The Body Shop VIP Exclusive Evening Haul || Winchester Store

I’ve been needing an evening like this for a very long time…

As a regular customer at The Body Shop, I was kindly invited to an exclusive VIP evening to try products, ask for advice from the experts or book an appointment for a skincare and/or make-up consultation. Recently, I have been meaning to treat myself to a luxury moisturiser and body lotion. My skin has been feeling dull and dry, so I am rather pleased with the outcome of this evening. Tonight was my opportunity to book myself in for a skincare consultation to find out what skin type I have, in terms of sensitivity, dryness or oiled.

The staff were welcoming and approachable from the set go by introducing themselves personally and informing me of their new screen that prints off a name sticker. I thought this was such a great idea for when you were spoken to as you were mentioned by your name which made the overall experience a lot more personal. I was very impressed with the layout of the store as it is was clean/tidy, easy to navigate and everything looked beautiful in its place.

 

 

Fortunately for me, I was able to get a 1-to-1 consultation with their skincare expert to discuss with me the types of products I should be using on my skin to improve my moisture and hydration. I was very impressed with the consultation as I was able to talk about what products I already use, which ones I should change to and also try them on my skin so I can try them before I buy them. I really liked how knowledgeable the expert was as she was able to answer all my questions and inform me about my health and skincare as well as the products. The three products that I tried and stood out most to me where: The Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, The Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash and The Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. I was advised to use The Camomile Silky Cleansing oil to wash my makeup off with followed by The Gentle Facial Wash which leaves the skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed. After I have applied those two, I should then apply The Hydrating Toner which removes unwanted oils and leftover makeup leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated for up to 24 hours.

 

 

The next two purchases I decided to get was The Almond Milk & Honey Bath Milk which is something I’ve been looking at for a while now. It is a soothing smooth liquid based body wash that ‘gently cleanses, soothes and reduces the sensation of tight, itchy dry skin’. This just sounds like something I will enjoy very much. I like how the bottle looks like a milk carton and I find it very cute. I’m looking forward to trying this very soon. Along with this, I purchased The Almon Milk & Honey Body Lotion to complement the bath milk as it’s the same scent that soothes itchy dry skin. I love the smell of these two and I think it’s amazing how the moisture lasts for 48 hours… like that’s incredible! I have never tried bath milk or body lotion from The Body Shop before, so I am very excited to try these for the first time.

 

 

Just when you thought I was done with my purchases, I am about to sneak another one in there. I decided to buy myself one of their pre-made gift sets which included The White Musk Shower Gel and The White Musk Fragrance Mist. It was pretty obvious that I had only purchased specific products for my face and for my body, so I am pleased with myself for getting a perfume as well. I have been talking to Kevin for the past few days now saying that I needed to get a new perfume and conveniently enough I remembered I needed one and got my favourite one from The Body Shop. The reason why I got the matching shower gel was that they came in a set which was £10 for both products and the perfume alone is £8.50, so it made sense to do that. Luckily for me, as I am a regular customer I had a £5.00 off voucher that I was able to use, so I got this beautiful set for just £5.00.

Now it’s time for my favourite part of the whole evening which was receiving FREE gifts. I’m totally kidding!!!! The whole evening was just amazing and so thoughtfully planned out. I always love getting freebies, especially from a brand that I speak highly of as it just shows that they respect and value their customers by showing a little appreciation of their loyalty. Here is what I received:

 

 

FREE = £25.50 (FULL PRICE = £63.00 with a discount of 30% applied and 3 for 2 deal applied = £39.45)

 

 

Overall, I am very pleased with all my purchases and free gifts I received this evening it worked out that individually the total sum was £88.50 and I paid an incredible price of £39.45. I would like to say a big mention to the store manager, Emma, who was exceptional. Thank you so much to The Body Shop for inviting me to their exclusive VIP evening. It’s been OUTSTANDING!

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled and stay active on social media. I will be posting a follow-up post within the next week about trying all these brand new products.

Which of these products do you use?

 

Why I Became A Vegetarian?

Why I became a vegetarian? Hmm… I have been avoiding this question for quite a long time now and I think I am ready to share my opinions with the rest of the world. The part about this question that concerns me most is the debates it’s about to encounter. Personally, I feel like I am at a stage in my life where I wouldn’t turn back to being a carnivore. I’ve been an official vegetarian for 8 months now and I am the happiest I have ever been.

Fortunately, I’ve never been a huge fan of eating meat, purely because of the texture, the taste and the whole idea of taking an animals life away. Growing up, I’ve always preferred eating healthier foods such as salads, vegetables and pasta. I like to eat foods that are refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, I have eaten traditional meat in my life and I feel like it was unnecessary. Being a grown independent human providing my own meals, I proudly believe that us humans do not need to eat these animals to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If anything, there are plenty of cons as to why we shouldn’t eat animals because of the diseases our bodies are vulnerable to catching. I am not going to go into the details of this as I do not know enough about it. However, there are proven studies online if you’d like to have a read.

