June 16, 2011

Estee Lauder and MAC Warehouse Sale (Part 1): Skincare Haul

Two weekends ago (I know I'm late in posting this ><"), I went to the Estee Lauder and MAC sale with my sister because we got the invitations :). We went on the second day of the sale so we initially thought that many of the products may already be sold out. But when we got inside after a 40 minute line-up there were still a wideeeee variety of products available...so we were looking through everything fastttt. And although this sale was called the Estee Lauder and MAC warehouse sale there were also products from Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Lab Series, Origins, and a wide variety of perfume brands such as DKNY and Michael Kors (all of which are brand names that belong under Estee Lauder).

In this post I'll be talking about the skincare products that I got which is like the majority of the stuff I bought because I didn't really need to get more makeup since I don't use them often enough and I already have a lot for some odd reason (I don't even know why ><"). Okay...enough blabbering let's get onto my purchases:

Item #1: Clinique Box Set for Skin Types 1 and 2 (Dry to Dry Combination)
I love this pouch b/c the green flowers are soo cutee. (Btw, you get a sneak peek of the makeup I got on the side LOL)
This box set contains 5 pieces including: 1) the green pouch/bag, 2) a 200ml liquid facial soap mild, 3) a 200ml clarifying lotion 2 (toner), 4) 125ml dramatically different moisturizing lotion (face cream) and 5) a 15ml all about eyes (eye cream). And you can see them in the picture below "read more"...

The green bottle (liquid facial soap), the purple bottle (clarifying lotion) and the yellow bottle (the moisturizing lotion) is a part of the Clinique's 3-step skin care system. The little orange tube is the eye cream. :)
The first step is with the Liquid Facial Soap developed by Clinique's famous dermatologist but in a new liquid formula. It is suppose to cleanse without stripping protective lipids from one's face and also preps one's skin for the exfoliating action of the the clarifying lotion. Moreover, there are different formulas of this soap for a custom-fit to different skin types. The second step is with the Clarifying Lotion that should help to clear away pollution and dulling flakes for smooth, glowing skin. It also helps pores look their smallest and allow one's skin to accept moisture better while growing more resistant to impurities. Most importantly, it is reformulated by dermatologist to be comfortable and non-drying and there are four different formulas for another custom-fit. The last step is with the use of the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, which is clinically formulated to give one's skin the "drink" it needs.

Now onto the 'All About Eyes' eye cream...this cream/gel formula helps diminishes the appearance of puffy eyes, darkness around the eyes and fine lines. It is lightweight and can also actually help hold eye makeup in place, therefore it may be used in the morning and at night under the eyes and on the eyelids as well.

So, if you were to purchase this set of items individually on Sephora (not including the bag), the total would add up to be approximately $82 before tax (and shipping)...but I got bought the entire set at the sale for only $35 (before tax). Doesn't this sound like an amazing deal? xD

Item #2: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
As you can see I got more than one jar of this cream-gel moisturizer because it was such as steal. (Btw, that is not my hand, it's San's LOL)
This Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is a cream-gel with an oil-free formula that immediately cools and refreshes skin with 24 hours of soothing hydration. Moreover, it is lightweight and is a comfortable "drink" for one's skin such that fine lines, flakiness and tightness are washed away while leaving your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother and healthier even through stressful shifts in humidity.

The moisture surge may be used daily for immediate moisture or as a midday boost that may be tapped on over makeup. It can also be used as a five-minute mask by massaging onto clean skin and blotting off the excess with a tissue.

I got this item because I always have certain spots on my face that are extremely dry with flaky skin, thus I wanted to see if this moisturizer would be any help (hopefully it does, and I'll let you know later whether it does or not). A 0.5oz/15ml jar of this moisture surge was $4 (before tax) at the sale, but for a jar of 1.7oz on Sephora it would be $34. So...if you make some calculations, this seems to be quite worth it as well :)

Item #3: Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Serum
Hmm...I only have this picture of the box..I forgot to take a picture of the actual bottle ><" (But you get to see another preview to the other stuff I bought at the sale in this picture hahaha xD)
Lastly, I got this Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Serum because I wanted to try a serum for my face though I don't have a  specific reason for why I wanted to try...but I guess my face just needs better taking of so I bought it LOL. On the box of this serum it has a little blurb of description that is rather difficult for me to rephrase so I shall just type it all out right here:

This potent plant serum with skin-quenching liposomes empowers skin to rebound from dramatic dehydration. Origins signature hydrating complex of Rose of Jericho, Trehalose and Sea Haricots plus Oceanic Flora and Arabidopsis immediately helps replenish even driest skin's deepest thirst, and repair its faulty barrier so it can maintain optimal moisture levels all day. And skin-plumping Hyaluronic Acid helps restore youthful smoothness to reduce the appearance of fine, dry lines and wrinkles. Skin looks and feels healthy, revitalized.

Doesn't that sound crazy (that is if you read through it all hahaha). Anyways, I got this serum (30ml) at the sale for $12 (before tax) but if you check out the Origins site, a similar product (I think they just changed the name from "serum" to "treatment") would cost more than double the price I got it at for less than twice the amount of product ><"

So there you have it...a long (boring) post about the skincare products I bought :D. If I have free time later and after I start using these products for a while, I might consider to review them...but for now that's about all I have to say about them :)


P.S. I'll try (hopefully) to finish part 2 of this post, which is on makeup, as soon as I can...but just to let you know summer courses start next week for both me and San T-T.


ThisIsAlx said...

I'm soo jealous nowwwww :( I wanted to go but didn't have an invitation :( how fix u gifts get one?

San said...

Did anyone notice anything odd about the pictures...brownie points if you do XD

ThisIsAlx said...

LOL i jsut noticed a HUGE spelling mistake because i was typing it on my fone and they just think the are soo smart with auto correcting spelling mistakes LOL

"how fix u gifts get one?" WHATTTT HAHAHA.. i meant.. how did you girls get one!!! get the invites?? i wanna go to the next one!! ^^

@DEE: what's soo odd about hte pictures? i dont find anything odd at all lol

San said...

@Alx - hahaha it's okay, it was a tough question...I took those pictures (you can see my hand and white dress in the last two) XD. I guess it's hard since only D saw me wear that nail polish before =P

ThisIsAlx said...

OH!!!lol but pearl already said it on the post that it was ur hands!! and i knew it without her telling me too cuz i recognize ur hands AND of course the nail polish =] but not the dress =P

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