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March 2017: Sample Challenge

March Challenge is to dig into all your samples and try them out.  Post here what sample/foil pack you used and your thoughts about it.  Would you consider buying the full size?

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Day 9: Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Setting Mist. I got the DS of this when it was a promo. I hate coconut, but I can't really smell it or at least it isn't a sickening coconut smell. I wanted to love this. Everytime I use it, I get hit in the face with big drops. It doesn't mist out at all. 

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Completely agree with you regarding the MJ Coconut setting mist @Samtian. I have loved all the MJ products that I've tried. This one was a miss.


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Day 10: Benefit Porefessional: Licsense to Blot. This worked fine enough. Just not a product I see myself buying.

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Tried out Paul Mitchell Awapuhi conditioner.  I liked it.  It was nice and thick and my hair felt great.


I bought the Ouai sampler box over the holidays.  I need to open it up and try stuff out!

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Becca First Light Priming Filter:


Much to my surprise, I'm really liking this! The first day I used it I had a really bad night the night before and my skin probably was not in the best condition. My coworker did comment later that day that my skin looked like it was glowing, so that was definitely one way to cheer me up! I do have a pretty oily t-zone so I did use a mattifying primer on my t-zone area on top. I'm thinking of trying to use it with the mattifying on bottom and becca on top to see how that might change it! It did layer well for me though. (: 


I feel like it did make a difference in my skin and that I didn't look tired.My skin looked brighter and more illuminated. It didn't give a glittery appearance on my skin and no purple color of course. My makeup in the areas where I placed this did stay on all day. It faded a little bit but wow there was a lot left on my makeup wipe at the end of the night! 


Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder: 


Maybe I'm getting lucky with the samples I try (or I'm just picking the ones I would mostly likely like..hehe), but I've been enjoying this too! Although I'm not 100% sure if it's the new primer I'm trying or this, the combination really seem to suit my skin and I don't need to blot as often. Part of me still prefers my Cinema Secrets better, but it might be because that one works with the brush I'm currently using better. 


It does give an airbrushed look to my skin and doesn't look cakey even when I pour a lot into the little cap. I have noticed at the end of the day my foundation can look a little more separated around my nose than usual, but again, this could be due to the primer! It's not a big deal since by that time I'm home and I want my makeup off my face haha


My skin does not particularly play well with Amazonian Clay (so sad because Tarte products have amazing quality) before so I'm hoping this doesn't happen with this setting powder! It's been good so far. (: 



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Day 13- Juice beauty stem cellular booster serum-this is gel like and thicker than most serums.

Day 14-Peter Thomas Roth water drench hyaluronic cloud cream-I really liked this the texture was different and it felt nice going on.

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 IT Bye Bye Under Eye concealer: Very stiff and thick, very hard to blend, creased immediately. Extremely thick coverage, so I guess it would be good if you had some serious things to cover up. For me, I had to remove immediately.


Iles Haute Performance shampoo and conditioner: Another shampoo with a strong fragrance - this one was powdery and perfumy. Stayed on my hair for about half a day. But it did make my fine hair smooth with a nice texture without weighing it down. If you like the fragrance, it'd probably be a really nice product.

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Tried a DS of Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara.  I'll try out a few more times, but first impression is I like it. It gives me the nice thick volume that I look for. My eyelashes are long, but they are thin so I tend to go for the volumizing formulas.  The wand is an interesting "S" shape which I like too.  Only drawback for me is it has a strong scent, however it goes away within moments so not a big deal.  I would consider buying the full size of this product after I see how it wears throughout the day.

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Verb shampoo and conditioner- I loved this sample duo! It had a very light citrus type of fragrance, and left my hair feeling really soft and smooth. I have long, thick, course, wavy hair. I intend to purchase the full size of these!


FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer- This has a light but pleasant coconut fragrance, and did not irritate my sensitive skin. It did seem to help my foundation apply more smoothly. I need to try my other sample of this before I committ to the full size.


