Skin Care

The Body Shop Limited Edition Smoky Poppy Scent

Okay I have to admit when I first heard about the new scent from The Body Shop I was a little unsure. What exactly does a poppy smell like? Or a smoky one? Since I couldn’t imagine it myself I knew I had to check out The Body Shop Smoky Poppy scent.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Limited Edition Scent

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Limited Edition Scent

This is a limited edition scent and is available in all of the classic products, including Body Butter, Shower Gel, Body Scrub, and more. The Body Shop explains the scent as ‘Enriched with real, hand-picked poppy flowers from the Ankara region of Turkey. This sensual and indulgent range is infused with a seductive, euphoric scent that will leave you longing for more.” You can read more about the new scent here at thebodyshop.ca and check out the full range of products.

Although that seemed confusing at first it actually hits the spot just right. The scent is soft, warm, and calming to me. I liked the smell of it at first but as time went on and I kept wearing it I ended up really liking it, and perhaps even loving it. It has a subtle baby-powder type of scent, with a real softness and light tone. It’s feminine and delicate but still keeps it scent for a long time. It definitely has a romantic hint to it and I can totally agree with the seductive and indulgent description. It reminds me of the Vera Wang Princess perfume, which is a classic feminine scent.

The Body Butter is super moisturizing and creamy, and I love putting it on before bed. It’s soothing, smooth, and super softening. I love all Body Butters but this one has a really gentle feel to it. The Shower Gel is great for a relaxing and calming experience, and overall every product in this line is really great.

If you haven’t checked out this new scent you definitely should, since it is limited edition it won’t be around forever!

Obsessed: The Body Shop Body Butter

I think I have an addiction. In the past two months I’ve gone through four containers of body butter and am halfway through a fifth one now. Three of them were the smaller size, but still that is a lot of body butter for one person. I’m clearly obsessed with The Body Shop Body Butter and I just can’t get enough!

The Body Shop Body Butter in Shea, Wild Argan Oil, and Glazed Apple

The Body Shop Body Butter in Shea, Wild Argan Oil, and Glazed Apple

The scents that I’ve been using lately are the Shea, Wild Argan Oil, and Glazed Apple. Currently I’m halfway through a large Satsuma one, and I finished off another small Wild Argan Oil but left the container at my boyfriend’s house. I just can’t get enough of these body butters and really love how soft they leave my skin.

I’ve actually talked about these before because they’re just that great. I told you about my love of the limited edition Glazed Apple scent here, and talked about the Wild Argan Oil scent here. The scents are light and lovely, not too strong or too sweet. That last nicely throughout the day and aren’t overpowering to wear all over your body.

The formula is amazing, and if you haven’t tried a body butter yet then I seriously suggest you do so right away. They’re super creamy, smooth, and so moisturizing. I apply in the morning and by afternoon and evening I am still surprised at how soft my skin is. They rub in really nicely and aren’t sticky at all. You can check out all of the scents at thebodyshop.ca and see which body butter you like best.

I love a lot of The Body Shop products but body butters are by far my favourite. After going through almost five in just two months I definitely think I need to stock up next time I’m out!

Start The Week Right With a Creamy Coconut Face Mask

Good morning and happy Monday! I have to apologize for basically being MIA the past week. I started a new job and it has been so busy with my new commute and all the hustle and bustle of starting at a new workplace. I’ve gotten my schedule figured out now so I should be back on track and back to my regular blogging this week!

To start off the week right I like to recharge on Sunday nights with something relaxing, and I usually turn to a face mask. It freshens up my skin for the week ahead and gives me a little 15 minute break to relax. Last night I used an amazing Montagne Juenesse face mask and I fell in love with the scent.

Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask

Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask

I have had wonderful experiences with all of the Montagne Juenesse masks I have tried so far, including the Hot Chocolate Self-Heating face Mask, which you can read about here. Last night I went with the Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask and it smelled so fantastic.

