Tuesday 4 September 2012

Getting Sucked In By '3 for 2' Offers!

Aaah I am such a bad shopper! I am one of those super gullible people who walks into a shop and only wants and needs just one item, but spots a big shiny '3 for 2' sign and suddenly has to make a 30 minute decision on which three products I neeeed to have. Hannah, just pick up the one you wanted a walk away! They're not doing you any favours, they're not saving you money, they're making you spend more than you originally intended to. 

The two shops that yesterday I fell victim to this '3 for 2' trap in were Boots and The Body Shop. I went into Boots looking for Soap & Glory's 'Scrub Your Nose In It' because I'd heard good things about it and was in need of a new exfoliater for my face. The packaging of Soap & Glory is to die for and this scrub claims to 'help refine large pores and prevent blemishes, leaving skin looking brighter and more radiant'. Sounds fab and I can't wait to use it. So I could have just walked to the till with this in my hand, spent £7.50 and then walked out of the shop. But noooo, I had to spot a miniature 'Hand Food' infront of me, and the part of me that melts whenever I see anything mini thought 'you need that mini Hand Food in your life'. However, the '3 for 2' sign pointed out that miniatures and sachets were not included in this deal. So what did I do? ..Picked up the full size bottle of Hand Food! Logic? No. Then I needed a 3rd item to complete the deal but there was quite limited stock in this branch of Boots and I'm pretty stocked up for body lotions and washes at the moment so it was a difficult decision choosing this 3rd product. In the end I chose a second bottle of Hand Food, which doesn't make sense because I only wanted the Hand Food in the first place because the miniature tube was cute!

So, I walked away with 2 'Hand Foods' and 1 'Scrub Your Nose In It' for £12.50, instead of just one 'Scrub Your Nose In It' for £7.50. Not the end of the world of course, but a little bit unnecessary.

Unfortunately, I was a sucker for the very same trap just 5 minutes later when I walked a few doors down to The Body Shop. I wasn't going to fall for it again but the I was the only customer in so got the sales assistant's full attention and she was extremely persuasive. I'm forever falling for the 'Oh I use this and it's really great' line that they always seem to use. The one thing that I was after was the 'Tea Tree Pore Minimiser' (£7.50 for 30ml) as my teeny sample of Benefit's The Pore-fessional is coming to an end and the price tag is a bit too high for me to be purchasing the full size and I have heard that this Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is quite a similar product, and it's also targeted for blemished skin which is a bonus for me and my pesky spots. This was it, this was all that I wanted, I was SO close to walking away and paying, but then the lovely sales assistant starting asking me about my skin type and suggesting all these products that would suit me and my oily skin - damn her for making them sound so amazing! She tipped me over edge into buying the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (£9.00 for 50ml) which has actually caught my eye a few times in the past, but she told me all about how it's great at keeping her oil at bay underneath foundation so I went for it. And then here I am again, standing with 2 products in my hands knowing that I can have a 3rd one for free and the decision is always so hard! I was swaying between the Vitamin C Skin Reviver (£13.00 for 30ml) or the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion (£8.00 for 30ml) and as my skin is especially blemished at the moment I opted for the Tea Tree product.

Ah, how did this happen to me! This would have totalled £24.50 but I saved £7.50 because of the '3 for 2' offer (isn't it funny that the one thing I wanted was actually the one I got free), and I also have a 'Love Your Body' Card which saved me 10% too, so in total I saved £9.20 (not bad) and the total came to £15.30. (She also threw a 1ml sample of Tea Tree Oil and a voucher for £10 off my next purchase when I spend more than £25). So, I ended up paying double what I intended to but I got quite a good bargain and some lovely new products that I can't wait to try, fingers crossed that they work and make a difference to my skin!

Tell me I'm not the only one who gets needlessly sucked in like this?!


  1. I do this all the time! Especially when its make up! I always end up buying 6 though!:(

  2. I do this all the time! Especially when its make up! I always end up buying 6 though!:(

  3. I do this all the time too haha I was in Body Shop the other day but didn't see the 3 for 2 offer :(
    Beauty Fiends Blog

  4. I always do this lol love soap and glory


  5. you´ve bought some really awesome products!

  6. Haha these places know EXACTLY what they're doing when they put these cheeky 3 for 2 deals on!
    Many a time I've bought unnecessary items just to get that feeling that you've got something for free, even if it is something you didn't need!
    I'd be really interested to see if the blemish fade lotion from The Body Shop works though!



  7. You're certainly not the only one that gets sucked in by the offers!
    Let us know how you get on with the pore minimiser, I'm yet another of the thousands who are now hooked on porefessional but can't afford it!


  8. I WAS one of those people at the body shop that sucked people into buying things until recently :) (I smile, but it's pretty soul destroying having to do that).

    I like the hand food cream!


  9. I always get sucked in aha and i love that tea tree lotion, it is so lovely :)

    Sophierosehearts, currently having an 100 follower giveaway :) x

  10. @Emma KellyI'm a sucker for it with make up too! I know what you mean, if you see 4 things you like then it's like 'oh well may as well get 6!' haha! xx

  11. @Beauty FiendIt was only on their skin care ranges, not on the whole shop :) xx

  12. @Hola BambiThis is my first time trying it out, heard great things though :) xx

  13. @The pampered poutSo glad I'm not alone :) can't wait to try them out! xx

  14. I adore soap and glory! Iv been using it a couple of years now and got a massive hamper for christmas which I love so much!!!

    Lovely blog, new follower :)check me out tooooooo


  15. I love TBS tea tree range. The cleanser and toner are really good! I love the blemish fade lotion to and didn't mind the seaweed moisturiser either, works well! x


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