I'm not a Beauty Blogger. I don’t wear much make up on a daily basis either so was surprised when I was invited to The Body Shops blogger launch of their Christmas Range.
I do admit that it has been a long time since I stepped foot in The Body Shop.
I remember the days where I would lather on my Body Butter, use the pots of lip balms and I always had a steady stream of their black head remover stick things before I decided to stop picking at my trouble skin.
I have always liked body butters and scented moisturisers as I don’t wear perfume often so find this to be a good compromise.
I headed to The Body Shop on Bourke Street, palms sweating as I am quite the awkward human and don’t know how to talk to strangers but the girls from 360 Immerse made me feel very welcome and I didn't have to be the pregnant girl hanging out by the food table on my own so that was a plus.
Unfortunately I could only stay for half an hour though as I had to go to the airport.
I was taken around and shown all the new range and great Christmas gift packs and have taken photos of my favorite choices, purely based on their kitsch cuteness.
I don't know why, but my dad and I both love tins. I think it runs in the family.
Perfect for the girl that loves pink says I.
Heart Strawberry Tin $29.95
I'm dead at the cuteness of these wash balls and sponges.
Reindeer, Pudding - gah so cute. I don't use a loofah/sponge thing but would totally hang this on my Christmas Tree but I am weird like that.
Reindeer Wash Ball & Sponge Pudding $7.95 each
Strawberry Sundae Cone Gift $26.95
All of these gift packs do double duty so far, come with cute packaging and body products.
Food! I may have loitered by the food table taking photos but did not indulge as I knew I had spaghetti bolognese waiting for me when I got back from the airport.
I regret this foolish decision now that I look back at the photos. What was I thinking?
We got to watch a make up demonstration, where Alix was the guinea pig.
The products applied went on beautifully.
It is about now that I look at my phone and realise "Shit, I am going to be so late and a flight is going to be missed" and I had to high tail it out of there in the middle of a demonstration.
We were given seriously generous gift bags so that we could try a selection of products and this is what was in the gift bags (RRP included for the sake of informational purposes):-
Ginger Sparkle Body Polish 200ml $20.95
Nom. This smells awesome. Lots of cinnamon. Beware, people may nosh on your arm.
Ginger Sparkle Body Butter 200ml $27.95
Cranberry Joy Body Butter 200ml $27.95
I'm not a fan of the scent of Cranberry. I don't know if I have even ever smelt cranberry before but there you go. It may be my delicate nostrils which are like those of a hound dog so this was my least favourite scent unfortunately.
Cranberry Joy Body Polish 200ml $20.95
Vanilla Bliss Body Butter 200ml $27.95
Vanilla is always a winner. You really cannot go wrong.
Eye Palette x 2 in 'Copper' and 'Moonstone' $44.95 each
These are fantastic, they include everything you may need for a smoky eye (including step by step instructions for silly people like me). The colour range is really lovely and I like the pigment. (Do I sound professional yet?).
The Sparkler - Dazzling Copper and Enchanting Gold $48.95 each
I have not tried this out yet but when tested on Alix it was subtle and quite lovely, not at all what I was expecting - which was a glitter explosion.
These will look beautiful on any vanity.
I think I will wear this in the place of where my collar bones used to be...
Slanted Kabuki Brush $39.95
This is a synthetic brush and it feels really lovely on my skin.
I'm looking forward to giving it a crack with my powder. You can never have too many brushes.
These two products come in a cute Tutti Fruity Bon Bon $12.95 pack but I accidently ripped the packaging in my haste to play with the products.
Take my word for it.
These smell lovely, I have a real soft spot for Body Milk.
Colourglide Shine in Ruby Sparkle $24.95
I didn't swatch the Coral but it is in one of the photos above.
I swatched Ruby Sparkle last night at the event on the back of my hand, it has a lovely sheen and a slight shimmer to it. It reminded me of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine range in the fact that it has a shimmer and glided on smoothly but has a much better coverage and staying power than the Coco Shine.
Book of Coconut $49.95
Not only does this pack come with products but it also comes with a recipe on the inside of the box! Double whammy I tell you.
You all know I love coconut products after my shopping spree on Pure Fiji. I wear coconut lotion every day and people always tell me I smell like vanilla or chocolate. I guess I smell like a Bounty Bar.
Since there were so many products in the gift bag I have shared them with my mum and my sister!
I wore this casual Target summer dress with a white belt under the bust (that's a new thing for me - not) and my Witchery Sandals.
Don't worry about my hair, I can assure you that it was as flat as a tack for some unfortunate reason.
I think that a lot of these products would make fantastic Kris Kringle gifts for the women in your lives because they are well priced, good products and cute to boot. I am the ringmaster of the KK at work so if anyone asks me for suggestions I will flick them to the Body Shop website.
So - tell me, do you like Christmas themed products? Have you recently shopped at The Body Shop?
I think I will be revisiting The Body Shop now after dismissing it for so many years. Who would have thought.
If you want to see more photos from other bloggers (or thoughts from beauty bloggers who know their shizz), the hash tag on Twitter and Instagram is #FestiveTreats.