Time for the March Samples & Empties Post. Quick thoughts on each starting above left to right.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence: I love this stuff. It’s hydrating, has great ingredients and has a light floral scent. It’s not as strong as some of Tata Harper’s stuff. It has a pretty green glass spray bottle. It’s a little pricey for a toner/essence but I would rebuy it again. I talked about it here.
Bliss Body Butter Grapefruit + Aloe: I got this in my two years ago Lucky Bag. I wouldn’t have bought it, I’m not a big Bliss fan. It was OK formula wise, more like a heavy lotion. The scent is nauseatingly sweet.
Whish Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor Coconut Milk: I had high hopes for this one. I was let down. The actual shave cream was OK, it glided well. It left a sticky residue much like soap, that have your fingers skip over your skin feel. I didn’t notice any difference in my hair growth. It was pricey and I wouldn’t rebuy. I’ll stick with my eos shave cream for $3 instead of this for $20 something.
Alterna Caviar Repair Rx Instant Recovery Conditioner: This was nice. I bought it before I moved to Texas and it is a touch too heavy for my hair now, but it didn’t weigh it down too bad. Hydrating and my hair felt great after.
Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma: I loved this. It was lightweight, like a gel cream. It adds moisture well with no stickiness like some gel creams. It felt like pure moisture. I would totally rebuy it again. I’m finishing a Sunday Riley Tidal sample, then I’ll finish my Zelens Z Matrix and Drunk Elephant B Hydra then I’ll choose one to be the extra moisture boost I use under my day lotion. I like layering in the day, keeps me from using heavy creams but I still get tons of moisture. I also noticed my forehead lines went away some while using this product so it did plump well. I talked about it here.
Omorovicza Body Buffing Balm: Read my review here. Too expensive for my tastes. Nice overall. I just hate spending that much on my body. I know go figure since I’m a skincare junkie. I just can’t spend that dollar amount on a body product I’ll use up in one month.
Leonor Greyl Creme Moelle de Bambou Nourishing Shampoo: This was OK. Hydrating. Has that typical powdery floral Leonor Greyl scent that I can’t get past. But if you don’t mind that and want a gentle shampoo.
Hampton Sun Hydrating Aloe Mist: This is OK. I never use these water spray cans. I used to buy the Evian ones but I had to force myself to use them. If you like them then it’s something different than Evian.
Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche: This was OK. Light cream mask. Was hydrating and non irritating. I have other hydrating masks I prefer more so I wouldn’t rebuy for that reason.
Pixi Glow Tonic: I was all excited to try this after seeing it pop up in Target because of Caroline Hirons blog. It’s hydrating, non irritating, smells like cucumbers. The acid doesn’t burn at all. It was subtle. I had two bottles to go through, after the second is gone I’ll have a few more thoughts.
Dr Brandt Needles No More Instant Wrinkle Relaxing Cream: I hated this stuff. Was a cream but you were to use it like a serum. Smelled like mint. I actually broke out wherever I put it and it did nothing for me. I went through two tubes day and night.
Darphin Stimulskin Plus Reshaping Divine Serum: Seemed nice. Always hard to tell on a small sample if it does anything. Texture is nice light lotion serum. No irritation or breakouts. No strong scent I remember.
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Age Support Cream: This was nice. It was hydrating, not too heavy, not too light. I used it on my neck. There was some overall improvement in my skin texture and plumpness while using. I might consider buying it one day.
Su-man Exfoliating Facial Polish: I used to love this stuff. Coffee grounds for an exfoliator. Sounded like a good morning wake up. It’s just too harsh for my skin. I talked about it here and here. I think I got more sensitive after being pregnant which is what changed this for me.
Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum: Eh, sparkles in a serum. Didn’t do anything near what it claims it should do especially at it’s high price. Added some moisture and I had no adverse reactions while using. I would not buy it.
OSEA Eye Gel Serum: I liked this lightweight eye gel. I need to write a review on this. But I feel it did help overall with puffiness, dark circles a touch, and a more awake rested appearance. I would rebuy.
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief: I like this, it’s a great, cheap gel cream for hydration.
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream: This and the regular lotion are my top picks from La Mer. This is a nice version of the regular cream which is too heavy for me. I used this and the lotion for years. Loved them. Made my skin soft as a baby’s butt and never any irritation or breakouts. Great moisture products. I just hated how every time I went to go rebuy it the price went up by some astronomical number. So I started venturing into other brands like Perricone and Renee Rouleau.
Nomaterra Malibu & Oahu Fragrance Wipe: The scents were not for me, too floral and sweet. I prefer vial samples and I wasn’t a fan of the wipes, felt like the scent faded quicker. I love the Nomaterra brand. Nice indie niche brand.
Omorovicza Blue Diamond Eye Cream: I’ve gone through a few samples of this now, this was the first. There’s just something about it when you use it. A sample packet lasts almost two weeks using day and night. It’s lightweight yet so hydrating. It gives visible lifting. A firmer and tighter eye area. I actually just grabbed a full size with my free Pengo Points(see my websites I shop at frequently page and scroll to Omorovicza for details). I haven’t started using it yet but I’m excited to.
Urban Decay Pore-Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion & Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup 5.0: The primer was one of those thick silicone based primers. It was slightly tinted. It was OK, made me feel greasy. I like Sunday Riley’s primer better as a tinted silicone kind. The foundation was OK. Able to layer from medium to full. Semi matte and a bit too heavy and drying for me.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer: I thought this would be thin for some reason. But it was a typical thicker silicone clear primer. Was a bit greasy for me. Pass.
Belief Hungarian Water Essence: This was OK. Thin hydrating gel liquid. Nothing really special about it for me.
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel: I love this stuff. Talked about it here and here. I went nuts for it at first, and rightly so it’s a fabulous product. I’ve just got so many cleansing gel balms now and I have a few I like more right now. I have one more tube I’m going through right now.
Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion: I liked this. It’s small so it was hard for sure to tell how much it did. I felt it did start to make an overall effect so I grabbed two more sample tubes today at Sephora and I’ll give it a longer shot.
Hurraw! Vata Lip Balm: I’ve talked about Hurraw! balms in the past here. They’re organic, cheap, a good light to medium balm and best of all made in Montana. This one was Almond, Cardamom & Rose. I loved this scent/flavor. It had a warmth to it. For $4 I would rebuy.