THE BODY SHOP Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm.

Seriously, am I doing a #throwback series here?
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I just thought of posting about my current lip balm.. Whuch happens to date back from 2011. I kind of remember the day I bought this. I stepped into The Body Shop at a shopping mall in Manila, hoping to buy another pot of Born Lippy in Strawberry, then I laid eyes on the words Spiced Vanilla, and the rest pretty much just happened.

I don’t wear this lip balm that often, because it isn’t tinted like the Born Lippy, and it kind of leaves a whitish balmy appearance, making it awkward to wear alone. I also feel like it obscures lipatick application. It’s still good anyway, but I prefer to use this at night, or when I plan to stay indoors the whole day. This is also amazing on plane rides, by the way, where the recycled air dries skin, hair and lips like crazy.

What I have here is the old version aluminum pot. I think the new version’s housed in a plastic pot or something. Whatever version anyone can get their hands on, I’d most definitely say that The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Lip Balm is just awesome. I love the blend of cinnamon and vanilla on my lips! Like I said, I prefer using thing this indoors– sometimes I feel like giving my lips a little balm therapy, minus the tints and everything. This is just great.

I’m a fan of new products, but of course, sometimes amazing things can come from years ago as well. If it’s still good, hang on to it. It’s worth it.:)

Don’t We Just Love Body Creams?

I don’t mean to brag, but I have an ample supply of body care stuff. I have a lot of lotions, my favorite being The Body Shop Moringa Milk Body Lotion, which I got as a present from my brother a long time ago. Of course, I have a second favorite. It’s what I chose to put on today, The Body Shop White Gardenia Body Cream. Oh by the way, I’m not a The Body Shop hoarder, it’s just that they have the best products for me, and when I like somehing, I really like it.

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Apparenty, it was first launched in 2007, then I got it on sale in late 2012. For some reason, says “Limited Edition” in the TBS websites of other countries. It could have been Limited Edition at some point in the Philippines, but I’m just glad I was able to get myself a little tub.

The reason why I still have so much is that I use it sparingly, and only when I feel really special. I love the scent, it’s delicate and lovely. It somehow makes me think of flower-flavored yogurt. Applying it is such a dream. It doesn’t leave you all gooey unlike how normal lotions do. It’s a typical cream, in a sense that it’s thick, but when it’s on, it feels quite light and nice. I like what it does to my skin, as it keeps it soft and smooth.

I don’t always get to spend time caring for my skin and body, but when I do, I make sure to do whatever I can to make it as nice and healthy as it can be. The added bonus? I get to smell great while doing it.

THE BODY SHOP All-In-One BB Cream.

It’s strange how I’ve just written a post about creams one morning, with me mentioning The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, and then being back a few hours later with my own tube. I guess it just goes to show how decisive I am about BB cream. After all, when you know, you just know.:)

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I’m a Shade 02. I’m not too white, not too dark. I fall right in the middle, just like an average Southeast Asian girl. I heard that the European market sells it to shade 00. Thank God I didn’t see it, or else I would’ve become insecure.

When you put some on, the cream doesn’t look homogenous. It looks white with little brown speckles, but when you start manipulating it with your fingers, it becomes a whole new shade of sun-kissed tan. The color gets prettier the more you manipulate the cream, and the more it gets absorbed. I guess you can attribute that to the pigment capsules that get released upon application to the skin, but it totally wasn’t what I was expecting, even after reading “COLOUR-ADAPTING” on the tube. It seemed a bit like magic, I should say.

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I’m really not used to spending a lot on skincare and cosmetics; in fact, it took me some time to actually decide to get this one. I don’t normally splurge, really. It’s just that I’m getting ready to jump off to better products now that I understand my face better, and I make it a point to actually take care of my skin now. Deciding to invest was difficult, but I seem to find solace in the fact that I made the right choice.

Creamy Thoughts.

I’ve been thinking a lot about BB and CC creams.

I’m an avid BB cream user. My current favorite is The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX BB Cream, but I’m an occasional user of Etude House Collagen Moistfull BB Cream as well. I’m happy with my Korean BB creams, but the drawback is that they come in only 1 or 2 shades. I’m aware that BB cream color oxidizes over time, and it settles in after a few minutes, but I was kind of hoping to get something a little bit closer to my skin shade

I was initially eyeing

Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream, but I was a bit ticked off by its claim that one shade fits all or something. I try not to expect too much from my makeup and cosmetics, but I think I generally enjoy cosmetics more when they’re fit to the consumers’ needs.

Now, I’m eyeing The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream. God knows how intimidated I used to be by The Body Shop cosmetics. Right now, they’re pretty much have a special place in my heart! 

 

I’ve read nice things about the All-In-One. I’ve learned that it has little color capsules that burst when applied to the skin. The All-In-One also comes in 3 shades, 1 being the lightest, and 3 being for darker skin tones, making me a little bit more at ease when it comes to shading. At least I don’t have to worry so much about looking ghastly. 

Another thing I’ve been giving a lot of thought into is CC cream. I’m currently looking into Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Colour Corrector. I like that it has so much skin-nourishing benefits. Of course, it’s also good that there are 9 shades available, though I’m not sure how many of those are available in the Philippines.

Clinique has 9 shades of this, but only 5 are available in the Philippines (and probably the rest of Asia Pacific). I’m kind of on the fence about whether I’m a Natural or a Light Natural, but I hear that CC cream blends well with the skin tone, so I guess it’s not something I should worry too much about. As long as it doesn’t make me look like a kabuki doll, I guess it’s good. I don’t know when I’d be gutsy enough to actually buy this, because it retails for about Php1,850.00—Oh Lord.

Nobody can question the importance of beauty; however, greater importance should be placed on skin care. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore we should keep every aspect of it at its prime of health, but of course, beauty makes everything better.:)