Summer Glow With The Body Shop

Bronzing Beads

I like to use bronzers as we get in to the warmer weather and being quite fair bronzers often fill me with dread. I don’t like to look overly tanned or look like I’ve applied my bronzer with a heavy hand. When this Brush on Bronze* arrived from The Body Shop I was a little afraid. In the pot it looks quite orange and I thought they were going to give my skin too much colour but once I applied it, it actually looked quite pretty.

Bronzing Beads

If you lightly sweep your brush over the bronzing beads and tap off the excess powder you can apply just the right amount of colour to your skin. I like to apply this over the top of my forehead, across the tops of my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose, all the places the sun would naturally bronze. I used the pretty Bronzing Brush & did experience a little shedding from this brush at first but I washed it after the initial application and that seemed to do the trick, no more shedding. The Bronzing Brush is very soft and didn’t pick up too much product, Its dense enough to sweep on just enough colour and I was able to blend it out so it looked natural and glowing.

This wears well on me, I do get quite oily skin throughout the day & always spray my Urban Decay Setting Spray so that helps everything stay in place. After a long warm day this was still where it was meant to be looking bronzed & glowing so thats a thumbs up from me.

Bronzer

The Brush on Bronze has a slight highlight quality to it too, as there is a subtle shimmer running through it (nothing too disco ball). Its nice during the day but this also looks so pretty as a night time bronzer, I just applied a little more product & I also took it across my chest area for a warm bronze glow.  If you’re looking for a warm bronzer thats not muddy at all this gave my skin a glow without looking orange (no one needs that look). This bronzer is one of The Body Shop’s Best Sellers & I can see why, I know that these are going to be a staple in my Summer makeup bag. I don’t like to tan so bronzers are a great natural way for me to put a bit of colour on my skin!

The Body Shop Bronzer

I do find these bronzing beads to be a little bit messy so keep that in mind if you have a cream carpet or are wearing light coloured clothing, make sure you have a tissue handy & tap off the excess product, also be careful not to knock the beads out as they are pigmented and will get bronzer every where. Although saying that if you look after these they will last you a really long time, a little product goes a long way. I really want to try a few more makeup brushes from The Body Shop I always forget they have such a great selection & quite affordable too.

Brush on Bronze* – £14.00

Bronzing Brush* – £16.00

What is your go to summer bronzer?

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own

Classic White Musk

I used to wear this Body Shop White Musk fragrance all the time and when I was in store just before Christmas I sprayed it for old time sake & fell in love with it all over again so just had to treat myself to this gift set. The scent just took me right back & I’d forgot how clean and fresh it smells. So I have been using everything these past few months and really enjoying it.

White Musk Gift Set

White Musk Eau De Parfum 30ml £13.00 – This little bottle will last you a while as once sprayed you can smell it all day. I have the 30ml size and its perfect to pop in your handbag. This has a mix of musk, lily, iris, rose and vanilla and smells quite sweet at first but settles down on the skin to be more musky. It is an uplifting scent and I think it’s very good value for money, I like the lilac packaging too.

White Musk Fragrance Mist 100ml £7.50– I love these mists from The Body shop and I have quite a few scents. They don’t last particularly long on the skin but if I spray it on to a scarf then I can smell it a little longer. These are light but still fragrant and these bottles last me a good few months. This scent is a best seller & I can see why. Its great to spray liberally in the morning and it smells so clean and fresh on me. Just perfect.

White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion 250ml £10.00 – This is my least favourite product from the range, I don’t think the White Musk scent is as nice and I find the lotion to be a little greasy on my skin. I will use it up but wouldn’t repurchase. I prefer their Body Butters.

This fragrance is perfect for daytime as it’s light and fresh but not at all overpowering. I am glad I treated myself to a little nostalgia &  have really enjoyed wearing it. I know it’s not to everyones taste but thats the beauty of fragrance it is so personal & I think smells different on everyone. If you haven’t tried this you have to test it next time your in store.

What are your favourite fragrances from The Body Shop?

5 Favourite Skincare Products from 2013

2013 Skincare favourites

Skincare is my one true love and I am becoming quite the product hoarder. I rummaged through my stash and thought long and hard about my 2013 skincare favourites and I narrowed it down to these 5 products. These are what I’ve not only used the most but that I’ve also gone back to after trying other products.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm

I’ve been using this lip balm since August and found I can’t live without it. Dramatic but true. This is a pot of very hydrating peach coloured lip balm (its colourless on the lips). I put this on the last thing at night and wake up with what I would describe as soft kissable lips, I also have to have it on my desk whilst working so I can apply it when I feel the need. In fact, thinking about it, this little pot never leaves my side. The one negative is that it is in a pot and not the most hygienic, I do use hand sanitiser before sticking my finger in (germaphobe). The packaging is glass and feels weighty and quite luxurious but I do prefer tubes. £20 for 15ml

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

This is the mask I have used the most often in 2013, I keep it on my bedside table and apply it over my serum and pat it in. It is quite a thick consistency and only needs a small amount, as I find it can be too tacky on my face if I apply too much. It gives me a boost of hydration and makes my skin look plump by morning. It also gives the skin a barrier to help it prevent dehydration. Perfect whilst I have the central heating on full blast. I adore this mask, its results and not forgetting its fruity scent. £22 for 100ml.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex II

I saved for quite a while to treat myself to this wonderful serum and I am so happy I did. This serum makes my skin so happy – that translates to looking younger, fresher, brighter and all importantly well rested. I love the process of using the pipet to dispense the serum, warming it up between my hands and then patting it on my face and neck. It feels cooling on the skin and instantly hydrated. I convinced my mum to invest in this and she is converted and her skin is looking fabulous. This is an investment but one I’m thrilled I made. £65 for 50ml.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm*

I’m not going to preach too hard about this wonder product because I have blogged about this Balm so many times. I will say that this almost single-handedly cleared up my blemishes and kept them at bay. This balm as the name suggests melts away makeup and really gives your skin a deep clean. You don’t get that tight skin feeling afterwards, in fact, your skin feels soft and supple. I just love it. It’s a complete bargain too – £14.50 for 100ml.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Makeup Remover

This has taken the place of my much repurchased Garnier 2 in 1 makeup remover I’d describe this as a very gentle non-greasy eye makeup remover. I haven’t removed my lip product with it so can’t say how well it performs in that department but as an eye makeup remover it’s very effective. It even removes my Waterproof Covergirl Lash Blast 24 hour Mascara and that’s no mean feat. I want to try more from this Camomile range. £8 for 100ml

So they’re my 5 favourite skincare products of 2013 and apart from the Origins Mask the other 4 products are new discoveries for me in 2013.

Products that are marked with a * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However, if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.