Before I worked in the beauty industry, I used to do a Ross at fancy hotels. I know: Friends ended ages and ages ago and it’s pretty tragic that I’m still referencing it, but I’ve yet to see the frenzy that is pilfering mini shampoos so accurately depicted elsewhere.
Nowadays, I’m a tad more restrained. Unless the hotel has a bathroom filled with REN. In that case, I stash the new bottles in my suitcase as soon as the chambermaid has refilled the stock. (Side note: are any of you chambermaids? Do lots of people do this? Surely you all know that nobody can get through a bottle of shampoo/conditioner/body wash every single day!)…
I digress. REN, then: very good brand that inspires a bit of madness even in hardened beauty writers. It’s 100% comprised of mineral and plant derived actives. It smells heavenly. It does the job it promises to do. It doesn’t break the bank (especially if stolen! Ha!). And now it is the subject of my latest giveaway. Scroll down to see what’s on offer…
The Morning Set/ This set is ideal if you struggle in the mornings. First, have a little scrub to get the circulation going and remove dead skin with REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm, and then wash and moisturise the old body with REN Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash and REN Neroli and Grapefruit Body Cream (both smell AMAZING).
For your face, there’s the really refreshing (though not stripping) REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel and REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil (tap on, follow with SPF. Can also be used in the evening and REN recommending using it then, but I find it really gives my skin oomph in the morning).
The Day Boosters / I’m a huge fan of products that can be used throughout the day to pep up senses and skin. These four are brilliant. The REN Citrus Limonum Hand Wash and Hand Cream smell ever so uplifting, the REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist will wake up make-up (what a pleasing rhyme) and boost the skin’s defences, and the REN Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift will plump out wrinkles and hydrate the skin around the eyes (full review here).
The Night Set / Here’s my evening routine of dreams: I kick back with an episode of Game of Thrones before heading upstairs to cleanse with the REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser. Next, I slather on a layer of REN Clearcalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask and hop in the shower. While I’m in there, the mask works its way into my skin as I lather up with the REN Seaweed and Sage Body Wash.
When I get out, I rinse and apply the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial to gently exfoliate and balance my face and décolleté, moisturise my body, massage a layer of REN Revitalising Night Cream onto my skin and read until I drift off…
THE GIVEAWAY //
To enter the giveaway to win one of the three REN routines:
1) Subscribe to MadeleineLoves.com by entering your e-mail address in the field at the top on the right hand side where it says ‘subscribe.’ If you’ve already subscribed, head to number 2…
2) Tell me which set you’d like to win in the comments field. I would also be cheered to hear that you also steal products from hotels if you should be feeling in the mood for a little confession.
Winners will be picked on the 2nd of June at 12pm GMT and notified on the e-mail account left when commenting (this won’t show up).
The day boosters would be my choice. I don’t often stay in hotels and have to confess to ‘stealing’ the toiletries when I do.
1) Thank you for the lovely giveaway – I am already a subscriber.
2) I would love to win the The Night Set please.
And yes, I have been known to take home mini shampoos and conditions from hotel rooms – well why not if I have paid a lot to stay there? And they put them there to be used so don’t feel bad! Oh and I also might take away one or two coffee sachets and packets of biscuits if they are available too – always handy for picnics or days out!
I ALWAYS take the biscuit packets!
I’m such a fan of REN and have gone through so many gentle cleansers, but also use the keep young and beautiful eye cream and a couple of things from the glycolactic (? think that’s how you spell it) range. The mask and the ‘wake up beautiful’ thing (which by the way, I was so impressed with, my face looked so smooth and rested when I woke up. Would be so nice to try some other things here, like the scrub/ neroli body stuff, bah!! Thanks for the oppportunity. Always read your blog. At work, hem hem….
Ha – it’s lunchtime so that’s legit!
I would love to win the night set. I’ve not tried REN before but they sound lovely!
I used to work in a hotel, and people would often stash the toiletries and we’d have to refill them. Once someone didn’t even try to do it subtly – her wash bag was wide open in the bathroom with all the little bottles in it! I’m definitely a Ross type of person when I see freebies! And it’s not tragic to reference Friends – my sister and I do it all the time, and it’s funny how many situations in life remind me of something in Friends! 😀
Glad to know I’m not the only one – my friend Antony and I speak exclusively in Friends references!
