Trip Through My Trash - April and May 2016

I am back!  Just needed some time to get caught up on personal things.  This new schedule has been kicking my butt lately.  Who would have thought that Monday to Friday 7-3 would be so hard!  I really miss my 12 hour shifts, you worked long hours but also got stretches of days off.  Anyway I am working on getting more organized with blogging so hopefully I can get caught up.  I think I may start back only posting twice a week and see how that goes, if I find that I can handle that without to much trouble I may go back to three times a week.

I have quite a lot of empties for the past 2 months!  I think that I will go back to posting monthly on these, I think 2 months is just too long to have all this trash sitting around!  Not to mention it makes the post REALLY long!

I thought I would start off with the Body care products I used up over April and May.

Body care empties for April and May.

Body care empties for April and May.

  • Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap in Fresh Sparkling Snow and Tahitan Paradise-Neither of these hand soaps really stood out to me, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Tahitan Paradise, it smelled just a tad fresher to me.  My son nor my husband complained about either one so that is a good sign!  Repurchase? I always pick up the Bath & Body Works hand soaps when they are on sale, and usually in all different scents!
  • Quo Luxury Cotton Pads - I picked up this bag of cotton pads on sale for $4.99, I thought it would be a nice change from my regular Dollarama ones.  They were ok but I won't repurchase them, they seemed to soak up a lot of product, more than my Dollarama ones!  They were soft though and didn't leave fluff on my face or nails.  Repurchase? No
  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - My favorite cotton pads!  100 for just over a dollar.  I really like these cotton pads for toner and removing nail polish.  They seem to hold just enough product without waste.  Repurchase?  Always!
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes 30ct x2 - My face wipes of choice!  I have said it plenty of times, I just can't find another face wipe for the price that is as good as these ones.  I usually use these to wipe of makeup remover after I have massaged it into my face before I use my Clarisonic, and the occasional time I am to lazy to use my clarisonic I will use them to remove my makeup.  They work great either way.  Repurchase?  Always!
  • Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shower Gel - This shower gel is ok, I found it to be a little drying in the cooler months.  I think it would be ok in the Spring/Summer months.  The scent was very strong on this one and I got tired of it fairly quickly!  I prefer Nivea shower gel in the orange scent.  Repurchase?  I might try this out in a different scent in the future.
  • Bath & Body Works 24 hour moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream in Mediterranean Blue Waters and Fresh Sparkling Snow - I really like the 24 hour body cream from Bath & Body Works.  It is very moisturizing and comes in a tube!  2 of the most important things for me!  Both scents were nice but my favorite was Mediterranean Blue Water, it has a great fresh scent that isn't to overpowering.  Repurchase?  I have already picked up another 2 tubes of Mediterranean Blue Waters!
  • Schick INtuition Razor Refills x2 - I used 2 different 'scents/formulas' of these but I honestly didn't really notice a difference in them.  The Intuition is my razor of choice, at 5am I just don't want to mess around with to many things in the shower!  Having to not worry about shaving cream is great for me.  Repurchase?  Always!
  • Naobay Natural & Organic Oxygenating Cream - I think I must have gotten this in a Birchbox at some time.  I didn't use this on my face but instead used it as a hand cream at work.  I didn't find that this moisturizer did much of anything for me, I had to reapply it quite frequently, the tube only lasted 3 days!  The scent was light but that was the best part of it.  Repurchase? Nope
  • Avène Cold Cream Hand Cream - I had high hopes for this hand cream, sadly it didn't live up to my expectations.  Again the moisturizing effect just didn't last long at all at work.  The scent was the best part of this hand cream as well.  Repurchase? No

Getting closer to the good stuff!  Face care empties -

Face care empties for April and May 2016.

Face care empties for April and May 2016.

  • Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel - This is my second bottle of Thayers Witch Hazel.  I use it as my toner after I wash my face before my regular skincare routine.  I find that it works great for getting the last little bit of residue that may have gotten left behind.  I really liked the Rose scent and would have picked it up again but they were out of it.  Repurchase? I already did!
  • Masque Bar Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Mask - I picked up a box with 5 of these in the clearance section at Shopper's for $1.99, I figured under .50 a mask was a great price to try them out!  It fits ok on my face but I do find that between my nose and mouth dries out really quickly when I wore it.  I didn't notice a difference when I used it but I did only use 1 so far.  I will let you know if I do notice anything!  Repurchase? Not to sure, but if I found more for $1.99 I would probably pick them up!
  • Eye Repair Spa Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches - I picked up a box of 5 of these at the same time I picked up the previous sheet masks for the same price!  I am always willing to try something that promises to help dark circles.  I again have only used 1, it felt really cooling when I had them on, no noticeable difference yet though!  Repurchase?  Again if I found them for a good price I would probably pick them up.
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips x3 - I pick these up at Dollarama and find that they do just as good a job as Biore but for a fraction of the price!  Repurchase? Always!
  • The Face Shop Apple Peeling Gel - I got a sample of this when I picked up another tub of the Mango Seed Makeup Removing Cream.  I could not get this peel off so it was a mess trying to get it off of my face.  I also didn't notice any difference other than my face felt slightly drier than before I used it.  Repurchase? No
  • Mac Pro Eye Makeup Remover - I choose this sample when I ordered the Mac Sculpting palette.  I really liked this eye makeup remover a lot, it didn't sting my eyes and easily removed my eye makeup.  Repurchase? It is on my list to maybe purchase after I use up the samples I have!
  • Origins Modern Friction - A little of this exfoliator goes along way!  I got this sample size in a Sephora Favorites set I think?  It lasted me forever, It is a nice gentle exfoliator that didn't feel like it was scratching my skin.  The only complaint I have about it is do not get this in your eyes!  IT really stung my eyes when I got it in them.  But that is the only negative I have, it feels great when you are using it and it really seems to get my face clean.  It also didn't leave any residue on my face after rinsing.  Repurchase?  It has been added to my list of maybes.
  • Clarisonic Radiance Head - I believe I have found my favorite brush head for my Clarisonic!  This one is gentle on my face, no scratching feeling at all!  Even with feeling so gentle it removed the last traces of makeup and left my face feeling clean!  Repurchase?  Yes
  • Estèe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye - I used up 1 of the deluxe sample jars that I had picked up late last year in a value kit.  I really like this night-time eye cream, it is more of a gel consistency and it feels so good when I put it on.  I use this every night and do find that my eye area is nice and moisturized when I wake up.  Repurchase? I still have 2 more deluxe samples left!
  • The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover - This travel size came in The Body Shop Boxing Day Bag that I had picked up.  It was one of the products I was looking forward to trying out.  I really wanted to like this eye makeup remover, but sadly I didn't find it did that great of a job.  Not only did I have to use quite a bit and it still didn't remove everything, but it also stung my eyes.  Repurchase? No
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask - I got this sleeping mask from INfluenster late last summer to try out.  I didn't quite like it then but loved it over the Winter months!  I used this a few times a week at night and my face felt so moisturized when I woke up.  I think for my combo skin this is a better ft over the cooler/dry months.  Repurchase? It is on the list for next winter.

