Thursday, September 12, 2013

Elizabeth Arden Beauty Day Haul!

**all items purchased by me/received as GWP

A couple of weeks ago at the local Dillard's store, there was a beauty day going on with a DJ and everything.  At the Elizabeth Arden counter, they had scheduled a makeup artist to come in and do makeovers.  As for purchases, there was a 10% discount.  Perfect timing for me since I had run out of my serum just a few days before.

So while I wasn't super impressed with the makeup artist's ability, or the wear time of the foundation, I did enjoy myself.  I think that part of the issue with the foundation wear time was that the artist used the serum (which I only use at night) plus the Skin Balancing lotion which does not wear well with my skin - I need something more oil controlling and that has nothing in it to help that issue.  The eyeshadow blending was also a big patchy, but she used the eye primer which, once again, I haven't had the best results with.

Anyway, let's see what I purchased:
Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum

And I got a couple of samples - still looking for that perfect eye cream that doesn't cause clogged pores:
Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion with SPF (doesn't really "balance" my skin; also, something about the scent of it doesn't agree with me - I get a little eye irritation from it, even though it claims to not have fragrance)
Prevage eye cream (at least I'm pretty sure that's the line this is from...I forgot to write it down)

And I got a nice sized gift with purchase (yay!):
"Python Goes Metallic"
silver "snakeskin" tote bag
Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara mini
Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment for Face and Throat
Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (travel size)
Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks in Iced Mocha and Petal (possibly full size?)

This is my first experience getting a "gift with purchase" promotion, and if this is how they all are, it's something I'll be taking advantage of as often as I can seeing as how generous this one is.

When makeup brands and/or department store makeup counters have "gift with purchase" offers, do you take advantage?  What's your favorite thing to get?

**all items purchased by me/received as GWP
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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