Showing posts with label Samples. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Samples. Show all posts

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?

Friday, 14 March 2014

Fragrance Shop Discovery Club - Spring Edition 2014

Back in April I brought to my blog a new box from The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club which you can see HERE and again in June which is HERE and then September which is HEREthen the final box of 2013 HERE if you didn’t see it.  

For those of you not in the know this is the description:

"
If you love fragrance, then you'll love our Discovery Club.
Our exciting new club allows you to explore the very latest fragrance launches from the comfort of your own home. For just £5 per quarter, each edition comes with fragrance samples for you to try, details on each of the fragrances included, as well as discount vouchers so you can make some big savings on all the scents featured."


This quarter I have the Spring 2014 Edition which includes both male and female scents and this is what is in the box:

Fragrance Shop Discovery Club - Spring Edition 2014

Fragrance Shop Discovery Club - Spring Edition 2014

Fragrance Shop Discovery Club - Spring Edition 2014

Fragrance Shop Discovery Club - Spring Edition 2014

Fragrance Shop Discovery Club - Spring Edition 2014

So in the box we have:

GUERLAIN - La Petite Robe Noire Couture.  It is described as "The third fragrance to join the hugely successful La Petite Robe Noire collection by Guerlain. The range is inspired by the little black dress, a must have for any fashionista wardrobe. La Petite Robe Noire Couture is a fruity floral vivacious scent fit for the red carpet, perfect for when a splash of luxury is needed!".  I am indifferent about the scent of this, it is nice, but I wouldn't purchase a full sized bottle, I am happy enough to use the sample.

Givenchy - Very Irr├ęsistible L'eau En Rose  Which is described as follows "It’s been 10 years since Givenchy launched the original Very Irresistible and to celebrate they welcome L’Eau en Rose to the Very Irresistible family. The fragrance pays homage to the rose in a simple and elegant mannerwith just 3 key ingredients".  This is my favourite scent from all of the female ones within the box, definitely something I would purchase, it smells divine and if you like rose scented products, you will probably like this.


Lacoste - Eau De Lacoste Sensuelle.  Again it comes with this description "Following the launch of Eau de Lacoste Parfum in 2013 comes Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle. The sweetness of the original daytime fragrance is replaced with a gourmand nougatine which offers a more sensual scent, perfect for taking on the night".  Sadly I don't like this scent, it is too strong for me.

Thierry Mugler - Alien Eau Extraordinaire.  Those of you who have read my blog regularly will know that I am not a fan of Thierry Mugler perfumes, I find them too sweet and sickly for my tastes.  This one is described as "A new chapter in the Alien story sees Alien Eau Extraordinaire join the family. Created as a positive, uplifting fragrance with delicate floral notes designed to energise, and a bottle designed as a brilliant crystal gemstone".  Again, not a fan, the scent reminds me too much of of Alien and Angel which I am not a fan of.

Elie Saab - L'eau Couture.  This is the only sample which comes in a cute little box and offers the following description "From the house of Elie Saab comes a new deliciously addictive, soft, almondy floral fragrance. Created to offer a taste of summer, the scent kicks off with a citrusy top that sparkles with zest which leads into a couture-inspired heart topped off with an addictive base".  This scent I also really like, it is a light scent which is perfect for spring and can be worn either during the day or at night for me.

Then we have the two male scents, I leave the description of male aftershaves to my hubby, Beautykinguk, who is better placed and well versed in giving his views on aftershaves, after all he owns enough of them.  However, these are the two scents and their descriptions:

Loewe - Solo Loewe Sport.  Which is described as follows - "Following on from the Loewe Solo launch in 2004 is the new Loewe Solo Sport. The fragrance retains the distinctive bottle design and signature notes of Loewe Solo, but has added zest and energy designed to encapsulate the spirit of sports. The advertising visual features Spanish archery champion Arturo Gracia whose suave looks are emphasised in a vintage Loewe sports kit".

Valentino - Uomo.  This is described as follows: "An aromatic, smooth and leathery fragrance designed to stand the test of time as a modern classic. The scent has heaps of Italian style with the notes composed to reflect an aristocratic Italian family lunch. The advertising campaign is set in Rome and features French actor Louis Garrel, whose striking looks match the equally striking glass studded bottle".

Once again, I am really pleased with this box and I love the fact I have new samples to test and try out without having to go into a shop and cover myself in perfumes to see if they smell okay on my skin, yes I am that lazy.  

Within the accompanying magazine which tells you about all of the fragrances is also an offer of £5 off each fragrance if you purchase them online.

If you think this is something you would like to sign up to, you can find the link HERE along with further information.

So what do you think to my box? Are you a subscriber? 


Will you subscribe?


Fragrance Shop Discovery Club - Spring Edition 2014

Monday, 16 December 2013

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club 5th Edition

Back in April I brought to my blog a new box from The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club which you can see HERE and again in June which is HERE and then September which is HERE, if you didn’t see it.  

For those of you not in the know this is the description:

"
If you love fragrance, then you'll love our Discovery Club.
Our exciting new club allows you to explore the very latest fragrance launches from the comfort of your own home. For just £5 per quarter, each edition comes with fragrance samples for you to try, details on each of the fragrances included, as well as discount vouchers so you can make some big savings on all the scents featured."



