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The Body Shop Vanilla Spice Shimmer Lip Balm 03/03/2012

Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm Reviewed: The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Lip Bal

The Body Shop Vanilla Spice Shimmer Lip Balm Lip balm is a winter essential for me as I hate when my lips get dry. I also like festive cosmetics as I love the scents that remind me of Christmas hence as soon as I found The Body Shop Vanilla Spiced Lip Balm on offer, I bought it. It comes ina small, round and metal pot which has a pale yellow colour. This fairly simple to open pot (though I really struggled with opening it after I put some hand cream on) contains 15ml of creamy lip balm that is meant to smell of vanilla. The lip balm is surprisingly thick and rich so I only needed to apply a little bit. I had to be really careful about the amount applied - when I put a little bit on, it gave me lips a really lovely and delicate gloss whereas if I applied a little bit more, it looked white, tasteful and gave me a bit of a ghost-like look which could be more appropriate for Halloween. Application is a bit annoying - I usually use my finger to do that so I either need to wash my hands or use a tissue to remove the leftover balm from my finger. The lip balm has a rather pleasant smell, it definitely smells of vanilla (a bit like vanilla ice cream but much more intense) but I didn't find it very festive. I cannot really say I liked it or disliked it. I was using it regularly throughout the day but I didn't find the it moisturised my lips at all - in fact, I was under the impression that they were getting more dry! I found that initially my lips became softer (whcih was definitely a good thing) but in the long run, I didn't ...

Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Cream 22/02/2012

Iris Hand Therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Cream Crabtree & Evelyn is a company that has been around since 1972 and specializes in luxurious toiletries. As such, their products are quite expensive (especially if you are a student on a tight budget!) but I managed to get a couple of freebies which included Ultra-Moisturising Iris Hand Therapy from their Hand Care Collection. The cream was packed in a little cardboard box which made it look really luxurious and special. It comes in a metal (as opposed to plastic) tube with a white lid. The tube has a lovely lilac colour and a picture of iris at the front. At the back we can find some further information about the product. I would call the look of the tube quite minimalistic which I really like. The cream itself has a white colour and a divine scent. It smells of iris and isn't at all aritficial, is very pleasant and feminine but not overwhelming. I immediately fell in love with it. It is very easy to use: just apply a little (and I mean a little as it does go a long way) on your hands and massage it in. I normally use a handcream before going to bed as I don't like the sticky feeling on my hands however with this one it wasn't a problem - the cream is fairly quickly absorbed so I've been using it throughout the day as well. According to the producer, this hand therapy contains macadamia nut oil, shea buter and iris extract, all of which are meant to moisturise, hydrate and soothe hands. This cream has definitely made my hands softer however I am not convinced that it is a ...

Champneys Spa Treatment Skin Comforting Shower Cream 13/02/2012

Comforting Shower Gel

Champneys Spa Treatment Skin Comforting Shower Cream As I mentined in some of my previous reviews, I like to have my cosmetics in sets - hence whenever I get a body butter, I need a shower gel to go with it. I was glad that my Champneys Spa Comforting Body Butter came in a set with a shower gel. The showerl gel itself comes in a see-through plastic tube with a golden flip-top lid at the bottom - very practical (no need to turn it outside down when running out and it's easy to see how much of it there's left in the tube). The shower gel itself has orange-creamy colour. In general, the appearance of the tube is in the same style as the appearance of the body butter pot and looks fairly luxurious. The scent of this shower gel is simply gorgeous: mild, femine and comforting. According to the producer, the shower gel contains coconut oil and milk proteins, I can vaguely sense both of these The scent stays around for a couple of hours but it's so delicate you can barely sense it. I always use my favourite fragrance straight after shower and the scents don't mix. The shower cream is fairly creamy and rich - as you would expect from a shower cream! I normally use it with a shower puff and I had no problems whatsoever creating lather. It cleanses really well and leaves my skin feeling refreshed, it is also easy to rinse off. As mentioned above, it contains nourishing coconut oil and milk proteins that are meant to moisturise and soften the skin. Indeed, my skin was pleasant to touch and quite soft after I used it but I didin't notice ...

