Monday, 8 September 2014
Up & Coming From The Body Shop
I'm starting to feel like an advocate for The Body Shop, but I'm back with a whole new round of releases from one of my favourite brands! After today, I can honestly say that The Body Shop can do no wrong in my eyes.
First up we have a treat for the nails. Colour Crush Nail Polish has well and truly landed and I couldn't be more thrilled! Adorning my nails with these gorgeous, glossy colours and matching with the eyeshadows and lipsticks has been a gratifying conquest to say the least. Available in 24 shades, there's something for everyone. It's near enough Pantone heaven for a designer like me, a plethora of rainbow colours that delight on every level. Totally vegan, without harsh chemicals and entirely animal cruelty free, these nail polishes are as angelic as you're going to get in the nail world. Enriched with Community Fair Trade Marula Oil, this fast drying formula adds the perfect finish to the Colour Crush collection. I've been in love with Mint Cream* from the outset and Rosy Cheeks* looks wonderful with a tan. I've got my eye on Hemp Over Heels next, the ideal accompaniment to my lime green fashion kick. At £5 a bottle you can afford to splurge on a few choice colours, which will be in select stores from tomorrow but nationwide from September 16th.
For those who have invested in the glorious Colour Crush Eyeshadows, this next release is a must. The Body Shop All-In-One InstaBlur* is an eye primer that promises to tick all your primer needs. From concealing dark under eye circles, smoothing the eye lids to enhancing the vibrancy of eyeshadow, this little multi-action, yellow tinted tube does it all. Once again utilising the amazing Community Fair Trade Marula Oil, InstaBlur is especially adapted for the sensitive skin around the eyes. I know I've been applying this every day and have marvelled at how much deeper and pigmented my eyeshadows have been, and no budging in sight. Retailing at £10, this miracle primer is available from September 17th, so make sure you're one of the first to add this to your makeup bag.
Last, but by no means least, is the Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate*. Those with tired eyes rejoice as there is a saviour, and all it takes it a sweep with a rollerball. Using this every night results in riding yourself of those pesky 25kg eye bags (that you'd rather have left at home), reducing the appearance of fine lines (something I'm increasingly becoming aware of with age) and helping your eyes look their brightest. Enriched with the stem cells of the rare flower Edelweiss, this eye concentrate resorts and renews your skin, giving it that boost of youth that we're all striving to hold on to. Having both a pump and a rollerball was new to me, but really gives you all the product you need without going overboard. A figure 8 motion around the eyes massaged and stimulates the blood flow, meaning absorption happens effortlessly and doesn't damage this most delicate of areas. A single pump is all you need, and only needs gentle patting for it to sink in fully. Also available September 17th, you can pick one up for a mere £19. That's a lot of bang for such a small buck!
I feel I have to mention the wonderful experience I had in the Milton Keynes branch today, thanks to the wonderfully helpful and kind Michelle (who has been working there over 22 years). My mum has become very allergic to a chemical preservative called Methylisothiazolinone which happens to be in a lot of personal care products, including makeup, cleansers and even cleaning products like washing up liquid. This chemical is actually banned in both Canada and Japan but still presides in plenty of our every day products, which is truly frightening. So after doing our research, we found that The Body Shop actually is trying to phase out all use of these kind of preservatives, and we set about re-building her makeup bag with all the good things that would stop the inflammation. Michelle went over all the products with us, introducing certain ranges with expert knowledge and even reading all the labels just to make sure that there wouldn't be any issues. The whole experience just reinforced my faith in what a wonderful and attentive company The Body Shop is, leaving me with a glow from inside out. It was without question that I then moved on to pick up some goodies for myself, including the new Argan Body Oil which smells like holiday in a bottle.
A show of hands, who loves The Body Shop?