Review: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

We’ve all had a foundation that isn’t quite right, whether our skin tone has altered with the time of year or its impossible to find the right shade in your budget. Worst of all with foundation which I experienced recently, which a foundation I had been buying for years no problem has now started to oxadise and go orange on my skin. Can The Body Shop Shade adjusting drops save me?

According to The Body Shop website the drops will: “If you have light to medium skin you may find your foundation looks too dark or orange. A concentration of white and pink pigments in our Lightening Drops helps neutralise yellowness while lightening. Simply add a drop to lighten light to medium shades.

I’d like to start with saying how much I love the packaging, but I am a sucker for a simple design and a glass bottle. I also enjoy the rubber tip and pipette for application as I should provide more control on product volume. Saying that the pipette feels like more of a design feature rather than a practical applicator and from looking online I do not seem to be the only person who struggles with this. I have found that it is much better to simply wipe the product on the outside of the pipette on to the back of my hand to mix with my foundation. It is such a shame that it fails as it is such a good idea, and should work really well in principle but it doesn’t. I personally feel as though the sucker is just not powerful enough or its not made for the viscosity of the foundation, so either it needs a whole rethink or an improved pipette.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening Swatch

The product itself is simply beautiful. I’ve tried it with a larger variety of foundations covering a variety of coverage and consistencies, so far having nothing less than great results. The lightening drops combine well with all of my foundations, without effecting the integrity of the foundation which was concern initially. It also didn’t seem to have any impact on the lasting power of products so all in all a good product.

I’m so glad I picked this up, as I do sometimes struggle to find the right shade and this provides a lot of customization to colour of foundation. If you struggle to find a pale enough shade, or simply constantly pick up the wrong shade this will ensure you get use out of the products you buy. The packaging and application is a bit of a dud, so hopefully they will change it but the drops themselves are a huge life saver

Have you tried The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening? If so how did you get on? Similarly have you tried the darkening drops as I am curious about those too.

Gwen

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Review: The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub

The Body Shop Cream Exfoliating Body Scrub in Vineyard Peach

Nothing says summer like smooth skin and subtle fruity fragrances, I think The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub is a product that thoroughly sums up summer. I picked this up in the sale with the additional 40% off back at the end of March and it’s taken a little while to get round to this review, if you want to see what else I picked up at the time you can check out the haul here.

Over the years I have tried a large variety of body scrubs from the Body Shop as well as others, so I know what sort of products I feel work best for my skin. The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub promises to:

This gently exfoliating body scrub smells like freshly picked peaches. It lifts away dead skin cells and leaves skin peachy-soft. Lifts away dead skin cells. Stimulates skin surface microcirculation. Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother”

I know people like to use scrubs in slightly different ways, I am a work into dry skin kinda girl rubbing it all over before getting in the shower and washing it off. I tend to find over everything else this is the most effective way to use a body scrub, as you can really work them into your skin. The Vineyard Peach Body Scrub is cream based opposed to more of a sugar scrub or gel based formula I have tried in the past from the body shop but I am no stranger to cream based scrubs themselves. I really enjoy a cream based scrub as I love the finer particles in these scrubs without the density of a sugar scrub.

The Body Shop - Vineyard Peach Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub

Overall I really enjoy this scrub fine enough to work into the skin, but not super dense that its workable. I love how my skin feels after using it and the peach sent is light and simply delightful. I’m loving this and if you are looking for a new scrub I highly recommend checking it out, especially if it is the sale.

Review: The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptious Cleansing Butter

In a world of beauty and skincare, I feel like there is an every growing world of cleansers. I may be late to the party as I am aware that cleansing balms and cleansing butters have been around for a while but I have yet to try one. I have heard endless good things about The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review, so let’s see how it stands up to my expectations and if it worth checking out.

According to The Body Shop website, the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is meant to:

Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch.”

