Sample Stash Trash Update

I think I am going to use the month of February to get caught up on all things Trash and Hauls!  Than I can start off March fresh, hopefully.  I haven't been the best at going through my sample stash, and truthfully, it's become slightly painful trying to get through the overflowing bins of Samples.  I have gone through them again and gotten rid of anything that just really isn't interesting to me anymore.  I won't be going anymore Sample Stash updates, as I am not going to force myself to use them up anymore.  When I do use them up they will be going into my regular empties.

For the months of November and December I didn't manage to use up alot of samples, but it was better than nothing!

A few make up samples.

A few make up samples.

I had managed to use up a few makeup samples -

  • Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick sample card - This sample had to have been old!  I really enjoyed playing with the samples in this card!  I had already picked up Sheer Shame when Sephora had all the old packaging/formula as I liked it.  The Sheer formula isn't really all that sheer, you can build them up!
  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick sample card - Another old sample!  Again I am a fan of Urban Decays lipstick formula.  This sample card had a few bold shades in it, 69, Streak, that I really didn't feel comfortable wearing outside the house.  But it ws fun to try shades out of my comfort zone.
  • Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors - I had high hopes for these colour correctors, but sadly they didn't live up to my hopes.  I am not sure if the sample was old or what but I found them to be very dry and hard to blend.  I was surprised by this as I use the Undereye Corrector pretty much everyday and love it.  Maybe I will get a sample from instore and see if it was just old samples I had.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau - I liked this sample well enough, I was able to get 2 uses out of the foil sample.  I am still on the fence about it and would be open to trying another sample of it!
  • Dior Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer - I really enjoyed this primer a lot, but the one bad thing is the price!  $60.00 CAD is a litte much for a primer, especially when I have a few others I like that are not quite that expensive.  That being said, I wouldn't say no to another sample, or maybe picking it up during a either a sale or a Shopper's Opitmum Bonus redemption.
  • Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundatin - I'm not sure if it was the combonation of the previous Primer and this or just the foundation, but my skin looked great on the days I was trying thses out.  Again another pricey product at $64.00 CAD.  And again, maybe during a sale I will bite the bullet!
  • Dr Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm - I had high hopes for this BB Cream since the I loved the gold packaged one.  Sadly this one didn't work well for me.  It settled in pores and fine lines, I looked really old whenever I used this.  So no thanks!
  • Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy mascara - This mascara did not work at all for me!  It smudged before I even left the house for work, within 30 min!  It continued to smudge throughout the day no matter what I was doing, even if I stayed in the house.  Big Fail for me.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer - Pore Minimizing - I think this worked ok?  I didn't actually leave myself any notes on it, oops.  Guess I will need to try another sample!
Skincare samples!

Skincare samples!

I didnt use up as many skincare samples as I wold have liked, I kept forgetting to bring some up to my bathroom.  But here are my thoughts on the ones I did use.

  • BITE Agave Lip Mask trio - I have gone through a deluxe smple of the Natural and really liked it at night.  It is a very thick consistancy and I don't think it would play with any other lip product over top of it.  The Smashed shade had more pigment than I thought it would and left my lips with a nice red tint.  Champagne was my least favorite of the bunch, the glitter seemed to stick around and felt a tad gritty to me.  I would consider picking up the Natural again to use at night, once I get through what I have...
  • The Body SHop Vitamin E Sink-In Moistre Mask - This mask felt great for moisturizing but the overpowering floral scent turned me off, not to mention my husband wasn't a fan!  The scent seemed to linger for quite a while.
  • Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel - I ws excited to try this sample out, what with all the hype about Drunk Elephant.  But I just wasn't that impressed with it?  Maybe my expectations were to high.  It did an ok job of moisturizing but nothing spectacular.  I wouldn't be opposed to trying it out again, but at this moment I won't be trying to pick it up.
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter - This sample was so moisturizing, a little to much for my combo skin though!  It was pretty quick for absorbing in my skin, only about 10 minutes.  I ended up with a huge pimple on my nose the morning after I used this.  So another no go.
  • Murad InstaMatte Oil-COntrol Mask - I tried this sample out for a few days as I only used it on nose, the oilest area on my face and sadly it didn't work for me.  If anything my nose was oilier than usual.
  • REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask - This mask felt ok and seemed to get my face cleaned.  It didn't wow me and I have a few others that I like better.
  • tarte Rainforest Of The Sea deep dive cleansing gel - I have tried this cleanser before and it still made my face felt tight.  A little to deep cleansing for my older skin.
  • Glamglow Supercleanse - This cleanser got my face clean without making it feel tight!  There was only enough in the sample for one use though.  I would have to try it for a few more times before I said yes or no.  I would be open to trying it some more.
  • L'Occitane Divine Cream - This is a nice refreshing scented face cream that is really moisturizing.  A little to much moisture around the center of my face but it was great on my drier forhed and no pimples after using it!  Another I would like to try for a few more days.
  • benfit It's Potent Eye Cream - I was able to get a few days worth out of this sample which was nice.  I liked this eye cream, it had just the right amount moisture for me and didn't leave my under eye greasy.  Makeup goes on well overtop of it as well.  I am actually using a deluxe sample of this right now and am adding it to my list of maybe buys.


Perfume samples.

Perfume samples.

Lastly we have perfume samples which is what I have the most of.  I am still going through a jar filled with these.  It's what Sephora always has in the sample section when you order online.  I didn't mind getting them at first, but now I just have way too many.  The good part is that I have not purchased a perfume in forever!  I am finding that some are really strong though, to strong for wearing at work (I work in a hospital so some scents I can get away with but not most).  I am only going to try out new scents from now on on the weekend, I ran into the problem of having spritzed a few to strong ones before heading out the door to work and had to wash them off, almost making me late for work.  A few have also still been able to smell after washing!

  • YSL Mon Paris - Has a lighter fruity scent which I liked.
  • Clean Blonde Rose - Another winner for me!  Slightly powdery, bot not overly so.
  • Angel Eau De Parfum, Muse, and Eau De Toilette - I love all three of these!  I would get asked what I was wearing with any one of these.  They have a nice scent on me and I would happily purchase any one of them!  I do have deluxe samples of these so it may be awhile before I purchae one, not to mention i think i still have some more samples...
  • Chloé - Another favorite and one that I have quite a few smples of.
  • Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere - Smells awful on me!  And its one of the strongly scented ones to.  Definitely a no go!

Not a horrible batch of empties, not as many as I would have liked to see for a 2 month period though.  I am not doing the greatest at using up my samples, and not always enjoying it anymore either.  I think I am going to give it a ret of trying to use them up.  I will still use them, just not to the extent that I was trying to.  I have so many other products that i would love to use that it was just starting to feel not so fun anymore.  Form now on I will just put the samples in with my regular trash!  

Next up I think I will catch up on Boxycharm boxes.  Than maybe stuff i have picked up over the past few months....some things I am loving!  Some not so much.  Than I will finish up with this years Trash and BoxyCharm.