FINALLY the sun is shining in Melbourne, and it has given me a spring in my step. The blossoms are giving way to fresh green leaves, the bulbs I planted are blooming, and everything around me looks so fresh and young, which is in stark contrast to my weathered visage, huddled under 14 layers of jackets.
Emerging from my centrally-heated cocoon, I’ve been having a little play around with The Body Shop vegan skincare and makeup lines to feel a bit fresher and not only do I now smell like the Queen’s garden on an English summer day, but my face is calm and cleansed, and my rosy cheeks are enriched with Community Trade 100% organic Aloe Vera, providing 12 hours of comfort and moisture (v. important after months of indoor heating, let me tell you).
I remember getting my first adult job at a newspaper and realising I was going to have to step it up in the wardrobe and makeup department. I went to The Body Shop, asked them for a makeup consult and then bought everything they suggested, some of which I still buy now. I appeared professional and pleasant while still looking totally natural, which was 100% the look I was going for. I’m excited for this new range, and I love to see how the products keep evolving over the years, but also still selling Passionberry lip balm that smells exactly like it did when I was at uni. It still reminds me of those days.
In a rad turn of events, one of you lucky readers will also be going home with a gift box of goodies for yourself, including:
British Rose Shower Gel
Infused with the essence of hand-picked roses from Britain, it is a soap-free cleanser with a thick, rich lather to get you squeaky clean. Except not squeaky, that would be bad for your skin.
Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
Contains 100% organic, preservative-free Community Trade aloe vera gel and moisturising babsassu oil, ideal for sensitive skin. My face has had a daily party with it these last few weeks.
Down to Earth Eye Palette
This cute quad has a built-in mirror, and the individual shades all click in and out of the palette casing, so you can switch it up!
The formula has been enriched with babsassu oil and high purity pigments (it gives excellent colour and coverage), and all shades can be used dry as normal or used wet for a more vibrant colour (or to use along your lashline as eyeliner). I love how versatile it is! And this colour is perfect for using everyday or glamming up.
Makeup Setting Spray
I’m going to need this come sweaty summer, this weightless spray mist is anti-fade and anti-smudge, and helps keep your look in place all day.
Enriched with Community Trade Aloe Vera and suitable for sensitive skin, the formula locks in moisture along with your makeup (yay!).
Also suitable for travelling in its clear 60ml bottle.
Lip & Cheek Stain
This is instant colour in a bottle, so great for throwing in your handbag for when you feel like a little pick-me-up. The best part? It’s enriched with Community Trade 100% organic aloe vera from Mexico, so it provides 12 hours of comfort and moisture with its non-drying, lightweight texture. (I was sent the Pink Guava Lip & Cheek stain, which does contain Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, but the Pink Hibiscus version does not).
Facial Mask Brush
As someone who loathes getting their hands dirty, this brush with which to apply your face masks is an absolute god-send. It gives a smooth, even, and perfectly precise application (no more product in your eye!), and is made with a natural elm wood handle and 100% cruelty-free synthetic bristles.
Perfectly weighted for effortless application, this luxury facial mask brush is the closest thing you’ll get to having your own wand. Accio smooth skin!
British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
We wouldn’t give you a fancy brush without a mask to use it with, and here is an utterly delightful one – the British Rose Fresh Plumping mask was inspired by European bathing rituals and is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and Community Trade Aloe Vera.
Even better, it’s formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone, or mineral oil. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance (remember those days!).
It slides on so smoothly and is perfect for chilling out in the bath so you get the extra aromatherapy effect… ask me how I know!
Aloe Soothing Day Cream
A super-smoothing, light-textured moisturising cream rich in organic Aloe Vera to help hydrate and restore delicate skin while protecting against environmental aggressors. No added preservatives, alcohol, colour, or fragrances which are common skin irritants, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
Leaves skin feeling hydrated and nurtured, and was exactly what I needed after winter and small children.
To be in the running for this fab face prize, leave a comment below answering the question: “what is your earliest makeup memory?” (mine involved an entire jar of cold cream and some very hard-to-remove lipstick that I thought went in your eyebrows. Cool.)
Entries close October 11 at 8pm and winners will be notified via email. One entry per person, Australian residents only (sorry!).
You can find the full terms and conditions here.