Samples Spectacular: Good, Bad & Ugly Skincare

     I wouldn’t call myself a samples hunter, but they do seem to pile up every few months from orders and purchases made. This month I challenged myself to use up my current stockpile so that I can make room for (you guessed it) more products. I thought it would be fun to share my first impressions on each sample and let you know whether or not I will be purchasing a full size of the products. For quick reference, WNR stands for Would Not Repurchase/Recommend and WR is Would Repurchase/Recommend.

Samples 1

© Gil Segev 2016

  • Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intense Hydrating Treatment ($70*): I love the oil but couldn’t get into this serum. It has a weird smell and rough texture. WNR
  • The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil ($44*): Ugh, I hate the smell of this line. Something about it drives me bananas! The oil made my skin feel greasy and congested, and usually I’m a big fan of beauty oils. WNR
  • The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth Concentrate ($38*): Instructions were unclear, and it has a slick silicone feeling. WNR
  • LUSH Cosmetics Hair Custard Hair Dressing ($23.95*): If you can stand the candy-like smell, this gives hair a little hold and shine. WNR
  • Briogeo Curl Charisma™ Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner ($30*): I have curly hair to begin with, so perhaps I am not the best test subject. It smelled nice and tropical and worked nicely as a leave in conditioner, but nothing I can’t live without. WNR
  • Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Shampoo ($46*): For the price I would have expected it to do backflips or something. I just didn’t notice any difference to my frizz and prefer my $3 tried and true Herbal Essences more. WNR
  • Cover FX Click Stick sampler: This was an interesting little sampler. I tried “Correct – yellow” as an undereye concealer and had to wipe it off and start again, it emphasized texture like nobody’s business without much coverage. “Cover – N40” was a good concealer shade for me, it wasn’t too pigmented though and a little bit too dark. “Enchance – Golden Peach” was a sheer blush on me, and “Enhance – Bubbly” a pretty cream highlight. I would purchase the highlight alone from this, so overall it’s a no. WNR
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick sampler: Only tried the shade “Rush,” but wasn’t a fan of the formula. Quite sheer, and felt goopy and dry after about an hour and a half. WNR
  • Yves Rocher Sublime Skin BB Cream Medium ($17.50*): This is less of a BB cream, more like a medium coverage foundation with a glowy finish. I quite liked it for what it was, didn’t crease or break down. WR
Samples 2

© Gil Segev 2016

  • Philosophy the Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel ($62*): Talk about high maintenance! You apply the first layer, leave it on for “a few minutes,” then follow up with the second layer, let it sit for 3 minutes, then wash it off (which is a process on its own). It foams up a little and really dried me out, perhaps oilier complexions would enjoy it. WNR
  • Philosophy the Micro Exfoliating Triple-Acid Brightening Peel ($70*): They say that you need to give these at least 2 tries before seeing visible results, but I’m not sure I would use it a second time. I have fairly tough skin but it felt irritated and angry after using. And while my skin did look more glowing afterwards, I could have used a substancial moisturizer for the same effect. As for how well it exfoalites, of course it is hard to tell but I seem to prefer a physical exfoliant over a “peel.” WNR
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel for Sensitive Skin ($110*): Sulfur smell, unpleasant. Wiping your face with a soaked piece of cloth until it dries, also unpleasant. No visible results, most unpleasant. WNR
  • SweetSpot Labs On-The-Go Wipettes Aroma No. 11 ($6*): How is this different from a wet wipe? WNR
  • Fruits & Passion Ocean Flower Nordic Gel ($18.50*): I still can’t tell if this is supposed to be a body wash or a lotion, the texture is right down the middle. It does not foam up, but it slides off, I’m just confused as to what to do with it. Smells good, though. WNR
  • THEFACESHOP The Therapy Secret-Made Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($55*): A nice one! A little confused as to why an eye cream would need fragrance but a decent choice. Kinda pricey. WNR
  • Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue ($40*): Didn’t hate it, but nothing special. WNR
  • Christian Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Eye Treatment ($130*): I like how thick and creamy it is, but for the price I don’t think I need it. WNR
  • Benefit the Porefessional Instant Wipeout Mask ($42*): I don’t know why I expected this to be a regular face mask that you wipe on, but it’s not. It’s a pore strip for the nose and cheeks area, and the first thing to note is DO NOT GET YOUR FACE WET when you are using this! After waiting 10 minutes and wiping the resedue off with the reverse exfoliating side I can confirm my nose pores are practically gone, but it makes my blackheads stand out in a disgusting way. It’s a strong “no” for me. WNR
  • Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow ($70*): First of all, the price here cannot possibly be justified. However, since I have dry skin and have been meaning to get into cleansing balms this seems like a fabulous choice. It has that decadent CT skincare scent, luxurious creamy texture and really felt cleansing while hydrating. I may have to invest when I run through my stash. WR
Samples 3

© Gil Segev 2016

  • The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream ($34*): This is far too thick to be a day cream, and after a while I felt I had nothing on. WNR
  • The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum ($38*): What is this, water in a foil wrapper? Clear, super runny, not impressed. WNR
  • The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream ($44*): This is the bomb! Doesn’t have that hideous smell of the rest of the collection, amazing silky texture, and lovely warming sensation. WR
  • Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream ($42*): Lovely! Great airy texture, hydrating, and I feel like this would be perfect under makeup. WR
  • Lancome Energie de Vie Daily Aqua-Gel ($62*): As a serum it is too thin and didn’t do anything for me, especially for the price. WNR
  • Yves Rocher Nutritive Vegetal 24H Comfort Nourishing Cream – Day ($28*): I’m not sure if it’s because I layered it on top of the Josie serum, but it also smelled unpleasant. WNR
  • Yves Rocher Sensitive Vegetal Soothing Moisturizing Cream ($28*): We have a saying in Hebrew that translates roughly to “Doesn’t smell good, doesn’t smell bad,” and this cream is like that. It’s unremarkable. WNR
  • Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream ($28*): I think this was an okay cream, but not one that I would gravitate towards myself. Decent price for beginers. WNR
  • THEFACESHOP The Therapy Water Drop Anti-Aging Moisturizing Serum ($45*): Smells good and feels good, what more could I ask for? WR
  • Biotherm Aquasource Cocoon ($50*): I really liked this moisturizer, it felt light but hydrating and had a pleasant fragrance. WR
  • Yes to Coconut Cleansing Wipes ($5.99*): Smells horrible, like plastic mixed with coconut. Wipe is not saturated enough and would NOT be able to remove layers of face or eye makeup. WNR
  • Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser ($19*): If you told me that this product was repackaged value brand hand soap I would believe you. Harsh, stripping, and doesn’t lather. I washed it off halfway through my Foreo Luna cleanse cycle because it just was so unpleasant. WNR

     Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this season?

*Prices true at time of writing.

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