A Greek Getaway

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

UPDATE: Additional markdowns: nail polish now $4, select skincare down to $10, and more.

It's less than two weeks before Christmas (or longer πŸ˜‰for those of us celebrating the Greek Orthodox Christmas) and if you are still hunting for those last minute holiday gifts then SoHo is the place to be this week. There are lots of sample sales happening throughout the city with some of the better ones located below Houston street. First up we have KORRES. The Greek beauty brand is holding their winter sale offering savings of 50%-80% off retail with prices starting at just $5. You'll find everything from color cosmetics to bath and body care as well as their famous skincare products from the Wild Rose, Greek Yogurt, and Black Pine lines.

I popped by yesterday to find a spacious venue full of skincare and beauty products. There are price lists above each table and all products are also individually marked. Testers are available so you can swatch and try before buying. While there were a lot of repeats from the brand's last sample sale there were also plenty of newer products like the Greek Getaway Body Butter Set for $15 that includes five 50ml creams in Guava, Coconut Guava, White Grape, Pure Cotton, and Jasmin. There were also $10 sets with 3 x 50ml body butters in several varieties. If you've tried KORRES products before then you know that they are incredible strong scented and long lasting. The packaging is very festive and these sets would make excellent stocking stuffers. If you were hoping to see some of this year's new releases like the Golden Crocus Serum or their latest perfume I'm sorry to say you're out of luck. I'm not even sure we'll see them next Christmas. At least there were plenty of old favorites on display.

There were a lot of repeats from the last few sales, particularly among color cosmetics. Nail polish top and base coats ($6), trios ($12), lipgloss sets ($15), lip coolers ($5) or ($12 for a set of 4). Magic Light face contouring powder is also back (now just $10) and in much larger quantity. Some items like the Polish and Shine Set or Lipgloss Trio are now $2-$2.50 cheaper than the last sale but overall I did not spot any "new" beauty products. Wild Rose, Greek Yogurt, and Black Pine skincare lines were back in full force. You can see all the individual products and sets listed below. If you have yet to try any of these items then I highly recommend stopping by the sample sale!

Finally among the "clearance" products, aka the $5 stuff you'll find the Quercetin and Oak concealers and foundation. There was a good range of colors from 0 to 4 among concealers and 00 to 35 among foundation. One thing to be aware of are the expiration dates. As with many items sold at these sales some can expire as early as next month or in the case of the lip coolers are already past the expiration date. I'm personally a bit more lax when it comes to cosmetics but I'd be very careful with skincare. Only buy if you will use it within the next 6-12 months because after all there will be plenty more beauty sample sales in the future :)

Below is everything that you'll be able to find at this week's sample sale:

  • Hand Cream $7.50
  • Shower Gel $10
  • Body Wash $10
  • Body Butters Holiday Set $10
  • Greek Getaway Body Butter Set $15
  • Beauty Shots Ultimate Masks Collection $10
  • Cleansing Duo Soap Set $10
  • Pomegranate Cleanser $10
  • Jasmin Eye Makeup Remover Duo $14.50
  • Pomegranate and Milk Proteins Cleansing Wipes $10
  • Brightening Wild Rose Deluxe Trio $10
  • Brightening Wild Rose Travel Pack $15
  • Brightening Wild Rose Eye Treatment $15
  • Brightening Wild Rose Serum $20
  • Brightening Wild Rose Day Cream $20
  • Brightening Wild Rose Collection $20
  • Softest Skin Greek Yogurt Kit $20
  • Greek Yogurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial $15
  • Greek Yogurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Sunscreen $10
  • Greek Yogurt Travel Pack $10
  • Greek Yogurt Head To Toe Kit $22.50
  • Firming Black Pine Serum $25
  • Firming Black Pine Collection $25
  • Firming Black Pine Eye Cream $20
  • Quercetin And Oak Concealer $5
  • Quercetin And Oak Foundation $5
  • Quercetin And Oak Concealer and Corrector Set $10
  • Quercetin And Oak Anti-Aging Eye Treatment $20
  • Twist Eyeshadow Trio $20
  • Eyeliner Pencil Six Pack $24.50
  • Volcanic Minerals Eyeliner Set $10
  • Twist Lipstick Trio $15
  • Lip Butter Gloss Trio $10
  • Greek Yogurt Lip Cooler Set Of Four $12
  • Greek Yogurt Lip Cooler $5
  • Magic Light Face Contouring Powder Trio $10
  • Polish and Shine Set $5
  • Nail Color Top or Base $6
  • Nail Polish Trio $12




























BOTTOM LINE: The sale runs through Sunday and there are plenty of great holiday gift options for you to shop. The sets make lovely stocking stuffers but beware that some of the more discounted items like foundation and concealers are very close to their expiration dates. I'm not sure yet whether there will be additional markdowns but I'll keep you updated in case I hear anything.

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