Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Body to Body (shop)

Last week, The Body Shop ran a blogger event in their Grafton St store; we came in our droves (well, not droves, per se, but there were a few of us) and we quaffed champagne while taking a look at …

Wed, May 5, 2010, 09:29

   

Last week, The Body Shop ran a blogger event in their Grafton St store; we came in our droves (well, not droves, per se, but there were a few of us) and we quaffed champagne while taking a look at the new make-up range from The Body Shop, presented by Karim Sattar, make-up artist extraordinare.

The new collection is called Nomadic Goddess, based on the colours of the earth with a shimmery, summery look. When I was younger I had an aunt who lived in the UK, and her Body Shop bounty was always the highlight of my Christmas. Since I grew up, however, I’ve kind of moved away from the Body Shop (except for the body butters, which are oh-so amazing) and towards higher end brands, but having my make-up done by Karim definitely gave me pause for thought.

The point of this image, despite initial impressions, isn’t to show you how unphotogenic I am – but to highlight my eyes which, yes, I am slightly obscuring. Karim started with eyeliner, which he smudged (using the clever smudger) all over my lid, before layering with the bronze shade from the eyeshadow palette.

There were loads of great ideas – using eyeshadows wet, which I know is not revolutionary but I rarely do it, and bending your mascara wand when you take it out of the tube, so that your wand is parallel to your eyelashes when you apply your mascara. I’ve been doing this ever since, and the difference is incredible – it allows you to get to those tiny little lashes on the very inner and outer corners of your eyes, and also minimises that horrible mascara smudge on your eyelid, which I always seem to get.

There’s also this new mascara, big and curvy (the name doth offend me only slightly), which is a great little mascara and definitely going to be in contention as a replacement for my current Sephora beauty.

The verdict? I want almost everything – and the smell of their new lemon range doesn’t hurt, either. (Did you know, incidentally, while I’m doing my I heart the Body Shop spiel, that if you bring back five empty body butter tubs, you get a new one free? This hurts me, as two of mine are currently languishing in some recycling plant in Dublin. Sob.)