That is brand new information! 😀
Ren products are heavenly and the Night set would be a dream come true!
And yes I do hoard good toiletries from hotels.Definitely 🙂
The night set please!
Frequenting middle-of-nowhere hotels in China and India I don’t covet the toiletries…. however I do love the mini nail files and have an enormous amount of travel cotton buds and shower caps. I’ll also admit that I do have a substantial collection of white flannels. I find them so useful when flying – a quick face wash in the bathroom and a warm flannel is amazingly refreshing!
Oh that’s very reassuring!
The night set pleeaase!
The Day Boosters sound great!
The last hotel I stayed in had Espa goodies. Well I thought I had got over the ‘stealing’ phase. It was a 2 centre holiday so was lovely to have lovely shampoos and soaps for the second hotel. Oh and I love that Friends episode (well them all really) The suitcase falling open as he was leaving 🙂
I know. That’s yet to happen to me but one day I’m sure it will!
I totally steal hotel toilettries! I get giddy when I check in and find brands like L’Occitane or Molton Brown in the washrooms! 😀 I have no shame.
I have a little tester box of REN products that I need to open up – it contains their famour AHA exfoliant.
Amazing giveaway! I’d love to try out the products from the The Night Set. 🙂
The day boosters sounds awesome, i’ve only tried a toner from Ren but I love it. The shampoos are part of your room, I totally take them x
I would love the night set please. I always take the shampoo and shower gel from the Hilton so i use them on holiday 🙂
I’d love the third set on offer, especially as it has night cream which I use a lot of, as for hotels well…ummm…yes who doesn’t, I totally love the little sample sizes they have in the bathroom, they are great for holidays ( but please don’t quote me ! 🙂 .. lol .x
The general consensus seems to be that taking them is fine so I wouldn’t worry ????????
I’m a subscriber, thanks for the chance to win, I would love to win The Night Set, unfortunately I don’t stay in many hotels, especially those that supply beautiful bath products, although I may have taken home the packaged biscuits that were supplied, if you pack them in your bag daily and they restock them, oops 🙂
I love REN and both sets sound amazing. My preference would the morning routine though, I love the smell of grapefruit. I have a cupboard full of hotel toiletries to bring out when guests stay over and possibly one or two hotel beach towels- ssshhh!
These sets sound lovely.
Well as I have no time to do anything but brush my teeth in the mornings, I tend to have an evening and night time routine, so the night time one would benefit me most.
As for pinching things from hotels, hmm not stayed in one or a guest house for a long time, I would however grab any of those little soap packets, I have a thing about soap !
I would absolutely love the night set! Mornings tend to be quite rushed with a young baby, but once he’s in bed that’s when I indulge in a night time beauty regime. Bath, mask. Night Cream, eye cream, love them all. I then wake up refreshed to my boys smiles.
Whenever I go away, if the free toiletries are beautiful them I’ll always take them! I put them on display in my bathroom or put them on the guest bed with towels when people come to stay 😀
Already a subscriber – they all sound heavenly but I would love the Morning Set
The morning set and yes I have been known to take some hotel toiletries home, the next person won’t want them!!
I’d love to win a night set and yes I do take the bottle from hotels but only if it’s a good brand. If there’s a turndown service my mam is terrible she takes them and stashes them in a bag just in case they replenish them!
My mum does the same!
This is a very generous giveaway. I have always wanted to try this brand. I think the Night Set would be my choice.
I need a night set!
You know i steal.
I would like the Day Boosters set if I am lucky enough to win. The hotel I stayed in last weekend had Bulgari toiletries, it would have been rude not to take a few home!
I found that so hard to choose! I’d have to go for the morning set, although it was a close call!
Of course I steal from hotels, I have an Arran aromatics miniature selection in my bathroom & a lovely selection of tea bags from my last trip!
Haha – it seems everyone doesn
A posh hotel sort of once ripped me off by not giving me the room i thought i had paid for. so i pinched a bath towel
Very very naughty i know But justified I felt because their toiletries were rubbish
the night set please. I have been known to take the free samples of shampoo/shower gel etc. I was once in a posh hotel when they gave you toothbrushes too, restocked each day with the cleaning.
