The Body Shop Color Crush Lipstick and Camomile Collection

Recent launches at the body shop are the new Color Crush Lipsticks and their Camomile Collection. Let’s have a look at these shall we?


The Body Shop Color Crush Lipsticks

The Body Shop Color Crush lipsticks are formulated with crushed pigments and fair trade marula oil, sourced from a Women’s Co-operative in Namibia.

I find these creamy and very comfortable on the lips, although you will need to reapply quite often to keep the colour intensity up (every hour on my lips).



(left to right) Spice Things Up, Red Siren, Innocent Pink

Price: RRP $23.95 AUD

Availability: The Body Shop stores

Innocent Pink is a pale bubble gum pink with medium opacity. It’s a little too pale for me to pull off.

Spice Things Up is a pigmented pearly medium rose mauve. I wasn’t expecting to like it because I don’t generally like pearly/frosty finishes, but this one is super pretty for work.

Red Siren is a full coverage true red. It’s a very easy to wear, creamy weekend red to wear with jeans or a summer dress.


The Body Shop Camomile Collection




Camomile Silky Cleansing oil  $8.95

As you may know, I’m a big fan of cleansing oils because they are free from sulphates and soaps- cleansing the skin without stripping it. This one is lovely to use- light weight and smelling like white lilies and camomile. It’s best for days when you’re not wearing too much waterproof makeup.

Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover $8.95

This is a marvelous makeup remover for the price point! So pleasant to use, and I find that it is very effective on tough to remove eye makeup. I love that it’s alcohol free and ideal for sensitive skin.


note: these products were sent by PR for review purposes. See my editorial policy in the PR tab for more info. 

Posted by on Nov 22nd, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 164comments

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Sulphate Free Skincare: The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleanser and Foaming Facial Wash


Welcome to the second review of my Sulphate Free Skincare review series! In my last review I looked at a cream cleanser formula (the A’kin Rose and Geranium Pure Creamy Cleanser and Toner in One), and today we’re looking at two very different formulas: a gel-to-oil formula and a foaming cleanser.

The Nutriganics range from The Body Shop is their certified organic range featuring community fair trade organic babassu oil. I found out about these products recently and was delighted to find the range included several sulphate free cleansers.

My first post in the series was about what sulphates are and why I prefer my cleansers sulphate free– click here to read the post for more details.



The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel

$32.95 for 100mL

Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel has a really interesting formula – it comes out of the bottle as a gel consistency, then on contact with water it turns into a cream cleanser. Magic! I’m such a sucker for things like this- I made a big ‘OoooOOoohh’ sound the first time I tried using the cleanser on my hand.

I like to massage this product into the skin, concentrating on the areas with the most amount of makeup, then removing with a hot towel and rinse. I find that the Softening Cleansing Gel cleanses the skin quite well, but doesn’t work well on waterproof mascara and eyeliner (my DIY OCM is unbeatable for that). It’s sulphate free (of course), and the surfactants are very gentle.The emollient formula is best on dry, sensitive skin -oilier skin types would probably do better with the Nutriganics Foaming Cleanser.

The scent in the Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel as well as the Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash product is has thyme, basil, and citrus notes- very refreshing. There is no artificial fragrances in this product so the scent comes from essential oils, which is great news for those with sensitive skin.

This product is cruelty free, uses Community Fair Trade ingredients, and=99% of the ingredients in this product are of natural origin.


Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Jun 27th, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 14comments

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NOTD: Butter London Union Jack Black, Manicare, and a dash of the Green Fairy




I don’t always wear black nail polish, but when I do……


it’s always Butter London.




Here I am, posing creepily with Butter London Union Black Jack on my fingers.

I have a love- hate relationship with Butter London nail polishes- They dry so slowly I have to do the mani over 2 days; I’m useless the entire night while its drying; and I still end up with sheet marks in the morning. Yet, the beautiful colours and finishes from Butter London has me constantly coming back for more. There’s a sophistication about Butter London polishes that I can’t put my finger on, even if it’s a straight up black.

Top and Base Coats:

To prevent staining of my nails and to extend the life of the manicure, I’ve used Manicare Base Coat Plus Strengthener (rrp $13.50) underneath the colour + Manicare Beginning To End (rrp $15.50) on top. I find both products quite good as base coats so if you don’t care for a nail hardener I would say that the Beginning To End is all you need. As a top coat, Beginning To End performs well in terms of extending the life of my nail polish (by about 2-3 days longer than not using a top coat for Butter London on me)- however, it is not of the ‘quick dry’ variety of top coats.


I’ve also been trialling The Body Shop Absinthe Hand Cream. It has a pleasant aniseedy refreshing scent with a light texture that absorbs quickly with no residue which makes it great for the warmer months.


Note: The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream and Manicare products have been sent to me by PR for consideration. I purchased the Butter London polish previously. 

Posted by on Apr 17th, 2013 in Nail Polish, Skincare | 114comments

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Stocking fillers: Body Shop Festive Treats

Hi all!

I recently attended a launch of the Body Shop Christmas collection at  the Collins Street store in Melbourne. After making sure we were not without a fresh glass of bubbly each, the Body Shop team walked us through their mouth watering collection of gourmand scented skin care, their new holiday makeup collection, and the story behind each carefully crafted re-usable vintage packaging.

Feast your eyes on these goodies…


Limited edition Christmas makeup:


Stocking fillers: Body Shop Festive Treats


A Body Shop makeup artist demonstrates how to achieve a festive party look using the new limited edition Body Shop makeup on gorgeous Alix…



Stocking fillers: Body Shop Festive Treats



Look what I found on the Body Shop shelves..  cutest and most functional gingerbread man EVER (doubles as an exfoliating glove)


Stocking fillers: Body Shop Festive Treats



Genius gift packaging- a hollow recipe book gift box in 4 volumes…


Stocking fillers: Body Shop Festive Treats


Stocking fillers: Body Shop Festive Treats


Cranberry, Vanilla, Gingerbread…. for scrubbing and lovin’


Stocking fillers: Body Shop Festive Treats


note: these products were gifted to me by PR

Posted by on Nov 26th, 2012 in Reviews, Skincare | 3comments

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