The Body Shop – Body Butters

Ok yes another Body Shop rave but seriously I honestly can’t fault their products!

 I love walking into Body shop and be hit in the face with all the fruity fresh scented products. Some may find it overpowering but me…I’m drawn into the shop simply by walking past and getting a good waft!

 

The Body Shop Body Butter

So I first started using The Body Shop Body Butters when I was 13 or 14 years old. I remember walking into the shop and seeing rows and rows of different fruit body butters and I tried and sniffed each one and these are my all-time favourite and the ones I continuously go back for.

1. Coconut. – I’m a sucker for any kind of coconut scented product and I love the smell of this body butter. Not only does it smell awesome it’s a great moisturiser! This is my fourth tub! I absolutely love it!  I tend to reach for this in the summer when my skin is less dry as I usually require heavy moisturising creams in the winter.

2. Coconut Shimmer Body Butter – There’s also a coconut shimmer body butter version which is nice to use if you going out in the evening and bearing a lot of skin – gives a beautiful shimmer as well as the moisturising benefits. I haven’t really used this one a great deal to be honest.

3.  Passion Fruit – This was the first one that I used,I love Passion fruit so when caught a whiff of this my purse was out of by bag and ready. It’s so fruity! I can’t seem to get this in store anymore and when I went in and asked them if they’ve stopped it they said it’s a seasonal special and I could probably get it online. So I went home and ordered a tub online!

4. Vitamin E – Everyone knows Vitamin E is incredibly amazing for your skin and at the time when I bought this I was suffering from excessively dry skin and I found that after slapping this beautiful stuff on my skin twice a day my skin felt amazing and all the dry skin cleared up. This is a miracle worker for the winter months.

 I think the cost of these body butters at £13.00 is reasonable and given that it’s a Body Shop product which tends to be generally expensive. I tend to get them when they’re on offer and Body Shop always have offers on their body butters so I just stock up then!

Overall, great products, smells amazing, they moisturise really well and you really need a lot, a tub will last a good few months.

Have you tried these body butters? Which one is your favourite?

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Top Exfoliating Masks/Treatments Wishlist

Hello Ladies,

So recently my Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant mask (reviewed here) is nearly all gone! I’ve loved using the product and I was going to buy another one but there are so many different exfoliating masks/treatments on the market I figured I might try a new one. So here’s a list of all the ones I’ve read about that I want to try.

Exfoliator Masks

Exfoliator Masks

1. Alpha H Liquid Gold

A multi action formula enriched with silk proteins, licorice extract and Glycolic acid. It works to jump-start the skin’s metabolism, tightening enlarged pores and giving a brighter, clearer complexion.

  • This is my dream product, I really want to try this and having done a fair bit of research I’ve read nothing but amazing reviews for this product!

2. Ren Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask

‘A combination of fruit acids complex and papain enzyme from the papaya fruit, that gives a gentle yet effective exfoliating peel. If you have congested, mature, post acne scarring or blemished skin this will  leave your skin in optimum health’

  • So my skin has recently been recovering from a horrible bout of acne and I’ve been left with a few scars which have been fading away thanks to my Manuka honey, cinnamon and nutmeg facemask but I still feel like a mask like this will really make the process a lot quicker and give it a healthy glow that it needs.

Available on lookfantastic.com at £27.00

3. Pixi Glow Tonic

So this product has recently become quite popular in the beauty blogosphere and after reading excellent reviews it has quickly become one of the top products on my beauty list. It is described as a dupe for P50 but a cheaper version. It works to tone, firm and tighten skin whilst exfoliating dead skin cells away with Glycolic acid.

  • It’s not available online but there is a store in Fouberts Place, London and there is a number you can call to order over the phone.

Telephone: 020-7287-7211  £16.00

4. Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask

‘This is a fast-acting mask which aims to revitalize dull skin.It contains camphor oil and which hazel to help give your skin a natural-looking radiance’

  • I love that this product requires you to leave the mask on for 30 seconds which results in an instant radiant glow. Great for when you are short on time but need a quick skin boost!

Available on Lizearle.com at £14.00 for 50ml pump

5. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Contains Papaya and Pineapple fruit enzyme action which will smooth, brighten and clarify your complexion. The formula is non-granular, gentle and works by dissolving dead skins cells without rubbing.

  • I’m not usually keen on fruity smelling masks only because I don’t really feel like they’re doing much but this has the fruity smelling aspect, gently exfoliates and dissolves dead skin cells away which is great.

Available on lookfantastic.com at £29.50

6. Oskia Renaissance Mask

Contains natural fruit acids (AHA’s) including passion fruit, grape and pineapple fruit acids which work to gently exfoliate the epidermis and decongested pores. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin soft, toned and smooth. Not to mention the beautiful rose scent!

