FOMO Jelly Face Mask from Lush


FOMO Jelly Face Mask is one of 5 brand new face masks that Lush released in July 2017. Face masks aren’t new to Lush but ones made into jellies are! To look at, the jelly face masks resemble an ordinary Lush shower jelly, however they are used very differently. I had seen pictures of the jelly masks from the Lush Summit 2017 back in February, unfortunately they weren’t however for sale and were simply there only as a display to show the world all of the things to come…

We however didn’t have to wait long as back in July the jelly face masks became available in all stores. I always use a clean tea spoon when it comes down to getting Lush face masks out of their pot. I use a spoon to apply the fresh face masks too, I feel it helps the product to last longer, so many people complain about the fresh face masks having such a short shelf life. My method for using a spoon is to stop any cross contamination happening, grabbing a chunk of it out of the pot with your fingers is quick and easy BUT it risks the chance of bacteria from your hands getting in to the rest of the product that you want to save for another time. Using your fingers even if washed well can leave the leftover product to go mouldy very quickly. Since I started using Lush face masks with a spoon my face masks last months and months passed their sell buy if kept in the fridge too.

Containing calamine powder, neroli oil and rose absolute, there are certain elements to FOMO that remind me ever so slightly of the Don’t Look at Me fresh face mask and the Rose Jam shower gel.

When it comes down to the application of the jelly masks it is completely different from how you would apply the fresh ones. Once you’ve spooned a grape sized amount of jelly from the pot you then work it in your hands to form a paste. This action is very similar to what you do when using the fresh face cleansers however you do not add water.

Unlike the fresh face masks the new jelly face masks do not need to be kept in a fridge, I however do store them in a fridge. Jelly masks also have a much longer shelf life than their fresh-face-mask equivalents. You can easily get 6 to 8 masks out of just the one pot. It  forms up a paste very quickly and application is mess-free, quick and easy. After 15 minutes it is time to take the face mask off, I use a hot and wet flannel. It comes off easily and no residue is left on my face at all.

Once the face mask was off my face felt brand new, the redness had gone down and my face was super soft and perfectly hydrated.



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Thundersnow Bath Bomb from Lush

Photo 14-03-2017, 22 11 41The Thundersnow Bath Bomb is yet another product that was originally exclusive to February 2017’s Lush Summit. As soon as the Summit doors opened, photographs of this new and very interesting looking bath bomb were plastered all over Instagram. Up until the Lush Creative Showcase 2017, the Summit was the only place the Thundersnow bath bomb was available. I have updated this review today as the Thundersnow bath bomb is now a part of Lush’s Winter 2017 line.

Thundersnow is the average sized Lush bath bomb, it has a teal and pastel green striped decor that (in my opinion) resembles a watermelon. It however much like the Melomint bubble bar has nothing to do with a watermelon.

Thundersnow has a very gentle, creamy mint fragrance. When bathing in it I couldn’t help but feel as if who ever created it drew inspiration from the Abombinaball, Intergalactic and Haagenbath bath bombs. It seems as if all of the things I love most about the aforementioned bath bombs have been taken out and placed into the Thundersnow bath bomb.

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As soon as the Thundersnow bath bomb hits the water a wave of creamy mint fragrance hits you. Teal and pastel green foam froths out of it as it bobs around the waters surface,  it’s almost as if it is dancing in the water. After a short while, the Thundersnow bath bomb appears to have lost all of its colour, at this point it is a bright, crisp white.

The patterns that begin to form on top of the water remind me somewhat of the Frozen bath bomb. The water underneath the pretty patterns shimmers and feels silky soft to touch. Laying back in this bath is so incredibly relaxing, it is also soothing not only just on my skin but also my mind. Any tension that had built up over the day floats away.

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I could be wrong but I think the below photo shows exactly why this bath bomb is called Thundersnow, it really does look like snow falling from the sky, it also appears to crackle apart on the surface of the water. I’ve never used a bath bomb quite like it before, it’s beautiful!

The effect it creates is very similar to that nail crackle effect that everyone was mad on about 10 years ago. Thundersnow also has popping candy in it which makes for a very interesting bath, snap, crackle and pop!

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The Thundersnow bath bomb entertained all of my senses. It was not only visibly stunning but smelt and felt great too. My skin continued to glow hours and hours after getting out of the bath. The bath bombs scent also remained on my skin and it left me feeling so calm and chilled out right into the next day.

I am so pleased that Lush have made this bath bomb readily available through their current Winter line, it truly is a fantastic bath bomb that needs to be experienced by Lushies all over!



