10/08/2015

Massive The Body Shop Haul & First Impressions



As I'm currently house sitting for my wonderful best friend and her Mamma back in Leeds, I brought the bare minimum of makeup/skincare with me (still ended up being 3 makeup bags, whoops) which means I'm limited to what I can post but luckily I stumbled upon these pictures from a couple of months back just sitting in my computer files so let's just pretend these are from today...
In a way it's a blessing in disguise as I've now tried out the majority of these products so I can give you a first impressions/mini review rather than the standard haul post I would've originally done. As you can see I went a little crazy in The Body Shop (not all in one trip) but most of it I got at a blogger event where they had 30% off everything so it wasn't as catastrophic to my bank balance as it may seem although it was still pretty bad. Let's crack on as there's a lot to get through...

First up I got two items from the Seaweed range as the shop assistant who gave me a skin consultation said this would be ideal for my Oily/Combination skin type.
Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator (£11) - I've been using this every two to three days in my morning shower and I love it. It has a lovely fresh scent and really wakes up my skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth. It seemed like quite a small tube but it's actually lasting me really well and isn't too rough either. All round winner!
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash (£9.50) - After I've used the Facial Exfoliator, I then go in with this face wash to really get a deep clean. It has the same fresh scent and definitely leaves me feeling squeaky clean without stripping my face completely. It's also soap and oil free so good for keeping your skins natural balance.
The only qualm I have with both these products is that the lids on them are very hard to open and close and when you're using them every other day that does get a tad frustrating!

Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (£24) - This may seem pricey for a mask, especially from The Body Shop, but you only need the tiniest amount as a little goes a long way. It is super hydrating, I apply this before going to sleep and wake up with lovely plump skin. It feels so soothing and luxurious and sinks in quickly. I'm not sure if it has any major impact on my skin as I didn't use anything before this to compare it to but if you feel like treating yourself I would definitely recommend this.

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate (£19) - I have to admit, I'm not completely blown over by this  product. I haven't been using it daily but when I have tried it out I haven't noticed a huge difference in the lines around my eyes or in my eye bags. It does however have a really soothing, cooling sensation when applying it which is nice but it leaves my eye area feeling slightly sticky as it doesn't sink in that well. I'm going to persevere a bit more with it once we're reunited but so far I'm not too impressed.

Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£12 for 50ml) - This is an old favourite of mine that I like to use on my hands when they're feeling drier than usual so I thought I'd stock up whilst it was on offer. It has the most amazing smell and sinks into the skin nicely whilst still getting the job done of making my hands more human and less reptile-like. Side note - I actually got the 100ml size of this but I can't seem to find that on the website so if my pot looks a little bigger, that's why!

Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel (£7.50) - I'm always on the look out for a good hydrating eye product so when I got this as a freebie for spending over £25 I was over the moon. It feels really soothing on my eyes and has made it into my daily moisturising routine so I'll definitely be repurchasing this.

Double Ended Blackhead Remover (£4) - This is a handy little tool made to extract blackheads. I thought it seemed a little gimmicky but decided to try it anyway as it was on offer and it actually works quite well. Just make sure to heat the face beforehand so that your pores are opened and be careful if using it on sensitive areas of skin.

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£13) - I have fallen completely in love with this product. It's amazing at removing makeup without irritating the skin and helps hydrate at the same time. I honestly can't stop raving about this product so expect a full review soon.

Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser (£16) - After seeing countless Youtubers & Bloggers rave about this, I had to try it out for myself and I was definitely left underwhelmed. It claims to leave skin with a healthy glow and fight signs of fatigue but I found neither of these to be true and really, it's just a bog standard moisturiser.

Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (£15) - Another product that I was really excited to try but left a lot to be desired was this glow enhancer serum. Meant to be used like a primer to add a radiance to the skin before applying makeup, I found it literally added nothing to my appearance. Have any of you tried this before? I'd be interested to see what other people made of it.



Included in the freebie bag were three products from the Mango range which were as follows:
Mango Body Sorbet (£8) - Perfect for the warmer months, this is a lighter moisturiser that absorbs quickly into the skin whilst still leaving it moisturised and smooth. It also smells amazing but isn't overpowering like some body butters can be.

Mango Beautifying Oil (£10) - Having only used this once I can't say too much but it's supposed to be a multi-purpose oil for the face, hair & body. I ran a few drops through my hair and it left it feeling silky smooth and smelling great so I'm looking forward to using this more once I've finished my current hair oil.

Mango Lip Butter (£4) - This is a buttery lip balm which I haven't got round to using as I'm currently making my way through a Burt's Bees lip balm but if it tastes of mango I'm probably going to love it!

All-In-One Cheek Colour in Macaroon (£8) - After hearing EmTalks rave about this blush, I simply had to try it out. A wonderful, warm peachy-coral shade that gives a very natural looking flush to the cheeks and applies beautifully. I really think it complements my skin tone well and I'm so glad I purchased this.

All-In-One BB Cream in 00 (£12) - Another product that I'd heard good things about so thought I'd pick up, it's a white BB Cream which transforms colour as it's applied to adapt to your skin tone. It gives a light coverage for days when I don't want to wear a full face but still want something to combat my uneven skin tone. I haven't used it enough to give my final verdict on it but so far it seems to do the trick nicely.

All-In-One Instablur Universal (£14) - Finally, my last purchase was the Instablur face primer. It's a clear gel that's applied before foundation to extend makeup wear time and control shine. This product can also be used alone as it helps 'blur' the face of any imperfections such as pores and blemishes.

Phew! I feel like this post was never ending but I hope you made it through all 16 items, I tried to make it as concise as possible whilst still being informative so fingers crossed you found it helpful.
I'd not tried that much from The Body Shop before but I've discovered quite a few products that have made it into my regular routine so I'm really happy with my purchases overall!
Do you have any favourite products from The Body Shop? I can't wait to try more, especially their Mojito range which smells like heaven.

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