There was one afternoon where I was lazing on the bed after a particularly heavy lunch (don’t do this!) and was checking my mails on my phone – and just 10 minutes after I’ve read the email about The Body Shop sending me products, the delivery man arrived! With the said products in the email – wahlao, it was like some kind of *snap fingers* magic.
And in this little eco-friendly paper bag was a bunch of products specially picked by The Body Shop to help me achieve a radiant, dewy look based on results from the body shop’s skin diagnostic tool I’ve done earlier last week!
They’ve very sweetly packed both skincare and makeup for me to try. The star of the show and the hero? Nutriganics Drops of Youth!
• Nutriganics Drops of Youth ($58.90 SGD)
• Vitamin E Moisture Cream ($29.90 SGD)
(all the skincare items in this post are made in the UK)
Nutriganics Drops of Youth ($58.90 SGD)
The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Drops of Youth was launched back in 2012, but have been selling so well that based on 2012’s sales records, there’s a bottle sold every minute!
It is a lightweight, easily absorbed “youth-enhancing” concentrate which is to be applied after toner, and before your usual moisturizer. Squeeze out a drop of two on your palms and apply all over your face – I find that one pump (about 1.5 pea size) is sufficient for me. Let it get absorbed into your skin before applying your moisturizer.
The dropper cap works pretty well, but it can be a bit big of a drop – usually one pump is almost 3/4 of the entire dropper height!
It’s slightly viscous, and not entirely transparent a liquid, but it’s not sticky after application at all. There’s a very pleasant, fresh scent in this – it reminds me of jasmine green tea, the Heaven & Earth one.
I’m still in the midst of trying this out, and it’s only day 3, but no breakouts so far and I’ve got no complaints!
If you’d like to give this a try, act fast! The Nutriganics Drops of Youth is going at a special price of $42.90 SGD till 23rd Jan. That’s $16 saved (usual selling price is $58.90 SGD)!
Vitamin E Moisture Cream ($29.90 SGD for 50ml)
“Everybody’s favourite and our bestseller. An easily absorbed daily moisturising cream that has the lightness of a lotion with the moisturising benefits of a cream. It helps protect the skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and healthy-looking. “
The cream looks kind of thick (it’s a cream after all!) but I’ve found this to be excellent for my skin during the night time when I’ve got the air conditioner on. It moisturizes really well, and it smells lovely too – in fact it reminds me of a particular Johnson & Johnson baby bath shower gel!
The sample I’ve got is a 15ml jar, which is very handy for traveling and use in cold countries. I don’t find this oily at all, but it can be a little heavy, so use this when your skin is rather parched.
day. I guess that’s what the sponge is made for. The compact has 2 compartments, one for the sponge, and one for the powder. There’s a mirror hidden in the powder compartment.
I received shade 02, which was a perfect match for me. Used The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Pore Minimizer underneath the powder for a smoother look, especially on my nose and cheeks. Coverage was light-medium used dry and it doesn’t cake on me.
Shimmer Waves in Bronze ($36.90 SGD)
“Shimmer Waves can be swept together for an all over glow, or use individually to accent particular areas, making it the ultimate in compact colour!”
I realized that there’s an icon in both make up items to indicate where we can use this item on – and in Shimmer Waves in Bronze’s case, it can be used on both the eyes and the face!
However, if you’re intending to use this on your eyes, do understand that while build-able, it is really sheer, so you may take more than just a few swipes to get the color to show on your eyelids. I think the poor color payoff could be intentional, because as a bronzer this is just perfect – you won’t accidentally be too heavy handed with this one.
It really gave me a nice glow (check out the step by step diagram below) and I like using the gold shade as a highlighting color on the top of my cheeks.
Baked-to-Last Eye Colour in Moonstone ($24.90 SGD)
“A duo of dazzling shades, handmade and slow-baked for up to eight hours of deliciously rich colour. Shimmering copper tones for gorgeous eyes.”
Oh boy, at first glance, this reminded me so much of Maybelline’s baked eyeshadows! Then again there’s just so many shapes the eyeshadows can come in, right? But if we’re comparing the two, The Body Shop’s Baked To Last eyeshadows come in better packaging than the Maybelline ones – it’s much sturdier (acrylic, I think?), but still light. The only complaint I have is with how it opens – if you don’t have nails, this will be an issue, but if you have long nails, you’ll risk scraping the eyeshadow by accident too. (Almost happened to me a few times!)
The color payoff is excellent, and I especially love the shade TBS has chosen and given to me – the taupe color is amazing. Both colors in the eyeshadow are shimmery with just the right amount of fine glitter – ooooh i love how it glitters so nicely.
It comes in 8 colors – Jade and Copper looks really nice!
Stages of making up…
I’m only human and I love picking at my pimples, unfortunately. Hence the red, angry spots. >_
After concealer – a mix of K-Palette and Amazing Concealer, I used The Body Shop’s All in One Face Base, and then I used the Shimmer Waves palette to give myself a healthy all over glow + contour using some of the darker shades at the sides of my face. As you can see, the Shimmer Waves in Bronze really gave me a nice glow all over (the foundation matted me out a little)!
(almost) All the Make up I’ve used:
Primer: The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
Base: The Body Shop All In One Face Base
Eyeliner: The Body Shop Eye Definer in Golden Brown & Moonstone for lower inner eyelid
Eyeshadow: The Body Shop Baked To Last Eyeshadow in Moonstone
Eyebrows: Heavy Rotation Eyebrow Powder (review here) + DollyWink Eyebrow Mascara in 02
Mascara: Browlash Volume Lash Fibre (review and fotd here)
Blusher: Lancome Blush Subtil Rose #10 (read here for review)
Lenses: Acuvue Define Dailies in Vivid
Here’s a not very well done up diagram of how I did my eyes. I’ll try to be clearer next time…
* and don’t forget eyeliner!!! I usually wing my eyes.
Disclaimer: I’m not professionally trained as a make up artist, so my make up is quite hantum one – I don’t think there’s a lot of hard and fast rules (except for some dont-do’s) to make up, so I’m just doing it my own way. If you think there’s a particular technique that suits my eye shape more, I’ll be more than glad to hear what you have to say!
The products were sent to me for my unbiased review. Thank you, TBS SG!
If I may say this… I’m still very much in love with my hair. Which also coincidentally fits the green color branding of TBS, hahaha. Can’t wait to get more photos of the hair taken before all the roots grow out! (Damnit roots, you grow out too fast!)