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Ipsy Overview

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About the Brand

IPSY Glam Bag is one of the most popular and affordable subscriptions around, and our readers have selected it as one of the top beauty boxes for the last 5 years running! IPSY Glam Bag connects members with five makeup, skincare, hair care, and other beauty samples each month, plus a cute makeup bag. IPSY is personalised to your individual profile when you take their onboarding quiz. We recommend starting with the $13 Glam Bag, but devotees may want to try the $28/month Glam Bag Plus or the $55/quarter Glam Bag X for more full-sized beauty products.

Ipsy is so popular, two of their bags were voted into the top 3 in the beauty subscription boxes Readers’ Choice awards.

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What It’s Like to Subscribe to Ipsy

Read reviews further down the page, too, for more personal experiences.

How Ipsy Works

Subscribing to Ipsy is easy – the sign up process starts with a quiz which helps them match you with products they think you’ll love.

You pay for your first bag upfront, but then each month you’ll be charged at the end of the month before your next month’s bag ships. (See plans and pricing below)

But it’s not all sitting and waiting – each month, you also get to choose 1 or 3 products depending on your plan. These choices are also customized to you and are only available while supplies last, so make your choices as early as possible!

Your delivery will come in Ipsy packaging, and all your products come in a usable new makeup bag, too.

Once you’ve had a chance to try out your products, you can go in and rate what Ipsy sent you to help give feedback that they then use to improve your future bags – the more feedback you give, the better Ipsy gets at giving you products you’ll be delighted with.

If you’re not satisfied or you just don’t need any makeup for a while, you can skip or cancel your subscription via your profile and aren’t committed long term.

Ipsy Plans Pricing and Comparison

You subscribe to either the standard Glam Bag or upgrade to the Glam Bag Plus.

You also have the option to subscribe to the Glam Bag X, which is a quarterly replacement for either of the other plans. For Glam Bag X, Ipsy collaborates with a celeb to curate additional full-size products for you to pick from and boosts your bag.

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Note: Glam Bag X quarterly replacement months are February, May, August, and November.

See full Glam Bag Plus reviews here.

See full Glam Bag X reviews here.

Ipsy Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Premium products with great brand selection variety
  • Personalized
  • Affordable
  • Complete makeup kit with makeup bag every month

Cons

  • Could be frustrating if product personalization misses the mark
  • If you miss choice time you could miss out on a product you might have wanted

What Else You Should Know About Ipsy

Get the most out of your Ipsy Subscription: Two factors play a big role in what products are sent to you each month: (1) the quiz you take when signing up, and (2) the feedback you give about the products you receive each month. The more information you share the better your products will be!

Update the quiz on your profile whenever your preferences change or if your products aren’t quite right, in addition to rating your products every month so Ipsy can deliver better products for you next month.

You can choose one product each month – Don’t forget! You do get the ability to customize your bag by making a choice each month, but supplies are limited. If you want to get your first choice, be sure to log in and choose as early as possible. We announce choice time each month so be sure to log in and follow ipsy on this page to get an alert! You can also see the deadline ahead of time by checking upcoming events on Ipsy’s site.

You can earn points to redeem for products. Referring friends to Ipsy can earn you points towards add-ons.

Is Ipsy Worth It?

After over 100 full box reviews and 1000 user ratings, we think Ipsy definitely ranks as one of the “must try” subscriptions if you’re looking to explore beauty subscriptions and try the latest trends. It’s hard to go wrong starting with the basic Glam Bag at only $13. If you like it and find yourself needing your products to last longer, then upgrading to Plus can bring full sizes. Or, if you only want to go big once a quarter, the Glam Bag X can get you more products in full sizes, plus stay on top of the latest trends with celeb curations.

How Ipsy Compares to Other Top Beauty Subscriptions

Ipsy VS Boxycharm: Boxycharm is comparable to Ipsy Glam Bag Plus as they both send five full-size products each month. Glam Bag Plus is $28 whereas Boxycharm is $25. Ipsy is customized to you and comes in a makeup bag, whereas Boxycharm is more standardized to everyone with less variation and comes boxed. Ipsy actually acquired Boxycharm in 2020, so they’re now the same company.

