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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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@missaa8, how did the Kiehl's mask perform for you? Is it one you'd purchase a full size?

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I would totally use my points to purchase, @itsfi 💖 

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Checking in early with my monthly update as I won't be using any foils the rest of the month. My goal for August was to use 10 foils. I only made my way through these 6. 
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Product Details:
I like using the Shiseido Ultra Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50 as a body sunscreen.
keenoniks Wonder Remedy Moisturizing Face Cream contains ceramide and cica; it's soothing and moisturizing, has a slightly earthy, herbaceous scent. It's a like, not a love, for me - that's primarily due to there being a handful of moisturizers I like to rotate through; I'm not in need of another moisturizer. 
Dermalogica Daily Milkfoliant Exfoliator 2.6 oz / 74 g - the original Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant was the first powder exfoliating cleanser I've ever use. I was interested when Dermalogica came out with a powder geared towards dry and sensitive skin. This one is nice; it has a pale beige hue and I detect an oat scent to it (courtesy of the oats ( 11th, 21st, and 22nd ingredient listed). It leaves my skin clean, clear and refreshed, and without feeling tight, stripped or irritated.
Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation  is one of my favorite tinted base products, a repeated repurchase. There's so many things I love about this one - lightweight, evens tone, and doesn't irritate my skin. I can sheer it easily when I want lighter coverage or build it up for a slightly more than medium coverage. Gives a dewy, glowy finish without looking oily. 
8 The Thalasso CBD Refreshing Cleanse Serum Shampoo and 8 The Thalasso CBD Balancing Damage Repair Treatment were new to me; I'd never heard of the brand until I received these foil samples with a purchase of some sheet masks. Both are lightweight and did what they were intended to do, and I'd use them again if I had them, but I don't think they're ones that I'd go for in full size. 
September Foil Goals
I have 3 goals for September as far as my foil samples go -
(1) To declutter most of my foils - this is my main goal for next month. I picked up way more than I thought I had somewhere along the way. 😲🤔 It's still a ton less than I've had in the past but my current stash isn't really the  very small, curated selection of foils I was aiming maintain. 😆 Going to get that back on track. 
(2) To pull out 10-12 foils of new-to-me products (skincare, makeup, hair care, body care, etc.) to try to use in September.
(3) To use 80% of the foil samples that I set aside for next month, so about 8-10 foils. That's 2 - 2.5 foils of new-to-me items per week which seems like it will strike a good balance for trying out new things and sticking with a routine that works for me. 

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@itsfi Good luck in September. I think you have a great method for getting through your foils. I appreciate your organization and approach. 🩷 It inspires me to be less disorganized in my foil use 😁

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@CynthieLu, that's nice of you to say. I feel like for me, having it organized or structuring an approach helps to keep me focused. Otherwise, I can easily forget to ever reach for a foil, but I do have to be careful not to be too structured because that might not leave room for spontaneity or for listening to what my skin needs and instead adhering too strongly to something that might not be the best fit for my skin at the moment. 

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@itsfi I can relate to that. No matter what ambitions we have for foils, we have to listen to our skin. 🩵

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@itsfi Excellent foil progress and feedback.

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@Mellmars1185, thank you. It was a nice set of foils.

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@itsfi  Great job!!! I didn’t even know sunny days came in a foil. That’s so fun. It would be good for a quick trip so you’re not packing a full tube!!! 

Oh no. You have a great challenge for September! That’s a good amount to go through but I know you can do it!! 

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@ather, I'll keep my skincare the same for the most part so those will be my full sized products. The foils for next month will primarily be hair care and makeup. The former I should get through fairly quickly if they are samples of shampoo & conditioner. Makeup foils will depend - foundation will go fast but lip color - those foils contain a lot of product (no complaints there), but they take a while to use up. 

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Two more foils bite the dust. 


Dermalogica Liquid Peelfoliant Exfoliator with AHA BHA & PHA 2 oz / 59 ml 

I only had enough for a single try. I don’t think my skin liked it very much though. The following morning I was incredibly dry and flakey. Might be better suited for someone with less sensitive skin. Definitely skipping this one for myself. 


Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream 

My natural hair is actually quite short, straight, and thick. I like low maintenance hair styles when en masc mode and I’m usually in a rush to get out the door and off to work. I tend to gravitate towards products I can use while my hair is still damp. This one claimed that it would work with damp hair, but I found it worked better when my hair was fully dry. It would work well on weekends when I’m taking it slow in the mornings but I don’t think I could justify buying this one just for occasional use like that. 

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2 more down @JoSometimes how big of a stash do you have left?

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@CynthieLuStrictly foils? Maybe 3 or 4 skincare ones left. I have maybe half a dozen foundation/concealer ones from a GWP. And a handful of trial sizes, mostly from TopBox.

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@JoSometimes Nice foil use. How do you feel about the scent of the Moroccanoil?

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@Mellmars1185 I kind of expected it to smell similar too Moroccanoil Hand Cream but they seem different to me. It’s not a terrible scent, but not as pleasant as the hand cream. It went away after a while, so it was tolerable. 

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@JoSometimes  Darn to bad the peel made you super dry. I also have a hard time with peels! 

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Yeah. I’ve used Dermalogica Mini Daily Milkfoliant Exfoliator .45 oz / 13 g before, so I was hopefully this could work for deeper exfoliating but alas, no…

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I don’t have a super huge stash of foils but I managed to try one foil last week. Nécessaire The Body Lotion - Firming Moisturizer With 5 Peptides and 2.5% Niacinamide 6.8 oz / 200 m... 

I’ve heard about this one before, all good things. Sadly, only enough to give this a single try but it was a great body lotion. Not irritating and left my skin feeling hydrated without being sticky. The consistency was nice and light and didn’t take much effort to work it into my skin. I MIGHT look into a full size some day.

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I am back on the foil challenge. 


After i cleaned out my makeup this week I realized how many foils, deluxe samples and gifts with purchase I have accumulated since I did this challenge back in 2018.


This week I used 10 foils and I would have used more but the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask 2.3 oz/ 70 mL lasted 5 days. BTW it is a nice eye mask.  No puffy eyes in the morning.


Here are some thoughts on some of the foils.


Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform® Treatment Serum 1 oz / 30 mL and Shani Darden Skin Care Lactic Acid AHA Exfoliating Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL.. This brand is one I need to look into more.  They appear to be great products.   Yes, the samples did exactly what they should do make you want to buy a full size.


Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate (I wasn't able to take this product) is something I have used before.  Nice product , I would bring this type of foil on vacation with me .


Kiehl's Since 1851 Retinol Skin Renewing Daily Micro Dose Serum Duo left my skin feeling sticky.   Again a foil I would use while traveling.


First Aid Beauty Bounce-Boosting Serum with Collagen + Peptides 1 oz / 30 mL another one leaving my skin sticky. 


LANEIGE Cream Skin Refillable Toner & Moisturizer with Ceramides and Peptides  I thought this would be thicker than it was.  



LANEIGE Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer 1.6 oz/ 50 mL , I have used this before.  Nice product that is super hydrating.


Okay, everyone trying to use up your foils, I am challenging you to step up your game and try more.  You never know what you will find.  


To those not in this challenge stop hoarding and try out what you have.


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@CorgiMommy Wow so many foils! That is great.

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@Mellmars1185 thanks, I have a lot more to post.  I just need the time to get to it.

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