I’m probably quite comparable to the people who star on ‘Extreme Couponing’ in that I am a sucker for a voucher or a deal. I pretty much refuse to pay full price for most things, just because in all honestly, i’m a tight arse! I like to get the best deal possible, and I think everyone has a bit of that in them, especially when you want to treat yourself but don’t have a lot of money.
My monthly spending was going well. I was comfortably settled into my ‘fun budget’ – which is money left over for boring adult stuff which I like to spend on going out with friends/clothes/make-up etc. This was all going well until my local The Body Shop at Home consultant, Katie, announced a 40% off deal. The next day, I had a catalogue and a shopping list not only from me, but my mum. The fun budget, was about to take a battering.
I’ve always LOVED The Body Shop products, not only for their absolutely incredible ethics and values, but the quality of their products which is paired with such reasonable pricing. It’s one of those brands everyone feels indulged by. Even my dad, a man owning little cosmetic/toiletry based products, swears by their shaving cream. It’s one of those brands that everyone in your family uses.
After placing an exciting order, I was greeted with a bag full of goodies. As I remember, myself and my mum had saved around £50 using the 40% off offer. My mum had bought herself one of her favourite shampoo and conditioner combos, which is the banana scent. My mum told me she had used this stuff for years and years, it’s so nice that she was able to be re-united with one of her favourite products!
I decided to treat myself to a brand new skincare regime. The Vitamin E range had always interested me as I have dry and eczema prone skin. My skin frequently breaks out into dry patches which I’m really not a fan off. I can get rashes around my ears and jaw too – but this not so much these days. I do think it’s quite good to mix up your skincare, just like you switch up your hair care products, so I was excited to give my skin a new treat. Armed with the Vitamin E cleanser, toner, moisturiser and under-eye stick, I have noticed a difference in the softness of my skin and also how clear it is. I spent the majority of March very ill with a chest infection and my skin really took a hit from this. Luckily, I was able to use this range to help bring it back to the standard I want it to be!
I used the cleanser just like how I use my holy grail Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. It’s a very gentle, yet effective way of removing make-up and it’s also refreshing to use the matching toner afterwards. The moisturiser is creamy in texture, but not too thick. It’s a treat to the skin. The under-eye stick is amazing to use in the mornings when my eyes feel heavy and tired. I recommend this for anyone who finds waking themselves up that extra bit harder.
I had always wanted to try the ‘Instablur’ primer after finding out that Benefit tested on animals. Being a fan of their ‘Porefessional’ I was gutted to realise this and have been searching for an alternative since. The Body Shop’s primer comes out quite thick and spreads across the skin into a creamy base. I love using this when I need my foundation to last that little bit longer. I also like to think that paired with the skincare, this stuff is fantastic at its job.
If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll know that I have a love/hate relationship with matte lipsticks. I LOVE them, but I hate the dry feeling, especially as I have dry skin super frequently. I bought myself a beautiful pinky/nude shade ‘Windsor Rose’. The texture is very similar to the NYX soft matte lip creams and is quite long lasting! I had lots of compliments on it which is always a bonus 🙂
I think…that’s about it! I’ve popped some product photos in this post for you to mooch at. Definitely consider going cruelty free with your products ❤