Top 5 Most Useless Things I bought from The Body Shop*

*of course, this is MY list, which means it is relative. Definitely, someone else has bought these product(s) and thought them the best thing since sliced bread, so please don’t come after me with a rusty axe.

***

1) Thirsty Feet Moisture Socks

19424m_l

These remind me of the weird shoes they used to have in Ancient China.

9a717e81883667b25382bc3575a4aa8b

You’d think they’d know better than to take fashion tips from people centuries and centuries ago, but then again people are wearing Native American headdresses for music festivals, so evidently not.

Okay, so the thing is- these are sleeping socks. You slather moisturiser on your feet, put this sorry excuse of a sock on and wake up to baby soft feet.

Which would be a good idea, if only they would stay on my feet. Given that the average shoe size is 5, you’d expect them to cater them to women around this range- they’re stretchy, after all- but noooo, it’s oversized socks for you! And you! And you! Oversized socks for everyone! 1!1!1! I wake up to dry feet in these harsh British winters (okay, I kid) and have to waste time in the morning hunting for these frustrating incompetent feet things under my duvet. Not ideal.

These socks stain too, btw, after I slathered the gingerbread body butter from TBS and now it looks like I sweat orange sweat. Wonder why they haven’t recommended any sort of foot cream that doesn’t stain to go with it?? It looks atrocious and after 3 uses I have given up and decided to use it as a very overpriced cloth to clean my mirror- which works great, in case you’re wondering.

I would recommend this only if you have bigfoot-sized feet (name practically explains itself) or if you would like to procure a glorified overpriced surface cleaner. All yours for only £7!

 

2) No More Rough Stuff Smoother

24166m_lI probably am doing this wrong but I don’t know what this is supposed to do for my feet, after rubbing them with this blue monstrosity (takes bloody ages and I just can’t be arsed to be honest) which only seems to hurt my hand.
Are they supposed to be nice and smooth? Because I sure don’t see any difference. Maybe my feet are already passably smooth and that’s why it’s not doing much.
Who knows.
I know they recommended this for elbows too but it bloody hurts and after one try I’m not doing it again. Which side am I supposed to use? The differently sized edges do come in pretty useful for smaller bits, but it’s not doing much for me. The cheap Chinese grater-like thing my mum acquired years ago worked tons better.

It’s only £4 for this sandpaper-like block, so give it a try- you may get better results than I did! The only use I’ve got out of it is observing the black mould spots on it grow and spread as I leave it abandoned on the bathroom shelf. Future microbacterial scientists, anyone?

 

3) Cooling Gel Eye Mask

53356m_l

I don’t have puffy, tired eyes much and when I do, I forget to put this it in the fridge, so it’s essentially useless. I’m not walking two floors down to put it in the fridge along with my bacon and vegetables and week-old fruit and waiting half an hour then walking down again to get it and come up.
Nah.
By then I just want to sleep.

I much prefer a hot flannel over my eyes or anything warm really. I liked the hot packs from Taiwan that were chemically activated or something, you pressed this metal tab in the silicone pack that would trigger the chemical reaction and it eventually solidified into a hard crystal lump. It gave heat for hours and hours and it was amazing for period cramps and sore eyes. You then had to put it in hot water to reverse the chemical reaction, ready for the next use. It was fantastic and I cried bitterly when they started wearing away and burst one after the other after years of use.

By this if your room is next to the kitchen or if you aren’t forgetful and lazy like me. Or if you have a mini-fridge in your room. Or if you live in Canada or Russia, simply leave it next to your window.
Or if you’re channelling your inner Cyclops.

 

cyclops02

 

4) Tea Tree Blemish Gel

58330m_l

I don’t even know what I bought this for because I just bought it to try to make my order up to a certain amount to get a free bottle of shower gel or moisturiser or something. I don’t know what it’s supposed to do but I guess it’s for acne, so I used to dab it on spots. It made no difference whether I used it or not, I might as well be dabbing water on- it’s just lying at the bottom of the drawer unused. For a tiny little tube (2.5ml!!!), you’d think it’d be cheaper or at least effective. The reviews on the site rave about how it clears up spots quick, but for £6.50, I could achieve the same results with toothpaste at 1/10 the price.

 

5) Foundation Brush

10583m_l

This brush is annoyingly flat, like a paintbrush, and just as streaky. Liquid foundation goes on in streaks and requires intense blending, and never quite goes right for a hopelessly makeup-noob like me. I returned it to the TBS store in despair, saying how it didn’t work out for me, and the shop assistant told me, conspiratorally, that she didn’t use it either, and told me to pick up one of the fluffier ones instead to avoid streaking.

