My Lush Spring/Summer Must Haves

Lost and Fawneds LUSH Spring and Summer Must Haves

Since I just placed an order for some of my favorites basics, it’s time for me to fan-girl out about Lush Cosmetics again.  Today I’m bringing you my top 10 must have items for spring and summer.  I know these are a little splurgier than my usual fare, but this is where I indulge and these products are worth the price for me.

  1. Sea Vegetable Soap  ::  Not only is this bar the prettiest bar of soap I have ever seen, but it smells amazing.  The salty/seaweed/citrusy/lavender scent is unisex and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean.
  2. Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar  ::  This is a new one for me.  My other favorite is Seanik (great for guys and girls who need extra oil control in the summer), but this one smells so beautifully feminine and gives me silky shampoo-commercial hair.
  3. Imperialis Face Moisturizer  ::  This is one of my “deserted island” items (if I was stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one product).  This moisturizer changed my skin and made a bigger difference in my complexion than any soap, toner or blemish cream.  It smells lovely and balances out my combination skin.
  4. Fresh Farmacy Face Cleanser  ::  This is a daily use product for me year round.  It’s a calamine based soap and is soothing and gentle, but still leaves my skin feeling clean.  I used overly harsh cleaners for far too long, and now I’m never looking back.
  5. Avobath Bath Bomb  ::  While I am usually drawn to spicy, warm bath bombs, in summer Avobath is the perfect zesty, fresh and fizzy combination.  All the fresh avocado also makes your skin feel amazing.
  6. Dream Cream Body Lotion  ::  Admittedly I didn’t buy this one the first time I tried it.  Lush sent it to me when I had a reaction to one of their scrubs.  Super smart on their part, since it totally sold me on the product and it solved my problem.  I’ve been using this daily on my itchy skin as it stretches.  It’s so silky and relieves all my irritation without the greasy leftovers.
  7. Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask  ::  This mask.  Holy smokes.  This mask is amazing.  I tried it first in a sample.  It’s exfoliating and deep cleansing.  And the cool tingly peppermint feels awesome in hot weather.
  8. Tea Tree Water Toner  ::  I use this year round, but in the summer, I love putting this in the shower and using it as a skin refresher on hot days.
  9. Angels on Bare Skin Face Cleanser  ::  This one is on my wishlist.  I loved the sample they sent me and I’m dying for a full sized pot.  Another gentle cleaner, this one is loaded with lavender and finely ground almond and exfoliates just enough while calming the skin with rose absolute and lavender oils.
  10. Each Peach (and Two’s a Pair) Massage Bar  ::  Massage bars are one of my favorite Lush product categories.  Like all of their massage bars, this one is packed with cocoa butter and shea butter, but also adds avocado, mango kernel butters and fresh citrusy scents.

Holiday Bath with Lush

Holiday Bath with Lush on Lost and FawnedYou can’t escape it!  Once Halloween is over, holiday shopping is everywhere.  But there is no denying that Thanksgiving is a mere two and a half weeks away.

As you know, we live on a budget.  We don’t go on expensive dates or go overboard for holidays and birthdays.  But my one big indulgence has become bath-time.  Lush is my go-to for delicious yummy baths.

Lush launched their 2015 holiday collection a few weeks ago and I’ve been drooling over all of the new arrivals.  Get the turkey in the oven and then soak in the tub for an hour to get your skin glowing and smelling amazing.  Or after the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve night, grab a cup of nog and soak away in a bubbly tub.  Long day of last minute shopping with the holiday crowds?  Fill that tub and throw in a bath melt.

  1. Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb  –  $6.95
  2. Cinders Bath Bomb  –  $4.95
  3. Rose Jam Bubbleroon  –  $8.95
  4. Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb  –  $6.95
  5. Father Christmas Bath Bomb  –  $6.40
  6. Bar Humbug Bubble Bar  –  $6.95
  7. Snow Angel Bath Melt  –  $7.95
  8. Golden Wonder Bath Bomb  –  $6.95
  9. Yog Nog Bath Bomb  –  $6.95

Lush also has a huge collection of wrapped gift boxes full of goodies that are guaranteed to spoil and wow your loved ones.

Here we go!  Holidays 2015, here we come!

LUSH Review / Fresh Farmacy Cleanser

It’s time for another LUSH review and it’s another face cleanser.  I love Dark Angels, but I wanted something else to use on a daily basis so I wouldn’t over exfoliate.  Since I planned on using a toner as well I opted for something more gentle.  After doing a lot of research, Fresh Farmacy seemed to fit the bill.  Fresh Farmacy is a calamine based bar cleanser.  All the ingredients, including lavender and chamomile are concocted to help sooth irritated skin.

