Saturday, 13 February 2016

THE INDULGENCE HOUR AT INTU TRAFFORD CENTRE MANCHESTER

In the past few months, the Intu Trafford Centre has become one of my favourite shopping destination.

Probably due to some big new opening as Kiko, Zara Home, H&M home to name a few, my visits to the shopping and entertaining colossum have been more and more frequent.

Despite being a usual visitor, I was shock to discover how much I was missing.

I was invited to discover some of the beauty treatments available throughout all the centre and all I can tell is WOW!

I think that majority of the visitors ignore how many options the centre offers.

Nearly all the beauty counters in Selfridges, John Lewis, Boots, Debenhams offer free make overs, personalized skincare consultations and the same service is offered in stores as the Body Shop or  L'occitane (hand massage to die for!).

My tour of beauty pampering was called "The indulgence hour", just to demonstrate how, in between a meal, shopping and a movie, you can enjoy some complimentary treatments or express beauty services.

First stop was Estee Lauder counter in Selfridges.

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

KIKO MILANO MAKE UP AND SKINCARE HAUL

No way I can go to the Intu Trafford centre without paying a little visit to my adored Kiko Milano shop, ending up buying something.

This time my little Kiko bag featured few sale items it would have been crazy not to buy.



First of all I got two Metallic Shine Eyeshadows, shades 01 and 06.



 These are incredibly similar to the Chanel Illusion d'ombre, with that peculiar powder to cream texture that makes the formula incredibly buttery and soft.


Shade 01 is a soft light pink whilst the 06 is a metallic taupe.


 Both are extremely buildable, I find easier to apply these shadpws with my fingers or, if you prefer to use a brush, I would advise a sponge applicator or a very dense and thick one.


The metallic effect is what I prefer about these two shadows, I do believe that all the shades available in the Rebel Romantic collection are worthy to be purchased just because of this incredible texture and finish.



The sale price is £3.40. No I am not kidding.

Second purchase was the Cream Radiance Highlighter, shade 02.


I spotted this in store when it first came out but I was not convinced.



Then, Instagram made its magic and I decided I couldn't live without strobing my face with this little creamy wonder.



The packaging is quite bulky, if you consider this whole sphere contains a normal flat pan, but for Kiko, sky is the limit when it comes to packaging and design.


The highlighter itself has a creamy gold sheer finish and once again, I prefer to work it with my fingertips or with a little sponge.




I can't unfortunately find it online but there were plenty in store so if you have Kiko point around you, it could be your lucky day and find it on the shelves.

I can't recall the price, I think it was around a fiver and there is a second shade available, 01, that is more a peach pink with a little bit more sparkling effect than this.

Third and last purchase was a serum.



Considering I own an embarassing ammount of Kiko make up, I decided to explore the skincare section a bit more.

The Energy Fusion Serum, is defined as  "Radiance Enhancing".


The clear glass bottle contains a yellow gel like serum packed with Vit. C.
I am using this serum in the morning and I must admit I relly like the fruity scent and the final consistence.


It works perfectly as a make up base together with my face cream.

You may not like it if you are looking for a product that address a special needs of you skin, for example dry skin, acne etc, this is more lika an everyday serum for all skin types.

Once again I cannot recall the price but I am sure it was less than 10 pounds.



The sale are still on in store and online so hurry up if you want to try Kiko or add more cosmetics to your, I am sure, growing collection.
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