The week of my birthday, Barneys had their “Love Yourself” promotion. If you spent $200, you would receive a cosmetics bag filled with all sorts of products. There are some great treats, some that are okay,and others that make you go “hmmm.”
Let’s tear into this sucker.
Noble Isle (The New Tradition) Willow Song Lavender Walk Bath & Shower Gel: An English brand, Noble Isle came on the scene in 2011. I can’t find it on the Barneys site, which makes it more valuable. Oh and 250 ml for the full size bottle is 20 British Pound Sterling or $30.25 US. My bottle is 75 ml which makes this worth roughly $8-$9 US. That’s a lot of money to shower.
Tocca Stella (0.5 FL. OZ.) smells pretty and clean but I’m not sure if it is for me. It’s a bit heavy on the orchid, though it is described as having blood orange, spicy lily, white freesia, sheer musk, and sandalwood. I’m not quite sure I detect the citrus but I can feel the musk. Maybe if I wear it, it will smell different. 1.7 ounces is $68 US.
Cle de Peau Beaute Le Coton (a nice amount of pads): I guess this is fancier than my Swisspers (or knock-off ones that I buy in Costco) but I can’t wrap my head around spending $20 US for something that I have to use and throw away everyday.
(Malin + Goetz) Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer: I have to say I really like M + G products. Their face lotion is actually quite good. This lotion seems to be multi-talented and has super fatty acid properties that your skin just sucks up. I’m game.
Red Flower Moisturizing Body Lotion in Blood Orange (50 ml/1.69 fl oz): The Red Flower website is fun! Their blood orange scent really smells as if you were just plucked off an orange tree, ready to be juiced. $26 US 8 oz/ 237 ml. My tube is worth about $3.25 US.
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloth (one cloth- could they spare it?): Your face should be erased with one cloth but at $39 for thirty cloths (!), I really think it should do more than take off waterproof make-up. By the way, the KohGenDo website has a whole section about how to use their products. It is pretty cool.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream (.08 oz/2.5 ml sample) Ultra rich and improves all kinds of eye wrinkles. I will use this little sample when my Clinique runs out. $55 US for 15ml /.51 oz.- that is tiny.
Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Mask (.27 oz/8 ml sample): It doubles as a night cream and claims to calm skin. The Chantecaille website also says it is good on sunburned, windburned, or jet lagged skin. $70 US for 1.7 fl. oz./ 50 ml which makes my sample worth a little less than $7 US.
Radical Skincare Anti-Aging Replenishing Extreme Moisture (.27 fl. oz./8 ml sample): Products that focus on Trylacel tchnology, Radical products are clinically proven to increase skin hydration, reduce wrinkles, and a slew of other stuff. I think it is interesting that two sisters created the line based on their childhood experiences with their doctor father that worked in a burn unit. At $150 at 1.7 oz./50 ml, this better deliver. (That’s more than La Mer!) My sample should be valued at around $12.
3Lab The Cream (.2 oz/6ml sample): Well, duh. I guess the name of this facial elixir needs no introduction. I got the M Cream in my last Love Yourself bag and I gave it away, as I am too oily for such hydration. The Cream locks in moisture and is “luxurious.” $140 for 1.7 fl oz/50 ml makes my sample aabout $6 US. And I will probably give it away.
We are almost done.
I received two face primers in the gift bag. One, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (.16 fl oz/ 5 ml sample) is derived from titanium (oxide) and zinc oxide. With an SPF 15 and the ability to minimize shine and create a smooth facial canvas, you can throw a cape on it and it will save you from an oil slick. .33 oz for $18 US or 1 oz at $52 US, it isn’t a terrible price and makes my sample roughly worth $9 US.
The second primer is NARS Pro Prime Multi-Protect Primer SPF 30 (.07 oz/2 ml sample) is anti everything and balances skin. A one ounce tube is $34 US. Oh and do the math.
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation HD Make-UP (5 tiny packets): Available in 12 colors and paraben free, Koh Gen Do will cover your problem areas and seal in skin’s natural moisture. I got packets in the ivory/pink (evens tone to a natural finish) and ochre (corrects red undertones) families. I could use either. And Koh Gen Do does some serious teaching, even on the little card they sent with the samples. I just might be sold on all the teaching points! $62 US for Net Wt. 0.71 / 20 g.
By Terry VIP Expert Perfecting Foundation Brush in 5 Vanilla Light(.06 fl oz/2 ml packet): I have a hard time with By Terry products. The rose balm is $60 US and not terribly impressive. I guess this sample is the foundation that fills the brush. It blends and fills in lines. $62 for 17 ml which I guess isn’t too expensive but I would for sure go to a counter and not risk without a swatch.
Sue Devitt Defining Eyeliner in Vaasa (full size): I got the same pencil in the fall bag and I never used it so my sister will probably get this one. It is an emerald green and on trend for spring $20 US.
Kevyn Aucoin The Elegant Lip Gloss in Cloudaine, a gorgeous pink for warmer weather. I was itching to try this, so I am happy it was in my bag. It is also full size and $27 US.
Just a few things
1) Barneys should really include a list of products in the bag with prices. They would be so much easier to find.
2) I noticed that the same brands were included, with the exception of Noble Isle, the fancy cotton, and Red Flower. I couldn’t even find Noble Isle on the Barneys website, so I would imagine they should be carrying it soon.
3) And what is with the Hourglass primers?
4) If you were wondering, I am wearing Zoya Nail Polish in Carmen.
Coming up in a few weeks… February GlossyBox, E.L.F. review, and Mary Kay review. Be on the look-out!
Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO