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Foil Challenge

I know we all talked about this but I need it in writing to hold myself more accountable! I have picked out around 28 foils that I am hoping to get through by the end of Feb. that’s 1 foil a day unless I decide to stack more than one! Here’s what I’ve picked randomly! 

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How is it already the middle of the month?! I know this gets said a lot (like every month 🤣), but really, how did this month go by sooooo quickly?! 😳
 
MID-MONTH SUMMARY: My plan for April for foils was to not have a plan. No set goals or samples I wanted to use up. I wanted to see how often I reached for a foil sample if I didn't have a group of samples I was focused on working through. I'm pleased to report that this month's "Freestyle Foils" has been going pretty well so far.
The New Foils SetupThe New Foils Setup
I started the month with a little reorganization of my foil samples. Before, my foil samples resided in a clear, cylindrical, acrylic container. They still remain in a clear, acrylic container, but this time, it's square shaped, with a few drawers, which makes it easier to group my foils. I decided on the following grouping (close up in spoiler) - 
 
  • top drawer - single foils of never-before-used, new-to-me products (but not including the bunch of foils I received from a couple of Asian beauty stores)
  • second drawer from the top - single foils of products that I've used before
  • third drawer -foils of products that I have multiples of - if I had used this organization system when I was using the Eadem serum, those 14-day sample foil packets would have been placed in this drawer. It doesn't matter if they're a new product or one I've used before, if I have at least two foils of it, here it will live.
  • bottom drawer - deluxe sized samples (but not including foundation samples made in store)
 
Close up of drawers:
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Top drawer - new-to-me productsTop drawer - new-to-me products
2nd drawer - tried-and-true products2nd drawer - tried-and-true products
3rd drawer - products with multiple foils3rd drawer - products with multiple foils
Bottom drawer - deluxe size samplesBottom drawer - deluxe size samples
Mid-April Tally
  • 9 foils, mostly tried-and-true skincare products
  • 6 single use sheet masks
Technically, I'm averaging a foil per day @ather, but in practice, I reach for them less often but more than I thought I would without having a set plan in place. We shall see if or how this continues for the latter half of the month. Curious to know how folks have been doing so far on shopping their foils stash! 

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@itsfi  wow I love this approach to it. And the way you separate them. Do you find you are reaching for your tried and true more then the ones you haven’t tried yet? You are doing awesome so far for doing a freestyle approach! I will have to go through my foils that I used already this month and see where I am at! 

Great job!! 

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@ather, thank you. I am reaching more for products I know work for my skin, but when I remember, I try to choose a sample of a new product about once every two weeks, if it’s a skincare sample. With samples of other types of beauty products (hair care, bath & body), I’m less concerned about a negative reaction so those I probably reach for me, but I have fewer of those types of foils. 

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Great idea!  

 

I sort mine but product type.  It keeps me organized and when I pack for a trip I just go through each pouch to get what I need.  

 

I found organizibg my gwp, foils and deluxe samples helps me use them and see what i like.

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Thank you @CorgiMommy. Sorting foils by product type is a fabulous way to organize samples. 👍🏼 I tried doing it that way initially and couldn’t make it work, but that has more to do with the current composition of my foil samples. Fortunately it’s made up mostly of skincare products that I’ve used before or am interested in trying. A lot less random makeup samples. Those took forever to use up. 

Hoping by year end (or before that actually), I’ll have whittled down my foils even more, to a handful. The amount of deluxe samples I have is in a more ideal state since I’ve put a lot more effort into being very selective with gwp’s. 

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April goal is 18. I have thrown in a few deluxe samples  I have officially run out of facial cleansers in my stash. Without the cleansers, my numbers will be lower now moving forward. Looking forward to trying some new items this month like the perfume sample.

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I'm seeing a lot of lovely skincare samples @Mellmars1185! Super curious to know your thoughts on the two different exfoliating powders from Dermalogica.

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@itsfi Thank you! I am really behjnd this month in trying my foils. I will definitely report back. I have the full size Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Refillable Exfoliator 2.6 oz/ 74g and I am enjoying it. It is gentle yet effective. My hopes are the foils will be excellent aswell. 

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It’s all good @Mellmars1185. Sometimes using the products we normally use instead of foils is what is best for us. 

I used the Dermalogica Microfoliant years ago. They released a new version, in blue packaging earlier this year or maybe late last year; it’s said to be more “milky” and geared towards drier skin types. 

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@Mellmars1185 Thats a great selection!  And hurray for finishing cleanser samples!

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@missjeanie Thank you very much 💓

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@Mellmars1185  Great choices! I love that you threw in some DS!!! Good luck!! 

I actually love using cleanser samples it’s an easy one for me!! 

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@Mellmars1185 

 

When I did this challenge yearsago the makeup ones were the toughest for me.  

 

Also I had so many Fresh Soy Cleanser deluxe samples to use.  I don't think I purchased a cleanser all year

 

 

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@CorgiMommy I think my approach with the makeup foils will be just to try it to see if I like it. If I don't I will destash it right away.

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@ather Thank you! I think the hardest category for me to use will be the makeup samples. I also have a lot of primers to get through. It is really quite eye opening!

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Hi! I’m new here. Can you tell me what foils are and how you get them? Thank you!

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@Martin69 Welcome to BIC!

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Hi @Martin69 Welcome to BIC!!  Foils are usually single use samples of a product that come in a little foil envelope.  Most of the time I get them tossed into orders that I place with different beauty retailers.  Sometimes there's a code to enter for them, sometimes they're tossed in automatically, sometimes you get to choose them.  If you're looking at the Sephora site, there's usually two 'foils' that you can choose with every order, but of course they're limited to what's on hand when your order is packed.  

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Thank you!

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I had pulled 26 specific foils for March. I ended up finishing 24 of those and an additional 6 for a total of 32. I still have to plan my foils for April.

 

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@Mellmars1185  Great job. You did wonderful!!! You must be getting through your stash!! 

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