Top 5 Most Useful 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 they were terrible and worthy of a long rant like I did here, so please don’t come after me with a rusty axe.

This is a post in response to my very cheeky post from 2 weeks ago: Top 5 Most Useless Things I bought from The Body Shop in a vain attempt to ensure I’m not sued. These purchases are things I genuinely enjoy and purchase repeatedly. I stockpile them whenever there are sales on, which means always (there is a sale every week and I don’t understand why, but I’m not complaining. The Christmas sales are the best)- so I end up with a lot of these.

Whoops.

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1. Body Soaps

I prefer bar soaps to liquid soap. There’s something simply satisfying about scrubbing it all over yourself, and I find you feel cleaner and firmer for some reason?? With liquid soaps it feels like you’re rubbing conditioner all over yourself and it doesn’t feel CLEAN. I give up trying to explain this concept because there’s obviously some science-y mumbo-jumbo and mind trickery that I am no good at so you need to try it out for yourself.

My favourite is the Chocomania bar soap. All the UK and Singapore stores have phased it out, unfortunately- but I stockpiled 5 of them last year during the sale because it was going at only £1 (50% off!). What is it with The Body Shop and getting rid of nice things?? Why can’t we ever have nice things? The US stores still sell it but it comes in the shape of a heart. Wish they’d ship it to the UK ffs- I’m running low and need my soap fix asap.
Edit: went to Canada and they don’t stock it either. Looks like the US is hoarding them all.

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The Chocomania soap comes with little gritty bits in them that serve as an exfoliator. Just like how you expect a cookie to be chocolate chip and bite into a raisin cookie instead, the little gritty bits are actually pieces of coconut shell.
Such heresy.
I wanted to bathe in the ruined dreams of broken chocolate bits.

However, if this isn’t a priority on your list and you’re perfectly happy in scrubbing yourself off with coconut shell, these exfoliator thingamajigs are perfect: you can get clean and smooth at the same time. Especially if you’re really lazy. It’s now winter and you don’t need to get your legs out so you can skimp on full-body exfoliation I guess. Though I still have dry scale-y snakeskin on my legs that show no sign of wanting to budge and probably needs some sort of industrial-strength cleaner, it does slough off some of the dead skin and makes it feel soft.

With the Chocomania soap sadly out of stock in stores everywhere here, I would recommend going for the Shea soap if you liked the scent of the Chocomania one, or the Coconut. I would recommend popping into one of the stores to sniff surreptitiously at them like a drug addict and run home to nab one of the “exclusive” and “limited-time” (read: forever ongoing) sales. It is much cheaper than buying the soaps in stores because you can usually get them for 30-60% off with free delivery even. Sales are best from November-January but you need to decide if you want to hold out for the massive Christmas sale around 20-25 December and risk having the items go out of stock, or get them earlier, but at a lower discount.

I sound like such a cheapskate seasoned shopper gosh.

At full price, most of these soaps are £2. Other ranges can go up to £4-6 if I am not wrong (e.g. the hemp one), but I prefer the basic ones.

2. Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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I admit I mostly bought this because I’m a huge fan of ginger and ginger tea. I had occasions of dandruff 2-3 years ago whenever I got stressed, nothing major so I didn’t think it was anything I should worry about. To tell the truth I didn’t think this would help much. You know how products promise loads of things and never actually do any? (wow what a cynical b*tch I am)

Surprisingly, it did help, and it smells amazing. The smell doesn’t last as long as the cheap ones you get from the pound store and costs four times as much but a little goes a long way and I promise you, it makes your hair and scalp feel great. It feels really cooling and a little tingly and I don’t know if I should attribute it to this shampoo- but my hair grows out a lot quicker and looks fuller. Most importantly, I don’t have issues with dandruff even though the second year of uni is stressing me out beyond belief. It would be perfect if it could help with oily scalps (the product claims to help dry scalps) but I guess you can’t have it all!

I sometimes mix it with cinnamon powder because it smells amazing together and makes your scalp less oily but make sure to rinse it out properly or you will leave cinnamon powder that looks like gritty brown dandruff everytime you move your head.

After I got a light perm 3 months ago I found that this isn’t enough to moisturise my hair, so I’ve been using argan oil (pure argan oil from my old workplace, not the one TBS is selling) and a conditioner from the Rainforest range.

