A week ago The Body Shop had a sale happy hour, and as usual I couldn’t resist checking it out! Last week we told you about the new Body Shop body sorbets, which I’m definitely going to pick up in the summertime. In the meantime I chose their other 3 new releases to try out: Instablur (this has been on my lust list since it came out!), the Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream, and the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. Here are some of my thoughts:
Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream (R85)
I bought this BB cream because my skin’s been breaking out a lot lately, and since I wear make-up everyday I thought I should try a base that treats spots instead of just covering them up. I also like light coverage foundations that don’t look caked on at all. I was so impressed with the lightest shade of this product that I had to try it. I can NEVER find BB creams light enough for me, so it was an exciting moment! What a fascinating life I do lead ;)
The Body Shop uses Community Fair Trade tea tree oil from Kenya in this product, which is my favourite spot-fighting ingredient. The cream does smell like tea tree oil too, which I really like. If you’re not a fan though, it disappears after about 10 seconds so you don’t need to worry. I don’t like my face products smelling like anything perfumey or anything that’s not a natural ingredient, so this is a plus for me.
Meh, I’m a designer and am probably much more picky about packaging than most. This is same old Body Shop packaging, which I don’t love or hate. I really like that the lids are colour-coded tho, makes picking up the wrong shade by mistake far less likely.
This is light coverage, but still manages to conceal redness and small blemishes. I still use concealer under my eyes and on any zits after I’ve applied the BB cream, which I think gives a much more natural look than a high coverage foundation. The shade doesn’t oxidise during the day, which is a major concern with BB creams for me! (Because you start the day as Dita von Teese and end it as Paris Hilton – it’s no good.)
I am SO impressed with how long this lasts on my skin. It leaves a beautiful matte finish that lasts until I get home from work. I’ve even stopped using powder all over, since this seems to take care of shiny bits all on its own.
This BB cream sets very quickly, so you have to work fast to avoid any streaks! I apply it with my fingers, smooth it out a bit, and then buff it in with my Real Techniques buffing brush. Add a few thin layers rather than one thick layer and you’ll be all set! It doesn’t highlight pores or dry patches, so it’s a winner in my books.
I’m really enjoying this product. If you have oily skin or are struggling with breakouts, I’d recommend that you grab one of these immediately! This isn’t right for you dryer-skinned ladies, or anyone who prefers a dewy finish to their skin. At only R85 (and usually less since The Body Shop are great with sales), I’m super happy and would definitely repurchase.
Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (R135)
This face cream is based on the same idea as the body sorbets; basically a light, refreshing dose of moisture. I bought this because I had product FOMO, and also I wanted a simple moisturiser that wasn’t as rich as my other face creams. It contains vitamin E (dur) and wheatgerm oil to hydrate.
I really wish companies would stop putting face products in pots. It’s much more hygienic to use a pump or tube dispenser, plus your product stays fresher for longer. Other than that I really like the frosted glass, it makes me feel fancy. (You already knowww)
This doesn’t have much of a scent, which is perfect! It just smells fresh, which wakes me up nicely in the morning.
This texture is amazing. It’s almost like a gel moisturiser and a primer had a baby, and this is it. It also cools the skin slightly when applied which, as a perpetually overheated person, I really enjoy.
This applies beautifully and sinks in almost immediately. It also makes a perfect base for make-up, especially if you don’t like using primers.
This got a high score, but I do think it’s more of a fad product than something I’d permanently add into my skincare routine. However it’s great for a light boost of moisture, and would be lovely for sweaty Summer days.
I’ve wanted to buy this from day one, but held out til the sale since it’s a little bit pricey. Instablur is a pore-refining primer that claims to control shine, hide blemishes, unify the complexion and extend the wear of your make-up. It contains Community Fair Trade marula oil.
I actually really like this! It’s a little bit more modern than the usual Body Shop packaging, and I like the sleek tube.
This feels like a normal silicone primer, nice and smooth. It’s not heavy and you can’t feel it weighing down on your skin, which is great.
I’ve been combining this with the Tea Tree BB cream, and between the two of them I haven’t struggled with shine at all this week. My make-up’s also been staying on longer. Yay!
This applies smoothly and evenly, and you don’t need a large amount to cover your face.
Love it. This is basically a dupe for my beloved Benefit The Porefessional, which is no longer available in South Africa. Plus it’s quite a lot cheaper. I really love this primer and it’s getting a permanent spot in my make-up routine.
So all in all I got some great products! Have you guys tried any new products that you love or hate? Let us know on twitter (@smudgedbeauty) or in the comments!