Samples Roundup: November 2017

     I am an admitted beauty junkie; I think about makeup, skincare, and fragrance about half of my waking hours (on a good day!). Therefore I am always testing, trying out, and otherwise making up my mind about new launches and old classics. 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 any of the products. For quick reference, WNR stands for Would Not Repurchase/Recommend and WR is Would Repurchase/Recommend.

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© Gil Segev 2017

  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel ($25*): While this effectively removed dead skin from areas I sometimes forget to scrub physically, I did not like the sticky residue that it left. I had to cleanse before and after the peel, which is time consuming and annoying since it has to be done on dry skin to begin with. WNR
  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Cream ($34*): I didn’t feel that this cream provided the long-lasting hydration my skin needs overnight. Within a couple hours it felt tight and dry again. WNR
  • Prada Candy Gloss ($120*): I’ve owned three variations of Candy in the past, and gave away each one. For a fragrance named after a sweet food, none of them were sweet enough for my taste. Gloss is what Candy and all its flankers should have been to begin with: sweet, citrusy, and powdery. A winning combination that comes in a beautiful bottle and lasts for many hours. WR
  • Fresh Sugar Face Polish ($76*): Fresh sure knows how to do skincare, I’ve loved almost everything I’ve tried. This is no exception. This sugar-based scrub smells like lemonade and cookies, and has strawberry bits to help exfoliate dead skin. It is honestly heavenly feeling, even though the sugar does wash away if your skin is too wet. The scrub is thorough yet gentle, and leaves skin feeling super soft. I love that it comes in a 125 mL ceramic pot, and I will definitely be purchasing this once I run through my stash. WR
  • Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream ($122*): Firstly, this product is incredibly overpriced for the amount of cream you actually get. Ideally, this should be under $100, or be double the size. Now that’s been said, it is still a beautiful product. Just like the serum from this Black Tea range, the neck cream provides an instant firming feeling to the skin, as though someone is pulling it back from behind. It smells nice and leaves skin soft, not greasy. It will hurt me to order this, but eventually I know I will. I can’t vouch for the visibility of results, but for me the way it feels is more important anyways. WR
  • Fresh Rose Floral Toner ($49*): Someone said that this spray toner is similar to my beloved Jurlique Balancing Rosewater Mist, which was recently pulled out of Canada. Said someone was correct about the scent, but I didn’t get the opportunity to try it over makeup yet the way I would the Jurlique. As a toner it was just alright, definitely not worth its high price for what is essentially fancy rose water. WNR
  • La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream ($410*): La Mer has recently landed in Sephora, which sounds great until you realize that the price is still astronomically ridiculous. I mean, that’s a month of rent, for goodness sake! At first application the cream (which is definitely a cream and not a gel at all) felt deeply hydrating, and my skin looked soft, radiant, and blurred. I was worried that I was liking it too much! Minutes later, however, my face felt tacky, and finally, dry. For a product that costs this much to perform this poorly, I’m shocked. Where are all the healing claims when you need them? 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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