You might remember that I posted a few weeks ago that I would be trying out these samples and let you know if I would purchase the full sized product based on the sample.
Trying out all these samples of new products has prevented me from making unnecessary beauty purchases, as well as helped me to find some great new products.
Here is the review of the samples I used over the last few weeks:
Befine food skin care gentle cleanser with sugar mint oats and rice
I love this brand! Its formulas are completely vegan and packed with good-for-your-skin, natural ingredients like peppermint oil and leaf extract, oat bran extract, rice bran protein, sugar cane extracts, and wheat amino acids.
This cleanser is a clear green non-foaming gel that has a light clean mint scent. After using this gentle cleanser my skin feels clean and fresh, yet not tight, dry, or stripped. It is a great cleanser but does not remove makeup well.
A 3.4 oz / 15ml Pump costs $24.00
YES, based on the sample, I would buy this Befine food skin care gentle cleanser with sugar mint oats and rice
Curél hydrotherapy wet skin moisturizer
As you can tell from the picture, I already bought the full size of this lotion, so I guess that kinda takes away any suspense of whether or not I would buy the full size 😉
I wrote and entire post just about this moisturizer. You can read the long story long about it by clicking HERE.
Short story: My skin feels soft and moisturized after applying this. It isn’t slippery, greasy, slick, or sticky. It has a nice light clean scent that isn’t overpowering. What I like most of all is how easily it applies and how much time it saves!
This 12 fl oz/ 354 ml bottle cost $10 and a 8 fl oz/ 236 ml bottle is around $7.50
YES, based on the sample, I would, and did, buy this Curél hydrotherapy wet skin moisturizer.
Dove Deep Moisture Nutrium Body Wash
I love Dove products! This Moisture Bod Wash formula is no exception. The product claims “softer smoother skin after one shower.” I can agree with that statement, it had a great lather and made my skin feel soft and smooth.
Despite the fact that previously I didn’t enjoy the scent of the Moroccan Argan Oil body wash, I did enjoy the light clean scent of this Deep Moisture sample. I think there are seven different scents included in the Dove “nutrium moisture” line, so if you don’t like one scent, you may enjoy another one.
A 22-ounce bottle costs $5.50 and the 1.8 oz sample can be bought for $1.25.
YES, based on the sample, I would buy this Dove Deep Moisture Nutrium Body Wash.
Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa
I wrote a whole post about this eyeshadow. If you want a more in-depth review you can read it by clicking HERE.
Generally, when it comes to eyeshadow, I lean towards neutral shades. Forcing myself to try out this Doucce Marisa shadow has really pushed me out of my usual everyday easy neutral comfort zone.
In the pan, it is a beautiful sparkling deep rose color that is exactly what I love! Although once applied and blended, it definitely has a more burnt orange undertone than a deep rosy pink…That’s ok, not my favorite, but I could still work with it.
Using a dry brush, wet brush, foiled in the pan, with primer, without primer, tapping my brush and then tapping it again…no matter how I used this shadow, the fallout is insane!!
Since this is the only Doucce shadow I have ever used, I don’t know if all the shadows by this brand are a similar formula when it comes to application and fall out.
This full-size shadow weighs 1.4 g and costs $10.
Based on the sample, no, I would not buy another Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa. Maybe other shades are better, but I don’t think I want to pay $10 to find out.
Epice Hydrating Mask
“Rich in antioxidants, ceramides and aloe, this Kaolin Clay mask helps to remove dead skin cells and oil while infusing the skin with vital nutrients. Hyaluronic acid is added to help plump, firm and rehydrate the skin. The added benefit of the unique Malus Domestica Swiss Apple Stem Cell extract regenerates cells to provide a long lasting effect.”
If you have kids you will know exactly what I mean when I say that this face mask smells like baby cereal. More specifically, it smells when I mixed the oatmeal one with apple sauce…nostalgia…I kinda like it.
I really enjoyed using this mask. It is a light green paste that goes on thinly and feels cool on the skin. As it dries it doesn’t tighten or flake like some masks do. After using this mask my face felt clean, smooth, and hydrated. I got several uses out of this 1 oz tube because not a lot of product is needed at a time.