Ipsy VS Allure Beauty Box: Allure Beauty Box is most comparable to the Glam Bag Plus as well, priced at $23 compared to Glam Bag Plus at $25. You can get Allure down under $21 per bag if you commit to a whole year subscription. With Allure you receive five or more products each month, but only three are guaranteed full-size compared to Plus’ five full-size products. With Allure your products are curated by editors of the magazine, but they are less personalized than with Ipsy.

Ipsy VS Birchbox: Birchbox costs $15 and is most comparable to the basic Ipsy Glam Bag at $13. Both boxes send you five sample-sized products. Birchbox tends to deliver more well-known brands and also leans a little more into skincare and wellness products rather than strictly makeup and beauty. Birchbox was recently re-acquired and is trending more towards health and how your nutrition can affect your skin, so expect to see more of those types of products appear as optional add-ons or one-time boxes, if not in your regular Birchbox delivery.

There are many more beauty subscription brands, see the list of best beauty subscriptions for more details.

Ipsy FAQ

Does IPSY Glam Bag send full-size beauty products?

IPSY Glam Bag typically sends 1-2 full-size products per box, curated alongside 3-4 deluxe sample sizes. However, the IPSY Glam Bag Plus ($25/month) sends 5 full-size beauty products per month, and IPSY Glam Bag X ($55/quarter) delivers 7-8 full-size products.

What types of beauty products does IPSY send?

A wide variety! You can expect to see cosmetics like lip gloss, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, bronzer, and highlighter, as well as skincare items such as moisturizer, cleanser, oils, and serums. You might also find hair products or other goodies nail polish in there!

Does IPSY let me choose what comes in my box?

IPSY Glam Bag members get to choose 1 item per box. This is called Choice. You’ll be offered 10 products to choose from, and after you’ve made your selection, IPSY will fill out the rest of your box with surprise items to complement your choice, based on the answers to your beauty quiz. Glam Bag Plus ($25/month) members get to choose 3 out of their 5 items in a similar system. Glam Bag X ($55/quarter) members will get to choose 3 products as well but from a variety of exclusive items.

How do IPSY add-ons work?

IPSY allows Glam Bag, Glam Bag Plus, and Glam Bag X subscribers to include up to 10 add-ons in their regular shipment. Every month on the 2nd of the month, beginning at 6 AM PST, IPSY will activate their add-ons page for 24 hours. During that time frame, you can shop deluxe samples for $3 each and full-size items for $12 or $18 each. Anything you choose will be included in your next IPSY subscription shipment, which means they’ll ship for free.

Is shipping free for my IPSY subscription?

Shipping is free for US customers and costs a flat rate of $2.95 to Canadian customers.

Where did Glam Bag Ultimate go?

The former IPSY Glam Bag Ultimate ($50/month) subscription tier is being transitioned to a new, quarterly box called Glam Bag X ($55/month). Final Glam Bag Ultimate orders will be shipped in December 2020. Annual Glam Bag Ultimate subscribers who are left with remaining credits will receive a full refund.

What is IPSY Glam Bag X?

Glam Bag X is IPSY’s newest beauty subscription addition! It’s a quarterly, limited edition box that you must be an existing IPSY subscriber to access. So, if you’re already subscribed to Glam Bag or Glam Bag Plus, you can upgrade to Glam Bag X at any time—it costs $55 per quarter, and is filled with 7-8 full-size products worth up to $350. Each box is curated by a different beauty celeb and offers the opportunity to customize 3 products each quarter. IPSY Glam Bag X ships out in February, May, August, and November. During those months, your Glam Bag X replaces your usual monthly bag (either your Glam Bag or Glam Bag Plus). If you’re subscribed to both, it replaces your Glam Bag Plus.

Does IPSY offer gift subscriptions?

IPSY does not have a specific gifting program, but you can sign a friend up for this subscription by completing their beauty profile for them and using their email address to register. During the process of subscribing for a friend, they’ll have an inactive membership, which IPSY will move to active ASAP.

How do I cancel my IPSY membership?

