The Body Shop Addendum

At the Avenues with my darling sister-in-law (my younger brother’s wife), I popped into The Body Shop and picked up these 2 Eye Creams. I was so impressed by the Oils of Life Sleeping Cream (hauled here) that I wanted to try out something else from the Oils of Life range, which happened to be the Oils of Life Eye Cream-Gel. While there, I was also quite charmed by the Unperfumed Eye Gel (which happened to be on sale) so I got 2 of that, as well; 1 for my sister-in-law and 1 for myself.

Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel retails for KD 12/000 (no sale)

Unperfumed Eyed Gel retails for KD 3/500 reduced to KD 1/500

I was so blown away by how awesome the Oils of Life Sleeping Cream was (hauled here) that I went back shortly after, so I could maybe find something for the eyes, from that very same range. They had a bunch of products in the Oils of Life range but it was mostly face stuff (oil, essence, etc…) and the only other thing that I could find for the eyes, from that range, was a Precision Eye Massager (rollerball) and the Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel (both of which are meant to be used together). I passed on the Massager (my fingers will do just fine, thank you very much) but I snapped up the Oils of Life Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel immediately. It wasn’t on sale (meaning I probably used up however much money that I’d saved during my previous The Body Shop haul) but I didn’t care because I was so convinced that it would be worth it!

As soon as I patted this stuff on my under-eye area (using my pinky), I could feel the difference (not in a good way), almost immediately. My under-eye area felt substantially heavier, despite their claims of this stuff being “light” and “non-sticky”. It wasn’t an uncomfortable feeling per say. It’s just that I was quite conscious of this stuff being on my under-eye area, unlike colored contacts (or earrings) where you just throw them on, and just sorta’ forget about them. With this stuff, I could feel it, so I could never forgot that it was there (ergo conscious). I chalked it up to me just not being used to eye creams.

However, while laying on my side and reading my Kindle in bed (I need to read before falling asleep) some of this stuff got in my eye and let me tell you, it burned like mutha’! I was careful to avoid getting this stuff too close to my eyes when I was applying it, but I couldn’t control it once it was actually on. I attribute the burn to the alcohol denat (because why wouldn’t you include alcohol in an eye product? -_- ) which is third on the ingredients list, right after glycerin (second) and aqua (first). Also, this might be TMI but I never (not rarely, but never) wake up with eye boogers. I’m not sure why that is, but I think it might be because I get a maximum of 4 hours of sleep per night (on a good day) and generally, you need to be asleep for longer to get eye boogers. Every single time I’d use this Eye Cream-Gel, I’d wake up to eye boogers (on the outer corners of my eyes), regardless of how long I’d slept. When I’d go to wash my face after waking up, the Eye Cream-Gel would get in my eyes and burn them all over again! Good times…

Oils of Life Eye Cream-Gel retails for KD 12/000

By infusing three precious seed oils known for their revitalizing and repairing properties into an ultra-light and airy smoothing texture, we created the Oils Of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel to revitalize the eye contour and visibly reduce signs of ageing.

I was smitten with the idea of using the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel and the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream together, so sure that they’d be more potent when used in conjunction with each other, that I couldn’t help but develop high hopes for this stuff! As soon as I opened it, I noticed that the consistency of the Eye Cream-Gel was quite different from the Sleeping Cream. This stuff actually had flecks of gold in it (blech) which was a pretty ominous sign, right from the start. It smelled funky too (very alcohol-y). Upon application, it practically highlighted my dark circles (dry, un-moisturized, dull skin makes them less… obvious). I mean I wasn’t going anywhere (I apply this stuff before bed-time) so I don’t really care, but just thought it was worth mentioning. Plus, it felt heavy, greasy, and burned every time it got in my eyes. I’m still using it, on and off, because I can’t give it away (sharing eye stuff is unhygienic) and don’t want to throw it away (that would be wasteful since it’s still almost full). So far, I’m really not enjoying using the Oils of Life Eye Cream-Gel, at all!

Verdict: no bueno.

Unperfumed Eye Gel retails for KD 3/500 reduced to KD 1/500

Fragrance free, wide-awake refreshment to soothe, cool, and refresh those delicate peepers. With gentle elderflower extract and witch hazel.

