Bicester Village Beauty

Regardless of where you live, you probably know of one or two outlet villages near to you.  For me, one of those is Bicester located near Oxford.  The Cosmetics Company Store is one of my favourite places to visit.  Owned by Estee Lauder, it contains lots of their brands including Mac, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Origins and Smashbox to name but a few.
I don’t tend to buy makeup from outlet villages as I struggle to find my shade or I tend to find it’s old collections (especially Mac), but the bits that nobody really wanted in the first place.  Skin and hair care on the other hand, I’m all over it.  I picked up a few bits on my last visit; one old favourite and three brand new products that I’m excited to try.
A staple in my household (yes my bf uses it too!)  SSP is my favourite spot fighter and I think this may be my fourth or fifth bottle of the stuff. You can see my full review here.  The 10ml bottle lasts ages and the formula inside is amazing.  It reduces redness as the salicylic acid works to heal the spot super quickly while ‘anti-spot’ technology helps reduce scaring.
I love Origins skincare so picking up a new addition is something that excites me greatly.  I’ve heard great things about Checks and Balances Face Wash, especially for people with combo skin.  As you know if you’re a regular reader I suffer with dry patches that can creep up out of nowhere so I need a cleanser that will nourish and not irritate my dry patches, will not overly moisturise the other areas of my skin but is durable enough to remove dirt and makeup.  That’s a lot to ask for a cleanser! This Origins gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without cancelling each other out. It helps to seek out oil, soaks it up then keeps it well in-check, while it balances and protects dry prone zones.
I love Bumble and Bumble products but a do whimper a little as I punch my pin number into the card machine; it can be a VERY expensive habit to have.  I’ve been wearing my hair with a natural wave and a few curls thrown in for good measure and I’ve wanted to try this shampoo for ages to see if it will help combat the frizz that comes with letting my hair dry naturally.
Now I’ve taken to swimming twice a week, the masque will be perfect for ensuring that the chlorine doesn’t try my hair out.  You leave it on for 10 minutes and once washed off you’re left with silky smooth curls with no frizz.
Total spend: £53.00
What it should of cost: £73.50
So I saved myself £20 between the four products…  pretty impressive.  It seems to be with most of the products (especially the Origins and B&B) that you can save on average about £5 per product.  It doesn’t seem like much but I guess when you pick up a few things it can amount to a chuck of money off.  Of course, to make use of the offers you’ll need to visit the Cosmetics Company but to be honest, I don’t really need an excuse to go discount shopping so I don’t think it’ll be long before I’m back to pic up some more treats.

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