Sunday, 20 September 2015

Kicking It Old School with a Clinique GWP

Hi, everyone! I'm not sure about you, but when I was in high school and university (late '90s, early '00s), Clinique bonuses were everything. Whenever there was a gift with purchase at Sears or the Bay, I would nearly be the first in line, using the opportunity to stock up on my essentials and in the process bring home with me a bushel of freebies. I have an epic collection of colourfully-patterned Clinique makeup bags to prove it! After this time, the brand fell off my radar for a bit and my passion for the GWP dwindled. Over the past few years, however, Clinique has totally been rocking my socks with their new releases. I've always been a huge fan of their Lash Doubling and High Impact Mascaras and now their Cheek Pop blushes, Chubby Stick Shadow Tints, and Quickliner Intense eyeliners have all made the ranks of my most-used products. With these products came a serious rekindling of my love for the brand and when I saw how awesome the latest Clinique gift with purchase from Hudson's Bay looked, I decided to kick it old school and head to the counter! 


The current gift with purchase is free for anyone who spends $31 CAD or more at the Clinique counter and is available while supplies last. To meet the $31 mark, I opted for a practical choice: a new foundation. I've finished about 3 foundations over the summer (yes, I have an epic Empties post coming), so I thought I'd give Clinique's extensive range of bases a peek. I ended up picking their Even Better makeup ($33CAD), as it promised moderate buildable coverage, a satin-matte finish, and the ability to even skin tone while it covers. All good things in my books! 


More on the foundation in a later post, but let's get back to the heart of this post: the gift! The bag that houses this GWP is designed by Tyler Dawson- wasn't familiar with him, but I really enjoy the vibrant geometric pattern! 

Now for a peek at what was inside! It was a totally nostalgic experience for me tearing open the enclosed plastic bag and exploring the new goodies I'd received. 


The gift with purchase included:

Liquid Facial Soap Mild (30mL)
I tend to avoid foaming face washes now, but I've used this in the past and it's one of the gentler ones out there. Will be perfect for my gym bag! 

Smart Custom-Repair Serum (10mL)
This is a new, high-tech, super pricey offering from the brand, so I was thrilled to see such a decent-sized sample included! 

Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF20 (15mL)
There was also an option of one of the brand's anti-aging creams, but I thought a spot-fading cream with sun protection would be more up my alley! This is designed for dry skin, but perhaps my skin will like it in the winter! 

Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend (4.5g)
I've actually heard good things about Clinique's setting powder, so this will also make a very nice travel bag companion. 

High Impact Mascara in Black (3.5mL)
One of my top 5 mascaras of all time. Gives amazing length and volume! I will never say no to a mini of this. 

Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Peony (full size, GWP packaging)
I have been dying to try this new range of matte lippies, so I was thrilled that one was included! And that colour! A vibrant hot pink- so me :)


This really is the best Clinique gift with purchase I've seen in a while and I'm so glad I got to go back to my makeup roots and snag one! If Clinique keeps it up with their impressive new releases, I'm sure this GWP action will not be an isolated incident :)

Again, this gift is available now at Hudson's Bay across Canada only while supplies last. If it piques your interest, get hopping! 

Were you ever a fiend for Clinique GWPs? Would you be tempted by this offering of freebies? What's the best gift with purchase you've received lately?

Thanks for dropping by! xo

32 comments:

  1. I've always adored their little gifts! At least then I had a chance to try out some of their products. That mascara is great! Enjoy using them :)

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Exactly! Their mascara really is underrated. Thanks!

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  2. yes! my mom used to ALWAYS get their gwp and i remember seeing many many clinique products in her bathroom. now she doesn't really use makeup at all and has moved on to some other brands. its not surprising that i used to associate clinique with being a 'granny' brand but you're right, they have really come out with some great new things in the past half decade which has probably turned opinions around. also (MISS YOU!)

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    1. Clinique has definitely gone through it's "granny" phases, but it's totally stepping things up lately! MISS YOU too! :)

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  3. That's an awesome gwp! Usually it's the gwp that sways me towards a brand, especially if it's one I haven't tried before.

    xo Kat @ Katness

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    1. Absolutely! This was one of Clinique's best GWPs in a while! :)

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  4. I really love that Smart serum! The eye version just came out here, and my favorite SA pumped out a ginormous sample for me the other day. Going to try it out and see how it works!

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    1. Ooh, nice! Hope you love it and can't wait to try out the face serum :)

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  5. That's a great gwp! I've tried only a couple Clinique products. Maybe I'll give my local counter a visit. Pretty lipstick shade.

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    1. Yeah, the lipstick is gorgeous! Clinique has been releasing some great products of late- totally worth stopping by their counter :)

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  6. I need to give Clinique a try!!! Thanks for sharing!!
    www.glamourbyzee.com

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    1. You definitely should! Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  7. such great set sweety!
    happy monday!

    <3, Kathrin
    www.getcarriedaway.net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathrin! xo

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  8. That's a pretty decent GWP and for only that little? I wish Australia had that!

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    1. Absolutely- a great bargain for sure! :)

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. Ohhh, that is an amazing selection of free products but holy cow, finishing 3 foundations over Summer is serious stuff! I think I've only finished one foundation over then span of two years. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Yeah, it's been a summer of finishing foundations for sure! Not always a common thing for me either :)

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  11. Very cool post ! I greet:) http://fabricandcolor.com/

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  12. I've always loved Clinique and they really do good gift with purchase!! I religiously use the 3-step process on my face and I love it!

    www.elleisforlove.com

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  13. AH, Clinique GWPs! My mom used to get quite a few GWPs (not limited to Clinique), but I really don't bother with them because the samples can be hit/miss. My mom and I got a Clinique skincare one a few years back and her skin reacted terribly to some of the samples, and since I had a bad reaction to one of Clinique's skincare products a few years back, we just assumed Clinique's skincare products didn't work for us L O L. I did get a sample of Clinique's High Impact and lower lash mascara from a GWP though, and did love that!

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    1. Yeah, I've been much pickier with GWPs lately, but this one really called to me! Clinique's 3-step products are generally pretty basic and irritating, but some of their newer serums, etc. are quite good! And yes, I will always, always rave about their mascaras! :)

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  14. I sound so old but this totally reminds me of being a teenager-always got involved with the Clinique GWP's!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict

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    1. I got them in high school too, Stacey! We can be old together :)

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  15. I'm so jealous right now ;) Were I live (Holland) we get a GWP when we spend at least €60.00 and then we get 2 samples, a moisturiser and a a tiny fragrance. I usually buy GWP items on eBay for that reason, love those mini's!
    I haven't used Clinique for ages but started buying them just now as I love the Pop lipsticks.

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    1. Would be great if you could track down this GWP online- it's a great one! Their new Pop lipsticks are fab and their Cheek Pops are my favourite blushes :)

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