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Love At First Sample!!! πŸ₯°

I know you’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!   It’s been six years and I have yet to find any body scrub that compares -and I’ve tried!


A more recent love-at-first-sample is the Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer!  It’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 everyone’s cup of tea but it’s very pleasing to me. πŸ™‚  

Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Primer 1.6 oz/ 50 mL 






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You did good girl,  you solved a mystery and did some holiday shopping πŸ› πŸ˜‰

@heartsmyface win!

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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 πŸ‘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 😞. I can’t pick up any scent πŸ˜‚

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@Cissy63 hopefully your just fighting off a cold πŸ’–

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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 



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


Peel Pads

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Mini Glow Peel Pads 20 Pads 



Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask

innisfree Volcanic AHA 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 we’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 πŸ’–

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


Mind if I ask what’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 that’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 Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray 1.7 oz/ 50 mL  once a week while I had a sample ( it lasted a long time to 😁 )

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 Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ 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.  πŸŒž

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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 SPF 40 PA+++ 20 mL , I thought it was primer like also

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@CynthieLu   Yes the Supergoop! Mini Unseen Sunscreen 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 don’t wear sunscreen I am just wasting my time and money. 

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πŸ’― 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 πŸ˜„ Super goop is a great line in my opinion

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@Cissy63   That one is a real HG for so many people!  I’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.  It’s more like the texture of Smashbox original primer.  My foundation laid on top nicely @heartsmyface  !

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