Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Body Shop Bloggers' Event

Last Wednesday TBS invited me and other fellow beauty bloggers to the revamped Pulse store in Kolonaki. Before I go into details, allow me to tell you a little story about me and TBS!

As a young teen, I was intimidated to go into the big and crowded cosmetics stores: too many brands, too many products, too many decisions.

So, when I decided that it was time to start pampering myself, I entered my local TBS store in Kallithea and it was love at first sight! I was awed by the colors, the fragrances, the nifty little things, the helpful SA, it seemed the right place to start my fun journey towards looking like a polished young woman. Can you guess what was my first purchase? Strawberry shower gel and body lotion!

I had also in mind that the things I got not only made me look good but made me feel good as well. Not only because no animals were hurt in the making process but also because the brand provided work and prosperity to people all over the globe through the Community Fair Trade program.

Making a long story short, choosing this brand was something that made me feel good inside out and we journeyed together for a few years. Then, as I grew older, the sirens' calling became loud and distracting and other brands gained my attention. But there was always a soft spot in my heart for my little local TBS shop.

So, when I was invited to the relaunching and entered the Kolonaki Pulse store, even if it was a different one, I almost felt like the first time! The colors, the fragrances, the warmth of the people, it was like a shinier, more colorful déjà vu.

There, we were informed of the new approach, Beauty With Heart, that is perfectly illustrated through the moto Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good.

  • Look Good is about using nature's high quality ingredients in an effective way
  • Feel Good is about being pampered with products that are made with respect to the planet
  • Do Good is about helping people all over the globe to gain their income in a respectable way
In compliance to the above mentioned values, TBS also reduced their electricity consumption in store (and elsewhere), uses wood that is approved by the FCS, recycles and also plant trees to balance the ones that are used for bags etc. Also, in store, there is a community and values wall that houses announcements and information about worldwide and local campaigns and actions.

The store itself is very well lit and although it's not big, it feels spacious and clutter free. The colorful packages, bottles etc line the walls and in the middle there are two long tables that house the newest products.

The revamp didn't stop there but also affected my favorite product, the body butters, that come in a new packaging with a QR code that can be scanned via a smartphone and show the ingredients and other information.

I also had a chance to see in action the new limited edition makeup line named after the brand advocate, Lily Cole and was mostly impressed by the Lip and Cheek Dome because it gives a nice, fresh flush to the cheeks. I would buy in a heartbeat especially because it is limited edition if I didn't already have more blushes that I will use in a lifetime, lol!

The product I was mostly curious about was the new Beautifying Oils and I had the chance to enjoy a really luxurious and pampering hand massage by a lovely SA, and I was sold on the spot! It feels soothing and moisturizing and smells lovely (it comes in ten scents) and more importantly it is a multitasker since it can be used on face, hair and body! I think this one will be my staple product in my beach/vacation bag.

I also heard that they'll be launching limited edition body mists in all our favorite scents, so, that's something to wait for!

As for the social aspect of the event, although I was up from 5:30 in the morning and didn't feel (or look, lol!) very posh, it was a very refreshing and invigorating experience, not only because of the very warm welcome of the TBS people but also because I had a chance to meet for the first time with fellow lovely beauty bloggers and a little wine and more than little chat and laughter, it was an upbeat ending to a very stressful day.

To make it even better, we were given a TBS goodies bag with:

  • the Chocomania body butter (mine is almost empty so it's good to have a refill!),
  • Moringa Shower Gel,
  • Vitamin E Face Mist (I can never have too many face mists, I love them!) and...
  • Satsuma Beautigying Oil! It goes without saying that I've used it already (I gave my hands, nails and cuticles a moisturizing massage) and this one smells amazing! Very citrusy, invigorating and fresh!
 

I also did a little shopping and got myself:

  • Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, it smells drop dead gorgeous and leaves a slightly tinted, lightly shimmery finish. It can be used alone or mixed with a body moisturizer for a more subtle result. If I wasn't sick I would already be sporting this on my legs!
  • Moonstone baked eyeshadow (I saw it in a blogpost by Evi and loved it!)
  • Out of pure curiosity I got a Facial Flannel, it is a sort of rubbery like fabric that is used instead of cotton balls etc, in order to remove the makeup in conjunction with a makeup remover/cleanser. I've tried it once so far and I like it because it feels very soft and smooth.
Here's a wet swatch of the Moonstone, I love the taupe/cool champaign color combo!

 

All in all, it was a great evening, and most importantly, it was good to see that TBS still follows and enhances the values that Anita Roddick set, in the present timeframe, without loosing the perspective.

Well done TBS, keep up the good work!

18 comments:

  1. YES BABY!!! Doesn't Moonstone look uh-mazing? It was the first one I picked out and my most used eyeshadow duo so far. I'm torn between the dry body oil and the bronzing gel- only because I STILL can't locate the baked blush that I've been after way before Christmas! Sold out everywhere, boooo...

    Oh darling, it was lovely seeing you there!!!
    xx

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    1. You 're such an enabler, I am already eyeing the kiehl's counter! As for the Moonstone, it will be perfect for smoky eye!

      I was sooo glad meeting you too!

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  2. το honey bronze μυριζει οντως υπεροχααα!το εχω βαλει στο ματι απο τη συναντηση και ελπιζω να το αποκτησω συντομααα!

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    1. Το δοκίμασα μόλις τώρα, δίνει ωραία διακριτική λάμψη, νομίζω πως αύριο θα βάλω φούστα στη δουλειά! ;-)

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  3. Αχ μ'αυτό το event της Body Shop τι μας κάνατε;;;Με γεια τα δωράκια!!!Το Honey Bronze πρέπει να είναι τέλειο!!!Πολλά φιλάκια!!!

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    1. Σ'ευχαριστώ! Ειναι τέλειο πάνω σε καλα ενυδατωμενη επιδερμίδα!

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  4. Χμμμ,ομορφα ολα αλλα απο τοτε που η ιδιοκτητρια πουλησε εναντι δις στη l`oreal,που την κατακεραυνωνε μεχρι τοτε,ξενερωσα οπως λεγαμε και μικρα,σταματησα να ψωνιζω.Τελος παντων r.i.p σε αυτην,απλα η γνωμη μου και εσυ να χαρεις τα δωρακια.Eιναι πανεμορφα.

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    1. Σ'ευχαριστώ! Στην αρχη είχα ξενερωσει και εγω, αλλα σκέφτηκα πως, τουλάχιστον όσον αφορα στα προϊόντα και την φιλοσοφία, δεν τους παίρνει να πειράξουν μία τόσο επιτυχημένη συνταγη

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  5. Αυτή την σκιά την έχω βάλει και εγώ στο μάτι...

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    1. Να την δοκιμασεις, ειναι πολυ όμορφη και κάνει ωραίο smoky!

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  6. Χάρηκα πολύ που σε γνώρισα κ από κοντά! Ήταν ωραία!!! =))) Το λαδάκι τέλειο ε;! xx

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    1. Και εγω και εγω!!! Το λαδακι όνειρο και μοσχοβολαει!

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  7. Ήταν φανταστικά εκείνη την ημέρα! Χάρηκα που σε γνώρισα και από κοντά! Φιλάκια!!!

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  8. Καλοφόρετα τα καινούρια σου δωράκια.Αυτό το honey bronze πρέπει να είναι απίθανο.http://nailsartgr.blogspot.com/

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    1. Σ'ευχαριστώ! Ειναι πολυ όμορφο, αμα μαυρισω και λίγο θα ειναι σούπερ!

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  9. Έχεις βραβείο!!

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    1. Σ'ευχαριστωωωωωωωωωωω!!!

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