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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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,