Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Pick of the beauty sales... so far

Hands up if you couldn't resist nipping online on Christmas afternoon to take a look at what was coming up in the sales... Yeah? Me too. Well, between that and the Queen's speech, there wasn't much of a contest I'm afraid.

So where are the best bargains to be had? The big department stores seem to have very similar bits and pieces in their online sales this year - it's almost like they're all coming from the same big warehouse or something. Hmm. There are a few notable exceptions though...

Here are the bargains that have been filling up my online shopping baskets. (Whether I clicked "buy" or not will perhaps become apparent in later posts.)

Boots have lots of perfume gift sets as usual, and they've also done their usual thing of reducing all their stickered Christmas gifts by half. My picks would definitely be among the Poppy King for No 7 gift range, especially this gorgeous little red lip palette reduced to a bargainous £5. It's currently sold out online, but keep an eye out for it in store and with any luck the site will replenish its stock too.

There are also some very cute mini No 7 nail polishes to be snaffled up (£5 for a set of 5), and of course Boots is the place to go for all the discounted Soap & Glory gifts you can shake a pink retro-themed stick at.

The one to nab at Debenhams is absolutely the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV, reduced to £36.80 (was £46). Did they order too much stock this year? They also have some steep discounts on This Works sets, and don't forget to check their offers on The Sanctuary if your local Boots has run dry of the set you want.

Space NK
The Space NK sale is now on officially, after a 24 preview for N.dulge card members. They've slashed most of the Absolution range by 50%, so it's definitely a good time to try this innovate natural skincare line if you haven't already. (Best not to count on re-buying it from Space NK though - discounts this wide don't look hopeful for the brand's future at this store.)

You can also expect to find lipsticks and eyeliners from Chantecaille and By Terry at half price (Chantecaille lipstick for a tenner? Yes please) and a very tempting gift set of 3 candles from Diptyque reduced from £60 to £30.

With only 30% discount on their beauty sale, ASOS aren't tempting us as much as they might, but there are some good value Frederik Fekkai, Bliss and Paul & Joe seasonal sets that are worth a look if you particularly like those brands. I'm very very keen on these Manhattan collection palettes, £22 (were £30), which contain eyeshadow, blush and highlighter in a white Art Deco style case.

Have you found any unmissable bargains in the sales? Post a link in a comment - enable us!

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