Samples That Didn’t Disappoint

Every once in a while, Sephora has some really great samples and Beauty Insider rewards. On rare occasions, I have purchased the travel sized products that Sephora and Ulta offer in order to try something without spending a ton of money on the full size (although the travel sized products do not offer the best value per ounce in most cases). Here are a few makeup products that I have either bought in travel size or received as samples that did not disappoint.

Roller Lash

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH

This is the only mascara that I want for my lashes ( I use Maybelline Lash Discovery for my lower lashes). I curl my lashes, apply this, allow to dry, and curl again. This mascara holds the curl and does not get clumpy. I love this stuff.

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NARS SUPER ORGASM BLUSH

This blush is so pretty, if you like a little shimmer on your checks. This is a great spring and summer color. It is a peachy pink with gold shimmer that looks nice on my pale skin and on my skin when I have a little color.

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CHANEL VITALUMIÈRE AQUA

My friend Carolyn got a sample of this foundation from a magazine and gave it to me to try. This is the best light-weight fluid foundation I have used. Now, after years of using liquid foundations, I went to BB Creams, then to powder foundations. Unless my skin decides to break out, I prefer a light to medium coverage. I cannot stand the feeling of foundation on my skin. I of course used a little powder to set it because I have the oiliness of a 13 year old. It stayed on my skin pretty well. I have only used this in the winter, however, I am so oily that I am pretty confident that it would stay put on anyone with normal to combination skin (combo skin would probably need a little setting powder in the t-zone). Dry skinned people might want a little moisturizer pre application, but I don’t think they will experience dryness with this foundation.

 

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Master Cleanse: Daily Brush Cleaner

I bought the 2 ounce bottle to try and I really like the idea behind this product. You will still need to deep clean your brushes every once in a while but this is great to maintain your clean brushes by just spraying a little on the brush and dabbing off the makeup.

 

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NARS THE MULTIPLE IN ORGASM 

A sheer pink with gold shimmer, everyone has heard of Nars Orgasm blush. I am still in the process of experimenting with the Multiple, but I am liking the flush of color I get when I use it as a blush. Personally, I don’t care for it as a lipstick- though it is very moisturizing and feels nice on the lips, it is way too frosty a color. I am interested in how it would look as an eyeshadow, I’ll have to let you know.

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URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION IN EDEN

I love Urban Decay, which I am sure you figured out if you have ever looked at my past posts. The Primer Potion is a great product and I especially liked the color Eden. It is a creamy, nude matte primer that gives you vibrant, crease-free eye shadow. I have never worn makeup for 24 hours so I cannot back up that claim but this stuff is worth the money and last for a long time.

 

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SEPHORA COLLECTION BRUSH IT OFF CLEANSING BRUSH WIPES

Ok, for every day use, these are expensive, but for traveling, they are wonderful. Individually wrapped wipes with a non-alcoholic formula cleanse brushes and your beauty blender (only if your beauty blender isn’t soaked in product). These wipes don’t leave any weird residue which is also really nice.

 

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Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer

This is the first Bobbi Brown product I have ever tried because let’s be honest, Bobbi Brown is really expensive and I don’t like paying that much for makeup. However, I will be buying the full size concealer because this stuff actually conceals. It is creamy without being too thick. It isn’t drying and most importantly, it provides substantial coverage. I use it under my eyes (in addition to my brightening under eye concealer), on acne spots, everywhere on my face that needs concealing. It is worth the money.

 

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