"Sample Killah" Week 2 Update

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Alright, I am already exhausted thinking about writing mini reviews for every single sample I used this week.  Also-- using samples instead of my regular full sized products is hard!  As fun as this is I am looking forward to going back to my Dior foundation.  I have found most of my foundation samples are just too yellow.  Dior Nudeskin 010 is by dar the best foundation I have ever used.  This month long endeavour has only confirmed this.

This is my second update for Kalyn Lord's Sample Killah.  Click here to see my Week 1 update.

So many samples...gone!

Gone, gone, gone.  I'm so proud of me!

Stuff To Use in the Shower

The Body Shop Honeymania Body Scrub - Re-Buy
I love this scrub.  Well, really I love this whole line from The Body Shop.  It smells very sweet and floral.  What I like the most about this scrub in particular is how fine the scrub is, and how it almost warms on contact.  It leaves my legs feeling silky.  And the smell it fills my shower with? Divine.

Bain de Terre White Clover Balancing Conditioner- No Buy
Ehhhhhh not much to say about this.  This conditioner is more milk-like.  I prefer it to be more of a heavy cream.  That aside, this conditioner did the job.  It was quite slippery, and coated my hair well.  Just, not my favourite.  I think this was a hotel sample?

Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fiber x 2 - No Buy
Again, nothing special.  It smelled good.  I really only needed 1.5 to cover my hair, but in the name of getting through samples I used both at once.  I liked that this sample size was generous.  I found it made my hair a bit frizzy.

Fekkai PrX Reparatives Argan Extract Shampoo - Buy
I lalalalalalalalaaaaaave this shampoo but at $28 a bottle it is juuuuust a bit more than what I want to spend.  I love how silky and thick it is.  And the Argan oil makes my hair silky smooth and soft.

Fekkai PrX Reparatives Argan Extract Conditioner - Re-Buy
I have the full sized conditioner because I had a Shoppers Optimum bonus point coupon.  In love with this line.

Ojon Deep Conditioner x 2- Buy
I love using this deep conditioner on my ends.  I find it helps repair and protect my ends.  And with hair as long as mine, that's important.  As much as my short hair friends spend on haircuts, I probably spend on deep conditioning treatments.  However, this bottle is too small and too expensive to justify putting all over my hair.  I would love to own this, but if I do it will be a treat for my ends only.

Living Poof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo x 2 - Maybe Buy
I love how soft my hair felt using this shampoo and conditioner.  However, the bottles are too small and too expensive for it to make sense for my hair.  I would be going through a bottle of each a week! A girl can dream though.

Living Poof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner x 2 - Maybe Buy
See above.

LUSH Jasmine Henna Fluff Eaze - Bought
This is a pre-shampoo treatment.  I sampled it to help repair my split ends, and bought it because it works.  I caution true blondes, as I found it brought out some of the red in my hair (not that I complained!).  It made my hair shiny and strong.  I noticed a difference after one use.  Love!

Body Butters and Lotions

L'Occitane Jasmine Passion Ultra Rich Body Cream - No Buy
This was thick and nourishing, however I have so so so so many body butters and lotions that I can not justify buying anymore for probably the rest of my life.  It smelled summery, but I don't need it.

L'Occitane Amande Milk Concentrate - No Buy
No more body creams!  This smells wonderful.  I love their almond scent.  But its expensive, and I just made another BaubleBar order, and I don't need any more body creams.

L'Occitane Verbena Body Ice Gel - No Buy
Oops.  I used this as a body wash.  Can't tell you if it does its job.  It is a pretty crappy body wash.  Which makes sense because it isn't a body wash.

Sephora Super Supreme Body Butter x 4 - No Buy
I reviewed this last week.  Basically it is perfectly fine and gets the job done, but I have waaaay too many body butters to justify buying another one for the next decade.

DERMAdoctor KP duty lotion - No Buy
This is supposed to fix dry skin and chicken skin bumps (Keratisos Pilaris).  I don't really suffer from either of those.  But I slathered some on every day until it was gone.  What a useless sample from my latest Luxebox.

Urban Decay Naked Skin - Buy
Ahh I love this!  It is a champange-bronze shimmery lotion.  It adds a subtly bronze look while moisturizing and smelling wonderful.  It adds a touch of summer.  This is so unlike any other body butter or lotion I own.  Completely non-streaky.  This is on my list!

For My Face

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream x 2 - No Buy
The package said to sue from head to toe...so I used it as a foot cream.  Not the best foot cream, but it was fine.

Benefit Its Potent Brightening Eye Cream - No Buy
Am I the only one who doesn't notice any change with eye creams?

Eslor Smoothing Cream No Buy
Eeeeeeeeeeeh another face cream!  This was thicker than I enjoy.  I can't wait to go back to my usual!

Eslor Comforting Mask No Buy
This was french clay green, but without any of the usual properties of a clay mask.  I found this did a great job at "comforting" my skin, but I prefer the Glam Glow blue mask. (Not photographed because the sample was hiding.  It is featured in the first photo.)

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum No Buy
I literally did not notice any effects of this serum. It was a good stand in for a moisturizer.  

Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant No Buy
This had a gross natural smell.  Also a weird natural sandy texture.  No thank you.

Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel No Buy
This was fine.  I liked how foamy it got, and it had a pleasant smell.  But I love my usual more.

Radial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream No Buy
Smells wonderful, but I don't like it enough to change up my usual routine.

Biotherm Biosource Toning Mousse No Buy
I'm just not a fan of this brand.  I feel like if Shoppers is constantly pawning off samples of their stuff off to me that they must be desperate.  I totally used this sample wrong.  Oh well!

Nars Makeup Removing Water No Buy
This stuff is fantastic!  And expensive!  So, moooooving on I think I will stick with my Julep oil.  But in a dream world?  I would own a pool filled with this stuff.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment - Buy if I ever run out of samples
This stuff really does tingle!  But ti seriously cleared up my skin.  It is a clay mask, so it dries and then your face is frozen.  I loved being able to see what it was able to draw out of my pores.  I have a deluxe sample of this too, but its on my shopping list!

Avène Eau Thermae Gentle Purifying Scrub No Buy
Not a fan of the tiny little beads in this scrub.  I ended up using it for my body because I couldn't put up with this on my face.  Ole Hendriksen Walnut Scrub continues to win.

Eve Lom Cleanser No Buy
"Probably the best cleanser in the world" - Vouge
Personally I disagree.  It smells awful.  Sort of citrus.  Sort of rancid.  Entirely gross.  I also used it completely wrong.  Sorry, but I don't want an instruction list for how to use a face wash.  The face wash I use is simple.  Put some in my konjac sponge, and GO.

Quo Make Up Remover Wipes - Re-Buy
Right now these are my go-to wipes.  They do a great job of getting my makeup off!

Make Up

Illamasqua Foundation #4.5 No Buy
Full coverage formula, but this shade was waaaaay too yellow for me.

bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer No Buy
This smells like bananas!  Its bright yellow, and is probably good for colour correcting.  I didn't love it, and I couldn't get over the smell.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer - Buy if I ever run out
This is my golden standard for eyeshadow primer.  I have a full sized one.  I can't wait to pick it up in Sin as well.  

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Buy if I ever run out of samples
Also a golden standard, but for my face.  I have so so so so so many samples of this product its not even funny. I also alternate between the Hourglass primer and the Dior primer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer - Buy if I ever run out of samples
I have a few samples of this too.  But I can't figure out the benefit of using this product.  What does this do that my normal primer doesn't?  

Lancôme Hypnotic Drama Mascara in Excessive Black - Buy if I ever run out of samples
I can't remember the last time I bought a mascara.  I have been mowing through my deluxe samples of mascara like no tomorrow for the last few months!  I enjoyed this mascara because it really built up volume.  I don't know when I will be buying mascara again, but I do have another 8 mascara samples to go, including another sample of this.

Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation No Buy
Good formula, but too yellow for me.  Seriously, I have the palest skin with more neutral to pink undertones.  Many "light" foundations are too yellow on me and are not a good match for my neck.  So far Dior has been the best match I have ever found.

Becca Radient Skin Foundation Sample No Buy
This sample came with 6 colours.  The first one was a decent match, so was the second.  But without even trying I can tell you that the next 4 will get progressively too yellow for me.

Benefit POREfessional Primer x2 No Buy
This is a solid primer that I really, really like.  It is beige in colour and has a texture similar to the iconic Smashbox primer (silicone base) However I don't find it minimizes my pores.  Also, I have several samples of this primer, and two other full full-sized primers before I can even consider buying another one.

Make Up Forever HD Primer No Buy 
Another solid primer, more similar in texture and feel to the mineral-based Hourglass primer.  Buuuuuut I have a whole bunch of primer to get through before I can even think about buying another one.

Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream in Natural Ochre x 2 - No Buy
So I reviewed this last week and fell in love!  I thought I had two more to go...only to find when I opened them that they were a deep brown!  I was totally disappointed because this wouldn't match me at all.  Straight to the trash :( I still want this BB cream though!


Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant - Re-Buy 
This is the women's option at Costco.  It gets the job done, and is a great price!

Baléa Warming Foot Balm - Re-Buy 
I've reviewed this before, but I enjoy this.  A great little treat after a long day.

The Face Shop Paraffin Nutrition Nail Pack - Re-Buy 
$2.  Seriously.  $2.  I like using a nail mask once a week.  I have found in general it helps prevent hangnails.

Julep Foot Mask - Re-Buy 
Another wonderful treat after a long day.  This mask looks silly, but I love how nice it makes my feet feel.

Givenchy Very Irrésistible L'eau en Rose Eau du Toilette No Buy
What a neat little sample!  This smells great, but I can't justify buying another perfume for quite a while.

Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads - Re-Buy
These things are seriously fantastic.  No in-grown hairs for me!  

Favourite New Sample: Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Goal - 25

Achievement - 55

Net Samples +39

Total Samples - 73

27 samples, 15 days to go!

I think I've got this.  My goal for the month is 100 samples.  15 days to get through 28 more samples?  I'll pass my goal in no time!

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