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I usually get the jumbo-sized 400ml ones and I bought far too much last Christmas (three bottles). It’s Christmas again soon and I’m STILL on my first bottle. Huh. Admittedly if you’re buying it for your family it’ll go down quicker, but it is still impressive nonetheless.

Get the 250ml at £4.50 or the 400ml at £6.50.

3. Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream

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This baby is NOT cheap and I would highly recommend going in-store to make sure whatever hand cream you’re getting is something you like the smell of/ works for you. I like the smell of this as it is very fresh and wakes me up but it still needed some getting used to. One of my best friends absolutely loathes the smell though.

I like this one because it’s light enough to not leave an oily film on your hands yet moisturising enough (more than the rose one). I only switch this out for the hemp hand cream (which smells even worse) for heavy-duty moisturising during winter. I even apply it to my nose if it’s feeling really dry and I don’t have any face moisturiser on hand. It’s so light it doesn’t break me out.

In terms of how heavy the different hand creams are,  from what I’ve tried: (heaviest to lightest)

Hemp > Almond > Absinthe > Wild Rose (SPF 15)

They’ve launched a whole bunch of fruit ones but I’ve not tried those yet.

My boyfriend got this for me nearly two years ago (the 100ml one) and it’s still around, though very squashed and crinkled. I’m not sure what I feel about these tubes because they look very pretty, but they don’t bounce back to shape and I’m definitely going to cut the tube to scoop out the remaining hand cream hiding in the cracks I couldn’t smooth out.

Get the 30ml at £5 or the 100ml at £11. I find the 100ml a lot more difficult to misplace, lasts longer, is more bang for your buck and still compact enough to fit in the small pockets of your bag.

 

4. Madagascan Vanilla Perfume Oil (15ml)

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This perfume oil is from the Scents of the World range, which is pretty popular in Asia but is apparently being phased out of a lot of western stores for some reason. I have huge issues with this. The Body Shop discontinued their original, wildly popular vanilla perfume oil to huge outcry and I was glad they brought it back in the form of this perfume oil. However… it seems like this is going the way of the Dodo again. I don’t understand it, they must not want to earn money. Stop wasting money marketing new ranges and please bring back all the good things!

Maybe it’s time to start hoarding bottles when I fly back to Singapore in June.

This perfume oil lasts for ages and is not overly cloying. Standard spray-on perfumes tend to overwhelm upon initial application and fade quickly, but this stays on for hours and hours consistently, which I love.

I often layer this with my Chloé perfume because that doesn’t last long, and I like the additional musk. Often, vanilla-based perfumes have the tendency to make you smell like a bakery but this manages to keep the vanilla note without making you out to be a breathing, living cupcake.

If vanilla isn’t quite your thing, you can check out the other scents in this range. They also come in other forms, like a body mist, shower gel, and body lotion. I bought it for $22.50 SGD if I’m not wrong, which is probably around £10-11. I’m not quite sure if you can buy it still but you could try scouring eBay.

5. Vitamin E Moisture Cream

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This is one of the best moisturisers I’ve used and it cleared up my acne for the first 2 months of usage. After that the acne bacteria probably got used to it and developed some sort of immunity? I have zero clue about how this works please don’t lecture me about it thanks #badscience

I got it before they started offering the larger 100ml size but it was a bit cheaper then, £11 compared to £12 (they’ve changed the packaging now to a very patriotic British flag design). I got it during a sale, 50% off so I got it at £5.50. I probably wouldn’t buy it at full price (why is my whole blog post about me talking about discounts? I’m so Singaporean) when there are much cheaper alternatives, but if you’re extremely frustrated with your skin and would like to try a cream that is suitable for combination skin, I would recommend giving this a go.

A little honestly goes a long way and I would like to see this cream in a pump dispenser, which will be more convenient and infinitely more hygienic than repeatedly dipping my fingers that have touched every surface possible- even if I washed my hands before application, exposure to air/dust etc isn’t very good either. I used a tiny spatula that was originally used for ice-cream to apply it, but it was a hassle half the time.

The original price for the 50ml is £12. The 100ml is £18 (admittedly the better deal).

