Showing posts with label Gift with Purchase. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gift with Purchase. Show all posts

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday This and That

This week, you will be deluged with special offers from both Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Somehow, they managed to schedule their beauty events to start on the same date: Thursday, February 21. That has been discussed as disastrous in both stores, particularly by people who must sell beauty products and meet crazy-high goals.

Aside from anti-trust considerations, I really have no idea how the two beauty powerhouses have managed to avoid conflicting dates in the past. This year, both Saks and Neiman Marcus will be competing for your dollars at the same time.

The totes at Neiman Marcus, free with a $125 purchase in the beauty department, aren't going to cause a stampede. I saw them about a week ago and hit the snooze button. By now you all know that the packet samples in the totes are rather boring. The gifts with purchase that count are "earned" by spending money - usually a lot of money - on one brand. Sometimes, the spends to receive a little bag of samples, exceed $300. While those thresholds are set to entice women to spend a lot of money, I've begun to think they discourage purchases. What if I wanted $200 worth of products from a certain brand? I'd receive no gift unless I throw in another $150 worth of products I didn't plan to buy.

After many years of this, I've learned to buy what I want or need and forgo the GWP. If I were to purchase enough to receive all the GWPs I'd like to have, I'd have to drop a paycheck.

I tried to get you a list of all the GWPs at Neiman Marcus, but no one on the selling floor had access to it. Why the secrecy? Surely a list would allow women to plan in advance!  Anyhow, get ready to power shop, starting Thursday. It will be a good time to stock up on products you use regularly.

Update: A sweet reader, Rebecca, sent me the list, which was shared at her Neiman Marcus. The files didn't want to cooperate with me. If you would like to know the GWP for a specific brand, please ask in the comments, and I will look it up for you. In the meantime, I will try to figure out how to convert the format so I can publish the list here.

Update 2/18: Rebecca tried again with .JPGs, but the type is faint (thanks!). In the meantime, Neiman Marcus finally put the special offers on their Web site. You can find them at this link.

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Clinique Gift with Purchase at Nordstrom

You have one more week to pick up this fabulous gift with a $25 purchase (GWP) at Nordstrom! After resisting for the last week, I finally surrendered and got mine yesterday.

The bag is cute, but I must have 500 makeup bags, even after giving away so many. It's large-sized, so I will keep it and use it for something. What's inside, though, is even better. Here's the list, along with my comments.
  • 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula (1 oz.) - great exfoliator anyone can use
  • Sun Face Cream SPF 30 with key chain (0.24 oz.) - tiny portion of a superb sunscreen; will give the key chain away
  • Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20 (0.5 oz.) - I can try this one, although it may not be heavy-duty enough for me
  • Travel-size Shimmering Stripes Powder Blusher in Peony - this is a gorgeous bronzer/blusher; love it!
  • High Impact Mascara in Black (0.14 oz.) - Clinique's mascara's are world-class
  • Different Lipstick in Ice Bloom (0.14 oz.) - beautiful color, and I love Different Lipstick!
  • Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Fire Berry (0.07 oz.) - again, beautiful color
Not all GWPs are created equal. This one's worth seeking out, and the $25 can be spent easily. I purchased two Different Lipsticks. You could stock up on Black Honey if you can find it. Is there anyone who doesn't love Clinique's "works-for-everyone" sheer, slimline lipstick?

If you don't have a Nordstrom nearby, there's always the Web!

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Free Laura Geller Chocolate Fix with Purchase

Laura Geller is offering a great deal! Buy three of the featured products, and you will receive the Chocolate Fix Kit for free. This offer is valid through December 24 or while supplies last. Use code 12DAYS at checkout.

The Laura Geller Chocolate Fix Kit includes: 0.07 oz blush in Raspberry Truffle Face Frosting, a natural peachy-pink; 0.129 oz/0.119 oz Lip Stay lip gloss duo in copper shimmer/clear; 0.32 oz eye shadow in Chocolate Mousse, a shimmery brown; 0.30 oz mascara in black; and clear zippered travel pouch. The retail value is $34.50.

What a great time to try Laura Geller's wonderful products!

Photo courtesy of Laura Geller