For a Beautiful Body – The Body Shop Body Polish

body shop satsuma body polish

 

What is it?

A body polish available in a wide range of scents containing small round beads for getting rid of flaky skin/dry patches gently but effectively.

 

the body shop satsuma body polish

 

The Review

This is great for before self tanning as it’s more like a shower gel polish. It doesn’t leave any kind of residue on the skin so ideal for fake tanners! It contains small round beads that when buffed into damp skin, exfoliate away dead skin cells and flaky patches gently but effectively whilst the the liquid foams up beautifully leaving you clean, smelling gorgeous and smooth. This product is affordable and available in lots of other fruity OR floral scents so there’s something for everyone. I went for fruity and got the Satsuma scent ūüôā

 

Worth the Money?

Yep. As usual, The Body Shop hits the mark with this product. Affordable, works and smells yummy. What’s not to like?

£10 for a big tube Р200ml Рavailable here:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/bath-body-care/body-scrubs/satsuma-body-polish.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

 

 

Quick Rave – Liz Earle Hair Products – Full Review coming soon!

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Quick intro:

I’ve been using the Botanical Shine Shampoo (for all hair types) and the Botanical Shine Conditioner for oily hair for a little while now. I don’t have oily hair but I made a large order and got a full size of the product free of charge and as it’s so yummy, am working on using it all up before purchasing the one for either normal or damaged hair as I use a lot of heat on mine.

The shampoo is great as instead of using SLS and SLES, which are foaming agents present in most well-known hair cleansing products, they use a cleansing agent that comes from coconut yay! Many scalps are sensitive to SLS and SLES and this coconut and plant-based shampoo is suitable for all scalp and hair types. It’s even safe for coloured hair due to the lack of SLS and SLES as these can be harsh and are known to fade colour.

Initial Thoughts:

I am already a HUGE fan of Liz Earle and as you all know by now, the majority of the skincare products I use are from the brand so I was super excited to try the hair care goodies.

The shampoo is unlike the usual ‘better for you’ kind of shampoos as it lathers beautifully, smells deliciously natural and good for you BUT actually effectively cleans your hair. It. Is. Amazing.

The conditioner, despite not necessarily for my hair type as I got it free with a rather large order is also amazing! It smells yummy, leaves my hair super soft and shiny and doesn’t weigh it down either. Top Marks Liz Earle, as usual!

Full review coming soon!

http://uk.lizearle.com/

Clinique Super City Block

 

 

 

What is it?

An oil-free sunblock for the face that protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays as well as damaging free radicals. SPF40.

 

The Review:

This product, as with all Clinique products is allergy tested and fragrance free. This goes on nicely and doesn’t make my skin shiny at all. The high SPF means its great all year round, especially in the height of summer, but remember lovelies! Winter sun can be just as damaging to your skin!

This product is great for the beach or for every day wear with no make up but I found that when I used it under my foundation I didn’t like the finish as much. My foundation didn’t blend as well and was rather difficult to work with which was not appreciated! I use the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation or the Lancome Teint Miracle and it didn’t work brilliantly for me under either. That’s not to say that it won’t under other foundations but be aware it may change the finish for you like it did with me.

Now, when I say it didn’t work brilliantly under my foundation, I’m not saying it looked bad because it absolutely didn’t. I just didn’t like the fact that it changed the way my foundation felt and looked, it was different than it normally feels and to me, I choose a foundation for the finish and how it looks on my skin. To put something on underneath it to find my normal make up was different over the top was just a little disappointing.

Normally I expect a primer (which is what it says it can be used as on the tube) to make my make up go on different but obviously in a smoother, very positive way. The change this made to my foundation was not positive as it was harder to work with.

 

Worth the Money?

This retails at £15.50 for 40ml of product which is a fair amount for the price you are paying (bearing in mind this a high end skincare and cosmetics brand).

If you burn in the sun or have oily skin this is ideal as its protects the skin fully and is non-greasey. Great all year round and will go under make up, although it may change the finish.

For the price and the size of the tube it’s a great product if you’re concerned about sun damage or all the pollution from city living.

This is available from department stores, online stores and from the official clinique website:

http://www.clinique.co.uk/products/1661/Sun/Sun-Protection/index.tmpl?77tadunit=e96f9bf6&77tadvert=5089434780&77tkeyword=clinique%20super%20city%20block&77tentrytype=s&cm_mmc=google-_-search-_-brand-_-clinique%20super%20city%20block&gclid=CKTe1NKd47MCFSbMtAod0EcA8A

PS. Other online stores do stock this product so shop around for a better deal or if you have a beauty card with Debenhams you may as well get it in there to get some beauty points!

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

What is it?

