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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 Base pour le visage et pour le corps BACKSTAGE 1.6 oz/ 50 mL 






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@RGbrown is like that internet picture,  are the shoes gold or blue?  But with a smell πŸ˜†

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I was wrong on that too, so take all of my guesses with a grain of salt 🀣

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@RGbrown lol πŸ˜† 

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The Tula Cult Classic cleanser reminded so much of old fashioned baby powder smell, but that's just how it hit my nose πŸ˜… (I am into it by the way 😁)

If it really is Blueberry I'm laughing so hard at my misjudged notes of smell @heartsmyface but now I'm curious I need someone who has an open bottle at the moment to let me know what they smell πŸ€” πŸ˜‚

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@CynthieLu  I thought I had this but I think I gave it away to my nephew.  My husband me running around the spare bathrooms looking for it and asked what I was looking for.  I explained I needed to know what I smelled like and were now off to Sephora to see if they have it so I can confirm and not be up all night wondering if I misremembered! Hahaha, perfect excuse for an in store trip!  πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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Oh no lol  πŸ˜†  @heartsmyface you man is a keeper for supporting you in this adventure, my guy would just look at me like I was silly 😜  


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@CynthieLu  He is!  I love our impromptu adventures!  


 and the verdict- the cleanser smells powdery. It’s the blackhead scrub that smells like blueberries!   πŸ˜„ 

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You really have a good man, @heartsmyface, scrolling through I did not expect this to evolve into what it didπŸ˜„

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@eshoe  Ha it was a silly mission but fun!  Following through on the impulsive ideas we have makes life interesting:) We were amused with ourselves the whole way there and back.  πŸ˜„ 

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I'm so happy my nose isn't broken 🀣 @heartsmyface 

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@CynthieLu  Nope not at all broken!  I was the confused one!  To be fair though, all the packaging looks the same.  

It was worth it though!! I hauled a few things!! Haha, oops!  The damage I can do in five minutes is terrifying. But I nicked a few Christmas presents off:) 

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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 Exfoliant liquide Skin Perfecting 2 % BHA (but only on my T-zone)


Peel Pads

First Aid Beauty Rondelles Γ©clat du visage 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Mini Coussinets exfoliants Glow 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 Nettoyant exfoliant visage Sugar Strawberry  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 Soin exfoliant Γ  vaporiser Stem Cellular 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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