The Body Shop: buy 3 get 2 free!

Monday, September 6, 2010

So…  now would be a good time to stock up on things like the newly-redone Vitamin C line! I felt bad after the last Steals and Deals post, because the good ones were US-only — but this one is for us Canadians, too! (In the US, the sale’s actually only buy-two-get-one-free, whereas we have buy-two-get-one and buy-three-get-two. Crazy, right?)

Additionally, all facial accessories are two for $6, and both Originals and (all) blotting tissues are two for $10!

Here’s what I’d pick up, if I wasn’t on a crazy skin diet! That face wash sounds like it would smell great ;)

The Body Shop, The Body Shop, The Body Shop

The Body Shop Friends and Family – 20% off!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Today and tomorrow, get 20% off all (US?) online purchases at The Body Shop with the code FF10.

Here’s what we recommend…

Keeping us dry: The Body Shop’s DeoDry line!

Friday, August 13, 2010

What it is: The Body Shop DeoDry Dry-Effect deodorants

A bit about the line: The nifty thing about the DeoDry line is that, while being all the lovely things most “natural” deodorants are (paraben-free, aluminum-salt-free, etc,) the Body Shop has also worked in all sorts of nifty “mainstream” antiperspirant traits as well: great scents that last for more than five minutes, the option of roll-ons vs solids, and decreased sweating. Plus, the solids are translucent and waxy (in other words, the DeoDry line doesn’t leave white marks,) and the roll-on containers can be used again with a new liquid cartridge when they’ve run out to reduce waste. It sounds like a dream come true, right?

Liquid — Chilled and Breezy

Well, here’s the good news: it is a dream come true! I’ve been running around with the roll-on for the past little while, and I’ve really been liking it. Though (like any roll-on,) it does take a fair amount of time to dry, it’s just lovely when it is dry — while I don’t notice a huge decrease in sweating, it does keep me from smelling funky. The scent that I’ve been wearing is perfect; just heavy enough that I’ll catch a whiff every now and again, but light enough that it doesn’t interfere with my perfume.

However, I realize I’m not the best judge to review a deodorant for you ladies. Like many other Asian ladies,  I do sweat, but it doesn’t ever really… smell. (At least, my family’s like this. Anyone else?) I’ve gone weeks in the winter without wearing deodorant at all, and there has literally been no difference in smelliness. As for the sweating? Not even “clinical strength” antiperspirants decrease that! (I tried one last summer out of curiosity. Liked the deo, but didn’t really get results.)

So, I had my smelly enemy try one, too.

(If by “smelly enemy” we actually mean “awesome but not smelly friend, who happens to be able to answer questions about deodorant.” I really just wanted to be able to use the phrase “smelly enemy” because it sounds cute.)

(Smelly enemy smelly enemy smellenemy!)

Solid — Cool and Zesty

Becky, the gorgeous gal from posts like this one, took this stick to the sweltering heat of New York in July. And guess what?

She didn’t hate it! Ta-da!

Like the roll-on, the solid sticks come in three scents, prevent smelliness, and don’t leave white marks on your clothing. However, Becky noted one problem: the packaging.  For whatever reason, these lids have a stopper built into them, which means that you have to rollrollroll the stick up when you use it, then rollrollroll it back down to put the cap on.

Solid — Fresh and Floral

So, this category’s really just here because I wanted to share some photos and some thoughts on the scent ;)  I don’t think you’ll need a separate review for it, as the formula’s the same as the other solids! However, seeing as this is the last scent in the line… may as well, right?

Anyhow. It’s cute, it’s pink, and it smells the part! I found this to be very feminine, and give off the strongest scent of the bunch. Nothing too annoying, but it definitely is a touch more scented the other two. Ironically, though, Becky’s reaction was “it smells like my dad.”

I guess scents really are subjective!

The verdict?

Overall, we were really happy with the new DeoDry line, and I was particularly thrilled with the Chilled and Breezy roll-on! (I have a friend who picked up the very same one, and loves it just as much.) The only problem is the lid of the solid deodorants, which I agree is… well, we’ll just say “less than optimal.” However, I didn’t have any such problems with the roll-on — in fact, I really liked the packaging! It’s well-made and lightweight, but it doesn’t feel flimsy.

