I have a thing for shower gels and I have a good stash that I think should last me all through 2016 if I am good. In 2015, I tried different brands of shower gel ranging from drug store, mid range and high end and I love all of them. I loved using the Soap and Glory Rich and Famous Shower Gel (£6.50) and it smells so delicious. I don't expect anything less from a shower gel infused with Almond, Brown Sugar and Oats. I always feel like tasting it each time I use it but I know that's a no-no. The next Shower Gel is the Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge* (£9) offering. I honestly have not used anything that smells so fresh and enticing. I feel like the fragrance would smell exactly how I have imagined posh and classy French ladies do (Just kidding!!). It really lingers on through the day and when I pair it with the matching Body Lotion, it's just bliss. I also purchased the Gingembre Rouge fragrance because I wanted my entire collection to be complete and I love it. The third favourite is the Body Shop Frosted Plum Shower Gel (now sold out) which was a late addition to my collection but one that has risen to become my most used shower gel. It smells so fruity and I love using it for everyday showers. It just has a beautiful way of making me feel vibrant. The last favourite is from Molton Brown and it's more of a luxury purchase. I was lucky to try out some Molton Brown products in April and December which I absolutely loved. It was my first time trying the Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Shower Gel (£20) and the one in this picture is the one I repurchased. I just cannot get over the beautiful fragrance and I used it more during the weekend for pamper nights. I also purchased the limited edition Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Shower Gel (£20). It's just perfection and I use this on proper pamper days only because it is limited edition and I need it to last as long as possible.
Yes, I am a little obsessed with making sure my Body Lotions match my shower gel. For this reason, I have the matching body lotions for the above named shower gels. I love the fact that you can make your shower gel fragrance stretch better when you use a matching body lotion. The only one that's not a perfect match is the Soap and Glory offering. The Body Lotion I chose which I felt was closest to the Shower Gel is the Smoothie Star Body Milk (£10) which I absolutely love. It smells very similar to the Rich and Famous Shower Gel and they are made from similar ingredients. It really moisturises my skin and smells incredible. The next one is the Gingembre Rouge Body Lotion* (£14) which smells similar to the Shower Gel and I am so pleased it comes with a pump. I can still smell the fragrance on my body during the course of the day which I love. The next favourite is the Body Shop Frosted Plum Body Lotion (sold out) which also smells as lovely as the matching shower gel. Initially, I was not pleased with the gold shimmer it has mixed in with the formula, however, I don't really mind any more. It's quite subtle although I think if you layer it, it may be quite noticeable (perfect for a night's out). The last ones are the Molton Brown Body Lotions which are my most used ones. I love everything about these body lotions especially the Delicious Rhubarb and Rose* (£20) and the Vintage 2015 Body Lotions*.(£26). I can't even describe how incredible they are and they leave my skin super soft and smooth.
Pamper Body Care
I shared a Pamper Post in 2015 where I showed some products I use in a full pamper day which you all seemed to like. The launch of the Body Shop Spa of the World range (review) in 2015 was a huge success and many people loved it because everything about it was amazing. I was lucky to try out the African Ximenia Body Scrub* (£18) and the French Lavender Massage Oil* (£14). First off, the packaging is so beautiful and it sits really pretty in my bathroom. The texture of the Body Scrub is one of the best I have tried in a long time as it's not too grainy or smooth; it's just the right texture. The fragrance is so beautiful and calming and I absolutely love it. I also enjoyed using the French Lavender Massage Oil, especially in the evenings, because it helped me relax better and get ready for bed. It does not feel greasy at all and I love how it gets absorbed so well.
In previous years I only ever used Sunscreen on my face, however in 2015, I started using Sunscreen on my body (mainly my arms and legs). The only brand I love is the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Sunscreen SPF 50* (£15.50). I use the Dry Touch Gel Sunscreen for my face and I already featured it on my 2015 Skincare Favourites but it can be used on the body. During Summer, I loved using the Anthelios Body Oil* (£18) which smells lovely and surprisingly sinks in so well. It is not greasy at all and it is also waterproof which makes it ideal for being in the pool. I really like it and it has made me more aware of using sunscreen on my body.
I am a hand cream girl and I am always on the look out for new ones to try. I keep hand creams everywhere; in my handbag, office desk, home desk, etc. I just love hand creams and I tried quite a few hand creams in 2015. However, I had to pick out three which completely stood out for me. The first is the Molton Brown Hand Cream- Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Hand Cream* (£10) which I have run out of already. I am so pleased I have a back up and I love the way it moisturises my hands and keeps it smelling so fresh. The next favourite is none other than the Soap and Glory Hand Food (£2.50) which is everyone's favourite and with good reason, too. It smells so lovely, moisturises my hands and retains the moisture. I just love it and I have finished the travel size and just transferred the full size to my handbag. Last but not least is the Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Rich Hydrator (£6.99) which I had heard so many god things about. It is very, very moisturising as it contains three forms of Hyaluronic acid. I love the packaging and it just feels very comfortable to use.It's perfect for Winter and if you suffer from dry hands/skin. These hand creams were my most used throughout 2015.
I was so lucky to receive so many lovely fragrances last year as birthday gifts and some were PR samples as well. I am planning a fragrance collection post soon so do keep your eyes peeled for it. However, there were three fragrances that stood out for me in 2015 and I know I would repurchase them once they completely run out (two are on their last legs already *weeps*). The first is my all time favourite - the Jo Malone Tuberose Angelica Cologne Intense (£100). I lusted after this fragrance for a good while and I was delighted when the BF got it for me for my birthday. I always feel super sophisticated, classy and feminine any I wear it. The next favourite is the Giorgio Armani Si Fragrance* (£67) which is the sexiest perfume I have ever tried. There is just something so different about it and I have been checking out all the possible discounts out there because I need to repurchase it super fast. Last but not the least is the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier* (£40.50) which I am obsessed with. It is one of the longest lasting fragrances I have ever tried and it was my Summer fragrance in 2015.
I am not sure I have talked about deodorants on this blog (maybe early last year) but I think they are quite important. I am not a big sweater but I love to smell nice. I try to choose formulas with fragrances that last all day and don't stain my clothing while dressing. The two products I enjoyed last year was the Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray (£1.63) and the Mitchum Advanced Control Flower Fresh (£1.99). They both smell lovely, last all day and control any sweating. However, I do prefer the Nivea one because it's truly invisible.
Nail Polish Remover
I just had to throw this in because it has to be one of the best Nail Polish removers I have ever tried. It's the Essie Good as Gone Nail Polish Remover (£6.99). It is a little bit more pricey than regular drug store versions but it works wonders. No matter how opaque your nail polish is, it would come off with just one or two swipes. Some nail polishes end up staining my nails when I don't remove them properly but this Essie Nail Polish Remover has put an end to it all. I highly recommend it and it does not make my fingers or cuticles feel dry at all.
That's pretty much all I was loving for Beauty in 2015. I do hope you enjoyed this post and found some new gems to try. If you have any product recommendations that rocked your world in 2015, I would be more than delighted to check them out. What was your absolute favourite beauty product in 2015?...xx
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