I must admit, I'm slightly loving Body Shop products at the moment. After deciding to make more of an effort to buy cruelty free beauty stuff, I took a trip to my nearest store to see what I could find. I ended up getting a tiny bit carried away in the end, and bought loads of bits to review. One of them was the Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, costing £12 for a 100ml pot. In my opinion this is a fair price to pay for a face mask as you get quite a lot of applications out of it, especially if you only use it about once a week like I do.
For me, the main appeal of this seaweed clay mask is that it draws out impurities, controls excess oils and revitalizes skin. I have real combination skin, which means that although it's dry, it also gets really oily at times which causes breakouts - especially around my chin and mouth. Sexy. Obviously I like to do all I can to avoid this kind of thing, and an oil control face mask like this definitely helps in my opinion. Plus, it feels really nice and indulgent.
The texture is very thick and creamy, and it has a light herbally scent that's nothing like seaweed. It goes on very thick too, and feels strangely cooling. Once it's been applied, you should leave it on for about 10 minutes or so until it goes hard. I must admit, this is the reason I love clay masks, as it feels like they really work when they harden. Don't know if that's just me? Basically if I can't move my face then I know it's all good! Anyway, once I wash it off my skin feels seriously clean and fresh, and not oily at all. It's the perfect thing to use after a heavy weekend, and I would definitely recommend using it only once a week as it could potentially be quite drying.
So, are you a fan of Body Shop? What do you think of clay face masks?
Friday, 17 May 2013
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
If you love shopping in London (which I'm guessing quite a lot of you do!) then this event is definitely one for your diary. On Thursday 30th May there will be a 20% off shopping night at Seven Dials shopping village in Covent Garden, and at their sister destination St. Martin's Courtyard. These places are full to the brim with all my favourite fashion stores, and if you haven't been there already then I definitely recommend you go. Even if you're not shopping, it's just a great place to hang out and chill. There are plenty of cool restaurants and bars, and many of these will also be offering 20% off during this event. So, make sure you save the date and come between the hours of 5pm-9pm. Over 120 stores will be offering the discount, and here are just a few:
- American Apparel
- Banana Republic
- Cambridge Satchel Company
- Coco De Mer
- Fred Perry
- Jaeger London
- Orla Kiely
- Neal's Yard Remedies
- Tatty Device
- Urban Outfitters
Saturday, 11 May 2013
I love love love the latest lookbook from Lazy Oaf. Like seriously love. Did I mention I love it? I literally want every item in this collection, from the cat print leggings (amazing) to the cool prints and denim cut offs - they all belong in my summer wardrobe! I particularly love the hot dog print shirt a blue dress, if only I could afford both. So, what do think of the collection. What's your favourite piece?
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Wow this post is late. I had such good intentions to organise my life and schedule lots of blog posts this weekend, but did it happen? No it did not. Sadly I was permanently distracted by my big comfy bed, new iPad (officially in love) and pubs. And when the sun came out on Bank Holiday Monday, well that was it. I spent all day in my garden with a beer in hand. But anyway, now I'm back on track I thought I'd bring you some of my current summer fashion essentials. I'll probably do some more of these posts as the months go on too, as the high street stores will no doubt get more amazing new lines in. So for the time being, here's my top summer style picks:
(From Top Left: Angel Wing Necklace £15 - River Island, CC Drip Tank £18 - Batoko.com, Wolf Studded Denim Shorts £60 - Batoko.com, Jacquard Pattern Drawstring Bag £29.99 - Zara, Fantasy Sporty Sole Sandals £55 - Topshop, Barry M Gelly Nail Polish Orange £3.99 - Superdrug)
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
I'm a little bit obsessed with all things green and healthy these days. I live by the 80/20 rule where I eat healthily Monday to Friday, then at the weekend anything goes. So during the week I tend to go to the gym, eat lots of green veg and drink bucket loads of green tea, and at the weekend I swap it all for alcohol, cheese and very little beauty sleep! Not perfect but hey, it works for me. My latest obsession during healthy weekdays is the Teapgigs Matcha Super Power Green Tea. Hailed as a fitness and slimming product, it's a super-concentrated organic green tea powder that's full of antioxidants and nutrients.
So, what was it like? Firstly, it comes in really cute packaging and includes a handy measuring spoon, so all you need to do is add one helping to water/juice for a super power green tea boost. And it definitely gave me some energy. I must admit that it wasn't that enjoyable to drink with water (I'll be sticking to my favourite tea bags) but it was perfect with a healthy juice, giving just a tiny hint of green tea flavour. I've been adding it to my own homemade green or orange juice in the mornings (recipes here) or an Innocent Smoothie if I'm feeling lazy! The only downside is that it's a bit pricey at £25 per 30g tin, although I think it's still worth it as you could get quite a few cups out of it. It's also just an incredibly simple and easy way to get a healthy boost, so I think it's worth it overall. I'm not using it as a slimming aid so can't really comment on this, however it definitely gave me a real energy boost and much-needed post holiday health kick.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Yesterday evening I stopped off at the AW13 press day hosted the lovely Bestseller PR in Bedford Square, London. They house lots of amazing Scandinavian fashion brands like Vero Moda, VILA, Selected and Jack & Jones, and I got to have a first look at what's to come from them later in the year. In short, you can expect to see a lot of galaxy print, plaid shirts, warm orangey hues, bomber jackets and heavy embellishment - all of which I'm very excited about! They were also showcasing the upcoming collection from the new Vero Moda jeans-based sub brand, Noisy May. I really loved what I saw, and this brand is perfect if you like edgy styles, acid wash and graphic prints. They're definitely one to keep in mind, and they'll be launching on ASOS from July.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
If you're anything like me and suffer from cracked cuticles and dry hands, then you'll appreciate a good hand cream. Even in the summer I need one as the air conditioning at work dries out my skin so bad! Does anyone find this? Anyway, I think I've finally found one that sorts out my hands and helps to quickly heal my cuticles and moisturize my knuckles. The Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop contains hemp seed oil, and it's designed for very dry skin. It feels quite thick and creamy when applied and doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy as it soaks in really well. It doesn't really have much of a scent, which is fine for me as fragrance irritates my skin, and it's a bargain at only £5 (now £3.50 in the sale!)