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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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Thanks foe the post! I will definitely give this a try! 

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@shyharv, if you have a chance to try out the Eadem dark spot serum, definitely do so. I've been happy with the results. Are you currently using a serum for discoloration or dark spots that you like?

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@itsfi @These sound like something I should try.  Maybe in the Fall sale!

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@Cissy63, I've been very impressed with the EADEM Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum with Niacinamide and Vitamin C 1 oz/ 30 mL. I wish the brand offered sample sizes; I know foils aren't the most eco-friendly way to go about things but it sure helps to have trial sizes to test out products before committing to a full size. 

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I relate to this post so much!! Trying a sample of the Bouncy Bright Facial from Drunk Elephant turned into me making my first ever full-size DE purchase! Havenโ€™t looked back and will continue to repurchase! Such a game-changer for acne scars and dullness!

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I got a sample of #KILIAN Paris Apple Brandy Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray 


I am soooo surprised at how much I love it. I usually prefer floral or fruit scents on the lighter side.  


The Kilian is heavier( for a fruit scent imo) and its deep. One spray was enough and when I caught whiffs of it through out the day I was really happy with it. So, I'm happily surprised and loving this sample!


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@CynthieLu  I have read so many good things about this scent.  Good to know you also enjoy it๐Ÿฅฐ

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It's sooo different and not like anything I usually buy or gravitate towards @Cissy63 I typically am getting light, fruity and floral scents.  This one thou, is deep and has more depth and body.  

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@JessKors - At least you gave them to someone and didn't throw them out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My top three favorite samples of all times are:

- NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil Cruella (only red lipstick thatโ€™s ever worked on me, amazing bday sample gift).

- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Translucent (another amazing bday sample).

- Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter Unscented (one of the most luxurious moisturizers Iโ€™ve ever tried, but itโ€™s definetly a splurge)

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@arrecife  Oh these are all great products ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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@arrecife  Oh yea!! The Nars lip pencils are gorgeously pigmented and have such beautiful texture!  Plus such a good stain to the lips!  

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I was able to grab the Sephora Favorites Year of the Water Rabbit Little Luxuries Set and discovered some new must-haves. ๐Ÿ‡


Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B Niacinamide Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL& Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Night Cream 1 oz / 30 mL 

These two products gave me the ultimate glass skin. I used them in combination with my regular skincare routine, listed in my post history, and even my friends noticed a big difference.


Estรฉe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel-Cream 0.5 oz / 15 mL 

I always thought eye creams were silly, but this one proved me wrong. Incredibly moisturizing and this sample lasted me ages - great value.


Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream 

I used to be super into K-beauty and I can't believe I never tried this brand. The smell is definitely polarizing, some may or may not like this, but it sinks in beautifully and I always woke up with plump skin after using this in my PM routine.


Clรฉ de Peau Beautรฉ The Serum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL 

OK, this ranks with La Mer in terms of affordability but if you are going to spend $$$ on skincare then this is for you. Gorgeous bottle and very hydrating.

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@lavendersmoke Wow, youโ€™re making these sound absolutely incredible! Iโ€™m taking notes for my next haul! ๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿ’•

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@lavendersmoke  Ouhh glass skin you say?  okay Iโ€™m convinced.  just one little splurge;) 

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So hydrated and glossy! Just make sure SPF is your final step ๐Ÿ˜Š

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@heartsmyface - With my last order, I picked the sample set of Briogeo Donโ€™t Despair, Repair!โ„ข Super Moisture Shampoo for Damaged Hair , Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!โ„ข Super Moisture Conditioner for Dry + Damaged Hair 16 oz/ 473 mL , Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!โ„ข Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 8 oz/ 237 mL.. I've been using the mask on and off for years, but I've never tried the shampoo and conditioner.  I really liked how well they cleaned and moisturized my dry, fine, thin, wavy, curly hair and dry, itchy scalp.  Next sale, I will probably get the full size of both to see how they work over the long haul.

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I love the idea of fragrance discovery sets! I may not always find a scent I love, love, looooove โ™ฅ๏ธ but I enjoy being able sample a few scents from a line or collection without having to pay for full bottles. The DedCool Discovery Set was great in that regard @heartsmyface . Iโ€™d never heard of the brand until I saw this set online.


Fragrance 01 โ€œTauntโ€ is my favorite - itโ€™s fresh, sweet, soft and creamy blend of vanilla and amber. ๐Ÿฅฐ Iโ€™ve purchased the scent in an DedCool 01 "Taunt" Air Freshener for myself and as gifts and recently picked up the DedCool 01 "Taunt" Eau de Parfum Travel Spray .5oz / 15 mL - wouldnโ€™t be surprised if a full size makes its way here at some point. 

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@itsfi taunt and milk are on my must try list!!

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@cianni, I love the Taunt scent. Iโ€™m contemplating picking up the scented detergent. You know, I wasnโ€™t sure about the Milk layering scent, but it really elevates the Taunt scent. I would not have believed it if I hadnโ€™t tried them in the set. With my body chemistry, the Milk really paid well with Taunt. I donโ€™t get that with the other Dedcool fragrances, which is actually okay by me because my word!! My wallet is taking a beating this holiday season. ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

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@itsfiomg I know, I thought I was doing so well with not picking too many things up this year till November rolled aroundโ€ฆ. and itโ€™s been downhill since then ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Iโ€™m back on a fragrance kick apparently!

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