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!