The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream-Mask Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin feel very hydrated.

Cons:

No extra benefits to my skin but hydration.

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I think that 2017 will be all about aloe vera for me. 2016 was a year when I obsessed about rose and lavender (and still do a bit) – bit this year I feel like the calming ingredients should calm my skin instead of my hurricane mind. So therefore I got this mask – after being in the sun the first to months of 2017 (lucky me) – I felt like my skin needed some extra hydration, and this mask was pretty reasonable priced so I couldn‘t resist.

Verdict: the mask is like a fat cream. I doesn‘t irritate my skin, and you only need a thin layer. Results: very smooth, calm and hydrated skin. Just like one would expect after a fat face cream (except fat face creams usually make me break out so I prefer this mask).

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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face mask Review

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Pros:

Loving the ingredients – bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil

Cons:

No effect on my (black) pores.

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I‘m a fan of this line of face masks from Body Shop because despite the reasonable price they have some exciting ingredients and are pretty efficient and hold on to their promises  – of course they are not La Mer and they will not transform your face in the blink of an eye – I have yet to meet a budget face mask that does that.

When applying this mask I feel like I‘m in a spa – mud masks have that effect on me. My skin tingles a bit during application – which it‘s supposed to according to the description – and my skin was never red after removal of the mask. It is not sticky and dries in pretty fast, also letting it stay on until it is dry has been enough for me. It is easy to remove and my skin feels very soft afterwards, all excess oil is removed and I truly feel like I just had a mini spa session.

The mask is 100% vegan, doesn‘t contain any parabens and has some very nice ingredients (bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil).

Just as you thought we would go on and on about how great this mask is – I will stop myself – because after all very are critical too..The problem with charcoal masks is that they always promise to remove impurities and make your black pores smaller/ disappear – that has never happened to me – honestly my pores are still black, big , scary and very much there.

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The Best Facial Masks out there – The complete list

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Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know that I do have a craze for facial masks – they are a cheap(er) alternative to getting an actual salon facial and a quick way to make your skin look and feel fab. I have a whole shelf for my masks at home, and I‘m a bit embarrassed to admit that I add at least one to my collection every month (an expensive but satisfying habit). After trying my way through loads and loads of masks here is the top five of my favourites..since we are a critical blog a post of the worst masks out is to follow (next week..so stay tuned).

  1. Of all the hydrating masks out there I find the Origins drink up intense mask the best on the market. Not only does it make your skin super hydrated, but the package lasts for several years and its easy to apply. I have tried so many overnight masks but this one is “the one” for me. Read the full review here.
  2. Kiehl‘s Algea mask is sticky but shows results already after 10 minutes, serving as a hydration bomb. Generally I think Kiehl‘s shows an uneven consistency of the quality of their things, but this mask is a winner and a great investment, containing algeas, green tea and calendula, it calms down my skin and makes it very very happy. Read full review here.
  3. It‘s always nice to know that the people behind what you put on your face have some serious brain power, therefor we are fans of the Danish brand Beauté Pacifique , which was started by scientists from Novo Nordisk (they make insulin which doesn‘t equal faca care in my world but still gives the brand some serious credibility). The instant hydrating mask is like a fat cream that you put on overnight and voila – your skin gets a bomb of hydration with some visible changes the next day. Read the full review here.
  4. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is my best friend – I have used it for the past 5 years, and though I never actually used it as a mask, but just as a face cream – I wanted to put it on the list to share with you guys. This is a “Cinderella” cream – meaning it makes your skin glowing and is a saviour when you feel like your face looks like your beeep (you know what I wanted to say). It is e x p e n s i v e but so worth it. Read the full review here.
  5. A good budget alternative is The Body Shop Acai Face mask, which was just recently reviewed by moi. It makes blood flow to your face and give a great glow. It‘s not  the most WOW mask I have ever tried, but it smells great, feels luxurious and the result is decent – especially for the price. Read full review here.

Hope you enjoyed the list and let me know which masks you are using!

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask Review

Pros:

A good budget alternative.

Cons:

Doesn‘t really have a “WOW what did you do to your face you look gorgeous” effect.

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This is the second mask I‘ve used from this series from The Body Shop (read first review here). This mask contains real rose petals, rosehip oil and aloe vera. It promises to moisturise and tone your skin, and I got it thinking it could give my poor face some extra hydration (everything is dry and tired on my body right now, longing for the sun). First and foremost the mask doesn‘t really smell that much of roses, it is a bit sticky but dries in fast, and is pretty easy to remove. I have been using it about 3-4 times a week and praying for miracles. Verdict: yes my face looks more fresh, but nothing spectacular (which I feel after using my favourite flash balm for example). It‘s a good budget alternative, but definetly not the mask I would use on a spa day with my girlfriends where I want to feel luxurious and extra beautiful after layering my face with lotions and potions. It‘s decent hydration but that‘s about it. Also the whole sticking your fingers into a glass jar is just bad design.