The Body Shop Sumptious Camomile Cleansing Butter

This is one of those cleansers where you apply and work into the skin directly before using a damp face cloth or muslin cloth. The first night I used this was a major test, as I’d been to a theme night bringing out the old emo makeup, loads of black eyeliner and layers of mascara this was a proper test for a cleanser. It seems with this a little goes a long way, working a little bit onto my skin the balm turned into an oil dissolving the makeup as it went. Within minutes’ my face became of mishmash of oil and black streaks but at least it was coming off. It’s probably due to my inexperience with balm and oil based cleansers, but it felt so oily and heavy on the skin I was absolutely desperate to wet my face cloth and finish off removing my makeup.

Every time I’ve used this I’ve been impressed, I’ve needed nothing more than this to remove my makeup so you don’t need a second cleanse. Its gentle on the skin, effective and well worth giving a go. I am not necessarily a huge fan of the oiliness but that is definitely a personal preference as I love a cream based cleanser. I’ve used it on bare skin and to remove makeup, and I have to say it wins for makeup removal hands down if I want a bare face cleanse I am sticking to micellar water.

If you love something oil/balm based, want something gentle on your skin or just want to try something new I would suggest you give this a go. At £10 from The Body Shop, find it here, its a reasonable price and with a little going a long way you can definitely get you moneys worth.

Let me know your favourite cleansers in the comments, I always want to try something new.

Gwen

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The Body Shop Sales Haul

Body Shop Sales Haul

The other weekend I was in bed ill with a sinus infection when I got a text from The Body Shop sharing the fact the 40% code was out getting you 40% off everything including sale items. Although I love The Body Shop I always try to save money and stock up when this deal/code is about as the saving are insane and I like to pick up a mix of items. I don’t think the sale is still on, as it has taken me a while to photograph and get the post up along with working around what I had already planned. I’m always impressed with The Body Shop, I ordered on Sunday 2nd April and the box arrived on my desk Tuesday 4th. Just emphasising my laziness in taking a week to get this up, still its nice to share my goodies.

April 2017 Sales Hail - Body Shop

I’ve paired these into what I have to say is fairly obvious pairings, first up is one of my favourite scents simply because it is so refreshing the Fuji Green Tea. As when you love any scent you have to get the shower gel, although nothing special I do love the scents they offer and always pick them up when on offer. I am so excited to use the Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel (£6.00 £3.50 £2.10), in the mornings. Then also from the Green Tea range I decided I wanted to try the Fuji Green Tea Body Sorbet (£8.50 £4.50 £2.70), I’ve never tried the Body Sorbets but they always feel cool and refreshing perfect for the summer.

In all my years of using the Body Shop I have always smelt but never used the peach range I thought it was time to change this, obviously starting again with the strong staple of Vineyard Peach Shower Gel (£5.00 £3.50 £2.10). Then I also picked up, what I am counting as an essential as I haven’t had a body scrub in a few months but I have a good feeling about the Vineyard Peah Body Scrub (£15.00 £7.50 £4.50). It smells so tasty.

The Body Shope Blueberry Body Butter & Camomile Cleansing Butter

Every sale I seem to pick up the Blueberry Body Butter (£15.00 £7.50 £4.50), I have one on the go right now but its my favourite scent so I feel like I might as well always have a back up available to me. Finally my last item, was full price before the 40% discount. However, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£10.00 £6.00), and its about time I tried a cleansing balm/butter so I will be sure to post a review shortly.

If all items were the full retail price it would of cost me a whopping £59.50, if it was just sale price with one full price item it would have been £36.50 but instead it only cost £21.90. That’s roughly £3.65 a product and a saving of 63% which I cannot complain about. I seriously recommend you sign up to the newsletter so you are notified when these codes are about as the savings are insane and happen a few times a year.What do you love from The Body Shop let me know in the comments.

 

Gwen

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September Favourites

Well hasn’t September been a crazy ol month even with just the weather alone, heatwave, storms and fog. It also means we’re most the way into 2016 it’s absolutely insane how quick this year.


