Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Review: The Body Shop Spring Collections

The Body Shop has debuted some really exciting new products for the Spring! It is with such pleasure that I have a chance to introduce The Spring Collections to you here on my blog. The colors are bright and cheerful, and will surely compliment any color skin tone and enhance your face with very feminine, soft, pretty colors. The Body Shop has also created a delightful new fragrance called LOVE ETC. for Spring that is absolutely a joyful scent to wear, especially during the hot sultry summer months. The scent is delicate, sensual, but not overbearing in any way. I am so thrilled to be able to include The Body Shop's Spring Trend Line as part of my Spring Radiance 2010 Guide. Here is the line up of splendid products that are ageless and timeless for all you lovely ladies out there:

Taken from The Body Shop's Spring Trend Press Release}


It’s time to embrace the beauty of spring. Revel in the new season’s style and celebrate the fresh hues of nature with the launch of The Body Shop ‘Nature’s Color Collection’, a gently contrasting range of hazy spring shades with soft, muted textures and innovative formats.

Spring’s fresh, ultra-feminine look takes inspiration from nature blossoming in the city. Sweep on the pretty petal hues and warm, vibrant tints of the new Spring Collection to create a new fashion-forward look that’s innocently alluring. With fabulous natural ingredients, products in the collection benefit from skin-caring Community Trade marula oil, a highly effective moisturizing ingredient that helps to condition the skin over time. The oil is sourced from the Eudafano Women’s Cooperative in Northern Namibia where trade means The Body Shop can access this moisturizing oil, while 5,000 women in rural communities are empowered with the rare opportunity of regular work and income. The Nature’s Color Collection will be in stores beginning January 25th.

Community Trade

The Body Shop new spring collections look fabulously stylish, while many of the ingredients and products are sourced through the unique Community Trade program, giving expert producers around the world access to a fair trade.

Community Trade Marula Oil from Namibia

Marula oil is a highly effective moisturizing ingredient that helps to condition the skin over time. It also provides essential fatty acids that help to restore the skin’s moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness. The Body Shop trade with Eudafano Women’s Cooperative provides more than 5000 women in marginalized, rural communities with the rare opportunity of regular work and income.

Community Trade Aloe Vera from Guatemala

Renowned for its incredible soothing and hydrating properties, pure aloe vera is perfect for sensitive skin formulations. The Body Shop trade provides an alternative income for farmers in a country where half the population earns less than $1 a day (the UN’s official poverty level), and helped with the provision of teaching materials for 100 schools in the district.

Community Trade Brazil Nut Oil Peru

Brazil nut oil is a versatile oil, which replenishes the natural oils in the skin, making it a rich skin moisturizer and an excellent hair conditioner. Trade with the suppliers in Peru provide a stable environment for over 250 families for whom opportunities to earn an income may otherwise be uncertain and trade with this supplier helps protect the future of the brazil nut trees.

Community Trade Sesame Seed oil

Sesame seed oil is easily absorbed into the skin. The Body Shop trades with sesame seed farmers in Nicaragua, through a cooperative in the town of Achuapa. This means that The Body Shop can secure high-quality sesame seed oil for use in its products, while these farmers have been able to cut-out the middleman as they earn an income, and they can plan a future for themselves and their families. As well as providing income for their basic needs, trade with the Juan Francisco Paz Silva Cooperative has helped strengthen the sense of solidarity and community in the area.


The Body Shop sent me several fabulous products to review. Right off the bat I want to say I love them all! The colors are stunning, really natural, and seemed to give off just the right amount of sparkle and color to make me look alive with a fresh, new glow! I find that The Body Shop produces really high quality products at really affordable prices. The colors always seem to benefit women of all ages and all skin tones. The products are universal, natural, and are sure to make you look and feel radiant. Here are the products I was able to test out:

Kiss of Color Cheek Blush
Price: $14.00

Give cheeks a radiant, rosy tint of color in an instant, thanks to the innovative blush stamp, easily portable for make-up application ‘on the go’. The sponge applicator is coated in the pressed powder so it can be applied lightly to the cheeks for a fresh-faced glow. Available in two delectable shades – 01 Vibrant Rose and 02 Golden Coral - the blush is stylishly presented in a fresh white pack with a handy mirror for make-up on the move. To help care for skin, the Cheek Blush features moisturizing Community Trade sesame seed oil and Community Trade brazil nut oil.

