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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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@CorgiMommy Thanks! I have been trying to get through some hair care samples. 

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February 2024

Month-To-Date: 15

Year-To-Date: 26


I don't have any plans to use more foils this week, so this is what February foils looked like for me:

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🙅🏻‍♀️ Again, as with the last time, I don’t know if these foils were part of a bad batch … but my hair isn’t a fan of Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Shampoo or Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrating Conditioner. The shampoo made my hair feel dry and stringy, and the conditioner (every pack I’ve used including these two) have been lumpy, and didn’t bring moisture back to my hair like I expect of conditioner. I ended mixing these with a shampoo and conditioner from another brand and that helped.


🐐 Love the scent of this Sol de Janeiro Mini Beija Flor™ Renewing Body Wash 3 oz / 90 mL. It’s my favorite scent from the SdJ collection - fresh, light, fruity, floral with a hint of creaminess to it. Some have said this is a dupe for Maison Francis Kurkdijian Baccarat Rouge 540, but I don't pick up the similarity.


👍🏼 I like the formulation on the Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation but the shade here is too light for me. Will pick up a full size (in my color match) at some point. Err, because I don’t have enough foundations??!! 😝


👍🏼 I know there are mixed feelings on it, but I do like the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fenty Eau de Parfum 2.5 oz / 75 mL eau de parfum spray. It starts off strong and intense, earthy, woodsier than I would like but it tempers down as the floral (white florals and roses) notes kick in.

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👍🏼I was able to get 2.5 uses out of the dae Monsoon Moisture Milk Hydrating Shampoo 10 oz / 300 mL   and dae Monsoon Moisture Hydrating Conditioner 10 oz / 300 mL and … I like, I like a lot. Shampoo and conditioner were not on the list for the spring sale, until these two made the list. 😆 I also saw a set with a hair mask so maybe I'll grab the set instead, depending on how many of my hair masks I make my way through by the time the sale event rolls around.

👍🏼 Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Refillable Moisturizer is a lovely moisturizer, but I'm not sure it's so nice that I have to have it, as there are comparable products out there I like just as well, if not more. Also, there are other products in the Augustinus Bader line that I'd pick up first before this moisturizer.

👍🏼 I've used sevearl hyaluronic acid serums over the years and this Eminence Organic Skin Care Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum is a beauty. If I didn't have a number of hyaluronic acid serums to work my way through, I'd pick up this strawberry red hued slightly viscous, quick absorbing and hydrating serum. 


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👍🏼 I was out and about one day and noticed a lovely rose (but not too rosy) scent in the air. It seemed to be coming from one of the women walking ahead of me. So, I sped up to ask them what they were wearing. It was Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold EdP. I somehow got my hands on a foil sample and … don’t be surprised if you see a full size in a future hauls post. 


👍🏼 The original Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Visibly Firming Refillable Body Cream is my second favorite scent from the SdJ brand; it's truly a tropical vacation in a jar. I don't tend to purchase this particular scent anymore, unless it's part of variety pack, but I have a handful of mini's and foils of it and will have no problem working through them.


👍🏼 Ahhh, the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Intense Hydration with Vitamin C Original. There are other flavors I like more, but this one works just fine - a tried and true balm for moisturizing lips overnight.


👍🏼 The granules / scrub in the First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA  are very finely milled and do a wonderful job of sloughing away old skin without being rough on it. I have several body scrubs to work my way through so I won’t be purchasing a full size any time soon, but I’d be happy to use this again or gift it to someone.

Overall a good month for foil usage; I hit my goal of 15 per month @ather, but I'm realizing that's probably going to be a loftier goal this year than I anticipated, since I've recently been leaning towards using up my deluxe/trave/mini size products at home and for travel. That being said, I discovered a lot, and I mean, a lot of foils that I had forgotten about as I've been packing and unpacking. Eek! So I will have plenty of foils to choose from. 



Emojii Key:

🐐 = GOAT = Greatest Of All Time (have gone through at least two of the particular product and other comparable items)

😘 = Chef’s Kiss = Outstanding 

❤️ = Love 

👍🏼 = Like 

🫤 = Okay; “It’s fine.”; “meh

🔬 = Undecided = “Still looking into it

🙊 = Not for me / my skin type

🙅🏻‍♀️ = = “No, non, nein, nyet, …” 

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@itsfi great use of your foils.   They do add up fast

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@CorgiMommy, thank you. I wasn’t expecting to get through all these so it was definitely a surprise. A nice surprise. 

