04 November 2010

The Body Shop Winter Trends Collection: "Sugar-plum fairies dancing in their heads"*

Look, like it or not, this is the case: Christmas, my friends, is next month. No, I don’t know how it happened and I’m not even remotely prepared for it either, physically, mentally or, er, fiscally.

But there are a couple of things that are making me feel a little bit better about the onset of the festive season. And those things are: mulled wine, obviously, and sparkly bits.

Now, while in Scotland last month I popped into The Body Shop in Glasgow’s Central Station to pick up a couple of ‘wee mindings’ for the mother and mother-in-law. The lovely, enthusiastic shop assistants glamoured up my scented candles with tissue, cellophane and ribbons and then, then! The real magic happened. They reached for a pretty, pink, vintage-inspired atomiser bottle and with a couple of gentle puffs, added a fine layer of gorgeous pearlescent pink shimmer to the tissue-wrapped gifts. Oh my.

I realised that I was in the presence of The Sparkler, about which there has been much buzz on the beauty blogs of late.  The uses for this special-edition, ‘boudoir-chic’ atomiser, part of The Body Shop’s Winter Trend Make-Up collection, seemingly know no bounds -- not only twinkling up your gifts, but highlighting the face, body and hair with a veil of iridescent sparkle-dust. Oh, and it smells gorgeous, too.

Had I known it wouldn’t be available here till 11th November -- when it’ll be priced at €19.95 -- I’d have snapped it up and done a little bit of pearly, sparkled gloating round the office. (Not that they'd have noticed -- I wandered around for half the day yesterday uninformed about the red lipstick on my teeth. The shame.)

The Winter Trend Collection also includes all sorts of other sparkly goodness, including pink and gold glitter pots, silver glitter liquid liner, two shades of Love lip gloss (natural and pink sparkle), and glittery nail polish in Starry Night -- black flecked with silver -- or the pearlised Twinkling Pink.  

The Body Shop very kindly sent me a press pack for the collection, which alas, didn't contain The Sparkler,  but did  inform me that all the products are very reasonably priced -- ranging from €8.50 for the nail colour, to €14.55 for the liquid eyeliner.

There are also two sleek looking limited edition eye palettes, €22.50 each, inTwilight and Midnight. Each contains four eye shadows plus a highlighter -- Twilight includes Violet Sky, Lilac Mist, Pink Champagne and Damson Velvet with Pearl highlighter, and Midnight features Silver Moon, Bronze Blaze, Pink Light, Starry Night and highlighter in Lunar.

This is feel-good beauty too, as the Winter Trend Collection features natural ingredients – like marula oil from Namibia, cocoa butter from Ghana and organic virgin coconut oil from Samoa – that are sourced through The Body Shop Community Fair Trade programme. 

*Lyric from The Ramones, ‘Merry Christmas’, also known as The Best Christmas Song In The World, Ever.  In fact, here (you can thank me later):


Claudia. said...

oooo wouldn't i love one of those sparkly spritzies for christmas!! that whole collection looks absolutely gorgeous- i love anything that glitters!! :P

Roxy said...

Oh, pretty! I never think of The Body Shop for make up really but I must pop in and check this out.

Girl About Town said...

Ooh sparkley!!! I looove pink so the bottle would be fabby on my bedside table and I love the nailpolish pink sparklies and lipgloss too - total lipgloss addict!!!

Clodagh said...

I really really like the fair trade aspect of this, I remember I did a project when I was at school on the beauty business and concluded that all beauty companies should basically act like The Body Shop in terms of fair trade, no testing on animals etc etc, that being said I haven't really used the products since school! This range looks pretty and christmassy so will have a look next time I'm in town!

Sara K said...

I was in London earlier in the year and my room buddy had this magic sparkle stuff much like you describe above. I went abit to town on the stuff as she casually mentioned that it cost something around the 50 buck mark. this sounds just as pritty, just as sparkly, way more verstile and my "necessary splurge" for next week. chrimbo is just too long away to wait.

oh, a wee add on. within my makeup collection I've various bruges by Mac, bobby brown, boots, benefit and various others. By far The Body Shop brushes are my best buys for quality and lasting the test of time. more affordable than the high end version and with at least two more stars for durability and quality.

that is all. x

sara k said...

so I went to get me the sparkler having had a miserable day. it's just ten bucks. ten!!! but alas, totally sold out everywhere and they're on their sixth weekly order since it's release! gutting! but I've two ordered for next week, the girls in shop had it on skin, on hair, everywhere. pretty in pink it is xx

fluff and fripperies said...

TEN QUID AS OPPOSED TO TWENTY EURO?? Am outraged. Just remember as you open your tiny little meagre and abstemious Christmas present from me, it cost me twice as much as you think it did. So I probably spent ooh at least six quid on it this year ;)

fluff and fripperies said...

Oh, and no wonder it's sold out. I'd say it's fluffyblog readers that are leading the pack.