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Happy Monday! I know you’ve probably seen a million posts about the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale this morning, so I thought I would do something a little different. I absolutely love trying new products, but I’m also trying to save. That’s why I absolutely jump at the opportunity to try beauty samples – I know exactly what I’m getting into before I make a purchase. And as someone who travels a lot, these tiny little products make life a lot easier.
These samples came from by monthly PLAY! by Sephora subscription, probably the best $10 I spend every month.
Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel ($25) This gel cleanser works really well at removing eye makeup that sometimes seems impossible to remove. It’s gentle and there’s no scrubbing necessary. The only thing I didn’t like about this product was that it was a little sticky and took a lot of rinsing to get the residue off of my eyes.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Sensual ($29) I like this blush a lot! It’s great alone, and it also does well when I do a full face of makeup and set my cream blush with a powder blush. Blush is a product that always makes me a little nervous because I don’t want to look like a literal clown. I don’t have to worry about that with this blush! I have no qualms about purchasing this product.
Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb ($48) I can definitely see a difference in the skin around my eyes when I’m routinely using this product. A little bit goes a long way, this sample has lasted forever and I’m not convinced I would ever run out if I purchased a full size bottle of the product. My eyes are annoyingly sensitive, and I’ve never had any issues with this product irritating them.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer ($29) This stuff is good. I didn’t expect it to be so heavily pigmented, so if you purchase this, apply with a light hand and don’t be afraid to blend. My favorite thing about this product is that the color is a healthy glow. There are no orange undertones, and it’s safe on pale skin. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out of the sample size.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel ($22) I received this days after purchasing Benefit’s version of the product, and I wasn’t wowed like I expected to be. Consistency wise, I felt like I was putting glue on my eyebrows. (They were crunchy looking.) The brush is awkward to use, especially in comparison to the fine bristles on the Benefit wand. I have seen lots of really positive reviews for this product online, but unfortunately I did not have that experience.
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara ($19) This is another meh one for me. It’s not a bad product, I just don’t love it. Its fine on my lower lashes, but it makes very little difference when I apply it. I almost feels like it weighs my lashes down. If you’re on the prowl for a good mascara, this one from Clinique is awesome, and I love this drugstore mascara, as well.
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68) I tried this product right after I purchased six months worth of my current moisturizer from the NSale. I loved it so much that I’ve already decided if I get a Sephora gift card for Christmas, it is going to this! It’s made from clean ingredients and improves the skin’s tone, texture, and firmness. I highly recommend this product, and I hope to have more Drunk Elephant reviews for you in the coming months!
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder ($23) I feel like I’ve tried so many different translucent powders, and I haven’t really fallen in love with any of them. I like that this doesn’t settle into the fine lines around my face, but it doesn’t do my pores any favors.
What do you think? Anything you’d like to try? Any products that you’ve tried lately that you recommend?