I’m a lushie – LUSH quick review 

I guess I qualify to be a Lushie now …? Hahaha.

This was today’s haul

Kinky was the sample for today :).

So I thought I’ll do a quick summary of all the LUSH products I bought so far:

  • H’suan wen hua: my favourite for hair hands down. My hair is long, and had been permed, dyed… so this is a saviour. Even my mum likes it now.
  • Mask of magnaminty: my favourite for my combo skin hands down. Gives me a good scrubbing, controls my oil levels, and makes me feel so fresh. Plus factor is the smell. Nothing more refreshing than a fresh tub of this. I love sniffing it hahaha!
  • Tangled: this thing is freaking magical.  It being on a stick is like it’s a magic wand itself. I used it just the night before I flew to Indonesia last week for my bro’s wedding. At this point in time, my hair was very difficult to deal with because it was very long (til it touched my lower back), and super dry, frizzy, knotted up. I used about 70% of the treatment, and it really freed my hair.
  • Cup o coffee: the coffee smell wakes me up always. I can’t drink coffee because of gastric/acid reflux problems but this is as good as waking me up if I were able to drink coffee. The exfoliation is a bit stronger, so gotta be gentler when scrubbing and washing it off 🙂 but it does leave my skin smooth, whereas mask of magnaminty may leave my skin a bit drier (especially if I left it on longer).
  • Grease lightning: this works better than Body Shop’s tea tree oil honestly. I’ve been a fan of Body Shop for many years, but this works better for me. Probably because I work out in the gym twice a week, thus exposing myself to more germs and bacteria (you know, all the sweat from everyone ..), I seem to get a mysterious  pimple on random parts of my body. Tea tree oil didnt get rid of them quickly, but this grease lightning did.
  • Catastrophe Cosmetic: calmed my face drastically. I shd have taken a before and after pic because the redness was gone. Also left my face smooth, and moisturised 🙂
  • Charity Pot: this is my favourite for hand creams hands down. It beats so many hand creams I tried from Body Shop to Crabtree and Evelyn. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy and sticky. And it healed my broken skin pretty quickly (abrasions from doing planks on rough gym floor)
  • Ambrosia: I love how this doesnt make my skin feel dry after shaving. I used to use Veet but it’s troublesome to wait for 5mins or whatever before I can shave it off with their … spatula or scoop thing idk. Ambrosia smells good too, and my skin doesn’t feel as irritated afterwards.
  • Daddy-O: I only used this a couple of times after I dyed my hair. The lemony smell makes you feel like a little kid again, you know where many kiddy products have nice fruity scents. Plus purple shampoo is awesome to look at. My only problem at the time was that my hair felt a bit dry or still tangled up after washing off, but this could be because my hair was already so bad in the first place. I’ll have to give another review sometime soon after I dye my hair (probably soon)
  • Purmice stone: I love it because I guess I’m like a touch sensory kinda person? Feels like this sand scrubbing my feet but not as painful as sandpaper. My feet feels cleaner. However it breaks up pretty easily when it becomes smaller, like most soaps.
  • Pink Peppermint: unlike Mask of Magnaminty where the smell of pepperment is much stronger, this one is less intense. However it is pretty cooling to tired feet 🙂 only thing to note is the pink colour probably can stain? So I have special socks I bought from Body Shop years ago, that are meant to keep you from slipping and prevent foot lotions from being all over the floor
  • Outback Mate Soap: my go-to soap when I need a pick me up after gym, or just a tiring long day.
  • Sunrise: makes me feel happy cause I love orange and yellow so that’s a win for me. Also that orange fruity scent is uplifting especially on tiring days.
  • Sunny Day: saviour of frizzy hair and knotted locks. Took me a while to get used to the idea of spraying and taking the time to comb through my locks but it is worth it!!! I was amazed at how long my hair stayed knot-free.
  • Honey Lip Scrub: oooo this is a fun one that I need to stop licking off my lips literally. But I have dry lips, so this feels good to scrub off those dead peeling skin 🙊
  • Honey I Washed The Kids: this one is like endorphins making me so happy. Or maybe the name is funny. But the honey smell is sooooooo soothing. Like I could really use a bit more sweetness in my life. My only pet peeve is the top honey comb part, which feels a bit too hard to use at times. Oops. But I love to look at the honey comb structure. It is pretty cool to really look at, and I think it reminds me how beautiful the natural world is.
  • Coalface: if my face was really oily at that moment, I would use this immediately. The charcoal smell took me a while to get used to, I wasn’t a fan of it instantly tbh. But this does the job damn well, and it leaves me face so so clean. ( O_O)
  • Movis: I received a small piece as a sample on the very first time I walked into LUSH because I was very self conscious about my acne scars, and I remember asking the salesgirl if LUSH had any chemical peels to remove scars. So she gave me this to try, after explaining LUSH is about being natural. I don’t use it quite often because my face becomes oily quickly, and I end up using Coalface instead. For the times I do use Movis, I would use it straight onto my face for that gentle exfoliation. And after a while I started feeling good because my face felt cleaner and the scars weren’t as bad. My only problem is when I use it often, it can melt pretty quickly. But when I don’t use it that often, it becomes hard and takes a bit longer to lather up again.

