Samples of the Month: July!

Samples of the Month: July!
Hey everyone!
So this post marks a new monthly feature I will be keeping on my blog for the foreseeable future if you guys enjoy it, I realised I have a pretty big pile of samples of all different products from all different brands just waiting to be used that I never bother with. I’ve managed to collect these up from being given them as additions to the purchase of other products, receiving them as extras in monthly beauty boxes or in goodie bags from Bristol Fashion Week etc. I’ve thought about using them for when I travel or for pamper evenings but always seem to resort back to my holy grail products that I know will work fabulously on my skin.
I’ll be choosing 3 random samples per month and giving my complete honest review (as always) of them from the uses I get. I understand that products don’t show their full potential after only a sample size use but I think it’ll be interesting to see if they do show any immediate results and what to expect.
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First sample is:
Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Eye Mask / £1.99 for 1 pair
I can’t seem to find these anywhere but eBay or Amazon so I can’t find any proper product or brand information on these but they are super cheap and you can buy them in bulk!
The directions for these are that you put them just under the eye onto a freshly cleansed face and leave them on for 25-30 minutes to reveal diminished fine lines and wrinkles, reduced dark circles and puffiness and firmer and more taut skin.
I followed these directions exactly – the smell of them was quite appealing, not too chemical at all, just like a nice fresh moisturiser really. They were really cooling and soothing on the eye area throughout, not too fussy at all to get into place and they stayed stuck to the area very well.
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After leaving them on for just over 30 minutes, I found they had alleviated a previous headache I had which was also a bonus (I’m assuming it was the cooling effect). I found they actually did really brighten up my under-eye area which I wasn’t expecting at all, they made my skin look a lot more nourished and plump too. I would definitely say they’re worth the price and I would buy another of these to use again!
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Second sample is:
Dermalogica Microfoliant / RRP £48 for 74g
I’m cheating slightly with this one as I used to use this religiously in my mid-teenage years, I used it alongside the cleansing gel and I honestly think this brand is the only reason my skin actually survived. It is quite pricey but SO worth the money and an exfoliant you can use daily without damaging or drying your skin out.
I haven’t actually used it in a good few years so it was nice to revisit an old favourite – the consistency is like a chunky powder and it’s rice based, it turns into more of a paste when you mix it with water on the face but it’s still fabulous at getting the dead cells scrubbed off along with any horrible bacteria or dirt out of the pores. Because of the consistency and nature of the product it also goes a really long way aswell so I got two uses out of this small sachet.IMG_4251
My skin felt so fabulous and “squeaky clean” after just one use – especially my nose which is my problem area for blackheads and oil. I’d 100% recommend in investing in this product, I’ll definitely be picking up another one of these once I’ve got through all my current skincare as there really isn’t much that beats it.
Third sample is:
Verso Super Facial Serum / RRP £100 for 30ml
So I didn’t see the price of this serum until AFTER using the sample and now I kind of wish I’d made it last longer…
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This serums main selling product is that it contains Retinol 8 which is a type of Vitamin A, it helps in aiding the repair of any skin damage as it’s a powerful antioxidant and is known to promote collagen production which is presumably why this product has the price tag that it does. It also claims that with continuous use that it reduces the appearance of pigment spots/scars and helps the skin to become more resilient to environmental stresses.
The first thing I noticed about this serum was that it smelt very natural, quite earthy tones to it. The consistency is super thick and even after lathering it all over my face, there was still plenty of product left for a second application. It didn’t sink into the face very fast, I left it a good 8 or so minutes and still felt like my skin was a bit too moist to apply makeup which is slightly annoying but it proves how rich the formula is, I think it would be a better product to apply at night so it has overnight to sink in.
It has left my skin feeling really hydrated albeit not much else, I’m not sure that it’d live up to its self-hype and price tag but none the less was pleasant to try out such an expensive product and I’ll be sure to use up the rest of the sample.
*Apologies for the awful photos this week – my camera has decided to have a funny 5 minutes that it’s not backing down on yet*.
Hope you enjoyed this post and are looking forward to the August version, any feedback or criticism is welcome as always as I’m still a newbie at this. If there’s anything you guys would rather have me talk about, I’m happy to take any suggestions!
’Til next time,
BTB Xx
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32 Comments

  1. 23rd July 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Those gold eye masks look so good, I’ll have to hunt some down and try them out! This is such a good idea for a post, I always receive random samples but always forget to use them! ?

