Sample Packs I’ve Used Up

Sample Packs I’ve Used Up

Lately I’ve been a little overwhelmed with how many foil packs I have in my collection. I’ve been purchasing from Sephora a little more frequently and it’s definitely made my collection of samples start to grow again. I’m always a little afraid to put them to use because I know if I love the product I’ll want to go out and buy it right away! But I’ve decided that the foil pack aren’t doing me any good by taking up space on my vanity so I need to start giving them a try and clearing them out!

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I wanted to try a mixture of skincare, haircare and makeup products and then share my thoughts on how they worked over the short amount of time that I was able to try them. I know this isn’t a huge time to test the products but they give you them for a reason and I think sometimes it’s enough to know what your first impressions are and if the product might be something I’m interested in in the future!

HAIR CARE

Drybar – On the Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo + On the Rocks Lightweight Replenishing Conditioner

This shampoo was honestly life changing and I’m so so tempted to pick up the full size even though the price is painful. I love how this made my hair feel and it did such a good job at really cleaning my hair without making my hair feel dry and stripped of all the oils. I know it was only one wash that I used this for but it made such an impression that I need to have it in my life to be able to use this on a regular basis!

Rita Hazan – Triple Threat Split End Remedy

I’m always down to try a hair product that will help my hair feel healthy and look better. This had a really strong scent to it when you first apply it but after 5-10 minutes it wasn’t as overpowering. After using this my hair air dried really nicely – sometimes my hair can end up looking super puffy and frizzy but this helped keep that under control as well! I definitely think it’s a good product but I have so many hair care products right now that it just doesn’t make sense for me to buy this. But I will keep it in mind for the future!

SKINCARE

Philosophy – Renewed Hope In A Jar

This was one of my all time favourite night creams a few years ago so I wanted to give it a try again and see if it still worked for my skin. After trying it out I still love it! It really makes my skin feel hydrated and soft when I wake up the next morning. I find it isn’t too thick and heavy on my skin but it’s still really nourishing for me. I would totally purchase this in the future especially after trying out the sample again.

Peter Thomas Roth – Potent-C Power Serum

I actually ended up trying a couple sample packs of this serum. I’m not sure if it’s the right serum for me at this point in time. I think it’s a product that just doesn’t really target any of my current skincare needs – fine lines, wrinkles, firmness… and the results like uneven skin tone and texture are usually things that happen after a prolonged period of time. I do know that my skin didn’t react badly to the serum or break out which was a good thing. I just don’t know if this is something that I would end up purchasing in the future.

MAKEUP

Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I actually own a full size product of this and I’m a huge fan of it. I figured I would use up the sample though because it’s not the worst primer and I knew it would be an easy product to use the sample pack of. It’s basically a silicone type primer and has a velvet texture to it when you apply it to the face. I find that sometimes it can just add a greasy layer to my skin and can make the foundation I apply on top if it just slip and slide. You definitely need to use a matte foundation with it because I’ve found that to be the best way to make it work. Overall I don’t know if I ever would have purchased this myself but I received it in a Boxycharm. I find that Smashbox has a few other primers that I like so much more!

Urban Decay – All Nighter Foundation

After trying this out I don’t think it’s the right foundation for me. Lately I’ve been way more interested in light to medium coverage foundation and this is seriously full coverage. It completely covered up any imperfections on my skin which was actually really nice – at the time I tried it out I had a lot of redness and quite a few breakouts. But it just felt cakey on my skin and looked really thick. By the end of the day it just looked gross on my skin and I wasn’t a fan. I would definitely try to apply the least amount of product as possible when you’re wearing this foundation. I didn’t use a setting spray when I tried it so I wonder if that would have even made a difference?

I’m really enjoying pushing myself to use some of the sample packs that I have taking up space in my collection. I always want to pick out the cool sample packs but I rarely get around to using them so this was a fun challenge. I’ll definitely keep up with these types of posts in the future because it keeps me accountable at using up my makeup collection!

What has your favourite sample been lately? I would love to know if you use any of these products regularly and you have a different opinion of them? Leave all of your thoughts in the comments below!

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