Saturday, 22 June 2013

Body Shop Haul

Hi everyone, sorry for being so absent for so long, i've been having a lot of technical issues with my laptop and also a birthday! I was spoilt rotten on my birthday and received an amazing amount of Body Shop goodies both from my family and with a gift voucher so I decided to pile them all together and make a haul!

1. Cocoa Butter Shower Gel x 2:
I'm in love with this shower gel! As a sensitive skinned girl I struggle to find shower gels that are hydrating and suitable for my skin and this is perfect for me. I use the shower gel then smother myself in the cocoa butter... as you can tell i'm a bit obsessed.. 

2. Shea Butter Shower Gel:
My mum got me this with the cocoa butter as she thought 3 bottles of cocoa butter was probably a bit much! I used the Shea Butter as soon as I got it, suspiciously sniffing it to see if it compared to the Cocoa. The texture and hydration is exactly the same but there's a less intense smell which makes it ideal for men, children and as the base for a strong perfume!

3. Cocoa Butter Body Scrub:
This was a new product for me as I tend to use a mix of the Body Shop's Strawberry Polish and Lush's Ocean Salt (which is a face mask but is so good at exfoliating it works all over!) but I really like the cocoa butter scrub. Less abrasive than Ocean Salt but more exfoliating than the polish.. plus when I use the shower gel, scrub and body butter I smell very cocoa-y and hopefully yummy!

4. Cocoa Butter Lip Butter:
I promise this is the end of the Cocoa Butter goodies! Between my mummy and sister I was amazingly stocked up and it is my favourite smell so I think it's allowed! The lip butter is lovely: it's incredibly soft and makes my lips taste like chocolate which is just fab. More nourishing and less sticky than the Get Lippy balm, it's been in my pocket and on my lips since my birthday!

5. 'Indian Night Jasmine' Fragrance Mist:
If you're like me and haven't really been in the Body Shop since their over haul on their packaging (Essie from EssieButton raised the issue of the new packaging/design in her Body Shop Haul video!) you'll find the perfumes very confusing. I went in looking for Neroli Jasmine. Could I find it? No I couldn't. There are endless new fragrances that confused me in my quest for Jasmine. I ended up asking a member of staff who helpfully told me the 'Indian Night Jasmine' is just Neroli with another name. I was stuck between the oil (such a good idea!) and the mist. I ended up going for the mist for a fresher more holiday appropriate perfume but can't wait to try the oil!

6. Coconut Beautifying Oil:
You can read my review of this oil here to see what I thought!

I bought myself the Oil and Fragrance mist, as well as a lip balm set and another oil for my sister, and with the in store 3-for-2 offers plus my £5 off birthday voucher and a £5 off loyalty voucher (perks of the Body Shop card!) I ended up paying £12 for goodies which should of cost me over £30. Bargain of the century! The best thing about The Body Shop is there are always deals and offers and the cards are so worth getting for even more deals!

Have you had any bargains from the Body Shop recently?
G xx

Birthday weekend's in Birmingham...

Hi everyone! Last November I posted about a lovely weekend I spent in Birmingham (here ): it's my boyfriends university city and due to our long distance relationship and my love of shopping, Selfridges and cities, it's undoubtedly become one of my favourite places in the world. I'm currently feeling very nostalgic as my boyfriend has gone home for summer and I had such a wonderful birthday so decided to write about it!

-Cosmopolitan Pitchers, my favourite!-

-A light up ring courtesy of 'Walkabout'-

-'David Beckham' borrowing my favourite magazine!

-Sam at M&M World (not worth the hype!)

-Sunny Selfies on our anniversary at Trafalgar Square-

-Some of my fab birthday presents: Beyonce and Katy Perry perfumes, 'Pink Sands' and 'Strawberry Buttercream' Yankee Candles, Dove gradual tan (review here) and a very 'me' notebook, perfect for my list writing!

- Holiday time! I'll be jetting off to Tenerife on Monday so i'll be away for a couple of weeks!-

 I had an amazing week: from sunbathing in Birmingham to wandering around London on our second anniversary and spending my birthday eating too much food at the seaside I had one of those weeks where I completely relaxed and felt content as well as enjoying the unexpected, beautiful weather.
How did you celebrate the sunshine? Anyone else hitting Tenerife for their holidays? I always love hearing from you!

G xx

Monday, 10 June 2013

The Body Shop's 'Beautifying Oil'- Review.

 Beautifying Oil- £9- The Body Shop

The Body Shop have recently brought out some new products and the 'Beautifying Oils' were the ones that caught my eye; oil's have been everywhere this year.  
As a blogger on a budget, The Body Shop's Oil's aren't exactly cheap at £9 a bottle, but you get a lot of product for your money. Some bottles of Moroccan Oil I saw online were half the size and the same price. Plus, The Body Shop always have offers and sales on: at the minute they have an in store 3 for 2 as well as free delivery on orders over £20 online. I really like that the oils come in a range of the familiar Body Shop scents: I tried out the Cocoa Oil but the Coconut, with it's suncream-y smell, won my heart and I also bought the Strawberry one for my sister so there is literally something for everyone- oil doesn't have to just be oil! In terms of the actual product, I really really like it. The oil's advertisement is: 'beautifying oils for your face and body or soften your hair with a few drops' I've been using it on my sensitive, dry skin and it absorbs like a dream. I sleep with the oil on my face and wake up with soft, non greasy skin. I also used the oil on the ends of my hair as a leave in conditioner and it left my hair so shiny and soft! I have frizzy, thick, curly long hair so anything that can tame my locks is an instant winner in my eyes. I can't wait to use the oil on my body, although I am really conscious of using the oil too quickly so I might stick to using it on my face and hair and stick to moisturizers on my body. Over all, I would definitely recommend these oils. I love them because they smell incredible, they (most importantly) work and they're currently on offer in store so you can stock up to your hearts content (like I did... haul to come in a seperate post!) what other excuse could you need?

Have you tried the Body Shop 'beautifying' Oils? Did you love them as much as I do?

G xx