Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SAMPLE BIN (MURAD, LIVING PROOF, OLE HENRIKSEN, ILLAMASQUA, AND BOSCIA)

Time to dig into the sample bin again! One of the perks of shopping Sephora online is the overabundance of samples you can get. Beside the usual three free samples per purchase, I also entered in a coupon code to get three deluxe samples. 

Time to find out what beauty and skincare products I tried out and what I really thought of them!


1. Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser - I actually didn't have any type of facial exfoliate before this and I have no idea how I've survived without it. My skin feels amazing! It has the perfect amount of beads to create this rough, but yet soft texture that makes your skin feel brand new. The only con is that it's not paraben-free. I'm really try to get rid of products with parabens and hope that I can find a comparable product or Murad alters their ingredient list a bit!

2. Living Proof Restore Targeted Repair Cream - Confession time. My hair gets knotty really easily, really quickly, so I have this horrible habit where I kinda have to rip my hair apart to get it out. Don't judge! I'm living with the consequences, as it leads to split ends and major frizziness at my ends. A good serum will fix the problem in a treatment or two, and this repair cream is definitely added to the list of products to cover up my mistakes. (Now to invent a life version!) With just one use, your hair will feel hydrated and smooth!

3. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster - It's orange, says Vitamin C all over it, but I was still surprised (in a good way) how... delicious this product smelled. This is definitely something I want to keep on using to truly test it out, but so far it's a lightweight serum, that while it has a sticky feel to it as it dries, it's absorbed quickly and throughly (and that sticky feeling goes away)! I've heard great things about Ole Henriksen products and look forward to see how this one works out!

4. Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel - I'm still on the search for the perfect primer and the outcome is looking good with this one! This is the first gel product I've used, so while the consistency was a little unusual at first, it made my liquid foundation look smooth and not flaky (especially in my problem areas around my chin), thanks to this wonderful polar vortex!

5. Boscia B.B. Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA++ - BB creams are my go-to product for the summer. It moisturizes, has sun protection, and offers a light coverage. The texture almost has a mousse-like feel to it, which would be great for the summer, and has this magical self-adjusting shade  process that worked even on my very pale skin. Only downfall (to be very picky) is that it has a bit of a shimmer to it, and I tend to avoid products with that.

What's your latest beauty and hair product purchase?

Jess

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