Beauty · Skincare

First Impressions: Body Shop Skincare & Makeup

When it comes to skincare, most of my holy grail products are from The Body Shop. My everyday moisturiser and favourite body butters are from The Body Shop and have been intrigued to explore more of the skincare range. I feel The Body Shop doesn’t get as much recognition as it should so when Body Shop consultant Heidi Seeley reached out to me to see if I’d like to try some of The Body Shop’s most popular products for you guys, I was excited to get my hands on some goodies to see if The Body Shop continue to meet my high expectations!

Keep reading to find out my first impressions on a selection of Body Shop products…

body shop makeup removal balm

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

As I mentioned in my Boots Haul, the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is my go-to makeup removal product which made me especially interested in testing out this cleansing butter to see if it can compete, especially as the Clinique balm costs £22 and The Body Shop’s balm only costs £10 – less than half the price! The claims for this product on The Body Shop website:

Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch.

The first thing I noticed when testing out The Body Shop Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is the subtle fresh scent and the extremely creamy consistency which glides easily onto your skin, I was surprised at how little product you need for your entire face. To use, swirl your fingertips in the cleansing butter and apply in circular motions on your face; I like to work outwards in so I apply the products to my eyes last rather than smearing black residue everywhere!.To remove you can either remove with warm water or a cloth, I prefer using a muslin cloth as to me this feels like it gets all of the product off my face and I hate the feeling of my face being dripping wet!

My first impression of this product is that for £10 I will definitely be purchasing this once my Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is used up as this is a little gem for the price! I’ve never had any product remove mascara the way this balm does, it makes removing your makeup so much quicker than using face wipes or micellar water and I love how tight my skin feels after using this. If you’re looking for a reasonably prices cleansing balm, I highly recommend this beauty!

the body shop oils of life intensely revitalising sleeping cream review and first impressions

Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream

As I’ve mentioned, I love The Body Shop skincare products and for the quite up there prices I think they are definitely worth investing in as for me they have completely transformed my skin for the better. The Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream intrigued me as I’ve never explored overnight skincare products before and generally just apply my everyday moisturiser before bed! This 80ml pot costs £29.00 which isn’t the cheapest skincare product out there but as I really want to start taking care of my skin this year, £29.00 for a product that prevents premature skin aging and helps fix dry patches is definitely worth the investment for me. The claims for this product on The Body Shop website:

A night time cream, to moisturise, revitalise and nourish the skin whilst you sleep.

Skin looks and feels:
Revitalised
More supple
Nourished
Visibly Rested
Reduced appearance of ageing

The cream itself has a very lightweight, gel like texture and you only need a tiny bit of product for your entire face. The product has a gorgeous fresh scent that smells very similar to the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser but a little less fruity, which if you don’t like strong scents then this may not be for you however once applied the smell does diminish. The gel consistency glides on to your skin like a dream and although I do feel like it settles on top of the skin for a while longer than other moisturisers I’ve tried, within 5-10 minutes the product fully sinks into your skin and makes your skin feel very plump and hydrated.

After a week of trying out this product I have mixed feelings on this product. Whilst it has left my face very soft and it does feel very luxurious on the skin, for the £29.00 price tag I would have expected it to be more effective in treating the dry areas of my face. If you have dry skin I probably wouldn’t recommend this as I think there are cheaper and more effective options out there, but if you have normal or even oily skin this could work for you.

the body shop instaglow primer

Instaglow CC Cream

Out of all 3 products I tried out, this was the product I was most excited about trying out as lately I’m loving glowy skin rather than a matte finish as we come into spring. I’ve only experimented with one other CC cream before so was interested to see how this would perform, especially as this offers a bright glow to the skin which is perfect for winter when your skin is dull and tight. The Instaglow Bright Glow CC Cream retails at £16.00 for 25ml of product which is fairly reasonable – the packaging alone is gorgeous! According to The Body Shop website, this product will:

Our Instaglow CC Cream SPF 20 PA+++ goes beyond a CC cream, it will revive your skin with a healthy-looking glow. This multi-tasking formula illuminates, minimises the appearance of pores, reduces shine and moisturises for 24H – making it a great pre-foundation primer. Non comedogenic and dermatologically tested it’s suitable for all skin types.

As a CC cream, I was surprised at how colourless this product is. Whilst it does give your skin a slight glow, the consistency and coverage is that of a primer so I personally wouldn’t wear this on it’s own. The CC cream sinks into your skin very quickly and dries down after a minute or so, ready for you to apply your foundation. As someone who generally likes a full coverage foundation, I didn’t see much of the glow coming through under my makeup once I’d completely finished my face. If you are someone who likes a light to medium coverage then this product could look really pretty and give you a natural healthy glow. If you like an especially glowy look, you could wear this under the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation which would make your skin look really healthy and fresh!

Some of my favourite skin care and shower products are from The Body Shop so I highly recommend you try out a few of their products and see how they can benefit your skin.

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this post were kindly given to be my The Body Shop consultant, Heidi Seeley. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this post! For exclusive deals you won’t get on The Body Shop website, visit Heidi’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

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