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ABS Shops Nordstrom’s Beauty Exclusives!

July 20, 2009

You’ll be getting more in-depth info on the products in upcoming posts, but here’s my tiny restrained haul!

So here’s my favorite purchase of this year: Lancome’s ‘Declaring Indigo’ Brush Set (see it on Nordstrom’s site HERE). I’ll be posting a review on these tomorrow or so but let me just say that if you haven’t already, you need to get your hands on these! Not only are they simply stunning, but they’re also an amazing value, exceedingly soft and plush, and just so much fun to own.

Plus it didn’t hurt that my purchase qualiied my for a great gift with purchase (GWP). I chose the indigo tote to go with my new indigo brushes and was delighted to see that the set included a Color Fever Shine lipstick in Pink to the Club (you get a choice of two shades), a bright pink that’s heavy on the golden flecks, which I’ve actually been meaning to purchase.

Can you believe I only made two purchases during this year’s Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives event? But that’s pretty much all my wallet would permit, and I’m proud that all of my purchases were relatively practical ones.

Purchase #2 was Clarins’ UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 Double Edition (see it on Nordstrom’s site HERE) which I raved about on the blog HERE. This is seriously my HG sunscreen and it’s one amazing product that I don’t think that I can be without.

And lucky for me there was yet another GWP! While you technically have to purchase two separate Clarins products to receive this gift, the salesgirl was sweet enough to let me get away with just puchasing the UV Plus duo. How amazing is this set? I can’t believe that it was free!

I’ve already taken a bunch of rather beautiful close-ups of the Lancome brushes so you can expect those to be up Tuesday (hey a little suspense is good for you!) but in the meantime I’ll be posting a bunch of swatches that I know you’re going to love!

Your One Must-Have Item For Summer: Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 Review

June 17, 2009
Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40
($42 for 1 oz; $56 for 1.7 oz)

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 is the ultimate natural, non-chemical day screen. It has anti-UV and anti-pollution protection with 100% micronized, microdispersed mineral filters that guarantees optimal tolerance for even the most delicate skin.

Nestled within the Sephora Sun Safety Kit the SO got me (see my post on it HERE) was an undiscovered treasure and my latest must-have summer items ~ Clarins’ UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40. Before I get to the review–yes the price is ridiculously steep for one seriously small bottle of sunscreen, but this stuff is so good I can almost say that it’s worth it.

I went through a few of the sunscreens included in the Sun Safety Kit and I was relatively unimpressed–they irritated my skin, caused redness, stinging and the like, or turned my forehead into an oilslick. So naturally I wasn’t expecting much with the Clarins, but I can say with confidence that this is the best sunscreen I’ve ever gotten my hands on, and I really don’t think that there’s better out there.

The formula’s super lightweight and non-irritating. My super sensitive skin is irritated by pretty much every sunscreen out there, but after applying this I don’t even feel the slightest tingle. But what I find so amazing is the non-greasiness of Clarins UV Plus. After applying the easily blended liquidy formula to my face, I count for literally all of five seconds and the sunscreen is dry–you would never know that you’d applied anything to your skin and your face is raring to go for some foundation. For me it’s nothing short of miraculous and a godsend on those hot summer days when you know you should be wearing sunscreen but you just can’t bring yourself to.

An added bonus? This creates a nice, smooth matte surface much like primer, and on my good-skin days obviates the need for foundation. Convinced yet? I sure am! I think I’ll be purchasing the 1.7 oz size as soon as it’s back in stock.

What’s your must-have summer product?