I have a love/hate relationship with beauty event samples. They are a great way to try new products and perfect to save for when you’re traveling. But usually, they end up cluttering up my bathroom cabinets. I want to keep them and chuck them, all at the same time.
But I’m a sucker for a good sale or free offer, and I always use beauty events as an excuse to stock up on my favorite products and try new cult favorites. And unlike most samples, there are actually several items I’ve found after trying a sample from a Neiman’s beauty event. (Now, I really don’t need another random tote, but that’s beside the point.)
Now through the end of February’ ish (2/28) Neiman’s is having one of its beauty events. Spend $125 (which is all too easy to do) and receive a beauty tote, samples and, for the next two days extra InCirle points.
A few things on my list:
Edgy colors, deeply pigmented, with a super chic bottle and without the yucky ingredients in your drug store brand (5-free), what’s not to like about this relatively new brand of nail lacquer?
I normally skip extra steps like a finishing powder, but last time I had my make-up done at the Bobbi Brown counter, the make-up artist used this and I really could tell a difference – it’s just a subtle lighting/brightening and blends everything together.
Not sure if it’s hereditary, or if I’m still recovering for having three littles under two at one point, but my dark circles are for real. Bobbi Brown’s two-step coverage makes all the difference. Start with the corrector then layer on the concealer. You’re suppose to finish/set it with a tap of the translucent powder, but I usually skip that step. Only because I’m always in a hurry.
I’m a huge fan of tined moisturizer – love both Laura Mercier and BeautyCounter, but after trying a sample of Amore Pacific’s cushion compact, I was hooked. It has all the benefits of the others (light coverage, SPF 50+, moisturizer) but I find it’s a bit more buildable for when you want more coverage.
Aerin Beauty Balm
My mom always preached the power of lipstick. And, I’m a believer. I have a zillion lip sticks, shimmers, and sheers stashed all over. But for those days when a bold red lip just isn’t in the cards, even a little bit of color is a great pick-me-up. This one is a super moisturizing balm delivers just a hint of color and a barely there rose scent.
I’ve watched Tata Harper from afar for awhile now – early on her products were a little too earthy for me. My preference is always for clean, natural, safe products but I also want them to work, and feel luxurious. I think she’s come a long way in a few short years and this mask is great for tightening and smoothing out skin. It’s gentle (although I have pretty tough skin), goes on easily and has almost no scent.
I have an emotional attachment to this one – the one thing I wanted to bring home from my first (and only) trip to Paris was a bottle of perfume. We stumbled into a small store front near our hotel and I loved everything about it. I’d never heard Maison Francis Kurkdjian before and at the time it was only sold in Paris. Now that I can get it here, I guess I need a new excuse to visit Paris!
I wouldn’t normally consider this a beauty product, but I guess anything that helps you drink more water is good for your skin. I prefer to drink out of a glass bottle, as I don’t like the metal taste or feel and this one is the right balance of substance and style.
Twice now, I’ve received a sample of this glycolic peel system as a sample and both times, I’ve vowed to buy the real thing. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s easy to use and I could tell an immediate difference in my skin after using it. Soft, hydrated and glowing.
What’s on your list to try?