I did take her up on her offer, but it didn’t work out much better either, and I’ve found a beauty blender works so much better.

Buy this if you love streaky foundation, lines on your face, or are a makeup expert that can make everything work for you. It’s not cheap (£12), considering how you can get a whole Real Techniques basic set for the same price, but hey, if you have money to blow, be my guest.

***

I hope you enjoyed reading this acerbic, tongue-in-cheek blog post and if The Body Shop ever sue me for gross misrepresentation of their products, at least I can say I had fun writing it! *hair flick*

Of course, it’s all about finding the right products that work for everyone, in my opinion- and you unfortunately need to go through a lot of trial and error (and debt) before you find what works for you. I may not like these products, but take my advice with a pinch of salt, since I am a very bitter and sarcastic person and probably very incompetent in the use of such beauty/ body improvement products.
I always buy things on impulse without considering what I need (I bought two foot products even though my feet are alright, just because it was a 50% off sale) so yeah, there you are.

I will do a separate post on the top 5 most useful things I bought from The Body Shop next, by the way- maybe they won’t sue me after all.

Advertisements

Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Day Cream (SPF 15) and Night Moisturiser

I’ve been using this product for about three months now, and I’d like to blog a little about it.

I ran out of my trusty The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, and I didn’t want to buy it again at full price without any sales being on. I came across this range by Olay on Amazon (I honestly spend too much time on there) that was going at a discounted price of £13.50 for both the Day and Night cream, and I jumped at the chance since I’ve heard great reviews about it.

Olay claims that the cream is unscented- though I find the day cream does have the strong smell of sunblock to it (sniff it at a sample counter and you will know what I mean)

I like the night moisturiser a lot more because it’s lighter on the skin- the day cream leaves my face feeling very sticky and oily, which I guess is due to the fact I’m not used to wearing makeup or product on my face.

The day cream is good under foundation and I find it does help to even out skintone. It stings a little when I get really bad hormonal acne during the time of the month.

I found that with regular application of the day/night cream, my acne subsided somewhat for 4~5 weeks, which was quite a pleasant surprise for me as it’s not really something that the product is advertise to help with.

The acne was back with a vengeance after that, though (and also partly due to stress and my itchy fingers), so I would say it helps with acne for the first few weeks of application.

It will not help with hormonal acne, though, but it does leave your skin feeling moisturised and refreshed. I much prefer the night cream and confess to skipping the day cream on hot days even though I know I should have something with SPF on!

ba3a7-tumblr_inline_mi7t0pdd4v1qdlkygLikes:

tumblr_inline_mpl4nskDvl1qz4rgp Moisturising effect

tumblr_inline_mpl4nskDvl1qz4rgp Helps with acne for first few weeks

Dislikes:

tumblr_inline_mpl4np1jA61qz4rgp Strong chemical smell (day cream)

tumblr_inline_mpl4np1jA61qz4rgp Oily and sticky feeling (day cream)

Overall Rating (3.5/5)

3 and half

The Body Shop (TBS) All-In-One™ INSTABLUR™ Universal vs TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm Primer Comparison

Long long ago, (five to six years ago), no one used this magical thing called a primer. Now, it has become just another oh=so-very important and crucial and definitely, hands-down, one of the most needed things in your makeup routine. (read this in a slightly sarcastic tone for full effect)


Alright, so last year, The Body Shop has launched the

ALL-IN-ONE™ INSTABLUR™ UNIVERSAL

Sounds really promising. Lighten up on the Trademarks, guys.

Being a huge fan of The Body Shop, I knew I had to try this out right away. I stopped by my nearest shop and the shop assistants gave me a good-sized sample of it and showed me how to use it.

My immediate reaction?

Wow, this feels (and smells a little) exactly like the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm!

It smoothed over my pores, reduced the redness (temporarily) of my acne, and my skin felt smooth and silky to the touch.

After touching my face, I realised that the primer began flaking off and started coming off in bits, like eraser dust.

I left with my sample and brought it home for comparison, not quite sold on the idea yet.

After comparing the two products side-by-side and using them under makeup (heavy and light), I realised that the TONYMOLY actually worked as a better primer for your bare face and under light makeup, but faded the vibrance for heavy makeup (I guess so, since it wasn’t marketed as a primer in the first place)

However, out of the two, the TONYMOLY won hands down for lasting power, and it smoothed over my pores much better. It even smells refreshing, with a slight lemon scent that is not overpowering at all.

