When I think The Body Shop I always think of pampering, eco-friendly, natural products with a social conscience. To be sure, The Body Shop has plenty of those, and I love their incredible scents. If you are seeking gifts for the holidays, there’s still time to get all your holiday shopping done under one roof at The Body Shop. You can pick up stocking stuffers, purchase a pre-packaged gift or personalize a gift in a bag or basket that lets you make gifts only you can envision!
But: The Body Shop also has great makeup. For the holidays, sparkle is the theme for day and for night, with a variety of colors and formulas that let you stay subtle at the office, and “touch up” with all-out glamour and glitter for a night-time party. Of course, since these products are from The Body Shop, they are still created from naturally-derived ingredients sourced through The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade Program. The Body Shop doesn’t exploit the people who have farmed and produced the ingredients used in The Body Shop products (e.g. Cocoa Butter from Ghana, Marula Oil from Namibia, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from Samoa). They pay a fair price to benefit these workers laboring in disadvantaged countries and invest in bettering these communities through The Body Shop fair trade practices.
So what’s available in the stores right now in terms of holiday makeup, to make your holidays even more merry and bright? Plenty!
|Chase Aston works his makeup magic for holiday DAYtime|
Makeup Artist Chase Aston demonstrated the Winter trend makeup collection on real models. I met Chase last season, while he was demonstrating The Body Shop’s Summer collection. Chase has worked on tons of celebrities and models, but his approach is easy to follow, even for those who are all thumbs when it comes to makeup application, especially when applying user-friendly, The Body Shop makeup products.
My favorite cosmetics are those in pre-packaged palettes. They’re not just more affordable, they also are color coordinated so you get the most out of every product. For the holidays, The Body Shop features two palettes for just $25.00 each. The palettes are made from recycled paper and have nice interior mirrors plus an included, dual-tipped sponge applicator. The eye shadows feature Community Fair Trade marula oil from Namibia, to help condition your skin. The eye shadows are shimmery, and they’re sheer and soft and silky and easy to blend! I remember Chase telling me that The Body Shop customer prefers shimmers to matte formulas. In addition, these palettes work for women of all cultures and from different countries. There is a lot of thought put into what colors are going to be showcased for any given season!
# O1 Twilight, features soft, sheer, daylight friendly colors such as “Violet Sky, Lilac Mist, Pink Champagne and a deep liner: Damson Velvet” , plus a highlighter in pearl. These are shimmery, but the soft lilac, violet and pink make them perfect for the office. TIP: Smooth the cream highlighter on the eyelid first, then add the powder eye shadows, for a more shimmery, pearly effect.
For the evening, The #02 Midnight Palette gives you a glamorous but modern, smokey eye featuring pink, bronze and silver. The colors are: “Silver Moon, Bronze Blaze, Pink Light and Starry Night (an inky black with glitter). There is also a highlighter with a golden glow called “Lunar.” Although I’ve been shy about using pink on my eyelids, Pink Light magically looks rosy, not red, so it flatters every complexion. It’s made me a big fan of pink! Add the glittery liner and tint the browbone with the golden highlight and even a conservative woman can look fresh and modern — and ready for a special evening out.
|a little glitter on eyes takes a look from day to party!|
Chase showed The Advice Sisters how to create a day-to-evening look with both palettes, with the addition of something small enough to fit into a tiny evening bag: a Stardust Glitter Pot. These are just $10.00 each and really amp up the party look. There is a hot pink (01 Pink) and a gold (O2 Gold Light). These are not any old glitter pots – they are finely milled so that they sparkle like a thousand stars. TIP: although Chase said he didn’t mind the look of some glitter getting loose and falling onto the skin, if you apply the glitter (with a brush) over the cream highlighters in the palettes, above, they’ll “stick” a bit better. Also, if you’re over a certain age and glitter on your eyes is just not something you think you can carry off, try putting some of the glitter in your hair, or on your shoulders or dab a bit onto your lips. You don’t need a lot, but even a tiny bit makes a daytime look, party-perfect.
If you’re going to use a lot of glitter on your eyes, then the lips need to be downplayed, or you’ll look comic, not elegant. Love Lip Gloss $12.00 in #19 Twinkling Pink gives you a barely-there, pink lip tint, with plenty of light-catching sparkle to make lips shiny and pouty, without being “loud.” The fresh fruity scent reminds me of cranberries, and the gloss applies precisely with a spade-shaped sponge applicator. A ring of cute, silver hearts around the lip gloss tube is a nice touch. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for a lip-gloss obsessed friend, sister, mother, co-worker…….
For all over shimmer, I adore The Sparkler In Boudoir Pink $18.00. This is the “it” makeup gift of the season! The Body Shop Sparkler is a girly atomizer that releases a sheer, pink, shimmery powder to highlight the face, body and hair. Spray it everywhere! The powder is good for all skin types and it’s light-diffusing particles instantly brighten skin. Who doesn’t love an atomizer? It gets you in the mood to dress up and go out!
Get The Body Shop Holiday 2010 Winter Trend Makeup through January (while supplies last) at any The Body Shop retail store, or visit The Body Shop Web Site