When I was younger I only really knew the Body Shop for their Shower Gels and Body Butters, but I was obviously missing out- as I have found that they have some great skin care products in the last few years! I really love rose products for my face, as I have quite sensitive skin and they seems to help soothe it- particularly when I am having issues with dryness or redness. Due to this I was very interested after seeing the Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner online (and reviewed on my favourite blog for skincare – Makeup Savvy), and I just couldn’t resist picking it up when I was in the Body Shop recently!

As we’re beginning to get into colder weather – the duvet’s back on the bed and it’s been raining pretty much every day this week – it seemed like the perfect time to pick up this toner. It promises to re-plump the skin with moisture, and leave it feeling soft soothed and replenished, this sounded perfect for the Autumn/Winter period when I often find my skin feeling in need of a little extra attention and hydration! It’s a really easy product to use, after washing your face you simply put some onto a cotton pad and wipe it over your face and neck.

The packaging for the toner is simple, but attractive. It has a flip top with a small opening which makes it easy to control how much product is released, and due to the gel formula this helps to prevent accidentally putting too much on the cotton pad and wasting it. I really like that the toner has real (small pieces) of rose petal which are suspended in the gel!

This toner feels lovely on the skin, and has made my face feel smoother – helping with the dry patches that I tend to get around my nose and forehead. I also really love the rose scent, which makes it a pleasure to use, and it always feels like a treat for my skin after a tiring day. Due to the toner not containing alcohol, it also doesn’t leave your face feeling tight like some other toners.

I purchased it at full price for £9.50, and feel that it is a great toner for under £10- although it may be possible to pick it up cheaper as the Body Shop frequently has offers on.

I’d love to hear any recommendations for favourite Body Shop products!

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I’ve been a fan of the L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks since my mum bought me the Purity Mask for my birthday. As such I was excited to see the recent new releases- a Blemish Rescue Mask, and a Bright Face Mask. I picked up both whilst they were on offer for £5.99, but as my skin has been acting up a bit recently I’ve been reaching for the Blemish Rescue Mask most often!

To start with, I really like the packaging for the masks; they look and feel a lot more expensive than they are, with a hefty glass jar packaged inside a well thought out box. The glass jar makes it easy to keep an eye on how much you have left- although as it doesn’t take much to coat your face, and the packaging says it will do 10 applications (I’m guessing very generous ones!) I haven’t felt like I have to be sparing with it.

My preferred way to apply the mask is with an old foundation brush that I requisitioned to use with face masks- as this prevents wasting product by having it on my fingers, or from making an unnecessary mess. It applies beautifully in this way, as it is a very smooth formula that spreads easily on the skin. After leaving it until dry (usually around 10 minutes) I also find it very easy to remove with lukewarm water, and unlike some other masks I don’t feel like I need to scrub my face to remove all traces of it. Although I’d recommend tying your hair back as it is a little harder to remove from hair! (And gives me an excuse to wear my favourite cat ear headband!)

I like all of the L’Oréal Pure Clay Masks I have tried, but I admit that I have a particular weakness for this one due to the colour- it’s a brilliant bright blue, and is perfect for an impromptu Smurf dress up in your bathroom… Maybe not a traditional use for a mask, but entertaining whilst it is drying!

After removing the mask, my skin feels much fresher and it does seem to help clear imperfections. I’d recommend it for when your skin is acting up, or has more blemishes than usual. My skin is generally pretty well behaved, but when it acts up this is a great way to try kick it back into order. It helps to mattify the skin, and I feel it is a great addition to my skincare regime- and a lovely treat to use on a weekend afternoon.

Overall I would highly recommend this mask, particularly when it is on offer! You get a lot of uses for your money, and it feels lovely on the skin. It’s got great packaging, and for the price, I don’t think the mask could be much better! I also like to use a few of the L’Oréal masks on different sections of my skin as a multi mask- which can both help tailor the mask’s properties to what your skin needs, and is fun when you have an amazing pattern on your face due to the various mask colours.

