So as you do at 1AM, I was looking up illuminators. I have huge smile lines, huge bags from uni and a bit of a shadow above my brows that I like to conceal, but I quite fancied trying the YSL Touche Eclat. Until it started looking a bit like marmite judging from reviews (although I do think people that don't like it seemed to have gone in thinking it was a concealer), and it didn't seem too clear whether YSL tested on animals or not, until I came across a review saying how The Body Shop (TBS) Lightening Touch was good, if not better.
So off I tottled to my nearest TBS, with my golden receipt in hand - oh yes, they give out receipts that when you spend £25, you get £10 off - a receipt I got when I spent £7? It's like a one off payment for a lifetime of spend £25 and get £10 off, it's amazing :P What's more, you can combine it with their 3 for 2 offers if they have it on. Now you know the reason for my haul ;)
This is TBS's Touche Lumiere (I choose to call it that because it sounds much cooler than Lightening Touch), which comes in 3 shades, that I think will cater for a wide range of skintones. I'm shade 1, but I think 2 was actually lighter! It's a really lightweight, pearlescent pinky peach formula which reminds me a lot of Origins Ginzing eye cream, and I find the effects really quite similar. I like this because even during my non-social, only-pop-out-for-lunch days, I can pop this under my eyes and places I want to highlight and look half decent. I've really enjoyed using this, although I do wonder if it's a placebo effect - I'll have to really work with it to see :)
When I got the lovely sales girl to try the Lightening Touch on me, she, to my surprised, use this humongo bongo foundation brush. Now I love my brushes - you guys know that - so I couldn't resist but pick this up as the first of my "3 for 2/spend £25 get £10 off"products. It's much flatter than my No7 Foundation Brush, and more like the MAC 190 so I thought it'd give a different effect from what I have and would be a worthwhile investment. For the Touche Lumiere, it is really good for patting in product. For foundation, it leaves a really nice streak-free finish which I was incredibly impressed by!
I could not for the life of me, decide on my third product. I uhm-ed and ah-ed between this Pressed Powder, Honey Bronzer and eyebrow pencil and settled on this. This was mainly because my Chanel Poudre Universelle, while being lovely, just wasn't cutting it with the amount of oil I produce in the city, and I don't have a powder I can take around with me that is the right shade and will provide coverage and mattify like my very missed Bourjois Compact Powder. I can say that I think I've found a pretty good dupe! I've only used it once as I've designated this my 'on-the-go' powder, but it's looking good thus far. And the packaging is so seeeeexy (it reminds me slightly of the car advert where it's like silver M&M's turning into cars? No?).
What is this fourth item you say?! Maybe not, but basically this wasn't from the store itself, but from this month's Marie Claire issue. A couple of months ago, I saw a woman on the tube applying this on her cheek and it looked fantastic! You could see her skin through it still, and it was just so natural and gorgeous and I've been uhm-ing and ah-ing over it since. So the joy when I was told this was to be a magazine freebie was beyond rational, to say the least. So of course, on the way back from TBS, I went by WHSmith to pick this baby up :) I've yet to use it, but I'm friggin' excited! It swatched a hot medium/dark pink so I think it will suit anyone and everyone. A 2-in-1 is always handy for the handbag too.
How much did that all set me back? A total of £21.20. I kid you not. I've safely got June's spend £25 and get £10 off voucher on my vanity, so I can go back for another treat next month - maybe one of their new body oils and something from their Lily Cole collection! ;)
I love the ethical approach of TBS, and they always have the basics of what you'd need. Their skincare is tailored to skintypes, and they have tester sets you can buy. They also have fantastic tools like natural sponges, face brushes and cotton pads which are always good to have, and I find it like a mini-drugstore in there that is just one, pretty, brand. I blimmin' love it.
Do you like the Body Shop?
What are your favourite products? :)