Is It Too Late Now To Say Sorry?/The Body Shop Haul Pt. 1

Hi Everyone!


Not sure where to start to be honest, it’s been a hectic and super stressful 2 months. Being a mum to two very young children certainly has its challenges, plus we’ve temporarily relocated to the UK, so I’ve had a LOT going on. Everytime I tried to write a post I’d feel so overwhelmed and incapable. I wasn’t happy with anything I was coming up with because it didn’t SOUND (or read) like me. I want people to be able to read my posts and laugh with/at me, and learn too But if I’m tired or anxious, it really tells in my writing.


As much as I absolutely love blogging, my role as a wife and mother is my first ministry so if I go missing pleaseeeeeee understand and bear with me. I’m so sorry. I love you very very much, and I won’t run off for an extended period of time again. Thank you.


Enough with the mushy stuff- lets get into today’s post. The great thing about being back in the UK is access to SOOO many products. If you are an avid reader of the blog, you’d know by now that 1 of my main skincare concerns is my eye area (I’m obsessed). I normally use the Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate during the day and the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum at night (I talk about both of them in depth HERE) . But IN THIS ECONOMY I was quite eager to find more affordable replacements because I get a lot of comments to review more ‘high street’ skincare, and to be perfectly honest my bank card is not in the mood to pay £55. For eye cream. To use during the day. Separate from my night eye treatment. So yeah. Enter The Body Shop!


I’ve never been a huge Body Shop fan (Lush Cosmetics over Body Shop ANY day) but I have heard good things about their skincare (facial) products. So I went down to the one by Selfridges (just in case I wasn’t impressed so I could accept defeat and walk grudgingly over to the Clarins stand).


The 2 options the very lovely Sales Assistant gave me when I explained my eye area concern to her (fine lines around my eyes) were the ‘Drops of Youth’ Youth Eye Concentrate and the Vitamin E Eye Cream.


Youth Eye Concentrate




The main ingredient in this is Plant Stem Cells (ooh, fancy!), which is a hot ticket ingredient in the beauty industry currently because of its anti aging properties. I LOVE that it comes as a roller pen thingymabob which helps relieve puffiness as you press the cooling ball gently into the skin under and around the eyes. The skin around my eyes also definitely felt firmer and tighter upon usage. However, it didn’t do anything for my fine lines. Nothing at all actually.



Vitamin E Eye Cream



This contains Vitamin E (obvs), Wheatgerm Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid (my favourite!!). I like this product. It absorbs very quickly after applying which means I’m able to apply another layer to really fill in any lines and really hydrate my eye area.


In conclusion, I think the Drops of Youth will be suited to those who have sagging around their eyes as it really tautens and firms up the skin. The Vitamin E one is great under makeup because it is hydrating but not greasy and it temporarily fills in fine lines, but in terms of actually TREATING eye concerns I didn’t find either of them to be particularly effective. I stopped using my Dr. Dennis Gross at night to try this out and I feel like my eye area has actually deteriorated a little. If the Dr. Dennis Gross came in a rollerpen like the Drops of youth it would be MAGIC! (Dr. D-G are you looking for a consultant with a fresh and international perspective?? Holla at me!).


For those of us in Nigeria, I still love THIS Oriki one. I have run out, but will be repurchasing upon my return.


That’s it guys! Has anyone tried any of these products? Who else is obsessed with their eye area (it can’t just be me, no one around me seems to particularly care and I don’t understand!).


Let Me Know,


  • Winifred
    Posted at 13:30h, 13 July Reply

    I’d try the vitamin E since I have never tried any eye cream before. If it doesn’t help, I’d go for oriki then! Thank you for this!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:20h, 28 July Reply

      Thank YOU Winifred! And please let me know how it goes xx

  • Ada
    Posted at 15:36h, 13 July Reply

    Sounds like the Vitamin E eye cream would be good for me. Love that it fills fine lines. I would consider it once my eye cream runs out.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:21h, 28 July Reply

      Ooh what eye cream do you currently use?

  • Nengi
    Posted at 23:44h, 13 July Reply

    Welcome back! Missed ya!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:21h, 28 July Reply

      I missed you more honey! Thank you so much xx

  • Sandra
    Posted at 09:31h, 14 July Reply

    I’m equally obsessed about my eye area. I’m dealing with puffiness and dark circles. Will the oriki brand be a good option for me? Thanks!
    p.s-I hope your relocation is temporal *sobs*

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:26h, 28 July Reply

      Hi Sandra! I personally feel like the Oriki is better suited to fine lines, but it could help with puffiness if it is kept cold in the fridge. And my relocation is temporary nwanne so fret not beautiful! xx

  • michy
    Posted at 10:00h, 14 July Reply

    Welcome back, sorry my question is unrelated to this topic, is your collaboration with bathkandy over?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:27h, 28 July Reply

      Hi Michy, the collaboration is over (for now)- but I will definitely keep you posted as to our upcoming project(s) xx

  • cec
    Posted at 17:19h, 14 July Reply

    Honestly I’ve been almost sad each time I checked to see new posts it you r explanation really warned my heart…its same things that matter to me more, I almost can’t believe myself sometimes. Now I’m joining your mushy train! *covers face *

    It’s good to have you back. I hope you and family settle in nicely for the time you’re in the UK.

    Shame neither of the eye products did you good as you would like, maybe you’d try again for other ‘high street’ products. A girl over here would like them, cost wise 🙂

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:29h, 28 July Reply

      Hi love!! Thank you so much for your support and understanding. And I’m definitely on the hunt for more high street brands so I will DEFINITELY keep you posted xx

  • ari odogwu
    Posted at 19:13h, 16 July Reply

    Hey, welcome back.

    I only started using eye creams only a couple of months ago because i had a medical condition that made my skin extremely dry and dehydrated, and my under eyes got particularly bad. I was out of work at the time, and so i took my short little self to Boots and i got the Simple ball roller for eyes. It worked a treat for my puffy eyes concerns. However i needed something that took care of the lines, and so i eventually settled for Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. It is good and you can definitely wear it under make up during the day as it is a tad matte. I don’t wear it during the day as i don’t have the time.

    welcome back girl, you were missed.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:31h, 28 July Reply

      Hi Ari! I’ve missed you terribly! Will look into the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream as I’ve heard lots about it actually! xx

  • AsTOldByGinger
    Posted at 11:38h, 25 July Reply

    Hi Nicole, i saw your latest article on BN and i clicked on the link to your own site and ‘m like Omg ? how could i have missed this… i love love your blog i couldnt get enough of it last night and i went through all your previous post.. l like the way you write its almost like i can hear you saying the words yourself… keep up the good work mam.

    P.S you just earned a blog reader for life✋

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:39h, 28 July Reply

      Hello Ginger! Thank you SO MUCH for your comment! I really really appreciate it! Please make sure you come back so we can get to know each other more! 🙂 xx

  • Mo
    Posted at 15:02h, 27 July Reply

    Thanks for this post. Really been looking for what I can use for the dark patches under my eyes

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:40h, 28 July Reply

      Hi Mo! The pleasure is all mine, please let me know how it all goes xx

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