Original Source is a brand I was unfamiliar with. I usually swear by my The Body Shop products and I have for years. Nothing much has been able to deter me from using TBS shower gels, scrubs and body butters. They are just the best in my opinion: they lather nicely, have great scents and make me feel clean without stripping my skin too much. But then I found this super affordable bodycare brand when I was browsing Boots in London and I thought I’d give it a try. By now I have tried all these products enough to have made up my mind.Read more
After doing my skincare routine video a few weeks ago, I got some requests to show what is in my bathroom. So I thought we could do that today. 2019 is the year where I want to try some different skincare. After some years of diligent skincare use, I decided it was time to try some products that make me feel a tad nervous. I have since acquired some of these product and am talking you through everything as well as my haircare and bodycare shelves. I hope you enjoy!Read more
It feels like ages since I last wrote anything about The Body Shop’s bodycare products. The main reason for that is very simple: I haven’t bought ANYTHING from TBS since the Christmas season last year. I didn’t want to have to move kilos of shower gels and I figured I had plenty sitting around to keep me going for a while and so I didn’t buy anything from TBS for myself for a while now. So these may not be the newest ranges they have come out with, but these are the scents that I’ve been loving lately.
The Body Shop shower gel scent favorites
I try out many different beauty products. From make up to skincare and from hair products to bodycare: I love trying new things and am always in for trying out new lines. Despite all those trials and loving every minute of it, there are a few products that will always stand out for me. Those are the products I will always come back to no matter what and that I always repurchase or keep back ups off just in case: my tried and true.
Soap & Glory Handfood
We’re starting off this post with my all time favorite hand cream. This smells nice, nourishes my hands and is absorbed quickly. Such as shame I only buy this when I’m in the UK. I wrote a full review on it here.
Decubal foaming face wash
You know a product is a long time favorite when you first mentioned it in a blog post almost three years ago and still use it. This foaming face wash is very gentle but gets the job done. I wrote a full review two years ago.
Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze hair mask
I am not much of a haircare person and from all beauty products I tend to change them up the most. I am not too loyal to any haircare brands in particular and when it comes to my hair anything that does not require heat is fair game. The first ever haircare product that I tried that I felt really made a difference for my hair is this hair mask by Lush. I reviewed it last year.
A classic beauty product I cannot live without is Nivea cream. Just the plain variety. I pretty much use this for my every day run of the mill skin issues. I love using it as a cuticle cream and any dry patches on my knees and elbows in winter time. Whenever I am traveling I always make sure to take a mini because this cream can double as a hand cream, foot cream, body lotion and what else you might want to use a cream for. I never reviewed this yet but I’m pretty sure you all know what this does and it smells heavenly.
The Body Shop Aloe Vera Calming Toner
My favorite toner in the whole world is this one by The Body Shop. I used this for years on end until I discovered micellar water which I now favor over this. However, I still keep a bottle on hand, just in case the entire micellar water hype is phased out and the products start disappearing from the stores. I reviewed this product along with the facial cleanser.
Lush Flying Fox shower gel
Of course my favorite shower gel should not be left out of a tried and true products post. The smell of this is not for everyone I guess, but I love using this for night time showers. I always sleep like a baby after using this. I reviewed this about a year ago.
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
When it comes to skincare I am very picky. I have sensitive skin and thus allergic reactions are always a possibility whenever I try something new. I bought this and after it ran out immediately repurchased it. This is so refreshing on the skin and a great morning moisturizer as it truly wakes you up and gives you that extra morning boost. I have not yet reviewed this as I didn’t have a chance to take any good pictures before and currently I am working on using up other skincare products first. But you can be assured that the minute I open up this new jar, I will be writing that review.
Lush Angels on Bare Skin
One of the very first reviews I ever wrote was on this product. I use this cleanser only a few times a week for a bit of a scrub. I have found this really cleared up my skin and when I use this I get fewer spots and zits. The review for this is by now almost 4 years old. Perhaps I ought to redo it?
Dove Invisible Dry deodorant
Deodorant is a bit of a boring product to talk about, but it took me ages to find one I liked. I used this spray on deodorant by Dove for ages before switching to a different type altogether. However, I still keep this around, but no longer use it on the daily. This now lives in my gym bag and at work, for those quick spruce ups in between.
