Sometimes I wonder how an innocent and non-assuming little trip into town can turn into a haul. I’m sorry, officer, I just don’t know what came over me. Well, actually, that’s a lie. I know full well I am an absolute sucker for a sale section. Anything over 40% really gets my heart rate going. ‘HOW MUCH?!’ my parents will shout. ‘No, no, you’re doing it wrong.’ I reply, ‘Think of the savings…’
We did an basic but interesting experiment at in one of my first lectures at uni. My lecturer was asking us about what words we associate with certain colours, and naturally, the first colour she showed us was red. People shouted out the standard responses: anger, love, danger, blood etc. etc. My first thought? Sale.
Anyway, the point is, my sister wanted a new moisturiser from the Body Shop, so in we went and BAM. ‘Up to 50% off’. I wasn’t even aware they had a January sale. I was going to need a bigger basket ….
Actually, the first two things I picked up were full price, but gems nonetheless.
While I love the Body Shop’s Vitamin E night cream, I’m finding the Vitamin E day cream a little too much for the morning. I’m lucky enough to have very normal skin (in that its not overly oily or dry or anything), so it only needs a little pick me up after cleansing. I’ve been a long time fan of the seaweed range, even though it says it’s for combination/oily skin, and I remember the seaweed day cream giving a really good base for makeup. I’ll let you know if I still feel the same!
Bath Gloves £4
These gloves are my exfoliation method of choice, because all you need is a little bit of shower gel and they are very effective. I misplaced all mine after we moved house, and I’ve only just got around to picking up some more. I chose these because I love their summery coral colour – I am desperately missing the sun!
And then I lost all sense of reason in the sale section ….
Chocomania Body Scrub £1 (Was £5)
This body scrub looks and smells like an indulgent chocolate dessert. I cannot wait to use it, because then I too will smell like an indulgent chocolate dessert, and who wouldn’t want that? (I’m actually just sitting here with my nose in the pot.) And it cost me £1. A single pound coin! They are literally giving these way. (Figuratively.)
Mojito Body Scrub £7.50 (Was £15)
Talking of amazing-smelling body scrubs, enter stage-left the Mojito Body Scrub. This is the most true-to-life scent I’ve ever smelt from the Body Shop, and they usually get pretty damn close. It is just incredible. Not only does it smell exactly like a Mojito, it smells like a really good one. Plus, it’s a very attractive freckled green colour that goes rather well with my bath gloves. It looks quite wobbly and jelly-like in texture, so I’m excited to see how well it works!
Shimmer Bauble £3 (Was £12)
These gorgeous little shimmer beads look almost identical to the Brush On Radiance beads, except that they come in this interesting bauble shape. That is the only reason I can imagine why they would be so cheap in the sale – because they’re in a bauble? Can’t you just call it a bubble and charge full price? Not that I’m complaining.
I really like beads as a way of packaging bronzers and highlighters – I find I get a lot less fallout from them, and they give a subtle but build-able colour. These beads in particular give such a stunning, soft highlight!
Love Gloss in 02 Golden Coral £3 (Was £10)
I’d forgotten how great lipgloss makes your lips look, until my mum bought me a beautiful coral YSL lipgloss for Christmas. It’s completely kick-started my obsession again! I spied this Golden Coral Love Gloss by the counter, and for £3 it was always going to be mine. It’s quite a nude-y shade, so it’ll go great by itself or over my favourite nude lipsticks. I’m wearing it as I type this, and it feels really comfortable on my lips: not overly sticky or heavy and very tasty!
Colour Glide Shine Lipstick in 06 Vintage Rose £2 (Was £10)
I find it hard to say no to a pretty nude lipstick on the best of days, but when they’ve got an 80% discount there is no way I am walking out of the shop without one! I haven’t used Body Shop lipsticks before, so I don’t know about their pigmentation or lasting power or anything; but frankly, for £2, who cares?
Madagascan Vanilla Flower Perfume Oil £3.75 (Was £7.50)
One of my friends has the discontinued Body Shop Vanilla Perfume Oil in her bag all the time, and it smells to-die-for. I happened across this little Madagascan Vanilla Flower pot, and I actually think I like it better with the slight floral scent! I’ve never had a perfume oil before, but much like solid perfume, I feel there’s much less waste than with a spray as you apply it directly to the skin. Plus the packaging is very cute.
So, what should have cost me £75.50 cost me just £36.25. And if that doesn’t convince you to charge down to your nearest Body Shop frantically waving your card and re-usable shopping bags, I’m not really sure what will.
January, I love you.
Panda Eyes xx
I’ve linked to stuff where I can, but some of the sale items don’t seem to be available online anymore. You’ll just have to go and root around in your local store if you want them!