I was supposed to be browsing ...

I knew yesterday was going be a good day when I decided to log onto Wayne aka Gossmakeupartist's blog yesterday morning to see if he'd uploaded the last part of his infamous blog sale - he had!

There must have been a delay of the posts showing up on Blogger dashboard, as I had free reign to umm, ahhh, google for swatches and umm and ahhh again for at least 10 minutes before anybody else had even noticed it was up. I made a decent amount on Ebay on Monday evening from selling a load of shoes and the proceeds have paid for what I bought and still left me with change! I love "free" shopping! What did I buy? What didn't I buy more like! That blog post will be up when my postman comes calling laden with makeup goodness.

Feeling pretty pleased with myself I dashed to meet Miss Virtue for a beauty browsing session in Selfridges where we headed straight for the YSL counter. Gemma, the SA who served us was like no other SA I've met in my life. She was fab! Her sales pitch was funny, informative without being pushy and she made a welcome change from some of the more personality-challenged sales assistants that you can come across when looking for a beauty fix. She even started to babble at us in exasperated French as she looked for their new primer to show us. Funny lady who will have you walking away with a not only a smile but half the counter if you're not on the ball. I felt like I was on a gameshow!

If it wasn't for the fact I'm intent on buying my Rouge Volupte and Singulier mascara from Boots so I can earn the advantage card points she'd have taken more money off me. Had we known there was a YSL counter in Boots, Bond Street I wouldn't have bought the Golden Gloss # 18 lipgloss in Selfridges, but nevermind. More on that lipgloss tomorrow!

We were confused to find the Beverley Knight stand had disappeared from its original spot and thought perhaps they'd left Selfridges and were now stocked in John Lewis. We stumbled upon them accidentally in a corner sectioned off from the main beauty hall as we looked at Philosophy. How on earth they're going to meet sales targets tucked away there I don't know, they're practically invisible! What I do know is that I won't be buying any of their eyeshadows. The colours are uninspiring and the formulation doesn't warrant the cost. I will be buying that blusher that I spoke of in my K blog post though. It's nothing like MAC Azalea so that will be purchased on a future shopping trip.

I picked up Philosophy's Have a Cherry Christmas (cute name eh?), which is a cherry scented 3in1 shower gel, shampoo and bubble bath. I'm not into using 3in1 products on my hair so this will be strictly a shower/bath product for me. I used it last night and it smelt as if I'd dunked myself in cherryade! I kid you not, however, I still like it. The scent doesn't linger on the skin afterwards, it's just a 'shower experience'. I bought a similar product by The Pink Cow for less than half the price from Boots for £2 (usually £2.99). Naturally I picked up Vanilla biscuit (because I love all things vanilla) and I think I'll be using this later. Nivea pampering oil also came home with me as Boots have a BOGOF on the Nivea shower range and this caught my eye. I like the idea of a foaming oil but hope I don't slip and break my neck in the process!

I found my beloved Dr Hauschka Day Rose Cream in Selfridges too. I didn't know it was sold there but boy was I happy when I saw it. This cream is great for use during the colder weather, it feels so rich. It really brightens up my skin and leaves it fully moisturised all day. Expect a review on this soon.


Some of you may be aware that I've been on the hunt for a new eye cream. I've been faithfully using Clinique All About Eyes Rich and two tubs later I feel ready to try something new. I was eyeing up the new Origns GinZing eye cream but was hesitant to buy it as all it claims to do is brighten and depuff - not actually prevent or tackle fine lines and wrinkles. As the SA talked us through its active ingredients she mentioned ginger - which I knew Garnier UltraLift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream contains. It's also currently on offer in both Boots & Superdrug. Hmm £6 vs £20 - it was a no brainer, plus it targets wrinkles. Prevention over cure!!

No shopping trip is complete without a wander into MAC but funnily enough neither of us bought anything. I did want to try the 210 eyeliner brush as my Smashbox Angled brush has splayed and is no longer the wonderful brush it started off as, but I couldn't bring myself to physically ask a SA for help and we left empty handed. I think it's safe to say that I feel totally MAC'ed out at the moment and I'm having fun exploring new brands.

Have you come across any fab products lately? All recs welcome!



15 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

legseleven7 said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous haul hunni. I love reading your blog.
xoxox

dressjunkie said...

Can't wait to see what you got at Wayne's sale. Just to let you know that TK Maxx had a lot of Dr Hauschka skincare when I was in last week. I'd never heard of it before, will definitely be taking a closer look! xx

Em x said...

What a fab haul, i'm hunting the vanilla bath gel down, i love vanilla smells x

VexInTheCity said...

@legseleven7 - Aww cheers hon

@ Dressjunkie - Hehe, you're in for a treat. Thanks for TK Maxx heads up!

@ Em - Thanks hon. For £2 you def can't complain!!

Sirvinya said...

Now that's a great haul! Can't wait to see what you bought in the blog sale. I've been keeping an eye on it but I've got me a holiday to save up for.

Vixxan said...

Funny. I just got home from picking up a loaf of bread and either I bought some makeup are bread is really expensive now. We should stop eating bread and browsing.

Computergirl said...

I've been shopping my collection abit and refound my Rimmel Ginger Tea pencil (love it!). It is so refreshing when a SA is helpful and not pushy- much better sales technique. Blog sales- love them. Saw you'd bought things off Goss sale although it did show up late on my feed :( Have transfered some of my sale to ebay, like you say, blog sales don't count in project 10 pan... I hope ...shhh!! Emma :)

su-pah said...

Aargh, I don't know where to start I'm a complete products junkie.
I'm so lusting over the cherry christmas!
I went to the Boots evening too, for the 1200 points, stocked up on my HG mascara and got enough points to pick up a Chanel lipgloss. :D
Which YSL gloss is it? One of the new ones? Don't know by numbers, just by colours, hehe.

VexInTheCity said...

@ Sirvinya - Ta luv! All shall be revealed shortly lol

@ Vixaan - Leave the bread alone! LOL

@ Computergirl - Hope your listings sell well. I love a decent blog sale.

@Su-pah - Yep I'm waiting for the Boots Xmas night on Oxf Street to go and get my other YSL stuff - points galore!! Yeah the girls in Selfridges say the gloss is LE but the lady in Boots said it's perm so who knows! It doesn't have a shade name. It's just # 18 - lavender with gold flecks.

Lipglossiping said...

Nice haulin' chick!! I've been on the lookout for the Dr. Hauschka cream too! It's great in the winter for toning down the little thread veins that always seem more apparent thanks to the cold!

Viktbloggerskan said...

Stumbled across your blog via Wayne's blog sale actually - I'm another of his regular customers ;-) Love your blog and have bookmarked it. Can't wait to go to London in January for the IMATS - sooo excited to be able to get my hands on some stuff I can't find here in Sweden! //Tina

VexInTheCity said...

@ Lipglossiping - Cheers hon.I love, love love it.

@Viktbloggerskan - Aww thank you. I'm not sure I'm gonna go next year, I went last year and it wasn't as good as I'd hoped.

sabrina said...

I feel so bad I haven't blocked you:s

Can you give me your twitter XX

Ondo Lady said...

So the Beverley Knight make up range is not up to much then? What a shame as she could have been onto something there. Thanks for the heads up, I won't be wasting my time on it

Sara (The Makeup Snob) said...

I love this point! You kept me reading from top to bottom ( which is hard for me thesedays, lol) Everything u got sounds amazing. Philosophy puts out the best flavors agreed and I am in the same place as you with MAC. Im having alot of fun exploring new brands as well!

 

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