The night set please. I do like to take the samples in hotels if they are nice. Thanks for the giveaway xx
Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I am already a subscriber. I would love to win the night set as it sounds perfect for unwinding after a long and tiring day. I also take the toiletries from hotels if I really like them.
I’s love the night set, it’s not really stealing id you take opened bottles with you – they’d only bin them anyway – that’s my excuse
Haha – I’ll apply that reasoning next time!
The night set please! I always take anything I can get my hands on, shampoo, shower gel, tea, biscuits….!!!
Grapefruit Body Cream
Love to win the night set as I love to pamper myself before bed. It’s not stealing to take the toiletries home with you as they’re included in the room price. So yes I do, but I never take towels and bathrobes like a friend of mine!!
i’d love the night set! i’ve actually stopped stealing mini products in hotels. i never open them (so tiny! so cute!) so i hoard them for yonks until their content turns to something resembling mucus.
I recently had a serious cull of minis too for that very reason!
I would love to win the The Night Set please and there are many times that I have taken home miniatures from a hotel
I spend so much time travelling for work, I absolutely have to remove ‘samples’ to keep my friends small bottles they can use for carry on luggage! I would like to win the Night Set, I don’t really use anything at the moment.
I’d love the night set please. So refreshing to read all these candid confessions so I will happily join in with mine. Yes to everything and I especially love the Suchard hot chocolate sachets, custard creams and the plastic shower caps! Always useful x
Oh yes – I take the plastic shower caps to go over a hair mask at weekends!
I love the sound of the night set! Well surely the toiletries are included in the hotel price so they’re ours really?! Right? Hahaha
I love the sound of all of the products but I’d have to choose the morning set, as I need all the help I can get to get out of bed! I don’t think I stay in posh enough hotels as I neber find anything fancy to ‘borrow’. The shower caps are really useful to cover the bowl when you’re proving home made bread though!
I’ve never thought of that! Might give it a whirl this weekend…
I always take the shower caps – they’re brilliant to cover your hair with when dying it at home. It saves getting it all over your shoulders and dye going absolutely everywhere whilst its developing! I would love to win the The Night Set please.
The day set for me, please. I love REN Skincare this is a fab prize.
REN Is my favourite, I would love to try the hot towel cleanser and the environment mist. How great of you to do these give always!
I would love to win – and yes IO confess to nicking the mini shampoos from hotels, The Marriott I stayed at last had Loccitane goodies and whilst the cleaner was distracted I grabbed a massive handful
the night setwould be perfect please
I would love the day boosters as someone described my skin as grey the other day! 🙁
I have been known to leave a larger than normal tip in return for extra living proof products. 🙂
I would love the Day Booster set please. x
The Night Set would be the one for me! I love to wind down at night with a hot shower and beautiful products. I do love REN skincare, although have only previously tried a few of their products.
I do steal mini toiletries from hotels too! Although a lot of hotels I stay in have unbranded toiletries and I don’t really like using them in case they’re packed with nasty skin drying ingredients, so I leave them be.
I would love to win the The Night Set please.
I’d love the Night Set please. I was a bit miffed the last time I stayed at a hotel – they had lovely shower gels, shampoo, etc – all in classy looking pumpable dispensers that were fixed to the wall! (next time I’m packing empty travel size bottles to fill 🙂 ) I did end up with the ‘disposable’ bath slippers to use at home though as they’d just bin them otherwise.
The night set please. I stayed in a 5 star hotel in Amsterdam. I have to admit.I take the toiletries lol
I would love the Morning set please, I normally burn the candle at both ends so I need something zingy to waken me in the morning.
I take the toiletries from hotels as they are perfect to keep in my wash bag. My sister in law is a hotel housekeeper and she says that the hotel expect them to be taken and throw away opened ones so we are reducing waste by taking them home with us.
I wasn’t sure if I had subscribed or not. Anyway I popped my email into subscribe and it said I had opted out of subscribing yet I am sure I get emails from you. Yes this a bit of a blondish moment. So I clicked again and it still came up the same so I am not sure if I am subscribed or not. Please feel free to check and add me to your list if I am not. confused.com yeah.
