I’ve been a fan of The Body Shop’s lip balms for almost three years now. But being a student, I could never afford their other products, until this year when my fiance’s spoilt me rotten by bringing me The Body Shop’s goodies on every visit or taking me shopping when he’s in India. My latest TBS haul includes part of their seaweed range for combination skin, their all in one face base and their cheek colour in pink.
My skin type is combination/oily and no matter what products I use, my forehead and nose start looking shiny by afternoon. But my cheeks have dry patches on them, not only in winter but even early summer. The SA at The Body Shop (GK1, New Delhi) assured me that seaweed extracts would help me balance out the oiliniess and dryness of my complexion perfectly. This is something I have always looked for but never found in my skincare products and hence, I bought these:
The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser (Rs. 495 for 200ml) – This product promises to balance oil for a “soft matte complexion” and to remove oil and make up without drying skin or clogging pores. Did it live up to its promise? Yes and no. I was pleasantly surprised by its consistency – it spread on my skin almost like a lotion and felt soothing. It also has a very light fragrance which I liked very much. It was very gentle on my skin and did not leave my skin feeling taut like a lot of cleansers for combination/oily skin do. It also left my skin relatively shine free all day. It was only by evening that my nose and forehead got a little shiny, but nothing a few tissues could’t take care of!However, this cleanser is not the best at removing make up. I had to cleanse my face twice to get it completely make up free and still had to use almond oil to remove mascara. So I’m using it only once every morning. And my skin is happy!Would I repurchase? Yup. At least until I find a cheaper alternative!
Rating: + .75
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 (Rs. 895 for 50 ml) – This “hydrating and cooling gel-like” lotion promises to control shine and excess oil while moisturising the dry areas of the face.Did it live up to its promise? Nope.This is not gel-like! It felt slightly heavy and greasy on my skin although it didn’t leave the dreaded whitish cast that a lot of sunscreens do. Nevertheless, my skin felt greasier than I’d like and it negated the clean feeling that the facial cleanser left me with.However I’d paid so much money for it (well, my fiance had!) that I kept using it, right until my mom asked me – “have you stopped washing your face or what?!” That was it. I’ve regretfully kept this expensive tube in a drawer and I’m wondering what on earth I can use it for! Would I repurchase? Yeah right. Not even if I was paid money to use it.
I bought the makeup specifically for my engagement function in Chennai as I was afraid heavy makeup would make my skin look orange and cakey or make me sweat.
The Body Shop All-In-One Face Base (Shade 05) (Rs. 895) – It promises a “light velvety matte base” if used dry and a heavier matte coverage if the sponge applicator (included) is wet. Did it live up to its promise? Pretty much.It gave me just the coverage I wanted – sheer and light, almost as if I wasn’t wearing any make up. I got a lot of compliments on my natural ‘glow’ that day and all the credit goes to this base!But oil control and staying power aren’t its strong points. The function was about five hours long but two hours after I first put on the base, I had to go touch it up which was a bit inconvenient. And don’t even ask how it is on wet – unless you want a slightly orange-y, streaky look, I suggest you use this product dry. I also recommend using the sponge only if you want a heavier coverage. I didn’t so I used a foundation brush and loved the end result! Would I repurchase? Yup. I liked the look it gave me even if didn’t last as long as I’d have liked it to.
The Body Shop Cheek Colour (03 – Healthier Pink) (Rs. 495) – This was also bought for the engagement make up as it promised a “sheer, natural looking colour”.Did it live up to its promise? Hell yeah!This blush gave my cheeks the perfect tinge of ‘natural colour’ and stayed on beautifully for the entire duration of the function (although I touched it up when I touched up the base). I love the way I looked and so did the zillions of people who complimented the ‘blushing bride to be’.But I would recommend this only to women who prefer a lighter blush. It doesn’t provide a lot of coverage.Would I repurchase? Definitely!!! (Note to self: Must think of suitable occasion for a gift from the fiance!)
So there you go. My first major Body Shop haul!
Have you tried any of these products? How did you find them?
P.S. Thank you Rati, for the chance to write on this blog!