Champneys Skin Comforting Body Butter 06/02/2012

brings comfort to my skin

Champneys Skin Comforting Body Butter I usually tend to stick to the Body Shop body butter but having been given some Champneys Spa toiletries as a present, I decided to be slightly more ''adventurous'' and started exploring their cosmetics. I haven't heard of Champneys Spa before and I quickly learnt that this is a chain offering spa breaks all over the country. This body butter comes in a round, plastic see-through pot with a golden screw-on lid. It is fairly simple but practical and I was surprised to see that it actually doesn't contain that much information about the product. It has a cream colour and a lovely creamy but fairly thick texture. I absolutely love the scent: very subtle, feminine and a bit like baby powder. It is very pleasant and I really like it; it lasts a really long time (but I still can apply my favourite fragrance and it doesn't create a weird mixture altogether because the scent of the body butter is quite mild), making both my skin and my room smell lovely. It is very easy and pleasant to apply: just spread it all over your skin and massage it in. It is easily absorbed so I happily use it both in the morning and in the evening. It contains a blend of olive oil, shea, mango and cocoa butters and lingonberry oil. I am not entirely sure what this combination should smell like hence I cannot comment on it but as I mentioned above, the scent is lovely. These ingredients are meant to calm the skin and leave it soft and supple. I entirely agree with this (though I have only normal to dry skin ...

Naked Coco De Mer Body Butter 27/01/2012

Coco de Mer Body Butter

Naked Coco De Mer Body Butter The idea of 97% natural cosmetics (without parabens, sulphates or petrochemicals) seemed very appealing to me so when I was making an order with Naked, I decided to buy quite a few products. 24 hour naked coco de mer body butter was one of them. It comes in a recyclable, round pot that is fairly see-through but has a brown lid. It is fairly plain but provides all the necessary information; it is also practical and fairly robust (I am quite clumsy and tend to drop my cosmetics quite a lot). When I opened, the intense scent reached my nostrils really quickly. It is meant to smell of coconut and passion flower oil and I guess I can smell a little bit of coconut however the combination is very weird. The scent is very strong, sweet and quite overwhelming and I really do not like it. It is also quite exotic and definitely feminine. It really put me off using it and I tried offering it to a couple of my friends but none of them liked the smell. Since none of my friends wanted the body butter, I decided to persevere and use it. According to the producer, I should smooth over my body after bathing to 'lock in the moisturise and ensure that my skin feels good enough to stroke'. Since the body butter is very thick and rich, it wasn't easy to massage it into my skin at first. It slightly melts if I keep it on my hands for a couple of seconds which makes it easier to apply. The producer promises '24 hour moisturise for skin with an insatiable appetite' and the promise is definitely kept. ...

The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue 24/01/2012

Rescued my feet

The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue I am not entirely sure why but my feet have a tendency to become really dry and rough very quickly. Cracked heels are quite painful and visually unappearing so to avoid them, I try to use a good foot cream or lotion. The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue is one of my recent purchases that I have been using on fairly regular basis. It comes in a small, round and plastic pink pot with a blue sticker both on the lid and around it. The colours of the pot are pretty much in line with the entire range and the sticker includes all the necessary information. The cream itself has a pale-pink colour and a fairly intense (but not overwhelming) peppermint scent. I am not a great fan of peppermint but I must admit I really like this one; it's very refreshing and not at all artificial. Unsurprisingly, this foot rescue has a fairly thick texture and thanks to that, I really don't need to use much of it each time which definitely helps it go a longer way. It is very easy to use: just apply and spread some of it on your feet. I usually use it in the evening as I cannot wait for it to dry; normally it takes some time to absorb. According to the producer, this cream contains cocoa butter, peppermint oil and grape acids. These are supposed to soften hard skin and prevent cracked heels. I was very pleased to realise that these promises are kept. I have been using it only for a couple of weeks but after several days I realised that my feet became noticeably softer and there is no sign of ...