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Wow you were on fire @itsfi  this month!! I am impressed! Weird that batch of shampoo and conditioners aren’t working. But it’s either a bad batch or maybe just not for you! I’ve had a few that ended up that way! 

Oh no!! You found a stash!!!! I’m sure you will get through it all! I have a basket full of DS I need to work through! 

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@ather, very strange about that shampoo and conditioner, but now I’ve gone through all the packets I have, so that’s good - I didn’t feel I could pass them along to anyone knowing how they worked (and yet, I couldn’t toss them either 😆).

Sigh, I really wasn’t expecting to have or find THAT many more foils. I was trying to think where they came from and I have a feeling it was from a sales associate I work with who from time to time sends me a bunch of foils and deluxe sized samples - it’s very kind and generous; I just thought I accounted for all of them. I was working my way though the DS and just assumed (incorrectly) that those were all I had; completely forgot I had those foils. Just when I was in a good spot with (what I though was) my remaining foils to use up. Oh well, I’ll have to sort through them and figure out which to use or keep for travel, and which to donate to a women’s shelter or other charity / nonprofit. 

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January 2024


I feel like the beginning of January I was amazing and the second half I may have fallen off the wagon and got run over! I’m happy with my progress I finished 13. I think when I counted at the end of December I had 66 left. So I think 13 is a great number. I do have more now since I got a gwp that had quite a few more foils in it so I will try and add it all up for a fresh start in February!! 


I really loved Drunk Elephant F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask 1.69 oz/ 50 mL 

Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform® Treatment Serum Duo  it’s just so gentle on my skin! 

everything else was ok. Nothing stood out to me. I think I will try and have a few of each foil to get a better test. 

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Excellent work @ather and that’s awesome that you found products you loved. Do you think you’ll pick up full sizes of either or both the Drunk Elephant and Shani Darden? 

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January 2024 Foils 


This month's foil samples, 11 in total, consisted of skincare and hair care beauties. 

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Product Details


🐐= GOAT = Greatest Of All Time (to earn this designation, I must have worked through at least two of the particular product and other comparable items)

😘= Chef’s Kiss = Outstanding 

💖= Love 

👍🏼= Like 

🫤 = Okay; “It’s fine.”; “meh

🔬= Undecided = “Still looking into it

🙊= Not for me / my skin type

🙅🏻‍♀️ = = “No, non, nein, nyet, …” 



🫤 I wonder if my hair type is just not the right fit for the Fable & Mane HoliRoots™ Hydrating Shampoo 8.5 oz/ 250 mL and Fable & Mane HoliRoots™ Hydrating Conditioner 8.5 oz/ 250 mL, but both were just okay for me. I wanted to like them, but both left my hair wanting for more. I would be up to try both again but based on these foils, it's highly unlikely I'll be picking up full sizes.


👍🏼 The K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Mini Molecular Repair Hair Oil 0.34 oz / 10 mL, on other hand, makes the list for the spring sale. My hair was particular dry, frizzy and in need of some moisture when I first reached for this packet, and the oil worked wonderfully to make my hair soft and smooth.


👍🏼 Also performing well under pressure was the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Collagen Superfusion Firming & Plumping Facial Oil .27 oz / 8 mL. Other than her masks, I've not really delved deeply into her skincare line. My skin was more dry than usual and I had noticed a couple areas of dry patches on my face when I first reached for one of the foil samples. I wasn't expecting much, just hoping to infuse my skin with some added moisture overnight. I was very pleasantly surprised to find the next morning that my skin looked and felt more hydrated, supple and no more dry patches. So much so that I've been reaching for a packet as a weekend treatment every week this month.


👍🏼 This is the second foil I've used of the Dermalogica Mini Daily Milkfoliant Exfoliator .45 oz / 13 g. The original was one of the first exfoliating powder polishes I ever used and I've been intrigued with the introduction of this more gentle but still effective powder to their line. It contains coconut milk and oat bran extract, along with AHAs and BHAs. While it's not my first choice for this type of product, it is one I enjoy using and I would be happy to pick up more foil samples in the future.


🐐I consider Farmacy Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer one of the must have moisturizers for dry skin in the cooler, brisker winter months. Also great for some TLC when traveling. Makes my skin soft, smooth, plumpy and hydrated overnight.


💖I wasn't expecting too much from the Unlabel Lab Hydro Collagen Moist Shampoo or Unlabel Lab Hydro Collagen Treatment and that was a mistake. Both these hair care products worked beautifully to cleanse, detangle and moisturize my hair. They also smell really good - a slightly sweet floral blend. 

