Free $65 Clinique Trina Turk Gift with Purchase, Nordstrom Stores May 20 – June 6

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What’s up, ladies! Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict has returned to the land of the living. The food poisoning I was suffering from yesterday has finally left the building. Thank gawd, because I can say with certainty there’s absolutely NO WAY to look cute when you’re projectile vomiting. Nope, none. πŸ™‚



In makeup news, my fellow Clinique fans, if you’re planning to stock up on any Clinique goods, mark your beauty booty calender for May 20 because Nordstrom Clinique counters nationwide (and Nordie’s online) will be offering a special Trina Turk for Clinique gift set with purchases of $25 or more.

The set, Clinique’s second collaboration with designer Trina Turk, includes a groovy, ’70s-inspired bag designed by Trina along with seven (!) of her favorite things from Clinique (a $65 value):

  • Lash Doubling Mascara in Black: A thickening, glossy black mascara
  • Different Lipstick in Tenderheart: A sheer, creamy brownish pink lipstick great for nude lip looks
  • Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy Blush: A creamy, neutral pink blush that’s easy to apply and blend
  • Superfit Makeup liquid foundation: A long-wearing, oil-free foundation with medium to full coverage and a matte finish
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: A moisturizing lotion for all skin types
  • Colour Surge Eyeshadow in Sunburst: A coordinated pair of shimmery eyeshadows in shimmery beige and shimmery coral
  • Take the Day off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips: An oil-based makeup remover for everything from waterproof mascara to long-wear lipstick

Colour Surge Eyeshadow in Sunburst

Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy Blush

Different Lipstick in Tenderheart

Take the Day Off Makeup Remover

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Lash Doubling Mascara in Black

Superfit Makeup

Swatches from left to right: Tenderheart Lipstick, Rosy Blush, shimmery beige from the Sunburst duo, shimmery coral from the Sunburst duo, Lash Doubling Mascara in Black

The coral, rose and pink colors in this set seem subtle, and when worn together the overall look feels natural, fresh and youthful. Classic Clinique.

Wearing Tenderheart lipstick, Rosy Blush, Sunburst Eyeshadow Duo and Lash Doubling Mascara

Looks created with the lip, eye and cheek products won’t look overdone, and I think the set would make a great gift for a younger cousin, daughter or niece who’s new to makeup.

Of course, you could keep it for yourself, too! Ain’t no shame in that game. πŸ™‚

Tabbies are the best medicine



When I wasn’t in the bathroom yesterday revisiting Monday’s now-infamous pork bun, I was passed out on the couch.

Even though it was sunny outside and he could’ve been out chasing butterflies, Tabs stayed home to keep me company. El Hub snapped this picture when we weren’t looking.

How’s your Wednesday going? Anything exciting to report?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Shivotra says:

    Actually Clinique makeup does nothing for me any more : I worked for clinique last summer and it changed everything for me. I actually have a clinique OD by now πŸ™ But I do LOVE the lash doubling mascara…it is my absolute favorite. And I have everything in this list…they do give you lots of free makeup πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shivotra,

      Funny, that’s how I felt about working at the mall when I was a teenager. I LOVED going to the mall until I started working there.

      I gotta give Clinique props for being so generous with their GWPs. They give out lots of good stuff. I’ll never need to buy another tube of Raspberry Glace for the rest of my life, that’s for sure.

  2. Jenna says:

    Was the Superfit foundation anywhere close to your shade? Only three options I’ve heard, doesn’t seem like that’ll work well for too many people.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenna,

      I got 05 Neutral, which is close to my skin tone, but a touch too pink. This didn’t really surprise me though, because I have a hard-to-match color.

  3. Kate & Zena says:

    I can definitely tell you’ve been feeling under the weather. That picture definitely says it all. You still look a teeny bit sick

    Thankfully, I’ve never had food poisoning. I’ve had the stomach flu, yea, but never food poisoning. The last time I had the stomach flu was senior year about a week before I was hospitalized. I hate throwing up. It’s not pretty and it’s exhausts me to the point where I almost pass out.

    Do those Clinique bags only have one shade of make-up or is there one for pale ladies like me? Clinique is fun to say.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate & Zena,

      The shades for the lipstick, blush and eyeshadows offered in the GWP are the only shades they’ll be offering. You do get a choice of one of three colors in the foundation though.

  4. Vonvon says:

    OMG!!! I want that gift set!!! I hope they’ll have it here sooner or later……….

    I love the swatches of the makeups…..such wonderful freebies…….

