Marks & Spencer Beauty Hall | Haul & Review

If you’ve been following my blog recently or seen the videos I’ve posted on Facebook, you will no doubt have seen that quite a few products that I’ve talked about have come from the M&S beauty department! 

Over the last couple of years they have really upped their beauty game and are stocking some fab brands, giving them a real point of difference when up against the likes of Boots and big department store beauty halls! 

I wanted to a bit of a review on the beauty hall in general but also to give a special shout out to the Shrewsbury store. 

Essentially the M&S beauty hall is a self selection department – however they do now have specialist consultants to cover all of the brands sold. (Having worked on counters for many years, it’s hard enough knowing one brands products in and out, let alone multiple ones!)  Generally this can give the best of both worlds for customers. Opportunity to browse without feeling overwhelmed by staff, but also an expert on hand to advise when you need it. 

I feel that M&S have really considered which brands they want to feature, and stayed in line with their modern demographic of customers. They haven’t chosen any brands that you can get in the majority of department stores (possibly some cross over with Selfridges, but they are only in 3 cities), and they are all somewhere between drugstore and luxury brands, so the quality of products is certainly very reliable.  

Ranges like Pixi, REN, Diego Della Palma, Rosie for Autograph, GlamGlow, Percy & Reed, and Emma Hardie are all making subtle splashes in the beauty ocean at the moment, but when you’re up against beauty giants like EstΓ©e Lauder, MAC, Loreal etc, I think it’s brilliant that M&S are carving their own way in such a booming industry. 

The reason I wanted to go to the M&S beauty hall was for Pixi. I live in Telford and it hasn’t appeared there, so one afternoon whilst I was in Shrewsbury I popped in – and am I glad I did! The assistant told me she had just taken delivery of the range so if I wanted to see it she’d have to wheel the box onto the shopfloor. We both had a good rummage through and just chatted about how amazing we had heard the range was! I left with the products I wanted plus a cheeky little free gift because I’d bought a couple of things. πŸ™‚ 

A few months later I was given some vouchers to spend in M&S and so had my mom. I knew exactly where we were headed! The young lady who served me last time was there, Laura, and she was so helpful again – she wouldn’t have remembered me, but I remembered her! Her knowledge of the ranges and products was second to none! My mom is hard to impress and she said how good Laura was! πŸ˜„

Some M&S stores don’t get all of the ranges of products, and that then means that the consultants aren’t all then trained in the same way by all of the brands, which I think is a bit of a shame, but I can safely say I think M&S have well and truly put themselves on the beauty map in the last few years, and I hope will only get better! 

If you’d like to see what I’ve purchased from the M&S beauty hall, take a look at my video below! 

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Beauty Haul April 2016

So this morning I decided to do something I was extremely nervous about… a live video on Facebook! πŸ™ˆ 

I have picked up quite a few bits over the last few weeks so I thought I’d show my choices in a haul video! I will not claim to be any ‘good’ at this, but I always personally prefer watching hauls rather than reading about them! I felt that because it was live, I could quite naturally talk about what I had bought, and also knowing that I couldn’t edit anything made me relax a little bit as well!

Nothing has been insanely expensive, all drugstore or eBay. 

I am tending to upload different things to my Facebook page and Instagram account, so be sure to follow me to keep up to date with everything I’m doing, I’d love to see you there too!

Enjoy! … 

Spring Haul | Featuring Primark and H&M

Yes it’s time for yet another haul! What is wrong with me! Well, on this occasion I was spending vouchers that I’ve had since Christmas, so I think that’s allowed!

I’m pleased with everything I picked up, and hopefully these items will serve me well during SS14.

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T shirts White tees are both from H&M, the others are distressed and boyfriend tee’s from Primark. Soft slouchy material is the way forward for me! Matched with a statement necklace makes all the difference.

Pink A line skirt // White blouse A cute outfit I thought. The skirt could also be worn with a crop top, but on me definitely needs heels as the fabric is quite voluptuous so would need heels to balance out any of us with shapely behinds!

Black Maxi Dress // Light Wash Skinnys // Silk Harem Pants The maxi is a simple capped sleeve column dress, really soft material, I will wear this when I’ve been spray tanned as it won’t rub any bits of it off. Light wash skinny jeans are to replace my trusty dark denim and black ones that I’ve lived in all winter! These pants aren’t actual silk but that’s the closest I can say to describe them. Great option for cooler summer nights with a simple black top and flip flops.

Statement necklaces x3 // Embellished head band The top item is the headband, bottom three are necklaces. The silver one is a replacement of one I broke a couple of weeks ago – massive fail – but the others I just thought will be really versatile during the upcoming months.

Hope that hasn’t gone on for two long, I sometimes feel hauls are better as a video, what do you guys think? Have you got any of these items too? I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback below! xx

(Accidental) Mini Drugstore Haul

So I popped into Boots ‘just for a look’ and came out with 4 items… Oops! Well, it’s not a massive ‘oops’ because two of them were paid for with my Advantage Card points, winner!

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I am blaming two of these items on bloggers and YouTubers! Continue reading “(Accidental) Mini Drugstore Haul”