The Body Shop Pomegranate Body Polish

 I’ll be reviewing The Body Shop’s Pomegranate Body Polish today~

This body soap + scrub gives off a delightful fruity scent! Squeeze a tiny bit on your palms and rub accordingly. I really love its vibrant red colour and its scent.

 Pretty~

 

As the exfoliating granules are gentler than the other body scrubs (the ones in the tubs), you can use it daily (as stated on the tube); and yet it gets the job done, leaving the skin super smooth! Another plus point is that it comes in a tube, so it’s waaaay more hygienic than dipping your fingers into a tub everytime you want to use it 🙂

  

This body polish doesn’t dry out your skin- it leaves it feeling moisturised, clean, and super soft and baby-like! I think you can even skip the after-bath moisturiser ‘cos my skin feels really bouncy and soft, like after a good moisturiser. It doesn’t feel oily or anything, don’t you worry.

I really like how the scent lingers for an hour or so after you bathe, and it’s not too cloying or strong 🙂

I think this scrub can also lighten your skin tone (by scrubbing away the dead skin), and it does remove some hairs while you’re at it (this may be just me), so I use it on my legs and underarms to brighten it up. I think it works but I searched the Net and there doesn’t seem to be much said about it ;-;

So maybe they haven’t tried or noticed it yet. There is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in this, which can’t be very good for the skin, but maybe that’s why there is brightening properties ._.

It is rather tempting to use it everyday but I really want to make this tube last!  Anyway, I think you shouldn’t use scrubs, no matter how gentle, on a daily basis because it stresses your skin out.

Perhaps you could buy the Strawberry Body Polish that’s going on offer now, for Valentine’s Day. Buy 2 products from the Chocolate/ Strawberry Bath range, and get 20% off, or 3 products and get 30% off!!

Strawberry is a delicious scent as well, but I prefer pomegranate because you get strawberry-scented things everywhere.

Extra tip:

I sometimes mix this in with my facial cleanser and viola! A face scrub! Do a spot test if you are known to have sensitive skin 🙂 But it really makes my face feel baby-smooth and soft~~ * sighhhh * What’s not to love about this?

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Loves: Fruity scent, non-drying, gives smooth skin, scent lingers for awhile, comes in a tube instead of a tub like many of the Body Shop’s products do

Hates: ….. Not that I know of

Rating: 9/10

Would I buy it again?: DEFINITELY!

Price: 18.90 SGD (regular price, but most times they go for 12.90SGD or even down to 8.90SGD at new store openings) , or you can get the Strawberry one on sale during the Valentine’s Day period i.e. NOW!

 
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Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Balm

Hey guys!

As promised, the Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Balm review!

I purchased the variation with no strawberry scent or shimmer, so I can wear it to school undetected 😛

 

This is my must-have base lippie, under my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (see review, HERE)

As you can see, the balm is sheer/colourless, but turns pink immediately upon application (I’m not sure how that works).

It’s super cool and there must be some long explanation on how it works, like the balm being exposed to the air and whatnot, (I’m a lousy Chemistry student), since the tip of the balm sometimes turns pink after application and that annoys me, ‘cos it doesn’t look clean and pretty.

But that’s just a small issue.

It provides such a natural pink tint, that stays on long and even after it fades, it gives 

your lips such a wonderful pretty pink that looks natural.

If you think the colour looks too glaring on your lips, apply a coat over and wipe it off 

immediately- a hint of colour will remain and you will have totally natural-looking lips 

🙂 If I keep harping about this, it’s because they are waaaay KISSABLE!


The colour differs according to your own lip colour, so this colour may not be the same 

for everyone. I think it looks wonderful on mine, if I may be so bold.

 

before

after

 (I photoshopped away my cheek zits to the best of my ability,

so I won’t hurt your eyes. Didn’t touch anywhere else though)

On some days, my lips are already quite red (no idea why) so putting on this balm gives it an even deeper red which is pretty inappropriate for school *teehee*

My friend has this balm too, and she says it makes her lips pinker (she has very dark lips, like brown-y because she’s a coffee addict) but I can’t back up that claim.

 I know that there are lip and nipple (lol) balm stains out there that claim to restore your lips and nipples to their natural baby pink colour, but I haven’t bought any of them, because I like my lip colour, thankyouverymuch; and I can’t say that this balm does the same, but who knows?

