Friday, 31 July 2009

Review: The Body Shop.

Let me start by saying that i have been a huge fan of The Body Shop products since i was about 13. I was introduced to it by my Auntie who was a massive fan herself.
The smells are amazing & some of the products really work for me.
I was kindly sent these Body Shop products to try out and test, however, this will in no way alter my personal opinion on each of these products. This review will be all my honest thoughts on personal experience's with each item.
I have been tesing each and every one (besides one - which you will find out why later) for about 3+ weeks, and you'll just have to take my word for it ;)
I know that some of you might not be interested in some of the products i am reviewing, but just skip to the next one if that is the case. I dont expect you to read EVERYTHING. (That is unless you want to :))


That said...lets get on with it. :)

Vitamin C Eye Revver
This cute little orange pump bottle claims to revilatise & brighten the undereye area.
Now, personally, i am always so sceptical about eye products doing anything of the sort.
The only product i can really compare this to is the Soap & Glory one i bought last week, although that is in Gel form, so infact are 2 completely different products.
It is unscented & in more of a lotion form. It also has a very apparent "cooling" effect. Which actually, is the nicest i've ever tried.
I have been applying this most mornings, and i can't say i have noticed any difference in my dark circles (not that it claims to deminish these) but i LOVE the feeling this leaves. It tightens, cools and really does well in making me feel awake.
rrp £8.80

Body Butters
These are, in my opinion, the most famous product the Body Shop have produced. Body butters are one of my absolute must haves. I think over the period of 6 years i have had almost every scent. Coconut & Cocoa Butter being my favourites.
They are rich in Shea & Cocoa Butter making them amazingly hydrating to the skin.
I also think they work wonders on burnt skin as an aftersun treatment.
If you've been on holiday and you want to keep your tan lasting as long as you can, use a body butter because that works amazingly for me.
Alot of people may have issues with it feeling quite greasy if your skin isnt in need of a good quenching, but you can apply as little or as much as you need.
I would definitely reccommend everyone to have one of these amongst their skincare stash. I will be buying these until i'm old and wrinkly (although i shant be that wrinkly if i carry on using them ;))
rrp: £12.20 (200ml - The larger size)
£4.85 (50ml - The smaller handbag size)

Facial Blotting Tissues
Okay, so in all honesty, i haven't used these much. As most of you who read my blog know, i have dry skin, and therefore blotting it..would result in horrific flakey-ness.
I did however, test them on my not-so-willing boyfriend, Jack.
I didnt have to force him mind you ;)
They were very powdery, and found they actually had a rather decent coverage. Not only did they diminish any oils on his face but left a perfectly smooth powder behind covering any blemishes too. I actually know a fair few people that swear by these.
You can use them over makeup, or under & they have a fab matte effect.
So if you are a "blotting paper" kinda gal, you should give these a try. I reckon you could be pleasantly surprised.
P.s...Jack did hate the powder on his face and washed it off promtly...obviously some boys arent into the whole makeup thing. ;)
rrp: £3.90 (for 65 sheets thats aint bad at all!)

Lip Butter
I was excited i had recieved this lip butter as i had been meaning to buy it. As i previously stated, my favourite Body Shop scent/flavour is coconut (obviously not everyones cuppa) so to have this in Lip butter form was aces.
The lip butters are just as amazing as the body butters.
I could seriously eat this. I have it on my lips as i type this and i am really trying hard not to lick them.
They contain Beeswax, Cocoa butter & vitamin E.
It feels like silk on your lips, and i actually found this scent/flavour to be alot more moisturising than the ever so famous "yes yes yes", even though i think the "yes yes yes" lip butter has the best scent i have ever come across.
Again i would have to reccommend these lip butters to everyone as i have also been through my fair share of different scented pots of these, and i dont think i could be without one in the bottom of my handbag, i sometimes even prefer them to Carmex (Shh)
rrp: £4.85

Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream
Again, i have been a massive fan of the Body Shop Vitamin E products. I have purchased a fair few items in the range, all have been goood & had great results.
This cream contains shea butter and really fine light reflectors to create a healthy looking glow.
Alot of people dont like the thought of having Shea Butter on their face, as it is very moisturising. I would only ever reccommend the Vitamin E range to anyone with dry skin lacking in radiance. I do think if you suffer with very oily skin to stay clear of anything like this, as obviously you will be adding more reflective light.
Over time this lotion and others in the vitamin e range promise to soften the skin and make it appear more smooth. I didnt notice any smoothing..or softening, but it could still be early days.
I can't say i was completely bowled over by this product, it did give me a gorgeous dewy base for makeup, and yes, i definitely look more awake when im wearing it, but i dont think for the price it is entirely worth it, unless you really do have dull, dry skin.
rrp: £8.80

