The Body Shop Beautifying Oil

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What is it?

An all purpose moisturising beauty oil that can be used on the face, body and hair.

 

The Review:

This oil comes in lots of different smells varying from fruity ones to floral ones. It’s a really deeply nourishing mixture of nut oils that are all responsibly sourced and can be used on the face, body and hair.

I personally have not used it on my face for two reasons – the first being that anything that is fairly strongly scented I get nervous about putting on my face and the second is that I have combination skin so I don’t want or need to be putting anything that’s oily on it. If I had dry skin then I would definitely give it a go though as this oil sinks in beautifully and doesn’t just sit on the skin and leave you feeling sticky.

This product is amazing on the body, it moisturises the skin without leaving that annoying greasiness that I hate so much! I can apply the oil and put my clothes straight on without it being uncomfortable or staining my clothes and for once they don’t get stuck to me either yay! It sinks in so quickly and smells AMAZING! There is definitely a scent for everyone.

This oil also works on the hair really nicely too, helping to nourish and protect it from frizz. I like to put a really small amount in towel dried hair, focusing on the ends and find that this really helps it look smooth and frizz free. You can also use this on dry hair but be VERY careful with this. The first time I did this, I used too much and the ends just looked greasy 😦 You need a TINY amount on dry hair which you should rub between your hands first and spread evenly through the ends. I have discovered you can use this oil as a hair treatment by putting it into dry hair and sleeping it and washing it out in the morning, or just leave it in for 30/45 mins and wash out the same evening. This achieves super healthy, shiny, smooth looking hair.

 

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Worth the Money?

100ml is £9.00 and this product has so many uses! I feel like it is absolutely worth the money and a little goes a very long way so the bottle will last you a long time. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Cannot fault.

Available online and in The Body Shop stores :

I have the Satsuma one – http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/bath-body-care/body-moisturisers/satsuma-beautifying-oil.aspx

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask

 

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What is it?

A pale green tea tree face mask with a thick consistency that is suitable for blemished skin. It claims to be a deep cleansing mask that helps fight blemishes and reduce dirt and oil on the skin.

 

The Review:

This mask has a creamy thick consistency and is a pale green colour. It comes in a tub rather than a squeezy tube which can be troublesome as we all know that tubs of products can mean a less hygienic product. Other than the packaging though, this product is lovely.

The smell is fresh, clean and as you would expect, this mask overall, is tea tree scented.

The mask glides on in a smooth layer when applied to the skin and does give a slight cooling and tingling sensation, something that I like as it makes me feel like it’s doing something.

I left it on for about 12 minutes and although I felt it get slightly harder, I still didn’t feel it get uncomfortably tight on my face like many other deep cleansing masks. It was also fairly easy to remove and came away nicely with some warm water and a muslin cloth. I generally find masks easier to remove by using a cloth.

Once I’d finished patting my skin dry I noticed my face looked both cleaner, brighter and oil free. Any redness on recent blemishes was also slightly diminished and after  a few weeks of using this I found my skin was overall less oily.

 

Worth the money?

The mask will set you back £10 and last you a long time. If you have oily or acne prone skin, this product is absolutely worth every penny. Tea tree soothes and cools whilst improving the appearance of and helping to prevent break out.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask is available from their shops or via their online website:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/shop-by-range/tea-tree/tea-tree-face-mask.aspx

 

 

Brow Basics

 

The Basics; Do’s and Don’ts

 

DO invest in a good set of tweezers.

There are some great tweezers on the market and many different shapes to choose from. I personally favour the standard slanted shape and the ones from Tweezerman are my absolute favourite, there’s even a free sharpening service when they start to get blunt which is a big bonus. They come in several different colours and patterns and even come in mini size in a handy little tube!

DON’T pluck more hairs than necessary.

Very thin eyebrows look unnatural and affect the whole look of your face. They are also difficult to grow back so be very careful when shaping them for the first time.

DO go with the natural shape of your brows.

This is the shape that your brows appear overall. The natural shape your brows will most likely suit your face the best. The idea of grooming your brows is to enhance the shape in order to flatter and frame your face. A great example of this is to look at Anne Hathaway, she has a fairly rounded shape as opposed to a high arch.

DON’T use a magnifying mirror.

This is a bit of weird one and probably partly down to personal preference but I would suggest that unless you really struggle to see, that you don’t use a magnifying mirror, especially the ones that you can get now that show up EVERYTHING. A standard mirror in a well lit room should be enough. The risk with using a magnifying mirror is that you can overpluck your brows easily. Chances are, if you need a magnifying mirror to see the hairs, you won’t see them with the naked eye.

