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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Six Mini Reviews #12: Benefit, Elemis, Estée Lauder & More

Another installment in my efforts to clear out my veritable mountain of sample products; I'm happy to report I am actually noticing a difference in the size of the stash now, which is really satisfying! This selection appears to be a little eye-cream-heavy, which is weird as I'm dreadful at remembering to use eye cream, but there you go...
Six Mini Beauty Reviews
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Bee Venom Skin Treatment Serum | This came with two other sample sachets as a freebie from Manuka Doctor, as I recall - it's taken me a while to get around to trying this and whilst it claims to improve blemish-prone skin in "just three weeks", I've got around two weeks' use from the sachet so I don't feel like it's quite long enough to properly judge its efficacy. The serum smells nice and feels light on the skin, soaking in quickly and not leaving behind any sticky residue... That's all well and good but I didn't really notice an improvement in my skin, and without knowing whether it actually works, I'm not sure I'd want to spend £19.99 on 30ml.
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?



  1. Great reviews. I had high expectations for benefit eye potent cream but too bad if it doesn't really make a difference. The origins eye cream sounds great.

  2. I like these mini reviews, you write them really well. The wife has the Body Shop mask and I am not to sure whether or not she likes it.

  3. I definitely need to try some more of my samples! I just find with such a small amount they never make a huge difference. I like the sound of the origins one though - I never use eye cream either but probably should! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  4. Love these reviews - I have far too many samples lying around.

  5. Great reviews Jess! I do love trying out samples before committing to the full product - I think posts like this really help too! I LOVE the Origins GinZing and Benefit It's Potent Eye Creams

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  6. i remember i got a mini sample of the estee lauder one and i didnt see much of a difference. i was around 18 at the time, too young to know id say lol

  7. Really enjoy these posts from you. I quite liked the Benefit eye cream, but I'm not sure I'd purchase the full size xo

  8. I always say you know you quite like something when you cut it open to get it all out haha, you wouldn't do that with something you didn't like (or I wouldn't anyway!) x

  9. Now I want to try The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask ! I love masks, so I def have to give it a try.

  10. Great little reviews :) I really wanna try the body shop sleeping mask!

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  11. I absolutely LOVE the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, it makes such a big difference to my skin.

    Great post, I love lots of little reviews.

    Laura from www.whatlauralovesuk.com xxx


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