I really enjoy trying out different face masks, both to keep my skin in good condition and because I feel like it is a lovely way to pamper yourself at the weekend, or after a tiring day- my rule is you can’t do anything but chill/ read whilst the mask is drying…

I’d love to hear any recommendations for masks you have found particularly good!

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I have discovered that I really love using sheet masks in summer, particularly when I stick them in the fridge for a few hours to chill. It makes it a treat to have a relax with a mask on and cool down overly warm skin- especially during the last  few days of sunny weather where I have been out hunting Pokémon! (They also give my sun screen hating skin a little boost.)

Previously I have ordered masks on Ebay from Korea, which are lovely but do come with a long waiting time- and can be fairly expensive. I was therefore delighted to spot these ‘the crème shop’ masks in my local TKMAXX.

They had multiple different ones including cute animal face masks (which I believe have animal faces printed on the masks!) but from this rather large variety I chose two, Coconut Oil infused and Rose Water infused.

This was largely because these were two of the largest mask sets- which seemed like a bit of a bargain at £4.99 for 5 masks. At around £1 a mask , it is cheaper than I have found on eBay. The other reason was that I find that rose water and coconut oil products work well for my skin.

Once unwrapped and put on the masks do have a fairly slimy feel to them, but I have found that to be part of most sheet masks and they are very soothing to the skin due to this. After removing the masks any liquid left on the skin soaks in easily.

I find the masks to be fairly similar in their benefits, both leave my skin feeling softer and more nourished and both smell pleasantly of their respective infusions. They also make my skin feel smoother.  I love the packaging for the masks, both the print on the box and the fact that the benefits of the mask are printed on the box making it easy to pick the right one depending on what you want!

My favourite part of using these masks is the ritual- I know that after putting on the mask I have no choice but to sit down and chill for 10-15 minutes whilst doing nothing.

If you like sheet masks and would like to try a new one I would recommend looking in your local TKMAXX and seeing whether they have some in stock, it is certainly a quicker and easier way to try out a mask compared to ordering them online and waiting for them to arrive.

I’d love any recommendations for favourite sheet masks!

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 Skincare is an area I care about, but also an area I kind of suck at. I am fairly terrible at remembering to wash my face and moisturise frequently- maybe because my skin isn’t that badly behaved. But I have decided recently that I really want to try get into a better routine with my skincare- namely to ensure I use a moisturiser  morning and night.

I chose to order a new moisturiser from Origins, partly because I was already planning to order another item from them and partly because I have always heard good things about Origins skincare range.

I decided to order the Ginzing moisturiser, and my decision was finalized when I saw that Origins was offering it in a limited edition super-size (where you get 75ml instead of 50ml for about the same price).

It costs £25, which seems like a fair price given the amount of product, and having been using it for a few weeks I feel that it should last a decent amount of time as I don’t require a huge amount to moisturize my whole face.

Origins have packaged the item well, and I like the shape of the pot and the fact that it is sturdy enough to survive being tossed in a bag when I am staying over somewhere.

The Ginzing moisturiser is a lightweight oil free cream, which soaks in easily. It is a fairly light consistency which is perfect for summer and moisturises my face well although come winter and the colder months I may be tempted to switch to a heavier moisturiser.

My skin certainly looks better since I started using this – and the dry patches I occasionally get on my forehead seem to have stopped appearing. I like that it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin yet my skin still feels refreshed and hydrated!

According to Origins it is recommended for dry/normal/oily skin and I can certainly believe that it would work well for all three- my boyfriend also uses it occasionally and between the two of us I think that we can cover all three categories depending on how our skin is behaving.

Based on my experience with it so far I would certainly recommend giving it a try, and it is the pretty much the cheapest Origins cream so not a bad one to try if you have never used their moisturisers before and want to give them a go.

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