A couple of weeks ago I was invited down to The Body Shop’s #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting event in Shoreditch. The event was one of the most fun ones that I have attended, and during it we were able to hear all about the history of The Body Shop, sign their anti-animal testing petition and watch a makeup masterclass. It was definitely an action packed two hours, and I left the event with a goody bag packed with beauty products.
I was so excited by the things I picked up that I just had to share them all with you in this blog post! At the event we were all able to build our own eyeshadow palette, choose our shade of each foundation and pick out three matte lipsticks. I loved how much choice we had in what we left with and since then I’ve been testing it all out.
Fresh Nude and Matte Clay foundation*
I’m very picky with my foundations, and at the moment there’s only one that I use religiously and that’s L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte foundation. I’ve bought countless tubes of it and have yet to find something that really competes (for me). Therefore, I’m always excited to test out new foundations because I’m really keen to find something that competes with my L’Oreal favourite.
The Body Shop’s Fresh Nude foundation is a light to medium formula that gives a dewy finish. This is definitely one that I’ll be using on good skin days and during the Spring/Summer months when I want a fresher finish for my skin. I really like the glass packaging and I was able to easily find a match for my skintone (my shade is Bali Vanilla) that wasn’t too pink or too yellow. I wore this yesterday, and the glowy finish it gave me was amazing! It stayed put all day (even though I didn’t use a primer) and was surprisingly good at covering minor red pigmentation and giving a really even coverage.
Now, onto the foundation I’m most excited to try out because it looks so similar to my beloved Infallible Matte! The Body Shop’s Matte Clay foundation will be launching in September, which seems like forever away, but I’m really excited for it because I think it’s going to be perfect for those of us who prefer a heavier coverage with a matte finish. My shade is Railay Beach.
The Fresh Nude foundation can be found here for £15
Lightening and darkening drops*
Now, these are a really good idea, especially for those of us who like to dabble in fake tan! The drops can be used to alter the shade of your foundation, or for highlighting and contouring, and I think I will probably get the most use out of the darkening drops when I tan and need my foundation to match my darker skin tone.
I would advise being very sparing with these drops so that you can make subtle changes to your foundation shades. I’m not sure if I will use these to highlight and contour because I prefer to use sticks so that I have more control and can be more precise with where I’m applying it.
The lightening and darkening drops can be found here for £10 each
Build your own palette*
I love custom palettes like these because they mean you can pick and choose exactly what you want in your palette and also chop and change what is included depending on what you fancy for the day/week/month.
The colours in my palette are as follows:
Top row, L-R: Giza Stone, Aztec Gold, Essaouira Bronze, Provence Ochre
Bottom row, L-R: Oregon Sunstone, Atacama Desert, Sienna Dust, Bengal Granite
As you can see, I’m really into orangey tones right now and I’ve included some darker shades so I can create a more dramatic look using this palette. My favourite shades are Atacama Desert and Bengal Granite.
You can build your own palette here at £4 per palette and £5 per eyeshadow refill.
Matte Lip Liquids*
We were able to pick three lip liquids out at the event, and it was so tricky to choose because there were so many lovely shades! In the end I settled on Tahiti Hibiscus, Taipei Orchid and Goa Magnolia. I really love the formula of these, they’re more like a lip cream and as you can see from the swatches above (one swipe) they’re really pigmented.
Tahiti Hibiscus is a blue-toned red shade. I find blue-toned reds suit me much better than anything orange-toned and they really suit my complexion.
Taipei Orchid is a baby pink that I think is going to be a perfect everyday pink. My friend Maria has this colour, and when she said she loved it I knew I also had to add it to my collection.
Goa Magnolia is a deep berry shade that I’m going to save for Autumn/Winter when I think I’ll get more use out of it. I love wearing colours like this with a flick of liner and lots of mascara.
The Matte Lip Liquids can be found here for £6 each.
One last thing…
We were able to get a body butter personalised while we were at the event so, of course, I had to share it with you in thins post! I opted for the British Rose Instant Glow body butter because I really love the scent of it and had my name put on the front, how cool is that?
The British Rose Instant Glow body butter can be found here for £6