Monday, August 10, 2009

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

This is part two of my compensated review from BlogHer and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

So did you make your way to your nearest Estée Lauder Counter on July 23rd for the ULTIMATE SKINCARE GIVEAWAY? I did! As part of our original BlogHer review for Advanced Night Repair, I was fortunate enough along with a busload of other bloggers, to be treated to a visit to Macy’s in Chicago for a special event celebrating Advanced Night Repair. I’m here to tell you all about it.

After being greeted warmly by the Estée Lauder team, we were treated to two presentations; Evelyn Briley taught us about the product itself and Theresa Selvaggio gave us a spirited look at the life of Estée Lauder, the woman and entrepreneur. We were able to learn about what makes Advanced Night Repair so successful and how much research has been done to make it so effective. It was great information but I really enjoyed learning about Estée Lauder, the woman. The woman who wasn’t “allowed” to give out samples of her perfume in a department store, so she showed up on a crowded Saturday afternoon and dropped a bottle of it in the middle of the place, letting it shatter so that the fragrance filled the air. Sounds like my kind of lady.

After the presentations we all had the opportunity to meet with Estée Lauder make up artists for a personal consultation and make up touch up. As I mentioned in my previous review, I’m a long time Estée Lauder customer so I’m familiar with the products but it was really helpful to talk with an expert one on one about my skin tone and how to combine the products for the best effect. I wish we had done some before and after pictures can I can tell you, there was a whole lot of pretty ladies walking out of Macy’s that night and heading back to BlogHer.

One last thing. As a thank you gift, Estée Lauder gave us all gift bags with some sample products enclosed. In my bag there was eye-shadow (lovely, by the way) and the new TurboLash mascara. This was not part of the review but I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you to go out and get that mascara RIGHT NOW. I am extremely picky when it comes to mascara and rarely find one that I really, really like. Listen, ladies, it vibrates. I can’t tell you why this works but wow- it does. The mascara glides on smoothly, doesn’t clump and my lashes look long and full. It’s magical. I’m in love.

I want to send my thanks to the team at Estée Lauder for sharing their products and expertise with me and the rest of the BlogHer reviewers. I enjoyed my visit to Macy’s and I look forward to my next visit to the Estée Lauder counter.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

When BlogHer gave me the chance to review the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Here’s why:

I am a loyal Estée Lauder makeup customer and have been for many years. I love their mascaras, lipsticks, eye shadows, you name it. I really love them. When it comes to foundation? I can’t live without my Estée Lauder Double Light Wear. It’s the perfect combination of hydrating and smoothing. Its light, matches my complexion and makes me feel evened out, if only in one little corner of my life.

If that weren’t enough of an incentive, you know I am one tired mama who doesn’t get enough sleep. All the women in my fair-skinned Polish family have noticeable fine lines around the eyes, myself included. Lastly, as much as I would want to, I could not manage a daytime skin care regimen. I have too much to squeeze into the daytime hours as it is. But the night-time hours? They were wide open. I have been hesitant to try many face creams or tonics because my skin is sensitive and prone to breaking out, but this was simply too tempting to pass up.

Estée Lauder reports that Advanced Night Repair’s technology helps continuously repair the appearance of damage to your skin by stress, sun exposure and other environmental factors. It’s designed to offer protection to your skin and increase hydration. My results? Overwhelmingly positive.

I followed the instructions, which included applying several drops of the serum every night, after I washed my face and before I went to bed.

I loved the feel of the concentrate. It’s as light as water. Maybe lighter. You can squeeze a couple of drops onto your fingertips and cover most of your face and neck easily.

My worst fears? Unfounded. I didn’t break out at all. Not a pore was clogged during my trial. The night repair made my skin feel firmer almost immediately upon application, without any dryness or tightness that can come with more harsh, alcohol-based cleansers or toners.

There were a couple of nights that I fell asleep settling down one of my kids and stumbled into bed, not realizing I had not applied my night repair. I could immediately notice the difference upon waking up. Most noticeably, more puffiness around my eyes than when I used Advanced Night Repair. My fine lines? I don’t look like I’ve had a face lift, but I can see a difference. At $47.50 per ounce it’s not exactly inexpensive, but that bottle goes a long way in more ways than one.

Applying the Advanced Night Repair to my face at night made me feel a little better about myself. It was something I could do for me at the end of each day. Knowing that I was taking better care of my skin made me feel good. I took a little longer separating out my lashes with my mascara wand and spent just a minute longer making sure the shadow on my lids was just so.

Looks like I have a new skin care product to love. I think you will love it too. But don’t just take my word for it! Visit BlogHer to check out the review round up page and take a look at what some other lovely and talented bloggers have to say about Advanced Night Repair. You can also visit here for more information.

Even better-Estée Lauder invites you to AMERICAS NIGHT TO REPAIR. On Thursday, July 23, 5-9PM, visit any Estée Lauder Counter and get a free 10-day supply of New Advanced Night Repair, no purchase necessary (while supplies last).

Are there any other Estée Lauder favorites out there I need to try? Leave me your beauty tips in the comments!

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