Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream | A Birchbox sample, I was excited to try this and pretty impressed by its ability to reduce dark circles. Eye cream is generally a product I'm hopeless at remembering to use, but I have been making a real effort over the past couple of months and I do think I can see an improvement; I can't help feeling that could be down to using eye cream, full stop, rather than this particular eye cream... That aside, It's Potent! is a nice offering in a cute jar (though it does raise some hygiene issues...), though at £25.50 for 14.2g there are definitely cheaper options available.
Origins GinZing Eye Cream | I wouldn't even like to say how long I've had this, certainly far longer than I should have! I used this as a morning eye cream as it was really pretty good at brightening up dark circles and making me look generally more alive; it also claims to reduce puffiness but my eyes tend to de-puff themselves by the time I've showered, so that's not really a concern for me. The cream has a slight shimmer to it which really livens up the eye area, too. At £23 for 15ml, this certainly isn't cheap, but it's cheaper than the Benefit and one I would like to invest in in the future.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair | I don't actually remember where this sample sachet came from but I got around a week's use from it, applying each evening after cleansing and toning, before I applied my moisturiser. Maybe I'm too young to notice any significant effects or maybe it takes longer than a week, but I didn't really feel like this was doing much for me; even in terms of the claims to hydrate and smooth, I didn't notice any benefits. I wouldn't be opposed to giving this a longer trial a few years down the line, but at the moment I have no intention of spending £49 on 30ml!
Elemis Hydra Nourish Night Cream | I'm pretty sure this was a magazine sample a few months ago and I've really enjoyed using it; the 15ml sample has lasted for a good couple of months, and the cream has been so nice to use. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin, absorbing quickly to keep my skin feeling nourished and hydrated. It hasn't controlled my oiliness but it doesn't claim to and in fairness, few products seem to help with that! At £42 for 50ml, this certainly isn't cheap, but if the sample is anything to go buy it's last an age, and it is a product I'd love to repurchase.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask | I picked up this little sample jar from a lovely assistant in my local store. I've never really jumped on the overnight mask bandwagon but I did think this was worth a whirl! I found that although my face felt distinctly tacky when I went to bed, and I was a little worried I'd wake up with the pillow stuck to my face, by morning all the stickiness had disappeared, leaving my skin feeling smooth and super hydrated. At £22 for 90ml, this is at the higher end of The Body Shop's price points and probably not something I'll be investing in at the moment, though I'd consider it in the future.
So, that's six more samples cleared out and thrown away - woohoo! Have you tried any of these products? Is there a skincare product you always struggle to remember to include in your routine?