Finally! The make up empties!

The good stuff, Makeup empties for April and May 2016.

The good stuff, Makeup empties for April and May 2016.

  • Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Foundation - I got this sample from Sephora to try out and at first I found it to be to heavy.  But than I tried it with a Beauty Blender, love it!  When I used a foundation brush I found this to be fairly heavy and makeup-y looking but the beauty blender seemed to make it just blend into my skin so well.  The lassting power was great as well, I would put this on at 530am and when I washed my face at 9pm it was still there!  Repurchase? It is on the list for Imats!
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara - I usually like the formula, brush, and weartime of CLiniques High Impact Mascara.  But I think this deluxe sample may have been on the old side as it seemed to be fairly dry even when I first opened it.  The natural bristles on the wand seem to give me tons of volume and it doesn't usually smudgeo n me, but this one did.  Repurchase?  I still have quite a lot of deluxe and full size mascaras to get through and usually get thisin a GWP when I pick up my day moisturizer so I have never had to buy a full size.  I might buy a full size if needed though.
  • Estèe Lauder DayWear BB Creme - This BB Cream had fairly good coverage!  I really liked it when I first put it on but within 3 hours it had given me the dreaded polka dot face, completely sunk into every pore on my face.  I am glad I tried this out in a sample size so I didn't waste money on it.  I think if you don't have larger pores this might be a great option, especially for summer as it has SPF of 35.  Repurchase? No
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown(out) - I love the these liners!  They are great for tightlining and in the waterline.  One of a few liners that actually stays longer than an hour there for me!  This pencil isn't done but I guess I left the cap off and it dried out on me.  I am a huge fan of brown liners as I don't find them as harsh as black for me.  Repurchase? I think I may bite the bullet and pick one up at the next Sephora sale.
  • UD All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - A full size beauty product!!  I use this everyday that I put makeup on, it seems to make my makeup melt into my skin.  I'm not entirely sure if it helps my makeup last longer but I think it might?  Repurchase? I already have.  I am curious about Model In A bottle, I think thats what it is called, maybe they will have that one at Imats this year, if they do I will be picking one up!
  • Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium - Up until I tried out the Make Me Brow from Essence I was all set to pick up anpther tube of this.  I like using it on days when I am just to lazy to bother being meticulous about my brows!  It gives my blonde brows some colour and helps hide the few grey ones I seem to have now.  Repurchase? Nope, I have found a cheaper option!
  • Sephora Colourful Blush in Sweet On You! - I was actually quite surprised by how pigmented and longwearing this blush was.  I only had to tap my brush on the card to get enough for each cheek and it lasted all day.  This little sample card had enough product for me to use this blush all week.  Repurchase?  I wouldn't say no to picking up one if I find a shade that I don't already have.
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash - I was hoping to really like this mascara, and I did really like how it made my lashes look.  I didn't like that it smudged on me within a couple hours.  Maybe I got a bad sample?  I know a lot of people really like this and I haven't seen anyone else say that it smudged on them.  ither that or I have the OILIEST eyes ever!  Repurchase? No
  • Miss Dior perfume sample - I liked this perfume and was asked quite a bit what I was wearing on the days I wore this to work.  It does have a floral scent but it isn't overpowering.  It wasn't a strong scent, just about right!  Repurchase?  Maybe
  • Angel perfume sample - I liked this perfume but it is a very strong scent.  It's not a flowery scent though, just very strong!  Not one I can wear to wrok!  Repurchase? No
  • Nest Amazon Lily perfume sample - I wasn't a huge fan of this perfume.  It has a very strong lily scent that sticks around.  A tad to flowery for me.  Repurchase? No

I was able to use up quite a few products over the past 2 months!  But sadly, not many from my Sample Stash.  

March and April Favorites

Wow, March and April went by far to fast for me!  It seemed like I had just written my first favorites post and it was time to write another  one.  I have discovered a few new products over the past 2 months, one out of necessity, and another by recommendation from my sister.  But by far my favorite thing for the past 2 months has been my new office/makeup room!  We have been working on this room for awhile now, its still not done but its getting closer!  A few trips to Ikea, a few online orders from Ikea, love that we have a pickup point in London now, and a weekend spent painting.  Now comes the fun part of organizing everything and decorating it!

Still a work in process, but here is my makeup/office desk so far.

Still a work in process, but here is my makeup/office desk so far.

Another favorite for the past 2 months has been testing out all the products I recieved for the Elle Canada Grand Prix.  It has been a lot of fun trying out so many different products, having no clue as to what they are other than Dry Shampoo, Body Scrub, Face Serums, and Deodorants!  I have found a few products in the bunch that I really like and some that I really didn't like at all!  It will be fun to know exactly what the products are and if I am surprised by any of them.  I have been writing in a journal my thoughts on all the products as I try them and what if I have a guess as to what they are.  The Face Serums I would still like to give them more than a week trial so that I can see if I find that they make any difference after having using them longer than a week.  My thoughts after I finish all the testing will be more of a first impression more than anything until after I give them at least a month of continued use.  The Dry Shampoos didn't take long before I knew if I liked them or not!  The Body Scrubs, I found 1 I really liked but hated the smell!  Hoping that it comes in a different scent!  Deodorants where fairly easy to, I was reminded as to why I didn't like certain types!

All the shiny Elle Canada Grand Prix products!

All the shiny Elle Canada Grand Prix products!

And lastly the beauty products I was loving for the past 2 months -

My March-April beauty favorites.

My March-April beauty favorites.

