I have never really branched out further than Body Shop’s bestselling body butters, so when I came across their online store and saw a very generous discount of 50% off when you spend £50, there was no going back (they knew I was coming!). I spent hours, literally hours on their website browsing and reading reviews of their products and in all honesty, I could have easily of spent way over £100! Unfortunately this offer is no longer available, however Body Shop are always offering great discounts and they are currently offering 35% off, plus free P&P when you buy two products (this offer applies in-store also). Maybe you will see a couple of products here you might like to try....
Tea tree oil is a must in everyones skin care stash! It’s a Body Shop bestseller for a reason - its antibacterial, soothing and doesn’t dry out the skin = perfect for those pesky blemishes! I like to apply the oil directly to any blemishes after cleansing, using a cotton bud and I also like to mix a bit into my moisturiser and it works like a treat! This product also gets a huge thumbs up from me, as it is multipurpose - I feel this is a possible post? Bodyshop have tea tree range and I most certainly want to try a few more of the tea tree products they offer.
This body wash is perfect for a morning shower when you are still feeling half asleep - which for me is most mornings! The scent is refreshing and fruity (like satsumas, if the name doesn’t suggest otherwise) and the smell lingers around the house as well as your skin after use. The texture is a little runny which is disappointing, however it is smooth and it lathers up really well and leaves the skin feeling soft and smelling amazing! This product would benefit greatly with a pump. Not sure if I would run to the shops to repurchase it, however it makes a nice change and Im certain I will get my hands on another scent once this one has run out.
This next product is most certainly a case of the blogger made me buy it - Estée from Essie Button to be precise. I dont feel too guilty about this purchase, as I was in need of a new bronzer as my much loved NARS Laguna is on its last legs and although I would happily repurchase it, I fancied trying something else. This bronzer is matte, so their is no shimmer or sparkle (perfect for a contour) and I have worn it every day since I received it in the post. It gives a lovely even finish and the colour is just right and buildable, giving me that healthy bronzed tanned effect, which is a must for this spring! The packaging is an average plastic compact, with a mirror inside, however the product itself has a honeycomb pattern embossed onto it, which is a nice touch. If I was being picky the packaging is the only part that lets the product down. If you are after a new bronzer I highly recommend this one, however pick your shade carefully - go into store to buy this product, or test colour first.
Buying an eye cream has been on my beauty shopping list for a few months now, after running out of my Clinique eye cream. After reading a handful of rave reviews about the Vitamin E range from the Body Shop, I couldn’t not pick up this Body Shop best seller. This eye cream claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, reduce puffiness and hydrate the eye area. It is most certainly hydrating, as after a couple of uses, my under eye area was a lot smoother. As for anything else it is too early to say (not that my under eye area is mega wrinkly or anything...). I was also unaware that my Mum really likes this eye cream and the Vitamin E range in general, if it gets my mums approval it must be good. This eye cream will most certainly become a staple in my skincare routine and for £10 - I’m sold!
I’ll be honest, this purchase is not justifiable - but does it need to be? I just couldn’t resist picking up one of Body Shop’s cube eyeshadow palettes, as Im a sucker for an eyeshadow and anytime I go into a Bodyshop store, I always find myself gravitating towards their quads swatching them up the length of my arm. So I finally took the plunge and bought the shade 06 warm. The shadows are subtle, but can be built up, or used wet for a more dramatic finish. They have a beautiful shimmery finish, which is very similar to MAC’s deluxe pearl finish and they are crease resistant and have no visible fall out (I vouch for that!). In fact, a couple of the shadows in this quad are very comparable to shades from MAC - The shade Marshmellow is very similar to MAC’s All That Glitters, Choc Chip is the closet dupe I have found for MAC’s Satin Taupe and Dark Chocolate is very similar to Mulch (winner, winner, chicken dinner!). They are also very easy to blend and the shades compliment each other very well. All in all, I’m very impressed. The palette itself is smaller than the palm of my hand, yet the cubes are rather large and will without a doubt last forever. The cubes are individually wrapped, which can be a little fiddly, but this packaging can be removed. The palette is ideal for travelling. Although I initially thought the price of this palette was a little steep, I actually think it is worth every penny and I would happily purchase another palette (there are seven to choose from). This palette in particular is a great for everyday wear, especially for those of us with blue eyes.
Swatches left to right: Honeycomb/ Dark Chocolate/ Marshmellow/ Choc Chip