Best if you want to: Give yourself a rosy glow with a new and innotave way of applying color to the cheeks and face

Best for: all skin types

What it is designed to do:

- Sponge applicator is coated in the pressed powder and then applied lightly to the cheeks for a fresh faced glow.
- Community Trade Brazil nut oil moisturizes and softens skin.
- Presented in an innovative new format pack with a beautiful iridescent pearl finish with mirror.

International celebrity make-up artist, Chase Aston, says: “Softly smile, then press Kiss of Color onto the apples of your cheeks. Next, using either your finger or a blusher brush, blend up and along your cheekbones. These fantastic shades can be worn alone, or layered over The Body Shop® Lip & Cheek Stain to intensify the shade.”

MY THOUGHTS: I received this most innovative blush in the NEW Golden Coral. Of all the colors of the spectrum, Coral colors always look and work best for me. It can be the dead of winter when my skin looks sallow and pale or the middle of summer when I have a slight tan on my face, and coral shades will always make me look healthy, youthful, and vivid! I am so stoked by this product. Not only it is the coolest applicator, but it glides on so quickly, effortlessly, and easily. Then I used a small blush brush to spread the color exactly where I wanted it.

The color is just divine! It is very light, but gives your skin that golden peachy glow and the illusion of a gentle sun kissed dewy appearance, I adore this!!

Hi-Shine Lip Treatment
Price: $13.00

Hi-Shine Lip Treatment delivers a wash of pretty glossy color to lips with precision and ease. The high shine skin conditioning formula with Community Trade marula oil leaves lips looking irresistibly luscious. And the squeezable tube with rounded chiseled applicator means it’s quick and simple to apply – perfect for girls in a hurry. Pucker up with two delicious, luminous shades - 06 Party Pink and new limited edition 17 Golden Coral – for a sensational spring look.

Best if you want to: Keep your lips lustrous and conditioned with a passion fruit-scented gloss that features the perfect hint of color.

Best for: all skin tones

What it is designed to do:

- Pearl pigments give lips a glimmering finish.
- Provide effective hydration with an ultra-glossy, dermatologist-approved formulation that is long-lasting and non-sticky.
- Moisturizing Community Trade marula oil from Namibia helps to repair skin’s moisture barrier, leaving lips soft and supple.

Chase Aston’s Top Tip:

“two fabulous, super glossy, ultra moisturizing, must-have lip shades for Spring. Fresh and flirty, easy to wear shades that can be worn alone for a sheer hint of a tint, layered over Lip & Cheek Stain and Colourglide™ Lip Color.”

MY THOUGHTS: I received this terrific product in the NEW Golden Coral Color. This is the perfect companion for the Kiss of Color Cheek Blush. It is a very glossy, sheer color that just adds that little twinkle and shimmer to your lips to make them look luscious and hydrated and most definitely kissable. I am going to enjoy wearing this color either alone on the days I want a really natural look for my lips, or I am going to use it on top of a much darker shade to bring on the shine and gloss. It is going to be a product that multi-tasks for me, depending on the look I want to create for my lips.

The product has a nice consistency. It is glossy, so you do feel it on your lips. But it is not overly tacky or sticky feeling, like some similar lip products I have used before. It does take a little getting used to a glossy feeling on your lips, but once you are comfortable with the benefits that the moisturizing properties of the product provides you with, you will grow to love and want that glossy feeling.

Shimmer Cubes Palette No. 19
Price: $22.00

Illuminate eyes with a stunning burst of iridescent color. The limited edition Spring Trend Shimmer Cubes are four luminous eye powders in a sparkling palette of Sparkling Sky, Hushed Orchid, Sea Shell and Emerald Sea. Perfect for turning daytime make-up into a stunning party look, these shimmering shades bring a vibrant intensity to the season’s style. Furthermore, to help care for the delicate skin around the eyes, the moisturizing Shimmer Cubes contain moisturizing Community Trade marula oil.