Beeswax Texturising Wax
If you hadn't already guessed, this is the product i couldn't really test.
I could tell you what it smelt like, and felt like, but as i dont have short hair or use gel...i couldn't tell you how it performed.
Jack did however use this, and (im sorry he wasnt very descriptive) said that it
"felt nice, was easy to style and lasted a good amount of time"
Although really, i can't imagine a boy choosing this over the normal "VO5 or Garnier" in a supermarket if im honest. The boys i know, arent really too fussy about what they put in their hair.
One thing I liked about this, was the scent...honey. I was sniffing Jacks hair like a madwoman, although i dont think Jack was AS keen, i don't know if its normal for guys to smell of honey, or if its a bit too feminine.
rrp: £4.85

Lipgloss
The colour of this gloss is "13 - Pale Pink"
I wasn't so impressed with this. The best way of describing it would be in comparison to Mac's Dazzleglasses but not as pretty.
The consistency, i found, was quite sticky...on the sticky scale i'd say it was like a Dazzleglass.
and there are very small particles of light reflecting glitter.
One thing i hated was the scent, but i know this is only a personal preference. It smelt like blueberry sweets...and for some reason..i just find it too sweet and sickly. Obviously, to some, this would be the perfect scent.
It also didn't have much pigmentation...in fact very little which is why i have no swatch of it, as you couldnt see anything but glitter. Obviously there are darker colours in the range, which i haven't tested so im hoping they are alot more pigmented than this one.
The one thing i DID love about these, was that not only is it a lipgloss, it moisturises your lips aswell as making them look pretty...which is something that Mac need to do, as their lipglasses can bevery drying.
If there are any of you that want something similar to a dazzleglass without paying the massive price tag and you dont mind the blueberry scent then i would highly suggest you take a look at these.
rrp: £9.25

Tea Tree Blemish Stick
I LOOVE this. I have been using this on my blemishes and it clears them right up.
I really dont have much else to say on this product. I always have a tea tree stick in my skincare collection, im sure i speak for everyone else when i say it really does work & if you don't own one, then shame on you. :)
Unless of course you have perfect skin, in which case then...DAMN YOU!
rrp: £4.00

Eyeshadow
I was hugely dissappointed to find that the shadow had broken in transit, along with a mascara wand which had completely snapped into about 3 pieces and was unfixable...so i could not use it...thus no review im affraid.
The shadow, although broken, is such a gorgeous colour. One that i could definitely see myself buying in the shop.

It's a gorgeous moth brown and the consistency of the shadow is really smooth and application and blendability is also very very good. Its also very pigmented.
They have an amazing range of colours, and i'm definitely going to go and check some more out.
The colour i have here is 32 - Chocolate
rrp: £7.80

Mineral Kabuki
This is by far, my favourite Body Shop product i was sent.
I have used this everyday since i've had it in conjunction with my Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation.
Application is quite literally flawless.
The brush is dense, soft and has not shed one hair!
I Love.Love.Love it.
I can't reccommend this brush enough. I have contemplated buying the Mac kabuki but now i really dont feel the need to, and i prefer it to my Lily Lolo one too.
rrp: £14.65

Shimmer Cubes
When i recieved these, i have to be honest, i just thought they would be a bit of a dissapointment.
I guess i have become some what of a makeup snob, and if the shadow isn't from Mac, Nars or Urban Decay, theres no way it will be any good? right?
Wrong.
These are FAB!
They are very pigmented, blend superbly, and the colours are gorgeous.
They are all shimmery but then i do like shimmer, and these are very much night time shades, in which case you'd go for a bit of shimmer right? Plus, they're called "Shimmer Cubes". If you didn't like shimmer, you wouldn't purchase this full stop.
I have used this SO much since i've had it. I even did my friends ball (prom) makeup with it, and she loved the outcome and it lasted well all night.
The only ONE thing i would say is that they can be a BIT crumbly, but apart from that they're amazing.
To see a look i created with these shimmer cubes, click HERE
rrp: £15.65

