Time for the finished April Samples & Empties Post. Quick thoughts on each, starting from left to right:
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel: I liked it, was a gel type light moisturizer. I used this under my morning lotion. I would consider buying it full size, I just already have a full size Sunday Riley Skin Adrenaline and Zelens Z Matrix which are similar. I prefer the Zelens Z Matrix of the three.
Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Gel-Oil: This was OK. More like a cleansing gel than gel oil. I didn’t really feel the oil in it like Ole Henriksen’s similar product, nor like my Su-Man Cleansing Gel which is my favorite right now. So I wouldn’t buy a full size.
Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash: This is just a body wash with a floral fragrance. Too overpriced to buy full size. Their pepper scented one I got in my last free bag was a much better scent for me.
OSEA Undaria Algae Oil: Love this stuff, one of my favorite body oils. I have repurchased a full size. I talked about it a little here.
ReVive Intensite Moisture Serum Extreme: I used this on my neck at night, I didn’t really notice any difference by the end of the sample to make me want to buy a full size.
Dolce & Gabbana Passion Eyes Mascara: This isn’t the first mini I’ve finished of this. It’s OK, not my favorite, not the worst. For a silicone brush, which I normally hate, it doesn’t give spider lash and does decent at definition. I like it more in the beginning than towards the end of the sample when it dries out a little. I feel like I never finish the whole sample as it seems to dry out quicker on me than average, then I get clumps.
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment: I’ve finished multiples of these, I love the formula and texture, I just hate the taste. This one versus the regular sugar lip balm has an odd after taste.
Tata Harper Soothing Apricot Resurfacing Mask: This was a last summer limited edition twist on their regular mask. I like it, the addition of apricot and coconut water was great, I have two full jars of it as well. I will review this fully one day coming up.
ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme Ultra Retexturizing Hydrator: This was so greasy and heavy. I used it on my neck so I didn’t break out, but on my face I probably would have. I would not buy.
Moa The Green Balm: This was like a multi purpose balm, it had a slight mint scent. It was OK, I prefer the body oils I have over this. It wasn’t really that good as a lip balm for me either, and was too greasy for my face, I used it on my elbows until it was gone. It wasn’t for me.
NARS Skin Restorative Night Treatment: This was a thick, gel texture, face oil. It was almost too much for me and I’m sure too much for others. I prefer a regular face oil.
LING Oxygen Plasma Glow: This was a cream, I didn’t notice any real results, but the sample was so small it’s hard to say if I would have with prolonged use. For the price I’m not sure if I would invest in a full size to find out.
LING Oxygen Plasma Potion: This was a light serum, again small sample hard to see if there would be results with prolonged use. I didn’t notice anything different from this sample. If I would try one of the two LING Oxygen products it would be a more concentrated serum, so this would be the one I would try, and may one day, mostly because I’m curious if the oxygen claims are true.
NUDE Omega Cleansing Jelly: This was a gel oil cleanser, it was nice. Good for one use pretty much. If I didn’t love my OSKIA Renasissance and Su-Man Gel Cleanser so much I might buy this full size, but I prefer the other two.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: This was not really impressive. Just felt like a moisturizing serum. I didn’t notice anything from it, and threw the rest of the sample away without finishing it as I have more primers with better results and benefits.
37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cream: The cream was nice, it was a small sample so there’s no way for me to see if it gave results with consistent use. The texture was nice. Not sure if I would buy it full size based on the small amount and it’s price. It seems to have nice ingredients, I would love to use a full jar if it ever ended up on my doorstep magically.
Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes: I have finished these more times than I can count. I use them for swatching, cleaning any part of me when I’m too lazy for a wash cloth. Love the scent and it’s moisturizing. This is probably my most purchased drugstore product besides hair dye.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub Brazilian Nut: Love this too, I’ve bought this multiple times and just recently talked about it here.
Renee Rouleau Pure Radiance Mask: This was a nice moisturizing mask. If I didn’t have so many moisturizing ones right now, I might buy a full size of this.
Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum: This is the first mini of this serum I have finished. I have about 4 more to use to see if it’s truly a serum I should keep buying. I just started a serum rotation system to help me get a better idea of which ones really are working for me, by only using one at a time. I was using this one in the day, I did notice an overall glow from it. It has a nice velvet texture, it’s full of lots of good things which I talked about here. I hadn’t used the whole bottle alone for a long period of time like I would now with my rotation, but I will do this coming up and get to this one again.