Friday, November 12, 2010

Shimmy and Sparkle With The Body Shop Winter Trends

The Body Shop welcomes winter, i.e. Christmas season here in Manila with shimmer, sparkle, glitter, and glamour. In the absence of snowflakes in this tropical country, the glittery pigments and sparkly colors in cool color schemes would signal that the winter - er - season has begun. Named Joy Of Sparkle, The Body Shop's 2010 Winter Collection would bring shimmer and sparkle to the face during that annual Christmas party. Just be sure not to go overboard so as you look like an overdecorated Christmas tree.

The two eye palettes feature four powder eye colors and a cream highlighter for a dewy look on cheeks and collarbones. You could also use the cream highlighter as an eyeshadow base for lasting eyeshadow power. The palette comes with a mirror so you get to know where your color's going as well as sponge tip applicators, although I still prefer a densely packed brush to apply color.

The Twilight Eye palette is more on the plums and lilacs, cool color schemes to go with a forest green party dress. Smoky eyes with sparkles on the right places for a bit of twinkle.

Midnight has warmer colors of rose and peach to go with the cool slate colors of silver and gray. The right balance for a smoky eye, which are musts in glamorous Christmas parties.

Having a showgirl-themed party or can't get enough of glitter? How about Star Dust, which are just like MAC Glitters that adhere to the skin even without lotion. I suggest too to mix dollops of lotion so these sparklies adhere better to the skin. A lesson learned though: Not to mix glitter dusts if you're going to be near intense heat, say you're firedancing for a party. The glitter conducts heat and could act like little hot sparklers on skin. Ouch! But otherwise, without the presence of intense heat, it looks fabulous on skin.

Whether pink or gold, you could choose either or or mix them both for a different effect to go with your dress. The only way to get this out is by oil-based remover, which I used after I swatched them. I especially like the protective inner cover, which dispenses just the right amount so we don't go overboard with shimmer and waste products.

The Liquid Liner in Starlight has shimmery silver glitters and this happens to be my favorite among the collection. I use this to line the inner corners of my eyes to sorta open them up and create sparkle. Day or night, I use this.

The built-in brush is easy to use. On clients, I suggest using of course an eyeliner brush to avoid cross-contamination.

This look has been my favorite lazy daisy look for the day if I want my eyes to pop - cat liner and glitter liner. I'm too lazy for eyeshadow. The sparkles sort of open up the eyes and give it some twinkle.

Lipgloss addicts would love the cool pink of the Love Gloss, with pale pink shimmer which go well with the uso pink lips of today. :)
It's got the same heart-shaped sponge-type wand, sealing lips with a sweet, sugary kiss of pink.

Alone on lips (below) it does look good. Not to mention it's absolutely yummy too. :)

These makeups are already out in The Body Shop stores. If you want, you could come check out also The Sparkler in Boudoir Pink, which is a bottle of powder shimmer for a more subtle shimmery glow if chunks of glitter aren't your thing.

This atomizer with the pretty candy pink thing you press does remind you of the vintage perfume bottles in a girl's boudoir, yes? I tested this on one store yesterday and it was absolutely charming and cute! I wouldn't want to finish this since it also looks good on a vanity.

The best way to wear these colors is to still mix it with different textures, especially matte and satin. Going overboard could make you look like you smothered your face in a vat of glitter. Balance sparkly eyes with a matte or creme lip and up the amp of dark smoky eyes with a kiss of gloss and a dusting of glitter. Have fun creating a pretty and sparkly Christmas look!
[disclaimer: Products provided for review]

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