    Vonvon´s last blog post..Berries And Oats For Breakfast And Beauty

  5. Nosh says:

    Hey Karen! I’m super excited about this gift =) Did the superfit makeup only come in one shade?

    Also, could you suggest some products to buy in order to get the gift? I got the sunblock spray last week because I didn’t know there was a gift coming up πŸ™

  6. Merylynmagic says:

    Hey Karen!
    Glad to know that you feel better πŸ™‚ I have something not so nice to say about the Lash doubling mascara. I bought last week and I didn’t like it at all πŸ™ It did not double my lashes, which are quite long and curly as it is. The formula was thin although glossy and really did nothing for my lashes. My most favorite mascara in the world is Exceptionnel de Chanel– LOVE that stuff! So you can imagine this “Lash doubler” had some mighty shoes to fill!!! Anyway just thought I’d give you my opinion- because after all the mascaras I have tried I have come to realize that its quite possible that one person’s holy grail can be the others…. hmmm whats an appropriate antonym… =/
    Hope you are all set for the vacation!! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Merylynmagic,

      Girl, I heart Exceptionnel de Chanel, too. Isn’t it amazing? It really bumps up the lashes and makes them look totally over the top. I wish they had it in a waterproof formula!

      How’s your day going so far?

  7. Shiny says:

    Man that sounds awful… much like my weekend (thank you cocktails!)… good to hear you’re feeling better.

    That cat really loves you, too cute!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      LOL, I’ve been there, done that. Now I can’t even look at a cosmopolitan without feeling squeemish (and that was from one incident TEN YEARS ago!).

      I hope your Thursday is going well. Anything exciting happening in your neck of the woods?

  8. iceempress says:

    so happy you are well! the clinique sounds promising. a girl can never have too much make-up….

    awwww…i love the tabs picture. there is nothing like a purring ball of fur giving you some tlc. not to mention el hub of course.

  9. Isabel says:

    Well I think you look great! Love the natural waves and side-swept bangs. Can’t even tell you were sick! Thanks for the post!

  10. Elena says:

    Tabs is awesome. πŸ™‚ I’m glad he was there with you. And I’m glad you feel better. πŸ™‚

    I think the bag is super adorable, but I don’t know about the makeup. Esp. with the Style Warrior collection coming out! I might consider it for a gift, like you said. How did you like the Superfit Foundation?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Elena,

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

      Regarding the foundation, it has a really nice matte finish which I think would be fabulous for girls with super oily skin. I also like how it covers everything yet still feels weightless.

      Do you have your Style Warrior list all ready to go? I won’t be able to check it out until I get to Hawaii.

  11. heyhey says:

    Wow with this kit you can do a follow up to your tutorial on “how to look like you got more than an hour of sleep” with “how to look like you didn’t vomit for half a day”. J/K. Glad you are better, and lucky to have Tab to comfort you.

    Back to the makeup, that looks like some early summer fun, probably a no-brainer for a work-safe look. Might give it a go!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heyhey,

      LOL! We can call it, “Food Poisoning or Hungover Beauty,” LOL!

      You’re right, this look is a total no-brainer, yet it’s still fun, fresh and colorful! I hope you give it a go.

  12. Mariah says:

    AWWWWW, I could only *wish* my kitty was that affectionate and loving! I hold mine and she starts whining! Sigh…

    Also, this looks like a pretty awesome kit! I love the bag, and it’s nice they threw in a blush this time! But man, I wish they would give away another color than Tenderheart! They ALWAYS give that puppy out!

  13. Vonvon says:

    Just wanna add…’ll get all the freebies with a mere purchase of $25 or above. Huh!! We’ll never get such a great deal here….the last time I went to the Clinique counter over here, I need to purchase an equivalent of about $45 or above to get a toiletry bag with 3 skincare samples!

    It’s terrible here, the importer of Clinique is very stingy here!

    Vonvon´s last blog post..Berries And Oats For Breakfast And Beauty

  14. MMT says:

    Aww, that sucks about getting food poisoning πŸ™ I’m glad you’re feeling better, and I’m REALLY glad Tabs was doing such a good job of taking care of you!! That picture was adorable.

    Thanks for posting and swatching about the GWP. I’m pretty obsessed w/Clinique, and even though I’ve done two of their GWP promotions in the past couple of months, I am already plotting on what I’ll buy to get this one! How big was the Superfit Foundation sample?

    • Karen says:

      Hi MMT,

      Thanks, hon! Tabs is a gifted healer. πŸ™‚

      Regarding the foundation, it’s a generous sample. The bottle is .5 fl oz and fits in my palm of my hand, so it’s a good size.

