30 Nov 2019

A Beauty Gift? I Won’t Say No


Who doesn’t love a surprise?

I do and especially when I am shopping. An added bonus always sweetens the deal.

The French were way ahead when it came to sharing samples of make-up and skincare products. My early trips to Paris were a wonder to me; I would come away from the beauty counter with a bag full of delicious samples to try and savour over time. Like all good marketing – it worked – and more often than not I would return to purchase.

The rest of the world has caught up and now a “gift with purchase” is often the case.

I love them. Why?

Not only because a surprise is always a treat and not only because it is advantageous to try before we buy, but because gift size samples make brilliant travelling companions. I don’t check-in luggage very often and regular sizes are a problem with the rules of security; forget decanting all of my products, it’s never going to happen.

Learning from the French shopping experiences, I often use the samples to create my own “gifts with gifts”. This Christmas I will make my girls their own individual “sample bags” to add in their stockings. Small sizes are not simply cute and an easy way to experience more of a favourite brand, they are so practical.

Black Friday week is the week to source the best gifts with purchase. Why not stock up the beauty cupboard with our tried and true favourites and save the “gifts” for later? This year Nordstrom has so many beauty and skincare giveaways. Most of the skincare I have talked about during the year has a special offer this weekend. I am particularly interested in the Darphin, Maria Bardescu, Sunday Riley and Mascara offers.

My choices are a mix of what I want to stock up on and the extras are a bonus and what I know I want to try. One of the most beautiful fragrances, Fleur d’Oranger by Serge Lutens has three extra fragrances to try; two I already love and the third I would love to try.

When I experience a new perfume I need time to know if it’s for me. This one, although it’s been left aside for a year or two as I flirt with other scents, has always had a special place. xv

I Won’t Say No

darphin essential oil ||  giorgio armani prima control  ||  eyeko black magic mascara  ||  bobbi brown art stick

sunday riley good genes  ||  sulwhasoo serum  ||  skll treatment mask  ||  serge lutens fleurs d’oranger perfume

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Oh, j’adore les français….leave it to them to always stay on top of all things beautiful. I love coming home with surprises, whether its a beauty product, a special find for my home or closet.

Dearest Vicki, I wish you the best holiday fun with all the people you love. My special photo that I told you about?I’ll be posting this morning on IG.

Beth Anderson

Good morning/afternoon Vicki

Have you found/do you recommend another “brightening eyeliner” similar to the Chantecaille one, but, that opens and retracts via twisting instead of sharpening like a pencil?

I ran out and bought the brightening kajal (sp?) and I like it very much but have found that even with semi-frequent sharpening one must use it very gingerly lest the pointy bits from sharpening (that bit that holds the color in the pencil) scrape your inner lid.

I was thinking of checking out clinique which are my usual go-to eyeliners.

Thank you for all of your advice and the work that goes behind them, I don’t comment often but I read daily.



Try Urban Decay. It goes on easily and blends very well. I like a grayed/blue. It is more subtle than black.


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