Haul: Estée Lauder Skincare and GWP Time at Macy’s

Hi everyone! This week I visited my local Macy’s department store in search of some new skincare from Estée Lauder and lucky for me, it happened to be their “Free Gift With Purchase” month! I LOVE GWPs: I think it’s a great way to try out deluxe and sometimes full-size products that you may have never tried before. And I love Estée Lauder skincare so it was a win-win situation. Take a peek at all my lovely goodies I hauled:

Estee Lauder Haul

Haulage pic I posted on my Instagram @kskybeauty

First, let’s talk about my skincare purchases and why I love and trust this brand so much! My skin has always been combo to oily: I have a very oily t-zone, yet my cheeks and lips always seem to be dry. I also have struggled with acne and breakouts over the years, mostly on my chin and lower jaw as well as blackheads on my nose. In the summer, my skin is always a little better (I think it’s due to more sun exposure and the humitity in the air, although I’m always careful about that and never go overboard) but in the winter, the dry patches in some areas drive me nuts and it’s hard to combat my oily areas without drying out my skin even further.

Let me just put it out there: since high school, I have tried EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING under the sun in terms of face cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams, acne treatments, masks, peels, lip conditioners… you name it, I’ve purchased it and gave it a whirl. From drugstore to high-end, I’ve bought them all. The ONE BRAND I keep going back to… The ONE SKINCARE LINE that has NEVER disappointed me… Is Estée Lauder! I think a lot of younger women have this impression that the brand is for more mature skin (something your mother or even grandmother would buy) but I have to let those girls know: it’s not true. I’ve been using their line of skincare since my early 20s when a friend in college recommended the brand to me. For my skin needs and for the type of skin I have, I loved their products from the moment I started using them. Problem was, as a college kid, money was tight and I couldn’t always afford them. So off and on throughout the years (and when I had the extra cash), I always headed over to my local Estée Lauder counter when my skin was really misbehaving and I needed a great regimen to kick it back into shape.

This past week, fed up with the nasty winter weather that’s still lingering here in NJ causing my newest skin issues, I decided to go back and see what Estée Lauder had in their line as of late. First up: their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II which is a serum I put on after I’ve washed my face at night using the Clarisonic Mia 2 with Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. This serum is amazeballs! This is my 4th bottle I believe? I know, I know… it’s pricy at $62 for an ounce of product, but trust me: this stuff works great and it will last you a while! Packed with anti-aging goodness, it apparently rejuvenates your skin overnight and works with your body’s cell purification process to give you softer, smoother and more hydrated skin in the morning. The main reason I love it? My makeup the next morning goes on flawless without any dry patches of skin showing through my foundation. And when I don’t use it? Yup- those pesky patches are back!

Estee Lauder Skincare

My Estée Lauder skincare purchases

Next I purchased Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex which is basically the eye cream (well, it’s a gel) version of their serum. I’m testing this one out at the moment as it’s a new product for me but so far, I like it. I have the worst time with dry skin around my eyelids when I wear eyeshadow primer so I definitely need a good, hydrating eye treatment. I’ll do an update in a few weeks with how well this works for me but it seems to be helping already. It’s $55 for half an ounce but I typically can get a good three months or more out of my eye cream jars.

Finally, I bought their Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme for Normal/Combination Skin which is $42 for 1.7 ounces. I am a HUGE fan (and typically buy) their Daywear moisturizer and Advanced Time Zone night cream but I wanted to get a little extra dose of hydration to really knock out this bad dryness. The consultant at the counter suggested I try this new one. LOVE IT!!! Their mositerizers go on so smooth and sink right into my skin which is such a lovely feeling. I’ve been using it for about three days now, so again, I’ll post an update soon but I haven’t had any new dryness and my skin has been super soft!

Now onto the free GWP!!! If you’re already a fan of Lilly Pulitzer prints, you’ll think this new spring themed 7-piece collection is adorable:

Macy’s Estee Lauder & Lilly Pulitzer Free Gift With Purchase

Macy’s Estee Lauder & Lilly Pulitzer Free Gift With Purchase

I spent over the $35 requirement (OBVIOUSLY LOL!!!) so I was able to customize the gift and choose which pieces best suited my skin type and coloring- how neat! I’d much rather be able to pick and choose what goes into my GWPs rather than have generic ones given out. Customers aren’t all the same so I appreciate when you can tailor these freebies to your skin and coloring preferences! Along with the cute mirror and matching travel makeup bag, I got a mini version of their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (sweet!), a deluxe-size sample of their Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (never tried so I’m curious), Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion (LOVE and these deluxe samples last forever for me- I never need to purchase a full size!), DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme with SPF 15 (or I could have chosen the firming/lifting cream), an eyeshadow quad with bold pinks and purples (or a gold-toned neutral quad but I have a ton of neural shades in my collection), Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pink Parfait (or I could have picked their Sugar Honey), Double-Ended Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light/Medium (again, you pick your shade), another lipstick in Rose Tea (WOW!) andddddd a full-size lip conditioner which I’m using it before bed at night. Whew! Ton of stuff, right?

If you’re curious after this post and want to try anything from Estée Lauder’s skincare line but can’t make it to the mall before this GWP is over on March 23rd, check out Macy’s online skincare calculator here which helps you find your ideal skincare products, similar to what one of their consultants at the beauty counter would do for you. There’s a foundation one too since I know shopping for a matching foundation color online can be the hardest thing ever! Everyones preferences and skin types are different so what works for me might not work for you of course, but I love the fact that Macys has this quick, interactive quiz to help their customers identify the perfect product for their skincare and beauty needs!

Thanks for stopping in to catch up with me and check out my latest haul. I’ll be sure to post an update on how well the eye gel and hydrating moisturizer are working for me in a few weeks! And if I hear about any upcoming GWPs from any of my favorite cosmetic companies, I’ll make sure I keep you all informed too!