Hype Hound: Can Lush's Sleepy Body Lotion Really Help You Sleep? | Clozette

Originally released as a limited-edition holiday product, Sleepy gained its spot as a Lush mainstay because of the hype it garnered from fans who claimed that it helped them with their insomnia. One author even claimed that this body lotion helped her sleep in just 15 minutes. Naturally, this made us wonder if it is really as good as they say. So we bought a jar at a local Lush store and tried it for ourselves. The small jar costs PHP525/~USD10.08 for 95g and the big jar is priced at PHP945/~USD18.14 for 225g. Did it live up to its hype? Read on to find out.

I usually sleep as early as 9 PM, making it seem like I should be able to sleep soundly. However, even the tiniest noise wakes me up and sometimes, my brain just wouldn't stop hustling that I suddenly wake up in the middle of the night feeling all worked up. So when I heard about this product that's supposedly a "miracle for insomniacs," I was excited to give it a try.

Just like any other Lush product, the packaging is uncomplicated, which I liked. However, the candy-like smell was initially too sweet for my liking. Thankfully, it grew on me after weeks of usage. Still, if you're sensitive to scents, this might put you off.

As for the actual product, the consistency is very silky and leaves a nice soft sheen to the skin. Regarding its claims, it's an exaggeration to say that you'll fall asleep as soon as you lather it on, but I think it did help me get more soothing zzzzs for the past couple of weeks probably because of the natural oils.

Is it worth the hype? If you don't expect too much from it, probably. It's a soothing product, just not something that will cure you of insomnia in as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Except for a few nights, I fall asleep pretty easily. With that said, even if I'm quite a heavy sleeper I still enjoyed Lush's Sleepy. In fact, this pastel-purple cream is one of my favourite body lotions right now along with Lush's Dream Cream (for the colder months) and Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion (for the summer months). In my opinion, the best thing about Sleepy is its scent; it was love at first sniff for me. It doesn't smell like the typical lavender scent; this one is sweeter and candy-like with hints of fruity notes. I absolutely love the aroma and it definitely helps me relax after a busy day. 

However, I must say that I didn't experience the magical sleep potion effect of Sleepy. I timed myself and whether or not I use this body lotion, I still sleep roughly in the same amount of time. Nevertheless, as I've said I still benefitted from its soothing effects. The consistency is very silky yet moisturising enough for my skin. It's not the lightest lotion in the market but it's not heavy. If you're familiar with the texture of Lush's Dream Cream then I would say that it has the same feel, which makes sense because they both use oatmeal in their formula. 

Now, let's talk about the packaging. I'm a little torn, to be honest. On one hand, I love the feel of dipping your fingertips in a tub of rich, velvety cream. However, like all products in a jar, it seems a bit unhygienic and sometimes you can't help but scoop more product than you need. I guess the best thing is to wash your hands first before putting this on or better yet, indulge first in a nice bath or shower before using Sleepy. I've tried it and it felt great! Even though Sleepy's price is a little steep for a body lotion, I would still repurchase it. 

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There's never a dull moment in the worlds of fashion and beauty. Yes, that includes hump days. Here are some of the exciting things you need to know right now.

Milk Makeup's new mascara

Milk Makeup had teased a new product coming out on 20 April a couple of weeks back. And now it has been revealed. It's a mascara. But that's not the interesting part, of course; one of its ingredients is. Can you guess what? It's cannabis oil, which is said to be great at conditioning the lashes to make them stronger and less prone to fallout.

Swap and Shop with Melissa

Here's a nice deal. Swap your shoes for discounts to shop at Melissa. You can get 10% off on your purchase when you swap one pair, 15% off when you swap two pairs, and 20% off when you swap three pairs. Plus, you get to help, too, as all the shoes collected will be donated to Sole4Souls (a non-profit organisation that helps individuals in impoverished nations to start and maintain their own businesses). Swing by MDREAMS at Raffles City Centre from 20 to 22 April to join.

New Wives' Tales

Enjoy a showcase of various crafts and art pieces inspired by a reinterpretation of meaningful wedding traditions at New Wives' Tales, presented by Carrie K. Head to the National Design Centre, Gallery Space from today till 22 April to witness this marvellous exhibit.

Mother's Day Special

Our mums are special, no doubt, so it's only fitting that we give them a treat. Make memories that will last through a nice photo shoot with your beloved mother. Studio Petite is offering a special two-hour family shoot for SGD300. Book your session before 13 May.

(Cover photo from: @milkmakeup)

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Finding the right foundation shade is a challenge to all, but more so for ladies with darker skin tones. And it doesn't help that only a few brands release extensive choices to accommodate everyone. But that's slowly changing as we see some influential beauty brands embracing diversity and becoming more inclusive in their product releases. That said, here are some of the latest flawless foundations for dark skin that you should try out.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Longwear Foundation SPF 25

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Longwear Foundation SPF 25


Available in 29 shades, the Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless foundation offers shades for fair, light, medium, tan and deep shades. It has medium to full buildable coverage that features the first-ever flashback-free SPF.  No more chalky or ashy appearance in photos! This formula also contains snow mushroom and blue daisy extracts that provide hydration and a soothing effect on the skin.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation-- one of the best foundations for dark skin

SGD50/~USD38.13 (fentybeauty.com)

When talking about foundations for dark skin, we wouldn't miss the base Fenty Beauty offers. With over 40 shades to choose from, Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation may possibly be the most inclusive foundation line as of today. The release of this collection was much buzzed about, as it was groundbreaking for the beauty industry. It claims to give a soft matte, long wear finish with a buildable coverage from medium to full. The best thing about this foundation is the climate-adaptive technology that makes it resistant to heat and humidity; perfect for tropical babes like us. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

USD64 (giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)

You may have already heard about this foundation because it's been hyped about lately due to its creamy yet lightweight texture. It comes in 24 shades and offers medium coverage, making it one of the best foundations for dark skin in the market right now. The edge of this foundation is it's supposed to give you that "flawless lit-from-within glow" because of their exclusive Micro–fil™ technology that camouflages skin imperfections.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

SGD61/USD39 (toofaced.com)

Championed for giving that undetectable coverage and seamless application, Too Faced's Born This Way foundation quickly gained a cult following in the beauty community. Over the years, they've been adding more and more shades and as of now they already have a total of 24 diverse shades. Included in its formula are coconut water, Alpine Rose and Hyaluronic filling to ensure hydration and a flawless complexion.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

SGD76/USD49 (narscosmetics.com)

To find the best foundation for your skin tone, you should also consider your undertones. And yes, even if you're a dark-skinned gal it's still possible for you to have a cool undertone. The old trick to identifying your correct undertone is to examine the colour of your veins. If it's bluish then you have a cool undertone, if it's yellowish then it's warm, and if it's greenish then you have an olive undertone. NARS recognises this and that's why they came up with 20 shades of foundation with a focus on undertones. The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation offers full coverage with up to 16-hour wear. 

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