BONUSBody butters

This post cannot be complete without the product that probably made The Body Shop so well-known all over the world- body butter!

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Before they started marketing it as such, other brands called moisturisers, moisturisers. Now, every brand is coming up with their own version of body butter in various fruity scents. Sounds fancier, I guess.

In high school, we weren’t allowed to use perfume so the girls would apply these body butters after P.E. (gym) to smell nice. Everyone had their own ‘signature scent’ and when someone happened to buy the same scent there would be inevitable bitching in class with snide remarks (ahh, how immature we were). The class would always smell like a bloody fruit salad after P.E.

Still, at least it masked how bad the guys smelt.

My favourites have got to be the Papaya (limited edition, OOS), the Raspberry, and the Shea (which I have never owned but have always wanted to). These tubs never seem to run out and I have only managed to finish one. I have 6 unfinished ones, because The Body Shop keeps sending me free tubs along with their sales, or I pick up some because they are 60% off or something and I couldn’t resist.

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I hope this post didn’t end up being a shameless plug for products. These are things I have honestly tried and loved and they worked for me. Of course, I would recommend visiting a store to try them out (the staff members are usually very generous with samples) and please, please, do patch tests for stuff you put on your face especially if you have sensitive skin. I would recommend waiting for sales and purchasing the products online, unless money isn’t an issue and you can’t be bothered with deals and sales.

The Body Shop is definitely more expensive than drugstore alternatives like Nivea, but I like the extra care they put into packaging and their various campaigns to help the environment and people in need. Plus, if you wait for the sales, some of their soaps and moisturisers can be cheaper than the drugstore alternatives too.

Read my other post where I lambast useless Body Shop products here (fairly, of course)!

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

Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream (雪花糕)

Quick post:

Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream (雪花糕)<— Is this the Chinese translation? Omg my Chinese quite cui so don’t blame me if I got the ‘gao’ part wrong. 

I think many of you (Singaporeans at least) will have heard or used this before!

It is like some super old beauty product lol. I bet your grandmothers/ mothers would have a container of this on hand for sunburns, mosquito bites, cuts, burns, etc. 

After awhile, a white cast will form of your skin, giving a powdery look. I didn’t swatch it though. Sorry!

This product is very similar to those ‘Snow White‘ creams Korean brands have been touting about recently. My friend purchased a container (50ml) at 9.90 SGD, mine is a 250ml jar of olden-day goodness, and comes at 3.50 SGD hehehe.

It helps with unsightly acne scars, dry skin, acne, sunburns, mosquito bites, cuts, burns, etc.

I usually use it as a sleeping mask and when I wake up, my skin will not be as oily because the layer of powder absorbs the excess oil. I only have to wash my face with water and I’m set to go!

Sometimes I use this as a foundation layer (make sure you apply in advance and blend well, as it will leave a white cast).

The smell is either something you like very much or hate to the core. I kinda like it, but some people tell me it smells like roses and vintagey old things. Vintage is so in now, right? I don’t get why they hate it hahaha.

Unfortunately, you can’t get this in Singapore anymore due to panic buying last year. Apparently the company wanted to recall the remaining batches because of some texture complaints (some sod probably left their container out uncovered, I bet) so you can only get the whitening one now.

 

 

I got mine from Brunei, and I believe they still sell them in Malaysia too. If all else fails, try drugstore.com/ ebay/ amazon or drive to Johor to get them or something? 🙂

I’m getting my mum to get me ten containers of this the next time she goes overseas hahaha.

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Loves: Refreshing feeling, whitish effect

Hates: For some people, the smell might be an issue. Occasionally irritating as the powder will flake off if you apply a thick layer

Pricing: 3.00-5.00 SGD…. any more than that and you have been scammed!

Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating (Moisturising) Lotion

Okay, today I’ll be reviewing Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating (Moisturising) Lotion.

The name is super long right? And I got kinda confused ‘cos some people call it moisturising lotion while others call it hydrating, but oh well… two names are better than one!

….actually, never mind… I think that will just confuse people. 

See? Point proven.

Now on to my review!

Okay, I may be a little biased here but THIS PRODUCT IS AWESOME.

Anyway I’m the one reviewing it so I have every right to decide if it is good or not. HAH!