Tinted Glow Enhancer
This, i have mixed views on. Only because i didn't notice THAT much of a difference.
I really love the idea of something to brighten your complexion & make you glow (hence my purchase of the Glow Job by Soap & Glory a few weeks ago) but, in all honesty, i didnt like it as much as Glow Job. Purely because i loved the golden tint that Glow Job gave, whereas this gives an extremely light, skin-like coverage with a slight sheen.
I think this would be FAB for older women, or those who dont want the bronzed glow, as it it alot more natural.
In the picture above you can clearly see there is a glow.
I like the concept, but really i think the effects were very subtle, this might be more your cup of tea, but not mine.
rrp: £10.75

Mascara
This mascara is in black & has a plastic wand. I'm not really a fan on plastic wands, i've always been a brush wand girl. I just feel it grips the eyelashes more.
My feelings on this product are neutral.
I really like the outcome, it definitely divides the lashes...although i wouldnt say it really multiplys.
I really like this for an everyday natural look, as it really does look like you have naturally black, pretty lashes.
I would reccommend this to younger girls who might be wearing mascara to school, as it wears well throughout the day and doesnt look too dramatic and doesnt clump.
Personally, i love my lashes to be lengthened a little more and to look alot thicker, which i dont think this really did.
rrp: £10.75

I hope you enjoyed my review or found it somewhat helpful.
There some gems in there! :)
You can find these products on the website or in a Body Shop shop... ha
& keep an eye out for promotions and sales as alot of things become reduced by quite a bit, and its worth checking up, to grab yourself a bargain!

71 comments:

  1. Woah I just read that all and I'm glad I did, I love your reviews they are always so insightful!

    I've been debating on weather to spend £15 on the Shimmer Cubes but you have now convinced me to get them haha!

    I've been using the Body Butters for years love them, Body shop do some of the best ones!

    Brilliant review girly I can imagine how long it took you :/

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  2. Fantastic review! You were so thorough! I love tea tree oil for blemishes as well - I definitely want to get the stick from the Body Shop now! And I've been dyyinnng to get some body butters, so now you've totally convinced me! :) xx

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  3. Simply superb my dear :) This must have taken you ages, but I really enjoyed it! Fabulous photography too :) I really like the look of that Shimmer Cube, I have the one with the pink/greens in, and it's fab! This reminds me that I still have products to review...better crack on! xxx

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  4. OOOH I love those body butters! This actually reminds me that I need to go pick up some more! I actually dont own a tea tree stick so I guesss I will have to pick up that as well!! That eyeshadow that broke is a really pretty color, too bad :/ Thanks for the amazing review! (like always!)

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  5. I do appreciete it!
    Wow!
    Makes me want to pop down there and grab a few goodies! I'm eyeing up the BeesWax! :)
    xoxo

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  6. Awesome review! You can tell that took you a while hehe =]

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  7. wow the tinted glow enhancer is really appealing to me,anything with the words radiance,illuminate or glow and im sold,will defo pop down to my local body shop and test it out. : )

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  8. I found that the liquid lip colour I was sent was not that sticky?! I guess they vary with each colour. Brilliant review(s), totally second what you've said about the body butters.. Yum! :D x

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  9. @shortiee31 - Possibly. Or maybe you're idea of sticky is different to mine. :) xxx

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  10. oh zoee, i am addicted to the coconut body butter, i have bought about 4 of them and i'm running low on the one i've got now. I think i may trundle off to the Body Shop and buy me some of those shimmer cubes ;)
    xo.

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  11. lovely review darling!! Lots of products! :) xxx

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  12. Random off the subject question,at the bottom of each post it says 'YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE' how do you set that up pleazze help me

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  13. oh! annndd i am needing that tea tree oil blemish stick. unfortunately.
    :).
    ox.

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  14. @Beauty & the blog - If you click the link underneath all the details and how to do it are there, its mega easy! :) xxx

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  15. brilliant review honey!
    i love their body butters too and i think i'm gonna pick up some shimmer cubes at some point, the colours look fab :)
    xxxxx

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  16. I have used that shea butter, I wasn't convinced before hand as I remember my gran using the mango one years ago and that was just greasy but this one is lovely. Would highly recommend it.

    I have a sample of the lipgloss but in a deep red colour. It isn't very pigmented, but that can be good but people like me with very dark red lips already. However, agree - they sticky and thick, for the money I would go with barryM or estee lauder.

    I have the shimmer cubes in palette 6 (honeycomb, dark chocolate, marshmallow and chocchip), I wore them for my FOTD yesterday and someone commented how well blended they were. But I honestly had used a finger and just smack them on really quickly. I'd advise taking them out of the bigger cube so you don't flick the colour over the other cubes when loading the brush.