  • This just sounds amazing, I love the scent of roses so this is just a dreamy relaxing mask for me!

Available on lookfantastic.com at £48.50

7. Dr Manuka Bee Venom Mask

With purified bee venom and UMF this mask is a deep penetrating skin renewal treatment that nurtures, regenerates & assists with the renewal of damaged skin cells.

  • I really love Manuka honey so this product is just perfect for me!

Available on HollandandBarrett.com  at £49.99

8.Glam Glow Mud Mask

A 10 minute mask aims to give you a ‘Noticeable 3 day glow from skin collagen synthesis, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, leaves skin smooth and soft and multi level resurfacing exfoliation and even out skin tone’

  • Again a quick 10 minute mask, great for when you’re in a rush. I’ve read great reviews about this mask as well!

Available on beautyflashshop.co.uk at £38.50

Have you tried any these masks/treatments? Any recommendations?

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Manuka Honey, Cinnamon and Nutmeg Face Mask…My Saviour

Hi Ladies,

So I know it’s been a while since I last posted and the reason for this is because there’s been a few things happen in my personal life recently which have occupied some of my time, but I’m back and hopefully with some interesting posts.

So recently I have been suffering from horrific acne and I couldn’t figure out what was causing the sudden flare up until after some experimenting found out that this was my M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. So I immediately stopped using it and moved on to my good old Revlon Colorstay foundation. I was left with some really awful cystic acne of the side of my cheeks and I was on a mission to get rid of them!

So I came across Manuka Honey, Cinnamon and Nutmeg face mask through Pinterest and I was so desperate that I was willing to try anything and I am so glad that I did. I have quickly listed short facts known about the ingredients below.

Ingredients
1. Manuka Honey – 2 Tsps

Sainsbury’s Manuka Honey 10+ 340G – £9.99

3. Ground Cinnamon – 1/2 Tsp

4. Ground Nutmeg – 1/2 Tsp

  • Manuka Honey has properties that contain anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and the ability to aid in healing and repair damaged skin.
  • Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and it also brings blood and oxygen to the surface on the skin and unclogs the pores.
  • Nutmeg is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial and also dries out pimples.
How to..

Mix all the ingredients in a clean container to form a thick consistency (thick enough where it won’t slide down your face). Now I have to stress this point, this is not an over night cure! This took about 4 weeks to clear my skin up and this involved using this mask every single day. It was a strict regime that involved no other products, if you feel that you need to use your standard spot treatments as well then go for it.

The Results

I found that the mask was drawing the acne to the surface so I could extract (EWWWW) the gunk inside. Once that was done the every day use of the mask helped heal the spots quicker and helped clear up the scarring as well.

Even though my acne it completely gone, I still use the mask everyday. I find that my skin is amazingly soft, the softest it’s been in a long time. It is time consuming and you won’t see results straight away but what I love about this mask is that it’s natural, chemical free and not as harsh as other spot treatments.

So ladies give it a go and let me know the results!

