Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Products Of The Day #13 : The Body Shop


I think my first ever eyeshadows came in the form of the Body Shop shimmer cubes.

They were pigmented & beautiful and I was hooked from the get go. If you've read my beauty posts for a while, you'll have seen their Honey Bronzer pop up on more than one occasion and their brushes are up there with some of my all time favourites. So when I was asked to take part in their 'Testing On Bloggers' campaign alongside the RSPCA (something else I'm sure you know I'm passionate about - animals, of all fluffy shapes & size) - I couldn't say no.

Before I talk about the products, I think it would be hypocritical to not point out that, yes, I do own make-up from brands that sadly, somewhere down the line, test on animals. It's a heartbreaking situation and something that, in this day and age, should no longer be a necessity. I have, in the past, tried to purchase only from brands that don't test on animals, but it's such a tangled web of lies and carefully placed words, that it almost becomes an impossible task.

Thankfully animal testing was banned throughout the EU in 2009, however the great people at the RSPCA are continuing to fight to make a change and hopefully make this suffering a thing of past, throughout the rest of the world. As someone who has worked with the RSPCA, (when I used to work in kennels - best job ever), it's really a cause I'm 100% behind and just reading about it has given me a little bit of a wake-up call as to who I buy from. You can read more about the Makeover the World campaign here.

Of course, The Body Shop are renowned for their ethics and anti-animal testing stance, so it's lovely to try out more from a brand that is not only competitively priced but has a great background behind it. So here's the look I created!


I started by brushing through my brows with the Brow & Lash Comb(always a handy little tool to have). Then, I applied the Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Oh, Honey* all over the lid with the Eyeshadow Brush*; adding a little bit of a matte brown shade in the socket for extra definition. The shadows are really nicely pigmented, soft & buttery to apply - everything you could want from an eyeshadow! The brush is super soft, but possibly not the most ideal for blending, although great for packing on lots of colour.

Followed by a little cat-eye flick using their Liquid Eyeliner*, which was really easy to use and didn't transfer or smudge. Then to finish off, a coat or two of Define & Lengthen Mascara*. It has a nice, tapered wand, which made it easy to separate and elongate the lashes, plus it didn't budge or flake throughout the day - always a bonus!

On my face, I used the Shimmer Waves* palette in Blush (I feel like everyone has owned one of these at some point - my mum is a huge fan!) which added a lovely hint of pink with a subtle amount of sheen & shimmer. Then, the star of the show; the Colour Crush Shine Lipstick* Shade 18. I've got to admit, at first glance I was a little put off by how bright it was, but as it's a 'shine' lipstick, it applies very sheerly, although it can be built up easily, too. The formula is lovely and soft, super moisturising and leaves a nice sheen to the lips, making it perfect for everyday wear.

This campaign has definitely opened my eyes again to animal-testing and as much of a beauty junkie as I am, it has made me think twice when buying certain cosmetics. Here's hoping animal-testing will soon be a thing of the past.

What's your favourite Body Shop make-up product?
xo


*these products were kindly sent to me to review. all thoughts/opinions are, as ever, 100% honest
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  1. I really don't mean to downplay the good work that you're doing in trying to help abolish animal testing, and please forgive me if that's how I come across. However, considering The Body Shop is owned by L'Oreal Paris, one of the biggest animal testing companies in the world, I find it a little rich that they have this big campaign for said reasons, yet have no issue with who their parent company is. Am I being too pedantic?

    As far as I'm concerned, any campaigns to abolish animal testing are brilliant in my books, but I think in their case it would make much more sense to focus their efforts in-house before they turn around and try to tell all the other companies that animal testing is wrong.

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    1. Hi Eimear, I completely understand your point and thank you for putting it across. As far as I'm aware, the campaign is run by the RSPCA but they have collaborated with The Body Shop to promote it - rather than the Body Shop trying to tell other companies that animal testing is wrong.

      As I said, it's very hard to buy cosmetics that, somewhere down the line, aren't tested on animals sadly and I knew when posting this that L'Oreal Paris own The Body Shop, as I researched into it all when I was trying to buy cruelty free products in the past. It is a tricky one and not necessarily something I have the answer to I'm afraid, but as far as I'm concerned any attempt to ban animal-testing is a positive thing in my eyes and that's the message I was (hopefully) trying to get across.