    Sorry for the essay, fab and fair review. I like the look of the tinted glow enhancer as I am really quite fair to start with.Mwahx

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  17. I adore the body shop, mainly because they are against animal testing. I also really admire how they use their status as a company to bring to attention issues such as safe sex and fair trade.
    great review :)

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  18. ahh I love their body butters!
    xx

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  19. You lucky duck - I bet you smell gorgeous after all of that pampering! x

    http://xblogspotxbeautyx.blogspot.com/

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  20. I think that the last sthing I bought at Body Shop was a colorless mascara to tame my crazy unplugged eyebrow when I was 13. I may need to have a closer look and to grab a Tea tree blemish stick (damned spots!)

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  21. i absolutely love this review, I went out and bought the tinted glow enhancer and mascara, and they work brilliantly! thanks for the amazing review!

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  22. Gorgeous photos!! This was such a great and thorough review, thank you! :) xoxo

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  23. you've convinced me to buy the tea tree oil blemish stick, hope it works! my body butter ran out a while back and i miss the smell.. might go back and buy another one now :)

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  24. excellent review as always
    really love the pics
    Body Shop is awesome generally
    xx

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  25. i have the tinted glow enhancer in the pink shade and that seems to leave a more noticeable effect because of the colour. it's a really pretty highlighter, but i don't know how i would feel about mixing it with moisturizer or anything like they suggest.

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  26. everytim i go to the mall, i always pass by the body shop. the sales ladies are always oh so nice and ready to help you with anything.

    btw, this is an awesome review!

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  27. Great post and reviews. I am definitely a fan of the kabuki brush and body butters but have added a few more things to my next Body Shop visit. Thanks!

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  28. Truly great reviews!
    I think I need to check a couple of items next time I pass by my TBS! :)))

    xoxox

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  29. Hi honey, this is something that really doesn't fit with the topic, but I am doing some major changes in my layout and I was wondering how you got those pretty fonts for your titles and sidebars. I used shagblogs.com but I can't find any fonts option... thanks lovely.

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  30. uaahah shabbyblogs.com I meant. I don't know why I typed shag uahahahaha

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  31. excellent reviews! i love the body shop eyeshadows, they're very office appropriate and the shimmer cubes are my absolute favorite there! they are worth evey penny and are so amazing when applied wet.

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  32. I've nominated you for an award!

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  33. The Body Shop are the best. There is no need to spend loads on posh stuff - everything they sell does the job brilliantly.

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  34. You are so amazing, I love every single post of yours!
    I'm such a fan, you are GORGEOUS!

    A big kiss to you :$ *

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  35. @British - Thankyou so much, you're such a sweetie. That has made my day :)

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  36. Hey Zoe...I am an avid follower of your blog and always look forward to new posts..I have just started a blog of my own about makeup but a different blog...my blog is for those girls who may not have access to all the beauty brands they would like to, so I am selling popular items on my blog as well as any requests..plus its Canadian dollars so it would end being cheaper for those who live in the US!...it would be amazing and much much appreciated if you could do even just a tiny tiny shout out to my new blog... http://makeupbymail.blogspot.com/ ...Thanks so much for even reading this comment! I will even send a free gift to my 15th follower!

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  37. ^^ I have also the Bodyshop Mineral Foundation Brush, and love it.but i think its a bit small for the face. Takes to long time to put makeup with. :/

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  38. Hey, just a quick comment about the shimmer cubes, they are amazing wet. the colour becomes so much more pigmented (great for a night out). also the mineral brushes are specially designed in the fact that each fibre is individualy rounded to help pick up the product and spread it evenly around the face giving a flawless finish. With any new skincare regime or product you wont see many changes for around 28 days as it takes 28 days for the skin to renew itsself and that is why it is recomended to use any new products for a month before saying yes or no. sorry that was a bit longer than i meant it to be. xx

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  39. Can u swatch your 2 shimmer cube palettes?? I'm waiting to seeing it.
    I plan ti buy the new spring shimmer ><

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  40. I use the cocoa butter body butter and love it!

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  41. I love the brush. I think you just convinced me to purchase it :D

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  42. I just cme across your blog and directly subscribed! You really do long and very detailed reviews and I very much appreciate it! Love the Vitamin E cream as well btw, have you also tried the moisture rainforest hair butter? It smells awesome! :)

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  43. i love the body shop and had been using their products for like 8 years! the bodywash and bodyoil (olive) body butter,scrubs and makeup are my favorites and I even did a haul of this in my blog and channel! thanks for sharing the other stuff.willsurely check them out.