  • Urban Decay Naked Basics palette - I have been using this palette a lot the past 2 months, W.O.S. is my favorite blending shade!  I use it most days to help blend out any harsh lines.  Naked 2 is another shade I discovered over the past few months, it is a great crease shade when I am looking to do an easy 'natural' eye look.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed - I have been reaching for this blush on most days.  If I am in a rush and don't want to think about what blush to wear, Exposed has been my go to!  Perfect neutral blush that goes with any look!
  • Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows - This was a surprise favorite for me.  If you want to know my thoughts on it you can check out my review here.  But needlesss to say, I love it!
  • Beauty Blender - regular and mini - I have had the beauty blender sitting in a box since Imats 2014....and never tried it out until April!  I have been getting a mole treated on my face with liquid nitrogen by my doctor and it is really dry.  I didn't want to mess around the area with a brush and remembered I had the beauty blender so thought I would give it a try.  I see what all the hype is about them!  It blends in foundation so flawlessly and doesn't take a lot of work to get it there.  It has also been a lot gentler on the mole area than a brush would have been.  I have noticed that it gives a sheerer finish than a brush, but I have been liking that lately.
  • Sephora Glass Nail File - My sister told me I needed this nail file.  She was right!  I have tried other glass files and didn't find they did much of anything for my nails, it took forever to file my nails with them, not with the Sephora brand one.  The Sephora brand Glass file does a great job of cleaning up the rough edges of my nails.  I have also chipped a nail while out and only had this file it took no time to get rid of the rough edges and I didn't end up catching the rough edge on anything!

I had quite a few favorites for the past few months, although, I don't know what some of them are yet.  I am testing out the last dry shampoo now and need to have my log book submited by May 20th.  Once I am done with that I will post about the products in a bit more detail!  I am so glad that I gve the Essence Make Me Brow a try, it will definitly be a repurchase.  I will also keep you posted on how my organizing is going.  Right now I am trying to figure out how best to organize the beauty products!  I have pretty much organized the office side of the desk, the easy part!  

What about you, did you have any favorite products over the past few months?  Any due to necessity? Or recomendations?  Doing any re-organizing?  I am all for any hints/tricks!  Let me know in the comments.

 

Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks - Swatches!

In case you didn't know, Sephora and Urban Decay have all 3 formulas of the Revolution lipsticks on sale right now for $13 CAD.  So of course I figured I needed a few more, to try out the different formulas.  I only had 1 Revolution lipstick in the shade 'Naked', and have been tempted to try out the other 2 formulas, Sheer and Matte, but just hadn't gotten around to it.  I really like the formula of the Revolution lipstick, for me they last a good 4 hours without needing any touch-up, ony needing to be touched up after eating.  They also feel really moisturizing and doesn't dry out my lips at all, which is a bonus!  I also found in my Sample Stash samples of the Revolution formula as well as the Sheer.  I thought it might be interesting to see swatches of the ones I, and of course my sister, have so you could see them beside other shades.

In the Revolution formula I/we have -

Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution lIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution lIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

Naked - nude pink - the perfect color lipstick when you don't know what shade to wear!

Fiend - muted rose - my sister and I both wanted this one but it was the last one, I am sure my sister would let me borrow it!

Rapture - dusty rose - another great neutral shade, I am pretty sure I have a few similar shades, another one of my sisters!

In my Sample Stash I have -

Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in 69, Rush, Streak, and Liar.

Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in 69, Rush, Streak, and Liar.

69 - bright red with pink undertone - way out of my comfort zone but I love reds on other people.

Rush - pink-mauve - would be a great everyday shade.

Streak - coral pink -  I was going to pick up this shade as i have been looking for a coral, but I chickened out!

Liar - pinky-brown nude - I had this one in my hand but then my sister reminded me that I probably have a few similar to this one!

In the Revolution formula there are 18 shades - Naked2(medium beige nude0, Liar(pinky-brown nude), Lovelight(pale peachy pink shimmer), Naked(nude pink), Native(pale pink), Turn On(rosy pink), Piend(muted rose), Rapture(dusty rose), Rush(pink mauve), Streak(coral pink), Anarchy(bright fushia), Jilted(deep fuchsia shimmer with blue shift), Catfight(pink-fuchsia with slight red undertone),69(bright red with pink undertone), F-Bomb(classic red), Bang(bright orange-red), Manic(soft wine), and Venom(bright plum).  There is a shade for everyone here, and I love the formula.

In the Sheer formula I/we have -

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution LIpsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution LIpsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

Sheer Liar - sheer pinky-brown nude - my daughter actually picked this one up, it is her first lipstick!  She loves it, just a hint of color.

Sheer Rapture - sheer dusty rose - I know I said I probably have a few in this shade, but I don't have any in a sheer formula!

Sheer slowburn - sheer orange-red - I picked up this shade as my coral, it is bright but you can wear it sheer or build it up, I figure I can get comfortable with it sheerer than slowly build my way up!

Sheer Shame - sheer berry - this was my sister's first Urban Decay lipstick, she picked it up in the fall to get herself more comfortable with darker shades.  I am still debating whether or not to go pick this one up, I really like it!

In my Sample Stash I have -

Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipstick in Sheer Ladyflower, Sheer Anarchy, Sheer Shame, and Sheer Walk of Shame.

Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipstick in Sheer Ladyflower, Sheer Anarchy, Sheer Shame, and Sheer Walk of Shame.

Sheer Ladyflower - sheer rose-pink - they were sold out of this one, I was looking at it!

Sheer Anarchy - sheer fushia - a little to pink for me.

Sheer Shame - sheer berry - again I really have to decide if I am going to pick it up before they are sold out in store!

Sheer Walk Of Shame - sheer pale nude-pink - I don't see any pink in this one at all, to me it looks like a colorless gloss.

There are 10 shades in the Sheer Revolution formula - Sheer Walk of Shame(sheer pale nude-pink), Sheer Liar(sheer pinky-brown nude), Sheer Obsessed(sheer baby pink), Sheer Rapture(sheer dusty rose), Sheer Ladyflower(sheer rose-pick), Sheer anarchy(sheer fuchsia), Sheer Streak(sheer coral-pink), Sheer Slowburn(sheer orange-red), Sheer F-Bomb(sheer red), and Sheer Shame(sheer berry).  Even though they are called 'sheer' you can really build them up with only a few swipes on your lips.  A great way to work yourself up to wearing bolder colors.

In the Matte formula I picked up -

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

Swatches of Urban Decay matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

Swatches of Urban Decay matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

Matte Stark Naked - matte light nude - of course I would pick up a nude shade to try out the formula!

Matte Bad Blood - matte deep red - I wasn't planning on picking up another shade but I went home and got to thinking, I don't have a red lipstick....I went back and had some help to pick up a red that would suit me.  I am not sure if I will ever wear it outside the house, but I have a red lipstick that looks good on me!

There are 9 shades in the Matte Revolution formula - Matte Stark Naked(matte light nude), 1993(matte medium brown), Bad Blood(matte deep red), Matte Temper(matte bright orange red), Tilt(matte bright orange), Menace(matte medium fushia pink), Bittersweet(matte bright purple), and Afterdark(matte deep berry wine).  There is probably a matte shade for everyone!

