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In store sample recommendations

Hi, so I went into Sephora to pick up the Sephora beauty oils kit, the big tarte set in the purple bag, and the 22 formula x polishes. I wanted to get some samples like how we do online, so I asked the sales associate if they made in store samples and if she could recommend some for me to try. She pretty much said she doesn't have any recommendations. Then I explained that I don't know of any products I wanted to try and I usually buy products based of trying samples. She said I should just look around and pick stuff myself. SOOO I decided to turn to BT. What samples have you guys got and loved that can be made in store?

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I have a few suggestions to add to your (now very long) list. Rather than repeat what others have said, because I've tried a lot of those out, too, here are my recommendations:

Hair Products: (me = fine, straight hair)

Carol's Daughter: I love the Monoi shampoo, conditioner, oil, etc. I recently got samples of the MILK line for my best friend's daughter to try (she has very thick, curly, long hair)

Living Proof: I tried the line to improve thickness. I bought full size of prime and the $10 sets with shampoo, conditioner, prime, & Full thickening creme (from the Black Friday online sale)

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Cleansers/Masks: (me = fine lines, blemishes, fair skin w/freckles)

Murad: Essential C, Acne/Aging (you can get samples of the product line that works for you)

Boscia: masks

Dior Hydra Life: Skin Perfect, One Essential, Creme Sorbet (Tried these recently and decided to go ahead and buy the starter kit for $55 - see photo)

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Lotion: (dry skin, esp. in the winter)

Soap & Glory: The Righteous Body Butter (the scent can be overpowering for some, but I generally use this on my legs after the shower)

First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Creme - I love this! I keep a small bottle in my purse and one at my desk.


I could go on, but this is already the longest post I've ever placed on here and I'm sure we all have better things to do. One last thing: whatever samples you ask for, make sure the sales associate puts a printout of what the item is in the baggie. I have some samples that I had to throw away without using because I couldn't remember what it was or how to use it.

Happy shopping!



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Wow thank you for such a great reply. I will mark those down and try them out for sure. I actually just bought a little bottle of the First Aid cream online, and I am waiting for it. I'm glad to hear you like it and I can't wait to try it!!

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I just wanted to add that all of these purchases were based off of samples that I received. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have known about them or thought to try them. I am a big believer in samples.

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I usually try skincare products such as eye cream, moisturizer and serum before I buy them Smiley Happy Some of my favorites are AmorePacific Oil-free gel/moisturizer, Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, and Dior Hydra life Eye cream Smiley Happy

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Sugar Fresh Face POLISH!!!!

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If you have never tried YuBe cream it is AMAZING!!! It's for the driest of the dry winter skin. Try it and you will LOVE it!!! Masks are also a super fun sample to get & glamglow did just come out with a blue version..... Smiley Wink

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Okay I'll make sure to try it if my Sephora has it! My skin is terribly dry right now Smiley Sad

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Samples I have used and loved would be the following


Algenist - Multi-Perfecting Pore Concentrate

Dr.Brandt - Dark Spots No More Serum Concentree

Amore Pacific - Moisturebound Hydra Gel

Amore Pacific - Natural Protector SPF 30 

Nude - Pro Genius Treatment Oil

Sephora Collection - Instant Moisturizer 


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OCC lip tar. A sample lasts a really long time, so you get a great feel of the product.

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Oh that's such a good idea. I've been intrigued by those but I was concerned that they would exaggerate my chapped lips. I'll pick up a sample for sure.

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My loves list is growing & growing! I like to ask for samples of serums, eye creams and moisturizers I want to try. I don't use them on my face unless they come from tube/pump. But instead use them on my hands for a few days (until the sample runs out) and see if it moisturizing/drying, if I like the consistency... 

Oh and perfume, can never go wrong with picking out samples of perfume you want to try. I don't like ordering perfume samples with my on-line order, it's never something I want to try. Everyone's oils & chemistry is different, I like to try scents at home to see how strong they are, how it mixes with me & how long it lasts. 


A few favorite products I think everyone should have in their life: AmorePacific treatment enzyme peel, OH truth serum, OH blue/black mask, DDG a/b pads, Anthony Logistics Glycolic cleanser, KGD spa water, Ouidad moisture lock leave in conditioner (if you have dry ends), PTR oilless oil, PTR Retinol fusion PM. 

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Yeah I have so many samples of perfume I got online that just sit there because they are too strong for me. I get a bit overwhelmed in the store though finding them but maybe next time I'll try and ask a SA for help with similar scents to ones I like. 


With the oils set I bought I think I am set with moisturizers for awhile, but I think eye creams are a good idea. I only have a Peter Thomas Roth eye serum, which is awesome but running low. Thanks for the help!

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i really love the boscia black mask! i tried it out with a sample first before buying it Smiley Happy that would be a good one to try Smiley Happy also, if you're interested in fragrance they can make you samples of those... also foundations and such. 


i also love the bite whipped cherry lip scrub... also tried with a sample first. 


moisturizers are good to sample first as well, since you never know how your skin will react to them. my favorite is the murad essential c line. 

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I sampled and bought it too! My boyfriend loves it, but wow! Does it scare me when I walk into a room and he has his mask on.

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hahaha the first time i tried it my boyfriend was in bed sleeping... so i took a picture and sent it too him so he woke up to that lovely site Smiley Wink 

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Oh the lip scrub sounds like a great idea. Bite is my favourite lip brand! I wish I thought of that today, I could use it right now with the cold weatherSmiley Happy Thanks for the suggestions!

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just try not to eat it, k? it's SO tempting haha. 

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I've heard so much about boscia black mask, next time I'm at Sephora, I'll ask for it too Smiley Happy 

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I got a sample of Ole Henriksen Vitamin C serum and it's my must have now. I also love face masks, and always ask for a sample of a new mask to try Smiley Happy 

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