Start the cancellation process from your IPSY account. After following the steps, you will receive an email to finalize your cancellation. Be sure to click the link in the email or your cancellation request will not be processed.

You must confirm your cancellation via email by 12pm PT on the last day of the month if you don’t want the upcoming month’s Glam Bag. If you confirm your cancellation after 12pm PT, your membership will not end until the following month.

For annual subscribers, you’ll still receive the rest of your Glam Bags for the year, but your membership will not renew.

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Good American: The Basics That Grow With You

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When I had the opportunity to review Khloe Karadashian and Emma Grede’s brainchild, Good American, I was ecstatic. I’ve been a fan of Keeping up with the Kardashians for years and am completely in awe of all the businesses the Kardashian/Jenner clan has launched.

Good American is a size-inclusive brand whose clothes are made to fit every woman. The brand’s tagline, “Made by women, for women. All bodies. All Sizes. No compromises,” is apparent in its offerings. Good American originally launched in 2016 with a collection of jeans ranging from sizes 00-24 and earned over $1 million in sales on its launch date (the most successful denim launch in history). Over the years the brand has expanded into clothing, swimwear, shoes, sleepwear, and athleticwear. The clothes are fashion-forward, yet incredibly comfortable — a balance few brands have been able to perfect.

GRWM (Get Ready With Me)

After scouring the website for some time I decided to hit the basics — Good American’s signature sweat set and a nice ol’ pair of jeans. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of quality options on the site, but over the years I’ve learned that when in doubt, go for a neutral basic.

Cropped & Cool Sweatshirt

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This sweatshirt is exactly what you would see a celebrity wearing in a paparazzi shot exiting Dogpound. It’s intentionally baggy, but still has a nice silhouette to it — and you can always size down if you’re looking for a slimmer fit. The cropped fit makes it perfect to pair with matching sweatpants or biker shorts. It’s made of a cotton knit, cozy terry fleece that feels high-quality and durable. I was worried that the shade I was sent wouldn’t look good on my skin tone, but it was extremely flattering once I tried it on. My only complaint is that I haven’t been able to wear it out much in Texas because the fabric is so thick.

Note: the sweatshirt isn’t a casual crop, but rather a when-you-raise-your-arms-everyone-can-see-your-bra cropped.

Boyfriend Sweatpants

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These sweats are soft, slouchy, and exactly what one reaches for at the end of a tiring day. They’re made from the same heavy-duty cotton knit, terry fleece that the sweatshirts are made of. Sweatpants have been my uniform of choice during the pandemic so it only makes sense to splurge on a quality pair. Design wise, they look exactly like a pair of Gildan sweats, but you’re paying for high quality and years of usage. I primarily wear mine to lounge around, but there are many different ways to style them: roll the cuff, pull them down to your waist, roll the waistband, or pair them with heels a la Kardashian style.

I have a slight case of body dysmorphia so I requested a size 2/M and they were way too loose on me. Thankfully, there’s a drawstring so I’m still able to wear them around the house. Just keep in mind that they run large. Now to get an actual boyfriend…

Good Mom Jeans

Let me preface this by saying that I’m someone who hates jeans—they’re often uncomfortable, fit poorly, and shrink in the wash. But, that was before Good American sent me these jeans made of 99% cotton and 1% elastane. The fabric is durable, yet stretchy, but not in a tacky-jeggings sort of way. These jeans allow you to sit down and enjoy a good meal without needing to undo the top button. They don’t dig into your skin, but they also aren’t baggy when you walk around. I even debated wearing them on the plane.. A PLANE!

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These are model off duty jeans, sans the need to be a model. Good American offers sizes 00-24, showcasing the ethos of the brand in its offerings. Plus, each pair is made with GA’s signatureAlways Fits technology, which allows the garment to stretch up or down one size.

TLDR; A Good Brand

I’ll admit that there was a part of me that was hesitant about Good American — how well could a celebrity co-founded brand really be? I could not have been more wrong. Good American is a quality brand whose elevated basics make getting ready a breeze. The idea that being comfortable means looking sloppy is a thing of the past, thanks to brands like Good American.