With the insane weather this month, air con, heaters the lot my skin has really started to dry out. So I needed a heavy duty moisturiser and the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, its rich and thick without been heavy it’s really helped my skin out and I use it every morning and evening. I’m so glad I picked it up on a whim, my skin is eternally grateful.
Much like my skin my hairs seemed a little dried out this month and the Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm has saved me. When I initially reviewed it I was a little mixed but now I’m loving in, use it after swimming and don’t was it out until I get home so anything up to an hour then my hair is silky and smooth. It also makes my hair easier to manage the week following which I cannot get enough of it.

lipstick-favourites
I’ve been trying to embrace lipstick this month, and you can see the start of my journey in my Lipstick Diaries here. Although I’ve not started bold wearing everyday and for every occasion is the first big step and my go to nude this month is Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Naked Talent. It’s a rich creamy lipstick and its a warm your lips but better shade, its really made me comfortable with wearing lipstick daily so it’s been a big part of building confidence. If I haven’t been wearing this I’ve tried to be a little more daring but still ultra-safe with The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in 13 Breathless Berry, a beautiful pinky red shade which is light, comfortable to wear and gets me used to wearing colour without been heavy and requiring constant touch ups or mirror checks.

Finally I thought I would end with a few non-beauty favourites starting off with my funky looking charge cable, Tiger 1.2m Micro USB Charging Cable. I am always misplacing my charge cable, and this once is bright and noticeable so I know it’s mine and it does kinda cheer you up it just allows you to keep track and it was only £3.00. I’ve also been reading Into The Wild, I watched the film a few years ago and it’s such an interesting story tracking the journey of Chris. I highly recommend reading the book or checking out the film (available on Netflix) it’s thought provoking and fascinating.

So what have you been loving in September, let me know in the comments below.

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May Favourites

Where the hell has this year gone? It’s the end of May already and its almost summer, I just cannot get over it but I have been getting into the summer spirit and cannot wait to try to make the most of those long days.

May Favouritrs ft body shop, kiko, l'oreal paris

So this month I will start with quite a few makeup favourite as I have been mixing it up a little, not in the look but with the products I’ve been using. As its started to warm up I’ve ditched my blush and went for a bronzer with the BareMinerals Warmth, I didn’t get on with it at first but now I absolutely love it. It just adds definition and colour back into my face and is so simple to use.may favourites ft kiko, ysl, l'oreal paris & bareminerals

On to eye and this first product I won’t go on about is much as it was featured in a review earlier in the month but day after day I have been reaching for the Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 130  Satin Beige Cream, I love it. Whether as a blending shade, brow highlight or all over the lid it’s so versatile it’s a new makeup staple. Keeping it simple I’m still loving just simple makeup with black eyeliner, and my go to of May has been the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. It’s a felt tip eyeliner which is a deep black, and easy to control to create the desired look.

The final makeup item is a constant favourite but I feel like I should mention it again, the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut. It may not add much in terms of colour but it adds a beautiful gloss/shine to the lips without being glossy and sticky, perfect on its own or layered with other products. I’m back on my pastel nail kick from last year and with another Barry M polish as well Barry M Hi-Shine Polish in Sugar Apple. It’s somewhat of a mint shade but not, it’s hard to explain yet I just love how fun and fresh it looks.

may favourites ft body shop & barry m

My last two products are to help combat dry skin, I get horrible dry cracked skin on my elbows etc. so to treat this I use the unsung hero of Sudocream. It heals dry skin and put it on any hormonal breakouts it really brings them down almost immediately, highly recommend you keep this in the cupboard. Finally to then soften and moisture the treated skin I whip out The Body Shop Mango Body Butter, super summery and it feels great on the skin but what else were you expecting all body shop body butters rock.

So what have your being loving this month? And what exciting things are you doing this summer?

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Top 5 Lip Products Under £5.00

Top 5 lip products

I thought I would start to do a bunch of top 5s, sharing the top 5 makeup products within a certain category although the schedule and frequency of the posts yet. Here we look at my favourite lip products that are all under £5, as who doesn’t like to look good on a budget. I feel like all of these have been mentioned before, but here is me declaring my love for them

P.s. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper

First up is one that initially I had a love hate relationship with loving the colour but often finding it drying. That is the P.S. Love Matte Long Last Lipstick in Whisper, which you can see my full review here it is a muted purple pink and is a great neutral colour with a little bit of a oomph. It works well with a range of makeup looks and as long as you moisturise before and after you will be fine. Available from Primark for £1.00.

