As if its not bad enough trying to dodge chuggers (charity muggers) desperate for you to sign up to charities on the street, I discovered a new breed of these outside a WH Smith in South East London today, this time selling beauty products (Buggers?!). The girl handed me an empty bag and started to tell me about all the things I could fill it up with, at the same time brandishing a sheet of laminated paper with pictures of celebs. The name of the make up? Victoria Jackson. When I check the website, Victoria is apparantly a make up artist who has made up ‘almost every major celebrity in Hollywood’, although interestingly only name-checks Ali Mcgraw and Lisa Hartman. Anyhoo, back to the sales girl and boy ambushing people outside WHS. I said I was interested to know more about who Victoria Jackson actually is as I’m a beauty editor. She said she could sell me £117 worth of make up for £30 and I could find out. Or I could look at the website.
It’s not exactly a class act for this ‘leading make up artist’ to be flogging cosmetics in a tiny shopping mall, where Primark is the most upmarket shop. The web blurb goes on to say, ‘TV networks and movie studios have paid her $1000 a day to make the stars look their best.’ If this is the case, I’d say it’s a very long fall down to flogging the brand on UK high streets from a fold away table. I’d also suggest that it’s impossible for the products on sale to ever have been worth £117. Avoid like the plague.
Footnote: A little research shows Victoria Jackson to be a queen of the infommercial stateside. Various rumours abound; same manufacturer as MAC etc (it isn’t – its actually made in China), but pile it high and sell it cheap is normally not associated with quality. It’s not a charity…..it’s direct marketing that uses any tactics (especially saying she was make up artist on Sex & The City) to make a sale. The sales people apparantly make only £7 on each £30 sale. Check out the fab www.beaut.ie who’ve got the whole subject covered beautifully.
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ohh the site looks very 80s… not somewhere i would buy makeup! thanks for the heads up
I’ve been subjected to these people before. I managed to avoid them on my way in but foolishly forgot they were there as I was leaving and they caught me! I’m terrible at saying no and walking off so the girl did her whole sales pitch before I managed to think of a feeble excuse and leave.
too funny. the same thing happened to http://www.beautyaddict.com
I’ll have to hold my hand up and shamefully admit that I succumbed and made a purchase! – I paid £15 and came away with the survival kit, a 12-piece mini lip gloss set, a pocket palette (this has 4 cream eye shadows and 2 lip glosses), a book of beauty tips (never read) and finally a shimmer powder brush!
In my defence it was the night Westfield was opened and I had a little extra spending money in my pocket! To be fair, I’ve not used any of it yet, so I couldn’t tell you if it’s any good or bad, but it seems lovely, and my friend who bought one also, seems to love it!
I bought some of this khack about 4 years ago but it was a girl i worked with who sold it to me. She told me it was the same people who made bobbi brown!!! Needless to say I have never touched the stuff apart from a couple of swatches, lucky i only paid a tenner for it!! x
Just visited WHSmiths at Chancery Lane, London. Was leapt upon by two young men, dressed in ill fitting suits, complete with dodgy spiky footballer hair, trying to get me to buy the VJ products.
Err I ran and hid behind Heat magazine ….
they were at the Trowel services on the M1 yesterday. They offered me $250 worth of make up for my wife and daughter for £30. When I walked away they said they were open to offers! I told her I’d driven 200miles and was desperate for a poo. Managed to get back out to the car OK though.
If it seems too good to be true then it usually is. As a bloke, I am no make up expert whatsoever but it looked like cheap tat to me. Stay away.
omg dont i feel like an idiot!
these girls approached me outside the whsmith in the doncaster trainstation!
they made the stuff sound good and i was feeling down so i thought i will buy it,
the survival kit was £30 including makeup brush set eye shadow pallet and bronzer travel thing,
is the stuff not good?
was i ripped off? i dont know lol!
i feel conned now i was real happy at first haha!
I too have been sucked in – twice I am ashamed to say. I cant resist a bargain even though I thought it was too good to beleive. Once in a service station on the A1 and then in the train station in Newcastle. What and idiot I am!
I have posted on other web sites to about this scam and its still happening in london. Please if you have this happen again buy these red square direct guys REPORT IT. email watch dog to this must end now!
OMG! I just bought them an hour ago. there’s a girl came into my office and offer a discount set of survival kit and lip balms for 998 Thai baht (30 or 31 USD).
The stories she told about the product is the same as in the article.
and I and 2 others bought them because my colleague said she saw them in Cleo (Thailand edition).
we were conned, weren’t we?
We are all probably old and wise enough to know better (probably!) but I seriously object to my 11 year old daughter and her friends being pressured into this scam sale.
£15 each and they got a pile of ‘free stuff’ – outrageous!
This happened to me at Hammersmith station in london! Watch out, the friendly girls with a great pitch really do draw you in to it.! However I didn’t part with any money!