I’m a big fan of The Body Shop and there are certain products that I keep purchasing again and again and again. One of my favorites is the Body Butter Duo in the vanilla scent. This is probably not a surprise because everyone loves the body butters, and for good reason. There is rich cream side for extra hydration which is perfect for knees and elbows and a lighter cream for areas that don’t need a lot of hydration. The formula doesn’t leave you sticky and sinks in quickly so you don’t have to wait a while before putting your clothes on.
My next favorite is the Body Mist in Vanilla. There is really not much to say about this, except that it smells like pure vanilla. If you love vanilla, you will want this in your life. It is mist so it is light and stays on for quite some time.
The Shimmer Cube Palette has 4 different shades which you could use individually or together to create an eye look. What I love about this is that if you want to take only one shade with you, you can just take it out of the box and it has a separate lid so you can just throw it in your makeup bag. The formula is so pigmented and creamy, not chalky at all.
The lip liners are the perfect balance between creamy yet dry-am I making any sense? Basically, the formula is perfect and doesn’t slip and slide off the lips. My favorite shade is called Mauve which is like my lips but better shade. Sometimes I wear it alone, with lip gloss on top or under a lipstick.
Last, but not least, is the lip and cheek stain in Rose Pink. It gives that perfect glow on the cheeks, that color that you get when that cold winter air hits your face. On the lips it gives you a perfect pink color, and if you layer it, it gives you pink-red color perfect for fall and it does not budge, it will stay on your lips for a long time.
The Body Shop also has a Facebook Page where it uploads all it’s promotions and new launches so you can always be up to date.
For the Face
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Olay Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir, together, leaves me with glowing skin. Both of them together are like magic. Whenever I’m having a horrible skin day, I just put a few drops of both in my hands, mix it together, apply it on my face. By morning time, my face looks much, much better.
For The Hands
I have very, very dry hands (thanks to Jeddah weather) and the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream helps a lot with keeping them moisturized. Because this is a balm and has a very heavy texture, it is good to put on at night when you know you won’t be using your hands as it allows the formula to sink into the skin and do its magic.
For The Lips
I do like to change me lip balm quiet a bit, but I have been using the Neutrogena 6 Hour Protection Lip Balm recently. Unlike most lip balms, this one doesn’t leave the lips glossy, it dries matte which means that it won’t slip and slide off the lips. It has a very chemically scent and taste to it which I do not enjoy, but it does moisturize my lips.
For The Body
The Victoria’s Secret PINK Hand and Body Cream in Soft and Dreamy smells insanely good. Who wouldn’t love going to sleep smelling all warm and sweet. I have done a review on it if you’d like to know more about it.
If you’re looking for a body lotion that will give you soft skin immediately and for a longer period of time, this is the one to get. This is one of those products that makes a difference in your skin overnight. My skin used to be so dry that it looked dull and lifeless (cute much?) but things have changed after I discovered Victoria’s Secret PINK Hand and Body Cream. I usually apply this after I take a shower, before going to bed, and the cream sinks in to the skin immediately without leaving the skin feeling greasy. In the morning, I wake up with the softest skin ever and looks healthy and radiant. Seriously though, I can’t stop touching my skin! The body cream comes in a few different scents, the one I own Soft and Dreamy has been discontinued (I think, since its not on the website). I love layering this with my PINK Warm and Cozy body mist as they compliment each other very well and leave me smelling like I’m in some sort of sweet smelling heaven.
The Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is perfect for soothing my extremely dry lips. I just put this on before bed, and wake up with smooth lips.
The Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer is perfect for those days when you want to add a subtle glow to your face.
I’ve been wearing the Victoria’s Secret Amber Romance body mist a lot, as you can see I’m almost out. I like to pair it with the Amber Romance body lotion for an extra boost of scent. If you’re into sweet vanilla and amber scents, you will love this.
I don’t like to wear lip gloss that much, but currently I can’t stop wearing this Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Ailee, the color is perfect for the summer. The shimmer isn’t so obvious, it is extremely moisturizing, and the formula is not very thick and gooey.
Lately, I’ve been sporting natural pink cheeks with the help of MAC’s Dollymix. It’s perfect for the “no makeup makeup look” and adds a bit of glow to your cheeks due to the slight shimmer.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf make the best vanilla lattes in town. I mean, if I could, I would have them all day long (no joke). Now that they sell their Vanilla Powder, I can have the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf experience at home, and I can’t resist having at least 2 cups of lattes a day (My only woe is the amount of adipose tissue it’s adding to my body, but life’s too short to care right?)
I don’t know where I have been lately, but I just found out that Soap and Glory is finally available here in Jeddah! I went to the one in Tahlia Mall, and was disappointed to find out that there were only 3, yes you read that right, only 3 products available there: Bright Here Bright Now and some other ones I forgot the name of sadly. I really wanted the Hand Food lotion, but I wasn’t available. I hope there is a better Soap and Glory collection in other Boots stores. If you know of one, let me know in the comments!
Update: It has recently come to my attention that all Boots stores have been closed, there won’t be anymore Soap and Glory products available 😦
Garnier Roll-On Under Eye Concealer: A justified cult favorite. When you put on this lightweight concealer you experience a cooling effect on your skin that just feels so good. It It conceals and brightens up your eyes, I use this everyday. However, since it is a lightweight concealer, it won’t cover the darkest of under eye circles and I haven’t noticed that it treats in either. I love this product and will never stop buying it.
Where You Can Find This: Any supermarket and pharmacy will have this. About 26 Riyals
The Body Shop Duo Vanilla Body Butter: I never understood the hype behind these body butters because I just thought it was a regular moisturizer that does nothing special. I picked this up during the sale, and it cost me only 25 riyals! (Bargain! Since its normal price is 75 riyals). Honestly, I’m so glad I picked this up because it does really make a difference to your skin. I never moisturize my body regularly, but since I have this, I look forward to putting this on. The best part about this, other then the lovely vanilla scent, is that it has two compartments. One for really dry skin which I use for my elbows and knees and one for normal skin, so you can treat your dry skin and moisturize your normal skin without having to use a special product for those dry areas.
Where You Can Find This: The Body Shop stores around Jeddah for 75 riyals, however, I do recommend buying them when they are on sale for 25 riyals.
Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie: This my “your lips but better color” never leaves my makeup bag. When I can’t be bothered to choose another lip color, I usually just put this on because it is just so easy to apply-you don’t even need a mirror. This sheer wash of color is perfect for everyday. The only problem is that it does not stay on your lips for a long time, but I love this color so much that the staying power does not matter to me at all, in fact, this tube of lipstick is almost finished!
Where You Can Find This: City Plaza for 55 riyals.
Looking for natural, freshly-made cosmetics? Check out Lush at Stars Avenue Mall on the first floor! I’m planning to go this weekend! Any suggestions on what’s good?