Hi friends, thanks for coming to my blog! Today, we’re looking at a few things that I bought from The Body Shop.
I went in originally just to buy a few body butters, but no joke, when the representative asked me ‘what brings you in today’ I responded with “I’m feeling spendy” and then walked out with $50 worth of products. #oops? Granted, compared to ‘real’ beauty bloggers, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what they spend, but for little old me, that’s what I would consider a haul. A few weeks later, I went back into the Body Shop and then walked out with another few items. Read below for the goodies that I bought (sorry wallet!) and what I think about them.
I originally received the coconut body butter for Christmas, and liked it so much that I went back to buy a few more after I used it- picking up moringa and olive scented ones.
The cream sinks into your skin quickly, and although it’s body butter, I found it perfect for my hands. They have it as a part of buy two get one for free and they’re $6 a piece. This is now the second time that I’ve bought these hand creams, and I’ll more than likely be back for me! They have a variety of scents including coconut, grapefruit, satsuma, vanilla and the olive and moringa scented ones that I picked up. They’re small enough to bring with you in your bag, but they last a long time as opposed to some travel sized products that you can only use a few times before they’re empty.
The Body Shop starting selling liquid peels earlier this year, another variation of a physical exfoliant, this one containing edelweiss, sea holly and criste marine… #fancyschmancy
They have a few different versions, this one focusing on youth regenerating but they also have their drops of light line which is for discolouration and they just came out with a Vitamin C Glow variation as well which is the one that I would love to try out!
It’s the weirdest thing, it’s a very thick gel that you put on your face and gently massage and it takes off all of the dead skin cells on you… and you can actually see and feel the dead skin cells coming off! It’s the grossest yet most satisfying thing ever. At first I wasn’t sold on it, but as I used it more and more I realized that this will be a staple in my skin care! I love using it every few nights and my mom starting using it as well. I found that it made a big difference with the size of the blackheads on my skin. I’m not sure if you should or shouldn’t do this, but if you also add in a physical exfoliator then your face is gonna be baby butt soft. I tested it out, so I can attest to that tehehe.
Fear not- I didn’t come out of the store without any masks! They had a mini mask set with three masks to try out- at $6 for three masks, I figured why not- and threw it into my basket. The three that I have are the Ethiopian Honey (Deep Nourishing), Himalayan Charcoal (Purifying Glow) and British Rose (Plumping).
I first started off with the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Face Mask, as my skin was feeling dry and I could do with some more moisture. It was a gel consistency, and it felt as if you were actually putting honey on your skin but not as sticky. The colour looked like honey, which I liked because I don't want my parents coming into my room and being terrified of me when I turned around (anyone else like this, or just me? lol). Taking it off was easy, I used a wet wipe and then just used some cleanser. Afterwards, my skin felt moisturized and soft. Was it good? Yes. Incredible? No. It did what a face mask should have done.
A few days later, the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask was on my hit list. To start of I was a little taken aback about the scent, not so much because it was super strong but rather because it was slightly minty which I didn’t expect. The mask was gray (like you’d expect) but it also had small pieces/chunks of charcoal in it which I found off putting. It’s a purifying mask, so it dried fairly quickly, and like expected it tingled, but the tingling was quite intense, borderline too much for me to handle. Once it dried off, I promptly attempted to wash it off, and wow was it a struggle. I put on some coconut oil to soften it up and then used baby wipes and it was still really frustrating and time consuming to get it all of my face. Once I managed to get it off my face, I found it to be really purifying and my skin felt really fresh (especially on the cheeks) but the feeling didn’t last too long. The pimples on my skin were slightly smaller and less red, but not as much as I thought they would be. I will say that after moisturizing my skin it seemed very glowy and fresh. Would I try this again? Given how much of a struggle it was to take it off, I’ll pass.
The last mask of the trio was the British Rose Fresh Plumping Face Mask. The texture of this one was similar to the Ethopian Honey mask and the scent was very subtle and nice. It smelt like roses which can be a tough scent to replicate so that it doesn’t smell too fake or strong, it was just right and faded as the mask dried.
I found this mask to be my favourite of the three; very hydrating and easy to take off with water- similar to a thick cleanser. Did it plump my skin? I mean, I guess so? I didn’t realize that my skin needed plumping before using this….
In my second trip to the Body Shop, I went there knowing that I wanted to look for a serum/oil as my Caudalie night oil was running out. I ended up buying the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil because I remember hearing great reviews about it. It comes in a light pink bottle with a dropper and the smell is really light and simple. Is it good, yes. Amazing? No.. It moisturizes my skin and makes it soft; as it said it would.
I also decided to buy the Tea Tree Oil Targeted Gel Blemish Stick as I heard great things about it and the Body Shop and they had a buy 2 items get a third free. I decided to pick up 2 tree tea oil blemish sticks, one for home and one to go… you never know when you’re gonna get a zit on your cheek and need to fix that, concealer can sometimes only go so far, ya feel? Does it work? Yes and no… it helps, but it’ll still take time. Would I buy it again? On a whim maybe, if I felt like it, but I don't think that I’d feel like I was ‘missing’ something without out.
I found that a lot of beauty reviews are incredibly positive, and I never understand how everything could be so amazing. The Body Shop has some great stuff and some repurchases, but not everything. They also have a points reward card and it’s always nice to know that they don’t test on animals and have a lot of vegan/natural options.
Have you tried anything from the Body Shop that you loved or hated? Let me know!