What made me continue using LUSH:

Movis + Mask of Magnaminty became the foundation for my face to improve and thrive on. I’ve received a lot of compliments from my mum, my relatives, my friends about how my face isn’t that bad anymore. It looks darn good on its own without make up.

My self esteem grew thanks to these 2 products. Honestly I went into LUSH despite initially disliking the strong scents from the shop (I have a really sensitive nose which is why I don’t use many perfumes either), because I was fed up with the amount of criticism my brother’s mum in law was giving me. (Okay she’s a toxic lady, but that’s another matter.) I just wanted her to stfu honestly, and I really wished my face would be better.

Thanks to Liana (I got her name wrong in my first post on LUSH in January) for her recommendations, that my face improved. Then my hair felt healthier and was glowing. My friends said my curls were beautiful, and looked soft. Also probably why my perm lasted longer tbh. Then I went into more and more products, my skin started to feel less dry. As I worked out more in the gym, I toned up, lost weight, and LUSH helped to get my skin to a good healthy level. For people who lost weight, they would know how bad stretch marks can get, and so I think LUSH taking care of my skin contributed to my stretch marks being less visible now.

So I have a number of products I have not used:

  • Love Lettuce
  • Retreat
  • Hands of Friendship
  • Kinky
  • Volcano
  • Damaged
  • Tender is the night

I’ll update in future 🙂



So my trip to Indonesia wasn’t great. I’m trying to get out of that negative vibe so I won’t rehash the story here. Thank you to my closest friends for reading my rants on Whatsapp and Twitter. 

I’m really happy, joyous to be back home in Singapore. 

I had a great meet up with 2 friends; we are like the Japanese musketeers, except I’m the newbie to Japanese language and culture. 😅 I miss them so much, and I’m glad we had a good time bitching our problems. 😂

Then on Saturday night, I took part in Star Wars Run SG. It was really good 🙂 I should do a separate post for that, since I typed a lengthy review of the event. Photos will be there too. 

So today I met up with Connie for a movie again. She’s my movie buddy 🙂 we are two single ladies lol. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was really good. Goddamn it, I’m crying more, or are the movies we watch getting more emotional? Stop tugging my heart strings. 

And this is my LUSH haul for today:

  • Running low on H’suan Wen Hua, especially after my recent perm at the end of March
  • Mask of Magnaminty, cause I have no more oil controlling face scrub mask. 
  • Daddy-O because I dyed my hair for the first time ever in my life on Monday! Which is why the Hsuan Wen Hua is so needed now. 
  • Charity Pot because my skin is so dry to the point that my elbows suffered abrasions from me doing my planks. And they are peeling and scarring really not nice. 
  • And I probably visit the same LUSH stall too often to replenish, because one staff member remembers me 😂. I told Lianna to remind me next time I drop by, about shaving creams because I’m curious. In the end she gave me Ambrosia to try 🙂 but admitted that they don’t carry much stock so if I want, I have to go to the other branch in Orchard Central. Oh well 😦 this is my third freebie from LUSH already! 

