Neiman Marcus started a new Spring beauty event today. With your $125 beauty or fragrance purchase you’ll receive a polka dot clutch filled with the following fragrance samples:
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL
Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL
Cartier Panthère Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL
Bvlgari Blanc Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL
Christian Louboutin card with 3 scent seals
No code necessary. The gift will be added to your cart automatically if your purchase qualifies.
You can also combine this with any of Neiman’s other free gift with purchase promotions. Right now, SK-II, La Mer, Sisley-Paris and 60+ top brands are offering a free gift. Gift should appear in your cart once you qualify for them. No code necessary.
Nordstrom has nearly everything in their Beauty section marked down 10% off, presumably to match the Macy’s Friends & Family sale that is happening right now. Nordstrom is my FAVORITE place to shop because of their amazing customer service. As always, Nordstrom also offers free shipping and free returns with every order. The 10% off sale ends on May 7th.
For years and years when I was cleaning my face I always thought the tight feeling when I was done meant that my face was squeaky clean. Little did I know that I was stripping away oils and contributing to an endless cycle of excess oil production and an oily face!
Once I stopped doing that, I found out that I didn’t have oily skin… I actually had “normal” skin.
I started using Asian beauty products last year when a friend told me about them. Korean Beauty is all about natural, dewy skin. I read about the 10-step regimen and while it sounds really intimidating, you don’t necessarily need to do all 10 steps, everyday! One of the items that was intriguing was the double cleanse. I noticed that my toner pad sometimes still had traces of makeup and dirt, even after I washed my face and took a shower.
The double cleanse is exactly what it sounds like–you wash your face two times. First, you wash with an oil based cleanser which gets rid of oil based debris. This cleans your makeup off, sebum and other oil based grime. You rinse off the oil based cleaner and then you wash with a foaming cleanser which gets rid of everything else.
You want to apply the oil based cleanser with DRY hands and on a DRY face! Otherwise you’ll emulsify the cleanser too soon and it won’t be able to do its job as effectively.
Banila Clean It Zero
Banila Clean It Zero is billed as a cleansing balm. I guess that is a great way to describe the consistency of it! It behaves a bit like coconut oil — solid at room temperature, but once you start massaging it onto your face, it becomes soft and like an oil.
Banila Clean It Zero comes in a jar package. The container looks a little like frosted glass but it’s actually just plastic. It comes with a seal on top of the product and a little plastic spatula to help you dispense the product. The box had a security seal on it as well.
I take about an almond sized amount out with the included spatula and massage it all over my face for about a minute. I take special care to carefully clean my eye makeup off. I use a Lancome waterproof mascara and this is able to clean the mascara off completely!
My face feels clean, but not tight or stripped. I follow up with my second cleanser, though I haven’t found one that I *love* yet. I’ve tried Estee Lauder’s Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser, Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser and Spectro Jel Fragrance Free Cleanser. I’ve found that when I follow up with my toner pad, it is now clean!
Macy’s Friends & Family semi-annual sale has started today and runs through Sunday, May 7th. This is a great opportunity for you to pick up some beauty items on sale for Mother’s Day!
Macy’s Friends and Family Beauty Sale
Macy’s is taking off 10% your entire beauty purchase (Chanel is unfortunately excluded online) and you can combine this with the current gift with purchase offers (GWP) from Shiseido and Clarins. Use code FRIENDSfor 10% off and free shipping on all beauty purchases.
Shiseido Gift With Purchase Offer
The current Shiseido GWP is a free 6-piece gift wiht $75 Shiseido purchase. You have your choice of 3 different gifts: items from the White Lucent, Benefiance or Bio-Performance lines. No code necessary, your gift will be automatically added at checkout. However, don’t forget to use code FRIENDSfor 10% off.
Shiseido also has 2 step up level gifts.
With your $100 Shiseido purchase, you’ll also receive a Ultimune Facial Serum, and with your $125 Shiseido purchase, you’ll also receive a 2 piece skincare duo of Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream and Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40.
Clarins Gift With Purchase Offer
Clarins also has a really nice gift with purchase offer at Macy’s right now. You’ll receive a 7-piece skincare gift with $75 Clarins purchase. Clarins will also donate 10 school meals on your behalf. No code necessary, your gift will be automatically added at checkout. However, don’t forget to use code FRIENDSfor 10% off.
Your gift includes:
Feed 10 pouch, a Macy’s Exclusive
One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, 30 ml
Exfoliating Body Scrub, 30 ml
Body Fit, 30 ml
UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50, 3 ml
Double Serum Sachet, 0.7 ml
CHOOSE YOUR DAY CREAM:
Super Restorative Day Cream
Extra-Firming Day Cream
Multi-Active Day Cream
NEW! Hydra-Essentiel Day Cream
There’s also a step up gift when you spend $99 on Clarins at Macy’s. You’ll receive a Travel-Size skincare duo.