Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Clinique Bonus Time!

I love free stuff. You know, the kind that you have to spend money to get? So it's not free exactly, but it is always fun to get bonus gifts with your purchase. Right now is Clinique Bonus Time at Nordstrom. I always see these and usually I'm not interested because I don't like the bag. This time it is a cute colorful printed bag by Trina Turk. I like bright colors and fun patterns, and I actually have been needing a new makeup bag. I decided this is the time to try some Clinique products. When you open the bonus makeup bag, all the little samples are bundled together in a plastic bag. Here is what's inside:

Clinique's Bonus Time gifts usually have a pretty good amount of samples in them. This one had a full size lipstick in "A Different Grape," a mini Lash Doubling Mascara, mini Take The Day Off makeup remover, mini Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, two mini lipglosses that hook on a keychain (I couldn't find the name of the colors on either of them.), mini All About Eyes cream and mini Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder with a mini brush. I have used their lipsticks and lipglosses in the past and remember liking them. The Dramatically Different Moisturizer I have also used, and I believe I liked it too. I am sure I have used the makeup remover as well at some point. The purchases I made to get this bonus gift were actually my first Clinique purchases ever. The products I have used in the past were all items my mom had when I lived at home. If she didn't like a bonus item she would give it to me and often I would sneak into her room and use her makeup when I was a kid. I only have a couple lipsticks now, both were given to me. I did not have this color though, so they must use different colors every time they do bonus gifts. Here are some swatches and a closeup of the lipstick "A Different Grape."

To get this bonus gift, you have to spend $25. I decided to get a couple items I didn't already have (in any brand) so I picked up their brush cleaner and spot treatment gel to try out. I had not used either of those products before but have read good reviews online. If you are interested in Clinique, then this is a good way to try out a bunch of their products. I would pick one or two full size products you are interested in that will total more than $25 and then you will be able to try all these products as well and get a cute makeup bag. I picked two products that were not included in the bonus gift to maximize the amount of new products I get to try. If nothing else, their perfume Clinique Happy smells wonderful!  :)

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