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Tag Archives: The Body Shop

Product Review: Love Etc. Body Butter

26 Jan

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 4 stars

Before now I was an exclusive lotion/oil user, but this product made a believer out of me!  In terms of efficacy, body butter is soooo much better than lotion! In fact I think it should be called “ash be gone.” I put some on in the morning after my shower & my skin was still soft, not to mention scented, after work. That longevity is most likely attributed to the shea butter & cocoa butter it contains (see complete list of ingredients below). Body butter has a soft, creamy texture reminiscent of softened cream cheese. It feels a bit greasy upon application, but once you work it into your skin that feeling goes away (kinda like shea butter). I purchased this 6.75 ounce tub at TJ Maxx during a recent trip to Birmingham. I gave it 5 stars on the price because I only spent $6 & that’s pretty inexpensive for a perfumed moisturizer. Aside from the colorful label, there’s nothing special about the packaging. I gave it 5 stars because jars/tubs make it possible for you to use every last drop of product. They also give you more control over how much you use; you scoop out the necessary amount of product, instead of beating & squeezing a bottle of lotion. Jars/tubs are also very travel-friendly, unlike bottles of lotion, that easily come unscrewed or popped open in your luggage. Now I know what you’re thinking… If it’s so great, then why’d you give it an overall score of 4 stars?! Here’s are the negatives…

  • The REAL price. Although I paid $6, it retails for $18 a tub (or $27 for 2 tubs) on TBS’s official website. It’s good stuff & all, but there’s NO WAY in the world I’d buy it at that price.
  • Product scarcity. If I wanted to buy some from TBS, I’d have to order it online because the nearest store is 3 hours away from where I live. There’s not a single store in the entire state of Alabama. How you gon have a store in Mississippi, but none it Alabama?! SMH (Pardon my salty little rant) Obviously I’ll buy it from TJMaxx, Ross or Marshall’s, but y’all know how their inventory is: HIT & MISS! So when you get a jar, you better buy extra, because they might be out of stock next time. A PJ like me can’t subscribe to this practice because frankly I need the cabinet space. I buy most products one at a time, so I HATE to add another scarce product to my beauty regimen.
  • The fragrance. This aspect is complicated because it smells fantastic… like love in a jar (hence the name). But if you have a sensitive sense of smell (like I do) then it can be overwhelming. Love Etc. will smell up your clothes, your sheets & anything else you touch while the product is fresh on your skin. Don’t get me wrong, I get complimented every time I wear it, but sometimes I just wanna smell lowkey. Also, be mindful that it may (or may not) work well w/ your perfume. Then again, the sweet, floral fragrance makes it perfect for a DIY spa day or a hot date w/ your boo thang. NOTE: TBS Body Butter comes in a variety of scents; surely you can find one that suits you.

BOTTOM LINE: I like it, recommend it & would buy it again, but I’ll probably try another scent next time.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Fragrance, Cyclohexasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lanolin Alcohol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Citronellol, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 33, Red 4.

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Another one bites the dust…

29 Dec

The Body Shop’s Macadamia Straightening Balm is one of my holy grail hair products. I discovered it last summer during a layover at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte. Did you know that the air in the airplane cabins is not only pressurized, but also humidified? I was about seven months into my transition to natural & Giovanni was looking a hot ham & cheese that day! Some sweet stranger recommended that I try this product. Her wig was “swanging” sans perm, so I decided to try it. As soon as I returned home, I added MSB to my roller set routine (along w/ thermal protection spray & leave-in conditioner) & we all lived happily ever after…

It took me a whole year to finish a five ounce bottle of this stuff. Extremely. Effective.  Earlier this year I re-stocked via Amazon.com & noticed that the price had jumped from $12 to $16… NO BUENO! There’s no Body Shop near my home, so I was willing to fork over the cash.

Fast forward to this afternoon… Erinn, a new member of the Glam Fam, informed me that she couldn’t find a bottle of MSB anywhere. What the…?! It’s not in stock on Amazon or The Body Shop’s official website. *cue waterworks* WHY LAWD, WHY? Yet another great product has gone the way of the dodo bird. If you must try it, you should know that I did find a bottle on eBay. If nothing changes between now & then, I will be auditioning straightening balms next summer… *DEEP SIGH*

FOTD: Rusty… yet fabulous!

1 Sep

Hey Glams! How’ve you been? I missed you desperately & am so glad to be back in action 🙂 After an entire week without blogging I feel a bit rusty (hence the title) LOL! But it’s just like riding a bike, ya know? Today I used NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose e/s in “Penny,” which is one of my favorite NYX eyeshadows!!! Warm, pinkish-reddish-copper color + metallic sheen = to die for! ENJOY

PRIMER:  Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Matte e/s primer

BASE: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I used NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose e/s in “Penny” on the majority of my lower eyelid. Then I used matte off white to highlight my tearducts & matte dark brown to shade e/s  to shade my outer v (both from Wet N Wild Vanity palette). Finally, I used matte camel e/s to highlight my brow bone (also WNW Vanity).

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my waterline using Wet N Wild pencil in lilac, & set the eyeliner by applying CoverGirl e/s in “Purple Pop” with my pencil brush.

LIPS:  Carmex + “Stop Violence in the Home” lip gloss by The Body Shop

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep

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SN about my hair: Yes, I am still rocking my Summer 2011 staple style: the finger coil… Click here to watch a video tutorial on this easy & low-maintenance hairdo!

Tutorial: I found Nemo!!!

17 Jun

Click here to read the FOTD!