03 May 2011

Launch of The Body Shop Honey Bronze collection

 

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Karim Sattar, The Body Shop's International Make Up Artist, any more, he goes and brings out the big guns: his mother. The adorable German make up maestro was in town last week to launch the Body Shop’s Summer Trend collection, Honey Bronze, and he brought his mum along for the ride.

Karim put the new collection through its paces by demonstrating the products on both his lovely mother and on 20-something model, Lucy, and gave us a few pearls of wisdom as he went along – like the recipe for his own natural facemask, a simple mixture of honey, lemon and yogurt that Karim uses weekly.

L-R Shimmering Dry Oil (€25.95), Brilliance Powder (€25.95), Bronzing Gel for Face (€18), Lip Nectar in Honeycomb, a shimmering caramel-nude, and Honey Bunch, an on-trend coral (€14.50 each) and Bronzing Powder (€20.50), available in 4 shades.
The Honey Bronze collection comprises five moisturising pieces with bee-friendly, Community Fair Trade honey and beeswax.  The products also contain other natural moisturisers like Fair Trade marula and brazil nut oils, which Karim explained helped the products to go on smoothly with no patchiness – even when combining powders and creams.

Now generally speaking I’m a little wary of bronzer because it’s so easy to go over-the-top, so I was delighted that the looks Karim created were all about very natural, sun-kissed beauty.

He started and finished each look with a spritz of the Body Shop’s Vitamin E face mist, before applying the Honey Bronze products with a lovely light touch. The range includes Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, Brilliance Powder, Bronzing Gel For Face, Lip Nectar and Bronzing Powder - all pictured above.

Crowd shot from the launch event
I was interested to see him apply both the dry oil and the facial gel with a brush, which I didn’t expect, and in the way he applied the Body Shop’s lip stain to the inner rims of the lips before gloss.  Other tips included using the shimmery Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder over the hair for subtle sparkle, while the matte Bronzing Powder was suggested to mask a graying hairline.

We were given a lovely goody bag to take away and I’ve had a lot of fun trying out the products. The Bronzing Powder has been getting daily use to shade and contour (I got shade #4, the darkest), and I’m building up the courage to slap on a bit of the gorgeous looking Dry Oil in the very near future. 

Photos courtesy of The Body Shop
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