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub 20/01/2012

Mango Body Scrub

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub Exfoliating the dead skin cells is extremely important for me as it helps to make my skin look fresher and feel smoother. I bought the Body Shop Mango Body Scrub amongst the other cosmetics from the range. It comes in a round, plastic tub which is quite see-through and the lid is orange. The lid also has a sticker with all the basic information whereas further info about the product is at the bottom of the tub. Overall, the pot is very robust, it doesn't slip out of my hands (even if they are wet because I'm in the shower), and it's easy to see how much of it there is left. The scrub itself has also orange colour. What really disappointed me here was the scent: it definitely smells different to the rest of the range; I find it hard to describe the scent but it isn't as sweet and authentic as the body butter. I simply found it a bit weird but fortunately, it isn't overly strong and disappeears fairly quickly. The promised ''exotic mango scent'' turned out to be slightly too exotic for me here! It has a very thick and rich texture (which means that I won't use too much of it in one go - definitely helps it go a longer way!). It very much felt for me like sugar mixed with some oil: it's a hard scrub. According to the producer, it effectively removes dead skin cells, stimulates cell microcirculation and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. I do feel it's an effective scrub, my skin felt smoother and softer after using it. It doesn't lather up very much (at least, I didn't manage ...

The Body Shop Mango Bath and Shower Gel 16/01/2012

Mango Shower Gel

The Body Shop Mango Bath and Shower Gel I love trying new toiletries and I usually buy the whole range, hence I had to get the mango shower gel to go with my body butter. Thankfully, I managed to buy it on sale as normally I find the Body Shop products somewhat out of my price range. The shower gel comes in a standard, see-through plastic bottle with a flip-open lid at the top. It is fairly robust so I am sure that if I drop it (happens quite often), I won't break the bottle. The bottle is easy to use and it doesn't slip out of my hands when in the shower. The shower gel itself is orange so I can easily so how much there is left in the bottle. When I open the bottle, I can immediately smell the shower gel. As with most of the Body Shop shower gels, the scent is reather intense but not overwhelming. It is fairly sweet but not very artificial and I really like it. Upon leaving the shower, it gradually fades away so I don't normally have a problem with using my favourite parfume or eau de toilette. It has a fairly thick texture which makes it go quite a long way. It is easy to lather up (especially using a sponge or a shower puff) and it cleanses really well, leaving skin feeling refreshed and soft. It rinses off really easily as well - so in short, it does a really good job! It definitely doesn't dry the skin however I don't think it moisturises (which I don't expect anyway). It does make the skin quite soft and pleasant to touch though. The shower gel is soap free and it contains mango seed. The bottle is recyclable ...

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter 11/01/2012

Mango Body Butter

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter Being a great Body Shop fan, I am slowly working my way through their range of fantastic body butters. I love trying new products, so depending on the current offers, I buy different scents of cosmetics. This is how Mango Body Butter ended up on my bathroom shelf. It comes in a bright, yellow-orange round plastic container typical for all the Body Shop body butters. The container is practical and fairly robust, what I like about it is that I can clearly see (once I undo the lid) how much of the product is left and ensure that I use all of it. The body butter itself also has a yellow-orange colour, slightly paler than that of the container. On the lid, we can learn the basics about the cosmetic (which are written in both English and French) whereas at the bottom we can read a bit more and check the ingredients. The body butter has a great, sweet (but not sickening) mango scent. It is very intense and tempting (I need to stop myself from thinking about eating it!) and lasts for a good several hours, making both my skin and bathroom smell heavenly. Even though I am almost finished with the first pot, I haven't got sick of the scent which is definitely a good sign. I am guessing everyone knows how to use it a body butter, but in case you don't, the producer advises to massage it gently into the skin and allow to sink in before dressing. It is fairly rich so it takes a couple of minutes for the skin to absorb it - it's probably not the best idea to use it in the morning if in a ...

