adorbs.
(And her name is Nicky! HILARIOUS!)
I really like this cleanser actually so I was happy to be able to buy another pot. I use it as my First Cleanse to bust through all my makeup, it even takes waterproof eye makeup off. It’s still a bit weird to me massaging an oil based cleanser into my skin, but it leaves my face clean and SO SOFT. Best of all, it doesn’t leave an icky residue if you use a flannel to take it off.
Sadly the Coalface soap was unavailable, so I did a quick scan of the soap section and through in the Sandstone soap.
I love exfoliating soaps. So to come across one that smells so delicious and as well? SOLD. I’ve been using it for a few days now. It is scrubby- it actually has sand in it, but it is not harsh at all! I also LOVE the citrus-y scent, and it leaves my skin feeling buffed and smooth and ready for the beach! Its definitely worth a repurchase.
And that’s it. Have you tried any of these products or anything from Lush Cosmetics?
Let Me Know,