I feel good wearing a brand whose ethos is centered around making women feel comfortable in their own skin. No more squeezing into uncomfortable jeans that leave you unable to breathe, or buying cotton shirts that shrink after one wash. Invest in yourself by investing in a wardrobe that allows your body to fluctuate without any guilt or shame, and can withstand hundreds of thousands of washes. I might even argue that my items are more comfortable now than when they arrived.

5 More Reasons To Love Good American:

  • Good American uses American distributors. The brand’s factory is close to its LA headquarters and has been sewing knits for an entire generation.
  • Good American is the first brand in the industry to require their retail partners to carry its full size range and display all the sizes together rather than in a separate plus-size section.
  • Not only does its footwear offer extended sizing, but each size also includes the option of extended widths in feet, calves and thighs, translating to 72 unique sizing variables.
  • When shopping on the site you can select a model in size 0, 8, or 16 to get an accurate picture of what the clothing will look like on you. No more exclusively 00 models!
  • New customers save 15% Off your first order with code WELCOME15 at Checkout.
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Product Review: KUIU Women’s Attack Pants and Ultra Merino Crew

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I’ve been hunting since about 2009 and in that time, I’ve never been brand loyal when it comes to hunting clothes. So many brands used to not even offer women’s options, and now that more have, each one of them seems to offer something different. As with all women’s clothes, women’s camo is not created equal when it comes to sizing. And another reality is that it’s usually super expensive.

I primarily hunt in Idaho, in the mountains, where temperatures swing 30-40 degrees from morning to afternoon, the terrain can be rough, rocky, or wet, there’s thick sagebrush and lots of uphill walking. I need gear that is functional and will hold up in a variety of conditions. I also don’t prefer the traditional Realtree or Mossy Oak tree patterns.

I have seen quite a few women on social media wearing KUIU pants and knew they were men’s, but they looked like they fit those women pretty well. My partner, John, has two pairs of Attack pants and he loves them. I tried his pair on for sizing, and to see how they fit; surprisingly, they actually fit pretty well (not my size, but wanted to get an idea of how they fit). So I broke down and ordered the men’s Attack pants during one of their sales. Surprisingly, they fit great.

A few months later, KUIU announced that they are finally offering a women’s line of hunting clothes after all these years. I bit and ordered the women’s Attack Pants and Ultra Merino 145 LS Crew top.

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KUIU Women’s Attack Pants

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Features (from KUIU.com)

  • 247 g/m2 fabric weight
  • 4-way Stretch
  • Brushed back for reduced chafing
  • Makspec® odor control
  • K-DWR® water repellency
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Open hand pockets – 2
  • Open seat pockets – 2
  • Zippered cargo pockets – 2
  • Mesh backed zippered hip vents – 2
  • Articulated knees for full range of motion

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Size and Fit

For comparison, I normally wear a size large or 12 in pants. I checked the size chart on KUIU’s website and felt like I was in between 12 and 14 so I ordered both (I also compared these measurements to the FirstLite size chart since I know how those pants fit).

I tried the size 14 on first and they fit, with some extra room. They definitely weren’t huge on me, but a little baggier than I wanted. The size 12 actually fit well. They are higher-waisted and sit above my hips, which I prefer. The back is slightly higher so when you sit, there’s still coverage back there.

These pants have a slimmer design than the men’s version, so the legs are a bit narrower. I have bigger thighs so they seem a little more fitted on me than they might on other women. I was concerned that the bottoms were too narrow and fitting over boots would be an issue, but it wasn’t. Once I tried them on with my normal hunting boots Danner Wayfinders, they are pretty fitted but in a good way. The narrower leg might actually prevent them from getting caught when walking through thick sagebrush, and will probably be more comfortable when wearing leg gaiters since there’s not as much fabric.

The Attack pants are only available in regular length, which is a 32″ inseam (the men’s version has regular, short, and tall inseam options). I’m 5’8″ and usually buy ‘regular’ length jeans. When I tried the pants on with bare feet, the bottoms hit right at the top of my foot. They seemed short, even though they are the same inseam as my favorite Old Navy jeans. After trying them on with my boots, I actually didn’t mind the length. They hit at the top of my foot and didn’t bunch up at the bottom. I think the narrow leg makes them seem shorter.

