Christmas With The Body Shop

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I couldn’t resist heading down to The Body Shop Metro Centre when they invited bloggers from the North East to check out their Christmas range. I have always been a fan of the The Body Shop, although owned by L’oreal, I like how they have remained loyal towards their stance against animal testing so I was rather excited to see some of their new products.

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They have brought out three new scents for Christmas season: Spiced Apple, Frosted Berries and Vanilla Chai. My personal favourite is the Spiced Apple scent. I can remember they had something similar a couple of years ago and it just brings back all the memories. For those of you familiar with Lush products, it is much like the So White Bath Bomb (review here) that they have available. The Spiced Apple scent is fresh and fruity but still festive whereas the Frosted Berries is a lot more berry-scented  much like their Strawberry skincare range and Vanilla Chai reminds me of fresh baked cookies.

We were given the chance to test the out the Exfoliating Sugar Scrub in a scent of our choice. Macara, who writes at Macara’s Space, chose the Frosted Berries scent and I went for the Vanilla Chai. The sugar scrub itself leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft by lifting away any dead skin cells. After application of the matching Body Butter, my hands felt so nourished and smooth that I couldn’t help applying some to the rest of my body when I got home. As well as the usual skincare in all three scents, they have also introduced a candle that would be lovely lit on a cosy evening and home fragrance oil to spread over potpourri giving your home a lovely festive scent as guests walk into your home.

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Personally, I think The Body Shop makeup is underrated in the blogging community. I wrote a post last year about how lovely their foundation is (read here) and it is still a regular in my collection today so I was super excited to find out more about their new makeup releases.

First up was the Matte Liquid Lipsticks which I was super excited about after stalking their Instagram page. They come in 12 shades so you are guaranteed to find one that you will fall in love with. The wand makes for easy application too. Once the gloss has set, the lipstick feels lightweight on the lips and has a creamy, velvet touch however I found that I did need to re-apply the lipstick throughout the day. I picked up Tahiti Hibiscus which is a lovely red shade and Goa Magnolia which is a dark pink shade. I adore both colours however I have found I’ve been reaching for Tahiti a lot more which is unusual for me as I am not usually a red lip kinda gal.

Although I love the new liquid lipsticks and it is great to have them in my collection, nothing would prepare me for their Eye Colour Sticks. Honestly, I am in love! Over the past two weeks all my eyeshadow palettes have been pushed aside for this beauty. The chunky eye shadow stick is perfect for creating flicks and wings, shading and mixing with other colours but that’s not the main reason on why I have fell in love with them. If your looking for a product with intense colour that won’t budge on your Christmas night out then this needs to be on your list, I’m telling you. After two showers later and endless hand washing, the line I drawn on my hand to swatch the product in the image above hadn’t budged and I have never experienced anything like that. I can confidently do my makeup in the mornings and feel comfortable knowing I don’t need to think about my eye makeup until I come back home. I went for Cyprus Bronze however I love the sound of the other three in the collection too.

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This year, every specially selected gift that we purchase will protect one square metre of the rainforest and the creatures in it. This also includes their new personalised body butters where you can print off your favourite animal along with eleven characters and add it onto your very own body butter. As I mentioned in yesterday’s gift guide I think this is a lovely idea for a stocking or as a little addition in a present. We were gifted a body butter of our choice from the Christmas range so I naturally went for Spiced Apple. There was a range of rainforest animals to choose from but I went for the Panda because they are one of my favourite animals and I managed to fit my blog name on too but you could write whatever you like on. Another stocking filler I really like is the new Reggie bath sponges that also contribute to the cause.

Overall it was a lovely evening and I really enjoyed meeting the Metro Centre team and some new bloggers that came along to the event.

What’s your favourite Christmas scent from The Body Shop this year? Have you tried any of their new makeup releases? Let me know in the comments.

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