What was supposed to be a pleasurable half hour browsing the Harvey Nichols beauty department ended up turning into 50 second sprint – to get away from the sales assistants! Fabulous Irish blog, beaut.ie, have recently posted about poor service from beauty counters (Mac: look out!) but the onslaught of sales pitching I received today has to be the most voracious of any I’ve yet experienced. The Harvey Nicks girls make the Selfridges staff look like docile kittens. Almost without exception, at every single counter I passed, somebody tried to stop me to look at their new skin care range, make up or special offers (although there is a gorgeous GWP Marc Jacobs black mini bag with a Marc Jacobs fragrance purchase). Even after I told one SA that I am a beauty writer, so have seen it all from the press office, she still tried to explain everything anyway: I glazed completely and she didn’t take the hint. Eventually I ended up saying I was late for a meeting, had to dash etc etc…she was still talking when I broke into a run. It was all so bad, I took refuge in handbags, where much to my relief, I was completely ignored. Ironically, this annoyed me too – but only because I obviously wasn’t giving ‘rich, big spender’ vibes. I’m not a rich, big spender, but I’d like to think I can fake it. Obviously, I can’t!

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