I like that they made the outside tube just a little different shade for each formula.  Gunmetal shade for Revolution, pale purple for the Sheer and black for the Mattes.  I think it will make it easier when loking for a formula, as long as you remember which color of tube is for which formula!

I ended up picking up a few from the Sheer formula as well as the Matte formula, both of which I haven't tried before.  I am looking forward to seeing if I like the other 2 formulas as much as I like the Revolution lipstick that I already had.  On Sephoras site, all the shades are showing as out of stock but I would go into your Sephora store to see what they have instock.  I was in my Sephora just the other day and they still had most shades in stock, if they don't have a shade you are wanting just ask, it may be underneath where they have the overstock!  I am still trying to decide if I should go back and pick up any more shades?!  What do you think, will you or have you picked up any of the Urban Decay lipsticks since they went on sale?

Adding to the Sample Stash, Again...

So, I placed a few Sephora orders since I did my first posts on m Sample Stash...  With placing Sephora orders, or any online beauty purchases it seems, they like to give you more samples.  I have not been the greatest on getting to using up my samples and I have added quite a few to the ever growing piles of samples.  If you would like to see my previous posts on My Sample Stash you can find them here, here, here, here, and here.  In my defence though I have been redoing an office/makeup room, so everything is kind of all over the place right now!  I plan on rectifing that this week!  I have even taken a day off work as a me day to hopefully make a big dent in getting things organized.

On to the samples that I have added in since March -

Skincare samples added to the list.

Skincare samples added to the list.

Added to the list of skincare samples are - Josie Maran-100% Pure Argan Oil, Josie Maran-Pure Argan Milk, Nude-Firming Youth Oil, Tatcha-Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, Ren-Instant Firming Beauty Shot x2, Phyto Paris-Exceptional Hair Mask, dermalogica-Skin Soothing Cream, Omorovicza-Thermal Cleansing Balm, Palmer's-Skin Therapy Oil x2, Dr Dennis Gross- Alpha Beta Peel, the Esteé edit-Dissolve The Drama, Amore Pacific-Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme, FAB-Oil-Free Matifying Gel, FAB-Deep Cleanser.  I forgot to add in a Marcelle-Gentle Make-up Remover and a bar of Caprina-Fresh Goat's Milk Soap that I recieved from the Womens Show.

Makeup samples added to the list.

Makeup samples added to the list.

And of course I added to the Make up collection!  Added in are - Bobbi Brown-Corrector, YSL-Touche Éclat, Becca-Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors, benefit-Dew The Hoola, Jose Maran-Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid, the Esteé edit-Pore Vanishing Stick, Nars-Laguna Liquid Bronzer, Guerlain-Lingerie De Peau x2, Anastasia-Concealer, Mary Kay-Color Card/Metals, the Esteé edit-Pore Vanishing Stick, and Josie Maran-Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation.

It would appear that I never added in a Hair section either -

Sample Stash - Hair!

Sample Stash - Hair!

In the Hair section we have - drybar-Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner x2, Bb.-thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, Bb. Repair-Blow Dry, Phyto Paris-Brillance Mask, Ojon-Rare Blend Therapy Oil.

So my new totals are -

Perfume - 41

Mascara - 16 + 2 Primers

Exfoliators - 13

Masks - 12

Cleansers - 18

Eye Cream - 8

Serums/Oils -24

Moisturizers - 19

Primers - 26

Foundations - 30

Lips - 12

Extras - 14

Hair - 7

As you can see I added in quite a few more samples in the past month or so!  More came in than went out that's for sure.  I will do an update at the end of May I think.  Have you tried out any of these samples?  Anything that is a must try?  Let me know.

 

Shopper's Drug Mart Bonus Redemption Haul

The same weekend of the Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event, Shopper's Drug Mart had a bonus redemption day on April 9.  During the bonus redemption day you could redeem 50 000 points for $100 or 95 000 for $200 on anything in the store.  Since I didn't use all my points during the last bonus redemption I thought I would do it again!  Once again though I couldn't find much that I really wanted!  I thought I would pick up the Star Wars movie for my son, but of course they didn't have it in stock.  But that didn't completely deter me form spending some points!  

Here are the beauty products I picked up.

Here are the beauty products I picked up.

I decided to try out some products from Essence and Joe Fresh.  Joe Fresh is new to shopper's and I don't think I have tried anything from them before.  Essence on a few recommendations from fellow CBB bloggers! 

I picked up -

  • Essie - starry starry night - This is a shade that was brought back and I have been looking at it and saw it on clearance for $4.99!!  I had to pick it up!
  • Maybelline - Lip Gloss Palette - Another item from the clearance section!  This one was marked down to $10.00.  I thought for that price it was more than worth it to try them out and to have a variety of colors to choose from.
  • Joe Fresh - Melon - I have been looking for a coral-y blush and saw this one.  Great way to try out the brand!
  • Joe Fresh - Eye lid Primer - I am on the hunt for an eyelid primer that will hold eyeshadows on my oily lids without the need to use a second, Mac-Painterly, primer.
  • Essence - Stampy Set - I have been seeing quite a few different nail art looks using Nail Stamps lately so I thought I would give this one a go.  I have also picked up a few other nail stamping kits which I plan on doing a review of them all.
  • Essence - Make Me Brow - My Benefit Gimme Brow is almost done so I thought now would be a good time to try this one out.
  • Essence - nail art express dry drops - I do not have much patience waiting for my nails to dry, especiallly when I want to do more than just one coat/color.  I am hoping this helps things dry quickly so I can move on the next step faster!

Now all this stuff came no where near $100 so I actually used the rest of the redemption on groceries and such!  I am hoping that by the next the bonus redemption rolls around that there are a few more beauty things instock that I am interested in to spend my points on!  

Have you ever had to search for things to spend your hard earned points for redemption on?  What do you typically pick up?

Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event Haul

During the Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event that was from April 7-13 I did a little bit of shopping!  The spring Sephora sale is 15% off everything in the store and online, not as good as the fall sale but still nothing to sneeze at!  I don't think I went overboard this time!  There were a few other things that I wanted to pick up, but of course, they were out of stock for the duration of the sale. 

On to the haul -

My little Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event Haul.

My little Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event Haul.

I picked up a few products that I have been interested in trying out, and a few that I have been looking at for a while!

