Monday, December 30, 2013

[Review] - Cranberry Joy Shower Scrub And Moisture Collection

Hello everybodiiiiiiiiies! ^o^

Merry Christmas! Feliz navidad! Frohe Weihnachten! Glædelig Jul! สุขสันต์วันคริสมาสต์!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and families (or perhaps you went on adventures in foreign countries like several of my friends did) :O

This year I mostly got money because I had told my family that I preferred experiences over materialistic gifts. I did get a few things however, and one of them was from my little brother Frederik (Thanks again!).
He had bought me the Cranberry Joy Shower Scrub And Moisture Collection from THE BODY SHOP.
I thought the set was super cute and I really wanted to share with you my experience of it, so here you go. My review!

Enjoy the fruity, limited-edition scent of cranberry from top to toe with this pampering box set
Cleanse your skin with the shower gel or soap. Exfoliate with the body scrub and help seal the moisture with the body butter.
Inside are four wonderful limited edition items:
  • The Cranberry Joy Shower Gel
  • The Cranberry Joy Heart Soap
  • The Cranberry Joy Body Scrub
  • The Cranberry Joy Body Butter

Cranberry Joy Shower Gel 
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"This gentle, soap-free shower gel has a festive cranberry fragrance. It’s a limited edition, created just for Christmas."

I followed their advice and started out with the gel. It had a very strong and fruity smell. I can't tell if it really did smell like cranberry since I've never smelled those, but it was nice indeed. They say that for a more foamy result, you can use a loofah to apply it. I didn't know this before I used it but using your hands will work just fine as well.
My skin was left clean and soft.

Cranberry Joy Heart Soap
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"This limited-edition heart soap makes a great stocking filler. It has a fruity cranberry fragrance and contains ground walnut shell."

I'm not a big fan of hand soap, if I may call it that, and have never been; therefore, I can't say much about this one. Instead of using it in my shower, I used it to wash my left hand a little earlier today. It is softer than my right hand and also smoother. Once again I'm not sure about the exfoliating part, I'll leave that to the body butter. 
The scent from this is not as strong as from the other items and when washed off, it leaves more of a clean scent than of cranberries (or perhaps my nose has just gone finally numb).

Cranberry Joy Body Polish
"This limited-edition festive body exfoliator is gentle enough to use every day. It removes dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling softer and smoother, and has a fruity cranberry fragrance. It leaves a natural Christmas glow."

Like the gel, the polish also had a very liquid consistency. It contained what looks like little seeds.
After using the gel, it said to apply the body polish. I believe a body polish is different from a body scrub because it is so gentle. It left my skin super smooth and very soft. I'm not so sure about the exfoliation part though...
The minor red grains didn't scrape like they would in a body scrub. The smell was a little more sour than the gel, which didn't impress me. I did, however, like how it didn't leave my skin greasy-like like my lemon body scrub does. 

Cranberry Joy Body Butter
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"Our iconic Body Butter in a limited-edition festive fragrance. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling softer and smoother."

Last step was the body butter. 
Since the consistency was so thick, I had to apply a bit to cover my whole body. It probable won't last long if I have to use that much every time.
It says to seal the moisture within your skin and leave it moisturized up to 24 hours. My plan was to write this review yesterday as that was the day I used these products but here, 24 hours and 45 minutes later, my skin still feels super soft and moisturized. THAT sure was a surprise!
My skin feels soft and smooth and my mom constantly tells me how nice I smell (my pyjamas that I wore all day after showering yesterday also has a strong scent). Even though you might not smell it after half an hour, everybody else will.
It smells better on than in the little container so don't let that fool you. A big plus is also how this does NOT feel greasy and sticky on the skin after application, I guess because it really does "melt" into your skin. 

Overall I really liked the set and I think it's pretty cool how it's limited to only be sold around Christmas time. I do like the scent but I think it'd be a little too strong for my every day life. Maybe others will be able to pull it off but it wouldn't fit me that well. For Christmas and big events I think it's great! It adds that one extra little thing to make your appearance complete~
If you think this sound like something you'd like to try, don't hesitate to go get it!

I also reviewed the Cranberry Joy Lip Balm if you are interested in more products from the series. You can find the post about it HERE

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Exotic Spas

A few days ago, I received a very pleasant mail from Kate Schumer of Priority One Jets. She told me that she had stumbled upon my blog and asked me if I'd like to share their latest blog post about exotic spas around the world, as she thought it would be interesting for my readers. I was very excited that she found my blog fitting for this job and I couldn't agree more with her. Of course I said yes!

"For some, the pursuit for the elusive fountain of youth doesn't end with a trip to the local drugstore. Whether it’s a sprinkle of diamond dust or a slather of caviar, there is no limit on the lengths that some are willing to go to maintain that youthful glow. From exclusive treatments to luxurious locations, here are a few places to visit where the spas are as breathtaking as the local scenery.
Japan (Beverage Pools) – Green tea isn’t only a thirst quencher at the Yunessun Spa in Japan. Several separate, large pools at the spa are filled with warm coffee, green tea, and wine. Visitors are encouraged to choose a pool based on their desired treatment, which ranges from enhancing the immune system to the treatment of fatigue.
Iceland (Mineral Massages) – Mud, salts, and minerals take center stage at this picturesque spa. The Blue Lagoon, among other spas in the area, utilizes different elements of nature to provide a calming and relaxing trip. From in-water massages to algae wraps, visitors ages 6 and up can experience the big outdoors in a completely new way!
Miami (Evian Bath) – This is one time you won’t want to “splish splash” while taking a bath! The $5,000 treatment is a favorite of tennis champion Serena Williams and hailed as the most expensive bath in the world. Located exclusively at the Spa V in Hotel Victor in South Beach, 1,000 bottles of Evian water are used in the process of this treatment. It is believed the French mineral water detoxifies and purifies the skin.
Italy (Hay Bath) – This natural treatment has been a fixture at the Hotel Heubad since 1903, drawing tourists from all over looking for relief from mild to severe medical problems. From muscle cramps to stiff joints, both locals and several doctors have hailed the hay bath as a positive but temporary treatment.
Portugal (Chocolate Facial) – While dark chocolate is considered the “healthy” chocolate for the body conscious, visitors at the Aquapura Douro Valley Spa can get their antioxidants another way. The 40- minute treatment consists of oxygen infused, melted Swiss chocolate spread over the face. It is believed this facial fights aging, promotes healing and accelerates cellular rejuvenation."
Personally, I'd love to go to the Yunessun Spa Resort as I've heard a lot of positive feedback on green tea treatments and because Japanese hot springs fascinate me for some reason. But I sure find it hard to choose... the mineral massage in Iceland sounds good too

You can find the original article below and don't forget to check out their other articles as well :)

She also asked me to share with you a tip on how I like to de-stress during the hectic holiday season.
Unfortunately for me, there are no spas in my area (the only one we had went bankrupt last week), leaving me all by myself. Of course I enjoy giving myself a luxurious and professional treatment, but I don't mind sitting at home either.

One of my most favorite methods to de-stress, is to wear a hair mask and a face mask while sitting in my pyjamas and listening to soft music. And by soft music, I mean something like this.
That way, not only do I treat my body but I also get to unwind my mind and relax.
It's quick and something you can easily do yourself~

There is nothing better than feeling healthy 

How do you de-stress?
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