Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sampling


It has been a long time since I have done one of these posts, but as I have made a point of trying and using up some of my sample products, instead of just hoarding them, I thought I would share with you some of my favourites over the past couple of months. There are 5 products in total and it is fair to say, they have all made a huge impression on me.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil - This is a product from my Look Fantastic beauty Box and because my skin is often quite dry in parts, but oily in others, the joys of combination skin, I wasn't too sure how my skin would react to it. My skin loved it and after using just once, it felt incredibly hydrated, smooth and not at all as oily as I had feared, infact there was less oily patches the following day, when my lunchtime I would be grabbing my compact to dab off anything excess. This is one product I will finish and if I had nothing similar it is one I would purchase without debate because I like it that much. A full sized bottle retails at £47 



Eve Lom Cleanser - I received this within my first Look Fantastic Beauty Box, I've heard amazing things about this hot cloth cleanser from many bloggers who really rate it, so I was really looking forwarding to giving this a try. Considering I live in London where the air is not exactly clean and I wear makeup on a daily basis, I found this cleanser really does do a fantastic job at removing every single trace of my makeup not to mention surface dirt and grime which just seems to cling to my skin.  Eve Lom describe this product as "a 
multi-tasking marvel which removed every last trace of make-up, even waterproof mascara, it also decongests, tones and gently exfoliates the skin".

After using, I found my skin to be feeling extremely soft afterwards and really clean feeling but at £85 for a full sized tub, it didn't wow me enough to want to rush out and purchase it when I have similar products which do the same job just as well for a whole lot less. 



CoLab Dry Shampoo - I got these two beauties from my You Beauty Discovery Box and as someone who loves dry shampoo, I couldn't want to try them. I have heard amazing things about them and I have to say they more than live up to the claims as to how good they are. 


The one thing that started to bug me about dry shampoo was the 'white' residue that was left behind, no matter how much you shook or brushed your hair, throughout the day more would drop onto your shoulders. Not doth these! For a start there is no white residue, you simply spray it onto your hair and massage in, them brush your hair and voila, fresh looking and smelling hair! This is one product I will definitely repurchase!


This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray which comes from my October LookFantastic Box. It is described as acting faster than the original spray it is a fast acting natural remedy to help restore healthy sleep patterns for restless sleepers and is clinically proven to provide a better night’s sleep. It contains a potent blend of Lavender which naturally encapsulates to gradually release aromatherapeutic benefits as you sleep. This edition has more of a lavender fragrance and does smell a little medicinal. 

Firstly, I love this spray, whilst it doesn't send me off into a quick sleep, what it does help with is restlessness and it is relaxing and calming, perfect for spraying on your pillows whilst you are getting ready for bed, cleansing your face and adding your night cream. Once it has settled it smells absolutely divine.




Estee Lauder Modern Muse - I got this in my November Fragrance Shop Discovery Box and it is a scent I have come to absolutely love.  Described as follows: "Be an inspiration. Experience the fragrance that captures your style, your confidence, your creative spirit. An alluring contrast of sparkling florals and sleek, sensual woods". 

Now this scent is really lovely, one you would perhaps use for special occasions rather than everyday wear and it is one of those long lasting scents, once applied you can literally smell it all day and there is a wearing time of around 7-8 hours for me before it becomes obsolete. 


So as you can see the money that I have been spending on Beauty Boxes has really paid off. Firstly it is unlikely, other than CoLab that I would have bought anything by Eve Lom or Ole Henriksson, though I might possibly I have bought Sleep Plus given the rave reviews. Secondly, they are all really good sized samples and big enough to give you more than a couple of weeks usage. 

As much as I love sachets, unless it is a facemask, I am often left on the fence as to whether I like something enough to buy it after squeezing enough out to try it the once, I tend to use them when I am away for a LNG weekend as they might travelling lighter.

Have you tried any of these products? Do you like the sound of any of them?

29 comments:

  1. The dry shampoo sounds fab - never tried it before as always been put off by the thought of white dust but this one sounds fab #UKbloggers

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  2. I am such a sample hoarder! I've finally gotten mine altogether so I can start using them! xxx

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  3. All these are right up my street (I suppose I should throw caution at the fragrance - only because I haven't tried it and I'm a bit choosey when it comes to scent). I love Ole Henriksen (as a brand), the Eve Lom cleanser is a firm favourite, Pillow Spray is fab, CoLab I haven't tried but I'm fanatical about dry shampoo. Great choices to feature :) Tx

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  4. i love the sound of pillow spray .. i could do with that myself! lol

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  5. We make our own version of this works pillow spray, I will have to share the receipe

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  6. I think I need to try the CoLab dry shampoo, heard such good things about it!
    Lou x
    www.loulovesbeauty.co.uk

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  7. Love the idea of dry shampoo without the dandruff look!

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  8. I keep looking at dry shampoo and wondering whether it would leave a residue, pleased to see that this one doesn't

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  9. Great roundup - I love the sound of the dry shampoo and also the youth activating oil.

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  10. Love sample sizes they are so good for travelling. I adore the pillow spray and colab plus the oil from ole Henriksen.

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  11. I had a sample a while ago of the eve lom cleanser and it irritated my skin immediately :(

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  12. Some great little products there, I like the idea of dry shampoo but have never tried it. I have a big stack of samples to work my way through!

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  13. The CoLab dry shampoo sounds very good, especially as it doesn't leave white bits in your hair. I'll look out for it in the shops.

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  14. I've heard so many good things about the eve lom cleaner but I love my elemis pro-collegen cleansing balm so it;d have a lot to live up to! Have you tried it?

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  15. i need to use more of my samples, I have far too many!
    x

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  16. I use the Deep Sleep Stress Less balm to help me relax before bed :) I like the pillow spray but forget to spray it beofrehand! xxx

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  17. I love the sound of the Eve Lom Cleanser, but I have to admit it is too pricey for me.

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  18. I must admit, I tried that dry shampoo and it did nothing for my hair :(

    Laura from whatlauralovesuk.com xxx

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  19. I'm really enjoying the Colab dry shampoos too! I love the sound of the Ole Henriksen oil, my skin is oily but dehydrated and that sounds like it would work perfectly for me :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I was given a bare minerals sample and i love it so need to invest in a full size one

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  21. Love samples as it means that i can try products before i make a big purchase.

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  22. ive been wanting to try the colab dry shampoo for ages but it seems to be sold out every time i look in store :/

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  23. I definitely don't need sleep pillow spray, I knock out as soon as I hit the bed! LOL

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  24. I really need to try out dry shampoo and I really like the idea of that sleep pillow spray. Will have to see about getting some.

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  25. I love that this gives you big sized samples :) It gives you enough to play around with them for a long time before deciding to buy full sized :) http://ninabargainbeauty.blogspot.com

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  26. I'm really interested to try out the Co Lab suff. I love Ruth! x

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  27. The sleep plus pillow spay sounds amazing and is exactly what i need! x

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  28. I want to try CoLab myself. I like dry shampoos as I have wild hair.

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