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The product I am reviewing is The Body Shop's Vanilla Bliss Shimmer Lotion. This item is part of the Vanilla Bliss range which was a Seasonal Limited Edition range for 2012. I actually decided to purchase some more of the items in the Vanilla Bliss range after trying the Body Butter within this range which I loved. I love the smell of vanilla anyway so this range was going to definitely be a favourite of mine. This particular product is a shimmer body lotion and provides lightweight moisture whilst giving your skin a subtle shimmer. This sounded like a brilliant product and perfect for this time of the year when going out into town for work parties. The product has a gorgeous rich vanilla scent to leave your skin smelling divine. The lotion comes in a tall pump bottle which is clear in colour so you can see the lotion inside the bottle. The pump top is gold in colour and you simply twist it to the left to open and to the right to close it. On the front of the bottle it states what the product is and it also states that the lotion has vanilla extract and community fair trade Shea butter in it. On the back of the bottle is a list of ingredients in a number of different languages. It also states that the product is not tested on animals. The lotion inside the bottle looks like an off white colour and you can see that the lotion has a shimmer look to it.
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I purchased this product from The Body Shop website at a reduced price when the products went into the sale just before Christmas. I actually went on the website specifically to look to see if any of the Vanilla Bliss items had gone into the sale and to my luck they had. I paid just £4.00 for this lotion which was reduced from £8.00. The other products in the Vanilla Bliss range are also all reduced to half price, so if like me you also like this range then I would suggest going to the website or your local store to stock up on this range.
Using the Product
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I applied the product for the first time after showering so I could see what the results were like. I had to press the pump top down a few times in order for it to dispense some of the lotion. The lotion wasn't too thick but at the same time it wasn't really runny either. The lotion was an off white colour and I could see it shimmering a little. I smelt the lotion before applying it and it had a nice light vanilla scent to it. I rubbed the lotion onto my arms and it felt cool and very soft and silky as I rubbed it onto my skin. The lotion practically soaked into my skin straight away leaving no greasy feeling but moisturised, soft skin. My skin also had a shimmer look to it as well which looked nice under a low light. I decided to go to the bathroom to see how the shimmer effect looked under a brighter light. My skin looked very glittery and shimmery which I couldn't decide whether I liked or not. My skin looked glowing and lovely from a distance, how-ever when looking closely it looked like someone had sprayed me with a can of very fine glitter. My skin felt extremely smooth and soft and it had a very slight hint of a vanilla smell to it, how-ever it wasn't as strong smell as the body butter I have previously used in this range. The shimmer effect does transfer onto clothes slightly so if you are wearing black you may find that your clothes become a little shimmery looking and slightly glittery looking.
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The lotion felt lovely on my skin and I loved the way it left my skin feeling smooth and soft. I'm still not sure I like the shimmery look to the lotion and I would only apply the lotion if I was going out into town for a night out as I think it looks much too shimmery for the day. The smell of the lotion is very light and it leaves a very slight scent of vanilla on your skin which was a little disappointing. In terms of value I think the lotion is a little expensive when at full price and I wouldn't pay £8.00 for the lotion, so I am glad I purchased this when it was half price. I would recommend this to others if you don't mind glittery or slightly shimmery looking skin and if you want a good lotion for moisturising, however if you are looking for a lotion that keeps your skin smelling nice all day then this isn't a very good product. Although there was a slight smell of the product on my skin this wasn't very long lasting and by the time I had woken up in the morning there was no scent of the product on my skin at all. I am only going to give this product 3 out of 4 stars due to the lack of scent and the fact that the lotion was way to shimmery for me.
(review also on ciao)