My life as a Nordstrom loyal fan started with the ease of shopping, variety, brands, perks, price-matching and extraordinary customer service. In this post, I’d like to share my thoughts on a beauty sample bag I received from Nordstrom this weekend. It was with a $125 in-store purchase.
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I received a good size tote bag, excellent for grocery shopping or errands. The red cosmetic bag is big and will hold a lot of makeup and skincare items. There’s a soft padding that is perfect for travelling to make sure our delicate palettes, liners or lipsticks won’t break. This is the entire gift bag from Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Week 2017.
My Nordstrom Spring Gift 2017 with $125 purchase contains:
- Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
- beautyblender liquid blendercleanser
- Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Toilette
- Lancome La Base Pro Pore Eraser
- Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser
- Prada Luna Rossa Sport Eau de Toilette
- ARCONA Triad Toner Pads
- Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
- A Cosmetics Bag
Next up, let’s take a closer look at each sample.
Full size $65 – $185
Wake up to beautiful skin, every day. Address all key signs of visible aging with exclusive ChronoluxCB Technology for more comprehensive and precise nighttime repair. Promotes a natural nighttime purification process, vital to younger-looking skin. Tested and proven: Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger. Looks younger, radiant, more translucent and even toned. Proven effective for every ethnicity.
IcanGWP Review: It’s an Estee Lauder’s bestselling product, that sells one bottle every 8.5 seconds. Is it overrated and overpriced? It doesn’t contain any fragrance, alcohol or paraben. Not technically oil free but the oil they use is not comedogenic.
This fluid-like serum is light, silky, non-greasy and slips easily into any beauty regimen or season. Once this is absorbed, my skin felt very smooth and not heavy at all. Although, it may be silicone-y if you are not into instant blur products. It didn’t cause my combination skin to break out. For those with very oily skin, you may try to use it alone without any moisturizer on top (good amount of hyaluronic acid).
It should make skin healthy, glowing, smoother and radiant. Estee Lauder ANR is made to be approachable by all skin types with or without sensitivity, normal sunscreen usage, etc. We are all different and to nail one product for a diverse group of people is tough, but this serum is quite something. This Estee Lauder product is gentle and will gradually make your skin better to some extent, but not reverse. They have way more luxurious lines that contain physical strength and high technology ingredients.
To sum up, it is an excellent, rare, fragrance-free serum that contains an impressive mix of vitamin, a little peptide and plant-based antioxidants from Estee Lauder in the medium price range.
Is it a miracle for you?
Full-size is $39 – $52.50 Travel size $12
A lightweight cream-gel that gives skin a moisture boost. It penetrates your skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid, which is nature’s perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, your skin is plumped, dewy and glowing.
How To Use: Use daily for immediate moisture. For a midday boost, tap on over makeup. Or use as a 5-minute mask: massage onto clean skin and blot off excess with a tissue.
IcanGWP Review: It is a good gel-like moisturizer. It’s oil-free, fragrance free and alcohol free. If you have tried this product before 2016, they have changed the formula. They replaced the silicone with a lightweight silicone and added more hyaluronic acid. It is much lighter. People with oily skin or acne prone skin love this product.
It sank into my skin very fast. It was pleasantly smooth and has a non-sticky finish. It was like there was an ultra thin film on my skin as a moisture barrier. If you have dry skin and received the sample, you may use it as a second moisturizer to lock in the moisture at night. It’s good under makeup. If you don’t like to dip you nail into the jar, it is also available in the tube.
ARCONA Triad Toner Pads (Nordstrom Exclusive) Review
Full size $35 | Travel size $10 | Duo pack $52 (a $70 value)
Cranberry toner in convenient cotton pads cleanses, tones and hydrates, infusing skin with protective antioxidants to leave it glowing and refreshed. Ideal for travel, office and handbag.
IcanGWP Review: I can’t live without toner but it’s so difficult to travel with it on the plane. Single usage toner from Arcona from Nordstrom? Happy dancing here! The pad is very soft and soaks up the right amount of toner. The smell is very strong but is a refreshing cranberry scent. It’s easy to use during the day, during a trip or just at night. It is multi-tasking as described. The average review from 100+ reviewers is 4.7!
Full size $24 – $36
Begin with the most basic step of all. purity made simple one-step facial cleanser is an award-winning cleanser that melts away dirt, oil and makeup while toning and lightly hydrating for skin that feels perfectly clean and balanced. Formulated for all skin types, the one-step cleanser deeply cleans pores and eliminates makeup build-up. Natural oil extracts help condition the skin.
