Department store beauty products are one of my guilty pleasures. Even though I worked in a department store for a long time I am by no means immune to the tantalizing displays of products all presented beautifully out front, glittering under the lights!
When you find a brand that you love (not hard) it’s even more fun to watch for the free gifts that pop up throughout the year. It’s an excuse to stock up on what you’re already using and find some new products. Being that it was a lazy weekend in the middle of the summer, I was more than overdue for this (that’s what I’m telling myself).
The Lancome bags get better and better! This cute motorbike tote came with my free gift.
My qualifying purchases for the free gifts were the Bienfait Multi-Vital sunscreen cream and the Hypnose Drama mascara in intense volume. The face cream was what I really needed, but after a recommendation by the sales assistant I decided to add the mascara on as well.
The free gifts, in their family photo lineup:
Energie de Vie ~ Refresh foam cleanser
Energie de Vie ~ refresh day cream
Energie de Vie ~ refining lotion
Volumize ~ mascara
Energie de Vie ~ night cream
Gentifique ~ youth concentrate
Gentrifique ~ eye cream
Whoa, what a set! Usually with Lancome free gifts I go for the Creme Radiance collection but the Refresh collection is brand new and was recommended to me for my age group, so I would say this is a good one for mid-twenties-to-thirties, to “hydrate and refresh tired, dull skin for a rejuvenating glow”. I’m really excited to try these new ones out! (A lipstick was also included in the free gift but I forgot to add to the family photo).
Also stopped into Sephora because the music was calling my name and scooped up this one:
Smashbox Try It Kit: Bestsellers, featuring:
Photo Finish foundation primer
24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
Be Legendary Lipstick ~ Primrose
Full Exposure Mascara
Waterproof Kohl Liner in Raven
I haven’t ever used Smashbox products exclusively so I’m eager to try these sample bestsellers out and see if they’ll work well for me. If you’re interested, I can follow up with reviews.
Get any good shopping done this weekend? 🙂