The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Facemask Review

Hi everyone, this has been one of the posts I’ve been meaning to write for so long. It’s super exciting getting back into writing about beauty. I have so many planned posts for the next couple months that I’m excited about writing.

It’s a big shock that I’m writing about stuff from The Body Shop, I know it is a really rare occasion that I end up shopping here. I have had this mask pretty much since it first came out so I’ve been using it a long time so I can give a totally honest review on it’s effects on my skin.

This Matcha Tea mask is described as a pollution clearing mask because of the matcha green tea and dandelion extract which apparently help remove pollutants and impurities. The mask is enriched with matcha green tea from Kakegawa, Japan, as well as  dandelion extract and soothing Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico.

Whenever I open this tub it just smells of pure freshness, kind of grassy which is probably from the dandelion extract but I personally like this smell. It has a thick, easy to apply, creamy consistency with small loofa particles in for exfoliation. These parts don’t feel harsh or sore when exfoliating with the mask on in any way.

 

The main thing I noticed after using this mask was how clean and refreshed my skin felt. ‘Pollution clearing’ is in the name but I was still pleasantly surprised and my skin felt nice for days after as well.

I have combination skin so sometimes (most of the time)  my skin is super oily but in parts my skin is dry on my face and this mask doesn’t irritate it at all. I occasionally suffer from the odd break out and this mask is perfect for putting using as well. I’ve noticed blemishes are really reduced after using this mask.

I live in Glasgow now where there is really high levels of pollution so I really try to use this at least once a fortnight.

I feel like with this mask impurities within the skin aren’t drawn out like the Himalayan Charcoal mask does but this is more of a deep cleaning mask. This is a very nourishing mask designed to leave skin feeling soft, clean and radiant.

This mask can be a bit tingly when you’re applying it or when it is on but that’s just it getting the dirt out. The tingling feeling is quite a cooling sensation rather than an irritation feeling. The mask really sinks into your skin as you use it and it is noticeable when you go to take it off the longer you leave it on. I have a very bad habit of getting lazy with face masks and leave them on far longer than I’m supposed too.

I would recommend this mask to anyone as it is totally worth it. I get that £17 is a lot to splash on a face mask and I wouldn’t spend that kinda money either if I didn’t know it would be good. I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried this mask or any others from The Body Shop!

Hope you enjoyed reading,

Siobhan x

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The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask Review

Hi there everyone, hope you are all doing great.

Today’s post is about a product I have raved about in my monthly favourites before. I wanted to try it out for a couple months before I wrote a proper review about it so it would be totally honest. I am super excited to write this post as this mask has become a staple part of my skincare routine.

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The facial mask is an exfoliating gel mask designed to revive and revitalise tired and stressed skin. The mask reduces the appearance of fatigue on skin and give a fresher and more wide awake look. The key ingredient in this mask is the super-food acai berry which is rich with anti-oxidants and vitamins which help to boost the immune system. Another key ingredient is Babassu oil which helps to hydrate skin preventing moisture loss as well as soften the skin.

The first thing you will think when you open this is holy shit, this smells AMAZING. I’m not kidding you when I say I’ve never used a nicer smelling face mask. It smells so fresh and juicy which is nice since the mask is made out of acai berries. The mask has a thin, jam like consistency. Since the mask is more like a gel it is so easy to spread along your face without it drying up.

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I use this face mask between 1-3 times a week, I constantly feel tired and exhausted so this really helps make my skin look fresh even when I’m not. I leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes, even though it says to remove after 10 half the time I’m too lazy to get up to take it off again or have forgotten it’s on. It’s a really light and bouncy mask which is good on the skin has it is so hydrating, after using this there is a noticeable glow in my skin the next day. I am obsessed with keeping my skin smooth and hydrated so again another reason this mask is great for me. Acai berries contain vitamin A,C and E making it perfect for boosting and revitalising your skin.

