I have been using the rather expensive Clinique Take the Day off cleanser for a while now, and whilst I do really like it, it is maybe a bit too expensive for me. Essentially I am rubbing it on and washing it off so surely a similar style but cheaper product would do the same job? So I was excited to give Ultrabland a go.
At first the texture feels a little gritty on my skin, but this turns out to be a positive thing, as it also exfoliates a little as I cleanse. First I cleansed with a micellar water to get the majority of the stubborn eye make up off then I rub Ultrabland all over my face and even onto my eyes. It makes rather a mess smearing whats left of my make-up around, but it feels really nice on my skin.
I then splash my face with some warm water a few times and wipe the remainder off with a hot soaked flannel before toning.
I am so pleased to report that Ultrabland gets off every single leftover scrap of make-up and doesn't leave my face feeling stripped clean! It actually is quite oily and leaves an oily residue on my face but I really like this. I think a bit of oil in the evening is good for my face, really moisturising.
I would not use this cleanser in the morning, I prefer to use a micllear water, followed by a cream cleanser and toner in a morning, as without make-up my face doesn't need a full cleanse. Because this is an oily product I much prefer to use it in an evening and it is really effective in taking off my make-up. Ultrabland has become a firm favourite in my daily routine and I shall most certainly be re-purchasing this.
I adore the smell of Ocean Salt, so it is a pleasure to use. I have been using it a couple of times a week on my face in the evenings as part of my evening cleanse. I cleanse first then use Ocean Salt and wash off with a hot flannel. My skin has never felt so soft. I love this stuff, another product I shall be re-buying.
I am not however going to be re-purchasing the Sugar Scrub. I had high hopes for this as a body scrub but I just do not find scrub bars very practical. It is rather big to use all at once so I cut it into four but it did not cut well and was very crumbly. In the shower I found some bits broke off well but then I was left with a hard lump that didn't seem to break down.
Generally I loved the smell of Sugar Scrub and it created a nice lather on my skin and my skin truly felt amazing afterwards, but it is not very practical for me. It did crumble all over the place and leave a bit of a mess in my shower. I also felt that it was a little too harsh on my skin, I like the smaller grains of the Ocean Salt instead.
I would have probably overlooked this product in the shop with the name 'massage bar' but during the demo we learnt that the product can also be used as a body moistursier. I would always use this product in the evening because it is quite oily and takes a little hile to sink into the skin, so putting clothes on straight away might not be ideal. But fab in the evenings when you can apply a more oily moisturiser ready for bed and my skin is super soft in the morning.
I am not sure about this product yet, whilst I loved how it made my skin feel the fact that it is a bar puts me off, I don't find it very practical to apply or to store.
Stepping Stone Foot Scrub - Oooh I love this one, the smell is gorgeous (don't all Lush products smell amazing!?!) and it makes a lovely creamy lather scrub on my feet. Again, like the Sugar Scrub, I am not sure this bar is entirely practical for me, a pot of this stuff would be super! It easily breaks up and is nice to use, but I'm just not sure what to do with the product after I have used it, does that make sense? It's just messy on a bathroom shelf, haha!