  • Benefit - Life's Little Correctors ($26.00 CAD) - I have been interested in trying out the Boi-ing Concealer for a while.  In the kit you get 2 shades of Boi-ing, 2 shades of Lemon-Aid color correcting eyelid primer, an Eye Bright and an Erase Paste.  I have tried the Erase paste and wasn't to impressed with it at the time but am willing to give it another try!
  • Nudestix - #nudelipkit ($28.00 CAD)- The set comes with 3 minis of neutral lip stix in 3 different formulas, as well as a sharpener.  The shades are Belle(Intense Matte), Pulse (Gel Color), and Mystic (Lip and Cheek).  I like all the colors so this set should get a lot of wear time!
  • Tarte - Rainforest of The Sea - Make A Splash Hydrating Skin Savors ($12.00 CAD)- This little set has 3 of Tarte's limited edition skin care.  Marine Boosting Mist, Seep Dive Cleansing Gel, and Drink H2O Hydrating Boost.  I have not tried any skin care from Tarte before so looking forward to these ones.
  • Sephora Collection - Cream Lip Stain ($18.00 CAD) - I picked up the color 06 Pink Souffle, it looks like a great nude-pink shade.
  • Nars - Lip Gloss - I have been looking at the shade Chelsea Girls for quite a while and decided to pick it up during the sale.  I am hoping I like it, the color looks perfect!
  • Urban Decay- 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil ($24.00 CAD)- When I saw that they had a nude pencil, Walk of Shame, I knew I wanted to try it out.  The regular 24/7 pencils don't last long in my waterline so I am hoping that the new formula lasts longer.
  • Sephora Bag - I really like the bags that they have been giving out lately for the events in store!  It is small and just a gret little size for a few things.

All the prices shown are full price, during the sale I got 15% off everything.  For me this was small compared to what I would have done before.  And no eye shadow palettes!  That is the one I am most proud of, it's not to say that I didn't want one, there are a few I would like.  Just not quite enough to use one of my 2 that I am hoping to keep myself to for the year!  I may have also placed another order for a few Urban Decay xGwen Stefani products when they showed up in the Sale section...I'll get back to you on that one!

I am trying everything out and will hopefully have some reviews up sooner rather than later.  Is there anything here that you would like to see a review on sooner rather than later?  Let me know!

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme - #getinthebubble

I was lucky to be sent the new Lise Watier HyraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme as well as the Hydra-Detect tool from Glam Sense, a part of Top Box.   I like trying out new skincare, especially when it is from a brand I have not really tried to much from before.  

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme and Hydra Detect tool.

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme and Hydra Detect tool.

What stands out about the Lise Watier HydraForce for me is the actually the Hydra-Detect tool.  It is a hydration meter that you plug into your phone after you download the Hydra-Detect app. Once you have downloaded the app you open it up and plug in the Hydra-Detect tool into the microphone jack. I did have quite a bit of trouble getting the tool to work on my iPhone 6 though.  Than I got the idea to try it on my iPad and low and behold, it liked the iPad better!

Lise-Watier-Hydra-Detect-App

Once you get the audio alert that the app has detected the tool you can than take measurments from your Hand, T-zone (forehead), and Cheeks.

As you can see by my before results -

And here are the results after appling the Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme -

As you would expect everything is more hydradrated after applying a moisturizer!  

The Lise Watier HyraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme comes in a heavy glass pot, which if you have been around here for awhile know I am not the biggest fan of!  The creme itself is thick and feels very moisturizing.  I find it to be a little to thick to use under makeup though and have found it to be best used at night over top of my other skincare.   When I use it at night I wake up with moisturized skin that feels very soft.  On days that I am not going to be wearing makeup I will use it as a daytime moisturizer and it keeps my skin hydrated for the whole day, no tight feeling at all.  There is a slight perfume-y scent when you first apply it but it does fade away quickly, you aren't left smelling like a flower!

Lise Watier is a Canadian company that has been around since 1972, it's almost as old as me! I hope that Spring does finally come to Southern Ontario and my skin can go back to not feeling tight, but until than I will continue to use the HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme to help keep my skin hydrated.  I am glad I was given the chance to try out the new HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme and Hydra Detect tool.  I will continue to check on the hydration levels in my skin with the Hydra Detect tool, its a gadget and who doesn't love playing with those!

Trip Through My Trash - February & March

It's finally time for a Trip Through My Trash!  It has been 2 months since my last empties post and I have collected a lot of empties in that time!  So much that I couldn't get it all into one picture.  I was able to get through quite a bit of skin/body care and a few makeup products which is always satisfying.

For the months of February and March I was able to go through -

Part 1 of Trip Through My Trash!

Part 1 of Trip Through My Trash!

