Category Archives: The Body Shop
Today I’m reviewing a product that has become a staple in my everyday makeup routine. My skin goes through cycles of normal /combination/ oily and dry weather or AC environments tend to dehydrate my skin especially around the nose and mouth. Generally after applying compact I would notice some dry patches of my face but skipping compact would make my skin oily after some time.
To solve this problem, I used rosewater spray on my face after completing my makeup (by filling up rose water in an empty Lotus Basiltone spray bottle). That did help to some extent but I’d generally end up with more than required rosewater on my face. I almost bought MAC Fix+ on visits to the MAC Store many times but couldn’t bring myself to spend Rs 800 on a facial mist! Finally, I picked up this cheaper alternative to MAC Fix+ from The Body Shop on a recent visit home with my Mum.
The Body Shop facial mists come in 2 ranges- The Vitamin E one priced at Rs 595 and The Vitamin C one priced at Rs 745.
Quantity : 100 ml
What the website says about the product : A quick skin pick-me up and excellent for setting make-up. Spritz it on for instant refreshment, moisture, and protection. With a delicate rosewater scent.
Contains : Vitamin E – Is a naturally powerful and one of the best antioxidants that help protect the skin against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution and cigarette smoke. Helps neutralise free radicals, which are destructive molecules that attack cell
Glycerine – Is an effective moisturiser which helps improve softness and maximise hydration.
Liposomes and lecithin – Help the skin quickly absorb the vitamin e and restore the skin’s moisture balance.
Tips : The Vitamin E Face Mist can be sprayed over make-up to seal it after applying. Carry it with you while travelling, especially if you are flying long haul.
Instructions : Close your eyes and hold the bottle 10 cm away from your face. Spray onto the face once or twice and allow to dry.
My take on the product :
Packaging : It comes in a pretty baby pink colored plastic bottle with a pump spray at the top. The spray part is covered with a transparent plastic cap. The packaging is quite sturdy and the cap fits well over the pump. I’ve traveled with it and I did not face any problem. The spray does not give a wet shower on you face- held at the right distance, it gives just the right amount of product. The one is that the body is opaque so I have no idea how much product I’m using or how much is left.
Fragrance : It has a light rosewater fragrance which is quite refreshing. The fragrance fades within 2-3 minutes of application.
About the mist : The product is watery, like rose water and does not make the skin the oily or greasy on spraying. I generally spray it on my face after completing my makeup and it removes the powdery look I tend to get after applying compact sometimes. It gives a dewy hydrated look to my face and settles my makeup. I use 2 spritzes on my face- one on the left and one on the right so that my entire face is covered. I’ve used this and gone out in the sun and my face still looks fresh after 3-4 hours outside. I use it sometimes to moisten brushes for wet application of eye shadows or on foundation brush while applying foundation and it works well. I have not used MAC Fix+ so don’t know it compares to it but I love this product ! I use this everyday before I step out and I love the healthy look it gives to my skin.
The GOOD about The Body Shop Vitamin E facial mist :
1. Packaging is pretty and sturdy- Travel friendly, hygienic and easy to use.
2. Pump is quite good and dispenses a light mist over the face when held at proper distance.
3. Refreshing rose water fragrance that diffuses after a few minutes.
4. Removes powdery or dehydrated look from the face.
5. Gives a dewy healthy look to my skin- does not make it oily or greasy.
6. Settles my makeup.
7.Can be used to wet eye shadows or to moisten brushes/sponges while applying makeup.
The NOT-SO-GOOD about The Body Shop Vitamin E facial mist :
1. Packaging is opaque so can’t see how much product is getting consumed.
2. EXPENSIVE! I love this product but I’m hoping one bottle would last me the summers.
3. Contains parabens.
Overall Verdict: It is a light watery facial mist infused with rosewater fragrance that gives a healthy dewy moisturized look to the skin and settles the makeup. It is must-have for me in the summers especially because heavy moisturizing or skipping compact makes my skin greasy but compact topped with this spray helps it stay hydrated and non-greasy for a long time. The scent is quite refreshing and fades within few minutes. Would have preferred transparent packaging so that one can have an idea how much product is being consumed. Can be used to moisten brushes/sponges for wet application of products. It is definitely better than plain rose water but I don’t know how it compares with MAC Fix+.
I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to everyone. It’ll work well with all skin types. I do find it a little expensive but I’m hoping this one bottle would last me the summer after which I wouldn’t need it.
Rating : 4.5/5 (for reasons listed above)
Will I repurchase : Yes, for next summers.
Have you tried facial mists? Let me know your experience by replying below.
Today I’m doing a earthy copper and coral look. Copper and corals go very well together giving a lovely warm toned look. I have used a medium-shimmer copper eye shadow, earthy warm blush and coral lipstick.
Summary of the look :
On a well moisturized face, apply foundation , conceal required areas and set with compact. For the cheeks, apply a warm earthy blush under the cheekbones and blend upwards and outwards (towards the temples). For the eyes, apply primer orshimmery base (like MAC CCB) and apply coppery eye shadow all over the lid and soften the edges. Apply brown liner,brown kohl on waterline and gold/copper eye pencil or eyeshadow on the lower lash line. Finish off eye makeup with volumizing mascara. Apply coral lipstick on the lips.
Products used :
1. MAC Select moisture cover concealer NC 45.5.
2. MAC Cream Color base ‘Improper Copper’
3. Essence color and shine eyeshadow ’02 Stage beauty’
4. MAC fluidline ‘Dipdown’
5. Chambor dazzle pencil- Golden
6. MAC 208 (angular brush for brown gel liner)
7. MAC 222 (for applying eye shadow)
8. Maybelline colossal volume mascara
1. The Body Shop oil free foundation
2. Chambor Silver shadow compact
3. The Body shop face and body brush
4. The Body shop blush no. 5
The body shop lipstick no. 63 (coral shade)
Final look :
What is your favorite warm earthy look combination? Have you tried copper with corals? Let me know your comments by replying below.
Summer’s here in full swing and one of my favorite looks this summer are soft, natural looks with corals and peaches. Coral fever is everywhere..from makeup to clothes to footwear! Coral/peach lips paired with a peachy-pink blush instantly give a glow to the face imparting a soft, natural look.
Here are my peach and coral lipsticks-
1. Revlon Colorburst ‘Peach’ (Rs 580)
2. The Body Shop lipstick #63 (Rs 575)
3.Lotus Herbals pure color lipstick ‘Peach creme’ (Rs 225 )
Here is how they look on me-
1. Revlon Colorburst ‘Peach’
This is the lightest shade of my collection and I do not like it as much as the other 2 shades cos it washes me out a little whereas the other 2 shades especially Lotus Herbals ‘Peach creme’ brighten up my face. More suitable for fair complexions.
2. The Body Shop lipstick #63
This is a true coral shade and a gift from my Mum. Love the shade!
The shade isn’t showing up in the following picture. The true shade is as visible in the swatch above.
3. Lotus herbals pure color lipstick ‘Peach creme’
This is a peach shade with pink and brown undertones hence easier to pull off. Gives a very bright, fresh look to the face and ‘safe’ peach shade, would suit most complexions.
Products used :
1. MAC eyeshadow ‘Sable’ all over lid (last shade, bottom row)
2. Chambor Dazzle pencil liner ‘black’ on upper lash line
3. Maybelline colossal volume mascara
1. MAC Select moisture cover concealer NC 45.5
2. The Body Shop oil free foundation ’06’
3. Chambor silver shadow compact ‘RR2 Rose pale’
4. Colorbar blush – ‘Peachy rose’
What are your favorite coral and peach lipsticks? Let me know your comments by replying below.