I think all it does it makes it darker ._.

But that’s for you to find out 🙂 Give it a try! It’s a bit more expensive than normal lip balms, but it doubles as a lipstick (if you want a darker colour, put on a few more coats)


I don’t use it much as a mosturising balm because I just add my Burt’s Bees balm over it 🙂 it mosturises pretty well, though, but if you are looking for something for really chapped lips, I would suggest you work on the dry problem before using this.

I love how they made it at an angle so it makes for easy application, like a lipstick, instead of the flat thing they do for most lip balms.

It twists up and down super smoothly, and the cap is long, so there is no issue of the cap coming off in your bag, which really put me off Maybelline lip balms, no matter how much I adored the scent of the cherry ones.

 

Note: 


Maybelline has released a series of lip balms called Pink Glow that work the same way as Lip Ice’s Sheer Colour lip balm. Two colours, if I’m not wrong- Baby Pink and Pink Blast.


They work EXACTLY the same way, but I’ll be sticking with Lip Ice because Maybelline’s balms tend to give me a heavy, oily feel which I hate on my lips, especially if I’ll be eating/ studying/ whatever.

 

Baby Pink and Pink Blast (in order)

swatches from Maybelline

 

UPDATE: Go to my review and comparison of these two colours here!

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Loves: The colour! The cute design! The convenient application!


Hates: Nothing at all


Rating: 9.5/10 (tied with Burt’s Bees lip balm)


Would I buy this again?: ABSOLUTELY! What’s not to love?


Pricing: Around 7 SGD, but I purchased it in Brunei for about 5.90 SGD. I haven’t seen it being sold online, though ._.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Hey guys!
I have some time today, so here’s another update!

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm~



 

 

 


Okay, this is not really very well known in Singapore because the brand’s products are 100% natural and expensive. I usually get them from shops selling organic products. ‘Beauté Spring’ stocks them, too. Do not mix this shop up with ‘Beauty Language’. ‘Beauté Spring’ sells more obscure, overseas brands at cheap prices. More about that next time.

Anyway, this lip balm leaves you with a cooling, minty feeling on your lips from the peppermint (exactly like Lipice, but more matt and not as oily). It is a must have for me because I stay in air-conditioned lecture halls the whole day! I love the fact that it doesn’t feel oily and sinks in well, and keeps it mosturised way longer than any other lip balms I have!!

The ingredients are 100% natural:
Beeswax, (coconut, peppermint, sunflower, canola and soybean) oils, rosemary extract.
Even the container is made from recycled plastics!
I’m not saying you have to save the Earth or whatever, but you must admit that it is an added bonus to do good while looking good ^^

If you don’t believe its wonderful properties, Google it. Many Americans are HUGE fans of this lip balm and can’t go without it over their Dior lipstick or whatever. It is their top product. 😀
I haven’t used my Lipice balm since my mum introduced this to me!

I’ll review this brand’s shampoos and cleansers another time. I’m a major fan of their Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap Bar! There used to be one in pink- with rose or whatever but it was discontinued 😦

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Loves: Mosturises, does its job well, better than any other lip balms out there
Hates: None!
Rating: 9.5/10 , my highest rating ever, so you know that this is no joke 🙂

This is my second tube of balm. And I will still buy it again!
If you don’t want a clear balm, they have tinted balms too! Like Beetroot and stuff 😮 Quirky!

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter

Today, I’ve decided to deviate from masks and review The Body Shop’s Ginger Sparkle Body Butter!

Although Christmas is over, The Body Shop has yet to clear their Christmas displays, and post-Christmas sales are always worth waiting for! (most shops do it to clear stock)(I will upload pictures when my DSLR is back from repairs. Long story. Meanwhile, satisfy yourself with a picture I took from Google. Many apologies!)

 

The main components of this body butter are:

Ginger root extract

Shea Butter (Community Fair Trade)

So, if you have been eyeing the Shea Body Butter for some time but want a clean, rich scent, this alternative should do well!

It is suited for all skin types, so this is not as oily or greasy as some of the heavy, ‘for dry skin’ body butters.

The label on the container states 24 hours (is that how long the moisturising effect lasts for? Or that you can use it any time?)