All in all, I'm off to a fairly good start with continuing to use my foil samples @ather. Some I have set aside for travel, and others I'm holding onto until I can get my hands on one or two more foils, with the idea that I'm better able to gauge how well a new-to-me product works if I have more than just one foil to use.

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@itsfi  Great job! I agree with you that you need more than one foil to really develop an opinion. I’ve often tried a foil and dove into a full size and it wasn’t exactly what I expected. But I think if there’s multiple it gives a better gauge of the product! I have the K18 oil and I used it the other day but I don’t know if I can really give an opinion after one use. I am getting my hair done Thursday so I’m not using product this week so it doesn’t interfere with the highlights I’m getting. I’m excited to try it out more! 

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Oooh, fun @ather. It'll be nice to get your hair done. 


Yeah, I'm going to try to get a minimum of 2 or 3 foil packets for new-to-me products for testing purposes. It may mean it takes longer for me to try out a particular product because I'm aiming to not buy things as frequently or as much as in previous years but it's okay. I'd rather have a good test sample so I can be sure (or as sure as I can be) that a product is a good one for me before I pick up a full size. 

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A weekend visiting friends and playing with our dogs was a great opportunity to use up some foils.  


LANEIGE Mini Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer for Moisture Barrier Repair 0.67 oz / 20 m...  is a repeat for me.  Nice standby.


bareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Anti-Aging Face Serum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL  and eye creamwere a first time product for me.  Need to try again 


Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream Plumping & Hydrating Moisturizer  is a favorite my mine.


Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Mask 5 oz / 150 mL  is a repeat.  Nice product


Oribe Gold Lust Liter Shampoo & Conditioner Set  are new.  Very nice standby products.  If I have a foil I will bring it while traveling..  I will stick to the foils as this is out of my price range.


GUERLAIN Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Advanced Serum 1.7 oz / 50 mL new  one to me.  Need to try again.


Youth To The People Mini Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Night Cream + Mask with Vitamin C 0.5 oz/ 1...  was in the YTTP birthday gift.  I really liked it.  My skin was soft and refreshed when I woke up.



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That Tatcha Dewy Skin is a beauty @CorgiMommy; that entire line is great for dry skin. 

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@itsfi my skin loves this brand

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December foils!!


I was on vacation a few times in December so sorry for the multiple pictures. I didn’t want to bring things back! 







 I enjoyed all the fouls but I am not sure I found a fav in them. Most times I need to try them a bit longer to know if it would work better. But I did enjoy them all! 

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@ather, completely understand not wanting to bring back foils you've worked through. There's just a great feeling when your TSA liquids bag is lighter, has more space in it. Or, in my case, it's easier to zip up. 🤣 Nice work on your samples!  

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@itsfi  I agree!! I accidentally put an opened foil into a travel bag and it leaked all over. It was a mess. I try and be a bit more careful with them now! 

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@ather going away is a great way to use up foils.  You have done great products in the ones you posted

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@CorgiMommy  Thanks! I don’t have any more trips booked for now so I will just have to use them at home for a bit! 

