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Sample Saturday – All of the things!

I have been traveling!

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We were freezing at that O's game, but it was worth it when Manny hit that grand slam! Also, crabcakes, giant wire mosquitos, and random hot air balloon launches all are what Maryland is about. Mostly.

I used a crap-ton of samples while I was gone, so this will be at least two parts.

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I get really dry when I’m traveling. Especially in the winter and spring. I used this on dryer parts of my face and mixed it in with an eye cream that just wasn’t doing the job. I really liked it, but I’m not convinced that it did more than other less expensive oils I’ve used.

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I tried out a packet of Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk a few Sample Saturdays ago, and suspected that I might like it despite the separation of the product. I was right! I used it as a hydrating serum for a couple of weeks. This larger sample allowed me to shake it up. It sunk in right away, didn’t feel heavy or sticky, and wasn’t too much under moisturizer. This may be a good one to pick up for fall and winter next year.

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I haven’t had huge success with Fresh, but this serum wasn’t too bad. It didn’t burn or do anything weird to my skin. It seemed to work well with other serums as well. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t over the moon with it either. Meh?

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Fresh is on a roll! This also wasn’t terrible. I used it as a day moisturizer. It wasn’t super hydrating, but the SPF I use is so this didn’t have to pull all the weight. I don’t think I’d purchase, but it wasn’t bad!

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The Tartiest Lash Paint mascara was very good. I got some good length and a little volume, but I didn’t like it quite as much as my favorite Lights, Camera, Lashes. The tube of the sample didn’t unscrew, but snapped together. I didn’t keep it open for very long because I was afraid that this construction would make it easier for air and bacteria to get in there.

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I really enjoyed the Agave Lip Mask. I used it at night and woke up with most of it still on. The red one had enough of a tint to it that I felt really silly wearing it to bed, so I didn’t finish that one.

I think we’ll stop here for now and pick this up next Saturday!

Sample Saturday – SPFs

I’ve had a historic problem with sensitivity to sunscreens. I’ve been trying out a few, paying attention to ingredients and how my skin reacted.

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First up is Clarins. Its primary SPF is a physical one, which I usually seem to respond well to. I did have a bit of a tingle upon first application, but it didn’t burn. It was light and it sat well under makeup. I would definitely use it if I got my hands on it again, but I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy it full-price.

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This burned as soon as it made contact with my skin and began balling up almost as fast. If you are any sort of sensitive, I would totally skip this.

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Benefit’s also burned, but the texture of the lotion itself was very nice.

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This was my favorite. It’s a light lotion with a faint citrusy scent and a physical SPF. It was also moisturizing enough to use as a standalone moisturizer in the morning and didn’t interfere with makeup. None of the above really did that for me. I missed it when it was gone, and bought the full size as soon as I could afterward. So yay!

De-stash & Trash – April 2015

I used up some interesting things in April!

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First off is a bottle of Simple Micellar Water. I’ve been a Bioderma user for a year. I did the math on cost-per-ounce¬† and found that Simple and Bioderma are comparable. (I usually spring for the 500 ml bottle of the Bioderma.) Simple is a lot easier for me to get my hands on because so many of my local stores have it now. Performance-wise, though, I actually like the Simple brand a little bit better. Both brands are very gentle on the skin. I can use both on eyes and face, but Simple’s version feels slightly more moisturizing on the skin.¬† I am so excited to have a drugstore option that I really love. Kudos, Simple!

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I finished off a bottle of non-acetone remover. I use this to remove non-glitter polish and for any post-stamping cuticle mess I wasn’t able to prevent.

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I really, really enjoyed Cover Girl’s Professional Remarkable Waterproof mascara. I stumbled across it while researching tubing mascaras and picked it up when my Kmart had them on clearance. (I don’t think they’re discontinuing it – it’s still on the CG website.) It doesn’t transfer on me at all, and actually gives me a little volume. It’s very similar to the Clump Crusher in formula, but is waterproof and has a natural brush.

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This was a lemming purchase that I wound up regretting. On my eyes, it was in no way extreme. It wouldn’t build, it transferred, and I lost a lot of lashes the one day I wore it. Which could totally have been coincidental, but it was odd and I don’t want to risk it.

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This scrub was a little messy, but very effective and had a lovely scent!

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I used up some samples this time around. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this cleanser, as I was a bit underwhelmed with the mud mask. I don’t know if it’s worth the price for me just yet, but I would probably snag it if it ever showed up at TJ Maxx in future.

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This serum was okay. There’s no way to judge its lifting properties in the week or so the sample lasted (which are dubious to begin with in my opinion), but it didn’t break or dry me out, which is great!

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Bioderma! Probably my last bottle for a while, thanks to Simple.

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I can’t remember where this sample came from. As micellar waters go, this one is unimpressive. It was heavily fragranced. I had to use the whole bottle over multple applications to get anything off my face, and ended up having to follow up with another one to remove everything.

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I probably got the fail of a micellar water in the same batch of samples that this All Nighter bottle came from. It was nice. I don’t think I like it more than other sprays I have used. I probably won’t end up buying it that often because of the price.

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This serum was one of the products that got me through the worst of the winter. It does have a little dimethicone in it, which I’m trying to stay away from in my nighttime routine, but I don’t think that weensie amount of ‘cones hurt anything in the long run.

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And, finally, I cracked this open and used it as a moisturizer/primer before makeup. It was very creamy and very slippy. Midway through the day, I started looking and feeling very dry. Probably thanks to the dimethicone and alcohol high up on the ingredient list. (6 & 7 out of a few dozen.) My skin didn’t like it much. But it was worth a try!