Skin type:  Combination skin.  Mostly oily with some dry patches around my mouth and between my eyes.  Large pours that clog often and frequent break-outs.  I use very limited make-up.

Pros:

  • This actually leaves my skin looking calmer and less red and irritated after I use it.  With most store-bought cleansers, I usually have to wash my face and then let my skin calm down.  But this bar leaves my skin looking soft and evenly toned almost immediately.
  • I love the herbal scent of this.  It’s a great way to start and end the day.
  • For my oily/combination skin, this does not over-dry.  I use this along with a moisturizer and toner, but even just using Fresh Farmacy alone does not make my skin flaky or too tight.
  • I’ve seen results over time.  In general, after almost a month of use I have seen less breakouts, more evenly toned skin and a nicer skin texture start to emerge.  I feel like I’m on my way to getting “movie star skin” (which I know is actually not 100% attainable because you know… photoshop).

Cons:

  • Not much of a lather.  This isn’t really terribly important to me.  It is actually a good thing because it means it doesn’t include over-drying detergents and foaming agents.  But I know some people need that satisfying foam.
  • It’s a soft bar.  I don’t like to leave this in the shower.  Prolonged heat and moisture might hurt the life of the bar.  I have the sink right outside my shower, so I put it on a soap dish on the edge of the sink, grab it when I need it and then store it in the medicine cabinet between uses to keep it out of the humidity.
  • It’s a very gentle cleaner, so it probably will not remove heavy make-up.  If you wear very limited make-up (like me) or use a make-up remover prior to cleansing, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

For me, this is a total keeper.  I will continue to purchase this to use in my regimen as a daily cleaner.  I’m currently washing with Fresh Farmacy and then using Tea Tree Water to tone and finishing with Imperialis to moisturize.  I use Dark Angels 2-3 times a week for a good scrub (read my review on that here).  This combination is working really well for me right now.

Are you a Lush addict?  What are your must-haves?  Please share you experiences and favorite products in the comments!  I’m always looking for new products to try.

Review / Lush Dark Angels Cleanser

Review of Dark Angels on Lost and Fawned

It’s time to start my Lush reviews!  As I mentioned before, Lush is my new no-calorie indulgence and I’m excited to share some of my product experiences with you.

To give you a frame of reference, I have always had a pretty oily complexion.  My skin is acne prone (and has been since I was 12), but has calmed down a little since college.  I have a few areas that get dry, mainly around my jawline.  Overall, I look for products that help me control oil throughout the day, even out my skin tone and would love to minimize my pores.

Review of Lush Dark Angels on Lost and Fawned

Review of Lush Dark Angels on Lost and Fawned

I’ve been using Coalface for about a month.  I originally selected Coalface, because a bar is easy to travel with and it’s a very economical choice.  I liked the charcoal soap so much that I wanted to try Lush’s other charcoal cleanser.  I’ll do a separate post down the line comparing Coalface and Dark Angels.

Dark Angels comes in a pot and is a thick paste.  You pinch off a piece off and mix with a little water to work into the consistency you like.  The base is Rhassoul mud  They add charcoal and lots of exfoliating black sugar.  Additionally it has Avocado oil and some other natural oils.  It is best used fresh and the pot adorably displays the best used date next to the portrait of the Lush mixer that created your batch.

Pros:

  • I love the fragrance.  It could be masculine or feminine (it’s actually a favorite amongst men) and I get a serious black licorice vibe from it that I really enjoy.  I’ve seen some other reviews that put this in the “con” category.  It’s really a love or hate scent, so if you aren’t sure, visit a store and give it a whiff.  If you like licorice, you’ll love this.
  • You don’t need to use much to get nice coverage on your face.  These products are a luxury for me, so I definitely weigh amount of uses in my review.  This ends up being a great value.
  • Using coal cleansers has seemed to help my skin.  I have noticed my pores shrinking and I get to the end of the day without feeling like an oil slick.  Nothing has ever been able to draw the gunk out of my pores in the past, so I’m thrilled.
  • I don’t find it over-drying.  I do have naturally oily skin, and this seems to do just the right amount of drying, without making me flaky or peeling.  I think it’s probably the addition of the avocado oil that helps to counteract the drying properties.