Shiseido Ultimune Eye Concentrate- This has a citrus fragrance that I felt was too strong. I don't like fragrance added to eye products, though. It irritated my under eye area with tiny red bumps. I had to wash it off. Smiley Sad 

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I love the VERB shampoo and Conditioner too @angel7594 ! I bought the jumbo sizes around the holidays and it was a great value. 

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Sunday Riley C.E.O: I thinkkk my skin doesn't like this, but I will try it again another time. My skin was consistently red when I tested this, but not immediately after application. I was also testing foundation(s) so it could have been from that? It smells like orange candy and feels sooo creamy/luxurious.


Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask: a lovely hydrating clay mask! It reminds me of the Tata Harper Purifying Mask, but has a strong (to me) floral scent. My bf likes the scent though.. that's so rare that I likely will give it another shot.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation: Got shade matched at Macy's by the sweetest SA Smiley Happy It was super dry when she applied it, but she gave me a sample to test at home. Good coverage, color match, and finish. But for the first hour on my face, it definitely looked dry up close no matter how much moisturizer/primer I used. Not bad but "I've tried better"


Tatcha Aburatorigami Paper: A large (fairy strong) blotting sheet that left me with a healthy satin finish. There are tiny gold specks in the paper, which is kind of cute!


Jo Malone Leather Artemisia (LE; Bloomsbury): "sweet smoke" is how i'd describe this. it's complex and interesting. I was really surprised by how much I like this! especially paired with a slightly sweeter perfume. 


Jo Malone Garden Lilies (LE; Bloomsbury): i really like this one sprayed on a piece of paper (is that weird?) sooo.. I guess I'd consider it for a room spray. I like the top notes on my skin, but there's a very sharp floral note that doesn't really edge off over the hours.. which my head/nose gets tired of


Testing Lipsticks. Spoiler bc they're not all sample sized:


Older Lipsticks I forgot about:

- Clinique Black Honey: clear / no

- Almay Smartshade Lip butter Nude Medium: clear / no

- Nars Dolce Vita: clear / no

- Urban Decay F-Bomb: too bright & shiny. Can't get a clean lip outline / no


Newer Lipsticks:

- Shu Uemura Lip Laquer RD01: My first time trying a pigmented gloss. Wowzers. Gloss isn't for me, but I wanted to try it just for fun. It was pigmented and not patchy. A very bold red.. will keep this just in case my tastes change

- theBalm Stainiac: interesting watery jello consistency... left a beautiful stain, but also accentuates dry patches if you don't prep your lips. I can see people liking this, but I think this "stain" concept just isn't for me.

- Starlooks Liquid Lip in Piquant: Love the color (a dark gray-mauve on me), but it smells like it shouldn't be on my lips lol. That's enough to make me not want to use it again. It LOOKS lovely on my lips though (smooth/pigmented).

- Ulta Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Engagement: This looks sheer on my hand, but covers my lips perfectly. Love the color, applicator tip, and consistency. It's not as matte as I'd prefer, but is suuper comfortable. Haven't tried it out for a full work day yet -- will do that tmrw!


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The Charlotte Tilbury goddess mask is one of my favorite masks of life. I don't mind the smell but I can understand how some may not like it.

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I have been using a bunch of samples but nothing was really noteworthy enough to post about, until yesterday. I used my new DE Babyfacial dupe from The Ordinary so I wanted to follow it up with something nice & comforting for my skin. The Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Soothing Hydra Solution sheet mask seemed like a good choice. Oh my gosh, the smell...just like oregano. So much oregano, even after I took it off. I smelled like the Italian vinaigrette I make when I marinate artichoke hearts. So yeah, I won't be purchasing this Smiley Happy.


Oh, also I tried the Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom. I really liked it and would definitely buy a full size!

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Day 11: Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner. I've had this DS for a while, I use it on breaks at work. I don't care for it. It doesn't help my dry lips at all. Only lasts for a few minutes and I feel the need to reapply. 