IcanGWP Review: It is so popular and received great reviews. People like how it made their skin feel. Now it is offered in so many sets here at Nordstrom. This product contains black pepper and you will smell it while you are applying it! When I tried, I felt that it dried out my cheeks a little bit. I do not recommend this product to those with sensitive skin.
Full size $18
A sponge and brush cleanser that’s free of dyes and skin irritants.
IcanGWP: This is my first sponge and brush cleanser sample I got. Normally I use baby shampoo. I tried it on a power foundation sponge, eyeshadow brush and eyeshadow (sponge) applicator – a lot for a tiny sample. The power foundation sponge and brush are nicely cleaned. It did not clean the eyeshadow applicator well. It might be designed to clean liquid or cream products? People think the smell is too strong and lingers. I think that it is okay for a brush but it is quite strong for a sponge. People prefer the solid version.
Full size is $85 – $175 Travel size $24
“Exfoliation is such an important step in maintaining healthy skin, no matter what the weather is! Oils and impurities become trapped under the skin and exfoliation is key.” —Kate Somerville
A dual-action exfoliator that smoothes and polishes skin to reveal a glowing, radiant complexion after just one use. Precautions: This product may cause the skin to tingle and flush slightly for a short time. For sensitive skin, leave on for less than one minute, or use ExfoliKate® Gentle instead.
IcanGWP Review: I haven’t seen anything like this before. It is so very green! It makes me think of Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Cream Blush. What she claimed about exfoliation is right. This product is a 2-in-1 physical and chemical exfoliation! It has a nice fresh smell and a creamy texture with very fine plastic scrub beads. I am a little worried because of the warning. I used it as a cleanser (including around the eye area) and did not leave it on my skin for long. I did not experience any tingling or flushing. The second ingredient is Lactic Acid (AHA). It will work well if your skin prefers AHA exfoliation. There’s also the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment. There are many starter kits with these products in them, see here. I would not recommend this product for sensitive skin.
Full size $75 – $93
Si Eau de Toilette is a delicate and light interpretation of Sì for the modern woman. Key notes are pear, freesia, and amber wood for a bright, graceful, and refined scent.
IcanGWP Review: Experience the third Sì by Giorgio Armani (see the previous fragrance here)! This one is a great new fragrance with pure-smelling ingredients. You get a little bit of the original scent, but Si Eau de Toilette is a unique fragrance. It’s head-on floral, juicy and fresh aquatic scent. It lingers with mystery. When it dried down, it’s floral, oriental, spicy, woody and earthy. This pink sweet confection is warm and delicate.
Full size $38
Refine skin’s texture and diffuse light to visibly reduce imperfections with La Base Pro Hydra Glow, an oil-free formula that brightens your skin with two types of pearl pigments.
It controls shine, leaving you with a perfectly matte and satiny-soft complexion while 24-hour hydration from rose essence and a blend of 14 skincare actives make it look and feel luminous and plump.
IcanGWP Review: This alcohol-free primer has a white, silky, medium-weight texture. It has a slight fresh scent that is pleasant. The primer has a soft matte finish that provides a beautiful base for your makeup. It didn’t leave any shine or film on my skin. I like that it’s natural and very lightweight so it didn’t pile up. It’s strange but I feel like it brings out the good balance of light and shadow on my face, e.g., my cheek bones stood out more. I think it’s due to the fact that my makeup stayed on better and it was amplified somehow by this base. It controlled shine on my t-zone for around 5-6 hours. My drier areas stayed put well without makeup mist all day.
Full size $68
The fiery tension between man and machine lies at the heart of the latest Prada Luna Rossa fragrance. Physical and mental preparation combine as thoughts of tomorrow burst into life. Prada Luna Rossa Sport evokes man’s deepest emotions the night before his defining challenge, revealing the sensuality and sophistication within Prada’s masculine world.
The more I delve into beauty products, the more I realize there are so many things I did not know before. This Nordstrom in-store gift with purchase has some major differences from online sample-filled bags in that the in-store version contains less samples, smaller but more well-known or staple pieces instead of new products to discover. That could be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on what you are looking for.
What is your experience? Do you prefer online or in-store shopping at Nordstrom?
Thank you and I hope that is helpful.
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