There is a bit of a story behind my new-found love for Tom Ford. A month or two ago, I was at Harvey Nichols in Leeds for a beauty event, and whilst waiting for my lovely blogger friends to arrive, I thought I would have my makeup done at the Tom Ford concession stand. As a small-town girl, Tom Ford isn't often a brand I see. The makeup lesson cost £50.00 which was redeemable against products afterwards, so I thought, right I am going to explore the brand and get a treat afterwards.
I had my makeup done, and it really did look incredible. I was so, so impressed with the products and how natural, yet golden and bronzed my skin looked. It was the closest to perfect skin I had ever had. I quickly Googled the Tom Ford Bronzer as it was the item I thought I would use the most. It was £55.00 (or around that) so I thought, great I only have to add another £5.00. We got to the till and the lady said that will be £25.00 please. I nearly choked but my pride got in the way and I handed across the £25.00 thinking, bejesus I have just paid £75.00 for a bronzer. It turned out I had bought the larger version whilst looking at the smaller compact online.
It has become a bit of a running joke amongst myself and my blogger friends now, but that doesn't take away the quality of the product and my new-found love for the brand. However, not wanting to splash out so much money per item, I recently went to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in York, which is only a 25 minute drive from me. They have a beauty store there which carries brands from within the Estee Lauder family, including Tom Ford, all at discounted prices.
The products are often discontinued shades or styles, or perhaps from limited edition ranges. However, I am so not fussed about having last season's makeup. I spotted the Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact in the shade 03 Nude Glow. I honestly don't have a clue why this is called a contouring compact, as it contains two highlighters and a blush. However, as with my Bronzer, the packaging is just as gorgeous, and the compact just as big.
I love makeup from all brands and price ranges, but there is something unique and very special about higher-end brands and their packaging. This compact feels like a treasure, and includes a large mirror on the inside of the lid. As I mentioned, there are three products within the compact, all of which are really well-sized. There is a champagne-coloured highlighter, a coral blush and a soft pink-toned highlighter.
I have quite fair to light skin and so these colours work perfectly for me, building up a pretty, natural highlight which is suitable for everyday wear or going a little more blingy. Even though I haven't tried many Tom Ford products, I do find that their products work well without having to pile on a lot of product, and so that helps to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy.
The Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact was originally £80, and had been reduced to £56.00 in the store. However, there was a further discount making it just £35.00, which was why I snapped it up. When I got to the till, the assistant did mention that these were supposed to have been reduced to £45.00, but as they were marked at £35.00, she did have to sell it to me for that price. I bloody love a bargain! You can find your nearest McArthur Glen Designer Outlet online here.
All the Loves,