      I really do appreciate & value your opinion, as it's something I was concerned about when writing this post, but as the outcome has been that it has made me consider where & what products I buy - I figured it could only be a positive thing. Thanks again xx

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    2. Samantha, first and foremost, thank you for your reply!

      I really hope you didn't take this as me criticising you for purchasing The Body Shop cosmetics. That was not my intention in the slightest and I sincerely apologise if that's how it came across to you. I was more voicing my discontentment with The Body Shop about their hypocrisy in campaigning against animal testing when their parent company is notorious for it!

      I understand your frustration in how difficult it is to buy cruelty free products. It's a dilemma I deal with myself on a daily basis, and I don't even wear make-up that often!

      Regardless of how I feel about the company involved, you're doing a great thing in highlighting the issue of animal cruelty, something I wish more beauty bloggers would highlight. And again, I apologise if my criticisms felt like criticisms towards you, as that was most definitely not my intention. :)

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    3. Oh no, not at all! :) sorry, I'm not offended in the slightest and I do genuinely appreciate your comments! They're along the same lines as what I was thinking about when typing up the post! But thank you so much again xx

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  2. I love The Body Shop! People forget about their make up range, but it's fantastic - I love their make up brushes and blushers. :)

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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    1. I really want to try the radiance primers & some more of their lipsticks as I was really impressed with this one :) xx

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  3. I forgot the name of your blog lol. I like that brand, and I understand the effort of th campaing.
    I try to buy cruelty free but sometimes can´t help it. I am not a vegan or veggie, so... anyway there also products, not makeup products i mean that are tested with animals, people should not forget it.

    sorry for the english :P

    take care

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    1. Ah, thank you! I know what you mean. I think sometimes the thought really is what counts in these situations and it's great they're making some kind of effort in a market that could easily turn a blind eye :) Xx

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  4. there are not a product that like me so much but the last years their new collections are so lovely!!
    Maybe i'll try some of them.
    Thank!! im going to take a look of your last post that i ve missed, sorry for the delay :)

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    1. You should! I think you'd be pleasantly surprised :) xx

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  5. Some great picks, I really want to try out their mascaras as I've heard good things! I love my BB cream that I got from The Body Shop recently, it's perfect for days when you really can't be bothered and my skin still looks good from using it! x

    Always, Alice x

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    1. I'd love to give that a try! :) it does sound great! xx

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  6. I've been having a read through all the campaign information too and it's really got me thinking about the products that I choose to buy. I know The Body Shop is owned by L'Oreal, which isn't ideal, but I do trust when they say they keep the profits of the business separate, maybe that's being too trusting but I'm going to look into more of The Body Shop's range again - I loved a lot of things back in my teens! xo

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    1. It's a tricky one, isn't it, but I think something is better than nothing, in terms of promoting and making people aware of animal testing, if nothing else. It's definitely easy to overlook or forget about when purchasing products! But they do have some really lovely bits & pieces in, the bronzer is one of the best I've ever used! xx

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  7. I definitely need to try out their brushes! I always mess around with them in store and they feel super soft.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha! They are really very soft. Their flat foundation brush is one of my personal faves! xx

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  8. I'm all about cruelty-free products. It's something that's so important for me, & I make every beauty decision based on this. I understand that many people think that buying a product from a company like The Body Shop, which is owned by a bigger mother company that is known to test on animals can be a little confusing, but I find it really important to support a daughter company that chooses to do the right thing. Getting the word out like The Body Shop does about animal testing, being completely against it & creating products that follow this motto is so inspirational! It is also important, because it can potentially show that bigger mother company that people really care about this topic, enough to maybe someday abolish these terrible practices.
    Great post, Samantha! <3 Thank you for using your blog to be the voice to so many helpless beings.

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

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    1. That's really great Sofia! I should really try a bit harder and be a bit more conscious in the decisions I make. I completely agree with your theory though and I think it's a great one to stick by. I'm so pleased you liked the post, thank you so much xx

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