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 16th of March 2017. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


 

Wash Behind Your Ears Shower Gel from Lush

I always get ridiculously over excited when a new Lush shower gel or cream is released. Shower gels don’t have as much wow factor as the Lush bath bombs do and I think that’s what makes me like them so much.

When I first got into Lush I ignorantly focused all of my attention on to the bath bombs and bubble bars, it wasn’t until I had explored those products that I began to crave more.

It wasn’t long until all of the scents and colours of the bath bomb and bubble bars had completely seduced me leaving me wanting anything and everything Lush… Enter Lush shower gel!

My very first Lush shower gel was Twilight. Our pairing obviously went off with a bang and ever since I’ve sought after every Lush shower gel I can get my hands on. This Easter (2017) Lush decided to bring out a limited edition, brand new shower gel called Wash Behind Your Ears.

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The Wash Behind Your Ears Shower Gel is a bold and very bright orange fitting in perfectly with the Springtime and Easter holidays. What has surprised so many people about it is that it, (just like the Flopsy face wash jelly) contains carrot infusion.

Unfortunately I have heard very mixed reviews on Wash Behind Your Ears, some have said its scent is dull, others say it just smells like carrot. I have also heard that its texture is more creamy than most shower gels. Do I agree with any of the above statements? Yes I do – but not all of them!

Wash Behind Your Ears does have a very creamy texture in comparison to some of Lush’s other shower gels, I however find that it lathers up very quickly which is the opposite trait to most Lush shower creams. What I find most satisfying about its texture is that the smallest amount seems to go a very long way. Although most people tend to overindulge with the liquid products, squeezing out more than they actually need you really do not need to do this with Wash Behind Your Ears. I can see one 250g bottle of it lasting me for more than 6 months with everyday use.

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Dull is the wrong word to describe its scent, it’s not as attention grabbing or dominant as the likes of Plum Rain or Snow Fairy but it isn’t dull. Subtle is a more accurate way of describing its scent. It actually has quite a soft floral air about it and I personally cannot identify any carrot. It does however have a root vegetable element to its scent, one that reminds me of prepared, raw root vegetables such as the parsnip. I have only ever thought this about one other product and that was the Magic bath bomb.

I get that my use of the word ‘parsnip’ may put some people off, as the thought of rubbing parsnips all over your body isn’t very exciting at all. Please don’t be put off by my comparison though, root veg vibes or no root veg vibes with its added floral undertones the scent really does work. If you’re a Lushie that prefers the softer scents Wash Behind Your Ears may just be the perfect shower gel for you.

Although Wash Behind Your Ears didn’t woo me in quite the same way as the Hot Toddy shower gel did, I didn’t dislike it. I also do not think it deserves the amount of negative attention that it got, it is a very efficient shower gel that brightens and refreshes my skin  with long lasting effects. I wouldn’t miss it if it didn’t come back again but I did buy an extra bottle to keep in my Lush storage!



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Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly from Lush

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When I found out about 2016’s brand new Lush Easter product the Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly, I was so excited. What got me the most excited is its ingredients. Much like the Down the Rabbit Hole bubble bar, Bouncy Bunny’s main ingredient is Brazilian orange oil which is one of my personal favourites.

Now that Winter and all of its tingly, skin-warming Lush products are becoming a distant memory, I am standing waiting with open arms for all of the spring time, zesty and energising Lush goodies!

Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly has an energising, summery scent that I find incredibly refreshing, especially after an early morning hydro session. I’ve had to cut caffeine completely out of my diet now, (not that I ever drank a lot of it) but since trying to tackle my insomnia head on I have had to become very strict with myself, anything that could help my energy levels without drowning myself with caffeine is gold dust to me.

Using this shower jelly gives me a much needed boost when my energy levels are wavering, it’s perfect for me when I think only a cup of tea or 4 will get me through the day.

Brazilian orange oil is particularly good for the brightening and toning of skin too, pairing Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly up with a soft exfoliator will ensure that your skin is more than summer ready.

My only negative on this shower jelly is its shape, I however do not dislike the shape, I think it’s cute that they’ve used the exact same mold for the Bouncy Bunny as the Spring Bunny bath bomb. I just find shower jellies that are the standard shape a lot easier to use if you prefer to use them whole like me. The character shaped ones are very tricky to keep a hold of. Trying to keep it in your hand while using it is quite the challenge.

I am sad that this shower jelly didn’t come back in 2017’s Easter line, it is however making an appearance in the Lush Kitchen on Monday (17th April 2017) so at least some of us can still get one if we want!



