Monday, 19 March 2012

Samples/Freebies Time

The girl at the Nars counter in House of Fraser recognises me by now... hehe... in fact, she approached me and asked me if I wanted to try the new Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 (first time EVER i was offered a sample, without asking!!!) - She did mention she remembered me. :)
They just had 1 light and 1 medium shade to try so she just gave me the best suitable for me and she told me to go back and get properly matched once the product goes on sale.
I quite liked it but I still prefer their sheer foundation. Don't get me wrong, it's still a winner product but the foundation is more dewy and that's the look that I go for.
It's perfect for when you're in a hurry and I, definitely, prefer it to the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.

Debenhams Facebook' page sent out an invitation to go in store and collect a sample of Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Foundation.
When I got there, the sale assistant didn't know anything about it - well, surprise surprise, it happened before - so I showed the screenshot on my phone and then she was happy to give me a sample.
The colour I got is medium beige N20 - which is a tad dark for me.
I don't think this is giving me enough coverage: my main concern is pigmentation and I still prefer liquid foundation for uniforming my skin. I do like the finish it provides so I'm gonna use it more like a finishing powder on top.
It, also, comes with a tiny kabuki brush: although it's pretty small, it's very dense and it works fairly well.
She gave me the cleanser and moisturiser but I haven't tried these yet.

Finally, I got a copy of Glamour magazine with the Percy & Reed - I went for the Totally TLC Hydrating Mask.
I used it last night and this morning my hair felt bouncy and light.
The only thing I don't really like is the smell - it smells like an aftershave to me.
It's a pre-shampoo treatment to apply on dry hair from roots to ends. Then you need to wrap hair and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes.
I reckon, now that my hair are short, the tube will last for 4 applications.
Have you picked up one of these products? Which one?

Lancome Visionnaire LR2412 4%
I got this in the post ages ago and I, finally, got around to try it.
I used it like a serum, layered with my night cream, at night but to be honest I didn't see any improvement. It looks more like a cream than a 'runny' consistency of a serum and I felt it left my skin a bit sticky.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner
You could order this on their Facebook page. It's a big tube - more a travel size than a sample, I'd say so kudos for that but I didn't think it was anything special. 
It has to be used as a conditioner, after shampoo and then leave it for a minute and some kinda of miracle should happen... well, it didn't.
I think it's an average conditioner... but that's it.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm
I really like the masque and scrub from this line and I heard good review on youtube about this eye cream; supposedly, you can used it both day and night but I think this is more like a primer and not moisturising enough to become your only eye product. 
It feels like a balm and it takes ages to absorb... plus, it's supposed to fill in fine line and avoid creasing but I haven't noticed any difference, to be honest.
Anybody tried this product??

Estee Lauder Day Wear BB Cream
I ordered this on LatestinBeauty, as many others; it cost a couple of quid by txt - I know, paying for a sample... what was I thinking??!! ;)
The colour is 01 Light and it's perfect for me. It lasted well for 5+ hours without setting and I was never shiny. I'm not blown away and, in comparison with the Garnier one, I choose the Garnier - merely for the price point of view.  I find all these BB creams to be very similar in performance, to be honest.
Also, EL has a floral scent and - at first - it's lovely but It tends to linger on the skin all day.

Which samples have you been trying lately?


  1. I love the bare minerals stuff, my mum has it so I try and steal it every so often! and i really wanna try the BB cream, great reviews xx

    1. I'm loving all the BB cream concept but as I said I think they're all very similar so you don't need to buy the most expensive.
      Next, I want to try The Sanctuary version too. :)

  2. That little brush is so cute. I had a sample of some estee Lauder foundation (can't remember what exactly, it came with a magazine) .. I wasn't particulary impressed to be honest. Still prefer my Bourjois healthy mix.
    I do love getting samples though, it gives me a chance to check out something I wouldn't usually consider. It's nice to try out higher end brands without splashing the cash too.

    Holli x

    1. I love the Healthy mix serum foundation - pretty perfect, really!
      I'm impressed with the mini brush, actually - it's very dense and I reckon it will work well to apply blush on the apple of the cheeks too.

  3. oh great deals, thanks for sharing

    1. of course - hopefully, other people can also take advantage of these offers. :)

  4. No i haven't tried any of the product I was offered dove sample but I didnt take it.. lol I dont know what was I thinking =p
    anyways enjoy your free samples!

    1. hehe, you didn't miss much with the Dove sample ;P

  5. I love samples! I got the hair mask with Glamour too, I really liked it. Might stock up on a few while they're still a freebie! To be honest, I'm not 100% sold on BB Creams, I prefer a more traditional base. I did get a Garnier one to try recently, but unfortunately it doesn't match my skintone well at all! x

    1. Its definitely good value, if youcan still find the magazine around... I have already seen the next issue in my local Tesco. :(

  6. I got the bare minerals one too! I'm so pale that it looks ridiculous on me, boo. I want to try out the Estee Lauder BB cream

    1. Boooo, what a shame. Maybe they can give you a lighter shade at the counter??? It's worth a try, I think it's a great product. Xx

  7. I love the Bare Minerals foundation but agree about the coverage, I do wish they'd do a slightly more heavy duty one! Great freebies! :)

    1. It's a lovely product and it's probably good enough to cover blemishes but it's just not good enough with my pigmentation. :( I'm loving BM tho, I have tried few items recently and I'm well impressed. Xx


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