mua lipstick in14 bare

Staying in line with neutral we now have the ultimate everyday nude, the Makeup Academy Lipstick in 14 Bare. Rich, creamy and opaque this lipstick is a dream to apply and wear, with only minor touch ups every couple of hours if you wish but due to the nature of the colour and the fact it fades evenly meaning you don’t have to touch up. I also love MUA lipsticks as they have a great formula and a really affordable price point they are great for trying new things out. Available from Superdrug and online for £1.00.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob

I’m going to brief with the third one in the list, the Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in 63 East End Snob. I know there’s been a lot of hype and love for this item, and it’s often sold out in stores but it’s such a perfect muted pink colour. It goes with a lot of other lip colours but looks amazing on its own and as a lip liner it lasts all day, you can find my full review for it here. Available from Boots and Superdrug etc. for £3.99.

Rimmel London Lipstick in 08

This next Rimmel one is a total cheat as I am so in love with it I’ve slipped it in as it’s over budget. The Rimmel London Kate Moss Long Lasting Lipstick in 08, is a creamy pink colour which I really struggle to explain. It is my go to colour, no matter what makeup stand I’m at I pick up this kind of shade but this is by far my favourite lipstick I own of this shade type as it’s so smooth and comfortable on the lips. Available from Boots and Superdrug etc. for £5.49.

I am finishing off with The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter, the best tip balm/treatment I have ever used and it is so affordable. I use this twice a day and it keeps dry and cracked lips at bay, also it smells amazing, so if you have dry lips look no further than the body shop. Available from The Body Shop for £4.00.

So those are my top 5 lip products for near enough £5.00, all amazing products which are really affordable. And if you need any more excuses to be enabled and to go shopping, buying and trying everything on this list would cost you £15.48! You’re welcome.

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April Favourites

Where on earth did April go when we are back to this already? Anyway lets get to it with what i have been loving in April.

April Favourites

I had a love hate relationship with the old formula but I am head over heels in love with the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory. The old formula used to go patchy and weird if I was suffering from dry skin, this one is thinner without compromising on the coverage but is more hydrating and sits nicer on the face. I use a sponge to apply and it just evens me out, the colour is also perfect for me.

My Fragrance of the month has been The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla Flower Perfume Oil, the oil based texture took a little getting used to but the scent lasted all day. It’s a sweet subtle vanilla scent and is subtle in notes. So I smell nice all day but it isn’t overpowering, so glad to get this as a birthday gift as I never would of picked it up otherwise.

I am finally back into painting my nails and my favourite this month has been Barry M Aquarium Collection Nail Paint in Caspian, not necessarily a colour for this time of year but with its duo-chrome colour it is so damn pretty.

I don’t know if it is weird to have a anti-bacterial gel as a favourite but I absolutely the Cuticura Candy Apple Hand Gel. I don’t like the hand gels that smell really alcoholic and this one is perfect, it just smells like sugary candy fruit sweets. One final honourable mention to my Tangle Teezer, I took it on holiday and I am back to using it daily and I am so glad I am. Best hairbrush ever.

So that is what I loved over the course of April, what have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below

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Whats in My Bag? Spring 2016


It’s been a long time since I’ve done my normal ‘What’s in my Bag’ post but they are such a traditional and nice post to do, it feels like a shame not to do one. If you want to see previous editions including “What’s in My Compact Bag?”  or “What’s in my Festival Bag”  click on each one respectively, or check out all of my past ones here. I don’t think what I keep in my bag tends to change but I always think this is an interesting thing to find out what people lug around, do they carry their whole life in their bag or if they have such a streamlined organised bag and I can do nothing but look on in amazement.

whats in my bag - new look duffle bag

Let’s start with a little bit about the bag itself, I got it as a gift for Christmas and it was greatly received as I wanted a more slouchy type of bag but that was still a practical size and I love this. It is the New Look Pin Stud Duffle Bag, which is a suede type texture and obviously stud detailing it has a super long adjustable strap so you can really make it work for you. It has one internal side pocket and other than that is a good sized space to ram everything in. I’m not someone that has to carry everything but I need some space at least.