I would like the night set please. Um have I ever taken anything from a hotel. Not deliberately. I did once by accident take a towel by mistake. Oops!
I’d love to try the instant brightening beauty eye shot. I’ve just come back from a holiday and the jetlag has had me noticing my under-eye bags even more! And yes, I steal. I steal it all.
Wife says I must win her the morning set or it’s divorce time !!
I would love to win the night set. It looks stunning!
The morning set would be very nice. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. I also have to confess to “stealing” the toiletries from hotels xx
I’d like to win the night set please?
I’d love the night set – and if a hotel has REN toiletries they do get stolen.
The night set would be my choice
When I stay in hotels I always nick the bottles of shower gel (perfect for short breaks rather than packing a large bottle) and if there are biscuits and tea bags in the room I snaffle a few of those as well
I’d love to try the Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift………. I’ve been known to pinch the biscuits from the tea tray when I leave a hotel, and the pens…
The night set looks fabulous and yep – Whenever I stay over in a hotel I take the free toilettries- who doesnt love a freebie?
I would prefer the night set.
I tend to pick up some of the nicer freebies in hotels as find them useful for weekend trips or to leaving out if you have friends coming to stay. It can add a touch of luxury rather than leaving out the everyday shampoo/conditioner.
I love the look of the night set! I do sometimes steal the toiletries from hotels if they’re nice ones!
I would love to win the night set please. I always steal all the beauty products every day from all the hotels I stay in and I also ask the chambermaid for extra too if I see her / him !
I’d love to win the The Night Set please.
I take the beauty products, I don’t think I’d do a Ross and take every single thing haha (like loo roll!). I’ve taken eye masks and hair nets too which come in handy.
Would love to win the day set! And, yes, if they’re quality, they’re going in my bag 🙂
I would love to win “The Day Boosters” set so I could give the hand duo to my mom.
umm nick things from hotels? i have been known to nick the odd towel here and there,
night set would be awsome
The morning set sounds my Favourite
Oh I always take the toiletries in Hotels and I have to confess I have been known to take a couple extra from the cleaners trolly’s !!
1) Thank you for the lovely giveaway – I am already a subscriber.
2) I would love to win the day boosters please 🙂
I love to win the morning set. I totally bag all the little soaps and things too – you never know when they might come in useful! 😉
I’d love to win the morning set.
When I was 15 I had a weekend job at a hotel as a chamber maid, and I used to pocket all the good biscuits. No one ever got a pack of jammy dodgers or bourbons in their room when I was working!
Oh no – poor them! Xx
I would love the nightime set. Nothing worse than looking at a puffy un-refreshed looking face in the morning or dry skin. Always trying samples and sampling freebies on offer on skin counters or hotels!
I’d like to win the Morning set please. My work has me get up at 4am and I must confess at that time in the morning I tend to neglect any type of beauty regime that you can’t do with a shower and a cup of coffee :/ As for stealing from hotels , the
thought would never cross my mind …. my husband on the other hand I cannot comment for!
I’d like to win the Morning set please. I need to start my day off well after going to the gym
The day boosters please
the day boosters
The night set please xx
I would love the night set
I’d love to win the night set please. I sometimes take the toiletries. I find it funny now how many hotels have large bottle stuck to the walls.
The Morning Set would really make my day. I was cheeky when I stayed at One Aldwych they have Plantation goodies and I asked for an extra set 😉
Ooh I’d do the same at that hotel!
I would really love The Night Set please, thank you for the lovely giveaway!
The night set please.
Yes on the odd occasion I have been known to take all the free bits!
I would love the night set – those products look amazing and REN is always so good for my sensitive skin!
The hotel samples are there for the taking no?! I have a little collection of shampoos and body washes that i take and never use haha. I love taking the packets of biscuits every morning to munch on in the afternoon. I never do a Ross and take batteries or lightbulbs though hahah.
The night set would be great…
I take biscuits, coffee, tea, sugar and mini shampoos/shower gels from the hotels!
