Well, I’ve got to say that today at Westfield was a lot of fun, giving out samples of the B. Skin care range as well as a few foundation samples as well, and also chatting with women about their skin care routines. I had several readers stop by which was really lovely, so we chatted all things blogging and beauty.
But, you would not believe quite how difficult it can be to give something away! As you can see above, the samples are quite generous, especially the serum and the Day Cream, which we had in every variant depending upon skin needs. I started off by asking passers-by if they’d like to try some free skin care – just about everyone either said no, flat out ignored me or gave me a death-stare. When I started to change tack by asking if they’d like to try the new skin care and beauty range from Superdrug, adding, it’s free, a lot more women stopped to take the samples. But, that’s quite a big sentence to say as someone rushes past you – and people are generally quite suspicious that they might have to pay for something. I blame the salty hand scrub people (you know who they are!) who make you think you might get something free and then you don’t and Mr BBB’s view is that it’s chuggers that have changed our attitude to being stopped. On this occasion, there really was something for nothing and while I completely understand the suspicion I also had a new respect for the B. team who were rebuffed time and time again but kept a smile on their faces. I just wanted to grab people and say, what do you mean, NO? Come back and have your free sample right now!
The B. team were giving (free) make overs as well, and we met some wonderful women – one in particular who was 85 years young and it was her wedding anniversary. She wanted to look special on such a special day, even though her husband had died fifteen years earlier. Gulp. She stole everyone’s hearts and got an extra lovely make-over.
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I would have loved to pop by and pick up a sample had I been in London 🙁
It was great to meet you today (even if it was only for a few minutes). Thanks so much for giving Lauren a few pointers with the blogging. She has a real passion for beauty and I think she was thrilled to get some good advice. Oh and sorry if I came across a bit of a stalker, guess I was just a bit excited…
I’m so glad that lady still celebrates her wedding anniversary, my husband passed away last year and I’m dreading my first wedding anniversary without him but that lady has given me hope.
I think that one of the problems is the layout of these pop up beauty counters. They are designed to give a bit of privacy when having a make over or consultation, which is great, but they also look a bit like a trap. You are scared that once you are caught you will come out with a free tube of skin cream, a time-share in Madeira and a PPI policy.
Omg, welling up at the last bit 🙁
There are just two many people trying to get your attention these days. I spent an afternoon giving out flyers for a Kids Company Handbags and Gladrags sale once, on a Saturday in Oxford Street. I felt EXACTLY like a chugger! People would take a flyer and then put it in the next bin a couple of yards away – I’d run after them and retrieve it! You start off with, “hello, there’s a charity sales of Pprada, Joseph and other big brand names around the cor…” but by then you’ve already lost them so you end up saying, “pradajosephfashincharitysalekidscompany?” really fast as you thrust a flyer at them with one hand, pointing with the other. So embarrassing and I spent the entire time praying no one I knew would see me!
Oh the Great British public, we are a suspicious bunch. Well done for sticking with it.
It was really lovely to meet you there.
RE handing out samples – my new sample-pet-peeve is the Orogold cosmetics brand, as they have a very intense and aggressive sampling technique. Ironically, after I left Westfield, I popped into Covent Garden, and sure enough as I walked past the Orogold store, and I literally was hollered after and followed down the road by the promo guy trying to give me a sachet of their skincare. Eeek!
Yesterday, used the B serum and moisturiser at home – a lovely texture and perfect as a makeup base.
ooh yes, Oro is notorious! glad you like the products.. xx
Hahaha my experience of Orogold was quite funny. I knew what they wanted from me but went ahead with it. So she gave me once inside a whole speech and showed me the supposably amazing effect on my hand, bla bla bla. Most hilarious moment: when she asked me “so, you have a smile on your face, do you like the cream, the brand or me?” I didn’t know what to say 🙂 perhaps this is another marketing technique! My boyfriend found it much less amusing than me 🙂
I did actually go to an Orogold specifically to experience the hard sell but on the day I went, I don’t know what happened but they were nice as anything!! I thought it would make a good blog post.. but they were not at all pushy. I will have to try again.