Ok, guys. This blog post sneaked its way into my little line-up of blogs posts I have prepared. My next blog post was supposed to be a recipe for my homemade butternut soup. But today I went shopping and boy was it a good day for shopping!! You know when you have that day where you go to the shops and you’re not really expecting to find something but then you go home with 3 or 4 bags of stuff. I had one of those today – the stars aligned and the gods of beauty-product-shopping smiled down on me. You’re probably thinking: Geez, this poor girl is off her rocker.
Anyway, I got home and immediately took photos of some of my goodies because I wanted to do this post while the products were still available. About a month ago, I received another Estée Lauder free gift (I say another because I had received a free gift just the week before – see blog post here) because I purchased a face mask and foundation from them. I went home and a couple of days later took the photos of the items, and then a couple of days after that I edited the photos and by that time, the promotion wasn’t running anymore. And what’s the point of me showing you things when you can’t even go out to get it yourself? So THIS time around I want to strike while the iron is hot!
I have seen the new Clarins Double Serum on a few websites and blogs – it’s apparently amazing. About a week ago I also saw that Clarins (at Edgars stores) currently has a promotion running: Purchase 2 products (one of which must be a moisturiser or serum) and receive a goodie bag containing a 30ml Eau de Jardins fragrance and 2 deluxe travel-sized samples from their selection. You can choose your own samples and they really are deluxe samples, more on this later.
I wanted to try the Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correcting Lotion, which is for all skin types and has an SPF 15. My skin is still deciding whether it’s normal, dry or oily so this day lotion is perfect. I tested it on my hand and was impressed with how soft it made my skin feel (almost like it could have priming qualities) and the scent of this is refreshing. It contains Ambiaty extract (a medicinal plant from Madagascar) which stimulates the dermal-epidermal connection to support the epidermis and provides the water and nutrients it needs. Retails for R 525.00 ($ 58.00) for 50ml (1.7fl oz).
Then it was between the Instant Light Brush-On Perfector or the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector for me. I have the Lip Perfector gloss in shade 05 and I am obsessed with it. I’ve been wanting to try the other colours as well but then thought the state of my under-eye circles takes preference! So I went with the Instant Light Brush-On Perfector. This reminds me of the YSL Touché Éclat pen (a bit more affordable though), it’s an illuminating concealer with hydrating properties. I’ve done some research and from what I can see it tightens the skin, smoothes out fine lines, conceals imperfections and boosts radiance. I’m quite excited to try this one. I have the MAC Prep n Prime Highlighter in Light Boost (which isn’t a proper concealer) but I would like to see how these compare. Retails for R 315.00 ($ 34.00) for 2ml (0.07fl oz).
Now for the fun part, the free goodies!
Let me tell you, the samples I received were proper sized samples. I was very impressed! There were quite a few I could choose from i.e. Wonder Volume Mascara, Gloss Prodige Lip Gloss, Extra-Firming Day Cream (30ml), Instant Eye Make Up Remover (50ml), Multi-Active Day Cream (30ml), Beauty Flash Balm (30ml), Super Restorative Night Cream (30ml), Moisture Rich Body Lotion (100ml), HydraQuench Cream (30ml) & Hand and Nail Treatment Cream (50ml). Look at the contents amounts of those samples – 30ml, 50ml, 100ml! That is incredible. I chose the Multi-Active Day Cream (apparently this one is richer than the one I bought, for the Winter season) and the Beauty Flash Balm. The Beauty Flash Balm can be mixed with your moisturiser or applied as a primer before your foundation, it apparently brightens, tightens and helps your makeup last longer. Just to give you an idea: The price of this (full-sized) is R 395.00 for 50ml, I received a sample size of 30ml – that’s a value of R 237.00 for just this one sample!
Then I also received a lovely 30ml-sized perfume called Eau des Jardins (direct translation: water gardens). The scent reminds me of summer, it’s uplifting and refreshing. It contains essential oils of grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, orange, black currant bud absolute, wild rose, mint, along with dry oils of cedar, patchouli, vetiver and white musk. Added bonus of this product is it soothes and moisturises the skin as well.
I received all this in a stylish beauty bag, I would insert a photo of it here but it didn’t really fit in my lightbox.
Then I started chatting to the sales lady about their new Double Serum, it’s apparently the only anti-ageing treatment containing 20 plant extracts. Let me list some of them for you:
– Katafray extract and Hyaluronic Acid complex help to restore the skin’s water reserves for comfort and softness. – Kiwi extract boosts the skin’s nutrition for suppleness. – Pistachio extract help to reinforce skin’s barrier function for protection. – Extract of Maritime Pine and Organic Musk Rose oil help oxygenate the skin for increased radiance. – Extract of Organic Green Banana, Lemon Thyme and Bocoa help visibly reduce wrinkles and increase firmness.
When I applied the serum (of course I tested it) to the soft skin under the palm of my hand, it felt and looked a bit strange. Almost like an oil. But once I started working with it, it melted into my skin. The idea is to warm it between your hands first, then gently press it into the skin. I loved the smell of this serum (some serums I have tried tend to smell a bit meh), also a light refreshing scent. Now I know we shouldn’t always go for the scented / fragranced skincare products because they can cause skin irritation but the scents of the Clarins skincare products are very subtle (and they use mostly natural ingredients). Anyway, the lady was kind enough to give me a 7-day trial box containing 7 little sachets. Now, I can test the serum out for a week and decide whether it’s suitable for my skin.
Ok, so here’s the not-so-good news: The promotional offer ends tomorrow (9 June 2013). BUT I did check the Clarins SA website out and here’s the good news, ladies, an even BETTER offer is around the corner:
Here are the details: Buy two Clarins products (one of which must be a moisturiser or serum), and receive a cosmetic purse containing 2 mini makeup products AND choose 4 free travel-sized products. The Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch product in the cosmetic purse is an amazing primer! Offer is available from 19 June 2013 to 7 July 2013 at selected Foschini, Stuttafords, Truworths and Woolworths stores.
P.S: No, these are not the only good deals / free gifts I received… But I wanted to dedicate this post to only Clarins products because the promotion is so awesome! I’ll load a photo on Instagram of the other shopping I did… Follow me: Lamby6325