Saturday, 2 April 2011

Once upon a time, in a CCO...

The Boy took me to Cheshire Oaks outlet village today.  I knew exactly which shop I was headed for - straight for the CCO or Cosmetic Company Outlet.   These shops sell discounted cosmetics from brands that are part of the Estee Lauder group, such as MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Perscriptives and of course, Estee Lauder.

The picture above was just the MAC section of the store. They had a range of eye shadows, pigments etc., but they also had stock from previous MAC collections.  Today in store, I saw items from the following collections: Hello Kitty, Dame Edna, To the Beach, Venomous Villains and Tartan Tale.

And you can see which collection piqued my attention!

The Tartan Tale collection was released by MAC for Christmas 2010, but at that time of year, I was more concerned with buying gifts, than buying items for myself.  There were plenty of goodies that I wanted from that collection, so I was glad to find them at the CCO at such a reduced price.

The Swinging Violets Mineralize kit (£27.75) comprises of Bare Study paint pot, Zoom Lash mascara, Icescape lipglass and Earthly Riches mineralize eye shadow.

How gorgeous is this eye shadow?  It's half plum and half a gunmetal grey that in some lights leads towards taupe. It is so pretty!  When looking at the 3 Mineralize kits on offer, The Boy honed in on this one and said "this is very YOU" and he was right! That was the one I was drawn to.

The Warm Thrillseekers pigment/glitter set (£19.25). was next on my agenda.  They are a range of lovely wearable pigments, but the unfortunately, the flash sort of washes them out on the photo below.  The only one I will probably not use on a regular basis would be the Reflects Bronze glitter. I have to say, I look at the full size pigments and wonder if I will ever get through a whole jar! These sets are perfect for sampling different colours and I can actually see myself finishing one of these little vials.

The set includes:
  • Gift O' Glamour
  • Reflects Bronze (glitter)
  • Most Darling
  • Gilded Green
  • Gold Mode

(l-r) Most Darling, Gold Mode and Gilded Green

(l-r) Reflects Bronze (glitter), Gift O' Glamour and Most Darling (again!)

(top to bottom taken with flash) Reflects Bronze, Gilded Green, Gold Mode, Most Darling and
 Gift O' Glamour

I'm delighted with my Tartan Tale bargains. Have you had any great deals from the CCO?


  1. oh my goodness I am so jealous right now! youre going to have sooo much fun with these! brilliant haul :D

  2. Thanks Emily. I think I'll probably get a lot of use from these sets! I'm glad I got them ;o) x

  3. Gorge! I nearly died when I saw the picture earlier, sooo much MAC! The CCO I went to had the most pathetic MAC section, I was so disappointed!

  4. It's quite a big store Hannah. You need to come and visit Cheshire Oaks. They moved to bigger premises because the place was always packed to the rafters!! I literally could have spent a fortune in there. That was me being super restrained!! LOL x

  5. It's a really nice CCO at Cheshire Oaks isn't it?

    I don't get to go often (because I'm down south) but my cousin and his fiancee both work in other shops there so when I'm up visiting them I always have to have a look - I've had some awesome bargains from there.

    You did really well and those pigments look beautiful!


  6. The shop is lovely. Very light and bright. I was so amazed they had any of the Tartan Tale stuff in to be honest! The Boy got new Nike trainers for £12. He's a happy bunny now too!! LOL x

  7. This is the reason I don't excited about the MAC collections because they are so frequent and then end up on the shelves discounted.

    I'm glad you got some good bargains, I will have to have a mooch around this place when I come visit you!

  8. Yay!!! You're coming to visit. I hope so. You'd love Liverpool ;o) x



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