 

 

Shaping your Brows

Absolute basics

The overall natural shape of your eyebrows is most likely to suit your face so use the natural shape as a guide.

As a general rule the diagram at the start of this post is also a good guide to finding a nice shape.

Take a pencil in line with outside of your nose straight up, this shows roughly where your brows should start (line A). Line B is again lined up with the outside of your nose but this time runs in line with the outer edge of your pupil, this is where most people should have the highest point of the brow – the arch. Finally line C takes the line from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye where it is a good place for your eyebrows to finish.

 

Your individual shape

Generally your brows should start in line with the outside of your nose, if your eyebrows start too far apart it makes your nose look wider, on the other hand, too close together and you can look very odd and a bit cross!

Now, as I said at the start, the diagram shown is a rough GUIDE. If you have a natural rounded brow shape then go with it, if you have fairly straight brows then go for a slightly straighter shape.

The same one brow shape that we see most often is the standard fairly high arch, however, this shape won’t necessarily suite everyone.

 

Anne Hathaway as seen here is a great example of going with her natural curve. She has a slight arch that curves upwards and outwards as this is what her natural brow wants to do. Her brows are not the typical highly defined arch we see a lot but all the same, enhance her features and suit her face.

Jennifer Conolly is another celebrity that has gone with her natural brow shape. Her brows are thicker and more straight but do still have a slight arch and finish in line with the outer corner of her eye so as not to have a brow that’s too short.

Both of these celebrities are brilliant examples of how to define and enhance your individual shape. The start and end points of their brows are pretty much the same but the curve and thickness of their brows are taylored to their own natural overall shape. This is the key to perfectly groomed brows, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got!

 

How to

If you’re shaping your brows for the first time then I suggest plucking a couple of hairs at a time and viewing the overall efffect on your face after each little session. Plucking just a couple each time and reviewing the progress from a little further back in the mirror will ensure you don’t overpluck.

Remember! You want your eyebrows to be even on both sides so I would pluck a couple of hairs from one side and then do the same on the other, making them the same as you go along until you find your perfect shape.

 

If you’re nervous then you could always go to a salon to get your initial shape.

If you do decide to do this, make sure you go to a reputable one or get recommendations, it’s also handy to have a look at the brows of the technician who will be doing the shape for you as this may show their personal preference for thickness and shape. Chances are, if they have thicker brows or a very high arch, this is what they think looks good on most people.

Just to be safe, I would steer clear if they have very thin, short brows!

Always be very clear with the shape and thickness you are looking for, explaining that you want something that goes with your natural shape and suits your face. I would also ask for a mirror so you can keep an eye on their progress. This may sound a bit OTT but once you’ve overplucked it is unlikely your brows will grow back as they naturally are so it’s best to be cautious!

 

I hope this was helpful for you, if you’d like to see a brow tutorial via video, products and tools for shaping and filling in then please like this post and comment below with anything else you’d like to see or questions you may have. Happy shaping!!

I Love You Liz Earle

 

The Company

Liz Earle prides itself on using natural ingredients harvested in a sustainable way and never tests on animals. It is also a British company 🙂

My Experience

A make up artist recommended I try Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser as I had mentioned to her that I use Lancome cleansing milk and toner (which is rather expensive).

After having it confirmed that she uses it herself (and had amazing skin!) I ventured on to the website which I found very user friendly and easy to navigate. There is lots of information on which products are best for which skin type and the site is brilliant if you are new to a proper skincare regime and are unsure of which products to go for.

Each product has several different size options in the drop down box to choose from before adding it to your basket. These ranged from a year subscription or multi buy packs to starter kits and tester size versions of each product which I thought was brilliant. 

The first order I placed I thought I may as well try out some other products from the line. The products I ordered are as below:

  • Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter kit at £14.95 which comes with 100ml of cleanser in a plastic bottle with pump and 2 muslin cloths
  • Gentle Face Exfoliator at £13.50 for 70ml
  • Deep Cleansing Mask Starter Kit at £14.00 which comes with 2 sponges

I chose the standard delivery option for £3.00 and my order arrived in about 3 days, far quicker than expected and everything was beautifully packaged in tissue paper with a pale blue sticker instead of tape.

Inside my box was also a Product Guide, a letter welcoming me to membership on the website and a hand signed thank you note for my order, so far I was very impressed!

Even better than this, I was also sent a free 50ml sample of the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (a lovely, gentle floral toner) which was so exciting!

The Products

I was so impressed with the products and service I received that I went ahead and made a second and then a third order … I have gone a little Liz Earle crazy but these are gentle, effective products that really do what they say on the bottle.

FULL REVIEW ON INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTS COMING SOON