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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.


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 & 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


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!