Reemz

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Sugaring Vs Waxing

Hello Ladies,

Recently I have been looking into different types of hair removal and I came across a method called sugaring which I never really thought of trying. When I did some further research and I was lured into the technique and thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
Sugaring
First all of all Sugaring is a technique very similar to waxing. It is made up of all natural ingredients that can be found in your kitchen and can be made by yourself. Whereas wax is made up of chemicals, preservatives and other unnatural ingredients which can irritate your skin.
From my experience this is what I found;
1. Sugaring sticks to the hair but not you skin. Whereas waxing sticks to your skin and hair so when you’re ripping of the wax strip you are ripping of your live skin cells.
2. Sugaring is water-soluble so if you make a mess then it can be easily cleaned up by just water 🙂 Whereas waxing can cause and mess and be difficult to remove.
3. There are two methods you can use with sugaring. First you can use it in a similar fashion as you would when waxing whereby using a spatula to spread a layer on your skin and using a strip of cloth to rip it off or (my preferred method) The sugar balling method which is the traditional method of sugaring when using your hand you apply a thick mixture in the opposite direction of the hair grow and still using your hands it is then flicked up in a quick motion in the direction of the hair growth.
4. Sugaring can be used anywhere and minimizes the irritation whereas some people especially myself are reluctant to use wax in sensitive areas in case of irritation but as sugaring contains all natural ingredients irritation is significantly reduced.
5. It is said that over time sugaring can reduced the thickness of hair growth and can cause the hair follicle to be damaged and stop growing hair. (However I have only tried this method once so I cannot say)
6. As sugaring is gentle it can be used over missed hairs to ensure that the areas that are being waxed are hair-free and smooth whereas waxing can cause of pain and irritation if you go back to try to re-wax missed hairs.
7. When I looking up this idea on the Internet I wanted to try it almost immediately and the great thing is that I could without having to go out and buy the ingredients as they was all just sitting in my kitchen ready to go.
Cons
1. Making the sugar wax can be a little tricky and can take some practice so be successful.
That’s the only con I have found so far!
How to make Sugar Wax
What you will need –
2 Cups of Sugar – You can use granulated sugar or brown sugar
1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice – Fresh or bottled
1/4 Water
Candy Thermometer (if you have one)
What to do?
1. Measure out your ingredients separately as accurately as possible.
2. Mix ingredients together in a pot.
3. Put it on the stove on the highest heat possible.
4. As the mixture comes to boil you MUST keep an eye on it. As soon as the white bubbles are near the top of your pot turn the hit down to low-medium heat. You don’t want to overcook the sugar mix.
5. To ensure that you don’t overcook it take it off the heat and look at the colour of the mixture underneath the bubbles. When the colour starts to change to a golden colour your mixture is almost ready.
6. Let it cook until the colour darkens to an amber colour and take off the heat immediately. At this point your mixture should be done.
Note: If you have a candy thermometer then you can use this. As soon as it hit 280 degrees your mixture will be ready.
CAUTION
DO NOT TRY TO USE THE MIXTURE STRAIGHT AWAY. IT WILL BURN! MAKE SURE THAT IT HAS COOLED DOWN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE USE.
If the mixture has cooled down too much then you can reheat in the microwave. It will only need to be in there for no more than 10 seconds otherwise I will get too hot!
Things to look out for:
  • When I first made my batch I undercooked it so the mix was really sticky and I couldn’t use the ‘balling’ method. The reason why it was sticky was because it was undercooked. In order to fix this I just threw it back on the stove and let it cook a bit more and it was ready to go after.
  • If the mixture it really hard then you have overcooked the mixture in which case it is irrecoverable. You can eat it (yes it is edible) or just throw it out. One of the great things about sugaring is that it is cheap and ingredients are easily obtainable.
I urge all women out there to at least try this method and just see how great it is. I personally don’t think I will go back to regular waxing.
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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse – Multi Usage Dry Oil

Hey Ladies,

                                                                 Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse! 

I came across this product when I was browsing the net as usual for a dry oil for my hair and I stumbled across this little beauty. Now first of all this is a MULTI- USAGE dry oil for face, body and hair which is just perfect so of course impulsively I bought it! Its key ingredients are borage, St John’s wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut and macadamia to nourish, repair and moisturise for all skin types.


My Review

The bottle in my opinion is just beautifully elegant and just looks lovely on my dressing table. I’ve seen a fair few people mention that its difficult to apply as it doesn’t have a spray, it has a small plastic thing on the top that dispenses a few a drops out at a time (I don’t what you call it!) but you don’t really need a great deal. A little really does a long way.

Onto the smell.. I LOVE the smell of this oil. Its hard to explain, kinda summery but it is simply divine!

When I first applied it, it went on so smoothly and a few drops was all i needed. It doesn’t leave an oil residue (DRY OIL DUUUUUUUUUUHH) so it’s quick to apply and you can just get on with the day.

I also tried it in my hair on the ends and I love it. It makes your hair smooth, gets rid of fly aways and of course you smell AWESOME!

Now price…it is expensive but it will last ages so I think its worth it and once I run out I will definitely purchase again.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer Oil

You can also get the dry oil in Gold Shimmer which I now want!! 🙂
 
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Dermalogica – Gentle Cream Exfoliant

So ladies, I want to share with one of my favourite products that I simply don’t think I could ever live without!

It is called Gentle cream exfoliant by Dermalogica. I first heard of this product from Lisa Eldridge who recommended it on one of her posts ‘Favourite skincare products – part 1‘. When Lisa said that it changed her life I was skeptical… after all how often do you come across products like that! Anyway I just had to give it a go.

I bought my gentle cream exfoliant from Beauty Flash for £31.99. It is pricey however a little goes a long way and well its just worth all the money.

My Review

The idea of this product is to apply as you would a face-mask. Its’ key ingredients are Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid which remove the dead skin cells and clears follicles. When this product says that it’s gentle, believe me it’s gentle! My skin doesn’t feel aggravated, isn’t red or blotchy like it would after using other exfoliants. My skin is flawlessly smooth and brighter! LOVE IT!!

I use this exfoliant once a week without fail! I strongly urge you to buy a sample or splurge and buy this product and let me know your experiences!!

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