Friday, 28 May 2010

The Body Shop Haul

I paid for express delivery (£3.99) for my order for two reasons: 1) I was paying so little for my actual order; and 2) I actually move into a new flat on Wednesday 2nd, so I was concerned that standard delivery would not reach me in time, especially with the amount of orders they must be recieving. Checking the website, the 30% off offer is still running and at the time of writing this (11.30am), standard delivery was free, though I’m not sure how long this will last for. Remember to get an extra 20% off on top of the 30% by checking this post from yesterday.

I bought four items – one was actually a repurchase, but I’ll get to that. First, I want to show you my favourite thing from my haul:


Hello Face and Body brush! Normal price £14, but with the 30% off it was only £9.80, then with another 20% off it was only £7.84! I think that is a really bargain – almost have price (44% off for any maths geeks who care)! Let’s have a minor close up of those lovely soft bristles:


I can’t wait to use this – it’s just so soft and luscious. I’ve only ever heard good things about The Body Shop brushes. Let’s move on though.

I had problems with my camera today, so for those of your who are having a bit of trouble seeing the photo, it’s Sweet Lemon Lip Butter. And it smells amazing. I actually wanted to buy the shower gel as well from this new range, but sadly it was sold out. The Lip Butter normally retails for £5, but 30% gives you £3.50 and then the extra 20% off meant I only paid £2.80!


I almost don’t want to use it. It looks so nice and I might just carrying it around with me to smell it at regular intervals. The smell is a real sweet lemon – nothing like your washing up liquid by the sink which smells more like disinfectant. I might get the body butter to match this after I finish up my next purchase.


Vanilla Body Lotion. Which at 200ml, is a lot smaller than I though it would be. Normal price is £7.50, 30% off price is £5.25 and the extra 20% off meant I only paid £4.20. And for a bottle that size, I’m glad that’s all I paid. It really doesn’t look like it’s going to go a long way. It does, however, smell exactly how vanilla should smell – warm, slightly sweet and a little bit musky. Not at all like the over bearing sweetness of the Treacle Moon vanilla range.


The last purchase of my haul is the repurchase. Sorry for the blurry picture, so for those who are having trouble seeing what it is, it’s Vanilla EDT (30ml). Normal price is £8.50, 30% off is £5.95 and the extra 20% off meant I paid £4.76! I’ve been running out of perfume since March, but haven’t had the time to go out and find a new designer smell I like (because I don’t like to stick to the same perfumes from designers if I can help it – I might miss something even better). This though will tide me over until I get a chance to nip into town (which at the rate I’m going right now won’t be for another two weeks!). Pretty much the same as the body lotion though – smells exactly how vanilla should. I love wearing this perfume.

I really can’t wait to try out my new brush as well as the lip butter, and hopefully I’ll be able to get reviews up for at least one item from this haul. A lot of the products are classics, but it’s always nice to get a new perspective on things (especially when companies are constantly changing the formulas and what not),

And as you can probably see, I’m still studying for exams – I have one on the 1st and the 2nd of June. The 1st is going well and I’m not worried about that, but the 2nd… not so much. We’ll just have to see I suppose.

I hope everyone’s well and has a wonderful weekend. More from me next week or the week after!


Thursday, 27 May 2010

Body Shop – 30% off! Plus extras!


Can’t believe no one else has mentioned this today, yet! 30% off The Body Shop (in store and online, I believe), plus if you shop online you get FREE standard delivery on everything! As an extra treat, use VOUCHER20 or SUMMER20 and get 20% extra off! I managed to get a body lotion, lip butter, EDT spray and make up brush for less than £20! Reviews to come! And more blogging as well soon – almost finished my exams.


Saturday, 15 May 2010

Review: Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser


I’m bringing the first blog post in almost a month to you from the middle of a revision session. I’d also like to add that the book above was actually taken out the university library and some one had already highlighted it – score!

Anyways. My skin is horrific. It’s dry, it’s shiny, it’s spotty, it’s clean – it really just can’t decide. I had been using the Garnier Gel Moisturiser I was going to review, but that was just making my skin extra dry (and it was just horrible). I needed a moisturiser which was thick enough to really make my skin take a drink, but not so heavy it was going to take a year to dry. Enter Simple’s offering, which was on a £2 special in Asda last week – not too sure how much it is normally. What do you get for your pennies though?

The box is full of little promises: “Smile, it’s simple… when your skin’s happy and fresh faces, you feel healthier and happier too. Our Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a perfect blend of active ingredients and vitamin goodness to keep your skin replenished and hydrated. Perfect even for sensitive skin.” It also boasts two vital vitamins, pro-vitamin B5 and Vitamin E as well as two skin loving nutrients of glycerine and borage oil seed. To be honest, I’m not sure what all that means – but I bet it’s good things. And as with all Simple product there are no perfumes or colours, which is something I can really get on board with.


And a simple bottle. Easy to hold and easy to use, espcially when this is how you dispense the product:


It’s taken me a good week to be able to get the moisturiser out without either getting too much or not enough. This is a little bit of a flaw with this product – a pump would have worked a lot better.


Nice and thick, without being too thick. IT’s not trying to run away from my hand into my lap, that’s for sure.


And it rubs out to a nice thin layer. It’s easily absorbed into skin and dries off pretty quickly.

This is where I should mention that when they say light, they mean light – this is definitely a day time formula and for real results this would probably have to become part of a day and night routine. It has helped with my dry skin on my face, but I’m still having a few problem areas.

Definitely value for money if you can get it on special offer, and if it’s less than £4 then I’ll probably end up buying it again. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5, with points lots of the design of the bottle and for being just a little bit too light. Comes in 125ml size.