Well time for me to wash off some H’suan Wen Hua and Mask of Magnaminty! 


What a wonderful day :)

Today was a wonderful day. ^_^

I collected my race pack for the Star Wars Run (Singapore):

Afterwards, with a couple of minutes to spare, I bought several skincare products from LUSH!

I bought:

  • Purmice stone
  • Pink peppermint foot lotion
  • H’suan wen hua hair treatment
  • Sunrise soap
  • Outback mate soap
  • Honey lip scrub

The staff was so kind to give me Skinny Day! She explained it’s their random act of kindness. ❤

Afterwards, we had dinner with our friends, Connie and Shuu. Glad to catch up with them over a delicious Japanese dinner ^_^.

I ordered a Niku Tendon, which contains chicken, pork, green pepper, egg, and seaweed tempura over a bowl of rice.

This was karaage, and beef sushi. The raw beef slices were torched to medium on the spot. Lastly, we had yakitori. ^_^

After dinner, we walked around for a while, then my brother had to go for another gathering. Shuu accompanied us girls for a while before he had to go. So Connie and I went for a cosmetic shopping trip haha!

I got 2 Chanel lip shine (shades 118 & 91), 1 Dior nail polish (shade: rouge), and Stila One Step Correct that was recommended by Connie.
Tbh, I am glad I finally found the right pink shade that isn’t dull, and actually suits me. Most pink lipstick shades look quite … awful on my lips, and my Bobbi Brown lipsticks are pink, but dull. So a bright pink shade that suits me is refreshing. Then the other shade is suitable for everyday red, not too bright, and not too dull. =)

With that said, I hope everyone had a good day too. Let’s enjoy the weekend!


Gym session #7

For yesterday’s gym session, we increased the number of reps for some exercises.

So here’s the summary:

First circuit

  1. 25 squats, dropped to 10kg dumb-bell
  2. 1m20s-1m30s plank
  3. 14 inclined push ups
  4. 14 inclined pull ups at the 3rd rack (I managed 4 proper inclined, and 10 modified (legs in table top/squat position) inclined.)

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Second circuit

  1. 12(?) rounds of hollow log ‘halos’
  2. 12 rounds of squat-side lunges on the Bosu ball. I’ve been jumping on this, and Gordon wants me to squat lower.
  3. 12 superman lifts on the Bosu ball.
  4. 12 sumo squats-deadlifts (kinda) with a 8kg kettlebell

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

Third circuit

  1. 30 single rope swings
  2. 15 reverse lunges on each leg
  3. 25 ball slams with exercise ball.

Do the entire circuit 3 times.

I think while I’m happy Gordon has constantly challenged me to try my best, I’m a bit disappointed my strength for  inclined pull ups seem to be declining. =/ I don’t know why but last week, I managed 7, 6, 5 proper inclined pull ups. Now it’s just 4 per round of the first circuit. Maybe I was too tired from the 25kg dumb-bell in gym session #6? Or the planks are killing me. Either way, I had my rather painful deep tissue massage today, and I hope when next Tuesday comes, I will be stronger.

My family returned from overseas today. Both mum and dad said I looked slimmer. Tbh, I don’t see myself as fat anymore because I really feel and look more toned than I was when I first started this gym training. It’s just my belly, and even that is starting to trim down.

Because my deep tissue massage is using chinese techniques (something like Tui Na), I have to strip down to my underwear. (I am covered with towels wherever she is currently not trying to kill me massaging on.) As such, my masseur is very familiar with my body shape. XD She has been commenting that my muscles definitely feel more toned and I am a bit slimmer than before. =)

As a side treat to myself today, I did the following beauty treatments:

  1. Lush’s H’sien Wen Hua for my hair
  2. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty
  3. Showered both off
  4. April Skin’s Pinkyclay Nose Pack (probably should have applied a thicker layer of the nose mask… and use after a hot shower to open up the pores more.)
  5. Tony Moly’s Honey Face Mask

Well here’s to a healthier me! 😀


My first time trying LUSH!