Heathcote & Ivory Bath & Body Vanilla and Brown Sugar Body Butter 09/01/2012

Advent Body Butter

Heathcote & Ivory Bath & Body Vanilla and Brown Sugar Body Butter As I mentioned in some of my previous reviews, I like having my toiletries in sets. That's why when I bought the Heathcote & Ivory Vanilla and Brown Sugar Shower Gel, the Body Butter had to follow. It comes in a small, round plastic pot which is very easy to open (you just twist the lid). The pot itself is see-through whereas the body butter has a pale yellow colour so I can just about see how much of it is left. As expected, the basic information about the product is on the lid with further information at the back. Similarly to the shower gel, the font is mostly yellow which (especially at the bottom of the pot) makes it difficult to read. Having opened the pot and smelled the body butter, I immediately fell in love with the scent. It is very sweet but fairly delicate meaning it's not overwhelming; I can definitely sense vanilla here and I think the brown sugar gives it a sweet note. What I really like about it is that even though I feel it makes my skin smell lovely, it fades away fairly quickly meaning I don't get sick of it. It has a very rich texture - I would even say it's a bit too rich and it's difficult to massage it into the skin. When I put it on the heater, it melts slightly and is easier to apply. It contains shea butter, vitamin E and glycerin that are meant to leave my skin soft and smooth. Indeed, this is the case. I could see the difference after the first use: my skin became visibly softer. It is also a very good moisturiser (my skin is normal with ...

The Body Shop Seaweed Matifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 04/01/2012

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF15

The Body Shop Seaweed Matifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 I always ensure I have good moisturiser with an SPF therefore when I was buying cosmetics from the Body Shop Seaweed range, Matifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 felt like a must. It comes in a white tube with a flip-top lid at the bottom (which I find very convenient - no turning upside down when I start to run out of the product) which is covered in a turqouise sticker with all the necessary information. What I don't like about the packaging is that I cannot see how much product there is left. This lotion has a lovely, mild scent (none of the products from the range smell like actual seaweed) which disappears really quickly. What really surprised me about this lotion is its texture - I expected it to be lighter and not as rich, especially compared to the cream. It is very easy to use: just apply some of the lotion onto your fingers and gently massage into your face skin. According to the producer, this lotion will provide oil-balance, moisturisation and UVA/UVB protection. I have a combination skin (which is dry on my cheeks and forehead whilst my nose is normally shiny) and I must admit that it provided really good moisturisation. My skin also felt really soft and smooth. Unfortunately, it did not reduce the shine at all which was what I was hoping for. As the name claims that it is a matifying product (which clearly it isn't), it turned out to be a real disappointment for me. Even though it doesn't matify, it gets absorbed by the skin fairly quickly. I wear make up every ...

The Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Facial Wash 27/12/2011

Body Shop Seaweed Facial Cleanser

The Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Facial Wash Every day skin care is extremely important that's why I recently decided to check what skin type I have and buy a range of skin care products. I found out that I have combination skin and I was recommended the Body Shop Seaweed range (which is specifically for oily and/or combination skin type). I normally start my skin care with cleansing therefore this was the first product to go to shopping basket. It comes in a see-through plastic tube with a lid at the bottom (which I find very practical as I don't need to turn it upside down when running low on it and can also see how much is left). There is a turqouise sticker on the tube (this colour is characteristic for the whole range) which on the front provides basic information (so you don't accidentally mix it up with other cosmetics) and at the back has more information (including ingredients). The wash itself has an extremely pale yellow colour (almost see-through). Even though at first I thought that the scent of seaweed may put me off, I was wrong. It is really lovely: very mild, subtle and feminine. In fact, it doesn't smell of seaweed at all - though I am not entirely sure how to describe the scent. The wash is fairly thick, which means that I need only a little bit each time I use it and it really goes a long way. It lathers up really well. According to the producer, it should help rebalance moisturise and sebum levels, remove make-up and impurities and give a shine-free, matte finish. Unfortunately, I cannot agree ...

