The great big box in the background with Christmassy frosted biscuits is a Face & Body Set called My Weekend Getaway Essentials. In the forefront we’ve got tiny Crayon Kohl Pencils in the shade 01 Intense Black (x3) which were free, a deluxe sample-sized Wonder Perfect Mascara which was part of the My Weekend Getaway Essentials Set, and finally an Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil and Mascara Supra Volume.
The first time I visited the Clarins booth at Mishref Fair Grounds, most of the things I wanted were already out of stock so I didn’t really want to get anything but once again had an aggressively pushy sales assistant hovering around me and since they had two new(er) looking items I quickly purchased those instead for a total of KD21/000.
As soon as I saw the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey I knew I had to have it even though I’d been eyeing the Milani Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatment in Healing Lemon Honey.
They even have the same wide plush applicator so you definitely don’t need both. At KD8/500 the Clarins version might possibly be slightly more expensive.
That said, I’m so glad I went with the Clarins version instead because it just looks so pretty and luxe!
It even came with its own novel (read: pamphlet)! I was happy to leave the Clarins booth at this point and go pay for my purchase but the aggro sales assistant suckered me into getting another product.
Since I’m a mascara fiend, I easily relented even though it was KD12/500 and got the Mascara Supra Volume because it was apparently “new” to Clarins. The sales assistant even gave me one of the tiny Crayon Kohl Pencils as a free sample and I went home, pleased as punch.
Two days later, after rearranging my schedule to make time to go back to Mishref Fair Grounds (if it’s important to you, you MAKE the time for it) I found myself passing by the Clarins booth yet again, which is when I noticed boxes upon boxes of all sizes, with festive Christmassy decorations on them. Intrigued, I stepped in for a closer look. Come to find out that these gorgeous boxes were actually Clarins’ Holiday Collection of Gift Sets and Value Sets including the two new items that I’d just bought two days earlier! One set even included travel-sized items (my favorite!) of the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey (the one I purchased in full-size) and the two newer shades Raspberry and Red Berry. Another set had a Joli Rouge Lipstick, travel-size Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in Rose Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer, and a travel-size Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey. That’s not mentioning the travel-size skincare sets which included the new Detox Booster which I’ve been eyeing. I was furious! Why hadn’t the sales assistant told me that these were coming out ONLY TWO DAYS LATER!!!! The best I could muster to show her my disdain was some side-eye (which I doubt she noticed).
This time with another infinitely more pleasant sales assistant, I chose the My Weekend Getaway Essentials Set (which looked to be the biggest box available) for KD23/000
She even walked over with me to the cash register (situated faaar far away from the Clarins Booth) to make sure the dude at the cash register gave me the discount (unlike my prior purchase two days ago) which was the whole point of people shopping during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibit (which advertises gifts with purchase, discounts and samples) otherwise you might as well purchase from the regular stores. Instead of paying KD23/000 I only had to pay KD20/750.
The reason why I chose the biggest set was because…
I was absolutely smitten with the all-white felt bag that houses the products! The smaller gift sets also included the bag but the bigger the bag the more practical it would be (for my needs). White isn’t really a practical color but it’s very cute and Christmassy and I just love the bag!
The iced biscuit charm looks ridiculously adorable! It actually kinda’ reminds me of those Marks & Spencer Festive Treats Biscuits (hauled – here). In case you are wondering, I’m wearing Essie Bordeaux on my nails (reviewed – here).
L-R Beauty Flash Balm brightens and tightens, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream softens hands – targets age spots – strengthens nails, One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract (50ml/1.7 oz), Wonder Perfect Mascara, HydraQuench Cream, Instant Eye Make-Up Remover Waterproof & Heavy Makeup (30ml/1 fl oz)
I’ve been meaning to try the Beauty Flash Balm since forever and I’m assuming it’s some sort of primer but I honestly know next to nothing about it so I’m quite pleased that now I finally have a chance to use it. Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is nothing exciting but God knows I need it and if you’ve read my Curved Nails Blog Post (here) you’ll know how much I need it too. The One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is right up my alley because I’m absolutely obsessed with exfoliating. The Wonder Perfect Mascara is so tiny and cute and reminds me of the deluxe sample-size mascaras I used to get as a gift with purchase from Estee Lauder when I first started using mascara (mentioned – here). HydraQuench Cream had Hydra in the name which automatically tricks my brain into thinking it must be hydrating for that reason alone (lawl). Finally, the Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is what really sold me on this set because of my Waterproof Covergirl Star Wars Super Sizer Mascara (reviewed – here). It’s not the most exciting set Clarins had put out but it did contain a lot of more practical products mostly in travel-size (which I’ve mentioned is the best way to familiarize yourself with a brand) so I was content with its, er, contents.
The darling sales assistant even tossed these goodies into my bag after I’d purchased the My Weekend Getaway Essentials Set!
Moisturizing Body Lotion (x2), Crayon Kohl (x2) in Intense Black (I’ve added the one from the previous purchase to the pile so technically x3).
Water Purify One-Step Cleanser (x2)
Finally, travel-size Toning Body Balm with Essential Oils, Exfoliating Body Scrub for Smooth Skin with Bamboo Powders softens, smooths, firms and Foot Beauty Treatment Cream nourishes, smooths, renews, softens hard skin, beautifies nails.