I’m splitting up my first update into two parts since I didn’t want the blog to be too long. In this blog I’m going to go over the products I finished. While Part 2 is going to be over products I’m currently working on and products I’ll be adding in. Which should be up a week after this one. So keep an eye out for that.
My first month went quite well. I was able to finish a bunch of my sample packets, about half if not more. I’m hoping to finish all of the sample packets by the third update so I can have the rest of the year to focus on bigger items.
My results after one month:
85-More to go
*Note: 2 sample packet = 1 count*
Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer Sample — I finished one of the two I had. It smooth my skin and filled in my pores but it wasn’t anything amazing.
Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-up Primer Sample— This isn’t a primer that fills in pores but it does give a tacky base. It did a great job at prolonging my makeup wear time. I do recommend this if you are looking for a good non silicone base primer.
Laua Mercier Foundation Primer Sample— I hate this primer, it has an awful scent that was very overwhelming. I don’t understand why so many people like this primer. It didn’t even do much for me.
UD All Nighter Spray Deluxe Sample— One of my favorite setting spray of all time. Does a great job at setting my makeup and prolonging the wear time.
– Cleansers & Face Scrubs-
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-oil Cleanser Sample— This had a thick gel formulation which made it hard to rub onto the skin. I prefer other regular gel or oil cleansers, they’re a lot easier to work with and does a better job at removing makeup. This one had a tough time removing my eyeliner and mascara.
Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser Sample— I’m not too keen on the scent of this. Cleansing wise, it was decent.
Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Deep Cleansing Face Wash Travel Size — I don’t like the nozzle on this bottle, it’s really hard to control the amount that comes out. I always ended up with way too much product. The scent is light and calming. The actual cleanser itself is nothing special.
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser Sample— One of the worst scented cleanser I’ve ever tried!! It smells earthy and old. I’ve tried two cleansers from Sunday Riley already and they both smell horrible and did nothing for my skin. I don’t understand why people like Sunday Riley so much. Also not to mention the ridiculous price tag they have!
Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil Sample — One of the best cleansing oil I’ve tried so far. It melts all of makeup off even my waterproof liner and mascara! It’s also gentle enough that it didn’t irritate my eyes. I want to purchase the full size but I don’t know about the price tag: $48 for 150mL and $75 for 300mL.
Clinque Cleanser— Meh. Nothing great.
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm Sample— Another horrible cleanser. It smells like dirt. It contains some beads, that barely scrubs your skin. Also the product is very greasy and messy to use. On Sephora’s website, it states the product removes all makeup, even waterproof mascara… which is complete BS. My mascara wasn’t even waterproof and it struggled removing it. Another reason why I hated this black cleanser is that it made a complete mess in my sink. The beads and foam from the cleanser ended up clinging onto the sides and I would have to spend extra time washing the sink. It was a hassle to use.
Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Sample— My favorite microdermabrasion scrub, the beads are tiny but does an amazing job at exfoliating the skin. It has a nice minty scent. You can only use this at most twice a week or not it will dry out your skin.
Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Sample (2)— I had high hopes for this product, I was hoping it would work just like the Bliss Micro Magic but unfortunately this fell short. It doesn’t exfoliate as good nor felt as refreshing on the skin.
Clinque Exfoliater — I honestly don’t remember anything about this exfoliater except that I didn’t like it.
Origins Modern Friction Dermabrasion Sample — This product was too thick, I had a hard time squeezing it out of the packaging. I had to completely cut the packet open and scrape the product out with my finger. I’m not too fond of the rose scent it has, but that’s just a personal preference. The scrub is very gentle, too gentle for me.
Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion Travel Size— Smells like baby powder and alcohol. Feels refreshing on the skin. Does a good job removing any residual makeup or debris left on the skin that my cleanser didn’t get.
Clinque Moisturizer Sample— This used to be my favorite moisturizer back in high school. But they have reformulated it to be a lot thicker and the scent has changed too. Feels heavy on the skin. I’m not too fond of the changes.
Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer Sample— It’s a decent moisturizer. It’s thick, creamy, doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and has a decent scent. Does a good job at hydrating the skin.
Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil — This oil is amazing. I see a huge difference in my skin after only a few uses. My skin is brighter and looks more youthful.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Cream — Didn’t see any difference. Has a weird scent.
Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion — There are better products out there.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream Sample — Not a fan. I have yet to find anything I like from Juice Beauty. Either the product breaks me out or the scent just throws me off.
Mario Badescu Skin Care Vitamin C Serum Sample — This product broke me out so I’m giving the other one away.
Murad Blackhead Remover Sample— There was enough product in the packet for 3-4 usage. But I didn’t see any difference in my skin. I still have a bunch of blackheads. It’s more of an exfoliater than a blackhead remover.
Murad Pore Refining Sealer Sample— Did nothing.
Nip + Fab Skin Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum Sample–I had accidentally thrown this in the trash when I was finished. So I no longer have the sample packet. But they were very generous with the amount in the packet. I was able to get over 4 uses. I’m surprised at how much I liked this serum. It wasn’t heavy and it felt nice on the skin, some tingling sensation. I will be looking into purchasing a full size.
Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask Sample — This is like the Carbonated Clay Mask you’ve seen on Youtube, where the mask foams up as it react to the air. I’m not a fan of how the mask feels on the skin while it foams up. It made my skin feel itchy and very uncomfortable. But if you like foaming clay mask then this is perfect for you.
Bosica Luminizing Black Mask Travel Size — Easy to use and not a big mess to clean. You can easily peel it off (on area where you have no peach fuzz) and easy to wash the residual off with warm water. I only like using this solely on my nose. I do not recommend using this on your entire face unless you like pain and suffering.
H2O+ Sea Mineral Mud Mask Travel Size — This product have been discontinued but it was a nice mud mask. Easy to rinse off.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Sample — I don’t know how I feel about this mask yet since I only got one use out of the packet.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask Sample— You can use it as a 10 minute mask or you can leave it on as an overnight mask, which I personally like using it as. I absolutely loved this mask! My skin feels hydrated after each use. .
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Sample— Thick and smells like perfume. I like this body butter but the scent can get overwhelming.
Pearl Souffle Shaving Cream — Just average.
-Shampoos & Conditioners-
Nexxus Color Assure Primer Sample— This is an oil/serum you put throughout your hair before you wash. I can’t say if it works or not since my hair currently isn’t colored. But what I can say is that this product smells amazing!
Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Shampoo Travel Size (2) — Easy to lather up and rinse out. My hair feels light weight and soft. I highly recommend trying this shampoo.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt — It has an earthy and citrus scent, which I really like. The idea for this shampoo is cool but it doesn’t work for someone who have a lot of thick coarse hair. I could not get the salt onto my scalp, it would get tangled up in my hair before my fingers could even reach my actual scalp. Therefore I didn’t get any scrubbing action, but the shampoo did leave my hair feeling light.
Jane Carter Solution Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo Sample — It wasn’t as invigorating as I thought it was going to be nor as hydrating. I needed to use some type of conditioner or hair oil afterwards.
Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Conditioner Travel Size (2)— I like the shampoo a lot more than the conditioner. The conditioner was average.
-Hair Masks/Deep Conditioners/Creams-
Biolage Fiberstrong Intra-Cylane Fortifying Cream Sample— Smells great.
Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave In Hair Perfector Sample–It’s a nice product but not the best I’ve tried.
Alterna Caviar Repair RE-texturizing Protein Cream— AMAZING product! It has a nice scent. The best leave in conditioner I’ve tried. My hair feels a lot smoother, soft, and fluffy. This product is a game changer! If you haven’t tried it yet I highly recommend giving this a try!!
L’oreal Ever Sleep Humidity Defying Leave In Cream Sample— Smell exactly like all other L’oreal product. It’s a nice product that left my hair soft for two whole days!
John Masters Organics Rose & Apriccot Hair Milk— Smells like roses. Nothing great.
Pantene Advance Keratin repair Split End Fuser Sample— Has a decent scent but didn’t see any results.
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Oil — I’ve been using this product for over 5 years! I’ve gone through so many of these and it’s still my favorite hair oil. It’s lightweight and my hair becomes softer and shinny.
Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil — I’m not a fan of this at all. The scent is too overwhelming for me to use.
My goal for next month is to finish close to 25 items. I don’t have too many sample packets left therefore the count won’t be as high. Sorry for the long blog.. do you guys like this layout where I review each product that I finish or would you prefer for me to keep it shorter and only show the finished products without any review?? Let me know what you think.