Monday, 29 July 2013

John Lewis Beauty Event - Lots of Freebies and What I Bought: YSL, Dior and Clarins!

Hey everyone,
So on Friday I ventured into town with my fiance, Luke, to go and pick up my new camera from Argos. While I was there I decided it would be a good idea to go into John Lewis to get colour matched for the Diorskin Forever foundation, I've heard such great things about it and was hoping they would have a shade suitable that I could take home a little sample of to try.
When we went into John Lewis beauty department, we noticed it was busy and there was a little stage and a table that everyone was standing around in a que, so we went over and they were selling tickets for an event that from 5pm to 8pm. Straight away I knew I had to stay for this event and get myself a ticket! 
The tickets were £10, but you could get that money back if you purchased anything from one of the beauty counters, so when you bought something you handed the ticket over to get £10 off and the ticket was then also entered into a raffle for the chance to win lots of different individual prizes! When you bought the ticket, you got a little wrist band, a John Lewis canvas bag and a huge goodie bag packed with samples and leaflets/brochures!
Most of the beauty counters had an offer on and I took advantage of the best offers going, but first let me talk about the goody bag as I thought it was brilliant as it was actually free and you got so many samples.
So, the goody bag is the bag on the left but you also got the John Lewis canvas bag to carry all your purchases in. The sample shown is a foundation sample I picked out from Estee Lauder and it actually matches! I really want to get it now, its the Double Wear foundation in the shade 'Shell'.

Here's what I got in my goody bag! Sooo many samples and from some lovely brands, I am so excited to try these out. Here's a list of what I got:
a personalised trio of Origins samples,
5ml sample of Magic Touch Cherry & Rice Milk ultra rich, whipped body cream,
2ml sample of be your best skin perfecting bb cream spf 30 in 02 medium,
Givenchy Very Irresistable Eau De Parfum sachet,
Sisley ecological compound day and night 1.5ml,
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum sachet,
Sisley Creme Hydratante Moisturiser 4ml,
Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange ultra-moisturising hand therapy 5g,
Givenchy eaudemoiselle De Givenchy Eau De Toilette sachet,
Philosophy purity made simple 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes 6ml,
Molton Brown fine liquid hand wash 30ml,
Acqua Di Parma Iris Nobile Sublime Eau De Parfum 1.5ml,
Clarins Eye Contour Gel for puffiness & dark circles 3ml,
Benefit Porefessional 0.15ml,
Dahlia Noir Givenchy Eau De Toilette 1ml,
Philosophy the microdelivery exfoliating facial wash 6ml,
Lancome La Vie Est Belle perfume sample in cute mini bottle 4ml,
Trollbeads silver polishing cloth,
Philosophy living grace eau de toilette 1.5ml,
REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream 15ml,
Ojon Volumizing Conditioner 8ml,
Clinique repairwear laser focus wrinkle & UV damage corrector 7ml,
Caudalie S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum 1ml,
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask 5ml,
and a little Trollbeads boiled sweet!
You can see I got alot of samples, most of them are teeny tiny, but still a great way to try out brands, I know you could get most of these sachets and samples free at counters, but a lot of these counters I don't have locally so I was very happy to recieve these!
Next I headed to the Dior counter and if you bought two items you got a Dior goody bag, so I was definitely interested. I really wanted a Dior lipstick but I spent so long selecting my second item, in the end I went for a eyeliner pencil.
Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in '643 Diablotine Extreme' - £24
This is the Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in 643 Diablotine Extreme, you can also get Diablotine in a less extreme version of the lipstick, a lipgloss and a sparkly nail varnish that is absolutely gorgeous and definitely on my wishlist. I chose this lipstick because a girl on the counter was wearing it and it was gorgeous coral shade and when swatched it was super pigmented, you also got a mini lipstick in Diablotine in the goody bag so I thought it would be nice to have the matching lip products :)

Dior Eyeliner Waterproof with Blending Tip and Sharpener in '094 Trinidad Black' - £18
I was really struggling to pick a second product, I didn't want to spend £37 on a bronzer, I already have on of their blushers, didn't know my shade in foundation, had already picked a lip product, so didn't have much left to choose from. I picked a different eye pencil originally as it was crazy pigmented, but it was out of stock, but I will definitely be purchasing it in the future. This one was still pigmented and claims to be long-wearing and waterproof so I am still very happy with this purchase :) The Dior counter ladies were so, so helpful and I couldn't praise them more, I dawdled around that counter for such a long time and they were so informative on all the products!

Dior foundation samples:
I then picked out some foundations to sample and I chose the Diorskin Forever in shade 010, it does look pretty dark, so I don't think this will be suitable. I also picked the Diorskin Nude in shade 010 which seems to be a bit lighter, all their foundations and concealers seemed to be quite yellow toned though, which isn't suitable for me, I'm definitely pink toned. So, I'll try these this week and see if they suit me!

