Before we get into what this post is can I take a second and say “It’s good to be back!” If you haven’t noticed it’s been a few months since I’ve posted on the blog. You also may or may not have noticed that I was still active on YouTube for most of that time. However, I got a few requests to go back to having the blog posts as well because some of you liked reading what I had to say as well as hearing it AND a few of you liked being able to go over and see more in depth pictures. So here we are, back at it. As always, to see more about what this post is either just keep on scrolling or check out the video below!
Foiled Again: Using Up Samples
Now where were we, oh yes, we were talking about what exactly Foiled Again actually is. Awhile back I was complaining to the Hubs about how I had SOOOOO many samples lying around and nothing to do with them. He told me that I should do a series on the blog and YouTube where I test a few of them out each month and then report back. I’ve seen this done as a friend of mine, Aidan, does a series like this called Sample Saturday. I wanted to give my own little spin to it so I decided to call mine Foiled Again, based off the Hubs suggestion of course.
I have full details on how the products were chosen over on the video so make sure to check that out above. However, what you all need to know is how this is going to work. Essentially, these five samples are the ones I’m going to be trying to work into my rotation this month. The goal is to see if there is enough there to make an informed decision about the product and to get them the heck out of my stash! Next month, on the second Wednesday of the month, I will put up round 2 which will give you my thoughts on these products and introduce the next set of samples. Let’s jump in!
Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream
The first sample that was randomly chosen this month was the Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream. The Hydrate Air Dry Cream is supposed to be used in towel dried hair that won’t be blow dried to make drying time faster, enhance body, and reduce frizz. The full-size is 5 oz. and retails for $28.00 at Ulta and the sample that I received in an Allure Beauty Box is 1 oz. making the sample worth $5.60.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
The second sample that was randomly chosen this month was the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion. The Glide-On Eye Pencil is a creamy eyeliner that is supposed to have amazing staying power. I actually have a full-size of this that I’ve never tried because I knew I had this sample. The full-size is 0.04 oz. and retails for $21.00 at Sephora and the sample that I received, I don’t remember where, is 0.03 oz. making the sample worth $15.75!
Dermalogica Precleanse Balm
The third sample that was randomly chosen this month was the Dermalogica Precleanse Balm. Dermalogica is a brand I can get behind due to their double cleanse philosophy which I do all the time. The Precleanse Balm is the first step of that process and this particular product is a balm-to-oil version of their oil based cleanser. The full-size is 3 oz. and comes with a silicone looking mitt for $45 at Ulta and the sample that I received, again I don’t remember where, has no size on it so I don’t know how much it’s worth but you can tell it’s just a wee wittle foil packet sample…and no mitt.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
The fourth sample that was randomly chosen this month was the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask. The Oatmeal Mask is supposedly a mask for all skin types that hydrates while calming and nurturing distressed dry skin. A deeply hydrating mask that helps nurture, calm, and rejuvenate distressed-looking, dry skin. In all honesty though, from first impressions, I like the packaging of the sample more than the full-size. Speaking of, the full-size is 2 oz. and retails for $24.00 at Sephora and the sample that I received in a First Aid Beauty Sampler Set is 0.75 oz. making the sample worth $9.00.
Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Perfume
The fifth sample that was randomly chosen this month was the Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Perfume. The Scent of a Dream Perfume has top notes of lemon, peach, black pepper, saffron, mandarin and bergamot. It has mid-notes of tuberose, jasmine, frankincense, hedione, violet, muguet, orange flower, rose oil, tea rose, green ivy, and magnolia. It has base notes of fire tree, iso e super, patchouli, ambroxan, precious woods, cistus, amber, castoreum, and musks. In all honesty, that’s A LOT of scent notes and I’m afraid it might be to much going on for me but we’ll give it a go. The full-size is 100 mL. and retails for $130 at Charlotte Tilbury and I have no idea how much the sample is worth because there is no size on the bottle or the plastic outer packaging. I can tell you that I got the sample in a Nordstrom Gift with Purchase which was a nice makeup bag filled with a TON of beauty and perfume samples that are now floating around in my big sample bag.
Talika Eye Therapy Patches
The last sample that was randomly chosen this month was the Talika Eye Therapy Patches. The eye patches are supposed to be anti wrinkle, puffiness, and dark circles. I plan on using one pair straight from the pack and one pair after they’ve been in the fridge to tell you if they do all of that on their own or if they need that coldness boost. The full-size of these are 6 pairs for $53.00 at Beauty Expert and the sample that I got from an Allure Beauty Box contains 2 pairs making them worth $17.67.
Those are all of the samples that I’ll be using this month. Make sure to check back the second Wednesday in November to see how these all worked for me and to see which products will be up for use in November!
Also, don’t forget to signup for Ebates to get cash back at the different stores above. Here are the current cash back percents:
- Sephora | 4%
- Ulta | 3%
- Charlotte Tilbury | 2%
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