The Body Shop – Haul and Initial Thoughts

What I Purchased:

FYI:

If you’re a Body Shop fan like me then I strongly suggest you go and get a members card if you haven’t already. This entitles you too free gifts every now then, a birthday gift and lots of discounts. It’s very easy to get one, just head to your nearest shop and ask, takes less than 5mins! This little haul would have been fairly expensive but I saved a packet because of my members card so I have listed the full prices below but certainly didn’t pay the full amount 🙂

The Body Shop is also always a great one for deals, they often have a huge selection of different products in varying sizes in there ‘3 for £20’ section on their website.

Madagascan Vanilla Flower Shower Gel: £8

Tea Tree Face Mask: £9

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream: £4

Sweet Lemon Lip Butter: £4

All-in-One BB Cream: £12

Green Tea and Lemon Scented Candle: £10

Madagascan Vanilla Flower Show Gel:

Gorgeous musky vanilla smell, not too sweet and lathers beautifully. This scent just feels really indulgent.

Tea Tree Face Mask:

I already use the tea tree mattifying moisturiser from this range so I thought I’d give the mask a go. This has a thick creamy consistency and is a pale green colour, it feels cool and tingly on the skin but not uncomfortable and is perfect for problematic skin as tea tree is a great spot treatment. Even if you have fairly good skin this is a good preventative measure.

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream:

I actually got this for free, if you spent over a certain amount you got a free gift. I have used it a couple of times under my make up as just like my usual tea tree moisturiser it’s great for day time because its mattifying so its perfect if you have oily skin.

Sweet Lemon Lip Butter:

I love The Body Shop’s wide range of lip balms and butters, there’s definitely something for everyone and these screw top ones last aaaages! I got the sweet lemon scent and it tastes like it smells – yummy. I’m not a huge fan of mint lip balms or butters but this deliciously fruity one is lovely and the packaging is cute too!

All-in-One BB Cream

Just like the L’oreal BB cream, this comes out white and blends to a skin colour as applied. I’ve only worn it once and thought it was very nice, the only thing is that I would say even the lightest shade is fairly dark for a supposedly light shade. It’s also very warm so this isn’t great if you have very fair skin. For the moment I have a bit of a tan so the colour is good but unless they bring out more shades this will be a ‘when I have a tan’ only product. I will be trying this out more and doing a full review in a few weeks.

Green Tea and Lemon Scented Candle

I love candles and prefer fresh fruity scents rather than super sweet ones. This green tea and lemon one is gorgeous, the packaging is beautiful and I will definitely be checking out the other scents available from The Body Shop.

Clarisonic Mia – FULL REVIEW

 

 

What is it?

A deep cleansing skin brush that cleans deep into pores. I have the lavender one, however, other colours are available.

Initial thoughts?

I use this as instructed by the booklet that comes with it, it does come with the clarisonic cleanser but I prefer to stick to my lovely Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as i know that this works for my skin.

I first remove my make up with a combination of a wipe and eye make up remover, or Bioderma and some cotton pads. This is IMPORTANT – the clarisonic mia (and the other clarisonics) are for CLEANSING the skin and are not designed for removing make up. Other than that, I’m sure no one wants a discoloured brush head if they can help it!

After removing my make up I then apply my cleanser to my face evenly, wet the brush head, turn it on and move the clarison mia over my skin gently in circular motions. It will turn itself off after 1 minute.

You are advised to use the brush for 20 seconds on your nose and chin area, 20 seconds on your forehead and 10 seconds on each cheek.

The Clarisonic  Mia is hassle free and easy to use and I love the fact it’s travel friendly because its small and the charger is small too – no big cradle like its bigger counterparts!

The Results?

I have been using this for about 10 weeks now and I have to say I have seen a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels. I first used the ‘sensitive’ brush head that comes with the Clarisonic Mia when you purchase it and this seemed to work for my skin, however, I did some research and others have found that switching to the ‘normal’ brush head have resulted in even bigger improvements to the skin.

After discovering this, as my skin isn’t super sensitive I bought the ‘normal’ brush head about 3 weeks in and boy did it make a difference!

Having said this, I thoroughly recommend that if you do purchase this item as I did, you use the ‘sensitive’ brush head for a couple of weeks first as your skin may well respond very well to it. Other than this, the ‘sensitive’ brush head is gentler and is ideal for getting your skin adapted to being cleansed in this way.

My skin is clearer, brighter and softer and just generally looks far more healthy. I think this product is perfect for anyone  who loves a deep cleanse and wants to look after their skin or for those of us with more problematic skin as this product really does cleanse beautifully without irritation or redness.

 

Worth the Money?

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not cheap – it costs £120 … BUT … If your skin is something that makes you feel insecure because you have problems with it then I firmly believe it’s worth every penny.

Even if your skin is ok but you constantly wear a lot of make up and need a thorough clean or you like to really take care of your skin this is ideal.

If you can’t afford it why not chuck it on your birthday/christmas list? That’s what I did 😉

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