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The Body Shop AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASK Review

Pros:

Yummy flowery smell and nice texture.

Cons:

Doesn‘t give you that “WOW” glow, which one hopes for.

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I‘m really struggling not to be too harsh to this mask, but I have high standards when it comes to “miracle glow” potions (this is my secret which I shall never stop using, no empty my wallet is). So I do expect miracles when a mask promises skin texture to appear “refined, clearer and healthier-looking”. Unfortunately my only judge this far has been my granny whom I‘m visiting and she always thinks I look like a princes (even when I have chocolate stains all over my pyjamas and haven‘t showered for 3 days), and she said I look awesome after using this mask.

Back to the facts: this mask smells great of flowers, has small exfoliating particles (guarana seeds) crammed in its yelly texture and is easy to remove, not being overly sticky. Sometimes when I use it, it causes extra blood flow to my face thus making me feel extra glowing, this only happened the first 2 times though. It doesn‘t irritate my skin or cause outbrakes, which is great. Why does it only get 3 stars then? Because yes my skin looks nice and smooth afterwards, but no WOW effect, which we all crave and keep searching for.

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The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter Review

Pros:

Smells natural and fresh of (pink) grapefruit.

Cons:

Super dry skin – give up right now and look for something else!

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This is my favourite body butter cause I am obsessed by grapefruit, and always looking for new things which are supposed to smell of it. Unfortunately this particular body butter never goes on sale or is sold for 5 dollars at Marshalls (yes it is true you can buy body butter from The Body Shop at Marshalls for 5 bucks and it‘s awesome), so I got it for Christmas from my mum last year. Verdict: beside from the lovely smell, it is easy to apply, dries in quick, and the smell lingers for a while. It never makes my skin feel too oily which is a bonus. The formula of this body butter is a bit more lighter then my other favourite from this range. It is only good for medium dry skin, so useless if you are shedding skin but great during the winter otherwise.

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The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review

Pros:

Takes away every trace of make-up and is still being kind to my skin.

Cons:

Leaves a greasy feeling, has to be followed up with a second cleansing step.

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I usually just wash my face with some kind of foamy cleanser before I continue with the whole, toner – serum – moisturizer – thing. But some days when my make up is extra heavy, it doesn‘t feel like my skin gets clean enough with one cleansing step only. Using my regular cleanser twice instead results in a dried out skin. Big nono. Those days i start my facial routine with this cleansing butter instead, which melts into an oil that erases e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. When I wash it off with water, that oily feeling is still there which needs to be followed up with my regular cleanser. Kind of irritating but totally worth it for that super clean feeling. Also, the smell is really nice, mild and floral. This is the second time I bought this cleanser, and will definitely go for a third one when this is done.

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The Body Shop Divide And Multiply Mascara Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t smudge.

Cons:

Makes small lumps, which looks very unnatural.

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The Body Shop usually have a pretty good quality of their stuff, and since I was looking for a new mascara I thought I should give their make-up a go, which I regret now..The brush is made of rubber, which makes it easy apply the mascara even in the corners of my eyes. But when you start layering the mascara (looking for that va-va-voom effect one can not be fine with just one layer of mascara), it starts to lump my lashes and even when I use and extra brush my eyelashes, the mascara makes small lumps. Basically this is the worst mascara I have ever used, because it looks sooo unnatural. The mascara is to thick in its consistency which leads to the lumping. You may think that this can be because it‘s too old, but I bought it 2 months ago. It doesn‘t smudge though. Seriously promising that it will divide anything is a joke targeting my poor vallet.

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The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel Review

Pros:

A bottle lasts for ages.

Cons:

The price.

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This is by far the best grapefruit shower gel I have ever used (this is the worst one). I have an unhealthy obsession with grapefruit and tend to irrationally purchase anything that promises a hint of this healthy fruit, in it (did you know that intakte of grapefruit interacts with a long list of medication btw – few people know this – if you want to read more check out this site ). This time I was not disappointed. First and foremost my bottle (250 ml) lasted for ages, since you only need a tiny amount per shower and the shower gel lathers really well. Secondly the smell of grapefruit lingers on my skin and in the bathroom for ages and thirdly, my skin is not dried out after use. The downside of this shower gel is that it‘s a bit expensive and that The Body Shop only put the bigger bottles on sale each season (and not the smallest sizes which are the most convenient, unless you plan on living in a pink grapefruit cloud for a shower for a few years..).

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