The Body Shop Beauty: Review and Swatches

7 Mar 2016

Hi, friends! Long time, no content! I've been struggling with sickness after sickness and balancing life plus school but I'm feeling better and inspired to start blogging again! As I've mentioned in previous posts, I have very little self-control when it comes to purchasing makeup (That's definitely not hard to tell). I just can't help but fall in love with new products and the cute little displays certainly don't help in my favor. I believe in honesty when writing blog posts, so I'll honest and say that I've been trying to put myself on a little hiatus because makeup gets expensive when you want everything! However, I also have to admit that I caved last month when I saw a beautiful post on Instagram and thus my guilty down spiral. But if anybody asks.. the lady was so friendly that I had no idea what was happening and everything snuck home with me. (I wish :P) I should also mention that this was one of their buy three and get three free events so it was quite the way to save some cash!

Let's talk about the product that started this whole blog post first, shall we? This is their Baked-To-Last Bronzer in Shade 02. Although it didn't photograph particularly well, it has gorgeous pink and champagne shimmers marbled through it with a very warm toned bronze color, and let me tell you... This is worth every penny! At first, I was a little nervous because I thought I would come out looking like an Oompa Loompa but was pleasantly surprised by the healthy glow it gave me. I was advised not to use it as a contour shade but I'm a rebel and I haven't found it too shimmery for me just yet. I use a fluffy brush for my forehead and a tapered brush for my cheeks and then go over everything with a clean brush. It gives me just enough to be defined and still natural!

The next thing that I got to go with the bronzer is their All-In-One-Blusher in Ginger. I was told that this was a safe color by the saleslady. It was also one of their most popular for all skin tones apparently. It matches the pink found in the bronzer as well so they make a good team! I have to agree with her on the safe color because it's very natural but I wished it had a tiny bit more pigmentation on the cheeks. As you can tell by the swatch, the blush is a gorgeous baby pink/coral color in the pan, and with a ridiculous amount of scrubbing on my arm. However, It just doesn't transfer the same on the cheeks because the color is very faint. I'm not sure where that color goes but I'm sad that it's not on my face with this one. You can build up the color to be somewhat visible but I'm going to explore other ways to make this work because I really love the shade. I'll definitely report back on this experimentation. 

The next two products that caught my eye were two of their newer products. I've been really into finding my HG primer and foundation lately, so I had to pick these up. The foundation is their new Fresh Nude Foundation in shade Chelsea. that claims to be hydrating and leave you with a fresh and semi-matte complexion. I don't like heavy foundations because I have very dry skin, especially in the winter so sounded like a dream. I'm glad I picked this up because it feels wonderful on the skin and live up the claims of being hydrating. I'd say it's a medium to light coverage but you can easily build it up on trouble areas without it being cakey. 

The All-In-One Instablur Primer, on the other hand, is a different story as well. While it did smooth my skin and pores out, I felt that it didn't make my makeup stay on very long and left my skin feeling very dry. It especially emphasized dryness on my cheeks and chin. I'm sad that this didn't work for me but I've noticed that they have a hydrating primer that might fit my needs a little better, so I will definitely check that out in the future!
The last product that I bought was the Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner & Brow Definer. I wasn't originally in the market for a gel eyeliner because I'm such a huge fan of liquid eyeliners, but the lady said that this was her baby so I was intrigued. I can't speak about the eyebrow part of this product because it's jet black and with blond hair, I think I would look a little silly. However, I think the eyeliner part is something you either love or hate and I unfortunately just didn't not like this. I felt like the product wasn't creamy enough to apply to my eye even with brushes other than the one provided. Even the swatch was hard to get a solid line so I wasn't really impressed with this.

This is what my full face looks like after I've used almost everything in the post and I think that it wears pretty well! The only thing that I don't have on is the eyeliner because it's a huge pain in the ass to apply. Overall, I think that The Body Shop has some really nice products, and I would definitely be interested in trying out some more in the future. What I especially love  about The Body Shop is how committed to Fair Trade they are and don't test on animals. (Although I do buy products that sadly test on animals, it's nice to know that no bunnies are harmed in the making. It's also nice knowing that they ingredients will make my skin happy instead of adding all kinds of unknowns. Keep in mind that this is my own opinion and doesn't reflect what the products might do for you! I'm absolutely not telling you to stay away from the products that I haven't liked and encourage you to give them a try if they sound interesting to you! :)

With love,

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