Friday, April 29, 2011

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Range

I was lucky enough to be invited to the blogger's event in The Body Shop on Grafton Street to celebrate the launch of the Honey Bronze Range.  I got the chance to meet other beauty bloggers, some familiar and some new faces, and of course Karim Sattar the international makeup artist for The Body Shop.  He was hilarious and engaging and made us all want to be his best friend who could also do your makeup!  He talked us through each of the products in the Honey Bronze range and explained how to use them. 

Above are some of the products in the collection.  As soon as I saw the promotional photos of the products, I fell in love with the powders, seen at the bottom right of the photo, with the gorgeous honeycome design.  This comes in 4 shades, 3 powders and a sculpting powder.  There are 2 shimmering lipglosses in the range, along with a shimmering lightweight body oil, a bronzing facial gel and an illuminating powder.  The products contain Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia, beeswax from Cameroon and the compact powders contain marula oil from Namibia.

 He did the makeup on a model, showing how some of the products can be used.  He used the dry shimmering oil on the model first, removing the stopper from the bottle (or the proper name for this attachment is the "oriface", I think I'll stick with stopper!) poured some product into her hand and then used a foundation brush to apply it all over her arms.  It gave a lovely sheen to her arms and I'm looking forward to trying it out.

He used the Sculpting bronze to give the model even more exquisite cheekbones.  The powders are all matte but have the honey and beeswax in it so are still moisturising.  He even dusted the powder over the model's lips before applying a stain and then topped with the lipgloss.  He used mascara on the roots of the lashes and then used some brow gel to comb the product through the lashes.


He give us some tips and tricks to try, one that sticks in my mind is that when applying face powder, use downward strokes so that the powder doesn't get caught in your baby facial hair!  He said he thought of this when meeting Camilla Parker Bowles, don't know why... hehee  He said that Irish girls wear too much mascara on their bottom lashes and I am a culprit here, I can't help it, I feel it completes the look!  He did say that it's ok to wear mascara on the bottom lashes when wearing a strong eye look, so time to start piling the makeup on!  He told us to take 5 years off your face, to use the same bronzer that you  have on your cheeks just on the browbone.  Will have to try this before I see if it works for me.  Another tip was to use powder on the brows to achieve a softer look, I love using powder on mine so happy days.

He also did the makeup on his lovely mam.  He explained how to use shimmer on mature ladies.  He told us to keep the shimmer on the smoother parts of the face and even sprinkled some shimmer dust from the bronzer yokey onto the roots of her hair, giving her a lovely shine to her tresses.  He used the face gel as a blush on his mam which gave a lovely glow and would make a great base for a powder blush.

He used the Vitamin E facial mist, which I''m going to pick up myself, to freshen the skin before applying the Honey Bronze products and also after finishing applying everything to set the makeup on both ladies.  The mist was €11.95 and felt gorgeous on the skin, he sprayed it on a few of us, lovely and cooling if I do say so myself.  He showed us one of the eyeshadow shimmer cubes which I think I need now and showed how pigmented the shadows become when wet, by spraying the Vitamin E facial mist all over it.  Am most definitely going to try this.
The Body Shop were generous enough to give us some of the products to try so I will give a full review this weekend when I try them out properly.

After the makeup presentation, Suzanne pointed out a few areas in the store where we could try out some of The Body Shop services.  So up we went and some of us got our eyebrows threaded!  I've never had this done before or had my brows waxed either, I figured why not, there's a video camera floating around and paparazzi sized cameras, now is the time to try this for the first time!  We think the girl's name who did our brows is Bushra, so apologies if this is incorrect.  She got to work on me and it only took a few minutes, but, I will be honest, she did spend a bit more time than I would have liked on the area between my brows hehehe  It didn't hurt a bit and I love how they turned out.  It costs €12 in store and I will be going back again for sure and will be bringing my mam and sister too.

After the threading was complete, the area around the brows was red and warm, but immediately one of The Body Shop girls asked me if I wanted to get my make up touched up by one of the makeup artists.  She explained that with waxing, you can't put makeup on straight away, but with threading you can.  So the gorgeous Eleanor fixed my makeup and shaped my brows a bit and I felt much more presentable again!

I had an absolutely fantastic night and can't wait to go and get some facial mist and shimmer cube :)  Let me know if you get to check out the Honey Bronze range, you will not be disappointed! 

Thanks to Suzanne, Karim and all the team from The Body Shop for treating us like princesses :)


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