Nothing is more exciting than going into a beauty store and knowing EVERYTHING is cruelty free and suitable for vegetarians. Yesterday The Body Shop opened in The Quays in Newry, so clearly I took dander down on my lunch break to see what the craic was and of course to buy a few bits while I was there.
The main display as I walked in were their body butters. I guess it’s one of the things they are best known for. Not something I have ever gone in to purchase but I can appreciate that if you love a good fruity fragranced body butter that The Body Shop is a good place to go.
I do however really rate their makeup range and what I really wanted was to get a new foundation brush and one of their Star Stamp Liners. I spent a bit of time looking at their cosmetics on my own and one of their sales assistants then came to chat to me. Asking me what I wanted and showing me stuff. She was very lovely to chat to and she was keen to share with me her favorite products (a tea tree spot treatment if you are wondering) she was talking to me about the brushes but as I already have almost all of them there really was only one I wanted which was the foundation buffing brush. I then asked for the stamper as I couldn’t see it but sadly they didn’t have any and aren’t sure when they will be getting them in. I really wanted the free gift and so I decided to buy some InstaBlur to try out, it was then I was advised both the items I had picked were on 3 for 2… so I had to pick another item. Gosh it was hard to actually pick a 3rd item, which tells me I really didn’t need/want anything else but in the spirit of getting an item free I picked one of their new cleansers to try.
In between the cleansers and the makeup they had this little table and I have to say I really liked the make-up station. I can imagine it would be great for somebody who wasn’t sure what makeup they wanted and really needed to see it on.
They had 2 or 3 stations on each side of the shop highlighting some key products and the Love Your Body offer of “Spend £25 and get this £20 gift free”. The gift being a full size Vanilla Pumpkin body butter and matching shower gel.
I was a little surprised to see gifts reduced in price and put on sale for their opening event. With Christmas coming up it doesn’t strike me as a time when a store needs to put things on sale, especially when it’s a store that already has some great offers with 3 for 2 and free gifts with a £25 spend. I’m sure some customers were thrilled to nab a bargain though.
The product that seemed to be doing most of the pulling was their Vanilla Pumpkin body butter. It was on prominent display and also a product that was in the free gift. From speaking to people whom I knew were excited for the opening, I also know this is one of the products they were most excited to try. To me it smelt a bit like a sweet latte from Starbucks. It wouldn’t be something I would use, however I can again see why other people like it and it will make for a fab Christmas gift.
When I got to the till I handed over my 3 items and the lady serving me (I actually think it was the manager) was a bit confused using the till system. She wasn’t sure if my 3 for 2 offer had gone through and had to get a girl who I assume was over to train them to come check. Thankfully it had gone through and my total spend was £29 so I dutifully handed over my Love Your Body card to get my free gift (It was also double points if you were shopping yesterday and today).
And there we have it, my mini haul of 5 items which involved a spend of £29 to get £61 worth of products. Bargain! But you want to know what I make of them all right?
Well, the foundation brush is pretty amazing. I used it to apply my foundation this morning and it not only did a great job but felt insanely soft. It’s part of why I love brushes by The Body Shop – they always feel amazing on the skin and do a good job. Back when I was training in beauty I would only keep cruelty free brushes in my kit and it was hard to find a company offering quality brushes that didn’t cost a bomb. I was over the moon that The Body Shop fitted the bill and have been converting people to their brushes ever since. The InstaBlur primer is also pretty good. It makes my skin feel silky and makeup glide on easier.
I feel a little indifferent about the Drops of Light Pure Clarifying Foam Wash. It cleans my face okay and it smells pleasant but it just wouldn’t be something that leaves my skin feeling “oh wow!” to make me want to buy it again.
So that’s that. The Body Shop is now open in Newry and it offers the same stable, fragrant range we all have come to expect from them along with pleasant customer service. Now for them to hurry up and get the eye stamper I want in time for me to wear over the Halloween and Christmas period.