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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Body Shop Haul/Review

I am back, and it's even better because I'm back with some stuff from The Body Shop! I'm sorry for the lack of posts, there's been personal things going on at home, and I just lost the motivation to post. But I'm back with some lovely beauty gloops to show you and to give my opinion on. As I've been away, I've had time to try these products, so I can safely give you my 100% honest opinion. Enough waffling, let's get going!



Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel - £4.00+.

I have an unhealthy obsession with pink grapefruit, I love the smell of it, and I want to smell like a walking grapefruit. This has helped me achieve that goal. I brought the 250ml bottle, just in case I didn't like the smell, but obviously I did so I should have brought a larger one. I had high hopes for this shower gel as I know The Body Shop sells really good quality products, and I've always read amazing reviews for them, so I kind of automatically knew this was going to smell exactly like a pink grapefruit and that it was going to have a lasting scent after I'd rinsed myself. Sounds weird to say 'rinsed myself', but you know what I mean. And I was right. It does linger, and it's heavenly. Mm.

Hemp Face Protector - £8.00.

Let's just start off by saying that I have very dry skin. It's probably to do with the fact that I don't moisturise properly, I don't have a proper skin routine (I am currently sorting one out for myself though), the use of makeup, you know, all the usual causes. But having naturally dry skin too is a pain in the ass and having these factors contributing to it makes me feel like I'm constantly shedding my skin like a lizard. That's a pretty image for ya, but I'm not a lizard person don't worry. I brought this a couple of weeks ago, and I was quite skeptical about it. But it's made a massive difference to my skin. It looks quite thick in the pot, but it actually comes out quite thin, but a little definitely goes a long way with this and I am so impressed. It's moisturised my skin more in a week than any other products have in a month. I am in love with this and would recommend it to anyone looking for something to make their face feel healthier and refreshed. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin and it sinks in so nicely.

Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter - £3.00-£8.00.

Before this, I'd never tried hair butter. I know that body butter is awesome and super hydrating, but hair butter? I didn't even know it existed in all fairness. I went for the small pot of 50ml, just in case I didn't like it or it didn't work, that way it wouldn't be too much money wasted. It's meant for dry or damaged hair - hence the 'moisture' being in the product name - which is exactly what I needed due to years of colouring my hair and using heat products. I need all the help I can get. Essentially this is a mair masque which you can apply through your hair after shampooing. I however, apply this to my hair in the driest areas and then apply my chosen hair masque and leave for about 10 minutes. I'm not particularly fond on the smell of this product, which I guess is why I cover it up with the masque, but I feel like it has made a small difference to my hair. It doesn't feel as dry as it did. It's definitely good for the price and I would consider buying hair butter again, but the only drawback of this product is that it is so thick. This means that it's easily done to use more than you need and use all the product very quickly. So be warned; use sparingly.

Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream - £3.50.

Clearly, the obsession for pink grapefruit spans to all over my body. I'll be reborn as a grapefruit at this rate. This wasn't expensive at £3.50, so I had to add it to the basket just so I could try it. It is a tiny tube of 30ml though, which was quite annoying as I would have liked more. Again with this product, it is very easy to use it all really quickly, so I've been quite tight-fisted using it. It smells exactly like it says on the tube, sinks into the skin really quickly and the smell lingers for a couple of hours after. I can't fault this, and I would certainly buy it again.

All-in-one Instablur Universal - £14.

This product was the most pricey one I brought during this little haul, but I've seen so many YouTubers using it in their daily routines so I felt like I was missing out on something. As I mentioned earlier, my skin is very dry but I also get a lot of spots because my body just insists on giving me the middle finger all the time, so sometimes putting foundation on without a base makes me looks cakey around the spots which I'm sure you'll agree, isn't pleasant. You only need to apply a little bit of this and massage it over your face, and instantly it makes my face feel smoother and it reduces the size of my pores. I wear this all the time now and it just makes it feel so much nicer to apply my makeup on to. It also acts as a little protective barrier between my skin and foundation, and I've found since using this that my skin isn't getting so dry, which is an added bonus that I didn't expect. I really cannot fault this, and I just wish I'd brought it sooner. It also makes my foundation stay on longer, which is also really great. Good on you, little Instablur.

Vitamin E Eye Cream - £11.

I'll admit straight away that I took this out of my basket and readded it a few times due to the size of the products and the price, as I thought it was quite a rip off. Although I did this, I'm very glad that I did end up buying it as my eyes definitely needed this little extra TLC in a tube. It actually goes quite a long way, as you don't need to apply much (yay for deceiving products) which I'm thrilled about. I had quite dry skin around my eyes and they were starting to feel sore after taking my makeup off, so I needed a little bit of a caring moisture boost, and this little gem has helped me no end. It makes the skin around my eyes feel so refreshed, less tired, moisturised, and just loved overall. It actually helps to reduce the puffiness around the eyes too, which is awesome. For anyone who gets dry and almost scaly looking skin around the eyes (back to making myself sound like lizard woman), I highly recommend this.

That's all I have to say on these products, I could go on raving about them as I really do love all of them and they've all worked their magic on my face, hair and hands, and at this moment in time I can't pinpoint many drawbacks of any of them. Fair enough, some of the prices look a bit high for the size of the product, but it's worth paying that little bit extra as the products are excellent and of high quality, so it makes up for spending those few extra pounds.

Do you have any favourites from The Body Shop, or have you tried these products? What did you think?

Nicole x 
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