Get the chance to experience Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II – CLOSED

As much as I luuuurve giving (and receiving, don’t forget receiving) gifts, I seldom have giveaways because I figure whoever comes to my site does so for the content I write (and my razor sharp wit and sparkling personality, obviously).

I’m not opposed to throwing a good competition in here and there, and when the opportunity came up to give a reader a chance to experience Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II serum for themselves I couldn’t think of any objections – besides, it’s almost silly season! I tried ANR II after always feeling a little luke warm toward the original ANR, and it converted me within days. You can read the details of my own experience as well as more details on the new ANR II here.

Entering is easy peasy – just leave a comment on this post telling me what your first or favourite Estee Lauder memory or association is.

Advanced Night Repair II

My first Lauder memory is fragrance related – it goes back to the first time I smelt pleasures on a friend somewhere in my mid teens. I thought it was the most sophisticated scent I’ll ever come across, since she was the only girl that didn’t smell of candy floss, cherries or eau de artificial vanilla. It hasn’t dated for me and I still like the scent, although I won’t wear it myself because I know too many people who do.

C xx

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • Competition closes Sunday, 3 November 2013 at 8pm
  • Open to South African residents only
  • Winner will be drawn randomly and announced on Monday, 4 November 2013
  • If prize goes unclaimed for 48 hours after winner has been notified, it will be redistributed
  • One entry per person
  • Prize is 1 x 30ml Advanced Night Repair II serum to the value of R595, which will be sent via post




  1. Oct 29, 2013 / 3:24 PM

    My first Estee Lauder memories are from my mother – the smell of White Linen always makes me think of her 🙂

  2. Tammy Joseph
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:26 PM

    My gran (82) has been using Estee Lauder products for years when ever truworths or edgars has a promotion she would buy the 2 skin care products and give me the free gift as she doesn’t wear make up, I love all Estee Lauder products.

  3. Adele
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:27 PM

    My first memory was about my mom, she always used to have a big dressing table with all her creams and perfumes on top. when i was little i always wanted one just like hers, I used to sneakly put on her day and night creams just so my skin could feel lovely and smooth.

  4. Roxanne Chutthergoon
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:27 PM

    My favourite Estee Lauder memory is when the Estee Lauder 8 hour Skin Protectant helped restore and rejuvenate my dried, chapped lips. I was so embarrassed previously to go out because I felt that everyone was staring at me, but that was a thing of the past when I started using the 8 hour Skin Protectant 🙂

  5. Oct 29, 2013 / 3:28 PM

    I love Estee Lauder and use their foundation and Advanced Night Repair.

    I have been using advanced night repair since I was 21 – I am now 26 and have never looked back. It is my one go-to serum! I just have to stash it as my husband cannot leave it alone. The one item I do not share with him!!!

  6. ann
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:37 PM

    My first experience was also Pleasures. I grew up with an eight year older sister. She was and still is like my second mother. I would play with her clothes and makeup and Pleasures was her favourite perfume and my first exposure to Estee Lauder.

  7. Thea Grobler van der Nest
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:39 PM

    My Estee Lauder adventure started with buying a small bottle of White Linen about 40 years ago and ever since, I still use Estee Lauder. I upgraded to the fabulous Modern Muse. I also always make use of the special offers and stock-up on all my favorite products to die for forever: Estee Lauder!

  8. hb13
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:41 PM

    I discovered Estee Lauder Pleasures on a visit to England many years ago. I saved up and before I returned home I bought a bottle of Pleasures. I enjoyed wearing it for a few months before it was launched in South Africa. It has remained a firm favourite of me through the years.

  9. Oct 29, 2013 / 3:47 PM

    My first Estee Lauder memory was when my Mom gave me one of the gift sets that came with her purchase. I was 13 and thought this was the best gift ever. I used to stare at the makeup bag, sniff the mini perfume and although the lipstick was a slightly odd colour – I cherished it for years. To me is was the most luxurious, sophisticated item I had ever owned. I have always associated Estee Lauder with luxury and sophistication and always will 🙂

  10. Nicola Meyer
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:48 PM

    My first Estee Lauder memory is the smell of Youth Dew on my Mom

  11. Oct 29, 2013 / 3:53 PM

    My memory is the same as Nicola’s – mom wearing Youth-Dew.

  12. Jess
    Oct 29, 2013 / 3:59 PM

    My first memory of Estee Lauder is also related to the Pleasures fragrance. My mom had a bottle when I was about 10 and I always used to sneak a spritz. I remember it being sweet and floral and it reminded me of daisies at the time, and made me feel happy.

  13. Oct 29, 2013 / 4:02 PM

    My first Estee Lauder memory is of a gorgeous mauve-ish lipstick that an old family friend reserved for special occasions. She was like a gran to me and I would watch her put on the lippie and comment on how pretty the colour was. She’d dab a tiny bit of it on my lips and warn me not to tell my (strict) mom but assure me that one day I’d be able to wear all the pretty lipsticks I’d want when I grow up.

    Her name was Leonie and I still think of her everytime I play with lipsticks.

