REVIEW: Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

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When it comes to skincare, I’m all over the place. I know, I know. You’re supposed to have a ‘routine.’ You’re supposed to wake up and spend 30 minutes washing, exfoliating, masking, toning, moisturizing and whatever-ing.

I try to do it all. I really do. But, as someone with god-awful oily skin who just loves trying new things, I’m less than consistent with it. While I’m all about washing, toning and moisturizing each morning and night, when it comes to special products — masks, peels, exfoliators, etc. — I’m always game to try the latest “miracle worker.”

So, when I was trolling around the mall the other day, and I stopped in at Lush, of course I left with a new mask.

One of my friends works at Lush, so I stopped in to chat and started asking about their fresh masks. These refrigerated masks are handmade and chalk full of fresh ingredients. Since the minute it gets humid, my skin acts up, I needed something to help degrease and get it back in shape.

Oil slicks just aren’t a cute look on a nearly 24-year-old woman.

So, Ciara recommended Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior. She said it’s a serious degunker, and should get my skin back in working order. Martha Stewart even loves it. And at the bottom bargain price of $6.95, how could I resist adding another product to my collection?

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Let me tell ya, Martha (and Ciara) know their shit.

Cosmetic Warrior contains face-healing products like egg whites, honey, tea tree oil and garlic. It stinks like hell. But don’t let that deter you. This stuff works.

To use, I first wash my face and dry it. Then, I take a quarter-size of the product and smear it on. If I need to thin it out a bit, I splash a teeny bit of water to help smooth it all over my face.

Then, I chill and watch Real Housewives.

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About 20 minutes later I’ll rinse it off, provided the episode I’m watching isn’t a reunion special. For those, I usually get sucked in for at least 30 minutes before I remember I have gunk all over my face.

My favorite masks are the ones that when you’re done, your face just feels better overall. Almost like a detox for your face. Cosmetic Warrior does just that.

My face feels tingly clean (without the bad-for-skin menthol found in drugstore brands), and even better than that, my skin always looks so much smoother and glowy-er after I rinse off. The next day, my skin is calmer, I look less like an oil field and my pimples are a little less angry.

But I should mention one thing — the smell. If you look online, there are plenty touting Cosmetic Warrior’s benefits, but just as many complain about the odor. This has both garlic AND tea tree oil in it — so it’s not gonna smell like roses. If you’re sensitive at all to either of these things, check out another one of their fresh masks. They have a whole bunch (and then let me know which one to try next!).

Personally, I love the smell of tea tree oil — and I put garlic on everything — so it didn’t bother me.

The price is great too. At $6.95, I’m happy to say I’ll get at least 4 or 5 uses out of the mask before I run out/it expires. Compared to other options out there, that’s a pretty great deal.

I may suck at a having a skincare routine, but Cosmetic Warrior may have earned its keep.

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Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
4.5/5 stars
$6.95
Note: it must be refrigerated and expires in ~2 weeks. 
Find out more here or head to Park City Mall in Lancaster to see Ciara! 

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