Samples Roundup: January 2017

     My last samples purge in September was so much fun that I decided to make it a monthly feature. As a beauty junkie I am always gathering samples, which typically come with online purchases. I thought it would be fun to share my first impressions on a week’s worth of samples and let you know whether or not I plan to purchase a full size of the products. For quick reference, WNR stands for Would Not Repurchase/Recommend and WR is Would Repurchase/Recommend.


© Gil Segev 2017

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream ($165*): This is similar in consistency to Farmacy’s Honey Savior balm, but stickier and smellier. My skin didn’t feel as hydrated with it on as I would have liked, and reading the product claims on the official website was enough to cause any skin care lover to groan: “Anti-ageing hero, Time-Released Retinol helps boost the rejuvenation of skin cells and may increase collagen so skin looks younger and more radiant” (emphasis my own). Ugh. I don’t understand what all the hype is about, I prefer her balm and mask any day. WNR
  • Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($48*): You can call this a cream, but that doesn’t make it one. It’s an oil, and a greasy, plastic scented one at that. Yuck. Made my face look like a tragic oil spill. If their website is telling the truth, it is made with only six ingredients: Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. Congrats on achieving success with a relatively simple formula, but it begs the question of why pay fifty Benjamins for it when it can be made at home… Also, this “Egyptian magic” is made in the US. Hmm. WNR
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash ($48*): While I give this cleanser mad props for smelling so good without any added fragrance, I don’t think I would pay nearly fifty bucks for a highly scented face wash. It was slightly over-drying for my dry skin, so maybe it’ll work better for oilier complexions. WNR
  • Darphin Ideal Resource Perfecting Smoothing Serum ($209*): Did this do anything? Not that I know of. Not crazy on the floral scent, either. WNR
  • Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate ($88*): I liked this! It smells heavenly and hydrated my skin well. Many of the components are natural and the price is not that bad for a serum. WR
  • Shu Uemura Tsuya Youthful Radiance Generator Essence ($98*): Not sure what this is meant to do, but I like it. As a serum it smelled good and went on smooth, it didn’t hydrate much but might be a good alternative to Dior’s $170 One Essential for those who like extra steps (minus the cleansing benefits, of course). I would consider purchasing this, but will not be running out to do so in the near future (or at least not until Sephora gets it). WNR
  • Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Facial Treatment ($275*): You’ve got to be kidding me. Nearly three hundred dollars for an oil? Good God, get a grip, girl. The oil is thick, difficult to spread, smells terrible and doesn’t hydrate anything. I’ll stick to my slightly cheaper Kypris rose oil any day, thanks. WNR

     Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this season? I hope this wasn’t too negative, you know I’m always honest about how I feel about things!

*Prices true at time of writing.

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