Christmas at The Body Shop - My Gift Giving Guide

Sunday, November 27, 2016


I was lucky enough to be invited to one of The Body Shop's Christmas blogger events, where I was able to see all of the new launches, sample and try out products to my heart's content and also chat with like-minded bloggers who were equally obsessing over the amazing new releases. We all got in the festive spirit, nibbling on mince pies and chocolates whilst taking endless amounts of photos and adoring the new Christmas range. I discovered some amazing products whilst there and could instantly tell that The Body Shop will be a go-to store for Christmas shopping - having everything from affordable stocking fillers to the most amazing advent calendars. I thought I'd use this chance to talk through all of the new products for this Christmas, forming the ultimate Body Shop gift guide.


STOCKING FILLERS


One thing that The Body Shop does exceptionally well is creating cute and exciting stocking fillers, allowing you to try some of their products at an affordable price and in miniature form. The Merry Kiss-Mas Wands are absolutely adorable and are the perfect gift for anyone who likes lip products and desires a hydrated and slightly tinted finished look. If you're a hand cream fan then the Handfuls of Happiness set will be right up your street, giving you six different hand creams to test out.

Still on the subject of hands, there are two nail care sets on offer: the Hand and Nail Set which provides you with a hand cream and nail file in a chosen scent, and the Expert Manicure Set which contains the same products along with a four-way nail buffer and pair of nail clippers. These are perfect to use ready for your glam festive nails and will prevent your hands from becoming dry during the cold months.


Also worthy of a mention is the Bath Fizzers, which are incredibly affordable and you simply can't turn them down. Styled to be like pick-and-mix sweets, these are so cute and are definitely a fun way of livening up your bath. Coming in the scents berry bliss, vanilla delight, candied plum and frosted flower, there's something for everyone in this mini collection and you simply can't turn them down.


FESTIVE PRODUCTS AND GIFT SETS



The Body Shop have really outdone themselves with the Christmas scents this year, with each one feeling incredibly festive and not too overpowering. I honestly couldn't choose a favourite between Frosted Berries, Spiced Apple and Vanilla Chai - the three scents that they're currently offering. Each one is unique in its own way and they immediately put me in a festive mood after smelling them.

Although I sampled a lot of the products in this range while at the blogger event, an instant stand-out was the Softening Body Butters, which live up to the name in being incredibly smooth and luxurious on the skin. They melted in nicely, hydrating my skin and leaving it feeling silky and pampered. Other products within this collection are the Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub, Shimmer Mist and Shower Gel, just to name a few, so there's definitely a wide variety to get your hands on.

If you don't want to buy these products individually, there are some gorgeous gift sets containing them that you certainly can't pass up. The apple-shaped Festive Tin is such a cool and creative concept, looking very effective whilst housing a shower gel, body butter, body scrub and body lotion. Coming in all three scents, this is the perfect way to trial some of the different products or treat a friend to them instead. There are loads of other gift sets containing a selection of these products, so there'll definitely be one best suited to you.


BATH AND BODY GIFT SETS


If you're not a big fan of the Christmas scents this year (although I find that hard to believe!) then there are plenty of other gift sets to choose from containing products from the core collections in the Body Shop. The Festive Picks Collections are the perfect way to sample some of the necessities and favourite products, with each gift box including a shower gel, body butter, soap, body scrub and bath lily. Whether you're wrapping it up ready for a friend or just wanting to treat yourself, you can choose to purchase this set in any of your favourite existing scents, including coconut, argan oil and green tea.


I also think that it's worth checking out the Ultimate Collection gift sets, which yet again come in a variety of different scents. These sets enable you to try out the generously sized shower gel, body butter, eau de toilette, body polish, hand cream and body sorbet, meaning you can test virtually everything that is on offer. It's amazing value for money and will be particularly nice to buy for someone who wants to try all that the Body Shop has in store.


For any fragrance lovers out there, there's also something available for you. Both the White Musk and Black Musk fragrances have been raved about recently, and so are available within gift sets for you to try. There are various ones to consider, some of which containing other products aside from the actual perfume. The White Musk Eau De Toilette 100ML gift set also contains a body wash and lotion, if you're looking for the scent to stick around on your body all day, and means that you can treat yourself to some luxurious body care products if you know that you like that particular scent.


ADVENT CALENDARS


December 1st is right around the corner, meaning it's almost time to crack out the advent calendars. The Body Shop have really surprised us this year with not just 1, but 3 to choose from. These lavish calendars make a nice change from the regular chocolate ones and ensure that every day in December is filled with a beauty treat. The 24 Happy Days Beauty Advent Calendar may be the standard one that they're offering but it's far from being underwhelming. If you'd like an upgrade and want a more premium calendar, they're also offering a Deluxe Beauty Advent Calendar and an Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar, depending on your budget and what you're looking for. Regardless of which one you choose, you'll be treated to 24 lovely products, some being miniatures and others being full sized, so it's definitely worth getting your hands on one.




MAKEUP AND BRUSHES





The Body Shop's makeup range is seriously underrated, and whilst at the blogger event I discovered that all of their products are of an extremely high quality. A particular stand-out is the new Eye Colour Sticks, which are gorgeous shimmery eyeshadow crayons that have serious potential. They swatch beautifully and wouldn't budge from my hand all night. Also on the subject of eyes, you need to try the Eyeshadow Quads. Their colour payoff is incredible and they have a creamy formula that makes them a dream to apply. Needless to say, I was hovering by these for quite some time and couldn't resist swatching each shade multiple times.

Liquid lipsticks are still an incredibly popular makeup product, and so it's almost a necessity to try the Body Shop's new Matte Lip Liquid, coming in 12 different shades. The pigmentation is insane from these and they set in an instant, meaning they won't budge on your lips and last throughout the day. The shade range is also impressive, giving you an option for any occasion, whether you're looking for a baby pink or striking berry tone.


In terms of tools, the Body Shop have just released their new range of vegan makeup brushes. It's great to see more brands taking a natural and cruelty-free approach, and so I'm completely on board with this launch. All of the brushes are incredibly soft - I'm not joking by saying that they're some of the softest I've ever felt - and there's also a variety available, so you can find one for every step in your makeup routine. I'd definitely look further into these if you're a vegan or looking for some completely natural brushes.



I hope you enjoyed hearing about all of the amazing Christmas releases at The Body Shop this year, and I'd like to thank them again for hosting and inviting me to such a wonderful event. I'd love to know your thoughts on any of the products I've mentioned, so make sure to let me know what you think down in the comments. Thanks for reading and I'll see you next week with another Christmas blog post.

Love from Daisy x

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