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Ultrabland, Sex Bomb, and Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

Lush products

I firmly believe that the occasional trip to LUSH is good for the soul (and the skin) so I popped into my local store when I was back home over Easter to pick up a couple of products: Ultrabland, my all-time favourite cleanser; Sex Bomb, which lots of you recommended I try next, and Catastrophe Cosmetic, a fresh face mask which was actually free (I'd been saving up my pots!)

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

Catastrophe Cosmetic (v)

I'd heard things about Lush's face masks here and there before, but I'd never actually tried one until recently. I took my five pots in to be exchanged, and after chatting to the assistant about the state of my skin (dry, sensitive, spot-prone) she recommended Catastrophe Cosmetic, which happened to be the mask I'd been eyeing up. Great minds!

Catastrophe Cosmetic contains blueberries, calamine, chamomile, rose, and almond oil, and it smells lovely. It takes some effort to spread it across the skin, but it dries quickly, almost to the point where it gets flaky, actually. Maybe I've been leaving it on too long? Anyway, after about five or ten minutes I wash it off with warm water and a flannel, and I have to say, it leaves my skin looking much calmer, and it feels smoother, too. The results aren't quite as instant as they are with the Una Brennan Clay Mask, but it's a nice product to keep in the fridge.

Catastrophe Cosmetic costs £6.50 and is available here.

Lush Sex Bomb

Sex Bomb (v)

I can't be the only one who gets that song stuck in my head at the mention of this bath bomb, can I? Tom Jones aside, I have really fallen in love with Sex Bomb, and expect it to become a fairly regular treat when I finally move into a house with a bath this September.

First of all, it smells soooooo good. I'm rubbish at picking out scents (it always impresses when someone can smell a perfume and be like 'Oh, the top notes are gardenia and roses!'. Those people are wizards. I have no idea if gardenia and roses actually go together btw, they were just the first two things I thought of) but according to the LUSH website it contains jasmine, ylang ylang, and clary sage, which is a divine combination.

Secondly, Sex Bomb turns the bath water pink. Pink! I thought I was too old and jaded to be impressed by such novelties but I felt like I was in a princess bath and I loved it, so there. The rose was a cute touch, although I have to agree with Holly from Witch Cake  it looks like a clitoris. Probably intentional, given the name. Sex Bomb left my skin feeling really soft, not quite as soft as Butterball, but soft enough that I skipped moisturiser.

Sex Bomb costs £3.35 and is available here.

Lush Ultrabland


Ultrabland is amaaaazing. Since my skin has been so stressed I wanted something gentle and soothing, and I immediately went to Ultrabland. It only contains ten ingredients, none of which irritate my sensitive, spot-prone skin, and, dare I say it, it's knocked Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish off the top spot as my holy grail cleanser.

Ultrabland is thick and a little bit sticky, but once it's made contact with your skin it breaks down to more of a cream/oil. You do have to take a little more care removing it (I like to use a proper, thick flannel for this) but it's well worth the effort. It's also very good for removing make-up.

Ultrabland costs £7.25 for 45g, and £11.50 for 100g, and is available here.

Have you picked up anything from Lush recently? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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