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  44. I haven't always been a big fan of the body shop but ive recently really got into it and this has definitely inspired me to go and try out more products!
    I love your blog so much!xxx

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  45. Thanks for the review!
    I've always thought that the body shop was kind of pricey for what you get.. And I was also doubting if the products would really work that well, or just 'average'.
    But I'm going to give it a chance and try products of various lines. :)

    xoxo Suesue
    sueii92.blogspot.com

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  46. Wow, thank you so much I have found this review so helpful and I really want to try out some of the products you have reccomended, I am also a big body shop fan but sometimes I get swept away with all the higher end brands or drug store products and forget about it!Your honesty is half of what makes your blog so addictive as you tell what your honest opinion is of a product! I find your blog and youtube so interesting to watch and read as a new blogger myself and I can only hope one day mine will be half as succesful as yours!I genuinely look forward to your new posts and could spend hours reading through your previous ones over and over again! You are so beautiful too and I really aspire to be like you one day <3

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  47. I really love their shower gels, especially the one called 'White Musk blush' which smells soooo good and is so refreshing. The same with their body sprays i have literally fallen in love with their grapefruit,japanesse cherry blossom and coconut sprays and perfume! their lip balms look sooo good but i haven't had a chance to try them :(

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  48. Wow, I love the way you diplay all your products and I really want to try some Body Shop brushes, I've read some reviews and everybody says they're great! I read your review and have decided to get it! Btw the lips butters are to die for!! I have recently started a blog and whatched your 'Blogging Tips' and it really helped! Thanks so much, Please check it out! http://walk-this-wayy.blogspot.co.uk/

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  49. wow you're blog is really really good! I was just wondering what program or how did you write your blog site on the corner of your pictures? I am quite new to blogging and would really love if you could tell me how you did that. Thank you :)
    Ann

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  50. i remember recieving body butter in the passionfruit scent or something (i really don't remember, it was purple) for christmas many years back, and i tried it, but my skin reacted to it, and i'm not allergic to anything as far as i know, and never experienced anything like it afterwards either, it wasn't like a really bad reaction, but just som redness and irritated skin, so i sort of ended up not liking body shop products after that, even though i know i should not judge the entire shop just because of one product...

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  51. Your reviews are the best Zoe, I actually ran to get my journal and jotted down the products I definitely need to go and buy. Thank you so much!

    ♡, Arianne
    candid-outtakes.blogspot.sg

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  52. Hey gorgeous girls!! If you are looking for a foundation review you can view mine here:
    http://beingbeautifullybright.blogspot.ca/2013/02/foundation-review-results.html
    Let me know what you all think!

    -N xoxo

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  53. Great review :) Thanks for sugesting the mascara, as I wear mascara to school and its not super :p x

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  54. I've never even branched out to Body Shop make-up, I always consider them a skincare only brand, but maybe I will now!

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  55. You've got a design here that's not too flashy, but makes a statement as big as what you're saying.
    body shops

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  56. I went shopping in Aberdeen just yesterday, The Body Shop had an offer of FIVE body butters for £15! for five normally they would have been £60+!(iyou don't want five they are on offer anyway) I'm not sure if its all of The Body Shops up and down the country but I thought I'd say something because I read this post :) (Might be worth checking out if anybody's interested and walking past one!)

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  60. hi this review was very helpful to me now i know how go the body shops stuff really is !! ps i love yours and louses youtube channels infact ive just finnished watching one of your videos.

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  62. I am a huge fan of the body shop. I use the bare essentials mineral foundation and it is great as it is no where near as heavy as cream foundations. I wear it all the time but do feel that it tends to come off and the day goes on. Especially in PE. I would recommend it though and think it is great.

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  63. About to take advantage of the black friday sales and wanted to know if there were any must haves. This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks! xx

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  64. I have the same exact lipgloss woooo!

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  65. Loved this review! It was so helpful as I have been looking into buying a few more of their products--I absolutely love their body butters too! They are great at moisturizing and definitely a must have! thanks for the help!

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  66. Definitely convinced me to purchase the tea tree blemish stick! I have the Night and Day tea tree facial moisturizers and am in love. Now I know the other products in the line are worth the purchase!

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  67. Love this post! I've been extra-into youtube videos as of late and I've seen so many people talking about the body butters, so I decided to finally check it out. There's a deal now and I didn't want to get *just* body butters. Thanks for the ideas, Zoella!

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