Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Body Shop Firming Range Spa of The World

The Body Shop have expanded their luxurious Spa Of The World bodycare range to now include the "Firming Ritual". The new line features 3 products;

Thai Markrut Lime Firming Oil £18
French Grape Seed Scrub £22
Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream £25 

All the products are made with ingredients specifically designed to firm and tone the appearance of the skin. I am so impressed with this range! Usually, when I see products claiming to "reduce cellulite" and "visibly firm the skin" I think it is all a marketing scheme and forget about it. However- I am truly so impressed with the Firming Range from The Body Shop.

I noticed a difference in the appearance of my skin the first time I used it. Did it completely wipe away any trace of cellulite? No. But it did make my skin look and feel smooth, toned, even- Basically everything you want your skin to look like!

My favourite product has to be the Lime Firming Oil- admittedly the product I thought I would like the least. I am not a big body oil person in the slightest, when I think about body oils "greasy mess" comes to mind but this body oil is something else. Firstly, you can use it in so many different ways. Of course, you can use it on it's own if you like to use body oils purely for moisturising. However, because this is a firming oil I like to really make sure I get the benefit from that so I have been layering it under all my body care products.

My favourite way to use it is underneath the Grape Seed Scrub. I apply it directly to wet skin (so yeah, I use it in the shower- which reminds me- it makes the shower very slippery, so be careful!) and massage it in, I then apply my Grape Seed Scrub directly over the top. This really helps to enhance the firming properties of the products. I saw a difference after one use, my skin instantly looks far smoother, more even and toned- not to mention so soft and smooth to touch!

The texture of the oil is gorgeous! It is so lightweight, allowing it to instantly sink into the skin leaving no greasy residue behind, yet it still feels luxurious and nourishing. The scent it gorgeous- a light zesty fragrance, which comes from the lime extract.

Now, more about this Grape Seed Scrub. For me, a scrub has to be very abrasive for me to like it. When I saw this was a sugar based scrub, I imagine it melting away instantly due to the heat of the water in the shower. I was pleasantly surprised by a) how scrubby it was! and b) the fact that it did not melt away. Yay!

The texture is super thick and goopy, which for a scrub is amazing as it allows you to really buff it over the skin without it disappearing. Like I said, I layer this ontop of the oil which helps the scrub move over the skin nicely. This instantly makes my skin look and feel so smooth, I honestly see a difference in the appearance of my skin when I use this. My legs look so smooth and even and I do think it makes a difference with the appearance of cellulite.

The Coffee Cream is the product I have played with the least. I like the texture, it is a super lightweight gel cream which makes it perfect for layering up with the Lime Oil. It doesn't smell like coffee- which is what surprised me the most! It has a super high caffeine content (one of the main ingredients) which is what gives the firming properties. If you're looking for a lovely, lightweight but still hydrating cream, I would recommend you give this one a go!

Overall, I am so impressed with the Firming Ritual from The Spa of The World collection. I'd suggest going into store and asking for a free hand massage (something all stores will offer!) which is a great way to try out the product before you buy it.

Have you tried the new firming ritual from The Body Shop? Let me know what you thought of it below!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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Disclaimer: I work for The Body Shop. However, all opinions about products from The Body Shop are 100% my own and do not reflect the opinions of those at The Body Shop. Any product given to me for staff sampling has been marked with an *. Any product from The Body Shop not marked, will have been purchased by myself, with my own money at a staff discounted price. All my opinions are completely true, honest and my own. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Ordinary Skincare HAUL

The Ordinary is a skincare brand I first saw on ASOS. The simplistic, almost medicinal style packaging is what caught my eye at first. Followed by the surprising price tag- Everything was under £10. Usually, I don't like cheap skincare. I don't see how it can be good and cost so little. Call me a skincare snob? I'll take it. What made me go for it was the fact they are made my Deciem. A brand I love and trust. NIOD, Hylamide and Grow Gorgeous (although I believe they have just sold GG recently) are just a few brand under the Deciem name, which also happen to do some of my favourite products.

I ordered a few bits from ASOS anyway to give it a go after I started seeing it pop up all over Instagram, soon followed by YouTube videos and so on.

The first thing that caught my eye was the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer (£5.50). I liked the sound of this because it claimed to help your base to spread evenly over areas of dryness "especially around the eyes". You won't know as I haven't been blogging in a while (Notice how I just skim over that subject..) but my eyes have been horrifically dry and dehydrated after a reaction came back to haunt me. I seem to have it under control now but under my eyes have been left so badly dehydrated that nothing sits nicely over top, no matter how much eye cream/primer/whatever I put on. I thought for £5.50 I'd give this one a go, since as it specifically mentions my main concern. 

I then stuck the Lactic Acid 10% + 2% HA serum (£6) in my basket. I love anything that exfoliates the skin and I haven't got any other products that uses lactic acid as the main exfoliating ingredient. There is also a 5% version but of course I went for 10%. Give me all the AHA's. It also claims to help with inflammation and sensitivity too, bonus! 

The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc £5 also took my interest as it's all about getting rid of congestion and blemishes. I have my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for this already, which clearly works a treat but if I can find an alternative for only £5 I am very willing to try it out! 

I then stuck the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution in there as well seeing as it was £4. I love salicylic acid- my skin gets on very well with it, so I am always up for trying out a new treatment. This is the only product I have tried out so far. It was only once so of course I can't give a solid review from that. but on first application it felt nice and light. It absorbed into the skin quickly and did not leave any residue behind. So it is pleasant to apply, lets just hope it delivers some results to go with it. 

I am actually really looking forward to trying these out! Skeptical, though. I will be giving them a thorough try before coming back and writing a follow up review. 

Is there anything else I need to pick up from The Ordinary? I have my eye on the Glycolic Acid solution but it seems to be out of stock everywhere.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x 

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