This 1 oz / 30 g sample tube can be purchased for $6.50 and a 3.3 oz /100 g bottle can be purchased for $30.
Yes, based on the sample, I would buy this Epice Hydrating Mask
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
“Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is lightweight and quick-absorbing, providing immediate hydration with a velvety soft finish. Skin is left looking and feeling beautifully smooth and perfectly prepped for makeup or no makeup days. Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil soften and hydrate skin while Ceramides help reinforce skin’s protective barrier.”
It is lightweight and leaves the skin soft and moisturized without feeling heavy. It doesn’t feel greasy or oily on the skin and I can apply my makeup on top of it without any difficulty. Great for during the day, but I wouldn’t use this as my night cream because it doesn’t provide enough moisturizing for what I want for overnight.
I really like that it is free from all the bad stuff: Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates
1.7 oz/ 50 ml bottle costs $24.00
Yes, based on the sample, I would buy this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
Hello extra whitening fluoride toothpaste pure mint flavor
I have super super super sensitive teeth! There are several kinds of toothpaste that are just too abrasive for me to use. This Hello extra whitening fluoride toothpaste in pure mint flavor didn’t bother my teeth at first… I found that if I used it several days in a row my teeth and gums would start to bother me a bit. Not punch someone in the face kind of hurt (if you have sensitive teeth, you definitely know what I mean) but more of an “I notice that I have teeth” kind of feeling.
I would use it for a few days in a row, and then once my teeth and gums started to hurt a bit I would use a different paste for a few days.
I feel that using this toothpaste helped keep my teeth looking white. I wouldn’t say that they whitened my teeth per se, but I did like the way my teeth looked white after using this paste for a few days in a row. I got several days out of this .75 oz sample. maybe because I had to keep taking breaks, but it seemed to last a while. A 5 oz tube costs around $4.50.
YES, based on the samples, I would purchase the Hello extra whitening fluoride toothpaste in pure mint flavor
Olay Ultra moisture body wash
This is actually the second time that I am including this in my sample review. The first time I received it I didn’t enjoy the scent of it at all. That bottle had a pleasant enough honeysuckle scent, but it was just too strong and overpowering for me. You may remember that I am quite sensitive to different scents…(you know I love my puns…I’m “scentsitive” 😉.) The strange thing is, this time around I love the way it smells. It smells sweet and flowery yet not too strong or overpowering. It is strange, but despite being the same product, I fell like it has a much different scent!
I really like the way that this body wash made my skin feel. It is a thick formula that lathers up really well. My skin felt so smooth and moisturized that I probably could have even skipped my daily lotion.
YES, based on the sample, I would purchase this Olay Ultra moisture body wash.
the Balm Bahama Mama bronzer
If you have read any of my ipsy posts, you know how I feel about these super teenie tiny samples from the Balm… why? How do they expect me to use this as a bronzer on my face? Seriously, could this bronzer sample be any smaller? That being said…
Since the pan size is so small I have been using it as an eyeshadow instead. It makes a really nice transition shade.This product feels soft and silky, it applies and blends so easily. It is a great eyeshadow!
This Bahama Mama bronzer is a really nice neutral brown matte shade. I prefer matte bronzers because I feel that they always look more natural than shimmery ones do. I really wish that I could have tested it out as a bronzer on my face because I have a feeling that it would look beautiful.
Despite the fact that I haven’t used it as a bronzer, based on the way it applies as an eyeshadow, I can tell that this is a great product and would make a wonderful bronzer. I can see why this is a holy grail item for so many people.
The Balm website describes it as a “Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder” and a 7.08g /0.25oz compact costs around $20.
(BTW, did you know that you can get the Balm products on Walmart.com?! Neither did I until I started writing this post!)
YES, based on the sample, I would purchase the Balm Bahama Mama bronzer.
Another round of great samples. Most of them were winners!
I will be posting another group of samples soon. If you would like to read more about the past samples I have tried, you can check it out by clicking HERE.
These How ’bout Them Sample Posts are always so much longer than my other posts…I had a lot to say about these products so thanks for sticking around until the end! 😉