I have used the TONYMOLY on its own over moisturiser and no makeup for years now, and I love how matte it makes my face look, and I always get compliments on my skin when I use it (if you’ve seen the state of my acne, you’d know how amazing that is.

For people living in Asia, I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm as a cheaper alternative to The Body Shop’s Instablur™ because it lasts longer, doesn’t flake as easily, and smells better without being overpowering. 

For UK consumers, you might find the Instablur™ more affordable, especially during 50%-off sales, but if you do stop by Korea or see a sale on Korean cosmetics (there is an online shop for Korean skincare products, but I can’t remember which one it is), I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY instead, especially if you have oily/combination skin that would result in the Instablur™ flaking off really quickly.

Ridia Estelle Hair Remover

 

I bought this on Qoo10 as an impulse buy, totally sold by the moisturising-whitening-permanent sales pitch. Urghhhhhh.

 

This product pretty much works like other depilatory creams, so I feel a little disappointed. You need to wait at least 10min instead of the 3min they claim to see the hairs start detaching, and I suggest you use a scraper or something instead of wiping the cream off, like other depilatory creams.

The hair breaks off at the roots, so I don’t really understand how there can be permanent hair removal- but I guess I’ll continue using the spray and see how it goes.

OH YES.

A spray.

I think they were attempting to make it hygienic and convenient and whatnot, however I still need to spread the liquid myself because the nozzle basically just shoots a thin stream of liquid precisely onto my leg and doesn’t- dissipate- if you know what I’m trying to explain.

 

This is very moisturising and provides a nice feel to it afterwards. My legs also look brighter, though I am not sure if that is because the hair is gone.

This stinks like hair perms- if you have tried hair removal creams you will know what I’m talking about- and is much stronger smelling than other depilatory creams.

I will continue using this to see how it works- it seems to be gentler on the skin, which is a plus point. I didn’t get any irritation afterwards. 

Delivery is extremely fast considering it is from Japan- took only a week and it was wrapped expertly, with invoice and supporting documents included. Very impressed with the delivery.

 

 

 Fast delivery from Japan

 Moisturises, brightens(?)

 Hygienic

 Bad smell. VERY BAD SMELL.

 Needs a longer time than claimed.

 Breaks off at the roots. 

 
 
Overall rating:
 

Did not perform up to expectations, but it still works.

 

Video Review will be up this weekend

I’ll be posting a video review during the weekend!

It’s my first time doing this, so please bear with me >< Actually the only reason why I have decided to try it is because my DSLR is always getting borrowed and stuff… and I’m really too lazy to process pictures.

Usually I prefer to get the photo right while taking, so no editing, because it’s such a pain. I wonder how bloggers like KotaKoti or Xiaxue find so much time and patience to edit their faces because it is such a painful process!! *rage*  The most I can do is airbrush a bit over bad cases of acne  and even then it looks red. So I avoid taking pictures when my acne gets bad… 

I tried changing the shape of my face for a lark one day to try and copy the ‘doll’ look that tons of bloggers are editing their faces to… and needless to say, it failed. My chin and my eyebrows swapped positions or something, and my features went into a 180 degrees rotation. It was pretty funny but I was kinda sad too :/ Oh well!

Oh I wanted to add that I will get really irritated at my face (the grammar seems off here) if I have to spend hours editing my pictures, so I’d rather not do it because I’m stuck with this face for the rest of my life. *laughs*

Don’t worry, I will add the main points down in text too, in case I speak weirdly hahaha! Nope, no captions- I am a total failure with computers and cannot do anything other than navigating the Internet and using Microsoft Word… and turning my laptop on and off. I wouldn’t know how to insert captions, and I won’t follow a script so it will be a long and tiring process to transcribe whatever I say!

Yep, that’s it. To end off, random uncensored picture of me… 

 

Can you recognise me?? 😀

I’m the one on the bottom left! (that’s my usual expression)

Okay, okay, it’s a rendering of me in chibi form, done by yours truly. 😛

Okay it’s not as good I know, my friend azaleias (Instagram username) is HEAPS TONS BAJILLION TIMES BETTER. She hand-draws and colours everything!! The Gaara and Sasori picture was dedicated to me for my birthday hehe 🙂

Sorry for the randomness but hey, you discover new cool things with me everyday!