As a beauty blogger, make-up artist and general beauty obsessive, it’s important I make my beauty shopping as beneficial as possible for me. I mean, I buy A LOT of make-up. And not just make-up. If you take into consideration how regularly I’ll update my skincare products, shampoos, conditioners, false tans and fragrances, it possibly works out that I spend the majority of my monthly wage in department stores. So I decided to help myself out and try out the Debenhams Beauty Club Card, and to try get in the habit of using this every time I purchase from the beauty department to see how it can benefit my spending.
It helps that my favourite skincare brand is Elemis, which is mainly available in Debenhams stores. My local department store is the Manchester Market Street branch, and I find I go in here to purchase the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Facial Wash roughly around every two months (I use the wash religiously, meaning it always needs replacing). My facial wash addiction aside, I regularly pop in to check out a few of my favourite beauty brand counters, such as Benefit, Urban Decay and Chanel.
A couple of weeks ago, I made an appointment with the Chanel counter in Debenhams to take advantage of their ‘Express Lips’ 15 minute master class slots. This basically involved a trained make-up artist from the Chanel counter sitting down with me to show me some new colours and application tips for autumn/winter lip colour inspiration. I’m pretty ‘samey’ when it comes to lipsticks – I tend to go for soft and muted pinks, with the occasional shocking red on evenings out. However, the make-up artist wanted to experiment with bright, bold pinks, which are said to make blue eyes pop. She was definitely right with this! She applied the Rouge Coco Roussy shade, which is a shocking coral shade, and I was really surprised at how it complimented my skin tone and eye colour beautifully. Moving on from the bold pinks, she also tried a range of frosted nudes on my lips too, which I tend to steer away from normally too. Again, I was pleasantly surprised at how adapted to this look I become, and it certainly taught me to be more open minded about lipstick shades…
After my little in-store lesson, I started to play around with some of my own lipsticks and create a rich pink shade to wear for this weekend. I have to say overall I am pretty happy with this new look! A much brighter, ‘fun’ me. I also had a little play around with using Benefits Brow Zings eyebrow shadow palette, which comes with cute little applicator brushes. I normally use a pencil every time I groom and outline my brows, but from my recent Debenhams trip, I took away some of the tips from the Benefit counter and had a little play around at using a powder formation to shape them. I’m not completely ready to ditch the pencil yet, but I have to say I am very impressed with Benefit Brow Zings. The two powder shades can be combined to go lighter or darker with your look, and it also comes with some mini tweezers, making this a great little mirrored kit to pop in the handbag!
As you can see from my cosmetics photos above, Debenhams is one of the retailers where you can get your hands on the well-loved and bloggers favourite Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette. It’s definitely a firm favourite of mine (you check out my review blog post here) but would also make the ultimate stocking filler present for those ladies in your life this Christmas, who deserve a good old treat!
In terms of the Debenhams Beauty Card, it basically lets you become part of the Beauty Club, where you can shop a range of beauty brands at Debenhams and collect points as you spend. You can literally pick up the card in-store, register online, and use it to book in for special makeovers, skin consultations and also gain free delivery when you shop online. Other benefits of becoming a Beauty Club member is that you’ll also get little free gifts, samples and special offers. If you find you love fragrance, skincare, hair care and cosmetics, or tend to shop the brands at Debenhams often or will use them a lot this Christmas, it’s definitely worth joining.
I have owned the card for around two months now, and find it surprising how often I do actually use Debenhams for my beauty needs, and how the card has helped me to collect points I wouldn’t have previously thought about. That’s coming from me, as an Elemis, Urban Decay and Benefit gal through and through. If you sound similar… maybe it could be worth carrying the little pink card around too!