A concealer, corrector and setting powder all in one small pot.
The Review
Flip the top and you have the infamous ‘Secret Camouflage’ concealer and a thinner almost sticky peachy corrector for the eye area. Close this and twist the top off and you have a translucent powder underneath.
I have nothing bad to say about this product. It has a great coverage concealer for blemishes/discolouration/the usual imperfections that recquire a good concealer. The concealer covers everything really well and feels similar to MAC’s studio fix concealer pot. If you need to build it up you can, it doesn’t, however, look cakey and it blends really well.
The corrector is a pale peachy/salmon colour, ideal for covering dark circles. Just like the regular concealer in this pot, it covers brilliantly without looking cakey.
The powder is very finely milled and kept my oily t-zone at bay for a good 6 hours before I felt the need to top up a little.
This product has everything in one little pot! I travel a lot for work so this is ideal for me. Even if you don’t travel it’s a great size for your make-up bag/handbag and with 3 items in one it will save you space ūüôā
Worth the Money?
Laura Mercier is obviously a high end brand loved by many of the beauty community and unfortunately the price does match the hype. This pot will set you back ¬£29.00 but then you are getting 3 different products so at roughly ¬£10 each for products that really work and are in a compact little kit I think it’s worth it.
The Undercover Pot by Laura Mercier can be found at most department stores, the official website and Space NK where I purchased mine. Feel free to shop around on places like Amazon for a better price but here’s the link for the product and Space NK:

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

What is it?

A light moisturiser infused with tea oil to hydrate the skin whilst helping to control and prevent blemishes.

Worth the Money?

I got on with this moisturiser very well and am actually on my second tube.

Now, this has in no way replaced my Liz Earle oily/combination skin moisturiser as I use this at night time as its richer. This moisturiser has become my favourite to use under make up, or even just as my morning moisturiser if I’m not wearing any.

Everyone knows a good base makes a difference to how make up will sit on your face and for me, although I don’t suffer with full on acne and generally have pretty good skin, I am prone to small breakouts in my T-zone where I get oily.

I expect that this is also due to the line of work I’m in as if I’m shooting you can guarantee I will have heavy make up on and we all know that constantly wearing a lot of make up can have a negative effect on the skin.

This moisturiser isn’t particularly thick or particularly runny, although a little goes surprisingly far. The smell is somewhere inbetween tea tree and fresh grass but I don’t feel it’s overpowering and it certainly didn’t put me off. Let’s face it, if you’ve purchased a product with tea tree in it then it’s going to smell like it!

This moisturiser is ideally suited to normal, combination or oily skin as it has mattifying properties and is therefore not suitable for dry skin.

It applies smoothly and evenly and feels lovely and fresh on the skin leaving me sufficiently moisturised but not greasy or shiny – ideal for going under make up, especially if you’re prone to getting oily throughout the day.

As for the ‘clearing’ bit, this is by no means a miracle product but I have seen a noticeable improvement in my skin and in the number of breakouts I suffer so for me this is something I will continue to repurchase.

If you have similar skin to mine and just need something for oil control and a bit of preventative action then this is great and will help, if you have more problematic skin then The Body Shop do a whole Tea Tree range of products that I have heard great things about. Tea tree has always been known for its positive effects on problematic skin and I have personally always found that things that work on spots for me always contain it in some form.

Where can I get it?

This product is available from The Body Shop and online stores and retails for £7 for 50ml or £3 for 15ml:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/shop-by-range/tea-tree/tea-tree-skin-clearing-lotion.aspx

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup Foundation

What is it?


A light weight foundation perfect for the ‘no foundation’ foundation girl. Like a tinted moisturiser but better coverage.

 

The Review

I am the first to admit that I am a full face of make up kind of girl without the need for a full face of make up. I have good skin, no dark circles and only occasionally a small breakout generally in my t-zone where I am likely to get oily. I have combination skin Рan oilier t-zone and dryer cheeks.

I had finally been convinced by a great make up artist I had been working with that I should change my foundation to a lighter one and so she recommended Estee Lauder.

What she had suggested was actually their tinted moisturiser, I, however was not completely comfortable with this idea and explained this to the lovely lady at the counter when I went in that weekend.

She suggested I try the invisible fluid makeup instead and actually did my whole face as I had brazenly gone in without a scrap of make up on.

I was very impressed with how good the foundation felt on my skin, how light it was and that it was ever so slightly mattifying without making my skin look dry or chalky.

After purchasing the foundation and playing around with it at home I found that I like to use a normal foundation brush to apply it or lately, the Real Techniques buffing brush for a nice even coverage.

The  base delivers a lightweight, slightly mattifying finish that evens out my skin beautifully without masking it.

The fluid formula reminds me of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua. The bottle needs a  thorough shake to mix the formula before application and contains a small  ball bearing to help with this.  Unlike the Chanel, and despite its mattifying features the Invisible Fluid Makeup gives my skin a brightness to it.

The wear on this foundation is good too, I didn’t have to use a tonne and it stayed put all day with it only waning a little around the sides of my nose .

I also loved the fact that unlike most of Estee Lauder’s products, this one is completely unscented which I was surprised at.

All in all this is a lovely foundation for people with fairly good skin, those who suffer with blemishes may not find the coverage is enough and I would imagine that this foundation is also less suited to those with dry skin due to the mattifying effects.

 

Worth the money?

I believe this retails for ¬£27.00 so it is pricey but then it’s a premium brand. I do really rate it though if you like a more natural look without feeling a little bare with just a tinted moisturiser. I would totally repurchase this and have to say, I was definitely a full coverage kind of girl, but now, especially for summer when there’s a risk of your perfectly applied full coverage foundation sliding off your face, I’m in love with this foundation and think it’s well worth the investment.

This product can be found at most department stores and the official website:

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/products/643/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Face/Foundations/index.tmpl