Cons:

  • The exfoliation is pretty heavy, so it’s not a product you want to use daily.  I’m using it once or twice a week right now when I need extra pampering after a long day.
  • It is a little messy.  If I use it in the bath, I need to rinse away charcoal out of my tub after it drains.  If I use it in the sink, I do have to rinse the sink out after cleansing.

This really works for me.  I have seen results and when I use it, I really feel like I’m pampering myself.  I will probably only even buy the small pot.  I only use it once or twice a week and a small pinch goes a long way for me.  I think I will run out right around the ‘best use by’ date in October.  I like to put it on my face before a soak in the tub and let it draw out all the impurities.  If I have extra left on my hands, I’ve been spreading it on my shoulders and chest as well.

Lush Dark Angels Review on Lost and FawnedStay tuned for more Lush reviews in the coming months.  Please share your experiences and favorite products in the comments!  I would love to know what you thought of things I review, or if you have suggestions for some of your favorites for me to try I’d love to hear them.

My Lush Wishlist

My Lush Wishlist on Lost and FawnedI’m a comfort eater.  When I’m feeling down, stressed or bored I indulge in ice cream, cheese, hot chocolate, bread, etc.  Obviously in excess that’s not healthy and lately I’ve been a roller coaster of emotions, so I’ve put on some weight.  This summer I’ve decided to stop eating my feelings and find other ways to indulge without the calories.  Lush has been the perfect treat.

I’ve started putting away $30 a month to order a handful of bath bombs and something new to try.  This month I ordered Dark Angels to see if I prefer it to my favorite Coalface charcoal soap.  Next month I’m thinking I’ll try a massage bar or a toner.  The thought and care put into selecting natural ingredients makes every Lush experience feel special.   I haven’t found a bath bomb or bubble bar I’ve disliked yet.  All of them make for totally sensory soaks in the tub and leave me feeling renewed and relaxed.  It’s not the cheapest indulgence, but it’s a fraction of what it would cost to hit the spa and leaves me feeling guilt free.

Here is my current wishlist:

  1. Sakura Bath Bomb – $6.45
  2. Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser – $13.95
  3. Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melt – $7.95
  4. Mint Julips Lip Balm and Scrub – $9.95
  5. NEW! Shampoo Bar – $11.95
  6. Herbalism Cleanser – $13.95
  7. Rehab Shampoo – $13.95
  8. Tea Tree Water Toner – $9.95
  9. Dirty Massage Bar – $10.95
  10. Vanilla Delite Body Lotion – $27.95
  11. Sea Vegetable Soap – $7.95
  12. The Olive Branch Shower Gel – $9.95

What’s your favorite no-calorie indulgence?  Are you a “Lushie”?  Let me know what your favorite products are!

Covet / Vice & Velvet

Vice and Velvet - Covet on Lost and Fawned

Here at Lost and Fawned, we are all about little luxuries.   Every once in awhile, you are your loved ones deserve a treat.  Bath products are a perfect way to indulge a little.

Vice & Velvet is a vegan bath and beauty brand handcrafted in Melbourne city, Australia.  Every product is created from scratch, with no pre-made bases and only simple ingredients.  Products include bath whips, body bars and exfoliating bath mouses.  I love their indulgent scent combinations like Quiet Time which includes Vanilla Marshmallow, Rose and Sandalwood.  All products come in the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen, guaranteed to make you or the lucky recipient feel special.

For more visit Vice & Velvet on etsy.  You can also follow them via Facebook or Twitter for updates and sale announcements.

My Beauty Basics

My Beauty Basics - on Lost and FawnedI’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty.  My daily morning routine is quick and my kit is small.  I generally shop at the big box stores for most of my supplies, but I do have a few key colors from MAC that I know work with my coloring so they are worth the extra cash.

I gently exfoliate a few times a week with an apricot scrub (controversial I know… but I promise I’m gentle).  The rest of the time I do a raw honey mask and rinse with warm water.  I don’t generally wear a scent, but I love to rub a little Rosebud salve into my hands.  I’m kind of obsessed with this nail hue for all seasons.   I also curl my lashes and sweep on a little Maybelline Great Lash Mascara to open my eyes.