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 31st of March 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb from Lush

The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb part 1For Easter 2017 Lush decided to turn some of their most popular regular shaped bath bombs into egg shaped ones. The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb is of course an adaptation of the more than colourful Experimenter bath bomb.

The Experimenter Egg bath bomb is probably the hardest to photograph out of the Easter line, no matter which way you try to put it down, it is impossible to get all of it in one shot. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on what it looks like so have added a photo below that shows it from every angle, this was not an easy task. (I hope my attention to detail and crazy high levels of Lush geekness pleases at least one other Lushie!)TEEBB All anglesThe Experimenter bath bomb was originally released and presented as an Oxford Street , London exclusive at the opening of Lush’s flagship store in 2015. The high level of demand for this colourful product grew at such an unbelievable rate that Lush decided to make them readily available both online and in all Lush stores.

Knowing this, I wasn’t at all surprised when I see that for the Easter period of 2017 they had decided to adapt it into an egg shape.

Sporting an array of 5 colours the Experimenter products both hexagonal or egg shaped, demands everyones attention and with very little effort. For the plainer coloured bath bombs I always tend to write in my reviews that they get overlooked because of other, more colourful bath bombs. The Experimenter is one of those bath bombs and seeing it in the shape of an egg got me very, very excited!

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As soon as the, The Experimenter Egg bath bomb hits the water a wave of its smoky, sweet scent hits you, it’s quite an acquired scent but is one I have grown to like from using the original Experimenter bath bomb. Back when I very first tried the, The Experimenter bath bomb its scent overwhelmed my senses, I now however really enjoy it. The best description I have heard of its scent is saying that it smells just like marshmallows cooked on an open fire. Smoky with a delicate kick of vanilla.

The colours and pretty bubbles that spurts out of this Egg bath bomb makes for a very entertaining bathing experience. I know people think I am bonkers when I get excited over things you just plonk in the bath but if you see this bath bomb in action you will understand why I love Lush Cosmetics so much.

Not only does it create beautiful and bright bath art but it also contains popping candy, I love how it charges around the bath leaving a trail of bath art while pop, pop, popping away.
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Is the, The Experimenter Egg bath bomb any different from the original The Experimenter bath bomb? not really. It was however interesting to see it in an alternative shape. With it also being a little bit bigger than the original it seemed to put on a much longer show.

I recommend using the, The Experimenter Egg bath bomb as fresh as possible. Lush products are very good at lasting well passed their shelf life dates I however think you get the most out of this one if used as soon as possible. It makes for a memorable and exciting bath!



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Yellow Submarine Bath Bomb from Lush

Although I didn’t get to go to the Lush Summit back in February a few of my Lush friends managed to grab me most of the bits available. It was unadulterated torture seeing everyone uploading all of the beautiful photographs taken over those 2 days on Instagram. The Lush Showcase was one of the best days of my life and I was so heartbroken at the fact I couldn’t make it to the Summit. I am so thankful for my friends for grabbing me as much as they could, thank you!

I’m still missing a few items from that event. Lush, if you’re reading this PLEASE have a Lush Kitchen week of them soon, you know you want to. 😉

The amount of new products that were showcased at the Lush Summit left me ridiculously overwhelmed, I didn’t know what to obsess over first, the Yellow Submarine Bath Bomb looked like a good one to start on though…

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The Yellow Submarine bath bomb shares its scent with Lush’s Big Calm shower jelly, it smells just like piña colada and makes me think of dropping everything and just jetting off on a sunny holiday. Sadly sharing a bath with the Yellow Submarine is the closest I’m going to be getting to a holiday for the foreseeable future, it isn’t quite the same as a holiday but it will suffice for now.

As soon as you place the Yellow Submarine into the bath water, bright yellow froth spurts out of it, after a short while the froth slows right down, with it still floating the bath bomb slowly starts to charge itself around the bath tub, its pink rudder leaving a trail of pink in amongst all of the yellow.

Eventually the Yellow Submarine bath bomb cracks revealing its hot pink innards. The bath art it creates is some of the brightest I’ve ever experienced, it has very similar colouring to the Enchanter and the Over and Over bath bomb, it however just appears so much brighter. I’m not sure if this is because it is actually brighter or if its just because of its summery, fruity ingredients that give off a bright and sunny illusion.

Pink is my favourite colour and watching the pretty patterns unfold was almost as relaxing as the bath itself. The contrasting colours work so well together, I couldn’t help but take hundreds of pictures.

At first I wasn’t too sure of this bath bombs scent, I love how the Big Calm shower jelly smells but the Yellow Submarine’s adaptation of the same scent was significantly stronger.

