Happy Sunday, everyone! Last week, I attended a VIP bloggers’ event at The Body Shop in the Westgate shopping centre, Oxford. It was a really fun evening, filled with product demos, makeup and skincare consultation and lots of goodies. Sidenote, but they also had the best nibbles all evening courtesy of Wagamama – yum! I bought few products (of course) and they were also kind enough to gift a few as well. We’ll get to that in a second, but first I’d like to tell you about the event itself. Just a disclaimer: The Body Shop hasn’t paid me to write this post and the gifted products will have a * next to them.
The Westgate shopping centre only opened in autumn last year, and The Body Shop store in it is a really good size. The team did a really good job decorating it for the bloggers’ event and all of them were super lovely and friendly. There were a lot of things going on throughout the evening, with the focus on trying to spread awareness on The Body Shop petition against animal testing. You can read about it here. It’s such a good cause, and they have managed to get an impressive number of signatures so far. It will only take a minute to fill it out, so please do it if you can. 🙂
In terms of new product launches, The Body Shop have launched a new range of delicious sounding body yoghurts. They’re a lot more lightweight than their super popular body butters, so perfect for this time of year. I tried out a few of them in the shop, and they feel really good! And as with most things from this brand, they smell amazing too.
The part of the evening that I enjoyed the most was the personal skincare consultation I had with one one of their shop advisors. I know you get these at other shops too or in a department store, but I’d never actually had one before. I have combination skin, and she had a little dehydration-detecting thingy (obvs not the techinical term) that she used on my face to check the hydration levels. The results were really surprising! I knew my cheeks would be a little dehydrated, but my oil slick of a forehead was too. Just goes to show that oily skin can still be thirsty skin.
All in all, I had a wonderful time, and would love to do it again in the future! Now onto the haul!
They had a 30% discount, so I picked up three things I’d been meaning to try. They also gave me a goody bag filled with some other treats. I’ve not tried any of these yet, so this is by no means a review!
Drops of light exfoliator | £18.00
As I’d mentioned in my review of the Kiehl’s serum, my main skincare concern is dark spots left behind after breakouts. I haven’t been exfoliating as much as I should either, so when the lady in the store recommended this, I decided to give it a go. You’re supposed to work it into your skin and then rub it off. It rubs off in little pieces which can feel pretty weird! But the skin feels SO soft afterwards. I tried it on the back of my hand and I could not stop stroking it. Can’t wait to try it out on my face.
Amazonian Acai radiance mask | £17.00
First things first – this mask smells like an expensive spa and it looks like raspberry jam. Neither of these things are enough to make a mask work but they certainly prompt me to take a second look. I was after a radiance mask anyway, and two of my favourite masks are from the Body Shop, which gives me hope for this one.
Himalayan charcoal purifying mask | £17.00
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve had really good luck with The Body Shop masks in the past. My all-time favourite purifying mask, the blue corn face mask, has been sadly discontinued. I’m hoping that this one will be a worthy successor, because I’ve tried other brands and just haven’t found the one!
Hawaiian Kukui Body Cream* | £7.00
I’m not particularly fussy when it comes to body creams and lotions. I just tend to buy whatever is on offer! Having said that though, I can’t wait to try this cream. It smells so luxurious, almost like an expensive perfume. It is part of The Body Shop’s Spa of the World series, and I haven’t tried anything else from this range before. I think I will start using this in the cooler months though, because it looks a little too rich to use in the summer.
Shea Shower Cream* | £5.00
My skin gets really dry in the winter time, and I’ve to be a little careful about the shower products that I use in the colder months. I’m not the biggest fan of the smell of shea butter. but it doesn’t seem as strong in the shower cream, so I’m interested to see what this will be like.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Have you tried any of these products before? Do you have any other recommendations from The Body Shop? I’d love to know! 🙂