Two The Body Shop Robot Money Box Gifts

The Body Shop – A Compassionate, Cruelty-Free Christmas Collection!

Hi everyone!  If you like your Christmas vibes to start in November, you’re in the right place!  If you don’t, then sorry about the last few posts but it seems to be all about the festive events at the moment.  My second Christmas event of the year was with The Body Shop!  Bear with me, because there’s lots more to this than just Christmas fun!  

The Body Shop Makeup

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to The Body Shop Christmas Preview at their Briggate store in Leeds.  We all met up at the shop and I made the most of arriving a little early by having a good old browse of the makeup!  I’ve been dying to swatch the new liquid lipsticks but don’t get into town often.  I wasn’t disappointed… they’re gorgeous!  The Body Shop have brought out a new range of Metal Lip Liquids in six shades.  I swatched most of them and they are all beautiful – opaque, metallic and so pigmented. 

Shop display of The Body Shop liquid lipsticks

Metal & Matte Lip Liquids

There was a 3-for-2 offer on, so I treated myself to two of those and a matte lip liquid.  I chose Fuchsia Chrome and Plum Titanium (gorgeous on and lasted amazingly well when I tried it out!)  In the matte, I chose Tokyo Lotus.  Sadly in my first test, this hasn’t lasted very long on the lips.  I’m planning a full review post soon though, so keep your eyes peeled!  I also grabbed a Honey Bronze Drops of Sun – a liquid bronzer.  I’ve got a Kat Von D foundation that’s way too light for me, so I’m planning to use it for that.  The Body Shop girl who helped me with the makeup was equally as obsessed with makeup as me!  It was really helpful to hear her tips and recommendations (use the metal lipstick as eyeshadow, for example!) 

Play For Peace

Anyway, after buying half their makeup in 10 minutes flat, we were taken to a ‘mystery location’!  Not so secret for me, as I’d had to ask where it was to check I’d manage to get there from the shop.  It was actually upstairs, above The Body Shop Briggate store so it was easy to get to.  They had decorated the room with Christmas bits and had some Crimbo tunes on – very festive!  We had a quick intro to the evening from Laura (?) who was gamely dressed in a giant santa sack!  She then told us all about their Christmas 2017 project – Play for Peace.  Their website summarises it best:

“This Christmas, we want you to forget adulting and embrace togetherness through festive fun and games. From quizzes and spinners to mazes and dice, loads of the packaging in our exciting new seasonal gift collections transforms into games for the whole family to enjoy.  By playing with us this season, you’re not only doing your bit for the planet by upcycling your packaging, you’ll also be supporting International Alert’s Peace Play Project, which helps Syrian refugee children to heal through play.”

The Body Shop Staff Member in a Santa Sack

She’s got it in the bag!

I think this cause is amazing and so needed.  When asked, they confirmed that not only are they helping children over in Lebanon, but put a lot of money into children here in our own community.  The idea is that you can give a gift which can still be enjoyed once the contents are gone.  The packaging can turn into a toy, game or money box!  Plus, more importantly, for every gift you buy from the seasonal gift collection, The Body Shop will donate 4.4p to International Alert’s Peace Play Project. 

The Body Shop Christmas 2017 Full gift and product range on display in store

Christmas 2017 & Play for Peace gift/product range

My personal favourite from the collection is the robot money box – it’s so bright and vibrant and I love using money boxes to save coppers.  It also contains 6 fruity products!

Two The Body Shop Robot Money Box Gifts

My Favourite Gift – Robot Money Box!

Browsing & Christmas Shopping

After some yummy vegetarian food, a chance to play with the products and a quick selfie opportunity (of course), we all went back downstairs to the store.  We had free time to browse the Christmas collection, advent calendars and all the other usual products.  I bought an eye mask (can’t sleep without one!) and a super cute bunny-ears headband, to keep my hair off my face when doing my skincare.  So useful and only £3!  I’ve used it every day since 🙂  I also bought a secret Christmas present – might as well get the shopping out of the way as early as possible hey?

Animal Lovers!

As a huge animal-lover and vegetarian, The Body Shop’s values align really well with my own.  I love that they care passionately about animals and keeping their products cruelty-free (of course, no animal testing).  They don’t have to give back to the community and the world at large, but chose to do so because they care.  All the staff members I chatted to were really positive, enthusiastic and passionate, which I love!

The Body Shop also VERY KINDLY sent us home with a goody bag each which contained lots of lovely products!  So kind of them, and I’m really excited to have a play and test them all out.  Although I kindly received a goody bag, this in no way affects my views and opinions in this post.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  Or do you just wish it would all go away for another month?  Let me know in the comments!

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