Samples are great, aren’t they? I love getting them because they are such a great way to try a product out before committing to the entire thing. I get the majority of my product samples from Sephora through their Beauty Insider program. I can very rarely get out of there without leaving with some kind of sample and I absolutely love ordering online as you get 3 free samples with your order. I’m going to stop saying sample now.
Anyway I thought I’d do some reviews of some I’ve tried out recently so let’s get started:
This was a really good-sized sample with an horrible name (really?). This lasted me a good month or so of almost daily use and it gave my lips a sheer coat of pink that I really liked. I tried somewhat unsuccessfully to swatch this so you could see the colour – the top is one swipe and the bottom is two swipes. Very sheer with just one swipe and it gets slightly darker with two or more swipes.
I’m partial to balms and glosses over lipsticks because my lips tend to dry out easily; I really liked how moisturizing this was. I definitely see myself picking up a full size of one of these at some point although right now I have lots of lip products to get through before I allow myself to purchase anymore.
Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil Gel – $35.00 CAD
Given my acne-prone, combination and sensitive skin, oil-based cleansers tend to scare me. I was a little nervous to try this out but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting it to be a thin, oily consistency but it was actually more of a gel, which I’m a fan of. Apparently I can’t read because it says gel in the title?
I loved how soft and smooth my skin felt after using this and that it didn’t cause any breakouts or irritation so overall I was impressed with this! I’ve got a bunch of cleansers I’m trying to make my way through but this will definitely be added to my Sephora cleanser wish list for sure.
Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Aging Moisturizer – $74.00 CAD
Wowsers, I had no clue how pricey this moisturizer was until I looked it up on Sephora to do this review! So I’m not too disappointed that I didn’t like it! This felt nice and light when I applied it but it left my skin feeling greasy and tacky immediately afterwards. I also found that it didn’t want to absorb into my skin so I only ever used it at night. I’ve never been super impressed with anything from Philosophy and this is just another reason why. Most definitely would not purchase a full size of this one!
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask – $56.00 CAD
I didn’t expect to like this given that it has cucumber in it and I am not a fan of anything cucumber-scented. Luckily it doesn’t smell like cucumber at all in my opinion – it’s a lightly scented and more fresh and clean smelling. I am a fan of a few PTR products but there have been some that just haven’t worked for me. Fortunately this wasn’t one of them! This gel mask claims to be “…a refreshing, cooling, moisturizing, and calming gel that helps soothe dry, irritated skin.” In addition to cucumber, it includes extracts of papaya, sugar cane and aloe and can be used after facials, sun exposure, waxing, etc. I haven’t used it after any of those kind of situations or events but ironically I did use it after I overused another PTR product that completely dried out my skin. I did find it helped with that situation quite a bit – it was soothing, cooling and I really felt like it infused some moisture back into my skin. I didn’t use this on a regular basis, just during times where I felt my skin needed some extra moisture and care. I liked this but I’m not sure if I would re-purchase it. It’s pretty pricey and it worked well but it didn’t wow me.
Dior Show Iconic Overcurl Mascara – $35.00 CAD
I’m pretty picky about my mascara and because I’ve heard nothing but good things about the original Dior Show mascara, I knew had to give this a try. Overall I was pretty underwhelmed – I feel like I’ve used drugstore mascaras that are just as good as this one. I really didn’t like the curved brush but I’m not a fan of curved brushes to begin with (I realized how bad of a picture I took of the brush after I uploaded this #blondemoment) This is supposed to create curl and volume with no clumping or smudging. I naturally have fairly long lashes but it doesn’t matter what mascara I use, I have to curl them otherwise they look spidery. This one was no exception. It delivered on volume but it did still clump and I found it did smudge a bit by the end of the day. For $35 I just expect more so I wouldn’t repurchase the full size of this.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara – $28.00 CAD
Okay this mascara blew me away and I NEVER say that about higher end mascaras. First off, I LOVED the brush. The cone shape is like nothing I’ve ever used and it made it so easy to apply. Typically I love full bristle brushes for mascara and this one offered the best of both worlds with the fullness at the top and its tapered tip, which made it easy to get the tiny lashes in corners and edges of my eyes. I really felt like it defined and extended each lash with minimal clumping. It did flake off a bit by the end of the day but I’ve failed to find a mascara that didn’t. As much as I hate the price of this I would seriously consider purchasing the full size of this!
Ole Henrikson Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster – $60.00 CAD
Vitamin C skin care seems to be all the rage these days so when I saw this as a points option @ Sephora I swiped it right up. I’ve never actually used a serum before and after trying this I can see that I’m really missing out. I’ve been using this at night after cleansing and the first time I used it I fully expected my face to be a greasy mess after applying it. I was amazed how it just sunk right into my skin but apparently that’s exactly what serums are supposed to do! The claims on this one are substantial including brightening, minimizing lines, damage repair, increased collagen production and more. I definitely feel it brightens my skin but I can’t speak to the other claims. This was a small sample of this though, I’m assuming you need to use it longer than a week or two to see full results. Would I buy a full size of this? I’m kind of on the fence. I like it but it’s pricey and it’s the first serum I’ve tried. I’d like to try some other serums to compare first.
Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil $34.50 CAD
I received this mini sample from my hairdresser a while back; when I got it I wondered if it was even worth using given how tiny it was. After using it once I realized a little goes a long way. I’d use two drops distributed through the ends of my hair prior to using my curling iron to smooth the ends and to act as a bit of a heat protectant. I found it did make my ends a little smoother and less frizzy/fried looking. However, because I have fine hair I really have to be careful with oils – if they get anywhere near my roots they turn instantly greasy. Ironically right now I’m using an oil-infused shampoo so I feel like using this on top of that would be a bit too much for my hair. Overall I liked this but didn’t love it and because it’s so pricey I’m going to pass on buying the full size of this.
And that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed my samples review!