Chase Aston’s Top Tip:

“These fabulous Pop-tastic shades are my favorite Shimmer Cubes ever! Wear shades alone, or smudged together, creating seamless, contrasting hues on the eye-lids. Use with the The Body Shop® metallic Eye Definers for a modern twist on the smoky eye, layer shades for an individual and unique eye-look. These four fantastic easy to wear shimmering shades can be applied dry for sheer hints of color. Or apply with a moist Brush, for a more intense wash of color”.

Best if you want to: Create a flirty, feminine look with four fresh, shimmering eye colors.

Best for: all skin tones

What it is designed to do:

- Light-diffusing particles and pearl pigments provide shimmer and sparkle to highlight skin and help to disguise fine lines.
- Community Trade marula oil from Namibia helps to condition skin over time and restore skin's moisture barrier.
- Convenient, lightweight pack is fully recyclable and provides four cubes in one. Carry the full palette or your favorite color for easy on-the-go application

MY THOUGHTS: I love that these shimmer eye shadows multi-task by providing you with breathtaking colors to wear as well as provide you with treatment for your eye area. That makes them doubly perfect to wear all spring and summer long! The colors have been carefully selected to wear coordinated together or they offer enough robustness that you can wear them alone. For those days that I want a more natural look I plan to wear one color alone but if I am feeling a little frisky (which is often) and I want to really have some fun and play up my eyes to create different unique looks for them, then I will experiment with mixing and blending the colors together in a way that is going to really accentuate my eyes. I love that you can either wear these shadows dry or you can apply them with a wet brush, again, another factor about them that makes them so versatile in what you can achieve with them.

When you have glamorous, vibrant, vivid colors like these don't be afraid to step outside your comfort box and have a good time experimenting with the different ways you can apply them to really highlight your eyes. You'd be surprised at how much of an affect just a little of experimenting and tweaking with color can have on how your appearance looks!

Love Gloss
Price: $12.00

Best if you want to: Create alluring lips with brilliant color and shine.

Best for: all skin tones

What it is designed to do:

- The specially designed heart-shaped brush has a reservoir that stores the gloss during application for an even layer of shiny color.

- Organic, virgin, cold-pressed Community Trade coconut oil softens and conditions skin.

- Community Trade cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, leaving skin soft and silky smooth.

MY THOUGHTS: I receive the Love Gloss in the really sweet Dusky Lavender Color. It is a really soft, light lavender shade that is just lovely! For me it is a sort of retro shade, reminiscent of what I wore when I was a teenager and it does give my lips that innocent, youthful color that makes me smile when I look in the mirror. Of course fifteen years later and I am not that teenager anymore, but she still exists within me and this color brings her out! It is a great shade to wear when you are outside on a warm balmy summer day. The shimmer and sparkle of the frost makes your lips look so pretty in the sunshine! Purple is one of my favorite colors and this gloss is going to be adorning my lips often.

I love the light glossiness of this product. It most definitely has a moisturizing effect on my lips which is just what I need when I am outside in the warm weather elements. I can wear this alone of pair it on top of one of my darker shades of lipsticks to switch up that color just a little. This will be in my purse so I can whip some on them in a flash when I want that lively, flirty look on my lips!

Delipscious Sheer Lip Shine
Price: $14.50

Best if you want to: Give your lips a soft wash of color and gorgeous shine with a range of hydrating lipsticks.

Best for: all skin tones

What it is designed to do:

- Moisturizing Community Trade marula oil from Namibia helps to repair skin’s moisture barrier and leaves lips soft and supple.
- Meadowfoam seed oil moisturizes and conditions lips.

- Portable, easy-to-use shaped applicator glides over the lips for a smooth finish.

MY THOUGHTS: I received this product in 2 different colors, Sheer Ruby and Sheer Peach. They are very different from one another in color, and both work beautifully with my skin tone. I tend to always wear "peachy" colors so having the sheer ruby is a nice change for me. It is incredible how one product like this can really revamp my look and help me to reinvent other aspects of my look along with it.

