Body Shop Breathe Whisked Body Polish

This is a useful body scrub with a nice texture – not too soft and not too harsh. I did love the scent – that wonderful blend of eucalyptus and rosemary is just perfect for autumn and winter. It’s a very enlivening fragrance and certainly gave me a morning pick-me-up feeling.

I did find the tin a bit annoying though as it’s quite heavy. But the actual product is good.

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Body Shop Breathe Calm Balm

This is a very handy balm to help you breathe a little better and calm down when things get tricky. Which these days is fairly often! I’ve been using it to help me get to sleep at night and it does definitely improve things in that area. The scent is a nice blend of eucalyptus and rosemary with neither ingredient being too overpowering.

The pot is handbag sized so you can carry it around with you, which is great news. And it lasts for ages as you don’t need much. Seeing as I’ve been using it mainly at night, however, I would have preferred a larger pot, but that’s just a minor issue. Otherwise, it’s very useful indeed.

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Mond’Sub Lavender Facial Sheet Masks

These are really lovely and soothing masks and I love using them. There’s a fabulous amount of product in each sheet, with more than enough left in the packet too so you can smooth more on after you’ve removed the sheet.

It’s both nourishing and moisturising, and it smells amazing. A win-win for me.

And a personal message: As I’m posting this today, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without saying a big thank you to our lovely Queen Elizabeth who sadly died earlier this week. She was an amazing woman and we will all miss her more than we can ever articulate. As this is a beauty blog, I’d also like to acknowledge our former Queen as someone who knew deep down what true beauty was. Thank you, Ma’am, for everything.

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Eucerin Urea Repair Face Cream

I picked this up from our village chemist as I wanted something to put on my very dry face after swimming. I have to say it’s absolutely excellent and I will definitely be getting this one again.

The other creams I’ve tried at the pool haven’t really worked and my skin has felt dry again after a few minutes. That doesn’t happen with this one but instead my face feels instantly and deeply moisturised and it stays like that. Even when I go out in the cold to get to the car! A fab result!

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Skin Genius Hits The Spot Purifying Gel

I read an article a while back about this gel and people were saying how good it was so I thought I’d give it a go.

Sadly, it doesn’t do much for me, I’m afraid. The gel is easy to blend in but I much prefer other products I have for clearing up spots – and certainly my other options are better than this one. I also had HUGE problems getting any of the stuff to come out of the pump dispenser!! I don’t know if I had a faulty tube but it was very annoying indeed.

However, as always with any review, this may work better for you – and I hope you won’t have trouble with the pump, LOL!

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Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

This is a fabulous shampoo, perfect for beating dandruff and for soothing dry, flaky scalps. I’ve not had any problems since I started using this one. Plus it smells amazing, so what’s not to like!

It contains vegan silk protein, and the bottle is 100% recyclable, so good news for the planet too.

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Marks & Spencer Restore Hand Cream

I had this hand cream as part of a gift set and I was hoping I would really like it. Sadly, I don’t – it smells very old fashioned like something my grandmother would have used. This is a shame as it contains geranium, cedar wood, eucalyptus and lavender so I had high hopes!

On the plus side, it blends in well and makes your hands feel very smooth. I also liked the old-fashioned tube that you can actually bend upwards to get more out. Just like the old days, LOL! It was really just the scent I didn’t take to. Oh well.

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John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Conditioner

I bought this conditioner when I had a bit of a highlighting disaster earlier in the year – my hair turned very dry and crackly for a while and I also thought the highlights themselves weren’t that great. I hoped this would bring the colour out more and it did a little but but I don’t think it had a very good base to start from. On the plus side, it – like the matching shampoo I reviewed earlier on – did help my hair gain essential moisture and settle down. Which was great news.

So it was a decent rescue conditioner in my view, but perhaps not as good as the shampoo.

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Body Shop Boost Mandarin & Bergamot Hair & Body Wash

This is a very unusual combination of scents and I wasn’t entirely sure I liked it – though it certainly packs a punch! It’s probably one for winter and the darker seasons, and definitely wakes you up in the mornings.

I didn’t much like the feel of the bottle either – just too tinny for me, but it’s recyclable which is great news indeed. So well done to the Body Shop for being brave enough to go for this scent combo and for the recycling factor!

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