Unlike many, I did not get out of bed this morning for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. What got me out of bed was seeing an email from Sephora indicating that there was an exclusive VIB Bare Escentuals gift with a purchase of $25 CAD at Sephora. It was a beautiful day with beautiful weather, putting me in good spirits for a trip to the mall!
I had only intended to spend the $25 in order to get my GWP. I picked up Fairy Drops’ Scandal Queen mascara, which I’d heard great things about and have wanted for a while. On my way out, I passed by Buxom and checked out their cream shadows. My eyes got to wandering and settled on Buxom’s lash Mascara (one of my favourites!), and the available value sets – which inevitably led to…
Left to right:
- Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Finishing Touches GWP
- Buxom Lash Hurrah mascara duo ($23 CAD)
- Fairy Drops Scandal Queen mascara ($28 CAD)
I could not resist Buxom’s mascara duo. The duo includes a full-sized Buxom Lash Mascara and a mini version of their newer Amplified Lash Mascara. I have a sample Buxom Lash Mascara (6 mL) from a Lash Stash and I love it. I knew I’d probably get the full-sized version, if I ever finished my sample. The full-sized Buxom Lash Mascara retails for $24 CAD – $1 more than this Buxom duo! I’m paying less for the product I want, and then an extra mascara on top of it. This was a steal to boot.
Top to bottom:
- Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara – 3.3 mL
- Buxom Las Mascara – 11 mL
- Fairy Drops Scandal Queen mascara – 7.2 mL
I discovered Bare Escentuals only last summer – incidentally, with Sephora’s BE GWP of a mini kabuki brush, mini Prime Time primer, and mini bareMinerals mineral foundation. The sales associate applied some on my face to see which shade of sample I should have. I had never worn any type of foundation before. Ever. This was also before I owned any BB creams. Because I was so used to having a bare face, this was perfect for me – I could wear a very light layer just to even out my skin. I went back the next day to buy the full-sized product (my very first foundation! I then proceeded to get my sister one as well). Despite it having an SPF of 15, it photographs beautifully – I wore it for my graduation pictures. BareMinerals is one of those rare foundations with SPF that will work with flash photography.
Since then, I’ve looked on BE with an approving eye. Granted, I’ve only tried their foundation and eyeshadow. But seeing a BE GWP is perfect because I’ll have a chance to try out some of their other products.
Bare Escentuals GWP (left to right):
- mini Hydrating Mineral Veil finishing powder
- mini Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black
- mini Pretty Amazing Lipgloss in Panache
Sephora VIBs: call in to your local store for availability and go pick up your BE GWP now!
I was making good headway. I came to the mall, got what I wanted, got a good Buxom deal… My wanderings took me past The Bay. And they had huge signs for a Shiseido GWP. I figured, why not, let’s go take a look. It wouldn’t hurt, right? I’ve been wanting to venture into the Shiseido line, anyway. I had especially wanted to try the Instant Treatment Eye Mask as well as the White Lucent line. I was intrigued by their White Lucent Brightening Eye Treatment to combat my dark circles.
However, I had read reviews that the White Lucent eye cream was gimmicky – all reflective particles and no real results on dark circles. So I was going to purchase a face cream instead – until the lady at the counter told me that the White Lucent eye cream has be re-formulated into the Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream – the Brightening Eye Treatment was officially discontinued (I’d say it was for a good reason). Sephora has already updated their image for the White Lucent eye cream, but the reviews continue to be for the old version. When I was in Sephora, they still had the old version on the shelf as well. There are no reviews that I can find so far of the new eye cream. So I have no idea how effective this new one is going to be.
Let me just emphasize for a moment that Shiseido is not cheap – there was a value set available at the counter which involved 2 full-sized White Lucent products with a bag and a few other sample size items. The price? $170 CAD. *staggers* (I’m not kidding, I actually staggered in front of the saleslady.) It’s not pennies – definitely not something a student can dish out without heed. I will only have the luxury to indulge when I have a steady job and income.
The advertised Shiseido GWP is targeted for mature skin:
However, upon my showing interest in the White Lucent line, the lady at the counter told me she actually had a White Lucent GWP set in the back, which would be more suitable for my skin than would the Careset GWP be. I was thrilled – and the makeup bag it came in was so pretty! And of course, the sample size packaging was adorable. I got reeled in – hook, line, and sinker.
Shiseido GWP and purchase itself (left to right):
- Bio-Performance Super Restoring Cream (the only mature-skin item in the set)
- White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener Enriched w
- White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion w
- Perfect Refining Foundation in 140 Natural Fair Ivory (unexpected surprise)
- White Lucent Brightening Eye Treatment (old version)
- included scoop for the eye cream (yay)
- White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream – 15 mL ($68 CAD)
If you’re a Shiseido devotee or if you’re looking to try out something new, now would be a good time! I’m extra-happy for getting a White Lucent GWP, since I wanted to get the face cream anyway 🙂
I usually blog in the evening, but the past few days I’ve been lagging past midnight (staying up late, and getting up late). It’s 3 a.m. on the 18th, but I’m still counting “today” as the 17th. Just in case you’re confused. Going to try to get back on schedule with my evening posts… We’ll see how well that works out 😛
…where is my March Glossybox?!
(Image source: http://www.thebay.com; shop.nordstrom.com)