  • Bath & BodyWorks Eucalyptus MINT Foaming Hand Soap - Smells great and no one complains it smells like a girl!  Repurchase?  I think this will be a staple scent for us.
  • Bath & BodyWoeks Candy Cane Bliss Foaming Hand Soap - This was also a hit for us, especially in the winter months!  Not to sweet, just right.  Repurchase? When it comes back in around Christmas time.
  • Peter THomas Roth Strawberry Scrub - This is from the value pack I picked up for my birthday in the summer.  It says it is for 'face and body' but to me it is way to harsh for my face.  It did however work great as a body exfoliator!  The strawberry scent was a little to strong for me as well.  Repurchase? No, it was to harsh for my face.
  • Bath & BodyWorks True Blue Blue Green Algae Skin Sculpting Lotion - This lotion has a bit of an odd scent to it, not bad but hard to put my finger on.  It is not the most moisturizing lotion I have used but would be great for the warmer months when you may not be needing as much moisture.  Repurchase? No, the scent is a little off putting for me.
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - There is always at least one package of these wipes in my empties.  They are my go to face wipes, wet enough and big enough to my whoel face with only 1 wipe.  I pick these up in bulk at Costco and love them.  Repurchase? Always
  • Bath & BodyWorks Endless Summer Body Cream - I can't remember when I picked this one up, but I do know that I was using it and than switched to another scent as this one got to sweet.  I really like the Bath & BodyWorks Body Cream and use it all the time, especially in the colder months.  Repurchase?  Maybe not this scent, but yes to other scents!
  • TheFaceShop Mango Seed Cleansing Butter - I have talked about this cleansing butter before and still love it!  The scent isn't overpowering and a little goes along way.  My face doesn't feel tight or dry after using.  I have already picked up a replacment!  Repurchase? Already have.
  • The Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream - I love the Satsuma scent from teh Body SHop.  This hand cream came in the bag I picked up during Black Friday and I finally got around to trying it out.  Sadly, although I love the scent, the hand cream is not as moisturizing as I need at work.  With constant use of hand sanitizer I need a fairly moisturizing hand cream.  Repurchase? No
  • Living Proof prime style extender - I am not sure exactly which value set I picked up this one in!  I didn't find that this helped my style last any longer than when I didn't use it.  The scent wasn't to strong though.  I did gfind that it helped make my hair not as knotty as when I didn't use it.  Repurchase? No
  • Living Proof Satin Hair Serum - NOt to sure where I picked this one up from.  It took forever to use this up as I would onlyu  use a few dorps for my hair.  This is one of those products that can go wrong really quick!  A little really does go a long way!  It helped make my hair feel soft and not as fly away on the first day of washing.  Repurchase?  Maybe, I might look into it again in the fall.
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips - This was my second deluxe sample of this and the first bottle I loved, this one, not so much.  It seemed like I had to wipe alot more than before.  It also didn't seem to get all my mascara off.  I am not sure if the formula changed from the previous bottle I had or if I am remembering wrong, it could happen!  Repurchase? I doubt it but I wouldn't say no to another deluxe sample to see if it worked like I remembered!
  • Lush The Scared Truth Fresh Face Mask - It has been awhile since I picked up a Lush Mask.  I couldn't remember if I had tried out this one or not so this was the one we picked out.  Like most Lush products it does have a fairly strong scent to it.  The mask felt good on but I didn't notice any difference in my skin.  Repurchase?  Maybe, I do like Lushs face masks!
  • Philosophy Purity Face Wash - This is the face wash I use with my Clarisonic at night.  It does a great job and doesn't sting my eyes, always a bonus!  I also use Purity to wash my makeup brushes and it does a great job at that as well.  I usually stock up during the sale on Black Friday, you can get a 12oz size for $12 CAD which is a great price!  Repurchase?  Yes, when it's on sale.
  • Klorane Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo - This was in the Sephora Favorites-Extend Your Style set that I recently reviewed, if you want to read my thought on this or any of the others you can click here to be taken to that post!  Repurchase? Maybe
  • Living Proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo x2 - As with the Klorane this is another dry shampoo from the Sephora Favorites Extend Your Style set.  This one I did like but the wonky noozle is off putting as to buying it again.  Repurchase?  Maybe
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - Another deluxe sample from a Sephora Favorities!  This little sample lasted me forever.  Youonly need to use a small amount as this was a fairly thick eye cream.  I was only able to use it at night as it was to moisturizing to use under makeup, my concealer would crease really quickly when I tried to use it during the day.  Repurchase? Maybe? It was ok but didn't exactly wow me.  Repurchase?  I doubt it.
  • Schick Intuition Razor Refill - This is usually in my empties post!  Another Costco purchase.  I really like the Intuition razor as it makes life a lot easier at 5am when you don't have to grab an extra product in the shower!  Repurchase?  Always
  • Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser - This was from a Birchbox box.  It was ok, but a little drying.  It had no wow facotr for me.  Reurchase? No
  • Whish Body Butter - Another Birchbox sample.  And again no wow factor, I used this as a hand cream and it was not nearly as moisturizing as I need.  It felt really good at first but I needed to reapply in 30 min even if I didn't use the hand sanitizer again.  Repurchase? No
Part 2 of Trip Through My Trash!

Part 2 of Trip Through My Trash!

  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips - Not much to say, they get the gunk out of the pores on my nose!  I do pick these up at Dollarama, 10 for $2 CAD.
  • Lancôme Nude Miracle Liquid-To-Powder Makeup - I was a little worried that there wouldn't be enough in the samples to do my face, luckily there was!  To me this was a fairly sheer coverage foundation, I had to build it up to cover the redness I have on my cheeks.  It did build well though and I couldn't feel it on. Purchase? No, I have other foundations I like more.
  • TheFaceShop Pomegranate Sheet Mask - I don't know if it's just me or what, but I have not yet found a sheet mask that fits my face!  They never seem to fit around my month very well.  This one also dried really quickly around my nose/mouth area.  I didn't really notice much of a difference but it did feel good!  Repurchase? Maybe
  • Masque Bar Eye Repair Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches - I found these on clearance at Shopper's Drug Mart for $1.99 CAD for 5 treatments.  These fit really funny, they don't seem to fit my undereye area very well, maybe I have big eyes?!  I have only used the 1 so far, and didn't notice any difference but I still have another 4 to use so maybe!  Repurchase?  For $1.99, maybe they did feel good!
  • Masque Bar Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Mask - Another sheet mask!  Another Shopper's clearance item, I paid $1.99 for the box that contains 5.  I again didn't notice much difference but it did feel good, this one also seemed to fit my face a bit better.  Repurchase? I have another 4 to use, but I think if I found them on clearance again I would pick up another box.
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - I finished a deluxe sample!  I really like this primer, especially on areas that can get dry.  I'm not sre if it reallly extended the wear of my makeup though.  With my skin having gotten more oil than dry, I doubt I would pick up a full size of this, but I wouldn't say no to another deluxe sample!  Repurchase?  Maybe if my skin was dry, or in the winter months.
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - This is one of my favorite mascaras, it doesn't smudge or go clumpy when I apply it.  The brush seems to hug my lash line so I can get really close to the roots.  Repurchase? This is a mascara that will go on my wishlist to purchase once I use up the other 15 samples I have...
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara - I was on a roll the past 2 months!  Another mascara sample done!  I really like the brush on this one, it is a natural? bristle brush.  It makes my lashes look great and doesn't flake or smudge.  Repurchase?  Maybe, see previous sample!
  • Sephora Clear Brow Gel - I finally finished up this brow gel sample that I have been using since the summer!  It was the sample that wouldn't end!  I kept thinking I was almost done but it just didn't seem to end!  It did the job of holding my brow hairs in place.  I am trying out the Anastasia one right now and can honestly say that I am not noticing much of a difference.  Reprchase?  Not sure.
  • Urban Decay Anti Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - This was my go to eyeshaodw primer, it worked great for me.  I picked up this deluxe sample size with the new packaging, doe foot applicator, and I think they changed the formula as well.  It just doesn't seem to do much to help my eyeshadows stay put anymore.  I am also not a fan of the doe foot applicator, I liked the squeeze tube, I felt I had more control on the amount with it.  Repurchase? Not unless they change the packaging and formula back!

I am pretty sure a few empties ended up in the garbage but I am still happy with what I was able to get through for the past 2 months.  Hopefully the nest empties will have some more makeup in it!  I think I am getting close to finishing up a few products.  Were you able to finish up much for the past 2 months?  What do you think about alternating between Empties and Favorites?  Good idea or not?  I think I will give it another few months to see how it goes.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a NYX Highight and Contour Palette!  You can enter here.

