Hi my Angels
I know that this blog is long overdue. It was supposed to be up on Friday but this week was really crazy. So I have decided that since Fridays are extremely busy for me I would rather release my blogs on a Saturday, I hope you girls understand.
My first series on my blog and needless to say, I am extremely excited to release this as it is one of my absolute favourite stores that will be featured. My love affair with The Body Shop started around three years ago when I realized that I needed to take better care of my skin. My skin issues are rather complicated if I could call it that. I have combination, dry skin that is ultra-sensitive as well so there were not many products that actually agreed to my skin. I decided to try The Body Shop because the products are natural based products and would most likely not irritate my skin as much.
Since it all started with skin care I decided to dedicate my first post of the series to the skin care products that I have used over the past few years.
This was the very first product that I used from The Body Shop, it’s the Vitamin C Glow Boosting moisturizer. I started using it after watching Kaushal Beauty use this as a moisturizer ( Yes, Youtube made me buy it). This was a lovely moisturizer. It is a lightweight gel like moisturizer that is said to boost the radiance of your skin. It leaves the skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. It was also great to use under makeup as it gets slightly tacky while drying down which allows makeup to apply nicely to the skin. This product retails for R180 which is another reason why I like Body Shop products, they are quite affordable compared to most skin care ranges. I used this product for a long time but what I didn’t like was that it had no sunscreen and I had to use a sunscreen on top of this product. By doing this I overloaded my skin with product and it seemed to make my skin more oily than usual. If I used this product alone I found that I would break out because my skin, being overly sensitive, was exposed to the sun and sunscreen on its own was far too drying on my skin. So I had to give this product up from my skin care routine. I did however pass this on to the boyfriend who happens to be starting his skincare journey. He has acne prone, dry skin and found that this product burnt a little when he applied it so he discontinued using it and moved onto something else.
The Oils of Life Intensely revitalising facial oil has been a saviour to my skin in these winter months. I, again, saw this on Kaushal beauty’s channel and went straight to The Body Shop to get it. This is a beautiful facial oil that has a mixture of cold pressed seed oils such as black cumin oil, Camellia seed oil and Rosehip oil which promote anti aging, radiance and overall moisturization to the skin. I love using this oil at night to pamper my skin if it needs a little more nourishment than usual. This oil is lightweight and absorbs very fast into the skin leaving it feeling very soft and nourished. This product does not look oily on the skin and gives the skin a subtle glow about it. The oil is also great to use under makeup, giving the overall appearance of the makeup a dewy effect. I also like to apply a drop of this oil into my foundation before applying it as it allows the foundation to apply more smoothly as well as giving it a beautiful dewy Sheerness to the skin. I recently introduced this facial oil to my mum who fell in love instantly with it and uses it every day. So this product is great for all ages. This product comes in two sizes, both featured in the picture above, I recommend to start with the small bottle which is 30ml and retails for R290. It lasts very long as you need only 3 – 4 drops of product. The large bottle retails for R350, if I am not mistaken, and has 50ml of product.
Another product that I have tried from the Oils of Life range is the eye cream gel. I’ve had to start using eye creams quite early in my life. I have been using them for about a year now. The reason that I had to start is that I suffer with really bad allergies and I kept rubbing my eyes which caused the skin around my eyes to become quite dry so hence the need for an eye cream. However this was not the first eye cream that I tried. This eye cream is very hydrating and provides a cooling sensation when applied which is great to relieve tired eyes. The cream itself is a gel with small particles of micro glitter that disappears once applied to the skin. The eye cream is said to reduce dark circles, smooth wrinkles and make your skin around your eyes look more radiant. I enjoyed this eye cream a lot however it did not do much for my dark circles or under eye wrinkles, which are few, so I passed this on to my mum who seems to love it and I can actually notice a difference when she uses this. This product retails for R195 for a 20ml tub.
This was the first eye cream that I used. It’s the Vitamin E eye cream and it’s quite a fabulous eye cream which I recommend for a newbie to eye creams as it’s light and refreshing on the skin. This is cream based product which is hydrating and cooling when applied. The cream contains shea butter and rose hip oil which is known for its moisturizing properties. This cream did lighten my dark under eye circles but it was not moisturizing enough for my eyes which is why I moved on. The Vitamin E eye cream retails for R160 for 15ml which I have to admit is slightly pricey.
The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask has to be an essential product for me. I just started using face masks and this was the first face mask that I purchased after doing a lot of DIY masks at home. This mask changed my skin in ways that I have never seen another mask do. The mask contains bamboo charcoal which detoxes and draws out impurities from the skin while tea tree oil purifies the skin leaving it refreshed and renewed. The mask itself has gritty bits in it that once dried on the skin can be used to exfoliate the skin and cleanse the skin when removing the mask. I usually apply this mask all of my face using a flat foundation brush and wait for it to completely dry down before removing it. The mask initially feels very cooling on the skin but then starts to tingle slightly as it dries down. The tingling is not uncomfortable but takes some getting used to. So once the mask has dried down I prefer to splash some water on my face to loosen the mask slightly as it becomes too abrasive for my skin, I then take a pump of the Camomile Makeup remover oil (featured in an upcoming post) and use this to in circular motions on my skin so that my skin gets exfoliated. I do this for about a minute or two and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. My skin is left feeling extremely soft and glowing. I usually apply the Oils of Life facial oil after this mask. They say that you can use this mask 2-3 times a week but I prefer to use it once a week because of my sensitive skin. This retails for R300 for a 75ml jar.
The Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum is product that is a recent find compared to the other products that have been mentioned. The product released in April this year and I picked it up as soon it hit shelves. I loved the idea of a serum that brightens your skin as glowy, healthy skin is my skin goals. I started using this serum at night only and didn’t see a difference at first until one day I used the charcoal mask and this serum after and it was incredible. My skin has started looking brighter and the acne scars that I had have lightened up. This is a very thin serum and is more water based as opposed to oil based which means that is very light on the skin and not very hydrating so you have to use some sort of moisturizer over this. I am still using this serum at night as I prefer another serum for my mornings however this can be used both morning and night. This product retails for R275 for 30ml and is a more pricier serum among the other ranges that The Body Shop offers but it is definitely worth the price because the results can be seen.
As mentioned above the boyfriend has just started his skin care journey and he, like me, has started it with The Body Shop. So I thought I would include a review of the products that he has used and tested as well. He started using the Vitamin C range along with the Tea tree range after we found that the men’s skin care range was not targeted for his skin needs. So he started to use the Vitamin C Glow protect lotion with SPF 30 during the day. This cream is very lightweight and has the added SPF Factor in it so it makes it more convenient to apply, just one product and done. This cream just unfortunately did not work for his skin, it left a weird grey cast on certain areas of his skin and did not moisturize his skin enough which caused his dry patches to be exaggerated more. He also complained that it left his skin feeling tight and dry. This product retails for R200 for 50ml.
Another product that the boyfriend is using is The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, this is specified for blemished or acne prone skin and helps to reduce acne and blemishes by clearing the skin. This serum can be used under a moisturizer or on its own. This serum is a great find as it helps to keep the breakouts at bay and he does not have as many as he used to. This serum also helps with the scarring. So he is quite enjoying this serum as it’s also very easy to use. It retails for R180 for 30ml.
This brings me to the end of Part 1 of my Body Shop series which featured all the skin care that I use. Next week I will feature the makeup that I have used in Part 2 of my series.
I hope you enjoyed it
Stay Glam XOXO