Try them if…

  • You’ll be buying the roll-on, because I cannot find a single problem with this!
  • You want a liquid that’s pretty low-packaging in the long term (remember: refills.)
  • You want an aluminum-free deodorant, but you still want the benefits of a drugstore anti-perspiriant, like reduced sweat and cute packaging.
  • You’re sick of having to make the compromise of using natural deodorants that smell like crushed, dead leaves. Ick! There are only three DeoDry fragrances (so far,) but they’re pretty well-crafted scents.

Skip them if…

  • The packaging problem of the sticks is going to bother you. But, maybe the stopper actually comes out, and two smart chicas just couldn’t figure it out? *puzzled*

Hey there, fallout!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What it is: The Body Shop Baked Eye Colour in Moonstone

The shade: Moonstone is a pretty combination of a creamy off-white and a silvery dark grey. Both sides are flecked with plenty of shimmer and subtle veining, and are just a delight to look at in the pan! The darker hue is more ashen then I’d usually work with, but I can definitely see it working well in a sexy, smokey silver eye, especially (but not only) for cool toned gals. As for the lighter shade, it’s neutral (and sheer) enough to act as a shimmery wash for pretty much any skintone.

The formula: Ick, ick, ick! Moonstone has a ton of fallout, and unless you foil the living daylights out of your shadows, you’re really not going to get much pigmentation. What looks like innocent shimmer in the pan practically turns out to be a full-on glitter assult, complete with agressive particle size! That said, though, the pigmentation does really perk up with primer and foiling (sorry I don’t have swatches for you ladies,) but you’ll still really have to clean up that fallout.

swatched dry

The ingredients:

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Water, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate. 
[May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens].

The verdict? Okay, so Moonstone is obscenely gorgeous in the pan pretty — but with the amount of fallout and the level of pigmentation, I wouldn’t recommend this particular shade! I’ve read a few other reviews for these shadows, though, and Moonstone does sound like it’s the most sheer out of the three shades currently offered in North America.

Try it if…

  • You’re obsessed with how pretty the shades look in the pan!
  • You’ll be buying one of the other two shades instead (it also comes in Copper and Jade.)
  • You catch them on a great sale (like those awesome 3 for $10 sales they sometimes have!)

Pass on it if…

  • You want something smooth, pigmented, and easy to apply,
  • You balk at the $16 price tag,
  • You already have something similar, like a baked eyeshadow by a company like MAC or Maybelline.

The Body Shop expands… on my favourite line!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Remember the good old days, before I had to leave my beloved ‘cones?

(Yah, I don’t either.)

Anyhow, one of my favourite products back then was the Body Shop’s Vitamin C Skin Boost. I couldn’t shut up about the stuff! It’s essentially fresh-smelling, smooth-to-the-touch silicone goodness, all wrapped up in good ethics and community trade. There wasn’t a darn thing I could say about the product that was bad, aside from the price and heavy packaging!

But I’m getting distracted, here. My point is, The Body Shop is revamping, repackaging, and relaunching the entire line! I couldn’t be more excited.

Here’s what’s in the line right now:

Things that stay: Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15, Eye Reviver, and Skin Boost
Things that rinse off: Micro Refiner and  Re-Texturising Peel
Things that treat: Intensive Night Treatment and Time Release Capsules

Once the light, sleek new packaging comes in, the line will feature three categories — and a couple of new products:

Awaken Radiance: Facial Cleansing Polish, Microdermabrasion, Energising Face Spritz
Boost Radiance: Skin Radiance Powder Mix, Eye Reviver Duo, Skin Radiance Capsules, Skin Boost
Protect Radiance: Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

What say you? I’m testing out a few of the products now, so you’ll definitely be hearing more about the line over the next few weeks… plus, I happen to have a few silicone-y products kicking around that I won’t be able to use. It kills me that I’ll have to give my children them away, but you know what that means… ;)

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