So I’m back in boring old England now and it’s time for my monthly “samples of the month” feature today! I almost forgot to do one for this month as I’ve been taking pride in solidly planning my posts recently and I seem to have way more things to write about than I ever actually thought I would so if you see a few extra posts here or there then it’s just because I’ve got so much to write about that I just can’t contain myself from posting more… not a bad thing though, right!? Without further ado, onto the samples!
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt (Vanilla & Oat) // £6.50 for 200ml
My mum gave me this sample as she got it free from a magazine and I’ve heard it’s meant to be quite good for sensitive/eczema-prone skin which is what I have on my hands. Aveeno are a pretty big brand now so I don’t feel like I need to give them much of an intro, I’ve never personally tried any of their products before so I’m quite excited to see what all the hype is (or isn’t) about!
Okay so this cream is incredible, I’m a sucker for sweet neutral smells like almond, vanilla etc so vanilla and oat is perfect for being nice and noticeable but not too in your face. It is so nourishing, gentle and feels amazing on the skin. The only thing I would say is that if you don’t like heavy creams that still feel like they’re there after a while, this won’t be for you. Because the cream is designed for dry skin, it does feel quite noticeable on the skin for a while after applied. Other than that, this gets a huge yes from me, I WILL be purchasing the full sized product when I need a new body cream.
I think The Body Shop are also a big enough company to avoid having an intro! They have this listed on their website as a “Best Seller” and the entire Vitamin C range is designed for dull skin that needs a bit of help in getting a natural, healthy glow back. It contains Vitamin C (duh) which is taken from camu camu berries from the Amazonian Rainforest and also contains soothing aloe vera which I imagine helps give it its lightweight gel consistency and a really lovely cooling effect on the skin.
I thought this moisturiser was absolutely gorgeous. The smell is to DIE for, it’s really orangey but not too strong, just really refreshing. It feels cooling and light as you apply it to the face, I probably wouldn’t recommend it for people who have super dry skin as it isn’t thick enough to intensely hydrate but I would definitely recommend it as a light everyday moisturiser, it would be perfect to take on holiday too. This gets a thumbs up, I would buy the full size product!
I’d never heard of Madara before getting this sample, it came in one of my monthly “You Beauty” boxes as an extra little freebie. Reading up on the brand, they seem to be a very natural brand that pride theirselves on this and their ethics as they’re nut free, gluten free, cruelty free, vegan and organic! This serum is specifically made for dehydrated skin of all ages and contains hyaluronic acid which is great for improving plumpness of the skin and northern peony which is an intense hydrator and claims to have ‘powerful age-defying properties’.
The smell is quite earthy and dry, it sort of reminds me of ryvitas for some reason, I’m assuming the smell is just all the natural substances in the product coming together! It’s actually a lot thicker than I thought it’d be and you only need around 2 pea sizes of it to cover the whole face and make your skin feel like it’s working so the sachet lasted a few uses which was great! It is slightly sticky on first application but dries down nicely after about a minute but I’d definitely say this product is really hydrating and it made my skin feel nice and plump, I can’t speak for the “age-defying” as I haven’t used it for long enough and plus i’m only 21… Personally I wouldn’t buy the full size as my skin is hydrated enough but I’d definitely recommend it for people that need the boost in their skincare routine! Seems like a good winter product.
So some good samples this month, my favourite would definitely have to be the Aveeno! Does anyone have any recommendations from this brand as I’d LOVE to try some more products!? Such a good price too.