  15. Beth says:

    Sorry to hear about the food poisoning – thats not good at all, so I’m glad you’re better. I’ve had it twice this year, once from chicken and once from shrimp (which may be more of an allergy thing as I had a rash too!).

    My Wednesday pretty much sucked, I went to work but have a horrible cold and so spent most of it, coughing, croaking, sneezing or shivering. Today, I decided not to go in so I don’t contaminte everyone else!

    I absolutely love the Clinique GWPs, I always feel like I’m getting some good stuff. I’m about to switch my skincare back to clinique after a few years of chopping and changing, I think it always worked best for me.

    Beth´s last blog post..At 27 years old, how did I get here?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Beth,

      Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself…

      I am a die hard Clinique skin care fan, too. I don’t use 3-step but I do love certain things from the line, like the Mild Clarifying Lotion.

  16. Jaime says:

    What an adorable picture El Hub snapped! Also, I love your wavy hair in the other picture! I can’t wait to snap up this GWP. I’m planning on buying Lash Doubling Mascara (I adore it), and the Long Glossy Lashes Mascara, just to try it.

  17. Sarah says:

    Wondering about the foundation shades too; and by the way, I’m officially obsessed with Tabs. That pic is ridiculously cute!! πŸ™‚

  18. Stephie says:

    Wow. That’s funny b/c I picked up Superfit foundation for the Macy’s GWP and here it is in the Nordstrom’s GWP. I think I may be GWP’d out. I also picked up the face sunscreen and the mild toner for the online GWP. That, I think was a real steal because you got to choose what you wanted out of tons a samples. I am excited to try my mini repairwear eyecream and moisture surge πŸ™‚

    It’s great to hear your feeling better Karen. That’s really sweet of Tabs for sticking it out with you!

  19. Catherine says:

    Awwwww – love the pic of you and Tabs! Glad to hear you’re feeling better.

    Unfortunately, Clinique skincare doesn’t do anything for my skin and their eyeshadows give me blisters on my waterline… so… I’m really wary to try any of their other stuff. May pick up one of their bronzers though.

    Catherine´s last blog post..My Favorite Lip Treatments

    • Karen says:

      Hi Catherine,

      I’m using one of their new ones now and it’s okay. It doesn’t really show up on me, but since you’re lighter I think it would probably work better on you.

  20. Janet says:

    thanks for the heads-up on the clinique special at nordstroms! will def get it πŸ™‚

  21. Milan says:

    You look like such a doll when you’re sick! I WISH! LOL Glad you’re feeling better…

    Milan´s last blog post..My NYX Sale Haul!

  22. Glosslizard says:

    Oh, that’s so sweet! Tabs is such a good cat! My kitties stay with me when I’m not feeling well too, they are the best medicine!

    I’ll be picking up that Trina Turk GWP! I’ve been wanting the curling mascara, and I want a new LL lipgloss, might as well get treats while I’m at it! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Glosslizard,

      Aww, you have the healing power of three kittehs! You can’t beat that for medication.

      I can’t wait for you to try that curling mascara. For serious — you’ll love!

  23. Sarah says:

    awww i love that picture of u and tabs!!!

  24. Vonvon says:

    Ohhh….I think I’ll get the new Clinique sun care line (for the face and for the body) which you featured several days ago to get the GWP! πŸ˜‰

    Vonvon´s last blog post..Professional Interest Revisited…..

  25. Daya says:

    Thank you so much Karen for posting this! I needed some more sunscreen and my favorite eye duo is in the makeup bag! Brownie points Clinique! πŸ™‚

  26. NINA says:

    I just got a GWP at when I ordered the Skin Tone Corrector – it was pretty generous too and the make up bag was green – my fave color of all time. I just might get this GWP again – mainly because the make up bag is sooooo cute but also because this is an extremely generous GWP. What I dont want I can pass on to my sister. Im a huge fan of cream blush so that Blushwear Cream Stick is staying with me! πŸ™‚

    On a pet related note, hubs has 2 cats that have adopted me as their own (after a few tensed up weeks). His lapcat Anja now sits on my lap too and comes to me when called. His big cat Linus follows me around the house – and sees me as the source of food and treats! The trust and affection of our feline fab friends is something precious!

  27. Alexandra says:

    Awww the pic of you and tabs is soo cute :).
    I went into boots last week and ended up at the clinque counter. Got two lipsticks, colour surge butter shine lipstick in pink goddess, and different lipstick in ice bloom. Should have waited a couple of weeks as they said they were getting gwp’s in πŸ™

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