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Love At First Sample!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

I know youโ€™ve tried a sample (or ten) of something and it was so magical it made you stop everything and buy a product cause it was love at first sample!  What was it and did the full sized version live up to your initial heart-melted impression? Or is it still on your shopping list to pick up at your earliest convenience?  

The first time I can recall this happening to me was when Sephora still carried Dermadoctor.  I had a sample of their KP Duty Body Scrub.  I used it just to push it through my stash and was absolutely blown away by how immediately soft and exfoliated my skin was!  Instant purchase!   Itโ€™s been six years and I have yet to find any body scrub that compares -and Iโ€™ve tried!


A more recent love-at-first-sample is the Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer!  Itโ€™s a slightly peach tinted,creamy gel consistency and is mega hydrating while blurring subtle imperfections on its own but making foundation apply so smoothly!!!  Plus it has a beautiful floral fragrance which may not be everyoneโ€™s cup of tea but itโ€™s very pleasing to me. ๐Ÿ™‚  

Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Primer 1.6 oz/ 50 mL 






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@CynthieLu  I will have to give a good sniff later on tonight.  But with chronic allergies I have a hard time with light scents ๐Ÿ‘ƒ

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It's a mildly powerful scent in my opinion but I'm doubting my nose today lol @Cissy63 

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@CynthieLu  My nose is really broken ๐Ÿ˜ž. I canโ€™t pick up any scent ๐Ÿ˜‚

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@Cissy63 hopefully your just fighting off a cold ๐Ÿ’–

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@CynthieLu, oh, baby powder? I'll have to remember to keep that in mind when I next reach for the cleanser. There's something that's familiar about it but I couldn't pinpoint the exact notes. 


Exfoliating products that work for me, let's see, there's a handful in different forms.



AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder 1.94 oz/ 55 g 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Smoothing Cleanser with AHA + BHA 



Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (but only on my T-zone)


Peel Pads

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads with Glycolic + Lactic Acids  

SEPHORA COLLECTION Mini Glow Peel Pads 20 Pads 



Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask

innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask 3.38 oz/ 100 mL 

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting BHA 9 Treatment 0.3 oz/ 9 mL (spot treatment only)


There's probably a couple more that are not coming to mind at the moment, but, except for the Sephora cleanser which I just disovered this year, all are products that I've repurchased, some repeatedly.

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@itsfi @CynthieLu the fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash  is really nice if weโ€™re talking physical exfoliators.  

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Thank you for that @itsfi I don't exfoliate often, it's hit and miss what is too much for me.  I'm always curious about what works for other sensitive skin- ers. I appreciate the product mentions ๐Ÿ’–

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@CynthieLu, yeah, exfoliating products are hugely hit or miss and sadly, itโ€™s something you often have to try out to find out where it falls on the hit or miss continuum.


Mind if I ask whatโ€™s your preference (if you have one) when it comes to exfoliating products?

  • chemical or manual 
  • AHA or BHA or PHA? 
  • As a standalone product (toner, peel pads) or included in another product (cleanser, mask)?

What exfoliating products have you tried thatโ€™s been too much for your skin? 

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@itsfi My skin does not enjoy manual exfoliation, like a wash with hard bits in it? I can use it once and my skin starts to say nooooooo pretty quickly.


I was okay with the Juice Beauty Stem Cellularยฎ Exfoliating Peel Spray 1.7 oz/ 50 mL  once a week while I had a sample ( it lasted a long time to ๐Ÿ˜ )

And the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner 5.07 oz/ 150 mL a few times a week. If I use this everyday my skin will start to complain. But a few times a week my skin likes it allot.

But everything else I try usually ends in redness  or ezcema flare ups.


I am to afraid to try anything else lol like those Dr Gross Peel pads I think would be way too overwhelming for my skin. 


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@CynthieLu my skin is the same. I can tolerate retinol and vitamin c just fine but aha/BHA my skin revolts.

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@itsfi -- I used the older cleanser too, very nice even on my dry skin. Someone in my family passed on a trial sized kit of Tula products and I enjoyed all of them except the chemical peel serum, it was just too intense for me.

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@heavyhedon, that's good to know. Thank you! I'll probably stay away from their peel - I've been sticking to some tried-and-true peels / exfoliating products and I've been doing better with products that are more gentle on my skin - less intense peels / exfoliating products work better for me.

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@itsfi , me too. I can't use anything that exfoliates too often, either. 

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Yeah, I'm at 1-2x per week @heavyhedon; maybe up to 3x in the summer months when my skin is oilier. I can use something like the enzyme powder cleansers (like amorepacific or tatcha) with more frequency, but I try not to, for fear of compromising my skin barrier. It's so easy to do that and yet takes a long time to heal when it is compromised. lol.

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@heartsmyface I had been on the lookout for a facial sunscreen that did not make me a ghost, worked well with my foundation and was not greasy on my skin.   I received a sample of Supergoop! Mineral Mattescreen SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen 1.5 oz / 45 mL .  I was so pleased with this sunscreen.  It played well with my skin and my foundation. In fact, I can use it also as a primer.  I bought a full size of it in late spring and have used it daily since it arrived.  ๐ŸŒž

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Supergoop is very nice and easy to wear @Cissy63 my main lookout for sunscreen is that I don't hate wearing it lol

I wonder if this one is like the Supergoop! Mini Unseen Sunscreen Invisible Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA +++ 20 mL , I thought it was primer like also

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@CynthieLu   Yes the Supergoop! Mini Unseen Sunscreen Invisible Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA +++ 20 mL will also act as a primer.  We have a 2 story home and I keep a small skincare and makeup supply downstairs.  Including sunscreen.  I have this mini with that supply.  I never used to wear it daily.  But then I thought, I am doing all of this skincare to reduce dark spots.  If I donโ€™t wear sunscreen I am just wasting my time and money. 

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๐Ÿ’ฏ percent yes to that @Cissy63 

Spf everyday is my goal too.

You got that right, we spend our good money on creams, serums etc.. but spf is a hugely important step. 

I just used to hate how most sunscreens felt or reacted on my skin.  But now I have a few excellent ones that I don't mind wearing at all ๐Ÿ˜„ Super goop is a great line in my opinion

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@Cissy63   That one is a real HG for so many people!  Iโ€™m curious to try the cream to see if my opinion on supergoop will change.

My notes say it was filmy but I believe it was the sheer spray.   Your description of its performance sounds so good!  

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Thank you.  Itโ€™s more like the texture of Smashbox original primer.  My foundation laid on top nicely @heartsmyface  !

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Moroccanoil - hooked after my first sample many years ago.  Nothing makes my hair more beautiful. 


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