Over the past week or two the weather has become increasingly gloomy and cold. In order to brighten up the days and my mood I have treated myself to a few bits and bobs. It goes without saying there’s beauty bits in the mix and I wanted to share these with you as well as giving you my initial thoughts and first impressions of each item. Let’s jump straight in!
1. The Body Shop White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion 250ml
I have been using The Body Shop’s Shea Body Whip for almost a year now and while I love the scent of it and class it as my favourite product from The Body Shop I felt like a change and wanted to give this White Musk body lotion a go. Unlike the Shea, this doesn’t have a pump which will be good to help minimise wastage. The bottle is also really pretty, the plastic has a purple and white shimmer to it to tie in with the colours used to market the White Musk range. The scent is lovely; floral and feminine.
I tried this out yesterday and I really like it! This seems to soak in even quicker than the Shea and the scent is not overpowering but still sticks around all day. The body lotion has a lovely, light texture and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.
2. Orly Silver 3D Glitter Nail Polish
I have been on the hunt for the perfect silver nail polish ever since my mini bottle of It’s Frosty Outside by OPI started to run out. What I like about It’s Frosty Outside so much are the chunks of hexagonal glitter and the rough liquid sand texture. A lot of silver polishes look like chrome and make the nails look like they’re covered in tinfoil. I imagine brush strokes would show up so easily as well. I’ve never tried a polish from Orly before but this looks like the closest match to It’s Frosty Outside so far.
I am wearing this polish on my nails this week and it is very similar if not the same as It’s Frosty Outside. It has the rougher, liquid sand texture and the hexagonal chunks of micro-glitter. It’s not as thick as It’s Frosty Outside but overall I am really pleased to have picked up this dupe.
3. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick – 02 Frambourjoise
For the past few months I have walked past the Bourjois stand because I’ve been a bit intimidated by it. I have heard a lot of good things about Bourjois, the Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks in particular. (Hot Pepper is a firm favourite of Vivianna Does Makeup’s). I swatched six out of the eight shades and was drawn to 02 Frambourjoise which is a gorgeous raspberry red with a hint of pink. This is my first foray into liquid lipsticks and while I don’t think I need any of the other shades as I have colours similar, I think I will be tempted back to the Bourjois stand in the near future!
On Tuesday I opted for a simple makeup look so I could wear this. I applied 2-3 coats and it doesn’t dry down straight away which gives you time to work with it and even out the coats to get your desired look. This didn’t apply patchy either so a BIG thumbs up! The colour came out red rather than red/pink as I applied more than one coat. The formula lasted well and it feels like you’ve got nothing on your lips, it’s very comfortable to wear.
4. The Body Shop White Musk EDT 30ml
Originally I was in two minds about whether to get this or the Fragrance Mist but I opted for the EDT in the end as they contain less alcohol and the scent lasts longer. This will also be nice to layer with the body lotion to create a stronger scent. Just like Black Musk, the bottle and packaging of this fragrance is beautiful and the bottle has a purple ombre effect. Naturally the scent of the EDT is stronger than the body lotion and it has a light freshness to it as opposed to the warm, vanilla-based scents I usually go for.
I wore this on Monday for the first time and the scent lasted all day. When I first spritzed it the floral notes were more prominent but as the day went on the musk became more apparent. The scent is even lovelier than when I smelt it in the shop.
5. Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo and Conditioner 75ml
I’m super excited about going up and staying with my brother I’m planning ahead already! Travel size items are so cute and are far easier to travel with than full size and faffing about decanting things into bottles. It wasn’t the easiest to find travel size shampoo and conditioner but I decided to give these ones from Lee Stafford a try. I’ve heard good things about other products of his from fellow bloggers and I hope the price tag also reflects the quality because these weren’t the cheapest but I bought them for their convenience. I won’t be able to say more on these until next month after my trip but I’ll let you know how I get on!
6. The Body Shop Strawberry Hand Cream (Not pictured)
There are a couple of other hand creams I plan on using up before I get to this one but I have been meaning to pick up this scent for a while. I’ve got a Strawberry lip butter and every time I apply it, I have to give it a whiff it’s that delicious! I can’t comment how this particular hand cream performs but if it’s as good as the others I’ve used from The Body Shop (Almond and Shea) I won’t be disappointed. I think I will wait until spring/summer to use this one because the fruity scent will tie in even better then.
I apologise for forgetting to include this in the photographs.
Have you tried any of these products? What was the last beauty item you picked up?