I have a review of the Rooster Year Nordstrom Lunar New Year Gift with Purchase to share. It was a Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive gift. This is the second year in the row I grabbed their gift. How are these beauty perks in the red bag that you have only a few days per year to earn? Find out below.

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It was available 1/16 – 1/18, 2017. Receive free 8-piece Lunar New Year gift with $88 purchase – a $95 value. No promo code needed. Details in my previous post here.



  •  AMOREPACIFIC Age Correcting Foundation Cushion sampler (six shades, 0.26 oz. each)
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black (0.14 oz.)
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (0.24 oz.)
  • Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask (0.5 oz.; Fresh sample may vary)
  • Kiehl’s Since 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (0.17 oz.)
  • La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream (0.05 oz.; La Mer sample may vary)
  • Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum (0.025 oz.)
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (0.3 oz.)

Next up, the review of these samples from Nordstrom.­­

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AMOREPACIFIC Age Correcting Foundation Cushion Board Spectrum SPF25

Full size $80

This essential element in your beauty routine instantly primes and perfects with full, long-lasting coverage for skin that is flawlessly smooth and soft to the touch. Its luxurious formula combines potent anti-aging ingredients and cushion technology for a tightened, polished appearance and a light, effortless application.

IcanGWP Review: AmorePacific and Sulwhasoo are two high-end Korean beauty retailers that I expect to nail any cushion because they both have a dedicated cushion laboratory. Imagine a team of scientists that do nothing except cushion research and development all day! Around 10 years ago, cushion was introduced by this company (IOPE).

AMOREPACIFIC Age Correcting Foundation Cushion contains amazing skincare benefits and SPF25 that are a nice touch compared to other cushions in the market. This product is available at a few upscale retailers like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s (exclusive rose gold edition here), Cos Bar and AmorePacific direct. It is preferred for more mature skin.

The scent of the product is divine floral yet luxurious scent. It’s not necessary but it is milder and the formula is improved from the previous version. The cushion formula is superbly light like tinted fluid. I found that using a foundation brush or my fingers are the best approaches. The brush will give medium coverage while the finger will create a very skin-like light coverage. Beautyblender absorbed too much product and is not my favorite way. You have the option of using the puff to press on the foundation (full size product).

The finish is beautiful dewy after setting with powder. My skin feels great. It will give your skin looks flawless without the heavy makeup look. I find a little goes a long way. It’s a dream product for oily skin or for people living in more hot and humid areas. It’s brilliant for pores – doesn’t set into pores all day – confirmed! It can exaggerate dry skin. The more I try to cover, the worse it looks. This product does not oxidize all day – includes sunny day at the beach. The shade range is very limited. It’s only available from light to medium. If you have been wanting to jump on the cushion foundation bandwagon for a while, you may try this Amorepacific cushion. Especially a minimalist who is looking for a light coverage multitask: moisturizer, sunscreen, concealer and foundation.

For those in their teens-20s or darker skin tone, see IOPE ($35) or Amorepacific Color Correction Cuhsion ($60).

Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

Full size $180 – $265

The classic image of a man and his horse in front of the fire on a great plain under tall, blue evening skies—a defining image of the spirit of the American West—is the inspiration behind Santal 33. Born from the ambition to create an olfactive form of this powerful idea, this woody, rich scent opens with violet accord and cardamom.

Notes: Top: violet accord, cardamom. Middle: iris, papyrus, ambrox. Base: cedarwood, leather, sandalwood.

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Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate

Full size $60

A concentrate clinically demonstrated to improve overall skin texture, tone and radiance while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.


Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Acrylates Copolymer, Adenosine.

IcanGWP Review: How come I’ve never reviewed this item? This is one of the vitamin C serums that I repurchase for years. The formula is unbeatable. It is chock full of goodies, no fragrance and no alcohol. It really is powerful yet gentle enough for everyday usage. People who cannot tolerate retinol products find this is a good alternative for a firmer and glowing skin.

When I apply it, I like to soak my face with gentle toner because it will help the vitamin C absorb better. Sometimes I spray more toner after I apply the serum. It heats up my skin and makes a little tingling reaction. Totally from vitamin C (which is 10.5% ascorbic acid, after all) not anything nasty. It contains silicone quite a bit and my combination skin can’t handle it without being so clogged during hot summer days but other than that, you won’t be disappointed. This product has proven to be very effective for me. Full size bottle comes with a pump and it keeps oxygen out. It will be stable for a while. The price is very good too.

Nordstrom has a nice 5-piece Healthy Skin Essentials Starter Kit or Bloomingdale’s exclusive Kiehl’s Serene Sleep Set.

Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black  | Full-size is $16.50

What it is: A mascara that effortlessly adds volume and length to your lashes.

Who it’s for: Anyone who wants stand-out lashes.

What it does: It kicks up your lashes, coating them in pure, deep color that only adds to the impact.

IcanGWP: The average review is 4.7! The bristle is very slim and more firm. It separates and extends each eyelash well and does not produce any clumps. To get beautiful, thick, curled and lengthened lashes, you will need two to three coats or some mascara base to prime it. And make sure to wait so that it is completely dry. It is not waterproof and can be removed with a washcloth and cold water. Contact lens wearers really love it because it doesn’t irritate their eyes. Sensitive eyes users also love that it is easy and doesn’t burn their eyes. They also offer 3 more type of Clinique High Impact Mascaras including the waterproof one.

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SK-II Facial treatment essence

Full size $105

Facial Treatment Essence is enriched with more than 90 percent Pitera—the main ingredient used to enhance the skin’s renewal process—plus nourishing vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids to promote a healthy skin cell renewal cycle. With daily application, this essence moisturizes, improves texture and clarity, and contributes to a more beautiful, balanced, and glowing complexion.

IcanGWP: According to the study by Skinstore (How much is your face worth? American women average at $8 per day), only 60% off women are using toner. Are you using it?

Pitera can really do magic things to many people, listen to your skin. It might be your new favorite ingredient! The scent is strong for someone who’s not into fermented water without fragrance addition but it’s natural Pitera – no complaint from me. I have bought a full-size product and enjoyed it very much as a rich toner. I don’t see a miracle but it’s a good alternative to my regular toner. It’s insanely difficult to buy a good toner nowadays. I also recommend using it as a weekly mask; simply soak the package sheet mask with this product to see a more glowing result.

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Crème Review

The Moisturizing Soft Cream by La Mer is a luxurious cream that delivers the same radiance and renewal that made the original Crème de la Mer a legend but with a supple new texture. Infused with the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, it penetrates deeply to replenish moisture and strengthen skin. Renewed and energized, your skin looks youthfully radiant.

Full size $85 – $465

IcanGWP review: We have lots and lots of new skincare items to choose from, and yet we use a few from La Mer on a daily basis. This is the new texture of the famous Crème de la Mer. If you find the original formula is truly a life changing item, you will see a transformation in this one as well. It makes a huge difference. For me it’s almost identical, just a little bit lighter and softer. Although pricey, a little goes a long way. It is the one item that you should spend that kind of money on.

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Full size $60

An anti-aging eye cream with a rich, silky, gel texture proven to reduce the look of every key visible sign of eye aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skin tone.

Fragrance-free. Dermatologist tested; ophthalmologist tested. Nonacnegenic.

IcanGWP Review: I am not daring enough to review this product. We have all tried it and love it. It has gotten so much positive obsession, including from me.

Fresh Rose Face Mask

Full size $62

A hydrating and toning gel mask with a cult following that’s infused with real rose petals, pure rosewater, and a “smart” algae that delivers optimum moisture.

“One of the most recognizable flowers across cultures, the rose is associated with romance and royalty and has been the basis of beauty rituals for centuries. Ancient Roman courts were decorated with garlands to stimulate the senses, and queens from Cleopatra to Marie Antoinette used it for perfume. With today’s technology, we are able to refine the purity of the extract, making it even more effective in skincare. The flower yields an incredibly precious oil brimming with nutrients that help to hydrate, soothe, tone, and restore the skin, and the scent adds a unique mood-enhancing quality to the experience.” —Lev Glazman, Fresh Co-founder

IcanGWP: It is a clear moisturizing gel mask. The color is pink and it smells like rose. It contains real roses (1.5 rose in every jar)- no surprise. Very good smell, not overwhelming at all. Like most gel masks, it is nice, calm and refreshing when it is on. Reviews are split. Some really like it and feel that it hydrates and helps their dry skin. But others think it irritates their sensitive skin. I reviewed this item in my Sephora Cyber Monday Mystery Sample Bag review post here.

The image of three extra gifts I grabbed at checkout. All of these complimentary beauty samples are no doubt – luxurious! I am planning to use lightweight moisturizer, so I want to sample a few essence products!

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LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion (full size $250)

Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence (full size $150)

Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream (full size $74)


It’s 8 deluxe samples with an $88 purchase. In terms of value or quantity, it’s not on par with other gifts from Nordstrom. I always like the brand and the products in their Lunar New Year gift. They are high quality and impressive. It’s a classic and gorgeous curation. I’m excited to see next year’s gift from them.

I hope you find it helpful. Thank you and see more review posts here.

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