I wasn’t surprised to find that my local Debenhams had sold out of Estée Lauder ‘Bronze Goddess’ perfume last Saturday, slightly gutted but definitely not surprised. The £75 bottle was still there but I’m just not about those prices thank you very much.

I had popped in especially for that perfume as Bob and I had a rare date night planned that evening and I thought what better perfume to wear on a summers evening (there is nothing better than Bronze Goddess for this IMO) Anyway it wasn’t meant to be so now I had a perfume bottle shaped bee in my bonnet and so along with a Peppa pig night light for Finn, I also added a really old favourite perfume to my basket. Poeme by Lancome is, for me a classic, sexy evening scent that lasts on the skin forever (honestly!)


it’s one I struggle to describe well myself but a Google search reveals…

The structure of Poeme is original, does not follow classic structure of top, middle and base notes. The notes of the composition are appearing alternately, like echo. The composition features intoxicating Himalayan blue poppy, white and yellow flowers (mimosa, rose, freesia…) and vanilla flower.

I am terribly picky when it comes to fragrance and religiously stick to the same few which are,


So actually not quite as picky as I thought but as a guide that might be helpful to you if you like the same type of scents as me…anyway the perfume was only £22.50 so feeling thrifty I headed to the counter to be greeted by the sales lady who uttered the most dreaded/fucking amazing sentence….it goes like this….


“If you buy one more item from Lancome you receive a free gift with your purchase”

Well, that’s one way to bring Thrifty Mcsmugshopper down a peg or two.

“OK I need a new foundation anyway”

Lies, my Make-up kit was sat in my car a few feet away in the car park busting at its seams after a bridal trial I’d done earlier. I did not need foundation I wanted the free gift which was so generous that I’d have been a fool not too!

And so I was forced into buying Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24hr foundation which I will be doing a separate review post on shortly because frankly, it deserves better than to be lost amongst this ramble.


Moving on to the free gift, and Lancome went in!


  • Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover 125ml (Full sized product)

  • Hydra Zen Day Cream 15ml

  •  Hydra Zen Night Cream 15ml

  • Hypnôse Mascara 2ml

  • Matte Shaker in Pink Power 378 3ml

  • Blush Subtil in Rose Paradis 021 6g (Full sized product)

  • Travel-Size Powder Brush

  • A card that entitles you to a free sample and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation 5ml colour match in store.


Lancome Hypnose mascaraLancome Matte Shaker in Pink Power Blush Subtil in Rose Paradis 021 swatch

Lancome Blush Rose Paradis makeup products

lancome- eye makeup remover-skincare -bifacial- cleanser-

Told you didn’t I?

So far I have been using the Bi facial Eye Make-Up Remover, Mascara, and day cream daily. And I have been loving them all. I always forget to use night cream but it’s on my ‘to do’ list. The Matte Shaker, is insanely pigmented!  (the colour reminds me of MAC ‘Impassioned’ which I lost ages ago so happy to have a similar shade back in my life.) So far I have only swatched this but it would not budge even when I scrubbed at it with a shower puff! So I am really interested in checking out more shades!

The Blush is a beautiful bright Pink, again I have to compare it to a MAC blush, remember Kim K’s old favourite ‘Pink Swoon?’ it is very similar to that. Both in colour, and in that it can be worn more sheer with a light-handed application or built up to achieve the colour true to how it appears in the pan.

And finally, the powder brush (which I am yet to try) is super soft and chic looking. And who isn’t going to appreciate a free brush?

This offer did expire yesterday at least online. But if you were looking to pick it up I’m sure it would be worth asking if your local counter has any stock left. Wow, rusty blogger syndrome or what!?! Please do forgive me!

Like I said I’m going to be doing a full review of the foundation shortly. Please check back for that or follow through Bloglovin’

Spoiler it may have taken my beloved NARS Sheer glow’s place as my HG!

Thanks for reading, let me know if you can resist a free gift with purchase!