For some reason, when I get asked to put forward my logic as to why I have become a vegetarian, I feel like others take that moment to jump on a band waggon to throw at me counterpoints which are more “validated”, instead of respecting my choices and beliefs. I have had various conversations with people who seem to not understand my logic as to why it’s better for me, but when I state that I simply don’t like the taste, they then understand my reasoning. I’ve gained from this experience, that people do not like to hear the facts, especially when it’s something they like which they then throw pointless comments to try and belittle me. An example of this happening to me is when someone asked for my reasoning and all they did was patronise me by making me feel like I wasn’t entitled to have a choice or an opinion. It doesn’t matter if someone can not justify themselves to your standards as it’s their life and their choices that will affect them and them only. More importantly, the message that I am trying to get across is the arrogance of SOME carnivores needing to recognise these beliefs by respecting the choices made by vegetarians.

I think that some people are very sensitive about their personal eating habits; considering eating is a big component of our lives. I think that it is important for me to share my story as it might help others who have been feeling the same as me, as well as educate those who do not understand vegetarians. There are plenty of other reasons that justify why I have become a vegetarian. However, these reasons are at the top of my list and are not intended to be used in a way to change or manipulate your personal views and opinions.

Harming Animals

The main reason which is an obvious one for all vegetarians is the whole concept of harming animals. I really don’t like the idea of killing harmless animals for us, humans, to use as food. As stated above, I have never enjoyed the whole idea of eating meat which is why I was never a big eater of it growing up. I decided it was time for me to educate myself about the process behind the meat we buy or receive in store which I REGRET 100% purely becuase of how horrific it really is. Vegetarians have proven that meat is not a necissity for humans to live a healthy lifestyle. The way animals are treated throughout their lives right until the slaughtering process is appalling. We should treat all animals with compassion and love to let them live a healthy life.

I believe that all animals should be treated equally and fairly which is why I think it’s wrong how it’s morally acceptable to eat a chicken, but it’s completely unacceptable to eat a dog. I understand that they are two completely different animals, for example, one is a farm animal and one is considered a pet. I dislike the ideology of this because it is wrong to take away lives regardless of whatever animal it is. I think it is unfair how some animals get to live a healthy life until death and some live a mistreated cruel life until they get slaughtered. Isn’t it wrong to take away the life of an animal just so it can be eaten? I could honestly talk about this all day which is why I am going to leave it there.

Healthy Lifestyle & Saving Money

As you are fully aware, I have only been a vegetarian for 8 months now which clearly isn’t a lifetime, but I have noticed some fundamental factors that have helped me in many ways. I can now say I live a healthy lifestyle which can be seen in a variety ways such as foods in my diet (cutting out fatty meats and unnecessary salts), eating enough of fruit and vegetables and ensuring I am eating foods from every section of the eat well guide. Being a vegetarian, it is very important for me to eat food from each food group to ensure my food intake consists of a balanced diet. To make sure I do this, I would often drink/eat foods that are high in soya, so that I am getting that added protein into my body. The-Eatwell-Guide-2016

I have noticed an enormous difference with my weekly food shop to the supermarket. There is a massive cost difference because of the amount of money that I am saving by not having to buy meats. It is a lot cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice and potatoes. There are a lot of delicious meals that I make to facilitate my diet by just doing everything the exact same, except adding in the meats. I can still make a curry, stirfry and beautiful pasta dishes. It is all about sources and how you cook foods, for example by boiling, roasting or frying. I much prefer the way I am eating now as I actually enjoy cooking by being creative and feeling proud with all the new creations I have put together.

Skin Care Routine

If you have known me for quite some time now, you will have known that I have always had quite dry facial skin with a lot of spots making a home on my forehead. For the last 8 months, I have not had any spot breakouts which has made me feel very happy with myself and has changed my overall mood. I believe that the fatty meats containing a lot of salts encouraged the breakout of spots on my face as since I’ve became a vegetarian, they have all been under control. As well as not eating meat, I am very cautious with the skin care products I am using. Everything that I use is from The Body Shop, including my makeup, shower gel, body lotion, shampoo and perfume. This is because all their products are vegan-friendly and do not include any bad substances for your skin which help to prevent spots. If you were to make these changes, it might change your skin type for the better.

Below are some of my previous blog posts to show you what products I am using to help maintain the healthiness of my skin.

Skin Care – https://bryoniburnsblog.com/2018/08/22/the-body-shop-vip-exclusive-evening-haul-winchester-store/

My Body Shop Haul – https://bryoniburnsblog.com/2018/05/29/the-body-shop-beauty-haul-free-gifts/

My Everyday Makeup Routine – https://bryoniburnsblog.com/2018/05/09/my-spring-everyday-make-up-routine/

If you have any questions, feedback or an opinion regarding this post please do not hesitate to comment below. This post is aimed at those who have been wondering why I made this change, so here are my reasons. EVERYONE is entitled to have their own opinions and beliefs which is why I will always accept and respect those that come my way.