If you don’t think my judgement is credible you can try to find another beauty blogger who says this product is rubbish. 

But let me tell you that person would probably be one in a few thousand or an insignificant proportion of the human population who use facial products (and even more insignificant when compared to the entire human population)

Gosh why am I including my GP knowledge and Statistics knowledge in this post and boring you guys  teaching you guys useful things cool things that you will never need in the workforce but you can use it to impress people at dinner parties or whatever.

OKAY!

ON TO MY REVIEW! REALLY! (sorry to make you scroll down this far)

This is my holy grail product. It really keeps my pimples in check (until my itchy fingers get to them) and really calms breakouts.

Results may vary, of course. My friend had to use this for a week before her pimples started diminishing but I saw results in 2-3 days. Her skin is a lot better now, thankyouverymuch, and she still uses this faithfully!

As for me, I use it twice daily- once in the morning before I go to school and once at night as a toner.

Note: In Japan they call toners ‘lotions’ so this product is basically a toner. Use it as you would in your skincare routine!

What I really like about this product is that it is moisturising (the QQ feeling as advertised!!) and that it is non-sticky and leaves no residue.

You know Hada Labo’s other lotion- the Arbutin one (see post here) turned me off because it made my face feel so sticky and gross afterwards,  so I gave up using that lotion (I use it on my arms and legs now).

I use roughly twice this amount for my whole face and neck in one application ^^

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Loves: Moisturising, non-sticky, no residue, effective

Hates: None so far!

Rating: 9/10

Price: 22.90 SGD at SASA, Guardian or Watsons

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits

I’ll be doing a whole bunch of posts that I’ve been putting off and this is the first one:

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits! 

Phew, quite a mouthful eh?

Anyway, I’ve been putting this off since… last year?

And I finally decided I’d get down to it after my mum bought a SECOND batch of these hand creams.

She got me the sweet fruits one on top of the white floral one I asked for because she thought it smelled nice in the store.

How it looks like on the inside…  

As you can see, I’ve used up half of my old container already! I really love the floral scent!

Actually, I’m not really a big fan of floral scents, but this is so sweet and musky and smells of all things good…

And in contrast, the sweet fruits one disappointed greatly. It smelled like an air freshener- fake and overly sweet and cloying, and I didn’t like it one bit 😦

Rubbing all the goodness in~

The hand cream absorbs quickly and is not too oily, but it is not a very heavy moisturising one. But at least it doesn’t wash off with water!

 If you have extremely dry hands, I’d suggest you find one recommended by dermatologists, something from the clinic because over-the-counter products will NEVER penetrate your inner skin layer, no matter what all the adverts say.

Because if they do, it will require a doctor’s slip. If it could slip past your skin layer, it harbours the risk of being used for terrorist attacks and whatnot. Which is one of the reasons why you can’t bring more than 100ml on planes, see?

The things you learn on my blog everyday ._.

I think when I’ve used up the hand cream I’ll wash it and use it as a paperweight on my desk or maybe to store paper clips or whatever.

THE CONTAINER IS TOO FRIGGIN CUTE AND I’M A SUCKER FOR AWESOME PACKAGING. 

All the Korean skincare brands have such cute packaging, makes you want to buy them all  

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For White Floral

Loves: The cute packaging!

Hates: None, but not for people with very dry skin

Rating: 7.5/10

For Sweet Fruits

Loves: The cute packaging

Hates: The scent

Rating: 5/10

Price: 10 SGD in stores but you can get it online for a fraction of the price. Check out Qoo10 and be sure to check the reviews!!

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits

Note: all the photos have been watermarked with my blogger account. THEY ARE NOT STOLEN FROM A DIFFERENT SITE.

I’ll be doing a whole bunch of posts that I’ve been putting off and this is the first one:

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits!

Phew, quite a mouthful eh?

Anyway, I’ve been putting this off since… last year?

And I finally decided I’d get down to it after my mum bought a SECOND batch of these hand creams.

She got me the sweet fruits one on top of the white floral one I asked for because she thought it smelled nice in the store.

How it looks like on the inside… 

As you can see, I’ve used up half of my old container already! I really love the floral scent!