Once placed in the water the scent however became much more subtle. The scent stays with you throughout the bath and I’m so pleased that it didn’t remain as overpowering as it was when it was fresh out of the Lush bag.

Overall the Yellow Submarine bath bomb is yet again another Lush product that I recommend you try if you ever get the chance. I really hope that Lush Kitchen release it on their menu soon as I know so many people that didn’t manage to get hold of one wanted to give it a go, I promise it’s totally worth the wait!



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Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb from Lush

When the photos of Lush’s 2017 Mother’s day range were released the Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb is what first caught my attention. Shaped just like a giant daisy their bright and bold colours are perfect for the Spring time.

Some have confused Ups-A-Daisy as being available in 2 different colours like the Mum bath bomb however, this in not the case. One side of the bath bomb is orange and pink, while the other side is yellow and turquoise. Both sides are visible in the photo above.

The Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb is actually great value for money. I honestly expected it to be a lot more expensive, getting anything cheaper is of course always more than welcome. I know many people have noticed that there has been a slight price-hike in some Lush products, although this is frustrating, it’s just one of those things. Ingredient prices are always expected to fluctuate depending on a huge number of different factors that are beyond anyones control.

The only thing that doesn’t fluctuate in regards to Lush products is their outstanding quality. The best of quality is always a guarantee when it comes down to Lush,  I therefore don’t mind if the price of a product does go up a little, obviously the cheaper the better (I’d be mad to say otherwise) BUT, always getting great quality, ethically sourced products is what is the most important thing to me.

The one and only thing that stopped me in my tracks when it came down to the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb was deciding what side of it I would put face down in the bath water. It sent my OCD into overdrive. I am a huge geek and like to experience every last second of a Lush product, it killed me to not be able to have both sides on top, I however had picked up 2 of these bath bombs so that I could try it the other way round in another bath – all was not lost!

Upon first use I used the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb orange and pink side up. As soon as the bath bomb hit the water it began to foam. Slowly but surely the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb fizzes away creating pretty streaks of orange, pink, yellow and blue.

What I wasn’t prepared for was how long it took to dissolve. I love a slow fizzer as I like to take pictures of all the pretty patterns a bath bomb makes, after 10 minutes I however got bored and dunked them under as you can see in the 3rd photo, above and below.

Scent wise, I have heard a lot of people compare this bath bomb to Frozen. I can see what they mean, Ups-A-Daisy is however less sweet and more floral. I’m not a huge fan of floral scents and it did take me a while to get used to this bath bomb, once in the bath I was however very happy with it.

When the bath bomb is orange and pink side up, to look at it reminds me of the Yoga bath bomb. When it is yellow and blue side up it reminds me a little of a mixture of the Yoga and Fizzbanger bath bomb.

Looking on Instagram I can see a lot of people seem to favour having it orange and pink side up. Both sides were beautiful, I found that the yellow and blue side up was a little more colourful though. I also recommend waiting for the bath bomb to do its thing, it is a very slow fizzer but the colours that streak out of it at the very end are on par with last years Somewhere Over the Rainbow bath bomb.

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Overall I really like the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb, it isn’t my favourite of the Mother’s Day range but it does put on a very beautiful show and I am glad that I tried it both sides up. I definitely recommend trying this bath bomb twice as either sides put on a very different show.



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Flutterby Bubble Bar from Lush

flutterby-taggedThe Flutterby Bubble Bar was a Mother’s Day, Oxford Street exclusive back in 2016. I will apologise now for the lateness of this review, I honestly thought I had reviewed it, I tried to link it to another review a couple of weeks ago and that’s when I realised that I hadn’t actually done it, whoops!

Flutterby is a hot pink and white bubble bar decorated with a butterfly on its top. Colour wise it could easily be confused for the, The Comforter bubble bar. Lush products are always sorted into scent families and the Flutterby bubble bar is a part of the Yummy, Yummy, Yummy family.

The Yummy, Yummy, Yummy scent features in a variety of some of the most popular Lush products. The Roller bath bomb, Yummy Mummy shower cream and Peeping Santa bubbleroon to name a few.

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What first impressed me about the Flutterby bubble bar was its size. I had no idea that it would be so big and bulky. It certainly wouldn’t be lost if placed alongside the extra large bubble bars such as Brightside.

I was and still am also very impressed with its scent. Back when I first got it I couldn’t get enough of its creamy, sweet and strawberry-esque fragrance. As a rule, I always try to use Lush products as fresh as possible as the fresher a product is, the better it performs.

