So, we went to "take a look" at Harrods because neither of us has ever been...and you just have to. Plus, Laduree is at Harrods! And of course, they were having a sale...so of course I went around the cosmetics department to take a look.
It's not my fault! I'm helping the economy! Don't be judgmental!
My first mistake was to browse through Harrods' website. Naturally I found something I wanted so I thought that I would be able to exercise restraint and go to Harrods to purchase that one thing. And initially, I somewhat succeeded because I walked around and walked away from many things until I found one thing. But, the trend seems to be that if I have bought one thing, my wallet is primed and ready to keep opening. I'm going find a therapist when I get back.
What was it that I thought I so desperately wanted?:
[YSL's Intense Eye Kit (£29)]
In my defence, this was on sale! The original price is £48, so that's £19 off! Definitely worth it! I'm reasonably sure this set came out for Mother's Day, and I intend to be a mother someday, so I deserve this. We'll just peg it as incentive. Just look at what's in there:
[YSL's Eye Cream]
You just know I couldn't resist the fact that there was eye cream in there!
[YSL's Eye Makeup Remover]
I think I might have to do a review on all my new eye makeup removers at some point. Probably after I get back.
[YSL's Touche Eclat]
This is a product I have been eyeing for years now, but I have been holding back. It actually retails for £20+ on its own, so it was definitely a good buy with this set. Touche Eclat comes in a number of colours to suit your skin tone, and it functions as a concealer and/or highlighter. Unfortunately, this set only comes with the one shade (01) and since I am in one of the other shade categories, this will be my new highlighter. I haven't pumped it out, but the tip will be beige when I start using it. I can't wait to try this out!
[YSL's Touche Eclat and False Lash Effect Mascara]
[YSL's False Lash Effect Mascara]
The packaging on this is absolutely beautiful, and the wand doesn't disappoint. It looks like a regular wand, but the bristles are very densely packed together which will allow for greater coverage on the lashes, thereby allowing the effect to be magnified. It's also very slightly tapered at the end which will allow you to reach those smaller lashes close to your inner eye without getting a glob of mascara all over your face. I'm quite stoked about this because I've heard VERY good things about YSL's mascaras. I shall keep you posted.
[YSL's Waterproof Eye Pencil]
I've yet to find something to rival Lancome's eye pencil for durability and ease of use but I'm hoping this is it. When I swatched it, it went on very easily and the colour was very intense. It also took a bit of effort to wipe it from my hand so I'm hoping that translates as well.
Then, there was the inevitable Estee Lauder tale:
[Estee Lauder Products]
Not my fault. They were giving away tempting freebies which rivaled the value of the purchases I wanted to make so I couldn't help myself.
[Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum (£45)]
Why do I need this? I'm becoming increasingly more traumatised by the state of my eyes with their fine lines and dark circles. Since I have infinite eye cream, I thought I should get something additional and this can be used in combination with an eye cream to aid the recovery process. I hope it helps. I'll test it out once I get back.
[Estee Lauder's Outrageous Volume Mascara Kit (£22)]
This was jut a foregone conclusion. The eye cream and eye makeup remover were just incidental and free gifts with the mascara. But seriously...just look at the packaging and wand! Look!!!
[Estee Lauder's Outrageous Volume Mascara]
I know it doesn't look it in this picture, but the wand is enormous. I mean, seriously enormous. If you aren't careful, you will get mascara all over your face! Seriously though, I love it. It just looks like one sweep will coat your lashes insanely and make them big and volumised. I can't wait to try it!
For the record, I am not new to Estee Lauder's products. I went through a phase in my early twenties where I was determined to use their stuff but I was too young then for it to be effective. I suspect their skincare will work much better now for anti-aging purposes. As for their makeup, all I can say is yes. Just, yes. I'm a die hard fan of this particular shade of lipstick I've been using for years. It's my favourite neutral coral shade ever and it's not drying. Their lipsticks also last an obscenely long time which I love!
[Estee Lauder's Freebies]
Seriously, the amount of stuff they gave away with the purchases is terrifically exciting! The bag is really pretty and of very good quality. I would actually use it and I might just switch up when I get back.
[Estee Lauder's Re-Nutriv Travel Set]
This is a set of anti-aging hydrating cleanser, toner and cream. I've never actually looked at this line but it looks interesting enough. To be tested...
[Estee Lauder's Lipgloss]
The shades are very pretty and I love the texture. It's smooth and not sticky at all! The pink is particularly pretty because it has some very fine shimmer in it which will be extremely lovely when painted on.
[Estee Lauder's Pure Colour Creme Lipstick in Pinkberry (82)]
This is a full sized lipstick and it will last forever. Seriously...forever! I absolutely love the shade! Aaaaa so exciting!!!! I can die happy!
[Estee Lauder's Eyeshadow and Lipgloss Palette]
This is just gorgeous all round. The packaging is amazing. It can't be clearly seen in the picture, but the casing is a lovely gold shade and its really quite weighty and nice. It feels a bit like carrying a gold bar which I find very exciting. As for the eyeshadow shades, the palette is incredibly versatile and absolutely perfect for a short trip, or even as a touch up kit. And more lipgloss! Not the most exciting thing but the shades are quite lovely so I'm over the moon.
I can't even describe how happy I am...I might be more excited about the free stuff than what I actually bought which is quite sad.
Then we passed by Clarins, and I had a look around. The day cream my mother uses was on sale at 50% off. That's madness!
[Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream (£23 each)]
These creams usually retail for £48 per tub, so they are actually less than half the price and they will last for up to 3 years, unopened, and up to 2 years when opened. I'm really happy with these purchases and my mum will be too. And of course, I asked for samples and he gave me these two random bits which I don't even know how to react to, but okay. I'll use them anyway. I am a sample hoarder. I actually have two sections in my cosmetics drawer for sample-sized stuff.
Then we headed over to the Gourmet foods section and omg:
[Goodies from the Gourmet Foods Section]
This brand of stuff was on sale at 3-for-2, so it was hard to stop shopping.
My entire trip to London (especially in Fortnum & Mason), I have been eyeing chocolate-coated espresso beans, and I got to try them here. I tried both the milk and dark chocolate beans, but the dark chocolate was infinitely better, so I got a pack of those:
[Dark Chocolate Coated Espresso Beans (£7.95)]
Then there's tea!
[English Breakfast Tea Sachets (£9.95)]
[Venetian Rose Tea Sachets (£9.95)]
Look how pretty the packaging is! They are like little handbags and the sachets are absolutely beautiful. I'll review this tea once I get back because I can't wait to try them as well! I did smell the Venetian Rose and it was quite lovely.
Now, we also went to Laduree, and we also bought tea from there, but I'm going to segregate that into a different post, just because I want to.