Wednesday, November 30, 2016

reviewing my sephora sample stash

Here is a round up of what were hits and misses from my recent stash of sephora samples! Useful if you happen to see them at the counter and can't decide if they are worth giving a try:)
All of these can be found on the sephora website. I did not link each one separately you may copy and paste the product name.

lancome hypnose drama mascara: I haven't tried a mascara mini in years, I used to live off them. This mascara is really good! It gives me volume and fans out my lashes without looking clumpy. My little sample has already lasted a bit over a month. I don't think the full size would have the same effect as I really like the shorter wand. I will happily take more samples sizes of this.

dr. jart cicapair tiger grass cream: This cream is meant to soothe red and irritated skin. I have been using it on blemishes in the morning before I apply make-up and really do like it. It is cooling and calming on the skin. I wish the full size was cheaper and smaller I doubt I would ever use up the full tube but do really like this and will keep an eye out for more samples.

ole henriksen sheer transformation: Truth be told I had bought this last year for day use and never got on with it, but after being given another sample and used it at night and it has become my go-to cream. It gently exfoliates the skin while brightening scars. I have noticed my skin become softer and less textured and yes even brighter. I have tried out a few other creams to make sure this one was at the top and yes I will be purchasing it in a larger size. (well sunday riley good genes is a bit better but also almost $200...)

ole henriksen the truth sugar glow mask: I really enjoy using exfoliating masks and this one smells like jam! It was gentle yet effective and left my skin feeling soft. The subtle warming effect was nice as well. I am a mask-a-holic and this has been a favorite that I have tried recently.

first aid beauty ultra repair cream: At first I wasn't going to try this because a body cream isn't all that exciting but I am glad I did. It is the least greasy body lotion I have ever tried. It left my hands velvety soft. I will be purchasing a full size super soon.

origins maskimizer: I like this idea of this but didn't really see it being any better than just spritzing a toner that you may already own as a mask primer.

josie maran 100% argan oil: I am fan of oils but can't really tell if this is better than the other simple oils I have tried (ex. jojoba) it is a generous sample and will be used but I doubt I will repurchase in full size.

fresh vitamin nectar face mask: I was excited to try this, this mask is made from real fruit. However it was a little to "jammy" it was hard to spread and felt melty on the skin. I did not notice anything spectacular in term of glow or softness in my skin after using it.

philosophy renewed hope in a jar: This is an exfoliating cream much like sheer transformation. This one however had a stronger unnecessary scent and never seemed to sink into my skin. I was able to get four nights out of it and wasn't sold that my skin was looking more refined.

Do you enjoy trying out beauty minis? If so what has been your favorite recently?

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