The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover
Finally I would like to show you a cleanser that I am currently trying to find a cheaper alternative for. I used to love the Sephora waterproof make up remover, but then Sephora left The Netherlands and they took my favorite make up remover with them. I found a great alternative in this one by The Body Shop, but at €12 per bottle I find it a bit steeply priced as it is twice as expensive as the Sephora one. I am currently trying out one by Kruidvat which is super cheap and I am about to try one by Garnier.
What are your tried and true beauty products?
Last day of the month and… NO monthly favorites. Because this time I just didn’t have enough new favorites to rave to you about. So I decided to save it up and team up the months of August and September in a favorites’ post. Instead, I am bringing you a post I haven’t done before: an empty products blog. I’ve been wanting to do one for a while, but I always forgot to keep the packaging. This time I didn’t!
These are all the products I used up in the past 2 months or so. It’s mostly body products and things like deodorant and toothpaste. I go through those the quickest and I have this thing where I use up a bottle before I pick up a new one. Same goes for skincare and many other things you see here. Some of these products I wrote separate blog posts on. I will link those where available.
1.) Face products
- HEMA Eye make up remover pads
- Origins Ginzin energy-boosting moisturizer (mentioned here)
- Lush Angels on Bare Skin
And immediately we hit the jackpot. These are three of my favorite products. Lush Angels on Bare Skin has been a favorite for years that I keep repurchasing. The review you find under the link above is from 2011! One of my finds last year was the Origins moisturizer: not too wet, easily absorbed and works wonder under a day cream and make up. The make up remover pads I only use to remove swatches, so I’m not too picky with them. These come in a pack of 100 and they cost less than 2 euros.
2.) Body products
- Sabon Butter Cream in Lavender Apple
- Lush Flying Fox shower gel
- The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Shower Gel
I finished two shower gels and one body butter. I tend to use two different shower gels at a given time. One for morning showers and one for evening showers. The Flying Fox is for evenings, the peach one for mornings. I loved both. The butter cream I used mainly as a hand and foot cream as that’s where my body parts need the most added moisture. Before bed I whack on a layer and I’m all set. I have a stock of body butters to go through, if not, I’d repurchase this one in a heartbeat.
3.) Hair care products
- SYOSS Restore Deep Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
- L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil for colored hair
I used up a shampoo and conditioner as well as a leave in treatment. It took me quite some time to finish up the L’Oreal hair oil and it is something I would definitely repurchase. I liked this better than a hair oil I used in between from my hairdresser. I’m not too fussy with shampoo and conditioner and have already switched to a different brand.
- Nivea Stress Protect roll-on deodorant
- Dove Sensitive deodorant spray
On to the very common every day things. I used up two different deodorants. The roller I use first thing in the morning, whereas I use a spray to freshen up during the day. I keep a mini spray bottle in my bag and then there’s two fullsized ones in my gym bag and my office drawer. I like the nivea roller, but I have decided to try one of their stick formulas now and so far I’m liking that. Dove is my favorite deodorant spray brand. They are gentle and not too heavily scented.
5.) Toothpaste & shaver
- Sensodyne Repair & Protect toothpaste
- Wilkinson Intuition Senstive Care razor
On to the very boring stuff: toothpaste, how exciting. I’ve been using the same toothpaste for years. I switched to this one after my dentist recommended it. I have sensitive teeth and when I switched out my toothpaste on vacation, I had to go out and buy this again (from an Italian pharmacist) because I was awarded with a toothache halfway through. The razor is something I swear by too. It’s so easy to use, you don’t need any shaving cream and I get these for cheap on sale or from the discount drugstore in town.
6.) Sunscreen and cuticle oil
- No-AD 50+ sun protection
- Soap & Co cuticle oil
Let’s end the post with two miscellaneous items. I didn’t use up the sunscreen, but it had to go because it is last year’s bottle and thus the UV protection is no longer functioning as well. The No-Ad sunscreens are great though. A bit thick and difficult to spread out but you get quite a bit of product so it is a good product to have on hand when you are on holiday at a sunny destination. The cuticle oil was nice, but nothing too special. I am now using bog standard Nivea cream and that works better than this oil.
What have you used up recently?