Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Cult Beauty Goody Bag: A Gift Guide

Cult Beauty Gift Guide

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably seen Cult Beauty's amazing 'best of 2014' goody bag which they're giving away FOR FREE on orders over £100. Unbelievable. If you're anything like me, you immediately started filling up your mental shopping basket, willing the work day to end so you could rush home to make the dream a reality.

Nothing says pressure like 'while stocks last', does it?

After much deliberation (and I don't use the phrase lightly, I ummed and ahhed over my basket for HOURS.), I decided that Cult Beauty is called 'Cult' Beauty for a reason, and largely went down the 'why-haven't-I-tried-this-yet?' route. So: one classic repurchase, three products with cult followings I don't yet own, and one untried product by a brand I already love; here's my picks...

N.B. Okay, so this technically isn't a 'gift guide' per se, but more of a buying guide. You get the gist!

Beauty Gift Guide

001. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 (£27) - After all the hype surrounding this one-ingredient perfume last year, I'd pretty much forgotten all about it until Zoe demanded I include it in my order. I've bought this un-sniffed, which is just such a huge no-no with fragrance, but I'm a sucker for a gimmick (and peer pressure), and SO curious to see what it smells like on me. I went for the 30ml 'travel sized refill' bottle, by the way. £12 cheaper for no lid? I think I'll cope.

002. Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque (£27) - For a self-proclaimed face mask addict, it's pretty insane that the much-talked-about Aesop Parsley Seed offering isn't already in my collection, I know.

003. Aesop Ressurection Rinse-Free Hand Wash (£7) - I'm a sucker for a hand sanitiser, as weird as that is, and I'm a sucker for Aesop, too. Mainly, though, I couldn't think of anything else I wanted that wasn't going to break the bank, and this just so happened to bring the total up to exactly £100. Love me a round number. I'm also excited for my hands to smell like 'mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedarwood atlas', so there's that, too. Er, it's the small things...?

004. Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28) - My (great and wonderful and brilliant) Emma Hardie cleanser has finally almost run out, and although I definitely will repurchase it at some point, Oskia seems to be the beauty bloggers' favourite right now, so I thought I'd give it a (granted, expensive) test run.

005. Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£11) - I've been without my beloved beauty elixir for about three weeks now and the struggle is real(ly in my head). Come to me.

Have you taken advantage of this deal? What did you go for?
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