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KUIU

Functionality

At the time of writing this, I have not worn these pants outside. Honestly, I have not decided if I want to keep them or not. My initial impression though, is that they have several features that will make them very functional in the field.

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The leg vents are a huge benefit for me. It gets hot hiking in the mountains chasing elk, and these vents will allow heat to escape. This is actually one of the features I was most excited about in women’s pants.

The material is durable. It’s thick but not hot thick. I’ve worn the men’s version and these are the same material. Sagebrush and thorns don’t poke through it and make holes. It stands up to thick brush without issue.

Lastly, they are flexible and easy to move in. Even with the slimmer fit and narrow leg, movement is not restricted. I’m able to do full squats, bend over, lift my knees to my chest, etc. without issue. There’s no pull or hesitation with the fabric. Even when lifting or bending my leg, the pants legs do not ride up.

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There are 6 total pockets which seems like enough; most of my other pants either have the same or less. They include two zippered pockets on the back (which I typically don’t use), two zippered cargo pockets on the legs, and 2 non-zippered hip pockets. The only thing with the cargo pockets is that they are semi-tight at the leg, so there’s not a ton of room in them. I would usually put my phone in one, and put a knife, my tag/license holder, and chapstick in the other.

Options and Price

Sizes: 2-14, regular 32″ inseam (the size chart shows size 16, so this may be offered later?)

Colors: Valo (shown in my pictures), Verde, Vias

Overall Opinion

The women’s Attack Pants fit true to size but need to have regular and long options to work for a wider range of women. They seem like good quality pants that are functional for the type of hunting I do. Again, I’m not 100% sure if I’ll keep these yet since I do like the fit of men’s version.

KUIU Ultra Merino 145 LS Crew

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Features (from KUIU.com)

  • 145 g/m² fabric weight
  • 90% Merino Wool / 10% Nylon
  • Naturally odor resistant
  • Thermoregulating
  • UPF 50+ Sun Protection
  • Highly breathable
  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
  • Layered thumbholes
  • Flat-lock seams for added comfort and reduced chafing

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Size and Fit

I typically wear a medium or large shirt, depending on the style. I assumed this would be on the tighter side, so I went with a large because I didn’t want it to be super fitted. The large was a good choice. It’s fitted but not skin tight. Medium would have been too small/tight for me. (100% honesty…I don’t want all of my rolls showing so I don’t like really fitted designs.)

The length of this crew is nice. Pulled down, it hits right at my hip. So when I sit, no matter if it’s tucked in or not, there’s coverage in the back.

Functionality

The material is very soft and easy to move around in. It’s thin, which is typical of this type of shirt. This will be a great base layer in colder weather or under a hoodie in mild temps. On hot days, I’ll wear this shirt alone. Merino in general is odor resistant, helps with moisture absorption, and helps regulate temperatures, so it will be a good option for all types of hunting, and for long days in the mountains.

When I ordered it, I didn’t even see that it had thumbholes and I’m glad it does. This is a main feature I look for in hunting shirts. I prefer some hand coverage but don’t always want to wear gloves.

Options

  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Colors: Valo (shown in my pictures), Verde, Vias

Overall Opinion

I definitely like the shirt and will absolutely be keeping it. It will be a good piece to add to my elk hunting gear for the fall, and I’ll use it for the remainder of this turkey season as a base layer.

Final Thoughts

I’ve had a negative opinion about KUIU in the past because of a specific statement by the founder years ago about women’s gear (I’m not going to include it here, but you can look it up). I was surprised that they finally decided to add women’s options. Even more surprising was that the initial introduction included a complete lineup of functional gear. Plus, according to their website, more is coming.

In my opinion, based on the two pieces I’ve purchased and by looking at the website, they aren’t skimping on the women’s options just to have a women’s line. These pieces are comparable with the men’s versions and have the same features and functionality. And the men’s and women’s versions are the same prices (which is rare), and decently affordable when compared to other brands.

