Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Six Mini Reviews #8: Miss Dior, Trilogy, Bvlgari, REN & more

Six Mini Reviews #8
I've finished up another little bunch of sample products in my bid to clear out my stash a little, although they seem to be stacking up faster than I can use them at the moment! I love samples for introducing me to new products and letting me try things I mightn't otherwise, so read on to see what I've been trialling lately.
Six Mini Reviews #8 a
Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation This little sample sachet came in Boots' Health & Beauty magazine which, ironically, I picked up whilst purchasing this very foundation in the full-coverage variant. I used the sachet first and was glad that I'd gone for the full-coverage as the medium just wasn't quite enough for my preferences, though the colour match (100 'Ivory') was pretty spot on. This is fairly reasonably priced at £7.99 for 30ml, and there are often offers on.
Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Eau De Parfum I think this sample came from Bvlgari's Facebook page and it's lasted me ages as it's quite a strong scent, so literally a drop or two was enough. I found this a nice enough fragrance (apparently it has notes of Lotus and Italian Mandarin with a heart of Heliotrope, if that means anything to you!) but it's not the sort of thing I'd pick for myself and I don't see myself spending £59.99 on a 65ml bottle.
Trilogy Antioxidant+ Rosehip Oil I've been using this of an evening prior to applying my moisturiser; three or four drops is plenty to cover my whole face, and the oil massages in to leave my skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated without being greasy or sticky. I've found that my skin has been a lot clearer the past few weeks, and the only thing I can think of that can be responsible is this; even oily skin can become dehydrated, causing oil over-production which can lead to clogged pores. Using this daily seems to counteract that problem for me, and for that reason, I'm seriously considering investing £26.50 in the 30ml bottle which should last about a year if this 3ml sample is anything to go on!
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Eau de Toilette I'm not sure where this sample came from - it may have been a What's In My Handbag try but I'm not certain. Anyway, I really liked it; it has top notes of orange and citruses, middle notes of rose and peony, and base notes of patchouli and musk, or so I'm told. This is a pricey one at £54.50 for 50ml but I would consider saving up and treating myself as it's a very pretty, feminine sort of scent, just my cup of tea!
REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser A magazine freebie, this 30ml tube went on a couple of weekends away with me before becoming my evening cleanser for a week or so at home - it does a good job of lifting makeup and dirt away from the skin, feeling quite luxurious as you massage it in and removing easily with a facecloth (the one it comes with is really nice!).
Whish Three Whishes Body Butter Lavender Another Birchbox sample which I enjoyed using much more than anticipated given I'm not a great lover of Lavender; this actually smelt quite nice and was satisfyingly hydrating as well, leaving my often dry and scaly legs feeling comfortably soft and smooth. At £14.50 for 100ml, this is far more pricey than my beloved Body Shop body butters, which I usually buy on offer, so I don't think I'll be getting the full-size of this, though it was nice to try something new. I like the sound of the Lemongrass version, too!
So, those are my six mini reviews - have you tried any of these products? Which do you like the sound of best? Do you use samples, or do they just sit and gather dust in the back of a drawer?

xo

11 comments:

  1. Such nice samples!!! I am always surprised how much these last in the end! hihi
    The rosehip oil and the cleanser sound really good!!!
    xo
    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

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  2. Great idea I have a post similar coming soon about trying samples, I haven't tried any of these samples.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  3. Nice samples! I love the Dior perfume! and the Ren cleanser seems amazing!

    http://allthatfascination.blogspot.it

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  4. Oh I love samples and couldn't help but giggle at you cutting some of them in half to get all the content out, I thought it was just me who did that! I really enjoyed this post and now I need to get out all my samples too x

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  5. Ooh I love the look of the Rimmel foundation - great selection of samples!

    Frankie x
    Crazyblondegal

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  6. At the moment I'm using the REN Hot Cloth Cleanser, I really like it :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  7. I try to use as many samples as I can, I like trying different products and not having them all cluttering my space up. If not, I give them away. I love Trilogy Rosehip oil but I haven't tried the antioxidant type, maybe I will next time.

    Lena

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  8. Great samples! I love the whish body lotion!

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  9. You are so good using up your samples, for me it takes extra effort :D Anyway great post! xo's

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  10. Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline is one of my favourites x

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  11. Wow, lovely samples!!! :) Lucky you!

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