Review – Beauty with Heart: Limited Edition Lily Cole Makeup Collection from The Body Shop
You must have heard of Lily Cole before? She is a well-known activist, model and actress. She is also The Body Shop’s new brand advocate! As part of their collaboration with Lily Cole, The Body Shop is launching a new limited edition cruelty-free make-up range. Celebrating their against animal testing ethos, all their make-up including this range of products contains no animal products and hasn’t been tested on animals. You can expect to see ultra-expressive colors, shimmering looks and super soft giant puffs for perfect application every time. This entire range is limited edition and will be launched on July 9.
Do support this cause by signing the pledge either at any The Body Shop stores from July 9 onwards or at www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/telltheworld. While you are at it, do check out The Body Shop Singapore Facebook page as well!
If like Lily Cole, you are against animal testing and hold this cause close to your heart – you will be happy to know that all the products in this range are vegetarian and 100% cruelty-free. How so, you may ask?
No Bug Shells
Their cruelty-free make-up contains no bug shell extract to color the product. Because their love for animals includes bugs, insects and other creepy crawlies.
Their shimmer effect is made from mineral mica and their binding agents are made from natural vegetable materials instead of crushed shellfish.
No Animal Hair
Their make-up brushes use artificial hair instead of goat hair, which helps to make sure your conscience stays clean and goats stay bearded. Which is as it should be, after all.
This is what Lily Cole had to say when asked what ‘Beauty with Heart‘ means to her.
“There is nothing more attractive than someone with a beautiful heart – it just shines out. It is so contradictory to seek external beauty through products at the cost of other living beings. To me, beauty with heart means trying to achieve beauty in a way that is harmonious with your inner values.”
Without any further ado, please allow me to introduce the make-up products from the ‘Beauty with Heart’ range i received courtesy of The Body Shop.
My thoughts – I love the pink puff applicator that comes with this product – it is super soft and feels really nice against the skin. The extra sheen on the face that comes with this product is subtle and great when you need that extra something for a night out. However, if you are prone to oily skin, do ensure you prep your face with a primer first so it doesn’t slide or ‘disappear’ as the hours pass. I have oily combination skin, so this is probably not something i will reach for on a daily basis. But for special events and night outs, this is more than welcome in my stash.
2) Lip & Cheek Dome (Lily’s favorite product in the range!)
My thoughts – The texture is very creamy and easy to apply, giving you a fresh dewy look. In the picture below, you will see that i have swatched it very heavily on the back of my hand so that you can see the actual shade. Don’t be alarmed, the colors are actually very pretty and subtle when you blend it out. It’s not very pigmented, so don’t worry about precise application as blending it out to create a nice flush of color on the cheeks is easy to achieve. However, it wasn’t very long-wearing and tends to fade. I doubt it will last through an entire day out.
3) Liquid Eyeliner
My thoughts – I love this! It was actually easy to apply with the felt applicator and the color intensity is pretty good when applied onto my upper lash line. It managed to stay put despite my oily lids, with the help of eye primer of course. But what i love best about this is that pop of color it lends to the entire look. The color seems to lean towards a dark navy in the swatch below, but it really is a lovely shade of violet.
4) Pearl Radiance Primer
My thoughts – While i like the idea of primer that lends an extra boost of radiance with it, the product did not apply very well on the skin. The texture was a little ‘lumpy’ and you’ll need to take extra care to blend it out carefully. The shimmer in it is subtle (which is good!) and it does somewhat help with sebum control, which is great for someone like me. I would recommend using it on your T-zone and cheeks.
5) Shimmer Cubes
Pick one, two or more shades to blend and create your own look. The Shimmer Cubes come in a range of iridescent pinks and lilacs. Think Pink, Live Lilac, Go Violet and Tint It Pink. Crease resistant and suitable for contact lens wearers.
My thoughts – This set of colors are very complementary and easy to use with one another. They are shimmery and easy to apply, color payoff is not bad. Go Violet seems to contain less shimmer and tends to be slightly on the chalky side. So do tap off any excess from the brush before you start to apply it. Otherwise, i did not experience any major fall-out during the application process. In terms of lasting power, they managed to stay put for the 6 hours that i’ve had them on without any noticeable creasing. Only thing i noticed is that the colors have somewhat faded a little. If your day sees you out and about for most of the day, exposing yourself to the warm and humid weather here in SG, these might not be for you. If like me, you are desk-bound and enjoy an air-conditioned environment, this should work just fine!
6) Mini Hi-Shine
Available in Go Pink, Go Wild, Go Play and Go Naked, this super shiny gloss can be applied straight to your lips for super sexy, hi-gloss lips. With a fun and fruity flavor, this wet-look gloss is set to be a hit.
My thoughts – The color is quite subtle, so it doesn’t quite show up on my pigmented lips. Having said that, it does provide a lot of shine, giving the illusion of full, luscious lips. Lip gloss in general is not a favorite product of mine, the texture tends to be quite sticky, as with this product. Personally, I’m more of a lipstick person. But for those of you who have a thing for lip glosses, this should sit in well with you :)
And finally, here’s a Face of The Day where i’ve used the products that have been mentioned above.
Follow these simple steps to achieve this look:
– Apply Pearl Radiance Primer to your forehead, T-zone and cheeks, and blend it out.
– Apply your usual base
– Use an eyelid primer to allow your eyeshadow to stay on longer and to enhance the colors
– Sweep Think Pink over your lids and blend upwards to stop just above the crease
– Apply Go Violet to the outer 1/3 and blend to create depth and dimension
– Sweep Tint It Pink on your brow bone
– Dab a little of Live Lilac onto the centre of your lid
– Line your upper lash line with the Violet liquid eyeliner for a pop of additional color
– Curl your lashes and give it a coat or 2 of mascara
– Smile! then dab the Lip and Cheek Dome to the apples of your cheeks going upwards towards your hairline. Remember to blend it out nicely for a natural flush.
– Apply the Mini Hi-Shine to your lips to complete the look.
Thanks for looking everyone! Have a great week ahead, I’m already looking forward to Friday :)
Disclaimer: Products featured were provided for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with or compensated by the company.