I will continue to keep my eye on KUIU’s women’s line as they introduce more. More brands are offering women’s options, including a few women’s only brands, but I’m picky about camo pattern and conscious of cost. The KUIU line seems like a good option.

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25 Facts about the Perfume Shop

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Do you buy fragrance at The Perfume Shop?  Be honest, do you really explore fragrance there or do you just nip in and out to pick up a gift set or a repeat purchase of a fragrance that you know and love?  I have to admit that that The Perfume Shop was not my first stop for perfum.  Why? Because I felt like the staff did not have sufficient knowledge to talk to me about notes and fragrances.  An experience from about three years ago sums up what I thought The Perfume Shop was all about.

The perfume shop

I went into a south London store and asked for a tuberose fragrance.  The woman looked at me liked I had asked for directions to Hornsey (in north London).  Rabbit caught in the headlights.  She just did not know what tuberose was let alone which fragrances featured that note. I left the store disappointed

The perfume shop

Fast forward to now and there have been a lot of changes at The Perfume Shop.  In honor of their 25th anniversary, here are 25 facts about The Perfume Shop.

  • The Perfume Shop is 25 years old – the first store opened in 1992.
  • There are 260 stores across the UK.
  • Superdrug has been home some The Perfume Shop concessions since 2010.
  • It’s not all celebrity and high street fragrances. They sell Cartier, Ellie Saab Tom Ford and Hermes online and in stores.
  • The 25th Anniversary Fragrance for Women is Ghost Whitelight Diamond Dust which is exclusive to The Perfume Shop.

The perfume shop

  • The Perfume Shop are working exclusively with internationally renowned nose Michael Edwards.  Why is that a big deal? Michael Edwards is he author of ‘Fragrances around the World’ the retailers ‘bible’ of fragrance.
  • Each The Perfume Shop store has access to Ipads which are loaded with information about perfumes, the notes they contain and fragrances that you may like based on their notes.
  • The Perfume Shop  also works with the Fragrance Foundation who train their staff

The perfume shop

  • Each The Perfume Shop has at least one member of staff who has worked with a master perfumer and is qualified to Master’s level in fragrance.
  • As well as perfumes, they also sell candles and reed diffusers (best to look online).
  • You can get your perfume bottle engraved (online only) from £5.99.
  • They also sell deodorants – mainly men’s buy if you are looking to create a grooming hamper for your man, it is good to know.
  • The first The Perfume Shop store was in the Bullring in Birmingham.
  • They also sell skincare, B (Superdrug’s flagship range, I also saw Elemis – Papaya Enzyme Peel, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and Face Cream as well as Clinique, Elizabeth Arden and Cow Shed, none of which are available in Superdrug.
  • The most expensive perfume that they sell (currently) is £168.00.
  • They also sell cosmetics – there was some NARS and Smashbox on special offer when I went online as well as W7 which I have seen instore as well as online.

The perfume shop

  • An online search will bring up zero fragrances for tuberose despite the fact that they sell Estee Lauder Beautiful and Michael by Michael Kors both of which feature tuberose strongly.
  • They also sell nail varnish – Butter London and Nails Inc neither of which are sold in Superdrug stores.
  • The Perfume Shop sells over 200 different fragrance brands.
  • The Loyalty Card gives you a point per pound spent… so if you buy a candle some skincare and makeup you will have built up a tidy amount of points.

The perfume shop

  • With The Perfume Shop’s Click and Collect Service, you can order an item in your lunch hour and pick it up on your way home from work – they have a two hour turn around (on most fragrances).
  • The online Fragrance Finder can help you navigate fragrance notes before you go to the store or make and online order.
  • The Perfume Shop has a giftwrapping service.  Very handy!
  • Fresh fragrances are the most popular in the UK.
  • Perfume trend to look out for  ‘gender free’ or ‘gender neutral’ fragrances like CKOne and lateist iteration CKAll – both available at The Perfume Shop.

The perfume shop

The Perfume Shop has changed and very much for the better.  I’m impressed by both the range of fragrances and the increased knowledge of the staff.  If like me you have dismissed this retailer previously they are worth a second look..

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