Sampling | Seersucker Sass

Monday, May 22, 2017


Confession - I love beauty samples.  I have sensitive skin, so I love the opportunity to try something out for a couple of weeks before committing.  It's so frustrating to try something once in a store, love it, and then get it home and immediately have some kind of allergy to it.  

One of the things I love most about trying skin care samples is that I can see how it works in my beauty routine.  If I'm at Ulta playing around with moisturizers, I may find one I love.  But what if I get it home and it just feels too greasy when paired with the plethora of products that I use every night?

In today's post, I'm sharing reviews of nine of the products I've sampled lately!  Just to let y'all know, I have sensitive skin, and I would define my skin type as combination, with some parts being super oily and some parts being super dry.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin ($31)    I didn't love this.  I wanted to, and I kept trying to, but I didn't.  It gave my skin a weird sheen, similar to how I look when I'm sick.

Received this sample via Nordstrom
Would I purchase?  Nope.  I've had much better experiences with this primer.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder ($29)  I really liked this powder!  It didn't eliminate my large pores, but it did minimize their appearance.  However, I have a ton of unused translucent powder.

Received this sample via Ulta (gift with purchase)
Would I purchase?  I can't justify purchasing more loose translucent powder.  However, I have considered purchasing the compact version of this product to carry in my purse.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet ($39)  I love this stuff.  The "sorbet" formula is great for my skin type.  It's not too heavy and it's not too light.  It soaks in just enough, and it leaves my dry skin feeling softer than usual.  I'm weird about scented products on my face, but this one is lightly fragrant and smells wonderful.  A little goes a long way; this sample lasted about a month.

Received this sample via Sephora (birthday gift)
Would I purchase?  I almost did.  But I started trying a new moisturizer sample after this one, and now I'm a little torn between the two.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Body Cleanser ($20)  This stuff is amazing.  The scent is clean, refreshing, and really wakes you up... without smelling like a citrus scented home cleaning product.  It lathers nicely, and I give it bonus points for being a unisex scent.

Received this sample via my stay at the Hilton Downtown Nashville
Would I purchase?  Already have!  For reference, the bottle contains half as much product as most Philosophy shower gels.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($52)  I loved this gel moisturizer.  It was light and soaked immediately into my skin.  While using this, my skin was the clearest that it had been in quite some time.  My only frustration is that it didn't do much for the drier parts of my skin, so I had to layer on a sleeping cream in the evenings to be sure my entire face was properly moisturized.  A little goes a long way with this product; I used the sample for about a month.

Received this sample via my monthly subscription to PLAY! by Sephora
Would I purchase?  I almost did!  I went to order via Nordstrom (I'm a cardholder and I like buying everything possible there for points), but it was backordered until mid-June.  I've decided to sample one more moisturizer before trying to decide between this and the Caudalie sorbet.

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($11)  I didn't find this product to be anything special.  It worked okay, but I don't use many waterproof products, so it's not necessary.  I typically use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup, and I had better results with the coconut oil.  I'll keep this product just in case I try out a waterproof product, but I doubt it will get much use.

Received this sample via my monthly subscription to PLAY! by Sephora
Would I purchase?  No.  If I needed a waterproof makeup remover, I could purchase one at the drugstore for much cheaper.  I just wasn't that impressed with the formula.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream ($48)  I already had an eye cream when I received this sample, but I gave it a try because I love IT Cosmetics so much.  Y'all, this eye cream is amazing.  A little bit of this goes a long way; I've been using this sample for about three weeks now, and there is still a good bit left.  The packaging advertises that you'll notice a change in your skin after one use, which I didn't believe, but... surprise!  There was actually a change!  (I wish I would have taken before and after photos now.  Haha.)  The product has a bluish hue, which makes your eyes look brighter and whiter.  On days that I know I'm skipping face makeup, I'll apply this in the mornings, as well.

Received this sample via QVC with my purchase of IT Cosmetics Brow Power & Anti-Aging concealer bundle
Would I purchase?  Yes!  Hoping to find it in a bundle on QVC, but if not, I will suck it up and pay full price, because it is worth it!

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Black ($21)  My blonder hair has left my face looking a little washed out, so I've been meaning to pick up a new eyeliner to help with that.  (I know that sounds crazy, but my eyes have looked very pink lately, and eyeliner helps for some reason!)  After trying this, I will stick to liquid liner.  It didn't go on very smoothly and was kind of chalky.

Received this sample via my monthly subscription to PLAY! by Sephora
Would I purchase?  No.  This product was a little too high maintenance for my liking.

Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer ($30)  Following the removal of my lash extensions, I was desperate to look like I actually had lashes again.  This stuff was a lifesaver.  It basically creates little white tubes around your lashes, and the tube extends beyond your natural lash.  You apply like a mascara primer, then immediately coat with your regular mascara, then move on to your other eye.  It's imperative to apply the product immediately to get the best results.

Received this sample via Nordstrom
Would I purchase?  Already have!  I absolutely love it.  It's a little pricy, but I imagine it would work well paired with just about any mascara, as it does the heavy lifting and the secondary mascara mostly just provides color.

What do you think - see anything you'd like to try?  What have you sampled lately?

Happy Monday!


  1. I also have used the Caudalie Birthday sample from Sephora and I really like it. My undereye circles are my main beauty/skincare concern (they sure are persistent) so I might have to give the IT cosmetics a try.

  2. I'm forever on the hunt for face creme with SPF. I'm currently loving one by Clinique because it doesn't feel greasy!

  3. I'm super curious about that underlie cream. I'm about to run out of mine and haven't tried any IT cosmetics products yet... Might be time.

  4. I love posts like this one-using samples up is such a great way to test out new products without the commitment! If you like the It Cosmetics Eye Cream, I also suggest the eye cream from Tula-it is so, so good!

    xoxo, SS

  5. Wait, this is such a cool idea! I may have to try out small sample sizes; I usually just buy the items in the travel sizes, but this seems like a great idea as well. Super cool post gf :)
    xo, G

  6. Love this idea! I am always so bad at trying out my samples once I get them. I've been getting in a habit of packing them in my travel bag so when I travel I am forced to try them out!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  7. These are great picks! I just joined the Ulta club so hopefully getting samples soon. I need a couple months of no beauty shopping though haha. I've been spending way too much.

  8. I've heard that Diorshow is the bomb, I'm going to have to try it sometime! Loved reading all of your feedback on these samples!

  9. I have seriously sensitive skin too! Thanks for sharing this great idea for testing out products.

  10. This is so great! I love beauty samples too. :) Thanks for sharing!

  11. I agree - beauty samples are my weakness!!

  12. My mom has been looking for an eye cream, I'll have to tell her about your experience with the It Cosmetics cream! Love reading these honest reviews :)

    Kayla |