Monday 19 February 2024

The Body Shop Peppermint Collection

One range I absolutely love from The Body Shop is the Ginger Hair Care Collection and it is never not a staple in our bathroom, from the shampoo and conditioner to the scalp oil, it is brilliant.  However, the latest launch of the Peppermint Collection caught my eye and I quickly ordered a few of the products from the range when replenishing my Ginger hair care collection.
The Body Shop Peppermint Collection
Peppermint oil can calm and soothe skin because of menthol's cooling effect, it can also be great for use when you have a cold, relieve stress and headaches alongside a whole host if other benefits.

I picked up the Peppermint Shower Gel, Body Gel and Foot Scrub to try, other products within this range include a foot cream and a foot & leg mist. As you can see, with its bright blue packaging, the one word which stands out is 'invigorating' in this case taken to mean new or renewed strength or energy.

The Peppermint Invigorating Shower Gel (£8/250ml) and when used in the shower it is designed to make you feel instantly cool.   

Enriched with peppermint essential oil, the cool feeling when cleansing your body makes it ideal for those days when you are hot, post-workout or just need that calming coolness of the peppermint oil.  When used, the gel very quickly transforms into a really good lather of foam bubbles that wash away, leaving hot skin soothed and refreshed with moisture.

The second product is the Peppermint Reviving Pumice Foot Scrub (£10/100ml) and again, it is designed to revive feet and leave them feeling cool and refreshed.

As with the shower gel, this foot scrub is also enriched with peppermint essential oil and along side it is pumice and together they work to buffs away all of that dead, dry and hard skin and as it does so, refreshes and cools the feet. You can also use this scrub on other dry patches of skin, I have used it on my legs and it does a great job without being too abrasive by scratching the skins surface.

Then finally comes the Peppermint Invigorating Body Gel (£14/200ml) and ooh it is just fabulous to use on the skin and is once again enriched with peppermint oil.

With its utra-light, gel texture which is fast absorbing and leaves skin feeling moisturised for up to 48 hours, the refreshing peppermint formula has a -2°C cooling effect, so it really is the perfect way to cool down hot skin, any time and it does so without feeling uncomfortable. 

Three amazing products from a really refreshing and beautiful range of products that I am so glad I picked up and if you are tempted, I've got an offer for you!  Use my code AFFQUEEN gives you 20% off (excludes gifts, advent calendar and already discounted items).

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What Are the Different Mascara Brush Types and Their Benefits: A Guide to Perfect Lashes

Mascara is an essential tool in the beauty arsenal, enhancing the eyes by defining and dramatizing lashes. The type of mascara brush you choose can significantly impact the final look of your lashes. The brush is not just a tool for application; it can define, volumize, lengthen, and even separate your lashes to create a myriad of effects. Understanding the benefits of different mascara brush types is crucial to achieving the desired outcome for your lashes.
What Are the Different Mascara Brush Types and Their Benefits: A Guide to Perfect Lashes
There are various mascara wands, each crafted to meet specific needs and lash types. Nylon brushes are known for their dense bristles that offer dramatic volume, while molded silicone or plastic wands allow for careful lash separation, leading to a more natural appearance. Thin brushes with short bristles provide precision, ideal for minimal mess and detailed work on the lower lashes. In contrast, thick brushes with long bristles are synonymous with significant volume. The latest innovations in flexible brushes accommodate the natural shape of the lashes for a full volume effect with a single stroke.

Discover the intricacies of various mascara wand shapes and sizes to explore mascara brush types that best enhance your unique lash type.

Understanding Mascara Brushes

Choosing the right mascara brush is crucial for achieving the desired effect on your lashes, whether you're looking to enhance volume, curl, length, or thickness.

Material Differences

Mascara wands can be crafted from various materials, including nylon, plastic, and molded silicone. Nylon brushes are known for their flexibility, while plastic wands offer precision and crisp separation. Silicone mascara wands are revered for their ability to prevent clumping and ensure a smooth application.

Brush Shapes and Sizes

Brush shape contributes significantly to the final look of the lashes. Common shapes include the hourglass, which builds volume and curl; the comb and cone for precision and separation; the ball or round brush for targeted application; the curved brush which enhances curl; and the S-shaped brush that fits the contour of lashes for uniform coverage. Brush size also impacts application, with larger wands offering more volume and smaller ones providing precise detail.

Bristle Types

Bristles can be dense, short, spiky, or fine and fluffy. Dense bristles work best for thickness, while short and spiky bristles can reach the root of lashes for added lift. Fine and fluffy bristles are excellent for a natural, soft look. The type of bristle and molded designs impact the mascara's ability to define and separate lashes. A ball-tip wand is particularly useful for catching fine lashes at the corners of the eyes.

Specific Brush Types and Their Functions

Mascara wands come in diverse shapes and designs, each with a specific purpose to enhance the beauty of the lashes, from offering volume and length to precise separation and curl.

Classic Wands

The classic mascara wand is a staple in makeup kits due to its versatility and ease of use. It typically features a straight, cylindrical shape providing consistent coating for both volume and definition. The standard brush allows for easy application to upper and lower lashes, including those hard-to-reach areas, thanks to its tapered end.

Curved Wands

Curved wands are specially designed to mimic the natural shape of the eye, aiding in the effortless curling of eyelashes. The curved brush acts to lift and bend straight lashes for a more dramatic curl. Options like the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara illustrate the benefits of an s-shaped brush in delivering both curl and volume.

Precision Tips

Precision-tipped wands, such as micro or skinny brushes, target small and lower lashes with greater accuracy. The precision of these brushes is exemplified in products like the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, known for its tiny brush that easily reaches lower lashes for a defined look without smudging.

Innovative Designs

Innovative mascara wands take many forms such as comb brushes, ball-tip wands, and bubble brushes. Each innovative design has a unique purpose; comb brushes aid in the separation of lashes, ball wands like the Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes offer pinpoint precision in coating each lash, and flexible designs work to distribute mascara evenly and prevent clumping.


Key Takeaways

  • Different mascara brushes can dramatically alter lash appearance.
  • Selection should be tailored to lash type and the desired effect.
  • Innovations in brush design offer precise application and versatile looks.

Choosing the right mascara brush type can greatly enhance one's makeup routine. Different wands offer varied benefits: from volumizing with a thick, fluffy brush to providing precision and reach with ball-shaped tips. For those seeking length and flexibility, nylon wand brushes are a popular choice. Ultimately, the perfect mascara wand is one that aligns with the desired effect, whether it’s to elongate, define, or amplify the natural beauty of the lashes.

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