FIRST IMPRESSIONS | Cup O' Coffee Face & Body Mask

Sunday, 12 March 2017

An exfoliator that smells like coffee? Need I say more?



I love exfoliating my skin. Especially my face but to be more specific: my nose. My nose is riddled with black heads and I've had them ever since I was a teenager but as I'm getting older I feel like I nose  (I am so so so so sorry for that) know what's best for my skin - but I am still learning about it!


I had run out of my Ocean Salt scrub from Lush and needed to buy a new one. Exfoliating my skin in the shower is something that I have to do, If I forget to do so or I just simply have no time then I feel a bit gross when getting out the shower. I wanted to treat myself to a new scrub and spent a good 5 minutes trying to work out which one I wanted to purchase. In the end, I obviously went for the Cup O' Coffee face and body mask.

The first thing you notice about this product is definitely the smell and I'm probably the first to admit that I'm not that keen on the scent. As someone who does enjoy coffee and is rather keen on the smell of coffee, the scent of this product just doesn't really do much for me. Some people describe it as the smell of coffee waited to be ground rather than the smell of a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Another thing I dislike about this product so far is how it feels on the skin. There's something that I just find quite gross about slapping it on my body and leaving it to sit there for a few minutes. I've been using it as just a regular scrub instead of a mask because of the way it feels. I'd also like to point out that I feel like it's more of a bath time product rather than a shower time product because of the mess it leaves.

Which leads me onto this: it's probably one of the messiest products I've owned from Lush. It gets everywhere! I can only really describe it like when you go to the seaside and you get home and there is sand literally everywhere on your clothes, in your socks, in your shoes. Everywhere.




Now for the positives about this product: my skin feels great once I've used it! I normally use it on my face and my shoulders, back, chest and the upper half of my arms. The upper half of my arms are covered in tiny little bumps (keratosis pilaris) so I like to keep that area of my body exfoliated because of this. It's gotten a lot better now but when I was a teenager I despised it. There pretty much isn't a day that goes by were my shoulders and back don't have spots on them. Again, it's something that I used to despise as a teenager but as I've gotten older it's not as bad plus, I'm doing all that I can to prevent it from getting as bad as it use to be like.

Here's a few things that are in the mask:

Kaoilin

Apparently this is acts to detoxify your skin and is suppose to draw out all the impurities that can get clogged in pores.

Coriander seed oil

This is used as a natural antibacterial which helps to clear up breakouts on the skin hence why I've been using it on my shoulders and back!

Caffeine (from the coffee duh)

The caffeine within the mask supposedly stimulates circulation which helps to reveal brighter and glowing skin.


The only word of advice I would give to people about this mask is that you don't need to scrub that hard with it! I found it to be a lot more 'grittier' than the Ocean Salt scrub. I wouldn't dare go overboard on the scrubbing whilst this was on my face, I think I would end up looking like a tomato because my skin can be on the sensitive side. Mind you, I think if you scrubbed too hard on any skin type you would upset it! I do apply a bit more pressure when exfoliating my back and upper arms, for my face I just gently rub in circular motions. 

Overall, I am pleased with the results of this mask. I've literally just used this on my face and my face feels ten times smoother and I can also see that my pores look a lot smaller on my nose. I can't really see too much difference in my skin on my face but I did only apply it as a scrub rather than a mask so maybe that could be the problem. Oh and I think for the money you pay £12.25, I do think it's worth it because you get loads, I can tell that this is going to take me a good few months to get through!



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