The Night Set – I love Ren products, their frankincense face cream is amazing! I am a hotel toiletries pincher, I have to say!!
Im not ashamed to say I take the lot from hotel rooms, biscuits, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, toiletries etc etc. My kids love the novelty of them and why not? we’ve paid from them!
the day booster 🙂
Already subscribe, would love the night set. You have to pinch toiletries at hotels, that is what they are for!
The Day Boosters
OMG I am the worst at toiletry theft…I also get my family to do it for me when they go away. They despair of me! I also have been known to nick one or two off the trolly…..now I am confessing too much! Would love the Day boosters – sounds fab. Thanks 🙂
My sister does that!
Would love to win the night set please
I’d like the night set please and I have been known to steal a hotel shower cap…or 10!!!
Would love the night set
Its not stealing from hotels as its in with the price
the night set would be fab! and yes I take them well little things like shampoo, soap, shower caps…
sarah would love for me to win her the morning set
REN Revitalising Night Cream would be great.
I’d like to win the Night Set. I stay in hotels a lot with work, and they are usually nice hotels, so I am always snaffling products. I have a box in my bedroom full of these goodies for holidays and weekends camping.
The Day Boosters for my wife
I’d like the morning set. The exfoliator sounds really good. Yes, I must confess to having nicked all the toiletries out of hotel rooms but I haven’t helped myself to towels or bathrobes. Mainly because that will really be stealing, and secondly, because I have not stayed anywhere posh enough to provide complementary bathrobes.
I would love to win the night set if I am picked to win please 🙂 the products sound lovely.
Yes I am also guilty of product pinching but to be honest I haven’t been in any hotels with majorly posh brands so I feel it’s OK xox
The Night Set would be lovely, My skin could sure use a boost lately and yes I have nipped a few hotel products here and there! 🙂
Everything sounds just lush but if I had to choose then the night set would be awesome.
On another note, I don’t ‘steal’ from the hotels I stay at…I just take the ‘gifts’ that are offered to me. It’s all in the price isn’t it? Lol ??
I’d love to try the day boosters please and yes I have to confess I taking the toiletries when stayin in a hotel
The night set please
I would choose the day boosters. I never really stay in hotels so no hotel confessions for me x
Would love the night set please already subscribed
I also put the new products straight in my suitcase, then you get brand new ones to use while you stay in the hotel. I must admit I have also grabbed handfuls of products if the maids trolley is in the corridor and she’s nowhere to be seen lol
I would love to try The Day Booster Set pretty please x
The night set sounds amazing. I never get the chance to stay at hotels but it’s all included in the price if you ask me.
The ren night set would be ideal for me. As a night owl, i have plenty of time to try it out……
im a subsciber the heavenly night set would be amazing
I’d love to win the day set – my girlfriend gets really dry hands from washing them all day at work so would love a nice new hand cream! Sadly I don’t tend to stay in nice enough hotels that have goodies worth stealing! 🙁
I would love the Night Set… I’m pregnant with our miracle baby after a lot of heartache and my skin looks tired and run down so this could be the pick me up I need – Thank you also subscribed xx
I would love the day set. I used to stay in hotels weekly for work and I always took the little bottles of shampoo etc. I have also been known to take some of the coffee, tea and biscuits.A bit sad really.
Not at all! X
I would love to try the night set please. I have to confess to once stealing a bath towel from a hotel in Spain that had their name printed on it. I still have it now.
im already subscribed, and I would love the day set please to help with my skin
Hi! I’m subscribed 🙂 I’d love the Night Set if I win please! (and yup, also guilty of taking products from hotels!) x
I haven’t ever tried REN but sounds fabulous! if there is one thing worth investing in its your skin isnt it? Would love to try the morning set as it sounds so refreshing. plus sometimes my nighttime routine is a bit rushed as im just desperate to get into bed! Bad habit I know!
I’m subscribed – and would love to win the night set 🙂
Oh nyes – I always come away with the ‘little bottles’ from my hotel room 🙂 <<shameless…
I would love to win the The Day Boosters set, my skin could really do with a boost!
And the winners are:
Day Set: Chantal
Night Set: Gisela Barrington
Boosters: CJ Smith
Thank you for entering – the next one will be live soon!