Mini Love

July 8, 2011
A few adorable minis that I can’t get enough of. The packaging of these samples are so cute and the product amount in each is sufficient to last a decent trial period. I’m obsessed with well-packaged useful minis (see more mini love here.) These are so squeal-worthy but oh-so-hard to come by. I’ve found these by luck. Nordstrom Trend Shows are great sources for NARS gifts and minis. Neimans and Saks have beautiful Jo Malone gift-with-purchases (although the minimum spend amounts are steep). The last time I was at South Coast Plaza Nordstrom they had mini Burberry lipsticks – the first mini/samples I’ve seen from the brand. Bergdorf Goodman Beauty Events are known for having beautiful and generous gift bags (although the minimums unfortunately are high as well). Sephora’s point system is nice because they give you options, although I also find the good samples rare.

Tips for finding minis – alas I have none and I have no strategy to share. It’s really a hit or miss, but developing a good relationship with a sales associate helps. They appreciate loyalty by keeping an eye out for good samples, although these days, good samples (as in usable or interesting) seem more and more difficult to come by. Beauty events are great times to try new things to take advantage of their gift-with-purchases. Unfortunately are not consistent. They do not always deliver value. So far this year, I’ve only been enticed by 2 beauty events. One was a Nordstrom Trend Show, the other was Bergdorf Goodman’s Beauty Event.

Where do you find good minis? Or are you facing the same problem as me?

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  • Ooooh so cute…I'm squealing with delight! Where might a gal get her hands on the Chanel and Jo Malone mini's? Are they samples from the counter or are they available for purchase?

  • These are the best mini's ever! Wow!

  • I want mini everything! Except for a mini boyfriend- I prefer 6'3 and above! cutie post!

  • Im obsessed with minis too!! Especially mini perfume bottles!! I have a collection in my bathroom πŸ™‚

  • i find the best (and sometimes) only place to find minis is product/line launches with trial size minis. i try and subscribe to all the email newsletters of fav brands so i don't miss out. and indeed, great SAs are a treasure! great post as I am trying to down-size what's in my purse =)

  • i agree they have been tough lately! if yo u find anything good please let us know!!

  • I need to try the Jo Malone colognes! I've heard so many great things. πŸ™‚

  • Oh my! Burberry mini~

  • I have no tips either, it really is a fickle thing to score and scour for good and worthy minis. I love your collection though – too cute!

  • Wow, those minis look adorable! Lately I've been getting the best minis from an SA at my local Chanel counter – the mini mascaras (which are truly mini, only 1 ml, I believe) and even a mini Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon. Estee Lauder and Clinique also have some nice GWPs sometimes and I usually get great minis if I order online.

  • If I have a good relationship with a SA, I score great minis even if I'm not buying the minimum amount to get one.

    The best minis I have received were from the Chanel counter and Nordstrom as well as the NARS counters everytime I went to a NARS event. I love my Laguna bronzer (size of a single NARS shadow) and my mini Copacabana multiple that I love to throw in my purse.

    I agree they are hit or miss but it really does help when you have a great relationship with the folks at your favorite counters!

  • Sophia1105

    Those mini's are so cute! I wish lines put out more mini's b/c it's the fastest way for me to purchase a larger item (provided I like it), I'll buy the larger and then save the mini for travel. I've only found decent mini's as part of larger kits. Caudalie skin care makes some nice mini's, otherwise the most luck I've had has been with Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown.

  • I LOVE my minis, and I adored having a peek at yours. All the Chanel Sublimage needs is a velvet curtain to come up to the sound of applause.

  • Oh wow! The packaging on that Chanel mini o.O Now that's impressive. And I had no idea Bobbi Brown even did minis, very neat xD

  • What great minis! The Sublimage box is truly a work of art πŸ™‚ This reminds me to look for Chanel's "Beige" — I have been wanting to try it for the longest time!