Thursday, 23 May 2013

Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser: Review


Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser

Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser

Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser

Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser

Hello loves! How have you been? I’ve noticed that I haven’t done a skincare post in a while so I wanted to share with you one of my Holy Grail facial cleansers – Lush’s Aqua Marina (£6.25 /100g) This stuff has improved my skin so much for the past two years it’s surreal! If you are on a hunt for a new facial cleanser than keep reading and I hope you enjoy! (:

About two years ago I was on a trip to Cambridge with my boyfriend and I we decided to stop by Lush. I didn’t intend to get anything but one of the lovely girls in the store talked me into testing Aqua Marina. She used a bit of product on the back of my hand and said that it will sooth my skin and even out me skin tone. And surprisingly it did! Let me tell you – the difference was really noticeable!! Needless to say that I purchased this straight away and I’ve been loving it ever since!

Aqua Marina comes in a jar and looks like a giant sushi roll. It is a pretty pinkish color, which is wrapped in Nori Seaweed. Too bad that when in the jar its funny shape disappears. :( I was a bit gutted that this time I got the product it didn’t have much seaweed around it, but the cleanser works as good as it usually does so it’s okay! (:

Aqua Marina is a facial cleanser, which is specifically designed to sooth and softens the skin, as well as to brighten it up. It contains Aloe Vera and Nori Seaweed, which are well known for their calming properties and definitely give salvation to sensitive / irritated skin. Another key ingredient is the Sea Salt, which even though is finely milled, adds up as a really gentle exfoliant. <3 Aqua Marina is supposed to be amazing for people with normal / dry skin and also to cool down sun-burns. I slightly disagree with the former but I’ll get into that later. (:

What I love the most about Aqua Marina is that it not only cleanses my face perfectly but it also brightens up my complexion. After using it my skin looks so healthy, it is soft and smooth and my skin tone is even and there is no redness! Oh, and also my pores appear smaller and my face feels so fresh and cooled! :) After two years of using this I have also noticed that the cleanser also helps with my acne scaring and hyperpigmentation! It has never broken me out too, btw! I also wanted to mention that Aqua Marina has instantly visible effects but they are seen only for a day and if you want long-term results you will obviously need to use it continuously.

Well sure the product sounds lovely but sadly it has its downfalls as well. As I mentioned, according to the Lush website Aqua Marina is “perfect for normal to dry skin types”. Well, I will have to disagree with that one. I find that even though the cleanser works wonders in the smoothing / calming department, it tends to be drying. I have normal skin and after washing my face with Aqua Marina it feels dry and a bit thigh. Usually I follow up with toner and moisturizer and it’s fine by me but if you have really dry skin I do not recommend using this. I actually think that if you have oily skin this will help you loads because I find that the product actually keeps the oils at bay! :) Another thing I don’t like about this product is that it’s quite messy to use. It has a bit of gooey texture and it’s a bit difficult to scoop out and transfer into foam. It also leaves white residue around my hairline, which I hate! I am not really fond of the scent too. Aqua Marina smells like a mix of Calamine Oil (the product contains calamine powder) and seaweed. It’s quite an odd scent if you ask me, but it reminds me of summer and sea (shocking I know hah), so I don’t mind it that much.

I use Aqua Marina every morning. I wet my face with warm water, scoop some product out, add water and create a paste-like consistency (btw don’t worry he seaweed dissolves easily). Then I gently massage it into my face with small circular motions. After that I rinse well and towel dry my face! Then I use toner and my favorite morning moisturizer. As I said, my face looks so calm and fresh, my skin is definitely brighter and even and it feels super soft and smooth! It’s love! I know some people say that the product leaves some greasy residue but I have never experienced that, just make sure you rinse as well as possible and your skin should feel really clean. :)

I also wanted to mention that Aqua Marina helps a lot with acne. I usually don’t have problematic skin but occasionally I get some zits here and there. Since I’ve been using this product I’ve noticed a huge improvement in this respect, so if you have acne-prone skin I think you should give this a try! Also, one of my best friends suffers from psoriasis / eczema and she swear by this stuff. I cannot recommend it cuz I don’t have such problems but I just wanted to mention that she said it helps her so much, so if you have similar condition you may want to do a little research on the topic. (:

Overall, I am in-love with this product! It seriously has improved my skin tons since I stated using it and it is now a firm staple in my skincare routine! I don’t like that it is a bit drying and messy to use but I am totally willing to overlook its flaws cuz of the brilliant job it works on my face. I definitely recommend it, but if you have dry skin I suggest you look at a product that won’t dry your face any further.

Have you tried Aqua Marina before? What do you think of it? Which is your favorite Lush face cleanser? (:

Lots of love,
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  1. Nice review.i want to try dis but unfortunately here it is not available.dear can u tel me where can I buy dis from online??

