So, the sales officially started today here in Belgium. This is not a particularly thrilling time as the discounts are not usually that significant and most of the greatly-reduced stock is generally tat. I generally pop out and have a bit of a nose around, but most of the time I come back very disheartened.
Today I went up to my local highstreet to run a few errands and I popped into Planet Parfum, the main competitor to Ici Paris, just to have a wander and see what sad discounts they were offering on products no-one would want...
Oh my.... do you hear that chewing noise? That's the sound of me EATING MY OWN WORDS.
There were two big boxes full of discounted make-up that EVERYONE would want. Lancome, Guerlain, Helena Rubinstein, Dior, etc..... beautiful, beautiful eyeshadow palettes, some of which were part of permanent collections and not just random unusable colours. Lancome Hypnose mascaras in black.....a classic staple that should be in every woman's make-up bag. Black, brown, blue eye pencils, gorgeous lipglosses and lipsticks, Guerlain Parure Gold foundations..... and all at 50% off!!! Incredible.... and almost unheard of.
I bought a Lancome Hypnose mascara for €15, which is the same price as a sodding drugstore mascara here, a gorgeous shimmering turquoise eye pencil by Helena Rubinstein for €9 (again same price as a Maybelline or Bourjois liner), and an amazingly stunning Guerlain palette in violet shades for my friend here in Brussels for her birthday. To say that she likes lilac and purple shades would be the understatement of the year, so she positively swooned when I presented her with this today! I won't say for how much as she is one of my readers, but suffice to say that at 50% off Guerlain was suddenly affordable.
Right, no more purchases now until I get to California..... 6 days and counting.....
Any of my US readers want to give me some shopping tips? :)