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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser Review

As you may have seen, I've tried many of the Lush cleansers and although I've seen benefits from them all, I still enjoy trying new things.  So on my most recent trip to Lush, I chose Aqua Marina to try out.

In case you are new around here and do not know, I have oily skin that I have never truly been able to find a fix for.  I'm not super acne prone, but this summer has been different, I've gotten a few zits at the same time, which is unusual for me.

Now on to the product...

It is quite slick and slippery, so it can be difficult to pinch off a section to use, unlike the other cleansers which have more piece-y-ness to them.  I find the easiest way to use this product is to drag it up the sides of the container rather than trying to grab a section off the roll.

In the ingredients, it says it has sea salt, which I figured would be an exfoliating factor to this cleanser, but I haven't noticed any kind of grittiness, it's a very smooth texture.

I've read other reviews that say they end up with a white cast or powdery hairline after using this cleanser, but I've never noticed that on my skin, it always wipes away clean.
It doesn't leave my skin feeling "squeaky clean," which I like. It also does not make my skin feel dry, it just feels good and clean.  It's not super hydrating or oily-feeling either though, it's a nice middle ground, which Lush is pretty good at creating in their cleansers.

This is not meant to remove makeup.  I just use my own DIY Lush Ultrabland with a damp cloth to remove my makeup, then apply this.  Instead of adding water to a chunk of this in your hand, I find it easier to wet the face, then with dry, clean hands, scoop the product onto your fingers and smear it around your face.  The dampness of the water already on your face will help the product break down and makes it easier, in my opinion.  This cleanser is much less messy than Herbalism or Dark Angels because it doesn't have that heavy coloring to it, it's just a light pink, not super green like Herbalism or crazy black like Dark Angels.  It's not going to pose a threat to your clothes or shower curtain.

I am in love with this product. It's actually easier to use than other Lush cleansers (after you get used to it).  Just drag the product up the sides of the container instead of trying to pick up a chunk of it. Then with dry fingers, apply to a slightly damp face. 

It has truly brightened up and evened out my skin!  On day 6 of use, I finally realized what it was doing to my skin.  I noticed so much less redness and an overall even and bright face. 

I am in love with this product after one week's use!

Thanks for reading!

Here's a mini diary update from using this product:

Day 1:
I used this face wash at night and when I woke up in the morning I had about the same amount of oiliness as usual, maybe slightly less.

Day 5:
I don't see any reduction in the oiliness of my face.  I've been using this every morning and occasionally at night.

Day 6:
I woke up this morning, washed my face, went to go do my makeup and realized that my skin was looking bright and fresh and my skin tone was overall becoming more even.  Even though I have had a couple zits lately, I felt like my skin was just looking awesome!

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