Lush Cupcake Face Mask

The Cupcake fresh face mask is aimed at oily combination skins which are prone to breakouts. Lush claim this face will remove excess oil and calm any breakouts. This sounded perfect for my blemish prone skin, and I was very interested by the phrase used by Lush for this… ‘Chocolate heaven for oily and teenage skin.’ Whilst I’m not a teenager, I do have often have the skin of one. The idea of smothering my face in chocolate did admittedly sound strange, but Lush always use nice natural ingredients in their products so it makes a nice change from harsh chemicals!

The story behind ‘cupcake’ is because it’s aimed at young skins, sometimes young ones are called little CupCakes. The mask was inspired by some Lush employee’s daughter with teenage skin prone to breakouts. They created a chocolate face mask to encourage younger people to become interested in skincare in a fun way.

The ingredients included in this face mask are Rhassoul Mud (Rhassoul is a natural mineral product that has grease removing properties) Linseed Infusion, Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint, Spearmint Oil and Peppermint Oil. The result of all this ingredients is a chocolate mint scent. To be honest the scent of this product doesn’t make you want to eat it, not that you would be planning on it, but it’s a very strong smell mostly on the minty side.

The Fresh Face Mask’s come packaged in the little black tubs that Lush do. Remember, take 5 empty black tubs back to Lush and claim a free Fresh Face mask! Fresh Face masks often have a Use By date of within a month, but Lush inform you to keep these Face Masks in the fridge to help preserve all the natural ingredients, and mine always last beyond the use by dates.
Lush advise you to apply this mask to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. You then have to leave it for 5 to 10 minutes before you rinse it off with warm water. I always wash my face with a scrub or cleansing foam before using the face mask, this makes sure all my pores are opened and helps the mask work better. As you have to store the mask in the fridge, when applying this with your fingers at first it won’t smooth on very well. Let the mask warm up a bit on your fingers and rub gently and it starts to smooth on much better. I like to apply this mask quite liberally covering every part of my face apart from around the eyes. The mask does feel quite muddy and goes on the skin well. The result can be quite amusing as you have dark brown skin, good to jump out at someone and give them quite a scare!
After 5 or so minutes you feel the mask starting to tighten as it works. I wouldn’t recommend leaving the mask on longer than 10 minutes as it will probably just start to dry your skin out!

When removing the mask I use a Muslim cloth I got from Lush, but before I had this I used a damp cotton wool cosmetic pad. You can of course use your hands though. I like to rub and massage the mask into my face as I’m removing, lean well over the sink as brown bits will fall off your face and make a bit of a mess! Make sure you remove every part of the mask completely, then pat your face dry with a towel. I always apply a moisturiser after using the face mask. I use this face mask 2 or 3 times a week, as with a face scrub, I wouldn’t recommend using this everyday.
I do find that this mask does remove excess oils from my face and it certainly feels like it’s calmed down my blemish prone skin. I enjoy using it and the chocolate side to it makes it more fun than other boring face masks on the market! My face always feels really fresh, clean and cleansed afterwards and feels more soft to the touch, this is probably helped by the coca butter ingredient!

I’m about halfway through my pot now, I would say depending on how much you apply that you get at least 6 or 7 applications out of this tub. It costs 6.31, which is the same price for most the other fresh face masks Lush do, not a bad price really as you do pay about a 1 for single use face mask sachets from other brands. I would buy it again, but the other face masks Lush do sound just as interesting so I’ll probably give the others a try! I should also mention this face mask is Vegan.

If you’re bored of your usual plain Jane face masks I would recommend giving this one (or any other fresh face mask by Lush!) a go.