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Last weekend Highcross held their first Spring Beauty Fix event, being a bit of a beauty junky I headed over to check it out & make the most of the discounts and offers on throughout the centre.

One of my favourite things happening over the 2 days was the Beauty Amnesty, where shoppers were encouraged to bring in 5 items of makeup they no longer used or wanted & drop them in that big pink bin in exchange for a £10 gift card. I used to have a whole drawer full of makeup that had been used once or twice & then discarded, and though now I tend to have a monthly clear out & let friends and family have what they like, I still have a huge amount that’s unwanted just sitting there & I think almost every girl I know has this same makeup graveyard drawer somewhere! I thought this was such a brilliant idea, you get to de-clutter, the items all get recycled & you get £10 for it too – which if you’re anything like me probably went on more makeup! I really hope they’ll be doing this again. There was also a stylist & colour consultant on hand all day to advise how to find your ideal palette and apply this to both your wardrobe and make up, which proved very popular.

I then spent the next few hours going around to each of the stores & counters that were taking part. I chatted with the nail technicians at Nails Inc about my flimsy nails & checked out treatments and the new colours and finishes, Urban Decay gave me a intro on all their new launches, I got a 7 day sample of YSL‘s Le Teint Touche Éclat & the new Fusion Foundation to try out and I had a skincare update & mini facial from Clarins, plus of course took advantage of their offers too being one of my favourite skincare brands.

Afterwards I went over to Rituals who were offering skin care consultations & samples. I’ve never been into this store before, and I now honestly have no idea why not! I’m not much of a browser when shopping, I tend to know where I need to go & be pretty focused on those places, so I’ve always just walked past. As soon as you walk in it’s instantly relaxing, the store layout is beautiful with dark wood & draped fabric walls, and it smells like a spa. I also had no idea they sold makeup or things like teas, I sampled a little of the Jasmine Green Tea which was so light & fresh, I’ll definitely be going back for a box. The store assistants were lovely & super helpful talking me through their ranges, and was given a de-stress head, shoulder & hand massage using some of their signature products plus a little goodie bag of samples to try before heading home. I have to admit it must have worked as I pretty much curled up on the sofa & fell asleep as soon as I got in!

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  1. Posted 03.04.2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    haha, what unused make up, me?! I love rituals, it´s a great store :) xx

  2. Posted 04.04.2015 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    This looks like so much fun! That’s a really good idea to donate unused make up, I have a box full that could do with a new home! I love Rituals, they do a mascara that I really love but I can’t remember what it’s called which is a bummer x

    Josie’s Journal

  3. Vivien_noir
    Posted 11.04.2015 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I tend to sell and give away my products (often only swatched, as it’s really hard to find makeup light enough to fit my really pale skin tone) on Kleiderkreisel, which becomes more and more popular. I often trade them for clothes or accessories there.
    Rituals is a brand I’m still very curious about, even after years always reading about them… the name by itself has such a soothing, calming thing about it… I’ll have to check if it’s an all-natural brand, because I won’t buy any conventional makeup any more (except for foundations, sadly they can’t make them in that quality in my shade…)

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