I got Chosen to Participate in the Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix!

I was so excited when I found in the middle of Janruary that I was lucky enough to be chosen as a juror for the Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix.  I had signed up at the end of November and heard in Janruary that I had been picked as one of the jurors!  All I had to do was complete a short questionnaire and than hurry up and wait to see if I was lucky enough!  They chose 750 women and 50 men to be jurors.  You don't have any choice as to what you get.  You are testing all the products blind, they do a great job of taping up the products so there is no sign of what you are testing out.  Once you get your package there is a link sent to you via email giving you instructions on how to use the products you were sent as well as what category they are in.  There are also minimum durations for the amount of time you are supposed to try each product out for.  There is an evaluation form to be filled out on each product, which you can fill out as you use them and save your opinions before you submit your logbook in May.

My Elle Quebec/Canada Grand Prix 2016 products.

My Elle Quebec/Canada Grand Prix 2016 products.

Don't they all look pretty and shiney!  I recieved 3 Body Scrubs, 4 Deodarants, 5 Face Serums, and 6 Dry Shampoos.  I use products in 3 out of the 4 categories already!  

My 3 mystery Body Scrubs.

My 3 mystery Body Scrubs.

I am looking forward to trying out all 3 of the Body Scrubs, I have Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms and am on the hunt for something to help get it under control.  I have no clue as to what any of these are!  I do know that I am not a fan of sticking my fingers in pots and 2 of the 3 are pots.

My 4 mystery Deodorants.

My 4 mystery Deodorants.

Deodorant isn't the most exciting thing to test out, but I am strangely interested in this selection!  I have been using Right Guard for men lately as it has seemed to be the only thing that is working lately!  2 are solids, 1 roll-on, and a spray-on.  I can't remember the last time I used a roll-on, I do remember them being wet and sticky and taking forever to dry!  I have never used a spray-on deodorant before so who knows maybe I will like it!  I am pretty sure I can guess these 4!

5 mystery Face Serums.

5 mystery Face Serums.

The only category that I don't use regularily are the Face Serums so I am excited ot try those out to see if they make a difference in my skin.  I have been using Argan Oil every night, but the directions for the Face Serums are to use it morning and night before your regular skincare routine.  Since I don't regularily use Face Serums, I am unsure on most of these but I think I have a good guess on a couple!  

The 6 mystery Dry Shampoos.

The 6 mystery Dry Shampoos.

Now here is a category of products that I use all the time!  I have been making my way through the Sephora Favorites - Extend Your Style Dry Shampoo collection for a while!  I use dry shampoo a few times a week, but I still only have a good guess on 1 of the bottles!  This selection will be fun to try out, maybe I will find a new favorite!

My Elle Quebec/Canada Grand prix journal and book markers.

My Elle Quebec/Canada Grand prix journal and book markers.

I decided to pick up a journal to write down my thoughts on all the products as I am using them so that when the testing is over I will be able to remember what I thought about them all.  I have decided to seperate all the categories with the book marks and written down each number with the directions on how to use the product.  If I have a quess as to what the product is a am also writing it down on the same page.  It will be fun to see if I am right about any of them!

Once all the testing is done and I have submitted my log book I will update you on my thoughts on all these products!  I am excited that I was given the opportunity to blind test so many different products, I really have no preconcieved opinions on the products because I really am not sure as to what they are in the first place.  I think that sometimes when we try out new products alot of our thoughts on them are somewhat weigted on what others experiences with the product were.  I won't have that with these ones!  The only preconcieved notions I have about them are what I know I like and don't like, like sticking my fingers in product-gross!

Have you ever tried out products completely blind?  If you have, were your opinions on the product different on what others thought about it?  Let me know in the comments!

My Sample Stash - Makeup!

Time for the last post on my Sample Stash!  I thought that there was more Makeup than this, but am glad that there isn't!  Maybe I can use it up!  If you want to see the previous posts - Perfume, Mascaras, and Skincare Part 1 and Part 2, you can click on the names to take you back to them.  

I thought I would start with Primers - 

Sample Stash - Primers.

Sample Stash - Primers.

For Primers we have Eye and Face Primers - Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion-Original, Anti-Aging, Sin x2, Eden x2, Marcelle-Ideal Skin Perfector x2, Kat Von D-Lock-it Featherweight Primer x2, Smashbox-Photo FInish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing x2,Smashbox-Photo Finish, Becca-Backlight Priming Filter, Clinique-Superprimer x2, Lancôme-Visionnaire, Too Faced-Shadow Insurance, Smashbox-Photo FInish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, Benefit-The POREfessional, Make Up Forever-Step 1 Hydrating Primer, Benefit-Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer, Cover Fx-Calming Primer, and Hourglass.

Sample Stash - Foundations.

Sample Stash - Foundations.

I think I have weeded out and only have the ones that may match me? Or close enough to try them out! Foundations - Make Up For Ever-Matte Velvet, Dior-Nude Air x2,Hourglass-Immaculate, Nars-All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Kat Von D-Lock-It Tattoo Foundation x 3, YSL-Fusion Ink Foundation x2, Marc Jacobs-Re(Marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, Bare Minerals-Complexion Rescue, Origins-Smarty Pants CC Skin Complexion Corrector, Lancôme-Nude Miracle, Benefit-Hello Flawless x2, Too Faced-Born This Way, Clinique-Acne Solutions BB Cream, Estée Lauder-Daywear BB Creme,Guerlain-Lingerie De Peau, Giorgio Armani-Luminous Silk Foundation,Make Up Forever-Ultra HD, Bare Minerals-Blemish Remedy, Clinique-Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup x2, Clinique-Beyond Perfecting.

Sample Stash - Lip stuff.

Sample Stash - Lip stuff.

Lip stuff - YSL-Gloss Volupté, Urban Decay-Revolution Lipstick, Urban Decay-Sheer Revolution Lipstick, Butter London-Moisture Matte, Dior-Addict Lipstick, Fresh-Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, Make Up For Ever-Artist Plexi-Gloss, Marc Jacobs-Lip Creme, Hourglass-Femme Rouge, Bite-Agave Lip Mask, Buxom-Full-On Lip Cream, Givenchy-le Rouge.

Sample Stash - Contour/Concealer/Found items.

Sample Stash - Contour/Concealer/Found items.

