Now that the tents have been dismantled after another runway season and the Fashion Week whirlwind has finally died down, we had some free time to empty out our gift bags and carefully examine the mound of swag. Of the many great items we received over the week, these are our top five freebie picks:
Lord & Berry Black Wardrobe Kit ($20): No, this is not a boxed set of little black dresses and patent leather pumps, this "wardrobe" is designed exclusively for your eyes. As a person whose life is not complete without a pencil drawn line of black resting above my lashes, I believe that this eyeliner kit could possibly be the best thing ever. A stick of Smooth Black is nice and matte for everyday wear, while three other special occasion liners, Glossy Black, Sparkle Black, and violet tinted Cool Black can be alternated to match your mood or your outfit. Who knew black could be so versatile? The kit comes complete with cute carrying case and pencil sharpener.
Bain De Terre Prime Time Chamomile Styling Foundation ($18): We are always stressing the importance of using a great primer to prep your face before makeup application. Well guess what, your hair is just as high maintenance. This soothing chamomile foundation detangles and primes your hair for whatever kind of gel, mousse, or styling spray you can throw at it. The most important feature of this leave-in elixir is the “full spectrum” of sunscreens that protect hair from UV damage.
Orna Foot Revitalizer ($30): I know my feet were absolutely hating me after running around to Fashion Week events strapped into three and a half inch heels. Well, a couple of gift bags later I finally rewarded them with this foot revitalizer that I received from Orna. I just smoothed this non-greasy botanical balm over my feet before going to bed one night and they felt instantly cool, soothed, and most importantly, moisturized.
VMV Hypoallergenics Complete Clarifying System ($22): We all have those little nagging skin problems — large pores, shiny foreheads that border on glossy, bumps, redness, dry patches — that can really take a hit to our confidence. This kit containing items like Skin-Buffing Pumice, Salicylic Facial Cleanser and Sweat Acne and Overall Antibacterial Monolaurin Gel — whoo, that’s a mouthful — is an intensive, yet fuss-free regimen for that coveted clear skin.
Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder ($24): This is the only container of sparkles you'll ever need. Available in eight different shimmery colors, you can use the powder full strength on eyes, cheeks, body or lips to get a metallic, glittery look, or you can blend it into your foundation, lipstick, or eye shadow for a more subtle sheen.