LUSH Turkish Delight

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LUSH Turkish Delight is part of their Shower Smoothie line. It is one of four different shower smoothies. Turkish Delight contains 7 OZ of product and retails for $34.95. According to the LUSH USA site Turkish Delight promises a decadent shower that will leave your skin soft, moisturized and fragrant.

Turkish Delight is one of LUSH’s top selling products touted to give one a “real” Turkish bath experience. It is loaded with essential oils and pure botanical essences. Turkish Delight is a vegan product according to the packaging. It is one of LUSH’s shower smoothies. Meaning Turkish Delight will both cleanse and moisturize your skin while you’re in the shower. Turkish Delight has a divine scent to it. It is not overly rosy but a very nice combo of fresh, clean soap smell and roses. The fragrance is VERY nice. I enjoyed that Turkish Delight lingered throughout the day. Unfortunately not everything is coming up roses with this product.

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The product itself is an odd hybrid: soap meets body butter meets shower wash. The “intended” use for Turkish Delight is to take your fingers, a large amount of product and then apply it directly to your skin, let it sit for a minute and then rinse off. The big problem with this method is that a lot of the product will fall off and be wasted in the shower. I also tried it pre-shower and while I wasted less product to falling off and running water, I had to use more of it to cover my body. I was also told over and over by the LUSH Sales Associate that I would not need to apply any body lotion after showering with Turkish Delight. My legs and arms were SO itchy after using this product that I had to apply lotion repeatedly just to calm them down. While the rest of my body liked the Turkish Delight experience, my legs and arms were not a fan.

My next gripe is the price of Turkish Delight at $34.95 for 7 OZ of product. I could possibly see that price if this was an independent luxury brand on Etsy that was not a international chain but LUSH is anything but small or independent no matter how hard they try to market themselves that way. On the site you can order Turkish Delight and have it set up for delivery every 3 months. Given that it took two large scoops for me to do my entire body wet and four large scoops to do my body dry, I would be shocked if this lasts a month given I do shower daily. If I had to share this with my boyfriend, than I could see getting, maybe two weeks out of it. I don’t mind paying for luxury when the value is there but in the case of Turkish Delight the value is not there.

While I LOVE the scent of Turkish Delight, I didn’t enjoy any other aspect of the product. I literally could have used any brand of bar soap and got the same results.  There could be an ingredient(s) in Turkish Delight that I am allergic to making this product definitely not for me. At over $38 once I add in tax, LUSH Turkish Delight is an expensive beauty fail that I hope I can return. Have you tried Turkish Delight? Was your experience different than mine? Let me know in the comments below.

Ashley

 

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks are new to their line for Summer 2104. These are available in seven shades, six of them are general release and there is one Sephora exclusive shade. The six general release shades are: Melted Violet, Melted Fuschia, Melted Ruby, Melted Coral, Melted Peony and Melted Nude. There was a Sephora VIB release called Melted Candy but it is gone from the Sephora site. I would inquire at your local Sephora to check stock status. Each Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick contains .4 oz and retails for $21.00.  These are available at Too Faced retailers nationwide. For the purpose of this review I chose Melted Peony and Melted Nude.

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The beauty hype machine is VERY real and at times sometimes that hype is warranted. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick is receiving a ton of hype right now and you know what? All that hype is very WELL deserved! These are AHMAZING, a unique combination of long wearing lipstick and lipgloss. The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks are unique in the world of “long wear” lip color as these do not dry out my lips and then peel off like skin. The formula is very opaque yet lightweight. I don’t feel like I’ve smeared butter across my lips when I am wearing these.

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L to R: melted Poeny and Melted Nude

The shades Melted Peony and Melted nude wore well for six hours on me through eating and drinking and faded to a stain that lasted an additional two hours. They do lose their shine around hour five but they don’t dry out my lips as time goes on. No tightness, peeling, etc. That wear time for “lighter” shades is exceptional.  Normally I have to conceal my natural lip color by either lining my lips in a nude shade or by using an actual concealer because I have insanely naturally pigmented lips that will bleed through most lighter colors. But when using Melted Nude and Melted Peony I didn’t need to do that and the color stayed put. They stayed where I put them so no bleeding or pooling on the sides of the mouth.

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Melted Nude on my lips.

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Wearing Melted Peony on my lips

I really love the packaging as well. It is very girly and pretty squeeze tube with matte gold caps and gold lettering. The tip of the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks is very unique. It’s a sponge tip applicator with a precise tip that allows for easy application but it also absorbs excess product to avoid gross over application on the lips… You know when you talk and it looks like spider webs of gloss when you open your mouth. Ugh… So gross!

Some of my fellow blogging friends have also reviewed the other shades in the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick line. I’ll link to them below:

Cosmetically-Challenged

Cosmetic Sanctuary

Phyrra – Beauty for the Bold

As with ANY long wearing product I suggest a great balm before application and if your prone to naturally scaly lips then a really good lip exfoliant is always recommended no matter what product you use. The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks are the real deal folks! Treat yourself to a great lippie that will NOT let you down!