How ’bout Them Samples?! Review #3.1

You may remember that as part of my “strict no buy” I had decided to try to use up a bunch of the neglected samples that I have already received from various places and sample boxes.  I have so many samples that I don’t even remember where I got all of them from originally.  I know some are from ipsy bags, or Target boxes and others from Walmart beauty boxes, this time around one is even from Influenster*.

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I posted a few weeks ago that I would let you know what I think of each thing and if I would purchase these items based on my thoughts from these samples.  Some products were awesome and I used them up right away, others have taken me longer to use.  This post was getting very long, so I am going to break it into two parts.  (Check out yesterday’s post to read the first half.)

Here’s my review of the second half of the samples from the third group of what I have been trying out…

Loreal Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Shampoo
Loreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair Shampoo
Olay Active Botanicals
Ren Ever Calm Day Cream
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Creme Rinse

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Loreal Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Shampoo
Loreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair Shampoo

While I have used the Loreal Advanced Haircare conditioners for a while now, and really enjoy them, I have never tried the shampoos.  These two may be in similar packaging, but they are quite different from each other. I did not enjoy the Smooth Intense Shampoo (pink top).  While overall I don’t mind the scent, I couldn’t ever get a really good lather from it. It is a clear shampoo which always makes me think clarifying, but my hair never really felt fully clean after I washed it with this shampoo.  I don’t have frizzy unmanagable hair, so maybe that is why I didn’t enjoy this shampoo. Based on the samples  no, I would not buy the Loreal Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Shampoo (pink top).
The Total Repair Shampoo (golden top) has a strange scent that I don’t really enjoy.  It made my hair feel clean and smooth, so I can forgive it for the scent, especially since I condition my hair everyday after shampooing.  A 12.6 ounce bottle of these shampoos costs around $3.99    Based on the samples yes, I would purchase the Loreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair Shampoo (golden top)  These shampoos seem to always be on sale with great coupons available as well.

how 'bout them samples | lookingjoligood.wordpress.comOlay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner

This product smells lovely.  I feel like it got the job done and didn’t make my face feel over dry and tight like some toners tend to do. I love to use a toner at night after I remove my makeup and before I moisturize.  It always amazes me (and grosses me out) how much stuff is still left behind even after I scrub my face. A 5 ounce bottle of this toner costs around $14.99.  Based on the sample yes, I would buy this Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner.

how 'bout them samples | lookingjoligood.wordpress.comRen Ever Calm Day Cream

I have enjoyed using this day cream.  I feel like for what it is 1 oz is a decent sized sample. I got several weeks use out of this sample and still have some left. It has a nice fresh scent and I really like the way this cream makes my skin feel.  My foundation applies over it well.  Supposedly it protects against free radicals and environmental aggression while combating the signs of premature aging.  Trains skin to be less sensitive.  That is a lot of claims for one product, but hey I am all for protection against “environmental aggression.”  At Sephora and other online sites this cream is $45 for 1.7 oz. Based on the sample yes, I would buy this Ren Ever Calm Day Cream. (Although, while I do like it, I personally wouldn’t pay $45 for it.)

how 'bout them samples | lookingjoligood.wordpress.comShea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Creme Rinse

Once again, I am talking about the scent of one of the products…these products smell wonderful! I think it can be described as a strawberry tropical fruity scent with a light hint of coconut.  Later in the days when I used these two products together I always noticed that my hair felt so super extra soft! I also want to add that the sample size was perfectly proportioned.  The shampoo was 15 ml and the creme rinse was 30 ml.  How awesome that they gave extra creme rinse since every one knows that the conditioner always runs out way before the shampoo. A 10.3 fluid ounce tube of Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo costs $8.99, and  a 13 fl oz bottle of Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Creme Rinse costs $10.99.  Based on the sample yes, I would definitely buy this Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Creme Rinse.

Overall this was a great group of samples! For the most part, they all smelled pretty great. I have been enjoying using up my samples and have already started on a new bunch.

What about you?  Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think?

If you would like to see which samples I have already tried out and what I think about them you can read more by clicking HERE.

*Side note: I got this Shea Moisture sample in a VoxBox from Influenster*.  If you have never heard about Influenster before, check out my post all about it by clicking HERE.  It is such a great way to try out new products for free as well as getting truthful reviews from consumers like you.  If you would like to check it out for yourself, here is my referral link to use for Influenster:

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