The Creamy Coconut face mask smells like the most delicious coconut cream pie and feels super light and fluffy. It has the consistency of pudding so it is pretty wet but once you smooth a nice thick layer on it starts to dry a little. I left mine on for 15 minutes and the whole time I smelled incredible. I cannot get over how great the scent was, and I am determined to find a shampoo or body wash or air freshener with the same incredible scent.

If you aren’t a fan of coconut then you might want to be careful, although this coconut smell wasn’t super strong. It has a bit of a sweet vanilla scent with it, which was why it reminded me of coconut cream pie. You can really smell the creamy part, which sounds strange to say but it’s the best way to describe the scent.

Aside from the delicious smell, this mask was super moisturizing and calming. It felt rejuvenating and relaxing, and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated. With ingredients like coconut water and Shea butter, this smooth mask was such a nice treat for my skin. The Montagne Juenesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask is a great choice for a quick and easy at home face mask that feels rich and luxurious.

You can find out more about the mask here, including a list of retailers that carry it.

Festive Face Masks To Help You Relax Over The Holidays!

With all of the activity and chaos going on around the holidays, sometimes you need a night to relax. One of my favourite ways to have some ‘me’ time is to throw on a face mask and get a good cleanse. There are lots of different kinds but when I only have a little time to myself, the Montagne Jeunesse masks are my favourite picks!

There are fabric masks, peel-off, muds, and scrubs, so there is something for every skin type and preference! There are tons of great scents and flavours, which you can check out on their website here, but for the holiday season these three are my top picks.

Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Self Heating Face Mask: This chocolate and orange flavoured mask heats up on your skin for a total in-home spa experience. It feels luxurious and expensive, and offers a great cleanse.

Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask: This is a peel-off mask made with sweet honey and jasmine. It’s a soft and relaxing scent that works great as a natural antibacterial cleanser.

Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask: This is a creamy and hydrating mask that features coconut water and shea butter for ultimate soft skin. If you’re in need of some extra moisture this mask is perfect for you.

These masks can be found in assorted drugstores across Canada, but these three flavours can be going at select Pharmasave, Brunet, and Uniprix stores. The yummy Hot Chocolate one is also available at Walmart!

Those are my favourite scents for this time of year, but there are tons of other fruity flavours and great cleansers.

My Favourite Seasonal Scent From The Body Shop

I recently posted a great gift guide featuring some awesome gift sets The Body Shop brought out for the season. These gift sets featured the classic scents we all know and love, including Satsuma and Pink Grapefruit, but there are also a few special scents for the holidays. The one I was most surprised with was the Glazed Apple scent, since I usually don’t like green apple candy, candles, or fragrances. The Body Shop Glazed Apple was way different, and I absolutely fell in love with it.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Mini Shower Gel, Body Butter, and Loofah

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Mini Shower Gel, Body Butter, and Loofah

The Body Shop Glazed Apple scent is fresh, sweet, and just a tiny bit sharp. It has the hint of tart green apples but also has a very nice sweet and soft balance. It isn’t too strong, too sour, or to sickly sweet, but it is perfect for the season. Whether you’re a green apple fan already, or you’re like me and tend to pass over any green candy, this scent is definitely worth a shot.

Every time I use the Glazed Apple Shower Gel it smells like a bright and fresh fruity explosion in the shower. When I moisturize with the Glazed Apple Body Butter it’s a sweet and soft formula that feels refreshing and leaves my skin with a lasting fruity scent. I was surprised at how long the fragrance lingered. Right now you can get the shower gel. body butter, and a loofah in a cute little set for only $10, or check out all the great products with the scent here.

For a long-lasting burst of green apple, try this season scent in any one of the awesome products. There’s soap, shower gel, body butter, home oils, and more. The Body Shop Glazed Apple is my favourite scent for the holiday season and I will definitely be stocking up on these yummy items before they sell out.