I really am pleased with this product. It is the perfect mix of a lipstick that serves to hydrate your lips as well. It gives you nice color coverage without leaving your lips dry or cakey feeling. I love the slender style of the applicator. You can slip these into your purse, they barely take up any room and you can discreetly and quickly add that splash of color to your lips and it is going to last and stay on your lips for a long time! This is more of a matte finish, so you can easily add the love gloss or the high shine lip treatment on top of either shade if you want to create your own illusion and color! I am all about being creative with your makeup, enjoy using it and think outside the box always!

LOVE ETC...™ Eau de Parfum
Price: $24.00 - $29.50 depending on Size

Fragrance personality: A sensuous blend of Egyptian jasmine with warm, radiant notes of vanilla and sandalwood.

Family: floriental


Top notes: pear, neroli, bergamot
Middle notes: jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley
Base notes: vanilla, sandalwood, musk cream

From that magical kiss you share with your crush, to the joy of purchasing those “to die for” shoes or having a fun girls night out with your besties....love is defined and experienced on different levels. The exuberance of love, happiness, fulfillment and
goodness are the ideals which inspired The Body Shop to launch love etc...TM to help women unleash their feel-good factor. love etc...TM is a sensual union of iconic feminine jasmine with indulgent notes of vanilla and sandalwood, especially created by one of the world’s finest ‘noses’ Dominique Ropion.

“love etc...TM sounds like a chorus, it smells like a captivating fragrance and it means people connecting in a world in movement. It suggests force, happiness, pleasure and life,” said perfumer Dominique Ropion.

Even the name signifies love in all its forms, the ‘et cetera’ is in our lives...the universal force which binds friends, the love we hold dear, the sweetest memories of places and events we treasure. love etc...TM will be available beginning October 19.

Release the force of love with this line of amorous products which will not only leave you smelling good but give you the confidence to liberate your spontaneity. love etc...TM Eau de Parfum (50ml, $29.50) and (30 ml, $24.00)

With its wonderful fragrance note, this Eau de Parfum taps into the joir de vivre exuded by young women. It’s all the more exciting to use this Eau de Parfum knowing it’s the first to include Community Trade alcohol made from organic sugar cane, which is both fairly-traded and organically-sourced from organic sugar cane farmers in Ecuador. The cooperative is formed of five associations with over 150 members, benefiting over 750 people. The farmers produce the organically-produced perfume base, or “cane juice,” from the foothills of the Andes where they have been cultivating organic sugar cane and distilling it for generations, using traditional methods of farming and production.

“One of the great pleasures for me is knowing that this fragrance features an alcohol base which is sourced through the unique Community Trade program from The Body Shop. This is definitely another route by which the whole concept of universal love comes alive with this unique fragrance,” said Dominique Ropion.

It is this base in the Eau de Parfum which ensures the longevity of the fragrance. On packaging, the alcohol base made from
organic sugar cane juice is referred to as “Alcohol Denat,” as The Body Shop conforms with international cosmetics ingredient
information regulation. This Eau de Parfum comes in a 100% recyclable glass bottle,

MY THOUGHTS: There is nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating than kicking off a new season with a brand new scent. You want to feel confident, look fabulous and smell amazing. How often has it been a hot sultry summer day and you get a whiff of someone wearing a scent of perfume or cologne that is so overpowering that you felt you were either going to hurl or get an immediate migraine from breathing in! I kid you not, this has happened to me, many times! I can assure you that this scent is not going to offend anyone on a hot summer day, in fact, it is going to entice them and allure them to gravitate towards you like you were a magnet!

It is a subtle, exotic, feminine, soft scent that will delight your senses and the senses of those around you. It is sweet and sexy, and just a splendid blends of fragrance notes that work harmoniously well together. I am so thrilled to be able to experience this new scent and honestly say it is spectacular. Now I want to be able to use the fine art of layering and purchase the body butter and body lotion so I can nourish my skin with this glorious fragrance.

THE BODY SHOP offers such a wide variety of truly fabulous products. You can visit their website by CLICKING HERE to browse around and treat yourself to some wonderful new products for Spring and Summer. Mother's Day is right around the corner, perhaps even select something special for your Mom while you are there! Enjoy shopping!

A very special THANK YOU to
The Body Shop for providing me with the products for this review.

Disclosure: I received from
The Body Shop the products from the Spring Collection for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.

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