And lastly, Concealer/Contour/found ones - Amazing Cosmetics-Amazing Concealer, Bare Minerals-5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow, Cover Fx-Contour Kit, YSL-Touche Éclat, YSL-Sun-Kissed Blur Perfector, Hourglass Mascara, Sephora-Colorful Blush.

I don't think I included any of the deluxe samples from the various kits or beauty boxes I have bought, that would have made these posts even longer!  I really like deluxe samples for trying out beauty products, it seems to be enough to try them out in various ways.  I feel like you can get a better idea on the product from deluxe size.  I am not such a big fan of foil samples though, there really isn't enough in there to try it out for more than 1 or 2 uses if you are lucky!  With foil packages, I tend to re use the little sample jars that you get when you request a sample from sephora, especially for primers and eye cream, there is always more in those than needed for one use!

As you can see from the totals, there are alot of samples to get through!  I may or may not have put in an order and picked up a few more since I took these pictures just over a week ago...  I will update you on my progress monthly.  I am hoping to pick out at least one sample from each category at least once a week to try out, that whould help put a dent in the pile!  Hopefully doing that will let me slowly get the totals down!  I will let you know if I like it or not, if the foil size has made me interested enough to put it on my wishlist or if I have no intention of trying it again!  

Sample Stash Totals -

Perfume - 41

Mascaras - 16 + 2 Primers

Exfoliators - 11

Masks - 12

Cleansers - 13

Eye Creams - 8

Serums - 17

Moisturizers - 16

Primers - 24

Foundations - 26

Lips - 12

Extras - 7

Have you amassed a shocking amount of samples lately?  Do you hoard them to?  FOrget you have them?  

 

My Sample Stash - Skincare Part 2!

And I'm back for part 2 of the Skincare Sample Stash!  If you would like to check out the first half of Sample Stash - Skincare you can click on the name.  I was surprised when I started sorting out the skincare samples and ended up having so many.  I didn't think I had quite this much, this may take me awhile to get through!

To start Sample Stash - Part 2 we will start with Eye Creams -

My sample stash of Eye Creams.

My sample stash of Eye Creams.

I am forever on the hunt for an eye cream to use during the day that will hydrate my undereye area but also not make my concealer crease.  For Eye Cream I have - Benefit-Puff Off, Benefit-It's Potent!, Philosophy-Renewed Hope In A Jar Eye, Amore Pacific-Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel x2,Clarins-Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate, Jurlique-Advanced Eye Serum, and NeoStrata- SecureWhite Anti Dark Circle Complex.

Sample Stash of Serums.

Sample Stash of Serums.

For Serums - Philosophy-time in a bottle, Lise Watier-Sublimessence, Elizabeth Arden-Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, Shiseido-Ultimune, Clinique-Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum x4, Lancôme-Génifique x2, Lancôme-Visionnaire, Ole Henriksen-Truth Serum Collagen Booster, The Body Shop-Drops of Youth x2, Clinique-Repairwear Laser Focus,Fresh-Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, The Body Shop-Vitamin C.

Sample Stash of Moisturizers.

Sample Stash of Moisturizers.

And lastly Moisturizers - Amore Pacific-Future Response, Amore Pacific-Moisture Bound, First Aid Beauty-Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream,Nude-Omega Treatment Milk, dr. brandt D.N.A Time Reversing Cream, Benefit-Total Moisture Facial Cream, Philosophy-Renewed Hope In A Jar, Clinique-Repairwear Sculpying Night Cream, Laneige-Water Bank Moisture Cream, Lancôme-High Résolution Refill-3X, dr. brandt D.N.A.Dream Night Cream, Clinique-Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer, Fresh-Crème Ancienne Soft Cream, Ole Henriksen-Truth Crème Advanced Hydration, Olay-Regenererist, Embryolisse-Lait-Crème Concentrè.

That's alot of skincare samples!  I know that you can't tell any effects of skincare in the small amount in most of the samples, but I will be able to tell if I like the texture enough to even contemplate going for a full size.  I will not even be able to touch the Serum or maybe not even the Moisturizers until the beginning of June due to another commitment I have, spoiler of another upcoming post, so I doubt there will be any movement on either of those 2 sections until the summer.

Do you tend to hoard skincare samples?  Or do you use them right away?

Sample Stash Totals -

Perfume - 41

Mascara - 16 + 2 Primers

Exfoliators - 11

Masks - 12

Cleansers - 13

Eye Cream - 8

Serums - 17

Moisturizer - 16

My Sample Stash - Skincare Part 1

Well I am hoping to get back to my regular posting schedule!  I thought I would get back to the Sample Stash and get it all up so I it will hopefully help to get me to try some of this stuff out!  Today it's all about skincare!  I didn't quite realize just how many samples I had amassed!  I will be breaking up the skincare section into two posts, otherwise it would be a little long.  I swear I have tried some things out!  I really need to slow down on the GWP and picking up samples from orders. 

I am going to start out with exfoliators/peels -

Sample Stash - Exfoliators.

Sample Stash - Exfoliators.

In the Exfoliator section I have - Ole Henriksen-Power Peel system x3, Dr Dennis Gross-alpha beta peel, Bliss-that's incredi-'peel'!, Bliss-Micro Magic, Kate Somerville-ExfoiliKate x1 + deluxe sample. FlyKate+ExfoliKate x1 and RetAsphere x1, and somehow the Glamglow Flashmud treatment ended up in this picture!

Sample Stash - Masks

Sample Stash - Masks

For Masks - skyn Iceland-Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels x2, The Body SHop-Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask, Skin Inc-Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask, GlamGlow-Brightmud Eye Treatment, Fresh-Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy, Murad-Eye Lift Firming Treatment, Fresh-Rose Face Mask, Origins-Mega-Mushroom Skn Relief, Fresh-Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask, dr. brandt-needles no more, and Caudalie-Instant Detox Mask.

Sample Stash - Cleansers

Sample Stash - Cleansers

And lastly, at least for this post, Cleansers - Boscia-Thermal Black Cleanser x2, Clinique-Take the Day Off x2, Nude-Omega Cleansing Jelly x2, Josie Maran-Argan Cleansing Oil, GlamGlow-Supercleanse, Garnier clean +-Nourising Cleansing OIl, Garnier cclean +-Makeup Removing Lotion, Benefit-they're Real Remover, Ole Henricksen-Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, and Clarins-One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.

So that is half of the skincare samples I have collected.  I think that once I get it in my head to just start trying things out, the Sample Stash should get smaller!  Is there anything here that looks like something I need to try first?  I am open to suggestions!

Sample Stash Totals -

Perfume - 41

Mascara - 16 + 2 primers

Exfoliators - 11

Masks - 12

Cleansers - 13