Haul: The Body Shop Super Offer

I friggin' love that place. I really do, it's the variety, the brand image, the ethics, the user-friendliness, the down-to-earth-ness - it just really draws me in! Anyway, had a bit of a haul the other day after months of just getting one thing at a time, or not properly splurging or 'hauling', so I came home a buzzed happy bunny with my bag of goodies.


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? :)

<3yu

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  1. i love the body shop and i can always spend like forever in there just browsing the products and smelling them because they smell so good! I love applying foundation with my body shop foundation brush, its amazing quality :) Great products you've picked up, and makes me want to go and shop there now~
    Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. Haha that's so true their scents are so amazing!

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  2. i am obsessed with the shop, always brill offers and staff willing to give a hand! x

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    1. That's true, their staff are always so lovely :)

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  3. i have a set of brushes from the body shop and i love them. The foundation brush is also great for applying translucent powder. I use it to set my concealer and the shape of the brush is perfect for right underneath my eyes.

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    1. Wow really? I have to try applying powder with it, is there a technique to it?

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  4. I love the body butters from body shop! Their skincare lines are quite decent as well!

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    1. Oh they're gorgeous! Yes I used to adore the Seaweed range! :)

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  5. I have never tried body shop makeup, I love their body butters, but have not ventured out farther than that. The touche lumiere looks interesting, I haven't tried any brightening pens for my under eye circles so I might have to give this one a go.

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    1. I recommend it, I find it really brightens your face! :)

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  6. I've not used many of their products- I'm not a fan of their scents (I much prefer l'occitane) I do think they are brilliant for customer service and offers though. I went in there to buy my first makeup brushes and the girl was so sweet, she showed me their range and told me how to use them! Pity that the brushes I bought were expensive and not all that great :(

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    1. Oh that's a shame, I haven't heard very bad things about their brushes at all! :(

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  7. I have never really tried The Body Shop products, but I'm curious! What would be one thing you would recommend? A good "first buy"?
    - Chelsey

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    1. That's a tough one! I love the Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact from their make-up line, the Lightening Touch and the powder from this post is great too. For body, I adore their body butters and shower gels, and can recommend the Seaweed skincare line if you have normal/combo skin :) Their born lippy lip balms are great too! :)

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  8. I have never tried any of their make up apart from that 2 in 1 tint which I got free in a magazine last year, haha!

    Maria xxx

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  9. Huh, I never really am drawn to Body Shop but after this I might just give it a go. Plus, like you say they do great offers x

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  10. That is a lovely post, you kind of make body shop seem attractive!!!I may have to check some of these products out!
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    1. I wasn't aware they were unattractive.. lol!

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  11. I picked up my copy of Marie Claire yesterday despite hating the cover girl *homewrecker anyone? I still haven't forgiven Angelina from stealing Brad. haha :D* Kidding aside the free Body Shop lip and cheek stain just drew me right in.1 of the reasons why I wanted to try it out was largely due to the fact that I really wanted to see how it compared to another stain I have in my collection- Benetint. I think a comparison post is in the future. :)

    I have tried it both on my cheeks and lips and already loved it at first swipe. Looks amazing especially on the lips.It just looks so beautiful. So simple but made my lips look a bit sexyyy :P I think I already prefer it to Benetint. The texture alone is already a winner :)

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    1. Oh I love Angelie Jolie haha! Wow that's really impressive, I still haven't tried it cuz I always forget to apply it before powder lol!

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  12. I haven't tried any Body Shop Make-Up before either (I remember in Uni I used to use a honey based shampoo/conditioner from them which was heaven) But I have heard good things about their foundations. Actually I think I have a Body Shop bronzer brush, it's not that great but then it must be like a million years old.

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    1. Ohh I've heard good things about their shampoo, especially their banana ones! :) I really like their Extra Virgin Minerals cream compact :)

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  13. That's so cheap! I love the body shop, but it's so so so expensive over here in Australia!

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    1. Their price definitely fluctuates over countries, in Japan they aren't as affordable either!

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