October 2014 Topbox

I got my October 2014 Topbox a few days ago and I wanted to share the exciting goodies that were in it. I used to have a subscription a few years ago but gave it up when I started getting way too many repeat products. Now I’ve heard that if you get a repeat you can email customer service and they fix it for you. With that in mind I decided to re-subscribe and I have to say I couldn’t be happier with my first box!

Topbox delivers 4 deluxe beauty product samples right to your door for $12/month. It often has full size products thrown in there too, and there are some specialty boxes you can pick from as well.

October 2014 Topbox Contents

October 2014 Topbox Contents

The items I got in the October 2014 Topbox are pretty great. Check out my thoughts on them below!

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution: This makeup cleanser is great for sensitive skin and can even remove water-resistant makeup. It’s a pretty nice solution and it won an award for Chatelaine Magazine’s Beauty 100. It’s high end, good quality, and definitely something I wouldn’t purchase for myself on a regular day, but to get a deluxe sample size (100ml) is a really good treat. It retails for $21.95 for the 250ml bottle, so to get 100ml in my Topbox is a pretty great steal.

China Glaze Seas The Day Nail Polish: This is a full size polish which typically costs about $10. To get it in my Topbox is amazing, and it happens to be an awesome colour too. It’s a medium red-pink hue and it looks great for both Summer and Fall. I’ve already worn it twice and I really love how opaque it is. It’s bold without being bright, and the formula is fantastic.

Lancome Genifique Yeax Light-Pearl: This is an illuminating youth-activating serum, which is pretty fancy but not necessarily for me. I’m still young so samples like this get passed along to my mother. Still, I can’t afford Lancome products on an average day so it’s kind of nice to get to check one out without spending the big bucks. This retails for $88 for the 20ml product, and the sample size I was sent is only 5ml, but that’s still a great deal to add in the Topbox.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara: This was the most exciting thing in the box. I adore this mascara and love getting the trial size tubes to throw in my purse. It’s Benefit’s #1 mascara and it really is no surprise why. This mascara gives me perfectly defined, dark, long lashes every time and never clumps or flakes. It’s probably the best mascara I’ve ever used and somehow I keep getting by on samples. Lucky me! You can read my past review on the mascara here. They’re Real! Mascara retails for $29 for an 8.5g tube, and the sample size I got is 3g.

The items in this month’s box had a broad range, which I like. I wouldn’t want all four to be eye products or face creams, so this one was perfect because it had a little bit of everything. To have a full size China Glaze nail polish in the box already made it worth it to me. That polish is about $10 depending where you buy it, and for me it’s pretty hard to find China Glaze polishes in any stores anyways. I also had just finished my travel size tube of Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara and was debating on buying a full size one. This Topbox really hit the spot for me with those two products, and the other two were nice bonuses.

Do you subscribe to Topbox? Did you like your box this month?  Leave a comment and let me know!

A $10 Hand Cream You Can’t Miss

Cooler weather can bring some beauty problems that nobody wants to deal with. Dry skin, chapped lips, frizzy hair.. With windy weather and colder temperatures we might require a little extra TLC to stay beautiful but don’t worry, I found something you won’t want to miss. The Body Shop Hand Cream comes in a cute $10 travel size tube and it’s a total skin saver.

The Body Shop Hand Cream

The Body Shop Hand Cream

These hand creams are enriched with Community Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana and are super lightweight. They aren’t greasy or oily, and have a gel-like feel. The silky smooth formula comes in eight core scents, including some of my personal favourites like coconut and pink grapefruit.

The scents are light enough that they don’t overwhelm you but they still leave a lovely fragrance to enjoy. The formula absorbs quickly and sinks right into my skin. And the foil tube is great because it gets all the cream out and doesn’t fill up with air like typical plastic tubes.

Oh yeah, did I mention the best part? The Body Shop Hand Creams are only $10 for a 30ml travel size and they seriously last forever. Check out all the different scents here at thebodyshop.ca to find your fave.