Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Body Shop Oils Of Life collection review!

One of the best things you can do for yourself this year is to decide to look after your skin properly.  It's one of my yearly resolutions and when I get into a routine, the visible results are always a reason to keep me going!  And now that the Christmas season is over, it's time to get serious, so if you're looking to try a new skincare range, then check this lot out.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life collection is one of my favourite skincare launches ever.  The packaging is divine....

I got it to try out last year and have been meaning to do this review.  I even filmed a skincare routine video before Christmas but never got a change to edit it, so figured now was as good a time as any to tell you all about it because it's an amazing collection.

I've been using it for months now, only stopping it when I'm trying out something new, before going back to it, safe in the knowledge that we get each other.  This range works for my skin so much that I miss it when I'm not using it.

Now let me just explain that this range is on the spendy side, especially for The Body Shop.  But they've been edging towards the more luxury end of the scale with this collection and if I didn't think it was worth shelling out the cash for, then I'd let you know.  And you need to know that it's love.  I've tormented you over on Snapchat talking about it to the point that I felt like people were either getting bored or think I was being paid to talk about it!  Totes wasn't, promise.

There are two moisturisers in the range, the Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream (€42.50) which has a lighter texture and so I use it in the morning, and the Intensely Revitalising Cream (€42.50) which is thicker and more luxurious, so I use a small amount of that at night.  Both of these creams contain three precious seed oils to help replenish and revitalise the skin, cold-pressed seed oils and they both leave my skin feeling smooth, soft, nourished and hydrated.

Because the gel cream is lighter in consistency, it soaks into my skin quicker and in the morning when I'm running around like a lunatic, I need fast acting and absorbing products.  In the evening though, using the thicker cream feels like I'm really pampering my face and with the winter finally taking hold, it's keeping the dreaded Central Heating Face at bay.  It's a thing, trust me.

Now, the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion (€25.50) is the one item I'd leave out if I had to and to be honest, I haven't used it that much, so maybe if I did, I'd be singing it's praises.  But I think the other three products work so well for me that I don't need it, so if you're thinking the range is spendy, cut back on this step and invest in the others.  Essence lotions seem to be all the rage though at the moment, providing an extra skincare step between cleansing and moisturising/serum application and prepares the skin for those next steps.  I'm not convinced though, so maybe more research is in order.

Finally we have the Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (€48) which literally makes my skin look and feel incredible.  It's the star of the show and if I could bathe in it, I would.  If I could explain to you how much using a facial oil will change your skin, then I'd go about my day happy out, but it's one of those things that you need to try to believe.  Even those with oily skin can use oils as it'll help balance the production of sebum.

Like the creams and the essence lotion, the oil contains the 3 precious seed oils, cold-pressed seed oils, is really lightweight and is the perfect way to end your skincare routine in the evening.  I generally like to cleanse the skin, tone, moisturise and then apply the oil.  Or sometimes I'll not use the moisturiser and just use the oil.  It's worth noting that if you apply the oil under the moisturiser, it will act as a barrier and it's a waste of moisturiser, so do what I do and you won't look back!

If you're on the hunt for something different, luxurious, effective and that will make your skin look and feel fabulous, then I urge you to check out The Body Shop Oils Of Life collection.  You don't need both moisturisers mind you.  I'd go for the gel-cream if you have normal to oily skin and the thicker cream if you have dryer skin.  A moisturiser and the oil and you'll be setting your skin up for some serious pampering and just watch it transform in a couple of weeks!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to cleanse the aul visage and use these guys.  Two big fat juicy thumbs up from me lads.

*PR sample*

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