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My final thoughts on this are that this mask does everything it claims to do. The anti-oxidant, vitamin enriched acai berry mask turns dull, tired skin into glowing fresh skin. This is the perfect pick me up after a long day at work, or perfect to use before going out as it only needs to be applied for 10 minutes. The amazing smell instantly boosts your mood as well, it is especially good as the scent lingers on the skin after the mask has been removed. I have combination skin a bit on the oily side and this mask doesn’t aggravate my skin at all. Since it is quite a hydrating and moisturising mask as well I was worried it would increase oiliness in my skin but it doesn’t do that at all.

Some people might be put off by the price, £16 for a face mask might seem a bit steep to some people but I promise it is worth it. It comes in a decent sized tub and as I mentioned earlier in this post it spreads across your face so easily so a little goes a long way. In terms of quality as well, I don’t mind paying more money for a good product as long as I like it and will use it and this is something I would repeatedly spend £16 on over and over again. Also, this mask is completely vegan and cruelty free which is amazing knowing no animals were harmed to make this.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I would love to hear your thoughts about this mask in the comments. This is part of a superfood face mask range in The Body Shop, I love a facemask so if you have any other recommendations for me let me know in the comments.

Siobhan x

 

 

 

The Body Shop Spring/Summer Feel Good Box First Impressions 

Hi there everyone, hope you’re all well. 

I have recently purchased The Body Shop Spring/Summer 2017 Feel Good box. This is a box of carefully selected mini products from The Body Shop designed to enhance your summer glow. 


Inside this box there is the British Rose scented instant glow body butter, himilayan charcoal face mask, oils of life sleeping cream, drops of youth facial concentrate and the sweetenia perfume. Most of the products in this box are sample sized except the lipstick. 

I was so excited about this box and all the products I couldn’t wait to write about it. Since there is so many mini products this is perfect as a gift or for someone who is knew to buying from The Body Shop. Let’s get into a bit more detail about these products. 

British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter 


I have had so many body butters from The Body Shop over the years and loved every one. I was excited to try this one and love the idea of smelling like a rose all the time. This moisturiser is super effective practically sinking into the skin straight away with no residual stickiness on the skin. 

Himilayan Charcoal Facemask


I already own the full sized version of this product and have already discussed this on here but in case anyone missed it. This is one of the best face masks I’ve used. My skin is so noticeably soft after use and my pores are reduced. This has a very cooling and detoxing effect on my skin. 

Drops of Youth Facial Concentrate 


This is the second product I own from the Drops of Youth range and I couldn’t wait to try this. This is designed to soothe skin and leave it looking fresher and healthier. I don’t particularly need to be investing in anti aging products just yet but the appearance of my skin does look softer after using this. 

Oils of Life Night Cream 


I have never had a night cream before so I was excited to try the sample of this. This is designed to sink in and nourish skin whilst you sleep and leave yourself looking more revitalised. This feels a little bit tingly when applying to my skin at first but I think that just means you really feel it working. The cream is super light and non greasy so is the perfect moisturiser for before bed. 

Matte Lipstick 


I haven’t tried this shade of the lipstick yet but I have another one from this range. If I’m honest I’m not sure if this colour will suit me so I’ve just tried to put off using it. However the matte lipsticks are the most perfect consistency ever – matte but hydrating instead of drying. 

Sweetenia Perfume 


I have never used a fragrance product from The Body Shop before so I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. This is the floral scent of crisp Mahogany flower combined with a breeze of orange flower and bigarade leaf for ultimate freshness. I find this perfume very strong scented and to be long lasting. 