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    1. Hi lovely! I think you should try to order directly from the Lush site. They ship internationally so it should be okay. :)) Here is the delivery information I found: https://www.lush.co.uk/delivery

      Hope this helps hun! Have a lovely day! <3 xx

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  2. Oooh, I have always wanted to try out some of lush's face products and this looks like a very good contender to start with, how long would you say a tub like this lasts you? megan x

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    1. I definitely recommend it lovely! I'd say that a tube lasts me for some good 4-5 months and have in mind that I use it every single morning, which I think is quite good! :)) xx

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  3. This sounds amazing. I am in love with Lush products and my holy grail facial mask is "Mask of Magnaminty" by Lush. I have loads of uneven skin tone, but I have dry patches. It is disappointing that this product may not be good for those with a drier skin. I will definitely check it out when I go in though. I kind of like the seaweed idea. Ha. I will also have to ask in Lush what products they do for a drier skin.

    Great review!

    Rachel xxx

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    1. The funny thing is that Aqua Marina is actually designed for people with normal / dry skin but I find it pretty drying. I don't know it may just me though, but I definitely have this tight feeling after using it :( It is still a brilliant product tho! <3 I have heard fab things about Mask of Magnaminty but have never actually tried it! I will definitely have a look at it next time I am in Lush, thanks lovely! :))

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  4. This product sounds lovely, shame about its downfalls though! I really enjoyed this review, it's so detailed :)

    Hannah x

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    1. Ah thank you so much, glad you like it hun! <3 It really is a shame but I really love what the product does to my skin so I don't mind the downfall that much :)) xx

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  5. His sounds amazing! My skin has gotten quite bad lately so I try to remember to get some when I next go lush!

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    1. It definitely works wonder for my skin, so I'd definitely recommend to give it a go! :)) xx

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  6. I really want to try this but my skin is quite dry :/ But everything else seems to tick the boxes haha! May have to get a sample next time I visit a Lush shop :) Fab review!
    xx

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    1. Thank you hun! <3 I think you should definitely pick up a sample because it may not feel as dry on your skin! I absolutely love everything else about it so it's worth giving it a try I think! :) xx

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  7. This sounds lovely...if I get a Lush cleanser I usually get the Angels on Bare Skin, which I do really like but my only problem is that I tend to find it doesn't last very long? Like if I've had it for a couple of weeks it will basically dry up and go bad. Do you find that with this product? xoxo

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    1. I have never had that problem with this product, lovely. It lasts me for about 4-5 month and it never changes its formula and works as good as in the beginning! :) I haven't tried Angels on Bare Skin yet but I am really curious to try it, I've heard lovely things about it! :) xxx

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  8. This looks so delicious!! I could eat it....

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    1. Haha wait until you smell it - you'll probably change your mind! It smells so weird and not very pleasant! :)) xx

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  9. This sounds like an amazing cleanser. I have never really tried any skincare from Lush. I will definitely look of for this next time I am in Lush. It's great when you find a product that your really love!

    Gillian from Glam Up Everyday x

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    1. It really is amazing! It's so great to know that there is something that really works for you! <3 Definitely give this a try lovely, I cannot recommend this enough! Let me know how you get along with it if you end up getting it! :)) xx

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  10. Must-try... I'm a huge fan of Angels on bare skin, and the Dark angels are also great, bu a lot rougher :)

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    1. Ohh I haven't tried them yet even though I've heard fab things about them! I need to check them out net time I'm at Lush :) xx

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  11. Wow it's a great review! it looks great :)
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  12. I love the texture of this, looks so creamy! Wish it was for oily skin!

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    1. It really is creamy and so soft! :) I actually think that it would be perfect for oily skin because I find that it definitely keeps the oils at bay! Maybe you could get a sample and try it? <3 xx

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  13. This sounds lovely! My skin's on the oilier side and since you said it's drying maybe i'll give it a go :) xx

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    1. I definitely think that this products will suit oily skin so definitely give it a try! :)) xxx

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  14. Thanks for the review! I've been using their coal cleansing bar and might try this after that's done (which seems like it will be a long time from now...that stuff lasts forever!. The fact that it might help with acne scars and hyperpigmentation sells me! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I always find that Lush skincare product last ages, which is lovely! :) I've tried the coal bar and loved it but this one works much better on my skin! Definitely try it next, lovely! <3 xx

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  15. sounds like a fantastic product! I'm always on the hunt for new cleansers to try... going on my wishlist now :) x

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    1. Oh I really hope it will work great on your skin hun! :)) xxx

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  16. Love how you always go so in depth in your reviews! :) I could definitely get some use out of this cleanser in the summer following sun exposure! xx

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! <33 xxx

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  17. Do Lush give out samples? I'm tempted to give this a trial before I buy the full shabang. Great review lovely.

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    Megan xxx

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    1. They do, or at least my local one does. I often ask for samples and they are more then willing to give me some! :)) And thank you so much gorgeous! <3 xxx

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  18. I was just at LUSH yesterday and picked up a body wash. Can't get enough of their products, thanks for sharing!

