Friday, 19 December 2014

The Body Shop - Wild Argan oil

Body Shop Wild Argan bath products
Body Shop Wild Argan shower gel and body lotion

This month The Body Shop are doing a fantastic collaboration with bloggers in the form of a blogger review advent calendar!  Today is my turn, and I'm featuring their Wild Argan shower products. Have a look at the calendar to see what other bloggers have reviewed in the lead up to Christmas.

The Body Shop shower ranges are famous. Regularly releasing new limited edition scents and additions to their permanent lines, one of my favourites being the blueberry range from Winter 2013 (the Raspberry range is the closest replacement to this).

This is their wild argan oil range, full of the benefits of the argan plant and everything you'd expect from the Body Shop.

They have a whole suite of products including a scrub, body butter, lip balm, bath bubbles and even a lovely blue body buffer.

The scent is different to what I expected, I'm not sure what I thought I'd be like, but it's a lovely honey-type scent, a warm soft but sweet scent.  Pretty much every time I step out of the shower after using this I get a compliment about the scent.  The shower gel lathers up really well and leaves your skin smelling great and refreshingly clean.

The body lotion is soft, hydrating, non-greasy and quick to absorb.  It comes with a pump dispenser which is great so you don't end up getting lotioned-up-hands all over the bottle, and you don't dispense too much product.

What is argan oil?
Argan oil comes from the argan tree which is typically home to Morocco.  In it's native country it's used for hair care, skincare and even in makeup like kohl eye liners.  When used in skincare, it can help with redness on the skin and acne, having a calming effect on the skin.

The Body Shop have also put together a guide to explain what argan oil is, they even sent the lovely Fleur de Force to Morocco to discover first hand what it is, and how it is used, there's a video embedded on their page with Fleur :)

I'm a big fan of The Body Shop, I love that their products aren't tested on animals and that they contain decent ingredients.  Their body butters are fantastic (their fruity ones are my favourites - Satsuma, Raspberry, Blueberry, Strawberry) and always a staple in my bathroom.  The next thing on my list to try is the Wild Argan body scrub since my current one is about to run out.

What's your favourite Body Shop treat?

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Makeup Revolution Euphoria palette in Bare

Makeup Revolution Euphoria palette in Bare

Six eyeshadows, 2 mattes and 4 shimmers.  A bronzer, highlight and blusher.
Makeup Revolution Euphoria palette

Eye shadows swatched in the order they're in the palette (top to bottom,. left to right)
Makeup Revolution Euphoria palette eye shadow swatches

Bronzer, highlight, blusher
Makeup Revolution Euphoria palette contour swatches

Using just MUR products (viper mascara, Kohl and flick liner, Euphoria palette (2nd, 3rd & 6th shades) and the ultra aqua brow tint in medium
MUR eye shadow look

MUR eyes
Makeup Revolution face

Makeup Revolution eyes

When this landed on my door step, my first thought was 'ooooh so pretty!' - a palette perfect for weekend breaks, or holidays.  It wasn't until I swatched it, that I realised just how pretty the eye shadows actually are.  They're like a hybrid of the best of the Naked palettes, both mattes and shimmer shades.  Then you have the contour palette, a soft matte bronzer for contouring, a soft and gentle highlighter and a NARS Orgasm dupe of a rose gold blusher.

As always the eye shadows are exactly what you've come to expect from MUR, well pigmented and long lasting.  I was going for a very soft look that was all about the eye liner.  I use shade 2 on the inner half of my eye, shade 3 on the outer half, and then shade 6 on the outer v and crease.

I combined the look with the bronzer, highlight and blusher from the palette, finishing off with their anti-shine balm (their Benefit Dr Feelgood dupe).

The only negative I have to say about the look I created is with the kohl and flick liner, the kohl isn't quite black enough for my taste :)

I'm really enjoying doing these makeup looks, yes they haven't been super colourful yet, but I do have some adventurous looks planned for you, so do let me know in the comments what looks you'd like to see me create and I'll do my best :)

At just £6 I think this is a great value palette, it's so wearable and combines great colours, with a face contour palette, a great makeup bag essential.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Origins Plantscription moisturiser

Origins Plantscription

Origins Plantscription moisturiser - thick, creamy consistency

I've been using this little baby for a while now and wanted to give it a proper road test before I shared my thoughts with you on it.

You probably know I'm a sucker for Origins skincare.  I started off with a complimentary facial from them (which anyone can get you just need to book in), and then bought their Ginzing face moisturiser and their Ginzing facial scrub cleanser (both reviewed here).  So when the opportunity arose to try their Plantscription, I was pretty excited.

It's completely different to the Ginzing products, they're more of a lightweight gel texture (fast absorbing), while this is much heavier and thicker, making it perfect for Autumn/Winter when it's windier and drier.  

It absorbs pretty fast and feels really hydrating and nourishing, it's a very luxurious feeling cream and you only need a really small amount as a little goes a long way (that's what I like to hear from a £50 moisturiser!).

It's place in my skincare routine is in the morning, I use this after washing my face.  It prepares my skin well for foundation, or just the day ahead (in the evening I use a cleanser like Liz Earle C&P or Michael Todd honey & oat, then the Kiehls Midnight recovery serum).

I like to keep my skincare simple and not over-complicate things, I feel like my skin is at it's best when it's not being bombarded with different products, which is why I often refuse skincare reviews that are offered to me as I don't like to try to many different things out, I find my skin doesn't respond well after a while.

I feel that the Ginzing products are better for the Summer or warmer months as they're so light, and this is well suited for Winter.  I've been really pleased with it, it hasn't broken me out, I haven't reacted to it, and after using it my skin feels lovely and soft.  It's just a shame it's quite expensive, as now that I'm on maternity leave it's not something I'd be able to afford to replace.  If you're interested in picking one up for a present, or just a little treat for yourself, you can find it here, or at your local Origins counter.

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