Beauty Haul: Clinique

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Since I just recently posted my mostly-Burt’s-Bees-skincare routine, you may be wondering why I placed a Clinique skincare order the same week.  I have my own concerns about that as well.  But I also have an excellent explanation.

In my skincare routine, I happened to discuss my go-to revolutionary product, Clinique’s All About Eyes cream.  Well, it also just so happened that I was running very low on my go-to revolutionary product.  But when I went to purchase it at my local PX, I was a little intimidated by the $32 price tag.  For a 0.5oz bottle. Not even a full OUNCE of product.  For $32.  This is probably an appropriate moment for me to insert the fact that I don’t believe that skincare has a price tag.  The way I see it, you only have one set of skin to take care of, and it’s hard (though not impossible) to reverse damage.  Prevention is KEY to proper skincare, imho.  With that kind of reasoning, I decided to go for the cream and it’s $32 price tag, on one condition: that I got a bunch of free products.

Fortunately for me, Clinique online was having an all-American July celebratory sale.  They really get America.  They had a deal running that if you spend $40, you get 4 free minis and free shipping.  I was almost at $40 with simply my one eye product, so I purchased a basic moisturizing lotion since I’m running low.   Then I looked around online to see if there were any coupon codes and was happy to discover a code that would add a mini-duo to any purchase.  I felt like 6 free products, even though they were “minis,” was enough incentive to make a Clinique purchase.  After all, I had been close to purchasing the eye product at the PX, full-price with no freebies!

Before I move onto the haul, I just wanted to give a shout-out to my sister-in-law who taught me how to “shop Clinique.” She is the person who got me into their skincare in the first place.  And she told me the big secret to buying high end guilt-free is to wait until there is some kind of deal going on.  Clinique is one of the few companies that gives away multiple products with your purchase, as long as you time your purchase right.  Well, I have to say I didn’t expect to spend under $50 on EIGHT Clinique products…but there you have it!

 

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All About Eyes

I’ll start out with the product responsible for my Clinique haul.  This is my absolute favorite eye cream in the entire world.  As I’m sure many of you know, the eye area is one of the most sensitive parts of the skin, and also one of the thinnest.  Translation: it must be treated delicately.  But what many might not know is that there actually are eye creams that make a difference.  My sister-in-law gifted me a mini size of this cream to take on my honeymoon.  I was excited to try out something made specifically for the eyes, but wondered if it would make more of a difference than normal moisturizer put around the eye area.  IT DOES.

While this product says it is specifically designed to reduce dark circles and puffy bags, it does much more than that.  I have a lot of natural shadowing under my eyes, which this definitely helped.  But more than anything, it completely erased my smile lines.  Granted, I’m in my twenties and the smile lines certainly were not deep.  But they were there and I wanted to treat them.  Treat them, this did.  And now you know why I got three containers of this cream.   Small note–the dark ruby cream pot pictured above is still All About Eyes, but its the *rich* version.  It is still designed to target the eyes and correct the same issues as the normal version of the cream.

 

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Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

I remember my grandmother using this cream, and giving me her empty bottle to add to my “makeup collection.”  Nostalgia might have played a *slight* role in my decision to purchase this.  Also, I wanted to give it a try because it’s price was fair and I needed moisturizer.  It’s only a few bucks more than my beloved Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream, and I was going to purchase some of that soon.   I am so glad I gave this a try.

It is buttery, light, and moisturizes my skin very well.  A little goes a long way, which I always appreciate in a skincare product.  To be honest, it definitely does not have the nicest smell, but it also doesn’t stink.  It wears well under my makeup, and I generally like wearing it.  One of my freebies was a mini-sized version of this lotion–yay!

 

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Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

If I wasn’t so blown away by the All About Eyes cream, then this product would definitely win first place in my haul.  It is a serum meant to diminish fine lines, lift and firm skin, even skin tone, reduce dark spots, and improve the radiance and texture of the skin.  All I can say is that this has to be one of the best products I have ever put on my skin.  And I don’t say that lightly.

It comes out of the pump in a semi-lotion form, almost like a thin and watery lotion.  It seeps deep into the skin very quickly.   I am not exaggerating when I say that it changed my skin’s texture dramatically as I smoothed it on for the first time.  As much as I love makeup and skincare, they rarely give me “Aha!” moments, but this product really did.  Is it wrong for me to say I wish I never met this product?  A 12-week supply is over $150.  *bitter tears*  Would it also be wrong for me to say it would be worth it?

 

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Moisture Surge Intense

This freebie seems to be a cross between the serum and lotion I purchased.  It’s an intense moisturizer that focuses not only on dehydration, but also repairing the skin’s barrier.  Apparently it can plump the skin for up to 24 hours, which sounds good to me!  I haven’t tried this yet but am looking forward to it.

 

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Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

This cream focuses more on hydration than repair.  While this cream is meant to plump the skin like the one mentioned above, this one also creates a dewy and radiant glow.  It does so by enhancing natural hyaluronic acid (which Clinique calls nature’s moisture magnet).  It is also a 24-hr cream, which makes me hopeful that a little will go a long way with this one.  Which would be great, since I only have a little bit of it to begin with! haha

That is the conclusion of my Clinique haul.  Even though it was technically a skincare splurge to spend so much on just two products, I really feel it’s worth it.  Ever since my challenge days of not spending money on makeup, I have felt the value of skincare products over makeup products.  Note: I still LOVE makeup and wearing and purchasing it.  But I have learned that I can get away with using a $5 eyeliner pencil instead of a $25, but that my skin will pay the price if I do the same with moisturizers.  Another note: there are MANY lovable drugstore skincare products.  Just read my latest skincare routine.  But I am very excited to have these products as part of my skincare collection, because I really think they are wonderful and I know my skin will love them.

Thank you so much for reading.  If you have tried any of the products, or have one to recommend, leave a comment below!  And just as a note, this post was in no way sponsored– I definitely spent my own money on this haul.  And it was worth it!

 

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