So last week I may have had a little splurge in The Body Shop. We all know how amazing their body butters are, but I have never bought any make up from them, so with my foundation running out, and my best mascara falling in the toilet (don’t ask – there was no alcohol involved AND the lid was down! Told you not to ask.) I decided now was as good a time as ever to see what The Body Shop has to offer.
Aside from being against animal testing, supporting community fair trade, defending human rights AND protecting the planet, The Body Shop have also teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall concert series for the second year running. Last year they help raise £500,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, and they’re aiming to double that by the end of this year! There are certain products where £1 of each sale goes towards the charity, as well as being able to add an optional 10p to the total of your purchases to donate as well.
Essential Brush Collection | Photo: Laura Peta
The first thing on my list was a new set of brushes. It’s something I’ve been meaning to get for a while but I’ve never got around to buying any. As part of The Body Shop’s Teenage Cancer Trust partnership they have three different packages of brushes to buy, rather than buying them individually. I opted for ‘The Essential Brush Collection’ which includes a blusher brush, an eye shadow brush and a foundation brush. I bought the pack for £18 (individually these brushes would have come to £33) – some pounds saved and £1 donated to Teenage Cancer Trust, a perfect deal, no? I absolutely love using these brushes, they’re so soft, and the blusher brush is shaped making it ideal for contoring and highlighting.
I have to admit that I am quite new to the whole foundation brush thing, I tend to use my fingers. However, since using this foundation brush there’s no going back! It feels so soft against my skin and gives a really smooth coverage. It’s also tapered slightly making it easier to get a flawless coverage around the eyes and nose. I’m totally addicted to using brushes now and I actually look forward to using it in the morning!! I am Laura Peta and I am a foundation brush convert.
Super Volume Mascara | Photo: Laura Peta
The next item on my list was a new mascara, having dropped the previous one in the loo! I like a volumising mascara in attempt to make the most of my stumpy little lashes. I opted for the ‘Super Volume Mascara’ and I have to say I am impressed. Although it doesn’t give my lashes the extra volume some other brands do, it does give them some length and oomph without making them look too false; a thumbs up in my book. I haven’t found it to be too clumpy, and it lasts a while, certainly long enough for a day’s work with a little top up for an evening out, and it doesn’t flake as some do. The only thing I do find is that the wand isn’t very tapered and I tend to get black smudges around my eyes when I reach the little lashes in the corners. Aside from this, I love this mascara, it’s a great everyday product.
Colour Crush Lipstick in Sweet Coral | Photo: Laura Peta
I have become a complete lip stick addict over the last few years, and as I was looking through the make up counter I decided to give a lip stick a go – after all, a girl can never have too many lipsticks. I really want a coral colour for the summer but I’ve been having trouble finding one that I really like. ‘Sweet Coral’ is a little pinker than I would normally go for and although I was uncertain the first time I used it, after a couple of wears I absolutely love it. It’s beautifully soft, and glides on leaving a faint colour, a couple of coats leaves a much more pigmented colour. There is a hint of sparkle to it and a faint rose scent. I can’t wait to wear this lip stick on a hot summer day, it will look perfect with a tan, a pony tail and sun dress.
Lightening Touch | Photo: Laura Peta
I have always suffered with dark circles under my eyes and I just can’t get rid of them (any hints and tips would be gratefully received!) so I decided to give The Body Shop ‘Lightening Touch Universal Radiance’ highlighter a go. Although it doesn’t cover them completely (it is too sheer for a concealer) I do feel it lifts them a little. It has a pearly sheen to it and is a great little highlighter for brushing across cheek bones. I don’t wear this product daily but I did wear it when we took the chap’s parents out for dinner last night. We took a few pictures after and the dark circles looked reduced. I would still like to experiment with this a bit further but so far so good with this highlighter.
I apologise for the poor quality of this picture I wasn’t intending to use it for the blog but I thought I would show you the post meal make up!
A sneak peak at how The Body Shop Lightening Touch Universal Radiance looks after a meal out! | Photo: Laura Peta
Almond Hand and Nail Cream | Photo: Laura Peta
My hands and nails have been getting really dry recently and I always find myself without a hand cream despite several floating around the apartment. So while I was in The Body Shop buying up everything that took my eye I thought I may as well treat myself to a hand cream. I opted for the Almond Hand and Nail Cream and IT’S AMAZING! I keep it in my bag and use it all the time. You only need the smallest amount otherwise it does leave your hands feeling a little greasy, but when used sparingly it leaves hands so soft and banishes the dry skin. The packaging reminds me of a tube of paint, which I kinda like. This hand cream comes in two sizes, 30ml for £5, or 100ml for £10. While I was there the larger tube was half price, and the lovely assistant switched my smaller tube for the larger one, and I’m glad she did as I use this product all the time!
And so concludes my Body Shop binge, all in all I’m really pleased with my beauty haul. It’s great to find make up with a wide variety of different colours, make up that is long lasting and from a company taking steps to save the world. Thank you Body Shop, you haven’t seen the last of me!
Have you sampled any Body Shop beauty products? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.