So that’s all the products in this box. I find this to be of extremely good value considering it is only £12. This is a great way to be testing some of the more premium products from The Body Shop.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, 

Siobhan


My Current Favourite Affordable Skincare Products

Hi everyone, hope you are all well and enjoying your summer. I was brain storming for days about what I should write my next post on. I have so many blog post ideas but there was none I wanted to write. Do you ever get like that? Skincare is something I don’t really splash out on, £20 is probably the most I would ever spend on any product unless I felt like the world was going to end if I didn’t buy it. So I think that makes all of my skincare products pretty affordable.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Let’s talk about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I use this daily at night times to remove my make up. This works wonders for removing make up, even when I wear really heavy make-up after using 3-4 cotton pads with the water rubbed on it my face is clean. After use your face feels soft, clean and fresh – there is no feelings of grease or oil left afterwards which is great as this is advertised as a no rinse cleanser. This product is £1.99 on boots.com it is a complete and utter bargain.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleaner

Next to discuss is The Body Shop Cream Cleanser, I know I already spoke about this in my June Favourites post so I am gonna keep this paragraph short and sweet. I use this after I have taken off my make-up just to get rid of the last little bits of dirt on my face if there is any. This product leaves my skin feeling cleaner, softer and fresher. This is a very effective product, it’s hydrating and suitable for all skin types. This costs £7.50 and comes in a reasonably large bottle so it will last a long time even with every day use, totally worth the money.

 

Fair Naturally Cotton and Cucumber Facial Toner

I use this after cleansing my face, this is normally the last product I use before I call it quits when cleaning my face at night. This is a gentle toner with a very crisp and fresh scent to it which I adore. This is a very cooling toner which is nice on the skin and leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed. The best thing about this product is the smell, I’m honestly obsessed with it. This costs £4 and is worth every penny.

The Body Shop Skin Clearing Tea Tree Face Mask 

No post discussing skincare favourites is complete without talking about a face mask. This face mask is super cooling and refreshing designed to calm blemished skin. When I get spots, which I do right now, I always lean towards this mask. This won’t 100% clear anybody’s spots so don’t think it will, however it does lessen the appearance of them. This mask is super easy to rinse off and leaves skin feeling smooth and clean.

 

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream

Last product on my list is my new favourite day cream. This is designed for sensitive and dry skin, I do  not have particularly sensitive skin but the skin on my face can get really dry at times. This moisturiser is free of fragrance, preservatives and alcohol. I use this every morning without fail before applying make up – it is SO hydrating. It is £13 which some may think is a bit pricey as you do only get a small tub but a little goes a long way with this cream. You don’t need to apply loads and loads, it’s so moisturising and nice on the skin it’s unreal.

So here is the end of my favourite affordable skincare products, most from The Body Shop which is not surprising. Maybe I should branch out and try some other brands, so if anyone has some good skin care brand/product recommendation please let me know in the comments. If you have tried any of these products or want to know more I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this,

Siobhan x

April Favourites

Hi everyone, I can’t believe it is the end of April already, this year is going by so quickly it’s unbelievable. This month has been super crazy, I started April with the intention of continuing my stay in Australia for the next 4 months but now I am back at home in rainy Scotland. Let’s get on with talking about my favourite things from this month.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

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I know I did a review on this palette back in February so I’m not gonna talk too in depth about this palette again. However, this is hands down one of the best quality eyeshadow palettes I own. Most of the time with eyeshadow palettes I always find that most of the shades are beautiful but there is one or two that I wouldn’t ever think about using, I don’t have that problem with this. I use literally every shade in the palette so nothing is getting wasted. Basically, this is a 10/10 eyeshadow palette which I am completely in love with.

Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick

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Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE matte lipsticks, especially liquid lipsticks. Months ago I was online shopping and I bought the Too Faced Melted Metal lipstick instead of this one and I have never been so thoroughly disappointed in my life. Cut to a few months later, I order this and I’m blown away. Best lipstick I’ve ever bought and now I wouldn’t buy a liquid lipstick from any other brand. The wearability on this is insane, I put it on in the morning before breakfast and it stays on perfectly all day. When I get paid again I’m probably gonna buy one in every shade.