    • 23rd July 2017 / 4:57 pm

      They are genuinely so good! I’m super chuffed with the results of them, thanks so much ☺️ I thought i’d may aswell get some use out of them! X

  2. Chloe Rennard
    23rd July 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I like the look of those under eye masks! They look so cool! I like the idea of sample posts! Can’t wait for August! X

    • 23rd July 2017 / 4:57 pm

      They are brill, can’t believe how good they are for how cheap they are! Yay awesome ☺️ X

  3. Jade Mayhead
    23rd July 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Ahh, I love the look of the gold eye mask! Going to have a look round for something like those!xo

    • 23rd July 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Super cheap on eBay or Amazon girl 🙂 Xx

  4. 23rd July 2017 / 5:12 pm

    The Gold Powder eye mask looks great! I think I might have to give it ago. Plus, it making headaches go away makes t even more appealing! X

    • 23rd July 2017 / 5:28 pm

      They’re just so lovely and cooling and they stayed that way for the entirety of the half hour! X

  5. 23rd July 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I really like this idea! I never seem to get samples! I’ve always wondered about the eye masks, I might give them a try now so next Amazon order I do I’ll pop a couple in my basket 🙂 xxx

    • 23rd July 2017 / 5:29 pm

      I tend to just get them thrown at me for some reason haha, it’s good but I do really need to start using them! You should, they’re a lot more fabulous than I was expecting 🙂 Xxx

  6. 23rd July 2017 / 5:40 pm

    wow these actually sound really good, I must try get myself some samples x

  7. 23rd July 2017 / 5:43 pm

    I would love to try those under eye masks! They look lovely. That’s the #1 thing I’d change about myself. Loved this post ?

    • 23rd July 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Tell me about it, I’m so glad i’ve found something that actually freshens up my eyes haha! Thank you 🙂 X

  8. 23rd July 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Oh my gosh i love those eye masks i really want to try them! I may do something similar to this because I buy so many magazines and get cute samples in them! xxxx

    • 23rd July 2017 / 6:10 pm

      They’re so fabulous for the price, can’t believe it! I literally get them all the time, it’s so nice to have a reason to use them now, haha! XXxx

  9. Covet Luxe
    23rd July 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I have always wanted to try collagen masks, and the results look lovely x

    • 24th July 2017 / 12:56 pm

      Thank you! You should give them a go! X

  10. 23rd July 2017 / 7:26 pm

    What a great idea for a post! I have faaaar too many samples that I need to use up! I love eye gel patches like those ones, they make your under eyes looks incredible!
    I’m intrigued by that dermalogica exfoliator, I’ll have to try it out!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • 24th July 2017 / 12:56 pm

      They seem to come from everywhere! ? didn’t realise the eye masks would be so good, you totally should, it’s an award winner! X

  11. 23rd July 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Those gold eye masks look fab! I always get dark circles under my eyes and I’ll be sure to get some of these!

    • 24th July 2017 / 12:57 pm

      They’re deffo worth the small price you pay for them 🙂

  12. 24th July 2017 / 8:14 am

    I really really wanna try the eye masks, they sound amazing. Great post as always x

  13. 24th July 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Those gold eye masks look so cool I actually manage to get my hands on pair that are lavender oil scented so it’s so lovely and has a calming affect!

    • 26th July 2017 / 2:51 pm

      Oh wow that sounds brilliant, I bet they’d be fabulous to use before bed! X

  14. Marty Ruczynska
    25th July 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I love the eye patches! My mum gets them in bulk and they’re brilliant, especially like you said, when you have a migraine xx

    • 26th July 2017 / 2:51 pm

      They are fabulous and totally worth buying in bulk! Xxx

  15. 26th July 2017 / 10:48 am

    This is a great blog post idea, thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading something new and fresh!

    Sophia xo // sophiaaaxo.com

  16. 30th July 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Omg the eye masks looks sooo pretty!!! Do they ship internationally? 🙂

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