Bloomingdale’s has partnered with Rakuten Affiliate Network to create the first-ever brand exclusive Bloomingdale’s Bonus Box, and I happened to be one of 25 hand-picked affiliates to receive it. This exclusive collection of luxurious beauty products includes everything to get you glowing and meet the spring in full bloom [pun intended!]. From time tested classics to brand new releases, this red carpet worthy selection is nothing short of impressive.
What should I start with first: makeup or skincare? Let’s do the latter, because this girl loves a good moisturizer!
Sisley Paris Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age [$525 for 1.6 oz, available here] is a multi-tasking moisturizer that fights against the visible signs of aging caused by stress, lifestyle, and behavior. Like the rest of Sisley line, this cream comes with a steep price tag, which is not unusual for luxury cosmetics such as La Mer, La Prairie, and Chantecaille. Sisleÿa L’Integral Anti-Age is housed in a white jar with a gorgeous golden trim [looks great on my vanity table!], and a spatula to scoop the product with. The fragrance is very natural, I would even say herbal, and it smells just right. I am prone to migraines, and this scent didn’t cause me to have one, so that’s a huge plus in my book. So far my experience with this moisturizer has been positive: it feels balmy on the skin, but never too heavy, and even makes my face feel more lifted in the morning. I already received a request from a reader to write a full review on it, so check back in about a month for my final verdict!
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask [$42 for 4 oz, available here] was the first bubbling mask I tried a few years ago, and it was so much fun! I love almonds, so I am absolutely obsessed with this one. It smells like proper sweet almonds with a hint of vanilla frosting, and using it always takes me to my happy place. Tip: bubbling products like this one are especially great for removing all traces of physical sunscreen and BB creams from within the pores.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask [$95 for 6 masks, available here] came highly recommended by fellow beauty bloggers, so I was particularly happy that it was in the box. The package contains 6 individually wrapped masks, each good for one time use. Most sheet masks provide temporary effect, unless you use them daily, so I tried one without having any particular expectations. The sheet itself is made of thick cotton, and adheres to the contours of the face quite well. It was also fairly large, which is great because it will fit the majority of people. I had a good experience with SK-II pitera essence, but wasn’t sure if the masks are the same exact thing or not. After using them I think the essence in those masks is actually more concentrated than the famed first essence, and delivers more drastic results after a single use. I typically wear these for 30 minutes, and my skin always feels incredibly smooth afterward. I don’t think I saw any brightening effect from the masks or from the essence, but it helps with uneven skin texture and gives some serious radiance, making these masks perfect for special events.
Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque [$32 for 2.5 oz, available here] is hands down amazing. Aside from the fact that it has a ridiculously long name, of course. My combination skin loves a good clay mask, but this one is something else. It looks like curry and smells like a chest rub, but the effect is like you just got a salon facial. Seriously, every single pore was spotless after using this mask, and the skin felt firmer, too, all without making it excessively dry and tight. The only thing I didn’t care for is the cranberry seeds which stuck to my face even after I rinsed off the rest of the mask, but they were easy to take off with a washcloth. All in all, I give this one an A!
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder [$37 for 1 oz, available here] imparts a translucent powdery veil onto the skin, making it look flawlessly matte and smooth. It’s ultra-finely milled and makes the perfect finishing touch for my makeup looks. It especially rocks as a setting powder for concealer.
Bobbi Brown Eye opening Mascara [$30 for 0.42 oz, available here] probably got that name because you’ve got to open your eyes really wide to apply it. Jokes aside, I really did have to open my eyes as wide as I could, because the wand is gigantic. It gave my lashes some major drama, lots of body at the roots, and length for miles. I wore it 4 or 5 times at this point, and don’t recall seeing any smudges. It’s definitely one of the best volumizing mascaras on my recent memory. It also holds curl like no other, so when I take off my makeup in the evening my lashes look almost as good as they did in the AM.
Gucci Power Liquid Liner [$37 for 0.01 oz, available here] – I bet you’re thinking what I was thinking: aren’t felt tip pen eyeliners similar to one another anyway? I have never tried ones from a luxury price point though, but I just kind of assumed it’s going to be the same, but in prettier packaging. Gucci Power Liquid Liner is different. No, it really is, I’m not just saying that because I got a freebie [you know me better than that]. Aside from the fact that the liquid is actually properly black [not dark gray, not blueish black, not charcoal], it glides on with virtually no tugging whatsoever. I never needed to go over the same place twice. On top of that, the felt tip is flexible and feels more like a brush with a pointed tip, but without the feathering. How awesome is that? So next time you’re thinking about splurging on a really good eyeliner, skip the mid-range stuff and try this one. You’re welcome to come back later and thank me for the recommendation 😉
Clinique Pop Oil Lip & Cheek Glow [$18 for 0.24 oz, available soon] – As a fan of the original Cheek Pop blushes, I was uber excited to give this new Clinique product a try! Lip oils are all the rage lately, but I tried a few and they all had minor and major flaws I wasn’t going to put up with. YSL are practically all the same color and the wand is too small, Milani are not moisturizing enough, Clarins was alright but the wand is gigantic and awkward to use despite its lovely formula. In comparison, Clinique got it right. The flexible spongy wand is just the right size to cover the entire surface of the lips in a neat and even layer, and it grabs just enough product for a full application – no need for double dipping! The color is bright and vivid, and makes my lips look deliciously juicy. The oil itself feels very soothing on the lips; it’s non-sticky, hydrating, and best of them all – totally unscented. Clinique Pop Oil just came out so there aren’t many reviews yet, but wait a couple weeks and I can almost guarantee that you’ll see nothing but raving testimonials. The only thing that could’ve made this product better is some SPF, but I’m splitting hairs here. All in all, this is a fantastic spring release and a great addition to the “Pop” family!
I hope you enjoyed my overview of spring must-haves from Bloomingdale’s Bonus Box, and who knows, maybe I even put a few of these products on your radar! I am personally eyeing the rest of Clinique Pop Oils, and maybe another jar of Kiehl’s mask as a Birthday gift for my sister who adores the brand. I know she will love it as much as I did because we have similar tastes in skincare.
Which of these products would you be interested in trying? Have you tried lip oils before? Are you a Bloomingdale’s shopper? Let me know in the comments below!
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