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.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Leeds leg of the Moretti Gran Tour on Thursday evening. I took along five friends, without knowing what to expect, except for the promise of good food and beer. We arrived pretty early at the City Hall where the event was being hosted, with a couple of vendors setting up outside. We were given our tokens, redeemable against food, and a VIP band which entitled us to free Moretti all evening, something I hadn’t expected at all! We then headed inside the City Hall which had been transformed for the event.
Once we were barely able to move from our seats following our food tour of Italy, we headed to the area which had been setup for the pasta masterclass. We were each given our own Gran Moretti apron, which I’m particularly fond of, and then we began. We were shown how to make fresh egg pasta from scratch, from which we made ricotta filled ravioli, known as ‘Raviolo of Burrata pugliese’. Working in two’s we were shown how to roll out our pasta, which isn’t as easy as it looks! We each made four ravioli, which our Chef cooked for us all, taking literally minutes to cook, we were served our ravioli with roast tomato, butter sauce, basil olive oil and pine nuts. It was delicious!! I am quite tempted to try it at home, perhaps not quite from scratch though…
The Gran Moretti Tour is in Leeds until 2nd August, so if you’re free, get yourself down, you won’t be disappointed!
Waxing, shaving, electrical epilators, hair removal cream & plucking…I’ve tried them all. For a good few years I have been considering investing in something a little more permanent, or at least longer lasting than the aforementioned options. I decided to bite the bullet and book in for a patch test at a salon in Leeds, Bellissima Exclusive, who offer regular beauty treatments, as well as a full range of facial aesthetics.
I would love to bin my razor and never have to wax anywhere ever again if I could, but until that day, I’ve opted to start my IPL journey with my bikini line. I headed to the salon, not knowing what to expect, as the only patch tests I’ve had, have been for tinting. I was met by Charlotte, one of the managers at the salon who took me to one of the treatment rooms. Charlotte asked what I knew about IPL, which was only what I had read online. Charlotte explained that they use a medical grade Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser, the Lynton Lumina, and that the pulsed light is better for the skin.
I was then asked a series of questions to determine my suitability for the treatment, both from the salon’s point of view, and my own. This included questions about sun exposure and medication. You are not to have laser treatment if you have been exposed to the sun within the last 4 weeks, and you are also not to use fake tan in the area. I was then asked to sign that the information I had provided was correct, so that we could start my patch test. I was advised that most people see an 80-85% reduction in hair growth within the area, but this does vary depending on skin and hair. It it probably worth noting that I have very pale skin and dark brown hair, which is meant to see the best results from IPL.
I was then given glasses to protect my eyes from the light and Charlotte applied ultrasound gel to the area. Two different strengths were used in order to see how my skin would react to the treatment, and obviously to determine my pain threshold. In terms of what the IPL felt like, it was like being twanged with an elastic band, which is how it is often described online. I can’t compare it to a tattoo as many reviews have, as I don’t have any. There was no immediate reaction from my skin, so I booked in to have my first session at the weekend. I expected to see some reddening or sensitivity over the next few days, but nothing appeared.
To prepare for the treatment, you have to shave the area, which is recommended that you do a couple of days before in case you have any sensitivity from a shaving rash. Your skin is to be clean and lotion free. I was met by the lovely Nicci who would be doing my treatment. Nicci went back over the consent form, to ensure nothing had changed, prior to starting the treatment. I was given some very fetching paper knickers, the same ones you get for spray tans and Brazilians. Nicci applied the ultrasound gel and started. To begin with, Nicci started on a low setting, which was only a little uncomfortable, so we upped the setting. This was a little more painful, but by no means unbearable. Within two minutes, the first side was complete. Nicci advised that the burning smell was a good sign, but to be honest, I couldn’t smell anything. In total, my whole treatment took five minutes. I couldn’t believe it. Having spent a good half hour in the past being waxed within an inch of my life, I couldn’t believe it was over so quickly. The area treated was ever so slightly pink; it looked as though I had a mild shaving rash, which disappeared within an hour or so.
After the treatment, you are advised not to have a hot bath or shower, as the area can be sensitive, and I did as I was told. I expected to feel sore and uncomfortable, but I felt nothing. I’ve actually felt more after a waxing session. You are also advised that you will need a course of between 6-12 sessions, which varies depending on skin and hair type. I booked in for a 6 session course, at a cost of £240. This may sound like a lot of money, but if I were to have 6 waxes at £30 a go, the IPL works out as only £50 more.
I can’t see any change yet, but it is only two days after my first treatment. I will keep you all updated along my journey, my next session is booked for 5 weeks time, so there will be a little wait between posts!
Have any of you had IPL? Did it work for you?
I received a Girlfriend Microfibre Hair Turban from The Works in my The City Girls goodie bag, which I posted about last week. Regular readers will know that I try to limit the amount of heat my hair is exposed to as I have been trying to gain length for the last few years, post hair extensions. I think I’m pretty good with my hair, I use good quality shampoo and conditioner, only use a comb when my hair is wet etc. but I knew I had to break the bond with my hair straighteners if I wanted to really improve the condition of my hair, as well as stopping the use of bleach on my hair, I now use tint.
I have previously posted about the trend for ‘hair plopping’, where you wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt and allow your hair to dry within it and found the use of a turban to be exactly the same, just with different material. I have found the microfibre turban to work better than a cotton t-shirt as recommended with ‘hair plopping’.