Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Cosmetic Company Store High End Beauty Bargains

It really is amazing what a designer outlet centre can do to you when you're trying to save money! It was all going so well until heading to Bicester Village was suggested as one of our weekend activities. "Sure, it's all high end and designer brands," I thought to myself "I won't be able to afford anything anyway so I can just look at some pretty clothes...I'll be fine." Turns out I wasn't! 

Walking past Reiss, Armarni, Mulberry and Gucci, I was doing very well. Yes these amazing brands were heavily discounted but they were still well in the three figure price tags; not something my purse could justify. But then something bad happened, then I hit The Cosmetics Company Store!

I've not heard of this shop before, and maybe it is just specialised to Bicester Village but wow was it amazing. There were numerous high end make up brands with very heavy discounts and a great range of things to choose from. With brands such as Jo Malone, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and Bumble and Estée Lauder (just to name a few) I knew I'd be spending some of that money I'd transferred to my savings account in an instant. 

I have to quickly mention that although the brand range was incredible (I missed Clinique, Smashbox and Origins from my first list) the over all selection of products and colour range wasn't too overwhelming; however if you dug deep enough you could find some real gems. So what did I treat myself to? 

The Cosmetic Company Store High End Beauty Bargains

First and foremost I couldn't walk past the Mac stand without picking up a lipstick. There weren't many shade that stood out to me because the majority of them were satin finishes (I'm more of a matte girl to be honest) however when I saw the much talked about Morange I just couldn't leave without it. The Morange Mac Lipstick I picked up came from one the limited ranges so came in beautiful limited packaging (however it is a permanent shade) and although it is a bit of a bolder shade then what I usually go for, I had to pick one up as I'd heard great things about it. With the £5 off price tag it was a no brainer to take it home with me as an adventurous addition to my lipstick collection. 

Then came the Bobbi Brown stand. If you read my last post all about how amazing the Bobbi Brown blush in Pretty Coral is, you'll know exactly why I couldn't leave without another shade. I went for Pastel Pink which is, well, exactly what it says on the tin; a lovely pastel pink. Just like with Pretty Coral, the colour pay off is amazing and the longevity is incredible and with £5.50 off, it brought the cost down from high end (which it is totally worth by the way) to a very reasonable one. The Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink blush is definitely a very beautiful shade, that's for sure.

I also couldn't leave the Bobbi stand without putting one of her much loved face masks into my basket. I went for the Bobbi Brown Instant Detox mask as my skin is a bit all over the place at the moment. I've moved to a new office and new surroundings, heating systems and commutes always throw my skin into a tantrum; a detox is definitely in order - plus the packaging is oh so very Instagramable. This was also the biggest bargain out of my beauty purchases (yes I bought some homeware too...disappointed face emoji) with a lovely £8.25 saving!

Finally I couldn't go past the Origins stand without picking up the cult favourite Super Spot Remover now could I? I've heard great things about this but wasn't prepared to folk out nearly £15 for it, however with almost a £5 discount; how could I refuse? I've already had to use the Origins Super Spot Remover once since getting it and so far it's worked miracles; definitely worth the hype. 

I'm sure I will be doing reviews on all of these products soon but I just had to get a post up to tell you all about the amazing collections they have at The Cosmetic Company Store. Anyone living near or visiting Oxfordshire should definitely pop in and get themselves some bargains. I made an amazing saving of £23.50 on these four products!

Have any of you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? Or have any of you visited The Cosmetic Company Store before? If not, do you know where else we can get amazing beauty discounts?

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Hannah xxx

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral Review and Swatches

If you are a regular follower of A Day In The Life of a Northern Girl you will be very aware from my posts and Instagram that I am a little obsessed with blusher. I went though a phase where I went totally blusher crazy and had to rein it in a little bit for a while...that was until I had my birthday!

Each year, as I get a little older, I like to make myself feel better by buying a new highend make up product. This product has to be something I couldn't justify buying on a regular basis (or more specifically without that extra birthday money) and I usually like to go for a brand that I haven't had many products from or I've never bought from before. This year that brand was Bobbi Brown.

I finally settled on getting myself a new blush (as I suppose it had been a while since I banned myself from getting more) and with the help of one of the lovely assistants in the Covent Garden store; I chose Pretty Coral. Now, I wouldn't say that this blush is a true coral tone so I'm not sure just how accurate that name is, in fact it's actually verging on a deep pink shade. However, that aside, this is one of the best blushes I have ever had.

Pretty Coral is a new shade that has been added to Bobbi's matte range (shimmer's and cream's are available) however don't let that put you off if you like a glow to the cheeks as this Bobbi Brown blush does leave the skin with a little highlight. There are no flakes of glitter or shimmer in this blush (which is perfect for me) but it certainly doesn't leave the skin looking dull or flat like some matte products can.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral Review

So why exactly am I so in love with this blush? For starters the consistency of the Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Coral is amazing. It's a finely pressed power that has the consistency of a cream blush once rubbed into the skin. It's not the most buttery of consistencies, noting beats Mac when it comes to cream like powder blushes, but the texture of this blush is lovely and silky.

The colour pay off is also amazing. Sadly it didn't quite pick up as strong on the skin as it does in real life when I tried to take pictures, but it really does pack a punch. You only need a couple of taps to your cheeks when applying to get a natural pop of colour. It is very easy to go too heavy with this blush so I recommend starting off with a small amount and building up the product until your happy with the colour.  I've had a lot of lovely comments from people since I started wearing this blush, with the lads at work even noticing "you have some of that stuff on your looks nice" - men have such a way with words!

The point I am trying to make with this is just how nice and noticeable the Bobbi Brown Pretty Coral blush is. I wear blusher everyday for work but it was only when I started wearing Pretty Coral that people started to notice. I also really love how this shade looks on my face and I think it would work for any skin tone too. I'm not pale but I'm not olive toned either; I'm sort of smack bang in between and this colour gives a really nice natural flush to my face. 

Bobbi Brown Blush Pretty Coral Swatch

Finally, my absolute favourite thing about this blusher is its longevity. Ok it's not as prominent at the end of the day as it is when I first apply it, but it is still there when I get home after work; which can't be said for any of the other blushes in my collection (including Mac, Topshop or Sephora). When Bobbi says it is long-lasting she's really not lying!

All in all this is definitely the best blusher I have ever had for 1) colour pay off 2) a natural looking shade and 3) staying put on my face. I couldn't recommend the Bobbi Brown Pretty Coral blush enough. No, seriously, for only £19.50 you need to go out and buy it now!

Have you tried Bobbi Brown blushes? What's your favourite shade? Are there any other blusher brands I should be adding to my collection? Let me know below.

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