the essentialswhats in my bag - essentials

So first up are the usual bag essentials which we might as well get away starting with my phone and keys, my keys are huge so they are easy to find. Another must is my purse, which is a Primark Purse from summer 2014 and it just has everything in it from cards to receipts all in their own special section. I also keep a reusable shopping bag in there at all times, seeing as there is now the bag charge so it’s handy if I pick something up unexpectedly.

keeping organisedwhats in my bag - organisation

With a full time job and a blog I like to make tons on lists and note everything in order to help me stay on top of things. I have my personal planner with my pen attached so I don’t use it, I love this planner to death. (If you want to see an indepth view of my planner click here). As well as my planner I have my blogging note book, to help me make notes on current posts, post ideas and check my blog schedule.

 

just a little vainwhats in my bag - makeup

I keep thinking about getting a small makeup bag, but as I just carry powder and my current lip product is I just used the inside pocket for now. So I carry my Ruby & Millie Kabuiki Brush, Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory and an assortment of lip stuff. So with no rhyme or reason I have 5 different lip products at the moment including: YSL Volupte Rouge in Lush Coconut, BareMinerals Marvolous Moxie Lipstick in Be a Star, P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, The Body Shop Lipstick in (I can never remember), Rimmel London Appocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova. Got a good mix of colours, finishes and budgets for once, and I can change it up during the day.

the bag of useful bits

Finally I have a little (or maybe not so little) Ted Baker Makeup Bag which holds all of my ‘essential’ or useful bits to have in your bag. Most importantly there is medication such as my inhaler, allergy medication and painkillers as well as the basics such as plasters (my friends love me for these) as well as tissues. The usual girly must haves such as hair ties and hair grips, although I tend to go for hair ties as I’m most likely to want to keep my hair out of my way. As well as the not such important but always wanted Peach Delight Hand Gel, Ted Baker Lip Balm, Ted Baker Body Spray and Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Body Lotion which to me are all pretty self-explanatory. As one pair never seems enough I have two pairs of headphones and finally a little random but I find them endlessly useful in the form of the Primark Footlets.

So what do you carry in your bag? Let me know in the comments below or link me you ‘what’s in my bag’ post I adore reading them.

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January Favouries

january faves ft No 7, wet n wild, benefit

Wow the first month of 2016 is almost over already, where did January go? Luckily I’m slowly getting back into the working spirit and planning bits for the rest of 2016, trips away etc. It’s been a great month, and I did some amazing things some of which you will see a small post about in the next week or so when I get round to compiling it. Anyway on to the favourites.

This month has all being about lashes, using two samples which I got with magazines in November but only just got round to using when I went away for new year. Although very so-so on their own combining the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Eyelash Primer and Clinique High Impact Mascara has helped me create a few full and flutter lash looks which are perfect for the day to day. Also they are so diddy so they can easily fit in your bag etc. I loved these when I was away and I slip one in my bag for at work or when I’m on the go.

jan faves ft wet n wild comfort zone palette, benefit they're real primer, clinique mascara

 

It’s all about the eyes with me as always and since starting back at work on the 4th Jan I’ve found myself reaching for the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette almost daily, the palette provides two distinct looks and I don’t tend to mix. I’ve been keeping my eyes super simple for work and simply use the right hand side highlight colour all over my lid, and the corresponding crease colour for an outer v. It creates a super subtle but pretty eye look for work,

I reviewed this next favourite earlier in the month, so I won’t say too much as its best just to read the review but I have loved using the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water since December. Perfectly kind to skin, but great for makeup removal I just wanted to wait until the review was out to put in it my favourites. You can read the full review here.

As you will of seen in my ‘What I go For Christmas’ post I received a Body Shop Green Tea Gift set (I also received a mango one later on as well) and I normally never give the soaps a second glance but I am so glad I did. Unlike the other kits the green tea set contained an exfoliating soap and I thought I would give it a shot so I could save the little exfoliating tubs for a later date. I’m so glad I decided to bother with The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap, it is amazing!

So what have you loved in the first month of 2016, let me know in the comments below.

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