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner 21/12/2011

Seaweed Clarifying Toner

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner It seems to me that not very many people use toners however I follow the three-step skin care rule (cleanse, tone, moisturise) and there always need to be one on my bathroom shelf. When I was completing the Seaweed skin care, I obviously bought the Seaweed Clarifying Toner. This toner was created for combination or oily skin. It comes in a clear plastic bottle which is fairly robust and has a white lid at the top. It also has a turquoise sticker with all the necessary information both in English and in French. The toner itself is see-through (looks like water), has a lovely, mild scent (nothing could be further from seaweed!) - just like the rest of the range and has a very runny texture (just like water). To be honest, I didn't expect anything different than that. It is very easy to use: having cleansed my skin, I spill a little bit of the toner on a cotton pad and press against my skin. It immediately feels fresh without the annoying feeling of dryness (as it did with the cleanser). The producer promises that it minimises pores, removes impurities and reduces excess oil. I didn't really see any minimised pores (but thankfully my pores aren't very big any way), the impurities have definitely been removed (I once even tried using it as a make-up remover however it didn't work so well - it still removed it but it seemed so much more difficult than with a normal make-up remover) and the oil has been reduced even though my T-zone (especially nose) was still shiny. I am aware ...

Heathcote & Ivory Bath & Body Vanilla and Brown Sugar Shower Gel 30/11/2011

Christmas shower gel

Heathcote & Ivory Bath & Body Vanilla and Brown Sugar Shower Gel I usually stock up on shower gels and other toiletries when they are on offer and I really like trying new things. This is how the Heathcote & Ivory Bath & Body Vanilla and Brown Sugar Shower Gel ended up on my bathroom shelf. The shower gel comes in a see-through, plastic tub with a lid at the bottom which I really like (no need to turn it upside down when I start to run out of it). The only thing that annoys me a little is that at the back the ingredients list and some other information are written in orange-yellow colour making it really difficult to read as the shower gel itself has a yellowish colour. What I was mostly intrigued about if it comes to this shower gel, was its scent. It didn't disappoint. It is very sweet (almost sickening I would say) but not overwhelming and it genuinely smells of vanilla (I am not entirely sure about the brown sugar however I am assuming that it adds to the vanilla this extreme sweetness). Because it is so sweet, I am glad it doesn't stay on my skin for too long and isn't too overwhelming. I also think that this is the perfect scent for winter and pre-Christmas period. The shower gel lathers up really well and is a very good cleanser - simply, it does its job as a shower gel really well. According to the producer, this shower gel contains moisturising glycerin and it promises to leave your skin soft and smooth. I didn't notice any moisturisation however it definitely didn't leave my skin dry (which is always a good thing). Also, my ...

Naked Blonder Lightening Shampoo 15/11/2011

doesn't make my any blonder

Naked Blonder Lightening Shampoo Even though my hair is greasy and I tend to use appropriate shampoos, I sometimes diverge and I choose something completely different. I recently decided to buy Naked Blonder Lightening Shampoo. Naked is a company that produces cosmetics which are 97% natural. They don't use parabens, SLS and petrochemicals. As I learnt from the website, 3% of the products that isn't natural includes preservatives that essentially keep the cosmetics from going bad. I think that their products are quite difficult to find in Boots or Superdrug - I bought mine online and I never really managed to find them in shops. According to the producer, this shampoo will 'subtly lighten blonde or highlighter hair'. It contains natural extracts of camomile, zesty lemon and cassia. It comes in a seemingly see-through bottle (which turns out not to be as see-through as it seems) with a lid at the top (which you need to press). The scent of the shampoo is very subtle and quite difficult to describe. I can certainly sense some notes of camomile and lemon but they are very subtle. I am not a big fan of the smell - however it usually disappears fairly quickly and isn't very strong. The shampoo has a yellowish clear colour. According to the instructions on the bottle, you should 'apply it to wet hair adding plenty of water for feather soft lather' - simple. Having done so, the shampoo lathered up rather well. I really feel that I cleaned my hair well however I almost finished the whole bottle and I see no ...
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