by lauren jane
I was invited to the launch of the Spa Of The World range at my local The Body Shop on Friday and was really excited to try out their new products. The Body Shop have seriously upped their game, and as a high-end product lover, I was seriously impressed. There are three ‘rituals’ which are categories the products fall under; revitalising, relaxing and blissful. We were taken through each of the rituals, with each product being described to us, in terms of ingredients and uses.
The packaging was the first thing to grab me, before I’d even picked up and tried any of the range. The bronze and gold packaging looks seriously high-end and something I knew would look gorgeous in my bathroom. It’s the same as the Honey Bronze Glow Domes I blogged about earlier in the week.
These products smell absolutely incredible, as soon as a Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil was mentioned, I knew I’d be buying it, and oh my, it really does smell amazing. There are two other massage oils in the range; French Lavender and Tahitian Orchid. The fourth oil in the range is for body and hair; Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil. There are two body creams, Hawaiian Kukui Cream, which is a thick body lotion, then Japanese Camellia Cream, which has a texture like nothing I’ve used before; it isn’t a cream, and it isn’t a butter, it is almost like putty. A little bit of this goes a long way and also smells incredible, I also bought this!! There are a couple of scrubs; African Ximenia and Dead Sea Salt, which was definitely my favourite.
There are two Body Clays in the range, something I’ve never used before, which you apply with a brush, which I quite liked the idea of; Himalayan Charcoal and Moroccan Rhassoul which is said to firm your body.
Finally in the range is the Egyptian Mile and Honey bath which is inspired by the tales of Cleopatra, and is a powder to milk bath. I was tempted to buy this too, but thought I’d sufficiently treated myself with the other two purchases!
Priced from £10-£23, this range is affordable luxury, and allows you to bring the spa experience into your own bathroom. I’d highly recommend you to head to your local Body Shop and try out all of these products. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. I will be writing up a couple of in depth posts on the products I’ve bought.
Have any of you tried The Body Shop Spa of the World Range yet?
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm has been on my wish list for quite some time, probably since I first discovered Caroline Hirons (years ago), who rates this product very highly. My lovely ex-colleagues bought me a voucher for Debenhams as a leaving gift, so I decided to finally buy it. The balm is completely solid, making it a lot different from the likes of Eve Lom or Lush Ultrabland. Mrs Hirons describes it as being similar to lard, and I have to agree.
A small amount of this product goes a long way, so please, if you buy it, do not be tempted to use more than a 10p sized amount (less is probably sufficient). As soon as the balm makes contact with the skin, it melts into an oil. I massage my entire face with the balm, including my eyes, then remove with a hot flanel/face cloth. Every last scrap of makeup is removed, including heavy eye makeup, without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Take The Day Off is extremely gentle, which I guess you’d expect from the likes of Clinique, my skin doesn’t feel tight or dry after use, it just feels thoroughly cleansed. I’ve been using this almost every day for three weeks now, and I have seen no adverse effects to my skin. I’ve been using Take The Day Off as my first cleanse in an evening, as the name suggests, then following with a second cleanse with Oskia if I’ve been wearing heavy makeup.
Priced at £22 for 125ml, I think this product is great value. As you can see from the picture, I’ve hardly made a dent in the pot over three weeks, so this will last me a good while. If you like fragranced products, this isn’t for you. There is no fragrance whatsoever, which is good for sensitive types, but it doesn’t give you the ‘luxurious’ feel that you get from other products. I didn’t think I was big on fragrance, but I immediately smelled the product, to which the counter lady told me there was no scent, and I have to admit, that I do feel like something is missing.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, has made its way firmly into my current skincare routine, and I know this product will be repurchased time and again. I recommend this to anyone looking to try a balm cleanser, who wants value for money.
I spotted The Body Shop Honey Bronze highlighting domes on Em Sheldon’s blog and immediately knew I had to try them. With strobing apparently taking over from contouring, I knew I had to up my glow game.
I have been making a conscious effort to be more organised in terms of blogging. I start this post by outlining that I am not an expert, nor is my blog the most organised out there. I am simply beginning to get more organised. I’ve picked up some tips from recent blogger chats and I thought I’d share those that I’ve decided to give a try.
I decided to treat myself to some skincare goodies which I have been lusting over for quite some time, which meant a rather expensive order being placed with Cult Beauty, my first one! One of the items that has been on my wish list for some time, is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which is popular with many of the big beauty bloggers; I first came across it from reading Vivianna Does Makeup a couple of years ago. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m investing in my skincare, as opposed to my makeup, as I came to realise that if my skin isn’t healthy and well looked after, my makeup is not going to look good over the top. From my recent re-organisation of all of my products, I’ve realised that the majority of my stash is skincare related so I’m heading in the right direction.