I couldn’t resist picking this up Unperfumed Eye Gel, as well (because who doesn’t buy Eye Creams two at a time? totally normal, yeah?), for several reasons. First of all, I thought it looked aesthetically appealing (clear gel in a tiny circular pot, all so very cute!). Second of all, it was unperfumed, so I figured I could mix in a few drops of something or other (pretending I’m a chemist), before applying it to my under-eye area. There’s something that’s just so appealing about mixing and creating your very own personal concoctions (like a scientist… or a witch)! Third, it was a clear gel and I love all things gel because they tend to absorb faster into the skin, so I figured I could use this stuff beforehand, to make my concealer go on more smoothly. I also wanted to try popping this into the fridge during Summer, as a cooling treat for my peepers. Lastly, even if it turned out to be the worst Eye Gel in the world, it was only KD 1/500 (dirt cheap) so I wasn’t exactly breaking the bank. That said, I have yet to use this stuff because I’m currently working my way through the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel.

Ultra Fine Bath Lily retails for KD 2/250

Team our Ultra Fine Bath Lily with any body wash to enhance the lather. Perfect for gently cleansing and exfoliating your skin.

At Marina Mall, I picked up this Pink Bath Lily from The Body Shop (as an afterthought). I was originally there because I’d been lusting after the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel (which I also got). Normally, I prefer super rough and tough exfoliating loofahs such as my beloved Riffi Massage Strap (reviewed here). However, for the sensitive and delicate areas of the body, I tend to go with something slightly more gentle, such as this Pink Bath Lily. As you all know (or should know, at least) all massage straps, shower puffs, bath lilies, exfoliating gloves, loofahs and such, should be replaced regularly (because these things collect dead skin cells, and if you couple that with the humidity in the bathroom, they become a breeding ground for mold). I thought it was high time that I replace my previous shower puff thing-y, that’s why I got this one. Plus, this one was pink (cute)! If Pink isn’t your thing, this Bath Lily is also available in a variety of different colors at The Body Shop.

Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel retails for KD 10/000

Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Peel exfoliates and gently peels off impurities from your skin, lifting dead skin cells and residue. This revolutionary gel-to-peel leaves skin feeling clean and purified from the day’s pollutants.

Youth Liquid Peel with 3 plant stem cells Edelweiss from Italian Alps, Sea Holly & Criste Marine from the Brittany Coast.

This Youth Liquid Peel was the whole reason why I was visiting The Body Shop so soon after my previous visits. I just get so excited about exfoliating (yeah, yeah, I’m a bit… abnormal, I’m well aware) and this stuff was new (at the time). Everything from what was written on the packaging (not sure what Criste Marine even is, but so excited to find out), down to the description sounded delightful! Even the beautiful green packaging was reminiscent of both the Lancome Energie de Vie range and my beloved Lierac Purifying Cleanser (reviewed here)! I could not wait to get back home to try this!

Turns out the Drops of Youth – Youth Liquid Peel was a complete waste of money! At least the Oils of Life Eye Cream-Gel, regardless of how I felt about it, was still doing something, unlike this Youth Liquid Peel, which was effectively useless! First of all, it had a strong, unpleasant, alcohol scent (more skincare with alcohol in it, yay) which was disappointing, because I was expecting this to smell pleasant (fresh or citrus-y) like the Drops of Youth Wonderblur (previously hauled here). Second, it had the strangest consistency ever (Gel-to-Peel, indeed!) that was all slick and sticky upon application, before drying into itty-bitty crumbly bits (that wash off) and leaving behind an obnoxious (albeit skin-softening), slick residue (that absolutely refused to wash off). No exfoliation took place, despite the appearance of the itty-bitty crumbly bits or “exfoliating residue” as they call it. There was nothing to peel off and I most certainly did not feel like dead skin was being lifted. In fact, if anything, I felt a barrier (from the hydrating residue), form over the dead skin, making my face feel even more dirty! The itty-bitty crumbly bits washed off easily enough (clung to my eyebrows though, which was was annoying), but the hydrating residue refused to go away (which drove me crazy)! If you’re a regular read of my blog, you’ll know that my ultimate pet peeve is products that leave any sort of residue on the skin. Basically, the Youth Liquid Peel was an all around mess.

In theory, this Youth Liquid Peel was a dream! In reality, it turned out to be a nightmare!

Drops of Youth Sleeping Mask
This refreshing face mask has been formulated to address the first signs of ageing, for skin that feels softer, smoother and deeply cleansed.

Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate
This innovative concentrate helps to enhance skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher, and healthier.

I also picked up a few samples from other products in the Drops of Youth range (Sleeping Mask and Youth Concentrate to play around with later.

This was my receipt from my Marina Mall trip to The Body Shop. I can’t find my receipt from the Avenues trip to The Body Shop (where I purchased the Eye Stuff, at the top of this post). If it was an option, I totally would’ve returned the Drops of Youth – Youth Liquid Peel because it was such a gimmick-y product (and I fell for it, hook, line, and sinker) but that’s now how things go in third world countries, so I guess we’re stuck with each other, for the time being.

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