Body Shop Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion

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I always like to use skin care products for a while before I tell you about them, because so often your skin can take weeks to adapt to a new product, so it’s hard to really get a feel for what they are like. I’ve now been using this moisturiser for several weeks so I thought I’d write a post about it!

I bought the Body Shop Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion because I really enjoyed the smell and effect of the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, but I ideally want SPF in my day time moisturiser, so it seemed perfect.

The moisturiser is very lightweight, much lighter than the Moisture Cream, but it isn’t too wet or watery. I normally prefer thicker moisturisers over lotions, but actually I really like the texture of this. It’s super easy to apply because it just glides on to your skin, but it also absorbs quite quickly, and I don’t have to wait ages to apply my make-up in the morning. It doesn’t make my skin feel greasy or wet throughout the day.

This product hasn’t broken me out and my skin feels in lovely condition, so I’d say it’s definitely adding that much needed moisture into my face.

The lotion also contains SPF 15 for UVA and UVB protection. We all know by now that it’s really important to protect your face with an SPF, so it’s really great to have it in your daily moisturiser. Basically, this product is great and I am loving using it!

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April You Beauty Discovery Box

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This is my very first You Beauty Discovery unboxing because I just got my very first You Beauty Discovery Box! I’d you haven’t heard of it, You Beauty Discovery is a subscription service that allows you to choose two beauty treats a month to try. They send them to you in a cute little box with some extra treats, all for £6.95.

Here’s what I chose this month.

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I really wanted to try either the Clayspray Glow Red Clay with Cacao Masque or the Clayspray Brightening White Clay with Ginseng Masque, but both were out of stock.

My next two choices were the Melvita Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar and the Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Gunmetal.

The moisturiser smells a bit funky but I am reserving judgement till I’ve tried it. The eyeshadow is a gorgeous silvery shimmery shadow but very loose powder so liable to go everywhere. Still, it will be fun to use. The tiny pot is adorable too!

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My extra treats were a 9 bar which is a fruit and seed bar with carob topping (gluten free and wheat free) and a sachet of Antioxidant Face Cream from The Organic Pharmacy. I have eaten the 9 bar and it was okay. It kept me full for a long time and didn’t taste too bad.

Now I’m excited for next month!

Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

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I wasn’t expecting to write a post on this because I reviewed the Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector not so long ago (linked below), however I decided this was different enough that it warranted it’s own post.

You may remember that I liked the Hemp Hand Protector, but wasn’t keen on the smell. Turns out my boyfriend hated the smell even more than me and decided to buy me this Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream because it smelt better and he wouldn’t have to put up with Hemp any more!

The Almond Hand & Nail Cream contains sweet almond oil and panthenol to moisturise your skin, condition your nails and create a lovely sweet almond scent. It reminds me very much of marzipan!

Whereas the Hemp Hand Protector is very thick as hand creams go, the Almond Hand & Nail Cream is much lighter and wetter, but it still absorbs quite quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave my hands feel sticky or clammy. It definitely keeps my dry skin at bay and works just as well as the Hemp Hand Protector did. I am very impressed and pleased I don’t have to put up with an unpleasant smell to get good results. I haven’t used it long enough to see a real change to the condition of my nails, but I’ll update this if I do.

Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter

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I have had this body butter for quite some time now but I realise I haven’t yet written a full post yet.

If you’ve never used a Body Shop body butter before, imagine an incredibly thick moisturiser which you scoop out the tub and rub into your skin. They are incredibly moisturising so they are perfect for dry skin. As you rub it in it becomes even smoother and absorbs into the skin really well.

The Chocomania body butter was bought for me because I am an absolute chocoholic. It definitely doesn’t disappoint. It has a really rich, warm, chocolatey/cocoa scent. It lasts a really long time as well – your skin will still smell hours later! I recommend you pick a body butter that you like the smell of because you’ll be stuck with it for a fair while.

This product leaves my skin feeling so smooth and hydrated for hours and hours. A little goes a long way so this big tub has lasted me a good six months so far. It feels really luxurious and pampering, much more so than a normal moisturiser you might buy from Boots or Superdrug. The only slight downside is my skin does feel a little sticky for a while after using it and I have to wait for it to dry before I put my clothes on. Still, I highly recommend trying a Body Shop body butter if you haven’t, and giving the Chocomania range a smell if you love chocolate!

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Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

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The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is a product I wouldn’t have picked myself because, let’s face it, it just doesn’t sound very exciting does it? I inherited it from someone else though, so of course I was going to try it.

It contains hemp seed oil, unsurprisingly, and is designed to restore the moisture into very dry skin and to soften and protect unloved, chapped hands. Basically it’s an intensive rescue treatment for your hands.

To put it mildly, the scent of the Hemp Hand Protector is an acquired taste. It is difficult to compare to anything, but it’s very earthy and natural. It reminds me of being in the forest just after it’s rained when you get the intense aroma of vegetation. I doubt it’s a product many people would buy for the smell and it certainly doesn’t have the luxurious feel you get from most floral and fruity fragrances.

If I had to sum up how the product works, I would say “don’t use a lot, but it works”. You really need only a tiny pea sized blob of this hand cream because “a little goes a long way” is an understatement. The first time I used it I used too much and my hands ended up wet and sticky for ages. It has quite a thick consistency for a hand cream, but it is still really easy to moisturise into the skin and, if you don’t use too much, it absorbs really well.

I have been really impressed with the results. Providing I use it regularly, this hand cream stops my hands from getting dry or chapped. If I have been lax and haven’t used it in a while, it restores the smoothness within a day or two.

At £5 my initial thoughts would have been that this product is pretty expensive for a hand cream. However, it’s turned out to be exceptionally good value for money (and not just because I didn’t pay for it!). I started using the cream in late January or early February, but I still have plenty left as you’ll see below! In fairness, I haven’t used it every single day in this time, but I have used it a fair bit: at the very least, a couple of times a week, and recently every day. I can understand why the Hemp Hand Protector is one of Body Shop’s best sellers.

If you can get over the smell, I would highly recommend giving this product a try. It’s not exactly a luxurious product, but it definitely does the job. I doubt I will repurchase this one because I really don’t care for the smell personally, but I am tempted to try other Body Shop hand creams to see if there’s one that is functional and nicely fragranced. Any ideas?

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