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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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Re: Love At First Sample!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

@greeneyedgirl107  Ouhhh, I havenโ€™t seen this one!  

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@heartsmyface It's still going strong!

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I think? my 1st ever Love at first sample in Sephora, was the DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY 2am Kiss 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray I bought the Full size during a fragrance multiplier ๐Ÿ˜. The smell didn't change and it was my staple for awhile.  It's still a quarter full now and stick with travel sprays now to limit waste.

 

 

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@heartsmyface it's usually fragrances that will get me at first sample,, two recent ones are #Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir 3.4 oz/ 100 mL Eau de Parfum Spray 

And Maison Marie Louis 4 perfume

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@heartsmyface great idea for a thread! I got a sample of the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation and even though it's not my favorite, the shade is so close to my skintone that I decided to pick it up. It's nothing to write home about, imo, but it's a great go to when I'm in a rush and need something that will do the job and stay on well.

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@makeitup305  Finding a foundation thatโ€™s an exact match is sooo rare!   I know what you mean, my exact matches donโ€™t have to perform perfectly cause if they misbehave they donโ€™t tend to be obvious as a shade thatโ€™s simply close.  
I wish a brand would come out that custom mixed shades for customers on the spot.  That would be such a game changer.  

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@heartsmyface exactly. I much prefer it with a glowy base underneath. I think Lancome had a custom foundation builder in some stores but I'm not sure  if they still do. I never heard much about it though,  the formula must not have been great. I wonder if it's hard to do with a standard "base" since I might have heard that darker shades require more tweaking? Idk. I think it would be amazing to be able to go into Sephora and get a custom shade there and then.

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@heartsmyface, what a fab thread. Itโ€™s been great reading about the products that left a lasting and loving first impression on everyone! ๐Ÿ˜ Many of my tried-and-true products made their way into my collection after I sampled it. Hereโ€™s my most recent love at first sample:

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Lancรดme Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Full Coverage Concealer 

 

I typically have a more expansive selection of foundations on hand, even at my most streamlined. When it comes to concealer though, I've kept them to just a small few. I made room for this one. It holds up very well, doesn't feel tight or dry after a long day of wear, and looks nice on the skin. ๐Ÿ’–

 

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@itsfi  does it dry down like Nars radiant creamy concealer or is it more moist and in need of a separate setting powder? 

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Good question @heartsmyface! It wears better when I use a setting powder. Itโ€™s not bad without a setting powder but shows signs of wear and fading sooner than if I used a setting powder. Iโ€™ve been using it as both an under eye concealer and over spots.

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The fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream 0.5 oz/ 15 mL was the most recent sample that "got me". I couldn't stomach the price at first, but none of the other half dozen eye creams even held a candle! I don't get a lot of sleep these days and it is the only thing that makes any difference in de-puffing and moisturizing, while also not causing any pilling with my make-up. Love at first sight, for sure!

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@blueyonder  Ohhh i liked this one!! I had a bunch of samples I used for an entire month of travelling and never remembered to purchase it when I got home even though it was great!!! 

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The original Farmacy Honey Potion was a major love from the first sample!

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@faeriegirl Okay, tbh, I donโ€™t even need to try samples to buy Farmacy products.  I just assume (usually correctly) Iโ€™m going to love them. ๐Ÿ˜†

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It wont really count but if i could i would buy the Oribe shampoo from the sample i got a while ago.

 

I maybe wouldnt buy the same version, but still, those shampoos are pricey. 

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@Emy10   It still counts if you tried it and you fell in love!  And yes, the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo won my heart in a big way!  No white cast and it works instantly!  Mineโ€™s nearly empty but the price point makes me cringe.  I have a self inflicted arbitrary price cap on certain items and more than $50 for a dry shampoo is it (unless of course Iโ€™m feeling irresponsible which happens ๐Ÿ˜) Iโ€™ve already replaced it with the Ouai Super Dry Shampoo.  The Melrose Place scent is fresh and Divine.  It does leave a slight white cast that needs to be tousled out but itโ€™s worth it for the fragrance. OUAI Super Dry Shampoo 4.5 oz/ 127 g #

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@heartsmyface  Oooh i love the Ouai leave in, its the best detangler for my hair.

 

26$ is still way too much for a Dry Shampoo ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Re: Love At First Sample!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

For me, two stick out -

 

Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Brightโ„ข Visibly Brightening and Smoothing Body Cream with Vitamin C 8.1 oz / ...

 

fresh Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treatment Essence 

 

Both have become staples in my skin and body care routine, Iโ€™m obsessed with them!  

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@alexasteph  ditto on the Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Brightโ„ข Visibly Brightening and Smoothing Body Cream with Vitamin C 8.1 oz / ... ! I like the original but sometimes the smell is too much for me in the summer. Bom Dia is just what I've been looking for! A gentler smell and some extra skin loving benefits. I'm glad I got the sample in time to still order a tub during the sale ๐Ÿ˜

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@SurprisedLemur I am obsessed with the scent for the original Bum Bum, so Iโ€™m so glad itโ€™s what they use for their deo. For me, the issue I have with the original is the fact itโ€™s tinted with those little illuminating whatever they call them haha. A few years ago, when I had a small jar of it, it was my first time using it and I didnโ€™t realize exactly how *illuminating* it was and wore it on my legs to a summer weddingโ€ฆ the inside of my dress was stained and I felt like my legs were sparkling orange hahaha. Bom Dia works perfectly though! I have a small jar of Sol de Janeiro Mini Beija Florโ„ข Collagen-Boosting Elasti-Cream with Bio-Retinol and Squalane 2.5 oz/... coming with my final sale order so Iโ€™m quite excited to try that. 

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@alexasteph Really?! I've never noticed that! Though I've only ever tried it through samples.

I got the Beija promo just before the sale and although I loved the texture of the cream, the smell just wasn't for me. It was very powdery / bordering grandma-y. I think scents smell so different depending on your body chemistry though so maybe it will work for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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