Thursday, May 05, 2011

Oh Honey: The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Collection

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Just mentioning how unimpressed I've been with MAC's LE collections, reminded me of my favorite collection of last year--Naked Honey. Some of my favorite beauty treats have honey in the formula--milk & honey, honey masks, honey salve. When I heard that The Body Shop was releasing a Honey Bronze Summer collection, I knew that I needed in.

The bronze packaging of each product screams warm weather and beachy days. Those kinds of days are everything I live for, year-round. There are five pieces to the collection, three of which I picked up for a little pre-summer daydream.

The bronzing powders are offered in four shades. I chose shade 03, as it appeared the least orange on my skin. I can't overdo it (I promise...I'm not just saying this), as the effect is warming but not oompa loompa status. It's completely matte, yet moisturizing in a way similar to Korres' Monoi Bronzer. It does remind me of the Naked Honey High-Light Powders, in appearance--minus the shimmer.

The lip nectars are similar to many glosses on the market, texture-wise (think Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush gloss)--although the shade Honey Beige imparts a slight gold sheen on the lips. In my humble opinion, it's nothing to write home about. The jelly-like honey shade makes me wish there were at least a sweet scent to them (as opposed to being unscented).

Speaking of scent, we have a winner: the Shimmering Dry Oil. Naturally, this smells like something you'd find on the beach--a bit reminiscent of monoi, without the strong floral component, and a tad more of the coconut effect. It really and truly is a dry oil, absorbing quickly into the skin. Compared to the NARS Body Glow, you'll find that this formula is much less shimmery. I'm alright with that as it means one less worry about it staining my clothing. This one will be making its debut poolside, on my big 'ol pregnant belly. Yup, I'm one of those women.

The fair trade honey found in these products is sourced in Ethiopia, while other ingredients are products of Cameroon and Namibia. Not bad, not bad at all.

Are you ready for Summer like I am? Will you be checking out the Honey Bronze Collection?

30 comments:

Tali said...

OMG OMG OMG OMG I need it all!
Yesterday i just re-purchased the elemis monoi shower creme and the nars body glow 2 which if im correct smells better than it used to and more authenic (less vanilla??) and now as you know I will buy all of these things and probably back ups!!!

cbsg5861 said...

I want this honey bronzer so bad!!! I've heard it comes in 4 shades, it's gonna be hard to choose between them... I hope this launch is not a summer LE, these products should be available permanently at TBS!

xx

Vida said...

Ooh the bronzer looks so nice, but do I really need a new bronzer right now...maybe?

MelRoXx said...

Awesome collection! and btw congrats on you 400 followers! I've been there for a while now, and really, your blog is great!

Pyxiee said...

I always forget to look in the body shop but I will definitely be looking at these bronzers. I love the honeycomb design x

Rocaille said...

I love the look of that bronzer too, I've been meaning to check out TBS bronzers for the longest time... But then, how often do I use a bronzer?

fantastic said...

@tali: i remember you and your naked honey buys! that was one of the best releases last year, right?
let me know what you end up getting--especially in bronzer shade. the way the girl matched me was kind of odd...i've never swatched bronzer on my cheek like a foundation LOL x

@cbsg5861: it does come in 4 shades, and i really could only choose between 3 & 4, as the others were too light for my skin. i think that the glow product is similar to the ones in the permanent range, as well as the loose powder with brush attached.

@vida: oh yes you do..we always need new bronzers ;) they are they spice of our makeup vanities!

@MelRoXx: thank you sweets ;) x

@pyxiee: me too. TBS isn't exactly the first place i look for makeup...but the sound of honey, and I'm there!

@rocaille: maybe you'll need it for your trip! check the bellevue location--i don't think they're merchandising it on shelves yet, but just ask the SA and they should pull it out for you ;) x

Blushingloves Irene Greece said...

The bronzer looks so good!have to check if they have them here!And a new bronzer for summer is a must have!!

xxx

fantastic said...

@BlushingLoves: thanks lady! You're exactly right...Summer deserves a new bronzer!

Tina said...

Funny, I was looking at my MAC shimmering body oil from To The Beach only a few hours ago, I have a ton of product to go through!!! I only used it on my legs for a few nights out last summer and I don't think I'm gonna use it up this year either!

Although I must say, the scent of this TBS one sounds gorgeous (in other words very tempting)!!! Not to mention that it's a lot more subtle and I could get away with wearing my clothes for a second time before tossing them into the laundry basket!!! Hooray for that, lol!!!

xxx
PS: Btw you've been buying bronzers left and right haven't you? Heeeheeehee!!! :DDD

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