Dior Goody Bag
For buying two items from Dior you got a goody bag, this is what you got in it:
Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Creme SPF 20 in '02 Luminous Peach' 1ml,
Dior Ultimate Wrinkle Correction Creme 3ml,
Dior Addict Gloss in '643 Diablotine' 2ml (worth £8),
Dior Skin Boosting Super Serum 3ml,
Dior BB Creme SPF 30 in 'Luminous Beige' 3ml,
Dior Eye Zone Boosting Super Serum 3ml.
I mainly wanted the goody bag for the mini lipgloss as it is so cute and such a gorgeous coral shade! I am really happy with what I got from Dior :)
Next I went to YSL, for an offer I couldn't pass up! I got a sample for their Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation about a month ago and really liked it and was planning on purchasing it anyway, but glad I didn't rush, as I got an amazing offer! If you bought the foundation you got a free full size bronzer, as soon as I swatched the bronzer, I knew I had to have it, such a gorgeous shade with the most velvety texture.
The bronzer is worth £34 and I paid £29 (the cost of the foundation) for the two, very happy bunny!

 The gorgeous gold signature YSL packaging, the purple box is a 5ml sample of the YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum which they also gave me in the box shown above.

Now you can see how light I need my foundation! I love the compact for the bronzer, its so simple but so elegant. I don't have a high end bronzer, so I can't wait to see how it compares to the others I have.

This foundation gives you a gorgeous, dewy finish and I really recommend getting a sample, it really does give you that 'glowing' natural look whilst still having pretty good coverage!

 The bronzer comes in a lovely velvet pouch and is in the shade '2 Terre Saharienne'. This is definitely the best deal I got and I am so over the moon with it!
Lastly, I went over to Clarins, Clarins usually have good 'gift with purchase' offers anyway, but I have been lusting after a few of their products so decided to get them as well.
So, here's everything I got from Clarins, you had to buy two items, one to be skincare in order to select three super size essentials.

I chose the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in '05 Candy Shimmer' as I already have it in '02 Apricot Shimmer', its so sheer but I love how it feels on my lips and it smells lovely too, I am hoping Candy Shimmer will be a little bit more pigmented :) This cost £17.

Next, you had to choose something from skincare and I have heard some really good things about the Pure and Radiant Mask with pink clay and decided to give that a go. Its quite expensive at £21.50 for 50ml, but I am really excited for this product.

I then chose my three super size essentials and also got another sample thrown in too.
I chose the HydraQuench Cream 30ml, the Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream 30ml and the Body Lift Cellulite Control (targets early & stubborn cellulite - smoothes, firms and refines) 100ml. They also included a mini 5ml sample of the Multi-Active Day Cream, to try with the night cream I picked.
 The event was brilliant, so well organised with some excellent offers to be had. There was ladies to paint your nails, a Rituals employee giving hand massages, a stage with a lady giving tips on outfits and makeup and plenty of food and champagne (Luke took advantage of this and drunk 7 glasses of champagne, oops). At the end of the event there was a prize draw, there was probably around 30 different prizes to be won, Clinique, YSL, Dior, Clarins and Lancome all had made up these amazing skincare/beauty packages that I was so hoping to win (I didn't, haha).
Then there was watches, jewellery and handbags (Ted Baker), the prizes must have been worth between £100 and £200 each, so generous! There was about 150 of us at the event and considering there was about 30 prizes, you had very good chances of winning, but I still didn't, I am super unlucky with things like that! It was still so much fun and I enjoyed it so much, the man presenting the giveaway promised there would be another event in November thats going to be even bigger and better with lots more prizes, so I am definitely going to that!
All the staff were amazing and so helpful, it was incredibly well organised and the man presenting the prize draw had a brilliant sense of humour! Well done John Lewis for a fantastic event, I was thoroughly impressed.
Sorry, this was a very long post but it was something I had to tell you guys about and I had never been to an event like this before and I loved it :)
Thanks for reading!
Have you tried any of the products/samples mentioned in this post? Let me know what you think of them if you have :)
Emily :) x


  1. Ah the event looked so awesome, damn! wish I would've known about it would have gone. Looked like you got some great samples!

    Eloise |

    1. It was amazing! Definitely look out for the event in November ! :) xxx

  2. Wow, lots of goodies! Lucky you :) xxx

    1. Very lucky, so many exciting things to try :D xxx

  3. Looked like such a great event! so jealous! xx

    1. Definitely keep an eye out for the event in November! It was such a great event :) xxx

  4. Oh wow, it sounds like an amazing event and you definitely got some super lovely things! <3

    Jennie xo |

    1. It was so much fun and I lovely everything I got :D xxx

  5. omg, would love to have recieved this goody bag! xo

    1. I can't believe how many samples they put in the goody bag! xxx

  6. This sounded like such a good event!xx
    - Jayne
    Electra Violet

  7. Ohmygosh, everything looks so amazing! Not to mention I'm head over heels for that bag, so cute (:

    Natalie | Salt & Sail

    1. I love the bag too, I'll definitely get good use out of it :) xxx

  8. What a great event and you got so many lovely products, that dior lipstick is an incredible colour!

    Ellen // A little bit Unique // Facebook // Bloglovin


    1. Thank you! I love the lipstick too, the shade is gorgeous! :) xxx

  9. Great haul! Love all the samples and products you bought x

    1. Thank you! I got some many freebies and some great products :D xxx