I’ve got mail! Savannah’s birthday present

Hello beauties! As you might have noticed, it was my birthday last Thursday, and my beauty bestie Savannah was so sweet and kind to give me the nicest birthday present EVER! She gave me so many goodies I couldn’t help but write a post about it.

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It was the nicest surprise ever to get all these goodies in the mail, and when she told me it was coming, I literally was glued to my phone waiting for tracking updates on when it would show up!

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First, she surprised me with a $25 dollar gift card to Sephora, because she definitely knows the way to my heart! We’ll see how long that stays in my wallet… The best part is, the gift card comes with a little compact to toss in your purse and it feels super fancy!

Next, she got me these amazing lipstick socks  from a place called Living Royal. They have all sorts of kooky and colorful prints, but obviously this print is very fitting for me!

If you didn’t know, Savannah works over at Lancôme and used to work for Clinique, so the next part of her present was lots of goodies and samples from work that she thought I’d like, including that little brush!

 

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And then we got ALL THIS STUFF. Let’s go through it, shall we?

She sent me the Clinique 7 day scrub cream, an exfoliating scrub to use before the 3-step skin care system, which she also sent me minis of: the facial soap, the clarifying lotion, and the moisturizing gel, all for oily skin. I own the soap and the gel, so this is perfect to take with me for when I travel so I don’t have to worry about transferring things to smaller bottles!

Then I got the Clinique moisture surge extended thirst relief, the all about eyes cream, a sample of Clinique Happy perfume, the Clinique high impact mascara, which is all the stuff I got from Clinique! (No, the little jars that say Clinique on them aren’t Clinique.)

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Now, for the Lancôme stuff: she got me the Lancôme Définicils mascara, two of the Cils Booster XL mascara base, the La Laque Fever Lipshine in Scarlette and a few samples, which I’ll list below:

  • Lancôme Bienfait Pure Focus Mattifying Moisturizing Lotion.
  • Lancôme Gel Pure Focus Cleansing Gel.
  • Lancôme Masque Pure Focus.
  • Lancôme Teint Idole 24hr Foundation in 210 and 220.

And then a few non-Lancôme goodies:

  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.0.
  • Kiehl’s Rare Earth Cleanser.
  • Kiehl’s Rare Earth Masque.

Whew! That was a long one. Thank you so much Savannah for the generous and thoughtful and amazing birthday present! I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to try everything out. You’re the best and I love you. <3

What did you guys think of Savannah’s present? Have you tried anything in here?

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Guest blogger week, day 5: Savannah’s Lancome secrets

Hello there, Valentina’s followers!! I’m Savannah, Valentina’s “Beauty Bestie”! I’m a beauty obsessed twenty-something and I run the blog Beauty Bunny! Feel free to check it out and get to know me!

I’ve been working in the beauty industry for a little while now. In that time, I’ve worked for two amazing and HUGE cosmetics brands and have had the opportunity to be taught by their instructors, makeup experts, and national makeup artists.

Lancome spends a lot of money on their education process, it has continued to be an amazing experience where they send all of their beauty advisors to classes very frequently so that we can stay updated on our skills!

I decided to share with you guys the best advice that I’ve ever gotten which is that you DON’T need a heavy foundation to get a perfect look!

You can call it “no makeup” makeup or a “model off duty” type of look but I think we can all agree, fresh faces are in. I personally feel like when I wear a heavy foundation my skin looks worse than when I have nothing on!

So here are tips on how to keep your skin lookin’ fresh but still perfect!

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Your first priority should be your skin! Taking care of your skin should be something you enjoy! It’s totally fine to treat yourself with masks and luxurious products because the better your skin looks without makeup, the better it will look WITH makeup!

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Next, there is totally a right way and a wrong way to apply your foundation! The key to keeping your skin looking naturally perfect is to only apply foundation where you need the coverage! I personally just apply my foundation near my nose, on my cheeks and on my forehead. This covers the imperfections that need to be covered! I used to wear my foundation like a “mask” by putting it on areas that didn’t necessarily need to be covered and doing this is what makes foundation look and feel too heavy.

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At this point, you can totally spot conceal any areas that need a little more coverage, or if you’re like me, cover up those dark circles! I like to use my beauty blender or a normal concealer brush just to make sure the concealer is set well.

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Now, here’s where things get important! If you feel that you don’t have enough coverage, use a powder! I love using a flat topped powder brush and patting the powder onto the areas where I’ve put my foundation and concealer! Then I take a big fluffy brush and sweep the powder all over my face! Now everything looks nice and even and perfectly natural! Totally your skin, but better!

These are the practices that Lancome’s makeup artists use on our gorgeous models and celebrities like Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Winslet!

Whether you decide to wear a full face of makeup or none at all, Lancome’s stance on beauty is that everyone is beautiful in their own natural way, and I, frankly, am so proud to represent a company that believes that. :)