The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club 5th Edition

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club 5th Edition

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club 5th Edition


The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club 5th Edition

So now I have my 5th edition and in the box this time I have 6 different perfume samples which are as follows:

Jean Paul Gaultier - Classique.  Launched in 1993, Classique has become a true icon in the fragrance world.  The Supremely seductive oriental floral fragrance pays homage to the beauty of women with its corset inspired design.

Nina Ricci - Nina.  A magical scent captured inside a glass apple.  Nina offers charms and enchantment with a dash of seduction in what is a fresh floral fruity fragrance.

Gucci - Guilty.  Gucci takes as a catalyst its iconic entwined G's and brings us a heroine who regards this emblem as an incitement to subvert.  Gucci Guilty is a modern and daring Oriental Flower

Thierry Mugler - Angel.  Angel, the first fragrance by Thierry Mugler, is a voluptuous oriental gourmand with a truly beautiful bottle resembling dazzling stars cut from the night blue sky.

Thierry Mugler - Alien.  Distinctive and mysterious, yet comforting and soft.  The EDT conveys passion, sensuality and the essence of absolute femininity with a rich floral woody and magical trail for fragrance that is truly out of this world

Givency - Irresistible.  A very dynamic sensual fragrance possessing the elegant floral top notes of rose and the exotic combination of peony and rose fantasia. A very appealing feminine scent.

Hugo Boss - Hugo Man.  Fresh, Sharp and extremely masculine, Hugo is about living your life on your own terms with a certain irreverence.  it is created not for those who go with the trend of the moment, but for those who seek a style of their own.

Hugo Boss - Boss Bottled.  A true male iconic fragrance that remains as popular now as its launch in 1994.  The juice is fresh and shape with a warm woody base whilst the bottle offers a sleek, uncomplicated but very masculine look.

Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme.  Since 1994, L'Eau d'issey Pour Homme has become a hallmark of sophistication in the world of fragrances.  it awakens the senses with its blend of citrus, precious woods and spices.  The pure, energising scent is perfect for a modern, independent man.


The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club 5th Edition



Once again, I am really pleased with this box and I love the fact I have new samples to test and try out without having to go into a shop and cover myself in perfumes to see if they smell okay on my skin, yes I am that lazy.  The only fragrances I am not too keen on are the Thierry Mugler ones as I just don't like the scent, but a good friend of mine does, so I am shoving those in with her Christmas box.  

Within the accompanying magazine which tells you about all of the fragrances is also an offer of £5 off each fragrance if you purchase them online.

If you think this is something you would like to sign up to, you can find the link HERE along with further information.

So what do you think to my box? Are you a subscriber? 


Will you subscribe?

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

If you love fragrance, then you'll love our Discovery Club

A few weeks ago a received an email inviting me to join The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club, have you heard of it?  If not, this is the description:

"If you love fragrance, then you'll love our Discovery Club.
Our exciting new club allows you to explore the very latest fragrance launches from the comfort of your own home. For just £5 per quarter, each edition comes with fragrance samples for you to try, details on each of the fragrances included, as well as discount vouchers so you can make some big savings on all the scents featured."

Then in a bit more detail you are told:

  • Exciting fragrance samples delivered straight to your home
  • £25 of exclusive member discount vouchers inside
  • A selection of the top fragrance brands
  • Only £5 per quarter
  • No commitment - cancel at any time!

So for £5 per quarter, which is not a lot of money, especially when my first box was free, it was too tempting not to take part, so I duly signed up.  Today my box arrived, which is really quick and I was quite surprised at how lovely the box was and how well made it is, all too often people are complaining that their beauty boxes are all flimsy and break... this one is very well made as you can see below.



Then once you have opened the outer packaging and have found the box inside, it is loving wrapped with this dark blue tissue paper with a silver seal featuring the initials DC on it, clearly standing for 'Discovery Club'.  Then once inside the paper, this is what you find:


Inside the box there two booklets.  The first one features details and information on all of the samples you will find in your box and those details include what sized bottles, how much they cost and a short paragraph on each.  The second booklet is your voucher booklet and in this you have 5 x £5 off vouchers for each of the five fragrance samples you have in the box.

As this is my first box, I was quite excited to find out which fragrances I would find in my box.  I love perfume and I love testing perfume, so for me this is really a great idea to have signed up too and to be honest inexpensive.  My fragrances this quarter are:

  • Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush - It is a prequel to the Loverstruck Story
  • Roberto Carvalli - Just Carvalli - Described as sexy and provocative
  • Juicy Couture - La La - Described as being funky, punk and a rock fragrance with heaps of spirit
  • Lacoste - eau de Lacoste Pour Femme - Described as being modern, iconic and breathtakingly simple
  • Nina Ricci - Nina L'Eau - Described as being a fresh new offering for Spring
So this is what is in my box and should you wish to read more about them, you can do so by clicking HERE

As these fragrances are just samples you get a smallish bottle containing around 4fl oz which you can see more clearly here:


I am really pleased with this box and I love the fact I have new samples to test and try out without having to go into a shop and cover myself in perfumes to see if they smell okay on my skin.

If you think this is something you would like to sign up to, you can find the link HERE along with further information.

So what do you think to my box? Are you a subscriber? 
Will you subscribe?

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