Does anyone else do this – just pop out at lunchtime for a walk…then stop off at Boots, maybe to pick up a diet coke or a sandwich…and come out 10 minutes later £25 lighter with a bag full of make up?! Or is it just me?!
Either way, I was innocently browsing the make up stands yesterday when I saw that Max Factor were offering a free gift box if you spent over £15 on their products. I’m usually a little bit dubious about these free gift offers – I find some companies give away odd colours, or products they don’t actually offer in their line because they’re a bit rubbish, or really small samples that only last two uses! However, one of the boxes was actually open and I was quite impressed by Max Factor’s offering, so I thought I'd go ahead and pick up a few things...
I’d received a Lipfinity lipstick for my birthday and I’ve really been enjoying using it, but found the colour a bit dark for daywear and quite fancied getting a more natural colour. It seemed like the perfect time to do this, so I picked up this gorgeous dusky rose colour, 0070 ‘Spicy.’
I was then drawn to the little bottles of nail varnish and completely fell for this effervescent pale pink colour, 05 ‘Sunny Pink.’ This had already taken me over the £15 mark so I could’ve stopped there, but I saw that they had a crème blush in a colour I didn’t already have, 09 'Soft Murano'. I love these blushes – they’re really creamy and pigmented, you can actually use them as a lip colour if you get desperate and they’re so little and convenient, so I grabbed one of those as well.
This more than qualified me to get the free gift box, attractively emblazoned with Gwyneth Paltrow’s face, which contained a gorgeous coral nail polish, a mini Max Factor mascara, a lovely champagne coloured eye shadow and a striking coral lip pencil. None of these are things I would’ve necessarily tried if they hadn’t been in the box, but for me that’s half the fun!