**all items purchased by me/received as gift with purchase
I hope everyone has enjoyed the last couple of days! I took those days off, instead spending the time relaxing with family and the nearly-requisite (at least for me) holiday shopping. Goodies from Thursday and Friday will have their own post in the coming days - I wasn't paying attention to the time today and ran out of daylight before I got finished taking all my pictures. But I've been meaning to get this post up for the last week or so. I was going to include swatches of products today as well, but since the kit was on the larger size (and more than one gift with purchase), there's lots off pictures just for the haul. I'll have to get a follow-up post with my swatches and initial thoughts up soon.
On to the haul! The 2 things that I knew I was going to purchase that day are actually not from the Elizabeth Arden line, but I wanted to try them anyway.
Clarisonic Mia Acne brush head and Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution Detoxifying Clay Mask
I ended up deciding to purchase the Red Hot Croc Holiday Color Collection, figuring that (a) it's a good way to try a lot of products for a better price and (b) I could probably get a better over-all look using the palette than the makeup artist did (both that day's and from the previous event I went to where the same palette was used). The value of this set is supposed to be "over $350."
the bag is quite cute - all the products were tucking inside with cardboard, tissue paper & some bubble wrap
Lots of different products included:
12 eyeshadow and 2 blush palette (with half sponge/blush brush combo)
brush trio in black patent "leather" case - blush brush, very stiff flat eye shadow brush & lip brush
Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara (full size)
Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Red Door Red and Diamond
2 eye pencils in Smoky Black and Espresso (I believe full size)
2 lip pencils in Plumrose and Taupe (I believe full size)
All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (1.7 fl. oz deluxe sample - full size is 3.4 fl. oz.)
Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks in Cassis, Tulip and Coral (full size)
Shimmer Powder in Nude Shimmer - honestly, one of my favorite items (if not most favorite) I've tried from the collection so far - super cute packaging as well (although I won't be using the "puff" for sanitary reasons
mini nail polish in Candy Apple - there is no polish in the regular Arden line
And since I purchased an Arden product, I got 2 different gifts with purchase (maybe the first pair and clutch was just for coming in for the event...details are a little hazy plus it was busy).
Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser deluxe sample (1.7 fl. oz. - full size is 4.2 fl. oz.) &
Beautiful Color Maximum Color Mascara (full size)
I also came home with a black with hot pink lining clutch:
"I Love My Gift" set:
sadly, the zipper on the leopard print bag is busted :-(
deluxe sample of Prevage Anti-Aging Moisture Lotion (with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30)
Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm (with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20) - deluxe sample at 0.18 oz. (full size is 0.5 oz)
Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Peony 20 (full size)
new blister pack of Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (1 week's worth)
deluxe sample of Flawless Finish Sponge On Cream Makeup in shade Toasty Beige - way too dark for me, but I might try that whole "cream contouring" thing with it
Untold Eau de Parfum sample bottle (with stopper - not spray) and paper scent card
And while I was at Dillards, I visited the Lancome counter for the first time and got matched for foundation (although the shade was completely off - looked like I had played in the self tanner and bronzer). I got re-matched a couple days later by a different woman...much better (I look like me):
Teint Idole 24 hr foundation "matched" to 340 Bisque - ummm no. Again, cream/liquid contouring possibility. Rematched a couple days later to 220 Buff C
~still might be a tad too dark?? the other shade suggested was 210 Buff N~
As you can see, I ended up with quite the haul that day (10% off on purchases as well). Since June I have been spending quite a lot of time at Dillards, as well as money....but I have gone in and out a few times without purchasing anything...I think. I keep going hoping that between all the counters there and the masses of products/brands at Ulta I should be able to get my skin under control for breaking out (that has lessened), making old marks disappear, and now the unfortunate dryness. I haven't been able to find a balance between the oil stage and dry stage. So I'll keep going back looking for solutions.
Do you get sucked in by the holiday kits and/or gifts with purchase available from the various department store counters? Do you have a favorite product from the Lancome brand? I'm looking to start exploring the brand.
**all items purchased by me / received as gift with purchase / requested sample
**my opinions are my own