Actually, I’m not really a big fan of floral scents, but this is so sweet and musky and smells of all things good…

And in contrast, the sweet fruits one disappointed greatly. It smelled like an air freshener- fake and overly sweet and cloying, and I didn’t like it one bit 😦 Really sad, considering how I love fruity scents.

I think it’s getting harder to find a good fruity scent nowadays- all the nice ones I come across are mostly floral and musk!

Rubbing all the goodness in~

The hand cream absorbs quickly and is not too oily, but it is not a very heavy moisturising one. But at least it doesn’t wash off with water! 

If you have extremely dry hands, I’d suggest you find one recommended by dermatologists, something from the clinic because over-the-counter products will NEVER penetrate your inner skin layer, no matter what all the adverts say.

Because if they do, it will require a doctor’s slip. If it could slip past your skin layer, it harbours the risk of being used for terrorist attacks and whatnot. Which is one of the reasons why you can’t bring more than 100ml on planes, see?

The things you learn on my blog everyday ._.

I think when I’ve used up the hand cream I’ll wash it and use it as a paperweight on my desk or maybe to store paper clips or whatever.

THE CONTAINER IS TOO FRIGGIN CUTE AND I’M A SUCKER FOR AWESOME PACKAGING.

All the Korean skincare brands have such cute packaging, makes you want to buy them all  

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For White Floral

Loves: The cute packaging!

Hates: None, but not for people with very dry skin

Rating: 7.5/10

For Sweet Fruits

Loves: The cute packaging

Hates: The scent

Rating: 5/10

Price: 10 SGD in stores but you can get it online for a fraction of the price. Check out Qoo10 and be sure to check the reviews!!

Mentholatum Lip Ice in Strawberry, SPF 15

Okay I’ll do another lip balm post!


This was the second lip balm I bought, after Maybelline’s Soothing Cherry lip balm! (see post)

I bought it in Laos when I was on an OCIP (overseas community involvement programme) for about 2.30 SGD (rough calculation) which is obviously only half the price here ^^ (about 4.30 SGD)

I originally intended to get it for my mum but she fell in love with the Burt’s Bees lip balm instead (post, here) so she gave it to me instead. I’m glad she did! 

 

 

 

Sorry the pictures are kinda unclear, it’s ‘cos the balm is so translucent the camera can’t really pick it up.

I was trying to focus on the tip and in the end I got so fed up with the lazy method of auto-focusing I just turned it on manual focus and adjusted and… viola! Slightly better. (I didn’t upload the blurred ones though)

The camera actually picked up colour better when I put my hand there, so pardon my ugly fingers. 

I usually use this balm during the terrible three-hour lecture hell day because it has the ‘oily’ feel that I really need and the scent is not too strong, so it won’t distract me much.

Why not use Burt’s Bees? You may ask.

Well, because Burt’s Bees gives heavy moisture but it has a matt/ dry feel, which I don’t want during cold lecture periods- I want the oily feeling!

Okay I’m kinda contradicting myself in my previous posts but whatever, I just want that oily feel even though Burt’s Bees gives me more moisture.


I think I’m developing a compulsive lip balm applying habit gosh :X

You should know from the brand name that this lip balm gives this ‘icy’ feeling after application. Burt’s Bees gives me that feeling too, and it’s actually because of the peppermint I think? Try putting toothpaste on your lips (toothpaste dries out your skin though) and that’s the feeling you will get.


I’m not sure about how natural their ingredients are but I think it shouldn’t matter much unless you are some organic health-conscious person.

If you are, Burt’s Bees would be a safer bet- but not many shops in Singapore sell them. Just be warned.


You can like Lip Ice’s page on Facebook for free samples!

Look at how cute the sample is!! 

 


I have the same thing for the Lip Ice Sheer Colour balm~

I think the sheer colour sample giveaway is over though 😦 You can go to the Malaysia page to check, maybe they still have stock? That’s where I got mine ^^

I keep them in my little pouch and bring them around everywhere- so convenient and cute! They should totally sell the samples ._.


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Loves: Oily feel, great for cold places

Hates: None! Er…. coverage doesn’t last long actually

Rating: 8/10

Price: I think it goes around 4.30 SGD at Guardian, Watsons, SASA etc.