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    1. They are amazing, aren't they! I love LUSH so much! :)) xx

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  19. Thinking about taking a shopping trip down to lush, and was wondering what to buy, might buy this? What's other products are good from lush?xx

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    1. Apart from this one I ADORE Ocean Salt, which is my favorite facial scrub. It makes the skin so soft and smooth, definitely recommend it! Also their 'Lemony Flutter' cuticle butter is incredible - it nourishes and softens the cuticles so well! <3

      If you are looking for a more luxurious body product then RO's Argan Body Conditioner is the one to go for! It will seriously make your skin super soft and smooth, not to mention it smells amazing! <33

      Other that that I like their soaps and bath bombs! :)) xx

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  20. I used this too awhile back and my dry and sensitive (basically ezcema) skin loved it since it was so calming and it went nicely with the Dream Cream. I think I need to repurchase the this facial wash, I just loved the nori in it.


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    1. Love that it has Nori it it too. At first it was a bit weird but my skin loved it! :)) I am so glad this helped with your eczema, it really calms the skin so nicely! <3 xx

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  21. I've been looking out for a new cleanser, this sounds great! I suffer with acne and redness because of it so i'll definitely be giving this a try! x
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    1. I definitely think that this will help with your condition! Aqua Marina really evens out the skin tone so well and has helped with my occasional breakouts! I really hope you like it hun! :)) xx

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  22. I never tried this one, but lush is soooo amazing!
    <3

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    1. Yeees! Lush is incredible, LOVE their stuff so much! :)) xx

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  23. Great Review! I've tried a couple different cleansers by lush just not this one. Will have to check it out:)

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    1. Thank you lovely! This is by far my favorite Lush cleanser so definitely check it out hun, it is great! <33 xx

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  24. I really want to try this out, it sounds amazing because my skin has recently just been a little... meh. It needs a bit more of a glow so next time I'm in Lush I am going to ask for a sample before I go in for it! Great review!

    Kathryn x

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    1. Thanks darling! Yes, asking for a sample is a great idea because I'm pretty sure you will get a really good idea how you like it after just a couple of uses! Hope it will work great on you! :) xxx

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  25. I NEED to try this! It sounds lovely! Will definitely be giving it a go in the future!
    Lovely review :)
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    1. Thank you sweet! Let me know if you end up getting it! :)) xxx

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  26. I need a new cleanser, I'm currently using the simple one but I don't think I'll repurchase it when it runs out. I love lush stuff so I'll check this out next time I'm in there.

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    1. You can ask them to give you a sample and see how you'll like it but I definitely love it and can't recommend it enough! <33 x

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    1. Ohh let me know what you think of it if you get it hun! :)) xx

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  28. love how you've described this product and your photos are unbelievably gorgeous! this looks like a pretty good cleanser. have honestly never tried a lush product but obvs I really do want to. thanks for sharing a fantastic review! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much darling, so glad you liked it! <33 I am a huge Lush fan and definitely recommend their products so if you have the chance don't hesitate to try some out! :)) xx

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  29. Great review and pictures! Maybe include the price next time? My favorite LUSH products as of now are their I Love Juicy Shampoo (for clarifying) and their Ro's Argon Body Conditioner for moisturizing my body. :)

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    1. Oh my I totally forgot to list the price, sorry about that, I fixed it now! :) I haven't tried the shampoo but I may need to ask for a sample next time. Ro's Argan is such an incredible product, I love it too! <33 xx

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  30. Hey lovely, thanks for the comment on my blog! Love your blog - I'm now following :) This facial cleanser from Lush sounds fab especially as I have slightly oily skin so by the sounds of things may work for me! In all honesty I've never tried one from there but really tempted to now :) Justine xx
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    1. You're welcome lovely and I'm glad so glad you like my blog! <33 I definitely recommend checking their skin care range because they really do have some fab products. If you have oilier skin Aqua Marina is defo worth the try hun. You may ask at Lush to give you a sample for you to try out! :)) xxx

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  31. I have been looking for a new cleanser so think I will go and give this a try as it seems very reasonable! Come and check out my body shop GIVEAWAY! http://www.b-e-a-u-t-y-t-u-t-o-r.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/my-first-give-away.html

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    1. Oh let me know if you get it hun! I hope it will work fab on you! :) xx

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  32. really useful to know you thought this helped with spots, as someone who suffers from sensitive spot prone skin its nice to know this shouldnt exacerbate the problem as i do love how my skin feels after exfoliating.
    great post, very informative :)

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  33. seems like a great product... wanna try that!

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  34. This looks gorgeous. I may have to try this.
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  35. This looks amazing. I will deffo pick up a sample next time I am in Lush.

    Salli
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  36. I love Aqua Marina, it makes my skin feel so refreshed!

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  37. This sounds like an interesting product to try! You have a great writing style by the way! :)

    Ria x
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  38. Thnkx alot love.n u also n I already entered into yr giveaway

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  39. This sounds lovely, I really need to expand my interest into Lush as they look like they do some amazing skincare products :)
    Amy xx
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  40. great review, now i want to try this!!!

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  42. Nice review.i want to try dis but unfortunately here it is not available.dear can u tel me where can I buy dis from online?

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