Friday, 21 June 2013
Haul & Swatches: ArtDeco & Lucky Dip Sample Bag
It's funny, I've got this massive beauty haul that keeps getting relegated to the bottom of my to-do list. It's not that it's a boring post, quite the opposite actually, but the thought of having to edit so many pictures is rather daunting! So this mini haul has now overtaken the big one as priority! Now, I've mentioned before that if you're looking for something inexpensive to help qualify for an offer on the Debenhams site, then ArtDeco eyeshadows are a pretty good idea. I did just that, last week for this little haul.
As the eyeshadows come in basic packaging (you can separately buy the empty compact to store the shadows in), they are pretty cheap to purchase alone. This in no way reflects on the quality though. I now own four of the pearl formula shadows and none have disappointed me, they are just a joy to use and the colours are beautiful. When it comes to eyeshadows I'm a huge smokey eye lover, but I usually gravitate towards bright and colourful shades when I'm looking to buy. I've never been keen on neutrals or browns because I don't think I suit them. However, ArtDeco do these neutrals so well, that I'm always more drawn to them than the colourful ones.
So the two I bought were 05 Grey Brown and 18 Light Misty Wood. Their names are a pretty accurate colour description as 05 is beautiful taupe with a silvery grey sheen...
...while 18 is a light bronzey brown.
I've been wearing both (and indeed all my ArtDeco shadows) non-stop! I just love the pearl formula, it's velvety soft, pigmented but with a lovely sheen and so naturally I'm a little hesitant to try a matte or glitter one in case I don't like them! It's safe to say there's plenty of 'pearls' to keep me going though! Here's my other two for comparison, you can find a full post with swatches here.
These eyeshadows were just £3.85 each and I had an offer code for a free goody bag with the purchase of two or more beauty products. Now you'll maybe recall from my last Debenhams haul post when I got the fragrance goody bag, that I'd just missed out on the offer of a sample bag more similar to this one. I'd qualified for other offers at the time, so wasn't too miffed, although I'd have preferred a random sample bag rather than purely fragrance. Anyway this offer, was for 7 samples from a selection of 14. You didn't get to pick your own samples, it was completely random. I spied the Guerlain mascara amongst it and that was one I'd wanted from the last sample bag. It was going to be pure luck if I got it though.
When my order arrived, I was absolutely over-the-moon with the selection of samples I got (above), they were far more generous than I'd expected. I received four fragrance samples (half my Dad fell heir to).
Four non-fragrance samples (yes I realise that's 8 altogether-I must've been lucky and got an extra).
I got a Sanctuary moisturiser (15ml), St Tropez gradual tanning moisturiser (50ml) and Bare Minerals serum.
Along with the Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara I wanted! How jammy was that? All for £7.70, I might add!
I'm a sucker for a freebie, well isn't everyone? I've doubled checked the code today for this offer and it was still adding it to my basket, so it's still available if you'd like to get your hands on it (although I can't guarantee you'll get the same set of samples I did). The code you need to put in the box at the checkout is X790 and that's for beauty club members with the purchase of two makeup and/or skincare items. If the offer doesn't show up in your basket then it's out of stock. The offer is on for a limited time, so I wouldn't dilly-dally! As if you needed more encouragement, there's VAT-free prices on selected beauty items right now and 10% off all other beauty. From past experience if I've purchased two items which qualify for say a Lancome or Dior Gift With Purchase, then the goody bag offer doesn't work as well, you'll need to buy another two items for that. As you can see though, you don't have to spend a fortune to qualify.