Beauty sales don’t tend to be anywhere near as rewarding as clothing sales – probably because most skincare and bodycare products aren’t seasonal, and any makeup items that are tend to be cleverly limited in number. You can usually find better beauty discounts and “flash” sales throughout the year than you can in January, but, that said, I have been scouring the internet for some good deals and have found more than a handful! Whether you want to try something new or you’re looking to stock up on regular favourites, here are my top picks:
1) Firstly, Escentual.com have at least 20% off EVERYTHING on their site. That includes Clarins, La Roche Posay, Dior (I know!), Guerlain and dozens of other brands. A good time to stock up on Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner (here) and their new-ish eye product, the Extra-Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum (here). Toners don’t tend to be a regular fixture in my skincare routine, but I tried this one after hearing Caroline Hirons rave about it. It’s a nice and gentle way to chemically exfoliate (ie, rather than using a scrub) if you don’t want to go the whole hog and Liquid Gold yourself. (Note: I probably wouldn’t use this on the same night as Liquid Gold or another chemical exfoliant – unless you’re some total dermatology boffin and know exactly what you’re doing with various exfoliating acids, I feel that it’s best just to stick to one product at a time!)
I’ll be looking at the Guerlain and Dior makeup picks on Monday, but do have a browse of the Vichy, Avene and La Roche Posay “aisles” for some French Pharmacie-style shopping. Escentual even stock Bioderma for that authentic experience! (Here)
2) Whizzing on over to FeelUnique.com where they have discounts on loads of great products. You have to do a bit of trawling, but within thirty seconds I had found a brilliant deal on a Bliss body set (The Bod Squad, here) which offers over £100 worth of product for a reduced price of £37.50. The set includes some of their most popular body products including the Lemon + Sage scrub and body butter. The Bod Squad
There’s a just over a fiver off on the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, too. I couldn’t love this cleanser (pictured above) more and you probably know that, by now, seeing as though I’ve harped on about it countless times. It’s in my top ten (probably top five) skincare products and is one of the most luxurious cleansing experiences that you can create. The balm is down to £28.90 here. Other picks from FeelUnique include the Extraordinary waters from Melvita (here) and the Ultra Light Moisture Milk from Elemental Herbology, which is reviewed here. I really, really rate it as a lightweight hydrator for combi/oily skin so do give the review a little read if you’re on the lookout for something similar. Find it in the sale here.
3) Also pictured above, Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold. A swipe-on-and-leave glycolic acid exfoliant that brightens the skin almost from the first use and is just beautiful in its simplicity. No frills, no pleasant fragrance, just a treatment that works. It’s a bit of an all-rounder, in terms of helping to fix skin complaints – fine lines, large pores, sun damage – and although there are more advanced ingredients and higher-performing products out there, you won’t find many of them coming in at this price. Just over thirty quid gets you a bottle that will last you almost a year, (depending on how generously you soak the cotton pad!) but BeautyExpert have gone one further and are offering two 100ml bottles for £39.99. You can find the deal here.
4) And then to one of my favourite luxury brands, Omorovicza. There’s no sale, here, but they are offering A Model Recommends readers a 15% discount on my most-used products. So that’s the Deep Cleansing Mask, the Queen of Hungary Mist, the Elemental Emulsion and the Perfecting Lip Balm. The lip balm, for me, is right up there with Sisley’s – juicy, plumpy and ridiculously luxe. It’s not greasy or sticky and it works well to prep the lips before colour. Find it here. The Deep Cleansing Mask has been in my top ten products (read them here) since the very first time I used it. It’s very powerful indeed – a proper “red carpet mask”. My full review is here, you can find it on Omorovicza’s site here.
For many, many declarations of love with regards to the Queen of Hungary Mist you need only to type that very term into the search box – it’s about as good as mists can get. There are few products that make me so instantly happy – that are so immediately uplifting – and I think that it’s worth every penny. Formulated with the Hungarian Thermal Water that Omorovicza bases the skincare range on, the mist can be used as a spritz, a toner, a cool-down – whatever you like; but it comes into its own as part of a home facial. Spray it on before a mask, after a mask, before moisturising – it takes the DIY spa experience to a whole new level! You can find it here. There will be a full review of the Elemental Emulsion moisturiser next week, but know this: it is light and gorgeous and unbelievably hydrating. You probably use half, or even a third, of what you’d use of a thicker moisturiser so (watch me justify this to myself) really it’s an “under fifty quid” moisturiser. (OK, it’s £76.50 after discount; but honestly, if you can get your paws on one then I doubt you’ll regret it!) More on this next week, but if you’re desperate for details then the page is here.
Promotional code* to be entered at the checkout: AMR15
Code valid from 3rd Jan – 31st Jan, 2014 and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotional code.