 

I can understand why they call this ‘Ginger Sparkle’. When you take a whiff of it, you inhale a sharp, spicy scent, and you can’t help but take another sniff. Truthfully, I bought it for the scent rather than its moisturising properties. 😛

 

Anyway, after I rubbed it into my skin (calves), it really provided a lot of moisture without being too oily or greasy. It sinks in easily and I love the smooth, soft feeling your skin attains. I moved around a lot, so that may be why the ‘moisturised’ feeling lasted for only two hours. The scent easily lasted up to 6 hours in comparison, becoming more subtle as it wore off.

The smell is heavenly but for some people, it might seem a bit strong. A little goes a long way! I usually rub it at the pulse points and a little at the back of my neck when I go out. If you adore this scent and would like to wear it out, I would suggest you apply it 30 minutes before you go out for a more subtle scent! It smells like gingerbread and vanilla and bakeries… YUM!

 

Sadly, there are no cheaper alternatives online as The Body Shop does not distribute their products to other stores. However, there are 20% off sales ongoing, and I managed to get it cheap in Brunei! There are similar sales in other countries where the Body Shop has set up stores, and I’m sure that even if this is not for you, you can easily find something else you like among the three new Xmas flavours: 

Vanilla, Ginger Sparkle and Cranberry! Cranberry has a more mature smell, and Vanilla smells like butter and bakeries. Good enough to eat! I didn’t buy it because I didn’t want to smell like a cake ._. 

 

My boyfriend likes this scent, too, and as it is not exactly a girly scent, why not let your man borrow it? Of course, everyone has their own tastes, and this may not be for everyone. Do head to your nearest Body Shop store to try it out!

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Loves: Scent, mosturising but not oily/greasy, sinks in well

Hates: The smell might be too strong for your tastes, so use sparingly or apply and wait a bit before going out

Rating: 7.5/10

Would I buy it again?: This will last for a long, long time. I can’t wait for next year’s Christmas scents! No point buying the same thing twice anyway if it lasts for a long time

Price: Around 21.50 BDN in Brunei (currency equal to Singapore) after 20% discount. And I didn’t use the membership card so members, an additional 10% off! It is more expensive in Singapore, 32.90 SGD if I am not wrong which comes to around 26.30 SGD after discount (membership discount not included in calculations). This makes this cheaper than all the other body butters!! Yay!

 

Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off

Another update today! 🙂 Aren’t you lucky~I’ll be reviewing Skinfood’s Rice Mask Wash Off!

 

 

I put my Lipice balm there for height comparison! Cos when I got it I was like ‘OMG WHY SO SMALL’. Plus they cheat and the base is elevated =..= lll But after using it I realised it really lasts a long time so no complaints now 🙂

cheat lol ._.

 

For some reason, it feels kinda oily so I was afraid it would cause my face to break out 😮 I guess its really moisturising! It claims to be make your skin brighter so I guess what it does is whiten and slough off the dead skin 🙂 the after-effect is similar to the Holika Holika Kiwi Peel-off Cream (click to go) and my skin feels smooth and soft!

I‘m not sure if it really brightens as it claims, but I have been getting fairer! To be fair, I am using Hada Labo’s Arbutin Whitening Lotion, so I cannot be sure if it really works. But my skin feels great and moisturised after applying this mask, a bit like Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, so that tells you how great this is 🙂

After you wash it off, any oily feeling is gone *phew* and you are left with soft baby skin~I rub this in upon application then let it sit for 15-20min as recommended.You can let it sit longer or shorter if you want, I tried it for about 3min another day with about the same results, then for 40min for another. Leaving it on longer just makes the ‘soft, bouncy’ feeling last longer, that’s all.

Remember not to over-use this even though the rice husks are quite gentle! At most three times a week! I really like the fragrance of this mask- it has the underlying scent of cooked rice but has this perfume-y smell that is really quite pleasant, too. It reminds me of The Face Shop’s Rice Cleanser.

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Loves: Pleasant smell, cheap, moisturising

Hates: Feels kinda oily at first but no major issues

Rating: 7.5/10

Would I buy it again?: I think it will last a long time… and I have my sights set on the Black Sugar Heating Mask and the Yoghurt Masks (Banana, Kiwi, Papaya… Papaya is good!)

Price: I got it for 7.80SGD online, and they sell it at around 26 SGD in stores. So buy it online!! Go to Qoo10 (click) and hope that it’s discount day 🙂 free samples too hehe