A secret revealed...

My fellow Greek bloggers/readers, I have news for you ;)

I'm going to reveal a big, big secret that I hope you'll like!

It would be preferable if it stayed between us, you know...
Spread the word, if you wish, but with caution and secrecy!

Here goes:


You have probably noticed that the greek cosmetic stores (Hondos Center, Sephora, Beauty Shop, Galerie de Beaute, etc.) hold a 25% discount period of 1 week (and in some cases, 2 weeks) at random times of the year. Word gets around mainly through tv ads, then one person tells the other, etc.

It may have occured to you that you missed a sale- or you bought a fancy and expensive perfume, only to find out that if you postponed the purchase for a week, you would pay 25% off.

It could have also happened that you asked a sales assistant for the next sale period, to get a reply similar to "don't know, come to the store next week and see for yourself".

Well, let me tell you: those sales periods are NEVER random...

During the last 2 years, I've noticed a pattern; though I can't be 100% sure, I'm presenting it to you:

The aforementioned stores do the 25% discount on the week during which there's a change of the month. Yes, they carry a 25% discount period every month!

For example, if my calculations are indeed correct, there should be a sale right now, as we speak.
This morning, I went for a stroll at Ermou str. (for the sake of this post, of course!), and what do you know? Both Hondos Center and Sephora have a 25% sale on cosmetics!

That's it, the big secret revealed...
To those of you who knew it already or didn't think it's interesting enough, I apologise for my somewhat "dramatic" tone at the beginning of the post.

In any case, I'm hoping these news stays between faithful ears- we wouldn't want this "sale pattern" to get through to people that plan the sales in the first place!

I wish you all a happy December ;)



  1. The same pattern happens with MAC too. I tend to see sales (25% off) there about a week before a new collection comes out.

  2. Ooooh, great news!!!
    Thanks for the info ;)

  3. OH REALLY!>!?!?!?!? wowwwww makeup counters almost never have any discounts here =_= shit...the best time to buy is Christmas, mind you they don't have discounts...they only have 'promotional' sets...meaning you have to get a set of certain items (can't choose what items) for a cheaper price...lol

  4. you should get something from the 25% off !!! or did you already :D?

  5. Agh, I don't know if it's much of a deal- after all, luxury brands like Chanel, Estee Lauder, etc. are overpriced in Greece anyway (compared to other European countries). And don't get me started on US price ranges, it's a make-up haven!!!

    So yeah, I constrained myself and didn't buy a thing- but I'll definitely make use of the next sales period to get a perfume for my boy.


  6. OK, it's official! I'm baptizing you Mata Hari of beauty bloggers!!! Lol! It's nice to have an idea of when these sales are going to happen. Although you are right, everything is way overpriced here! xxx

  7. ααα...έχει προφανώς να κάνει με το αν τους βγαίνουν οι στόχοι/τα κέρδη στο τέλος του μήνα ή κάπως έτσι λοιπόν

  8. @Stavroula @drugstoreandbargainlover, περιμένω τα δικά σου bargain alerts!

    @Arietta, ha ha, Mata Hari!!! Yeah, I think it's good to know. They're ripping us off, anyways!

  9. Yes, I was actually noticing that it was the third month in a row that this was happening! Not bad, not bad at all!
    I hope they continue this all through out the year!

    Arietta's right, you're quite the spy-blogger! Lol!

    Great and informative post, once again!


  10. βρε για δες!!!δε το είχα ποτέ μα ποτέ παρατηρήσει!!!θα το κάνω όμως απο δω και πέρα!!;)αν και νομίζω ότι η έκπτωση είναι λίγο πολύ δεδομένη στα αρώματα!

    καταπληκτικό το tip πάντως!!

  11. πηγα σημερα στο hondο μετα το ποστ σου αλλα δεν υπηρχε τπτ σαν αυτη της εικονας σου. βρηκα ομως μια kum της toyoko (?). προκαλεσες πανικο φαινεται με την αναρτηση σου κ εξαφανιστηκαν!

    αα παρεπιμπτοντως ειδα το granite στα body shop. ειχα δει σε παλαιοτερο ποστ οτι ηταν αγαπημενη σου σκια. κ ειχε αρκετα ακομα. δυστυχως ειμαι επαρχια. δεν κανεις ενα τηλεφωνο σε ολα τα κοντινα σου body shop μηπως την εχουν ακομα?

  12. ουπς σε λαθος ποστ εβαλα το σχολιο :D

  13. @stella, α έτσι λειτουργεί η αγορά; Δεν το ήξερα. Κέρδος και για τις δυο πλευρές, δηλαδή!

    @tina_mbc, ha ha I do my best! I couldn't not share it with you, girls!

    @magdalena, μπα παλιότερα είχαν μια αρχική τιμή και στο ταμείο έκαναν τη στάνταρ έκπτωση, τώρα η τιμή που αναγράφεται στο στίκερ είναι η τελική. Νομίζω ;)

    @evi, α ωραία, δεν ήξερα ότι η Toyoko κάνει παραγγελίες στην Kum.
    Ναι, η granite από το TBS είναι η αγαπημένη μου! Πω πω, τι χαρά που μου έδωσες!! Θα ψάξω στα καταστήματα της Αθήνας- είναι καμιά 15ριά. Ε πού θα μου πάει, όλο και καμία θα έχει απομείνει στο ράφι! Thanks ;)

  14. wow this is so good!
    thanks for sharing and I will keep it in mind next month!

  15. No problem hun, I love sharing bargains ;)


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