Monday, 17 November 2014

Body Shop Haul

When I first got into beauty I was committed to the Body Shop - I bought everything from brushes to eye shadows, blushes to foundation. But gradually as I became more knowledgeable I started to move away from the brand; their pricing just felt off - not quite high street but not high-end either. 

That being said, I still tend to gravitate towards their skincare items, so when I received a discount code in my inbox I couldn't resist picking up a few things.

I've always been a big fan of the simple style of the Body Shop's brown paper packaging & it looks like I'm not the only one!

The first product is one I used to use back when I first decided to actively start combating my acne, & it's the Tea Tree Blemish Gel (£6.00). You don't get a huge amount of product for your money (only 2.5ml) but equally this is a topical treatment rather than something you're going to be coating your face in. Since tea tree is an anti-bacterial this is most effective when used on open spots to prevent infection & promote healing. It's no miracle cure but it can help calm the whole acne situation down, meaning less work for you & your makeup.

One of the main reasons I placed an order was because I'd noticed my hands were getting super dry at work & I've always loved the Body Shop moisturisers. This Shea Butter Hand Cream (£3.50) is no exception. The nutty scent is warm & comforting without being overwhelming, & the texture is the perfect balance of moisturising & easily absorbed. I only wish this came in a larger size.

The next item I picked up is this Nail Colour in shade Chocolate Cutie (£5.00). I've been looking for a dark berry nail polish ever since autumn hit properly & on the website this looked perfect, but when it arrived I was disappointed. As you can see it looks like a fairly uninspiring medium brown in the bottle, not what I was looking for at all, but once I applied it I fell in love. On the nail it's a deep mahogany brown with a strong red undertone, perfect if you feel like black is a bit too stark but still want a dark shade.

Along with dry skin on my hands, winter also means dry, flaky patches on my elbows & shoulders - super attractive - so I picked up this Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub (£13.00). It's a bit on the pricey side but a little goes a long way, & thankfully, unlike the Coconut Body Scrub, this one doesn't leave my skin feeling irritated, just soft & smooth.

I've been meaning to get a clear top coat for a while as I'm notoriously bad for chipping my nail polish, & now I'm working it just feels unprofessional to have my nails look a mess. So far this Base & Top Coat (£5.00) is ticking all the boxes. Last night I applied one coat of the clear polish, followed by two of Chocolate Cutie, & then a final top coat & I've yet to get a single chip, which is pretty much unheard of for me. It also dried super quickly meaning no smudges or uneven finish.

The hunt for a rich night-time moisturiser suitable for oily skin continues, & so I picked up the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion (£9.00). It's pretty pricey as you only get 30ml of product & I'm not convinced it's worth it. Although this lotion feels lightweight & non-greasy (thumbs up), it also doesn't feel particularly moisturising (thumbs down) & while I do have oily skin I'm still keen to keep my face hydrated.

Another product I'm revisiting is the All in One Concealer (£8.50). I've always been a fan of this creamy yet lightweight formula but I previously purchased shade 01 which is super yellow-toned & just made me look sallow & tired, even though I have a neutral undertone. Shade 00 on the other hand leans more pink - almost salmon-toned - & is perfect for covering up dark circles. It also blends seamlessly over acne, giving great coverage.

Never one to pass up on new lipstick shades, I grabbed two of the Body Shop's Colour Crush Lipsticks in shades 330 (Spice Things Up) & 340 (Berry Me) (£10.00). The packaging is definitely deceiving here - the colour dots on the bottom of the tubes look almost identical but they're clearly two completely different colours when applied. Spice Things Up is a warm-toned dusty rose while Berry Me is a super cool-toned (it almost has a hint of grey on the lips) aubergine. Berry Me is definitely the less conventional shade but I love how vampy it looks - almost Kylie Jenner-esque.

Predictably, I feel like everything I picked up from the Body Shop is a solid pick - they might be pricey but they sure are dependable. Let me know in the comments below what your favourite Body Shop product is so I know what to check out next time.

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