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December 2023 Foils

MTD = 29 (not including sheet masks or deluxe/travel sized items)
YTD = 169 (not including sheet masks or deluxe/travel sized items) - I started tracking my foils in February, 2023 so that translates to approximately 15 foils per month. 
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Looking at this pic, it seems like I was washing my hair a lot this month. lol
❤️The Strength Cure collection is my favorite of the Pureology lines. I know the one in the purple packaging is very popular, but my personal preference is for the one with the blue packaging. My hairs looks and feels soft and smooth after I use it. It works well in my current shampoo / conditioner rotation. I have a few full size bottles of other shampoo and conditioners that I'm making my way through but I can see myself picking up a full-size bottle of each at some point next year, perhaps the spring sale.
✖️ The Barbara Sturm set, on the other hand, was a letdown; though to be fair, it may just be that the conditioner in particular, was past its prime. Consistency of the shampoo was nice - it's a clear liquid, on the thinner side as far as shampoos go. Sadly though, and maybe the batch that these samples were made from were duds or stored improperly, but every sample pack I used left my hair feeling stripped and dry, almost straw-like. I wondered whether hydration and moisture would be added back in with the conditioner, but no. The conditioner came out in chunks. 
On subsequent uses, I massaged the second and third foils to see if that would help, but even with doing so (and doing so for a good 5 minutes with the third one), there were still chunks; less so, but they were still there). If someone else has tried these products and had a different (and better) experience, I'd love to hear about it. Based on my use of these three sets of foils, the shampoo and conditioner are passes for me.
❤️Love the portability of these individually wrapped Cutex Swipe & Go Nail Polish Remover Pads. They're quick & easy; one pad can clean up all 10 nails, with little to no messiness, even when it's glitter polish being removed from all nails. These are repeated repurchases. 
❤️ Josie Maran body butter has been a regular in @Loretta55's haul posts for years. I picked up this super-sized foil sample (love how generous they were with the product) as a gwp and I could not be happier with it. I have a few more tubs of body creams I want to work my way through, but a full size will definitely be in one of my future hauls. 
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These were some of the products I took with me on a trip earlier this year.
👍 The Osulloc Kombucha powder sticks are loves - convenient for travel, tastes good, and easy to use. 
👍🏼 Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color and Oribe Conditioner for Beautiful Color are nice, but not necessarily ones I love or feel are something I need to have. I'll happily use foil packets of them if I have them, but there are other shampoos & conditioners from Oribe that I would purchase before the ones in this line.
😐I'm reminded that the original scent of the Moroccanoil products is too much for my nose. The Moroccanoil Hand Cream Fragrance Originale has a lovely consistency but the original scent is too strong for my liking and can give me a slight headache. The smell does dissipate but the original scent is not for me. The consistency of the product and moisturizing effect are nice though. I ended up using it on my legs, mixed with another body lotion.
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These beauties were from a long weekend.
👎 The scent on the Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and the Morroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner was much less pronounced than on their other products and less problematic for me in that regard. The results from these two items, though, were mixed for me - I like how soft my hair felt after using both and unlike the Barbara Strum shampoo and conditioner, my hair did feel hydrated and moisturized. Unfortunately, one or possibly the combination of both, of these products weighed down parts of my hair, primarily my hair at the crown and my bangs. The latter looked very flat afterwards. I can see these hair care products working well for someone with less fine strands than I have, but it'll be a pass for me.
❤️Had to use another foil of the Josie Maran body butter after using and loving the one earlier this month. She's a beauty. 
👍 I often add a sample of the Guerlain Abeille Royale Double Renew & Repair Serum to my online order when it's available. It's a beautifully luxe and hydrating serum It's pricey too. I can see myself picking up a full size but I also have a fair number of serums that I love and purchase time and time again (as well as a list of serums that I've been meaning to try) so I'm not sure when I might get around to buying a full size. 
👍Not really foils but these came with me on a trip along with these other foils so here they are - Gucci Flora is a lovely scent; I have it in a couple of sizes. Having this vial makes it easy for travel. Replica By the Fireplace has a huge set of fans; the scent is a smidge too much for me on my skin, but I do love to use it for aromatherapy. I started spritzing the air space around my work desk at home during the pandemic and that practice has continued at my desk at home and work, and has extended to the desk at my hotel room when I travel. It sets a lovely mood. 
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Sheet masks
👍I actually went through 3 sheet masks (and am making a dent through my current multi mask pack). The Life Brand cuticle & Nail Masks - Nourishing (Lemon Oil & Vitamin E) isn't pictured. I was gifted that and really like it - sometimes, it's really my nail bed and cuticles that need extra hydration and care and fingernail masks like these hit the spot. 
 👍🏼 Sephora Collection Face Mask - Grapefruit (gratis) is a nice one; does what I expect of a sheet mask - hydrates skin and gives it healthy glow. My favorite from the SC series is the lychee, both in this version of the face mask made of eucalyptus fibers, and in the newest version with acacia fibers.
👍 I stumbled upon this Sephora Collection Hair Mask - Mango when I was sorting through boxes. This, a foot mask, a face mask, a cup of tea and a good book make for some quality "me" time before bed. The hair mask works overnight to soften and moisturize the hair, making it soft, smooth and silky the next morning after rinsing out the product.
There we have it. There were 2 additional foils - shampoo and conditioner (I really did wash my hair a lot this month, didn't I? Hahaha!) that I forgot to include in the photos; will include them in my empties pics. 
I didn't realize I had as many foil samples as I did, but having gone through this challenge this year, I've reduced my lot by quite a bit @ather. Going forward, I plan to keeping my foil stash a lot smaller and being much more mindful of which ones I pick up as well as rehoming or donating ones I won't use more closely to the time I received the foil sample, rather than waiting several months or even a year before a decutter. 

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@itsfi  Wow!!! You really went out with a bang this month! I wonder why you washed your hair so much this month? Maybe travel or parties? The SC hair mask sounded like a great way to relax! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next year!!! 

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