Last Friday I had that oh-so-familiar urge...to hit the shops. It can be very dangerous working so close to Oxford Street you know! So once I escaped the office for the weekend I made a little bee-line for Oxford Street with an indulgent browse around some of my favourite beauty halls in mind (plus a stop off for a quick eyebrow threading).
I ended up in Debenhams admiring the gorgeous Lancome Christmas collection - my first reason for going there was to stock up on my current favourite mascara 'Lancome Hypnose Star' which I was pleased to see was currently available in a little Christmas gift set with a mini Bi-Facil and a khol liner for the same price as the mascara is available normally.
This is when it all started to go wrong...and by wrong I mean I was sucked in by the old 'gift with purchase'...
Which led to this happening:
I had been admiring the Teint Miracle Foundation for a while and had tried a sample and liked it, but previously talking myself out of purchasing as I know I don't need any extra foundations, I have plenty. But the girl on the counter was lovely and helpful and before I knew it I was handing over the credit card with wild abandon.
The gift with purchase deal was with two product you got a pretty little make-up bag filled with a whole host of sample products, including skincare plus a mini Hypnose Star and either a mini lipgloss or a mini Juicy Tube and two make-up brushes (foundation and concealer). Then with a *third* purchase you can also take home a full size Bi-Facil eye make-up remover...
So in case you didn't guess, I went with the third purchase. For nostalgia I chose a Juicy Tube in Melon. Juicy Tubes were one of my first ever high-end make-up purchases and I always loved the Melon version as it didn't contain glitter like the others did. My inner teenager is really happy to have this in my life again!
The three purchases I went for are...Hypnose Star Mascara, Teint Miracle Foundation and Melon Juicy Tube...and then I got a whole load of extras free! I won't list them all as you can see them in the pictures, but have to say I'm pretty pleased with it all! Definitely good value for money!
On a slightly side note, I have to say I was really impressed with the service in Debenhams - friendly and helpful but not 'sell sell sell' or in your face at all. This was contrasted when I went into another one (House of Fraser) on the same evening where I was pestered so much I left!
All items from Debenhams, Oxford Street.
Bought by me, with some help from a PR voucher.