Thursday, 10 January 2013

M&S love.

I don't know if I'm just getting old or has Marks and Spencer upped their game recently? I'm not talking clothes wise (although I did spot a jumper in there a month or so back, but shh) but there beauty department is certainly expanding. In fact, I've seen a few bloggers post about their M&S having a refurb and they have created a new dedicated beauty section. Unfortunately my M&S is pretty tiny compared to most but I'm hoping Manchester gets a beauty hall asap. A week or so ago I popped in the M&S next to Cheshire Oaks, it's an 'eco store' - I'm not sure what it 'eco' about it, but it is HUGE. They have a fab beauty dept too but I didn't want to drag a hungry husband around it so I didn't get chance to look.

After tweeting (@katieatki) the other day asking for some good body butter recommendations, I got a reply suggesting M&S. I'll be honest I didn't think I would have any luck in our pokey store but nevertheless I went along to have a look. And I am very glad I did! Although we didn't have a massive selection of different brands, which I have noticed starting to creep in Marks and Sparks, there was a lovely selection of their own brand stuff. Along with everything else I've bought from them, I expected good quality and value for money, and that is exactly what I got.

Body Cream - £2.50
Shower Gel - £1 (usually £2)

Firstly, how pretty is the packaging? I was immediately drawn to the loveliness. This is M&S' own brand and comes in a ton of different scents - I particularly like this one and a Fig one, which I will be getting me hands on soon. But I settled for Lemon cos it's so refreshing and invigorating, especially when I'm feeling sluggish on a dark morning. 

I won't bore you too much about the shower gel, a) cos I haven't used up my AMAZING Original Source scrub yet and b) because it's shower gel - it does what it says on the bottle (hopefully).

But the cream is beautiful! I opened the pot in the store to get a good whiff and it smells like heaven. I love citrus anything really, I currently have lemon yogurts in the fridge and a lemon cake on my coffee table. There is just something really pleasant about lemon that makes me smile. The cream is really thick, as you can see from the photos, and not at all watery. In fact, it's a good job I don't keep this in the fridge cos it could quite easily be confused for my Greek yoggy.  

M&S also had a variety of other things in the scent, like deodorant and bubble bath, which I will certainly be picking up when I run out. The price of these products was really reasonable, if not cheap and they were on offer for buy one, get one half price, hence the cheap shower gel. The cream and shower gel are both really big for the price, the cream being 200ml and the gel 250ml. And the best thing is Marks and Spencer own brand beauty products, including cosmetics are all BUAV approved - happy bunnies!

Has your M&S had a re-vamp or got some new goodies in?

Katie xx

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  1. I find M&S great for clothes, their lingerie has some really sexy silk pieces and I've found a lot of cute animal print shirts for work ( including a brilliant poodle patterned top). I've yet to try any of their own brand beauty bits but will definately be having a look after my spending ban

  2. I'm always attracted to pretty packaging! And you're right! This IS pretty.

    I love your blog and I'm now following you on GFC.

    I'm having a give-away at my blog! Would love it if you entered!

  3. My closest M&S (Torquay) has had the beauty refurb too. I've tried this range before, it's good! I'm a big fan of their nail polishes too :)


  4. Whatever happened to the BRILLIANT M & S "Gold Dust" lingerie range of the 70s/80s ??


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