The Body Shop | Product Haul

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I love going into The Body Shop when they run their 2 for 3 specials. Who doesn’t like free stuff? After hearing Caroline Hirons talk about a few of these products, I felt compelled to go and check them out.

Getting straight to the good stuff, let’s talk about Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. It’s described as an overnight sleeping mask, enriched with Edelweiss stem cells, that leaves skin looking bouncier and feeling replenished.

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It has a strange, firm, jelly-like texture which almost makes it difficult to scoop up. I usually apply it after my facial oil has sunk in, and give it another 30 minutes to settle in before I go to sleep, as it can be a bit sticky on the pillow. What I really like about the mask is that a little goes a really long way, and it smells beautiful. I feel like it does smooth and refresh my skin, and I wake up to more hydrated skin. The jar is quite heavy, so wouldn’t be ideal to travel with. I give it an 8/10. Available for R320 for 90ml.

I got the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Bi-Phase Essence Lotion because essences seem to have a firm spot in a lot of Korean beauty routines, said to aid in hydration, skin repair and cell turnover.

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This essence contains seed oils from around the world, known for their revitalising and repairing properties on skin – Black Cumin seed oil, Camellia seed oil and Rosehip seed oil and is meant to be used as the 1st step after cleansing: a daily lotion that provides instant visible results while preparing and activating skin for the next steps of your routine. The Body Shop promises that skin feels instantly replenished with moisture and appears softened.

Even though they mention it as the first step after cleansing, I usually apply it after I’ve toned. I shake the bottle to ensure that oil and water are mixed, and pat it in. Since I’ve been using it, my skin is ever so slightly more hydrated. I give it a 7/10. R205 for 160ml.

Because I can never say no to a good facial oil, I got the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil.

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Containing the same seed oils as the Essence – Black Cumin, Camellia and Rosehip – The Body Shop claims that this lightweight daily facial oil revitalises skin, replenishes moisture, revives radiance and visibly reduces the appearance of aging. It does live up to the claim that it’s lightweight. It smells exotic and quickly sinks right in. My skin is revitalised and radiant after I use it, and I love that it’s made from 99% oils of natural origin. As a guideline they suggest using 1-2 drops on your face, but that is if you are an ant. I must have a big ol’ face, because I use 5 drops at a time. Granted, there might be a little excess, which I can always tissue off, but when it comes to beauty and anti-aging, better too much than too little, I say. This oil gets an 8/10 from me. R290 for 30ml

I got the Oils of Life Twin-Ball Facial Massager as a nice accompaniment to my various oils and moisture masks, especially after Caroline Hirons mentioned it.

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I know that facial massage is beneficial, that’s why facials are good for the skin. Massage improves skin tone and circulation, and reduces puffiness and wrinkles. There is a special massage that The Body Shop designed for this facial massager called the Facial Dance Workout (check it out here) which stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage, to leave your skin feeling energised and looking radiant. I really like using my facial massager, but haven’t used it enough to say whether it has improved my skin tone, elasticity or reduced any wrinkles. It feels nice and cold in the summer months, and in winter I just warm it before I use it. I’m more likely to remember to massage my skin if I have an actual tool for it, so it’s a pretty cool thing to have. Available for R220.

Because my skin is naturally dry, I like to fortify it with hydrating creams in winter, and since I had heard so much good about the Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream, it was a no brainer.

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The Body Shop claims that it is a luxurious, silky moisturiser formulated especially for dry skin that locks in moisture to provide long-lasting hydration and protection. Out of all of the products I got, I like this one the least. It is beautifully silky and smells really soft and gentle, but I feel like the moisture/hydration it gives is very average. I can’t say that it moisturised for 72 hours – and that claim makes no sense, as at least every 24 hours, you’re going to wash your face. I found this to be rather lacklustre, so it gets a 5/10. R160 for 50ml.

For fun, I got the Drops of Sun Glow Creator.

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This little bottle is like sun in  jar. The drops blend easily into foundation or body lotion to give you an extra bit of bronze. It works well to darken my foundation, but isn’t dark enough to bronze my limbs. I don’t use it all that often, but I’ll give it a 6/10. R250 for 15ml.

What Body Shop products can you not live without?

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