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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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@ionianblue, ooh, this reminds me I have a sample of the GR Dew Drops I've been meaning to put to use. πŸ˜

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@ionianblue  Yay for finding great products!!!

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@heartsmyface this is a fun thread!


MALIN+GOETZ Essentials Kit 



I tried this kit because I love tester sized items. It's great to try something in a small size before getting trapped with a large bottle or container.

I fell in love with MALIN+GOETZ Bergamot Hand + Body Wash **one of my all time favorite scents**, the MALIN+GOETZ Cilantro Hair Conditioner 8 oz/ 236 mL and MALIN+GOETZ Peppermint Shampoo 8 oz/ 236 mL , everything else in the kit was just menh to me , nothing to write home about.  But I bought those 3 in full size 🀩


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@CynthieLu, I love discovery sets for many reasons, including exactly what you said - being able to try out a product before committing to a full size is great - works out better for the wallet and for not having so many things that might not work out for you. I like that sets like this give enough products to really see if a product works for me over a period of time.

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Exactly πŸ’―  @itsfi and I give away the ones that don't work for me, sometimes a friend loves something that I didn't.  No waste and it's fun for everyone πŸ˜„πŸ’œ

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@CynthieLu  I have a bunch of foils from this brand. I need to dig them out and try them!!!! 

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I've been on a concealer kick, lately. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Cakeless Full Coverage Waterproof Liquid Concealer recently caught my attention. A little of this stuff goes a loooong way and it does hold up well. I haven't (yet) tested its waterproof claims but it has performed nicely in heat and humidity. @heartsmyface 

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@itsfi  Oh gosh I haven’t used that stuff in years!!!!!  I used to LOVE BOing back in the day when it came in little pod jars! I love the pencil packaging much more!!   If I recall it’s pretty thick and high coverage right?  

Heat and humidity are truly the ultimate test.  If it survives actual water and the friction of drying there’s an issueπŸ˜„
 Okay are those erasers sponges?   I must know!  

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@heartsmyface, it was a throwback to see this - yes, the little jars! The pencil packaging is so much better, in my opinion, at least. Yes, yes, good memory, the previous version was thiiiiick and full coverage. This one is still high coverage and it is on the thicker side but I feel like the formulation is much less thick than when it was in the pot, possibly having to do with it coming in a tube with a large doe foot applicator. It's not a liquid formulation, it's creamy and thick-ish that's for sure, but this one seems like this one offers more fluidity to it. That said, I find that for the under eyes, I need to focus on one side at a time (as opposed to placing a few dots under the eyes on both sides and then working on one eye at a time. 


Oh my goodness, that would have been a brilliant idea if the eraser was an actual eraser. It's just for show here. We need to get you on a development team - you have amazing ideas! 


This Boi-ing concealer was a happy stroll down memory lane, with all its updates. Benefit seems to be revamping some of its older product lines, either packaging-wise or adding to the range of some of its staples - I just picked up a foil sample of the pore-fessional. I'm hoping they bring back another of their jar products, the lemon-aid. πŸ€ž

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@itsfi  This one some how got past my radar. I use to love the old version of these. Bonus points for it matching your nails and being on theme of back to school πŸ˜‰

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@ather. yeah, I had a whole back-to-school theme I wanted to try putting together - it lived in my mind as far back as June, but by the time it should have happened, I was caught up and distracted by other things, like work and some me time. πŸ˜„ 


Benefit had some products way back when that they seem to be bringing back in an updated form of some sort - packaging, formulation, etc. Makes me think of how my makeup choices then are different (or the same in some cases) than they are now. 

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@itsfi  I love that you had this planned since June! That’s the best!!


I agree my makeup style has definitely changed over the years!!! But I think the trends also change too. I like how things are more acceptable and you can just do what makes you happy!!! 

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@ather  Ahhh I just said that!  yeah it was a HG product that would cover anything!   

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@heartsmyface  I agree!!! 

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Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil 1.18 oz/ 35 mL  



Smashbox Classic Primer Duo 

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb GIft Set 


these are the last samples that I used and

repurchased from samples 

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@jessie416, great products!! πŸ˜ The Sunday Riley oil is wonderful - that entire line is great! Love the Ilia serum too!

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@jessie416  Oh no!  I have a weakness for SR products and haven’t tried this one…. I think…. It’s going on my sale list.  
I’ve heard good things about the Ilia but absolutely must not try new foundations til I get through a bottle or two😁

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Yes to both @heartsmyface! SR has a new(ish) moisturizer from that line that feels really nice. I think I need to do a comparison with that and my beloved Laneige Radian-C cream. Okay, 

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@jessie416  Can’t go wrong with SR CEO!!

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This wasn’t a true sample, but it was a Reward for 100 points amika Fadeblock Pre-Shampoo Color Seal 5 oz/ 150 mL .  I chose 1 reward each on 2 separate orders before I purchased a FS tube.  I thought it helped hold the color in my hair


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@Cissy63, I just got back into coloring / highlighting my hair and your feedback of this helping to "hold the color" in your hair sounds fabulous! 


P.S. This is absolutely a true sample! Samples come in all shapes and sizes - foils, deluxe, mini. 

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