*The items in this Body Shop haul were gifted in exchange for an Instagram post

Towards the end of August, I was sent a package full to the brim with The Body Shop goodies. The products, which were picked out by the Body Shop team, were all either hair care items or skin protection products containing SPF.

While I usually like to pick gifted items out myself, on this occasion it was nice to try out a selection chosen by someone else as it meant I received items I wouldn't necessarily go for.

a pot of banana hair mask with the lid off. the creamy product can be seen inside.

So what did I receive in my Body Shop SPF & hair care haul...

Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner - This fruity flavoured hair care duo aims to moisturise and nourish dry locks leaving them super soft and adding a healthy shine. Both products are fused with organic banana puree which not only nourishes the hair but smells incredible too. I haven't tried either the of The Body Shop Banana Shampoos or Conditioners yet but I will definitely be doing a full review once I have.

The Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner retail £7.00 each for a 250ml product.

Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask - Like the Truleu Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner, the Banana hair mask also contains vitamin-rich banana puree. The Truly Nourishing hair mask, which works best with the products mentioned previously, aims to reduce frizziness and leave your hair looking naturally shiny. 

The Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask retails at £12.40

Ginger Scalp Serum - The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Serum helps to soothe dry flaky scalps and rebalance scalps which produce too much oil. It's infused with a delicious smelling ginger essential oil and works best when used with the Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo & Conditioner. 

The Ginger Scalp Serum retails at £15.00

a small glass vial of body shop ginger scalp serum. The with pipet is off the vial and can be seen to the side.

Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence with SPF 50 - This Body Shop moisturising lotion aims to protect your skin against harmful UV rays and pollution. It claims to be The Body Shops best protection ever whilst also staying lightweight and suitable for sensitive skin. It is also one of the many Vegan products now available from the brand.

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence retails at £22.00 for a 60ml product.

Skin Defence Multi-Protection Face Mist with SPF 30 - The Body Shop Face Mist is a lightweight product which protects your skin from pollution particles as well as UV rays. The Defence Mist which is to be used on clean skin before applying makeup forms a clear protective layer on the skin. The product is also enriched with Vitamin C and red algae extract to help leave your skin glowing

The Skin Defence Multi-Purpose Face Mist retails at £18.00

a bottle of skin defence mist and a tube of skin defence moisturiser are placed side by side.

So those were the hair care and SPF protection products I was gifted from The Body shop last month. Don't forget to keep a lookout for my reviews of these products as and when I test them out!

Have you tried any of these products out before? I'd love to know what you think!

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 *The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask was gifted to me in exchange for an Instagram post. All opinions are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. 

A product review post? Are you feeling okay Grace? I know, I know it's been forever since I dished out my opinions on some new products but that's because I haven't tried anything recently that's really blown me away - until now. 

A little while back I worked with The Body Shop on an Instagram campaign and was gifted a whole host of goodies which I picked out myself. In amongst my haul was the Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask which would soon become one of the products I reach for the most!

Pink pot of body shop vitamin E sleeping mask with the lid off. the pot is surrounded my sequins and jars of mint.

So what do I think of The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask?

The moisturiser, which is actually an overnight treatment, aims to help "restore and protect skin's optimum moisture level" and so far I can say it's been doing just that. Initially, I did use the Vitamin E Moisture Mask as a nightly treatment every few days as suggested, but it has quickly become my daily moisturiser. I'm not sure it's intended for daily use but it's not oily, makes a great base for my foundation, and as of yet, I haven't had any issues with it.

I did suggest in my initial review of my Body Shop haul that it makes my skin greasy if I overuse it, but as I've been using it daily for quite some time now this hasn't been the case so I can only assume the excess oil was due to something else!

a pot of moisturiser in the center of the image with the lif placed to the side. The pot is surrounded by sequins and jars of mint

One of the things I really like about the moisture mask is its consistency. It's a powder pink, jelly-like cream that does go a long way. I've been using the same 100ml pot for a while now and I've still got a tonne of it left which is ideal when money is tight.

Speaking of £££, The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask will set you back £11 per pot. It's not a dirt-cheap pot, but it's a hell of a lot more affordable than my beloved Clinique Moisture Surge, and it does the same thing. It's basically a mid-range product that I would happily fork out for in the future.

Besides using the sleeping mask on my mush, I've also been using it occasionally on my hands as I suffer from quite bad eczema and I found it helps a lot. This isn't promoted as a product to be used on eczema-prone skin however I noticed my dry patches were looking better after I started applying the moisturizer with my hands, so it made sense to start using it on them too!

a pot of moisturizer shown from above. The pot is surrounded by sequins and jars of mint.

Is there anything I don't like about the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Mask? Similar to the comments I made in my Clinique Moisture Surge review, the only issue I have with this is product is that it comes in a pot instead of a tube. I prefer my skincare to be packaged in tubes as I feel it's more hygienic but it's not a massive issue and wouldn't put me off repurchasing.

Overall I've been thoroughly enjoying using the moisture mask and I would buy it again in the future.


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* The items in this haul were gifted in exchange for an Instagram post

Believe it or not, Summer has arrived in the UK, and when the seasons change the skincare products I use will sometimes change too. When I was asked to pick out some skincare goodies from the Body Shop I jumped at the chance and ordered myself a few summer-specific treats, and a few everyday essentials.

Photograph of all of the skincare products in the Body Shop order

So here are the skincare products I chose from the Body Shop...

Tea Tree 3 in 1 Wash, Scrub, and Mask £8.50 - This multipurpose skincare product can be used as a wash, a scrub, and a facemask. Whilst I've only used it as a wash and scrub so far, it's already a product I've fallen in love with. The exfoliating beads leave my skin feeling super smooth and my face always feels thoroughly clean after using this 3 in 1 wash.

Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream £5.00 - I love anything grapefruit scented, but to me, grapefruit is a summery smell so I try to reserve anything like this for the warmer months. This cream smells unreal and isn't as oily as similar hand creams which is great as it sinks straight into my skin.

Photograph of the skincare products in the Body Shop haul

Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask £11.00 - This sleeping mask claims to ''restore and protect the skins optimum moisture level'' and so far its been doing a pretty good job. I whack the mask on a few times a week and I do feel that my skin is rejuvenated overnight. Occasionally my skin can get a little greasy if I overuse this product, so I just reduce my use if that happens.

Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion with SPF 30 £15.00 - Glow protect you say? Count me in! I've been using this lotion most days since it was delivered and I can wholeheartedly say that not only does this product smell amazing, but it also leaves my skin feeling smooth, protected, and glowing! Throughout the summer months, I always try to use an SPF moisturiser as I want to protect my skin but I don't want to lather my face in suncream as it usually clogs my pores, so this is perfect.

Photo of the 3 in 1 wash, the Vitamin C Location and the Tea Tree Targeted Gel

Tea Tree Targeted Gel £7.50 - I don't get breakouts a lot but when I do it's usually in the form of one giant spot, so I always have some form of spot zapping product to hand. It's hard to judge this product as I've only tried it a few times but so far I don't think it's the best spot targeting product I've ever used. That being said it does do what it promises so had I not used other products in the past I'd probably be super happy with it.

Shea Body Butter £6.00 - I haven't had a chance to use this yet as I've got about 400 other body lotions on the go, however, I'm sure it will come in handy after a couple of long days in the summer sun!

So those were the skincare products I picked up to see me through the summer months!

Do you have a favourite summer skincare products?

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