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Day 15- Shiseido ultimate eye power infusing eye concentrate- Ok but I prefer a thicker cream.

Day 16-Drunk elephant Lala retro whipped cream-I love this,it was very thick but seemed to just melt into my skin.

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I had a bad reaction about a week and a half ago to a sample and then some personal issues popped up, so I've been sticking with the basics that I knew wouldn't agricate anything... but Im back at it again!

Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment--this was the little bugger that broke me out in little hives all over my face and neck... I wanted to love this, it smells amazing, and felt nice and hydrating going on, alas, not for me.

Lancome Smoothing & Plumping Pearly Lotion-- this was a very thin consistency and felt like it did a lot of nothing. Smoothing and plumping sounds great,  but this guy didn't  deliver, at least not in a few days time.

Benefit porefessional -- I use this regularly to fill pores around my nose. Nothing fancy, but it works to minimize pores.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau-- the shade I had in 02 beige Claire was great, I do feel like my skin is a bit dry at the moment for this foundation. Though it took little to get desired coverage and felt nice on. If I can get my moisturizer situation figured out and figure out what this shade is in the refirmulation, I'd give it another go for sure.

Phyto Exceptional Mask-- This felt like a heavy conditioner, nothing more. I'm wondering if my hair mask expectations are just too high??

Amika Nourishing Mask-- Again, this felt like a nice conditioner, I liked the scent, but nothing earth shattering. I do have portions of my dark hair bleached and then dyed, so it's quite damaged in some parts, but I'll keep looking for a great hair mask!


i believe this brings me to 26 foils for the month now.


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  Sorry the thirsty mud broke you out,its one of my favorite products.

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Thirsty Mud is one of my favorites too.  I like the cleanser as well.  It smells like the Caribbean!  

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I absolutely loved the smell!!! Unfortunately hives are not a good look on me... I had tried this once before and had the same reaction but I was trying out two or three new items so wasn't sure what the culprit was.  Now I'm sure.   


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The last few days-
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide lift and firm eye cream spf 15-I like this, it didn't bother my eyes and it is nice to have an eye cream with sunscreen I can use.

Laneige water sleeping mask-I have used samples of this before and I like it,it absorbs in a few minutes and doesn't leave me feeling sticky.


Charlotte Tilbury magic eye rescue-This felt fine but I didn't like the smell.




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Mizon Snail Repair eye cream: I've never found an eye cream that noticeably improved fine lines, but after a week of use this one might actually be making a small dent. My skin definitely feels more plump after using. It did burn a bit the first night I used it, but I haven't experienced anything since. Out of hope, I will probably purchase this after I go through the rest of my eye cream samples, unless something else seems more promising.


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation: This was the smallest foil sample I've ever seen, so it was hard to get a good sense of what a full face would be like; I could only put it under my eyes and on my nose. My under-eye test showed that it had light to medium coverage and felt lightweight and comfortable; however it was somewhat creasy by the end of the day. It couldn't hold up to my oily nose even when paired with Becca's matte primer, so look elsewhere if this a concern. Just meh for me.


Ole Henrickson Counter Balance Oil Control moisturizer: This had some minor oil control benefits, but it didn't do as good of a job as other mattifying essences and primers that I've tried. It also didn't play well with other mattifying products from other brands. Maybe if you used OH's entire Counter Balance system you'd see more results, but this alone was almost too harsh for my sensitive skin, and I don't think I'd be able to handle the full line.

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Tried out Christope Robin Regenerating Mask for my hair and I love it.  It smells great and made my hair feel amazing.  I'll be putting this on my wish list. 


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That one is great! I don't remember which subscription box I got that in but I do remember liking the smell. Thanks for reminding me about this one!

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I got it in the Sephora Hair Mask kits over the holidays.

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I just opened up a foil of this this morning!  I've used a DS before and enjoyed it. I like the scent too, not as much as that Thirstymud I can't use... lol... but it's quite nice!

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