  14. Oct 29, 2013 / 4:03 PM

    My first estee lauder memory has to be my first lipstick purchase i remember saving up for it for months in grade 6 and i was so proud when i finally went to the counter and held it in my hand knowing it was my first lipstick i owned 🙂

  15. Oct 29, 2013 / 4:32 PM

    One of my first riding instructors always used Estee Lauder. Every time I hear the brand’s name I can smell her fragrance.

  16. Oct 29, 2013 / 5:31 PM

    My grandmother has always used Estee Lauder and from teeny tiny I remember all the bottles and makeup next to her bed. When I went to university and got a part-time job the first thing I bought was Advanced Night Repair! I was also so proud when I got my first gift with purchase. It included a lipstick in burnished bronze which I still use today (um, obviously not the exact same one!).

  17. Erica
    Oct 29, 2013 / 6:30 PM

    My mother used to let me sometimes have a spray of her perfume beautiful. i loved it. It was the first perfume I bought myself and of course I wore it on my wedding day.

  18. Oct 29, 2013 / 9:15 PM

    Honestly, Estee Lauder has always been out of my price bracket and as yet haven’t tried anything from them. I have heard and read so many amazing things about their ANR II. Would love to try it for myself.

  19. Oct 29, 2013 / 9:29 PM

    My first Estee Lauder memory is walking into my granny’s bathroom when I was very young and seeing a whole range of beauty products including Estee Lauder goodies. I remember opening up each bottle, sniffing them, then putting them back on the shelve quickly before my granny walked in and caught me fiddling with her prized possessions 🙂

  20. Oct 30, 2013 / 12:09 PM

    I remember my mom’s best friend loved Youth Dew. I still remember the bottle so well.

  21. Camillah
    Oct 30, 2013 / 1:48 PM

    As a teen, I used their samples from fashion magazines! I have (kinda) evolved since then 🙂

  22. Jessica
    Oct 30, 2013 / 4:50 PM

    My mom always used Estee Lauder and I always used to make her buy products when the specials were on so I could steel all the minis from the gifts. To this day I cannot let a free Estee Lauder gift go by without taking advantage!

  23. Kelly
    Oct 30, 2013 / 8:22 PM

    My earliest memories of Estée Lauder was Seeing the Pleasures adverts in magazines. I loved the colours in the adverts and have loved the scent ever since.

  24. Anna
    Oct 31, 2013 / 4:09 PM

    I remember Pleasures since forever. I recently discovered serums and would love to try this one.

  25. Ramona
    Nov 1, 2013 / 5:02 AM

    My first memory of Estée Lauder was paging through the magazines and seeing the advert for Cinnabar. The lady looked so fancy and everything looked so opulent.

  26. Smibby
    Nov 1, 2013 / 1:38 PM

    My first Estee Lauder memory is also of my Mom wearing Youth Dew like Nicola and Syllable. It become a favourite of hers in the 70s and was still something she wore when I was little.

  27. Michealle Oliver
    Nov 1, 2013 / 4:28 PM

    My first and everlasting memory is of my grandma wearing her beautiful, soft pink Estée Lauder lipstick. Always reminded me of candy floss…

  28. Nov 1, 2013 / 4:31 PM

    my first Estee lauder memory is watching my mother apply her Double wear I remember how beautiful she looked 🙂

  29. Nov 1, 2013 / 9:49 PM

    My first Estée Lauder memory was a rather painful one unfortunately… Picture this: I’m 11 years old. My mom and I are walking around in Edgars, probably looking for some cool top for me – something that is not too koekerig, but also not too ‘out there’. I spot the Estée Lauder counter and start looking at all the shiny compacts and bottles. My mom grabs me by the ear and promptly leads me towards the children’s clothes section, whilst whispering (quite loudly) into my ear: “Mamma het nie eers geld vir daai goed vir haarself nie! Netnou breek jy iets dan moet ek ons maand se kosgeld daarvoor gebruik om te betaal!!”

    No jokes, this is the truth… So from a very young age I was aware of the fact that Estée Lauder was (and still is) a luxurious brand. Fortunately I do NOT have to use our grocery money to purchase one of their products but when I do buy something from the Estée Lauder counter, I always feel a sense of accomplishment. 🙂

  30. Nov 1, 2013 / 10:18 PM

    My gran used to wear Estee Lauder Beautiful perfume, and I always associated that smell with family, and special occasions.

  31. Maryanne Young
    Nov 2, 2013 / 11:35 AM

    My first memory of Estee Lauder is the scent of White Linen. It always reminds me to this day of my mom’s best friend Lynne. She was the most vivacious, gorgeous, funny lady you could ever hope to meet. We shared a birthday and were kindred spirits. White Linen was her signature fragrance. Sadly we lost her to breast cancer when she was only 43. To this day when I smell the scent of White Linen I can still picture her, so it is a wonderful association.

  32. Carryn
    Nov 2, 2013 / 2:35 PM

    My mom always had a bottle of Estee Lauder Youth Dew and the memory of that enigmatic fragrance brings back happy memories of my childhood..

  33. Samantha
    Nov 2, 2013 / 5:08 PM

    Estée Lauder always reminds me of my mum. Pleasures is her favourite and signature perfume. Whenever I get a whiff of it, it reminds me of my mum and makes me happy. A special Estée Lauder memory always x

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