I really, really liked the Flutterby bubble bar and I stocked up on it before Mother’s day 2016 was over. I haven’t seen anything official that says it is coming back this year which I am really disappointed about, luckily I still have a few left and even over a year later they all still smell and work as if they were brand new. WINNING!

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Crumbling Flutterby under a running tap produces mounds and mounds of soft and fluffy white bubbles, underneath those bubbles Flutterby also turns your bath water the most gorgeous shade of pink. As soon as you get in the bath your skin begins to soak up all of the benefits this bubble bar offers.

Jam packed with tonka, geranium and Brazilian orange oil Flutterby comforts, softens and tones your skin while also soothing tired or aching muscles. You can easily get 4 or 5 generously bubbled baths out of just the one Flutterby bubble bar.

This bubble bar has a very versatile scent making it perfect for bath cocktails, it works especially well with the citrus and floral products. I hope Flutterby comes out in the Lush Kitchen this year as it’s such a beautiful product that I would really like to stock up on once again.



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Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

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When it comes down to Lush’s reusable bubble bars I am more than willing to admit that I either love them or hate them. For me there is no inbetween. This is because I find that some of the reusable ones just aren’t as colourful and vibrant in the water as the ordinary ones are.

A good example of a reusable bubble bar that wasn’t as good as I’d envisioned colour-wise was last years (2016) Santasaurus. Don’t get me wrong, it was perfectly fragranced and left my skin soft, it is just the colour it transformed the bath water into that let it down, it was a very murky green and it didn’t make me feel very Christmassy.

There are however a few reusable bubble bars that do match up to the ordinary bubble bars standards so I always give each one a go at least once. What had me intrigued about the Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bar was the fact that there are 3 colours to try in just the one product purchase, orange, purple and pink…

The Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar shares its scent with the Snowman shower jelly, I would however like to point out that its scent is not at all one I would associate with Christmas. It is in fact quite the opposite, it includes a mixture of lemon and bergamot oil and actually reminds me more of the Spring time. I guess this is why Bunch of Carrots has been released as an Easter product over the last few years.

Its scent is cheery and refreshing. I would love to try more products with its scent, I really do like it and an added bonus to it is that it reminds me of my nan and grandad’s house when I was little, not only does it smell beautiful and refreshing it also brings to light many happy memories for me too.

Surprisingly each carrot lasted for 2 baths each. The colour they turned the water were also all very vibrant, there wasn’t as many bubbles as I’d normally get though. The scent however stays throughout the whole of your bath and the lemon and bergamot in it really helps give you a boost. I can’t wait to try this years batch (2017). I will update this post if there’s any difference, (larger amount of bubbles ect) also the photos in this post need updating… I’ll get on it as soon as Lush Easter arrives! 😉



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The Kiss Lip Gloss from Lush

The Kiss Lip Gloss has yet again made a return as a part of Lush’s Valentine’s Day range. Sharing its scent with my favourite of the Lush lip scrubs, The Kiss I can never help but pick one up.

When I very first ordered this lip gloss I wasn’t at all aware that it was a lip gloss, I thought it was either a lip balm or a lip tint. It wasn’t until I had it in front of me that I realised what it was. Stupid I know, after all it’s not like it is labelled as ‘The Kiss Lip Gloss’ in an inconspicuous way.

I’m not a huge fan of lip gloss purely because it’s a nightmare to have on when you have long hair. The wind just has to blow a little bit for your hair to get stuck to your mouth, it’s easy enough to unstick, lip gloss is however not very flattering in your hair. There’s only so much it can take before people start to think you missed a bit of gunk the last time you washed it.the-kiss-lip-glossWith this in mind I was pretty positive that I wouldn’t get on with the, The Kiss lip gloss I am however pleased to let you know that I actually quite like it.

First of all it smells exactly the same as the Lip Scrub, secondly it isn’t as glossy as I had feared. I would describe it as more of a lip butter, Although it is not quite as moisturising as a lip butter, just very similar in consistency. It’s packed with natural ingredients that are all very good for lips. Shea butter and coconut oil are great at moisturising the lips while a mix of mandarin oil and almond oil softens and brightens them.

The Kiss glides onto your lips very easily and you can layer it up to add to its subtle, light pink colour. If you’re like me and don’t like too much product, you can just dab on the one coat to add a light shine to your lips.

This lip gloss is not my favourite from the Valentine’s range however when it is paired with the lip scrub it’s brilliant. The only thing I’m not sure about is the taste of it. I know you’re not supposed to eat it but it does go on your lips so naturally I’d prefer it to taste a little bit better than it does.



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