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Spa of the World exclusive

13/08/2015 BodyshopLast week I was gratefully invited to The Body Shop, 'Spa of The World' event at the Coppergate store in York. Seen as I'm not primarily a beauty blogger I was nervous it was all an elaborate hoax and I was about to be bundled into the back of a car, but thankfully my fanciful fears weren't realized (Thank god because I was not dressed for a kidnapping). Instead, I was greeted by a lovely bunch of smiling faces and a mass array of cupcakes. Not a kidnapper in sight. Success. So there I was, prosecco in hand about to experience my first 'blogger's event'. I'm official now guys, I've made it.


I was surprisingly nervous once I entered the store, having had a lapse of confidence and hid around a corner for the ten minutes prior, but I needn't have had any worries. Everyone was an absolute delight, and not in the overtly happy way that usually has me bumbling tragic anecdotes in order to impress. They were all genuinely, lovely people. After having a few chats and getting to know people (and having another glass of prosecco because, I'm a student and free booze = win), we gathered around to learn about the new collection.

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The new Spa Of The World collection is a new range focused on giving yourself that much-needed pampering. It's split into three different 'rituals'; the relaxing ritual, the revitalising ritual, and the blissful ritual. Each of these rituals has ingredients inspired by traditional beauty practices around the globe, from the African to the Polynesian. It consists of 5 routines: a scrub, a treatment, a relaxation, a nourishment, and finally, a massage. It all sounds absolutely, bloody fantastic to me, but then it only takes a missed bus for me to resign myself to a pamper day. It's a hard life.

"Whether your body needs to be awakened, cherished or calmed completely, each of our three spa body rituals will take your senses places they’ve never been before."


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Firstly, we were split up into groups to explore each key area of the body shop brand. Firstly, I explored the make-up which I had not forayed into since my high school days when I'd finally moved on from Dream Matte Mousse (don't judge, we've all been there). Though I've now moved on to the more high-end makeup because I'm a completely misguided snob, I was surprised at how amazing the quality was. The sheer range and pigmentation quality of the eyeshadows has left me seriously doubting my addiction to MAC. We then moved on to the skincare, which has left me seriously lusting after the Drops of Youth sleep mask. I mean, I'm almost twenty-one, who knows when the wrinkles will arrive?

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Then finally, the time arrived to try out the new Spa Of The World Collection. I was treated to a wonderful hand massage by the delightful Abbie, where I got try (and sniff lustfully) all of the incredible products. I ended up falling in love with the whole range but unfortunately my dwindling overdraft could not withstand them all. I made a few cheeky purchases (on the card, obvs. If it's not physical money it's not proper spending, duh) and said my goodbyes. But not before being handed an amazing goody bag and an extra cupcake. This blogger gig has it's perks.

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My first purchase was the Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil. I wanted all three of the beautiful massage oils because trust me, they are ah-mah-zing, but given my dire financial situation, I opted for the 2 in 1 oil. It can be used on both body and hair to add a tiare flower fragrance and a radiant shine. It's a hybrid, wonder product! How fiscally responsible of me! Because, what's more practical than spending your limited money on massage oil? I mean, it's a vital necessity.

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Next up is my goody bag, which was absolutely jam packed to the extent that I genuinely thought I'd subconsciously robbed the store, (I haven't guys, I promise!). My first port of call was to try the clay masks. When I first came across these I had expected them to be a bit of a gimmick yet bizarrely, they work rather well. Firstly I tried the Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay which claims to be 'treasured by Moroccan women for its skin firming power'. I eagerly slathered it on the area in most need of firming - my arse, (I'll spare you any pictures) and was surprised to see I had quite a large amount left. That's no mean feat if you've ever seen my arse. Honestly, so much goes a long way with this product, it's completely changed my original perceptions. So I slathered some more of it on another troublesome area - my stomach. Whilst I did see a difference on the ole booty, unfortunately, it isn't a miracle worker and couldn't disguise the fact I've had a pizza every night for five days. Damn it. I then gave the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay a try. Apparently, the 'bamboo charcoal is an ancient beauty secret to draw out impurities from skin' and is a vital purifying step in the relaxation ritual. Unfortunately, I didn't find it an overly relaxing process, but then maybe I'm not its primary target audience being someone with eight grotty roommates and a bath no-one would dare use. It's hard to feel zen when you're stood arms spread out like a starfish, huddled in your tiny bathroom for fear of flashing your mother your charcoal coated breasts.

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The scrubs are undoubtedly my favourite Spa of the World product by far. The African Ximenia Scrub has a beautiful and fresh, clean scent and it's ximenia oil leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft. It's a gorgeous scrub but, unfortunately, has been brutally shoved out of the picture by the next scrub. The Dead Sea Salt scrub is hands down, the best scrub I've ever tried IN. MY. LIFE. Not only does it smell completely frigging amazing with its fresh and energizing scent it also works miracles. My skin feels so incredibly smooth. It also doesn't strip any moisture from your skin, instead I was left with a light layer of its oils and minerals coating my body. Win-win for a girl too lazy for excessive grooming. And the smell lingers. I smell amazing guys. AMAZING.

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Last but not least, is the Japanese Camellia Cream which is honestly utterly divine. The whipped texture glides on like a dream and sinks in almost instantly but without feeling too drying. The Camellia oil is apparently high in oleic acid making it 'incredibly rich and moisturising' and the 'ultimate indulgent skin hydration'. Whilst I normally dismiss such descriptions as elaborate marketing twaddle, I think The Body Shop have got it spot on with this one. It left me feeling luxurious and intensely hydrated for the entirety of the day. Also, the smell, as you've probably come to expect, is amazing. It smells so good I literally stopped my brothers 18th birthday celebrations to make everyone in the room smell me. Yeah, you only go eighteen once, but what's more important? A coming of age or the fact that I smelt like a seductive, Grecian goddess?

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I'd like to thank The Body Shop (though I don't wish to thank them for the hefty dent they're amount to make in my bank balance) and all the lovely people I met for making my first blogging event so fantastic. I had the greatest time and it's reignited a beauty obsession I thought I had long grown out of.

I'm a bonafide beauty blogger now, baby.

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