Glimpses of some beautiful, hand made skin care that will land on some lucky faces.
Who would have thought that a Lush (pun intended) experience at the Queen Victoria Building (aka QVB) store would be such a treat. You might whizz past every day on your way to and from work, or as a gateway to the Town Hall train station; yet this leaven of skin care love needs to be experienced to be appreciated.
Jackson demonstrating what is about to happen
After a decadent high tea experience to blog about, yours truly was invited to experience a free facial following Lush's five step skin care ritual. Every skin care and beauty lover knows (it is a given) to cleanse, tone and moisturise the face and decotage areas every night before hitting the hay without fail. Okay, so Lush are well known for their mammoth, colourful bath bombs in particular; yet their skin care products are utterly pleasant and surprising.
Some of the beautiful products that made it to my face
Jackson initially introduced me to their skin care range. He asked me a bit about my skin. It is interesting to note that all of Lush's products are hand made, and that the Queen Victoria Building store also has their own dedicate fan (aka Facebook) page. The products are hand made in Sydney's Canterbury, and I believe there is also a factory in Mascot. So targeted. So refreshing. Back to skin care.
The Catastrophe Cosmetic mask with blueberries on the Writers and Chief Editors face
Jackson advised that Anna (another staff member) will apply the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask ($16.95 for 75grams) that is great for combination skin to my face, and to skin prone to the dreaded acne come stress (aka deadlines); before 'that time of the month,' and when indulging in too many sugary foods and alcohol. It seems like this blueberry concoction of love saves the day after all. Has a vegan base too. The clay is rather soft and cleansing, and Anna definitely has healing hands.
The Sydney Life Chief Editors face immediately after the blueberry concoction
Anna initially applied some of Lush's Ultra Bland cream cleanser (45g for $17.95 or 100g for $28.95) to my face, and my face started to feel tonnes better. Anna then applied some toner, the Tea Tree Water spray, and Anna then told me she swears by this product. "When I feel a bit lazy at night, and I am ready to go to bed, I spray this stuff on my face. It's amazing." I so believe her. Don't take my word for it though. I advise you to pop into the QVB store, and ask for a free facial. Both Jackson and Anna advise that these treatments (to try out the Lush experience) are available upon request, and there is no need to book. Maybe if the store is busy, however please check with the experts on this.
Jackson performing another free facial
My mask was then applied, and it stayed on for about 10 minutes. During my Lush skincare experience at Sydney's QVB, I also got to try the Eau Roma Water toner ($9.95 for 100g or $19.95 for 250g), and one of the best tinted moisturisers hands down, the Jackie Oates ($15.50), and nothing wrong with the BB cream, yet move over. This stuff is soft and ever so silky. Naturally in the image of me with a clear face, you can see that Lush's products do work, and that my express facial was effective. The impurities are starting to heal. One day later, my skin is ever so soft. Why not pop in, get a free facial, try some cool, natural, vegan and hand made products, and say hello to Jackson, Anna, and some other staff members at Lush's QVB store. Love it. Love Sydney.
A miracle tinted moisturiser
Where: Lush, Queen Victoria Building.
Why: Any excuse to try some Lush products via a free facial, and you will be a fan.
Cost: All facials are free.
When: Anytime during the QVB stores trading hours.
Good for kids: Nah, leave it for the adults, although the kids of Sydney will love their bath range.