The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Facemask 

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I am a huge fan of the Body Shop, most of my skincare products are from there because I love it. I’ve never been disappointed by a product from there and this is no exception. The mask smells amazing and looks like jam which is actually really nice. Immediately after taking it off my skin felt softer, smoother and looked so much fresher. This effect carried onto the next day where I didn’t put make up on because my skin just felt so nice and in return I felt good about myself. It’s a lil bit pricey for a face mask but I don’t mind paying that much when the quality is so good. Plus, it’s cruelty free and 100% vegan which is amazing.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

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I bought this a few months ago when I was working all the time, hardly sleeping and not eating a very balanced diet. Because of all that my skin was hugely suffering, I’m not someone who normally has problems with my skin but it wasn’t looking good. My skin was dry, dull and I had a lot of red blotchy patches on my face. I used this oil morning and night and within a week I noticed such a huge difference. I still have red patches on my face but they are hugely reduced. It’s now months later and this product has become one of my holy grail skincare items.

13 Reasons Why

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This is the TV show EVERYONE is talking about. I binge watched this show in like two days once it first came out and have since started watching it again. There is so much hype and criticism around this show and I’m not going to discuss that in too much depth. I really enjoyed the show, it portrayed such an important message just to think about your actions and the things you say to people. It’s sad because I think with a lot of the aspects in the show it relates to a lot of high schools everywhere.

That is my 5 favourite things from April. I would love to know if you’ve tried any of the products, or watched 13 Reasons Why and what your opinion of it is. Let me know if you have any recommendations of things you think I should try as well!

Siobhan x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skin care routine 

It’s only been quite recent that I have developed a skin care routine. I’ve been one of those teenagers who has actually been quite lucky in the fact they didn’t get many spots or anything, so I just never really cared. However, a couple of months ago my foundation started to look really bad on my skin and it became quite an insecurity of mine so I decided that it was time then to start using products to take care of my skin. I’m gonna post a photo of each product I use so that you all know exactly what it is 🙂

The first thing I do is take off my make up. I use the garnier micellar water with some cotton pads.

Secondly, I scrub my face with this Avon black head clearing scrub. This stuff is amazing and I couldn’t recommend it enough, my skin feels so refreshed and soft to touch afterwards.


Next I use tea tree oil from the Body Shop, for a while I had a couple reoccurring spots on my face that I just couldn’t get rid of so I bought this product. It’s design is to get rid of blemishes, spots and marks from your skin, the “imperfections”. Although I said in the beginning that I don’t often get spots, when I do have them it’s something I am so paranoid and self concious about that it’s almost never off my mind. That is why I was so excited about this product, and I do see a general improvement in my skin in the first couple weeks since I’ve bought it. 

Next, I put a face mask on. There are three face masks I choose from, I like to use a different one every night and alternate between the three. All of these are amazing, however my personal favourite is the Himalayan charcoal mask as my skins is so soft and I can really feel the mask working in my pores too. The blue corn cleansing mask was the first product I ever bought from the Body Shop and as you will notice since most products on this list are Body Shop it wasn’t the last, so I was very impressed with the quality. My least favourite out of the three masks would have to be the tea tree, I bought this for the skin clearing properties but it is probably just as affective as the oil I purchased and using both probably doesn’t get rid of my spots any quicker.


Lastly, I moisturise. The two products I use for moisturising my face are the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask and Vitamin E Eye Cream. Both products are amazing and I couldn’t recommend them enough. The Drops of Youth Mask has such a bouncy costistency in the tub, so the name doesn’t lie. It leaves my skin feeling so hydrated for when I wake up, so it’s the perfect night time moisuriser. The eye cream got rid of the dark circles under my eyes within the first couple days of using it. For a teenager the dark circles under my eyes were ridiculous, I was tired of constantly having to put extra foundation under my eyes or simply look like my eye shadow was a mess and fell under my eyes, but not anymore. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my skincare routine☺️

Siobhan x