Here are some of my very favorite beauty staples:

  1. Tangerine Vanilla Bar Soap from The Honest Company – $4.95
  2. Lipstick in ‘Lady Bug’ from MAC Cosmetics – $16.00
  3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Amazon – $9.99
  4. Satin Blush in ‘Dame’ from MAC Cosmetics – $22.00
  5. Essie Nail Polish in ‘Angora Cardi’ from Amazon – $8.50
  6. L’Oreal True Match Foundation from Amazon – $7.97
  7. Raw Honey from Amazon – $12.63

Inspired Nail Art

I usually stick to plain, smooth polish (though in fun colors) but when Modcloth issued the challenge to create nail art inspired by some of their most popular summer dresses I thought it sounded like a fun challenge.

I kept it pretty simple and tried techniques I had seen floating around Pinterest that looked easy for a beginner like me.  Finding a dress or two that inspired me was easy.

Nail Art Inspired by Silver Moon Melodies Dress on Lost and FawnedFirst up was the Silver Moon Melodies Dress, mocha colored lace with a beautiful open back and fitted bodice.  I used antique lace and Essie ‘Cocktails & Coconuts’ to create a dimensional faux french manicure.  This isn’t really a practical nail design, but it was fun and looked really pretty!  All I did was cut the lace to fit and apply them to the tacky polish after a couple of coats.  The white on the tips is actually the bottom trim of the lace.

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Go Sleeveless // with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

Dove Advanced Care on Lost and Fawned

We have not one, but TWO weddings in our immediate family in the next 2 weeks.  Needless to say, as the girl in the family that “likes weddings”, I’m going to be running around a lot this month.  For the first wedding I will be not only helping with a lot of the DIY prep work and day-of organization, but I’ll be doing all of this in a sleeveless, black bridesmaid dress… a deadly combination.  I want to be super dry, odor-free and look soft and smooth.  Plus black means dreaded deodorant smudges if you aren’t careful.

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant hooked me up with some samples to get me through the rest of summer and one to pass along to the bride-to-be.  I’ve been a Dove user for awhile, but usually stick with basics.  I’m hooked on their scented sticks now.  The Revive scent is amazing in the morning.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving, which is perfect for people like me that are “delicate flowers” and tend to blemish easily.  Plus (and I have tested this out myself) it does not leave smudges on my black dress.

Here is my weekend date look, where I skipped the cardigan and went confidently sleeveless…

Sleeveless Summer Party Look with Lost and Fawned and Dove Advanced Care

  1. Straw Foldover Clutch – $21.00
  2. Essie ‘Turquoise & Caicos’ Nail Polish – $8.50
  3. Dove Advanced Care Deodorant in Revive
  4. ‘Dot You Forget About Me’ Dress – $49.99
  5. Nine West Fabiola Sandal in Orange – $19.18
  6. Kate Spade New York ‘Wallflower’ Necklace – $48.00

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Review / Whish Shave Cream & Hair Inhibiting Gel

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review.”

Which Shave Collection in Lavender

A couple of weeks ago, I made the transition in my closet from boots and sweaters to skirts and sundresses.  Spring is finally in full swing (it seemed to take forever to get here this year) and between gardening, historic walking tours and trips to the outdoor market, my skin is loving the fresh air and sunshine.

Bare legs also means I need to ramp up my shaving routine though.  Like many, I have sensitive skin.  When you are dragging a set of blades across a wide expanse of skin it’s especially important to pay attention to your products.  When at all possible I try to stay away from harsh chemicals and irritating dyes.  This is why I was super excited to try Whish products this week.  I have come across them at Nordstrom and they have always intrigued me. I’m also going to take a leap and look into beard care, I’m sure I can find organics that will suit me, regardless of blue vs pink.

Hair Inhibiting Gel from Whish

I have grown accustomed to a condition I call “Day 1 Skin”.  When I use regular soap or conventional shaving creams I have razor bumps and itchy skin the first day.  My legs are hair free, but my skin is irritated for a good 24 hours.

This week I used Whish Shave Cream and Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel, both in Lavender.  Whish has some awesome tips to get the best results out of your shaving routine.  I was so pleased.  When I was done shaving and moisturized with the Hair Inhibiting Gel I didn’t have “Day 1 Skin” at all.  There were no bumps, my skin was smooth, comfortable AND hair free.  It’s now 4 days later and I’m only starting to get some regrowth.  Needless to say, I’m pleased.

Which Shave Cream on Lost and Fawned

If you want to treat your legs and give Whish a try, visit your local Nordstrom store or Nordstrom.com.  I would categorize Whish products as an affordable luxury.  Instead of picking up bath bombs or getting a spa this month, why not pick up some products from the Whish line?

For more information visit and follow Whish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.  A huge thanks to Whish for letting me give their products a try!  Happy sundress season!