There’s something about cosmetics that are hard to get hold of. I remember being 15 and getting the train up to London with my friend Jo so that we could go to Harvey Nichols to buy cosmetics from MAC (which we pronounced Em A See) and make up brushes from Shu Uemura. Now, in those days, make up stands were manned by one bored looking woman with some much gunk on her face you had no idea whether she was attractive. MAC’s stand, however, had loads of people – some of whom didn’t seem to wear any make up. And you had to queue to buy stuff from them. They took their sweet time serving you, they weren’t in any rush. For some reason, this made us more likely to want to buy from them. Also, my Mum once saw someone famous there but, being 15, I had no idea who this person was.
A few years ago, I had something similar. Bobbi Brown were selling an eyeshadow compact that was basically a bunch of shades of brown (think it was called “chocolate”). Except they ran out within days and so no one had any. I ended up putting my name down with the lady at the Bobbi Brown stand in Debenhams so that, should they get any more, I would be called. And one day I was – except it was a busy work day. I told the lady that I would be in at lunchtime and eventually got there at 2pm to be told that they didn’t have any left. Argh! Except they did and she ended up allowing me to buy it.
I still use it – eyeshadow doesn’t go off. I have been told that brown eyeshadow is “over” – not for me it isn’t. Anyway, it is in make up producer’s interest to sell us new colours. If we all carried on bunging on shades of beigey brown, they would go out of business.
Today, I went to Westfield Stratford to try to get hold of Indeed Labs hydraluron serum which I had read about in The Pool. Except I couldn’t. Although Boots had said that they had it in the store, they didn’t and the two ladies I spoke with said the entire store had been reorganised and they no longer knew where anything was. Which was irritating but you know that I am loathe to get shirty with people who work in shops – it is hardly ever that particular person’s fault that head office have decided to muck you about. I would order it and have it delivered to the Boots nearer me but I am now tempted to put it on my “ideas for Christmas” list. It’s about the right price and this morning my Mum was saying that she wanted some ideas. Even though we haven’t had bloody Guy Fawkes’ night yet.
I did end up buying some BB cream from the helpful Estee Lauder lady who told me that I definitely need the “light” colour. This comes in a few colours, you see, but not as many as “proper” foundation. I’m a bit blotchy and spotty right now so maybe this will help.
I also ended up popping into a place called Khaadi, which is somewhere I wouldn’t normally go into (it sells a lot of Shalwar Kameez) but noticed that they had some lovely scarves. This one was 30% off, making it less than a tenner. They were all brilliant colours and looked far more expensive than they were. I tried on one with an amazing Japanese print which was awesome except I am far too sallow to have anything beige next to my face.
My daughter was very impressed with it and ran around the house with it on so that is a hit, with her at least.