Whether single, or not, every girl loves to treat herself come Valentine's Day, and The Body Shop's new, limited-edition range seems to have provided me with just the treat I needed in time for February 14th.
First up, the Smoky Poppy Body Lotion,* which I've been slathering on myself like there's no tomorrow ever since I got it. Despite being a mere lotion, I think it provides all the sumptuous moisture of the infamous body butters. This is largely down to its Shea Butter formula, which is enriched with poppy extract - to be frank, I'm not all too sure what the poppy extract does in terms of formula... but in terms of the scent, I've no doubt it is key to the sultry, smoky (quelle surprise, when Smoky is in the title) floral aroma of the product. I've found this lotion to be so lovely-smelling, I've skipped on perfume since I've been using it, and I've loved using it on my body to nourish my dried-out winter skin.
Next up is a new addition to the cosmetics range in the form of the Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Poppy Red.* I'm a bit of a sucker for 'crayon' makeup, not only for the quick application process, but also the fact they often promise to be something of a multi-tasker. Unfortunately I've usually found that these products normally do only one of their two uses sufficiently well - in the case of lips and cheeks, I've generally found cheeks are well covered, whereas lips get flaky and dried out virtually as soon as the product hits the pout.
The Body Shop's try at a one stick wonder is damn good - the Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick is enriched with Marula Oil, and is highly pigmented (a little goes a long way here, ladies!) so looks gorgeous for a flushed Valentine's rosy cheek, and creates a nourishing wash of colour on the lips, without any feeling of dryness or discomfort. I can normally wear this for about 2 hours before contemplating a top-up of my pout - my preferred method is to use it as a stain on my lips during the day. It can most certainly be built up to a full-on red lip if that's what you fancy for February 14th; even if, like me, the only man you'll be seeing this Valentine's evening is a fictional character in a TV show... reckon Don Draper will appreciate my scarlet pout?