Today’s the first time I have ever bought and tried LUSH. Even the first time stepping into their store honestly. The strong scents from their natural soaps always deterred me because I have a very sensitive nose, which is why I also dislike cosmetic departments for making me feel suffocated. 

However a friend has been posting on fb about how much she loves LUSH, and her newest LUSH buys. So I decided to check out their website and realised that they use natural ingredients, like fruits, veggies etc. 

I -literally- took a deep breath and endured the initial cloud of scents and entered the store. 
The salesgirl (receipt mentioned a name called Hilya?) was helpful and patient. I think she noticed I was a bit of a lost sheep entering the store. ^_^|||

My concerns were:

  1. Oily/combination skin. Doesn’t help that I seem to have an acne outbreak whenever I’m on my period. Yet other times my skin is so dry. 
  2. Dry locks. Ever since I permed my hair, it has become noticeably dry, and it ends up in painful tangles. 

So Hilya recommended a Fresh Face Mask, but that requires refrigeration, so she recommended Mask of Magnaminty for me.

This looks like some sort of dip for chips/veggie sticks, and smells like choco mint ice cream. 

She assured me that this was suitable for all skins, so my sensitive skin will be okay. And that this has oil control, and will help me to deal with my acne. 

I also asked if she had anything to recommend for my blemishes and scars. So she suggested Movis, which is in a soap bar form. But because we won’t know if it works for me, she offered to cut me a sample to try at home. 

Movis reminds me of dry figs honestly, and it smells delicious. Doesn’t it kinda look like a protein/snack bar…? XD 

So last thing to deal with was my hair. Hilya said she used H’suan Wen Hua for herself (she has bleached, and dyed her hair silver-blue-grey). 

This reminds me of a creamy hummus dip! It smells very herb-y and spice-y. 

So finally home, I went about trying the products. 

Washed my face first with Movis because it was already oily and sweaty from the humid weather. And I got caught in the rain walking home from the train station. 

Movis was really gentle to my face, and made it feel clean without drying it out. Some face cleansers I have tried leave my face feeling clean BUT very dry and taut, as though I’m forcing my skin to be stretched across my face >_<. So this felt refreshing to me. 🙂

Then I applied H’suan Wen Hua to my hair. Okay the instructions said to apply a thick layer. Not sure how thick is thick, but I covered from the head to the ends. Not sure if my hair is really dry but it seemed like whenever I applied the hair treatment, my hair kept absorbing it -almost- immediately. 

I also applied a good amount of Mask of Magnaminty onto my face, and its cooling effect is lovely considering how humid the day has been. Really felt like I was applying choco mint ice cream to my face though. 

Afterwards, I took a shower, washed everything off. I am really amazed how smooth and soft my face feels now!! Clean, and soft skin @_@ 

As I told the friend who kept posting about her LUSH buys, I feel like a pervert for repeatedly touching my face in amazement. XD

My hair is really soft, and  even though I used a commercial brand to shampoo and condition, my hair is still soft from the treatment. It didn’t tangle up like it usually does after I rinse the shampoo off. It has been a really long time since my hair feels so light like this. 

So I am happy with my LUSH purchases, and I guess I am onboard the LUSH train now. When I finish using my current skincare, I am going to convert entirely to LUSH. Some people complain it’s expensive, that I won’t deny. However, when I compare prices with brands sold in Sephora, I feel it’s in the same price range honestly. (Just went around searching their website yesterday.) And I am definitely not keen to do a trial and error for all of Sephora’s products considering how sensitive my skin is. 

Well to more LUSH products in future! RIP my wallet, but yay to better skin and hair!