17 May 2018

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar proclaims to 'make nights out sparkle, pep up pale skin and show off tans.' On paper, this sounds like a godsend - especially for those of us who'll use whatever we can to accentuate the non-existent colour present in our ghost-like complexions. While it didn't look like something that could perform miracles, I was willing to give it a shot. 

Weighing in at 30g, this is considerably smaller than any of Lush's massage bars that they offer online and in store. The reason for this is because firstly, it's not a massage bar so isn't designed to moisturise and coat the entire body with each use; secondly, the bar is a handy size to slip into a purse or bag on a night out, and thirdly, because this shimmer bar lasts a really long time so doesn't need to be any bigger. 

Looking at the ingredients list, Shimmy Shimmy reads like a massage bar. With shea and cocoa butters to nourish, heal and moisturise the skin, it at least plays it's part at helping to keep your skin feeling and looking soft. Clary sage oil is known to be packed-full of antioxidants and works wonders on sensitive skin, while lavender oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorising and relaxing - offering a soothing and calming experience for both the skin and mind. 
Despite the herbal and floral properties of these latter two ingredients, I was rather disappointed to find that this shimmer bar doesn't have a lot to offer the consumer in the way of scent. In other reviews, users have described it's smell as chocolately and vanillary. However, I don't detect this at all. 

To me, the bar smells of very little - there's almost a synthetic, plastic-like aroma - one you get when Lush body lotions have surpassed their sell-by date and have completely lost their scent altogether. It's not the world's worst smell, but it's not one that would be very appealing to me if I was surrounded by the hundreds of other beautiful-smelling cosmetics in a Lush store. Given that the bar is designed to highlight and accentuate your features rather than make you smell nice, I'm willing to look over this aspect of the product.

You use this is the same way as you would use any of Lush's other solid products - gently massage in a circular motion over the areas you wish to highlight and then use your fingers to distribute and even out the product afterwards. 

Unlike Lush's massage bars, Shimmy is a little less generous when it comes to how much product it releases onto your skin and you really have to massage for a good 30 seconds to a minute to get enough that it's noticeable. This is probably why a small bar will last you upwards of six months. 

What you're left with is skin that has a gentle gleam and is gently decorate with tiny flecks of golden lustre. Surprisingly, having used this while I was building up my tan in Spain last year, I did find that it accentuated my colour a little and gave me slightly more of a glow - which is pretty impressive given that it's only really glitter I'm adding to my skin. 

Despite having built up a slight phobia of glitter, I really enjoyed using Shimmy Shimmy. What is really great is that because the glitter is minuscule and iridescent, you don't look like a human disco ball after use. Instead, the decoration is fairly unnoticeable until the light bounces off of your skin and gives you a beautiful glow. While it's not a product I will use regularly (this could be to do with my non-existent social life), it is one I can see being very popular with those who want that 'wow factor' on a night out. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate and Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Coumarin.

Vegan?: Yes.