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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Six Mini Reviews #13 | Balance Me, Aussie, GLAMGLOW & more

Yet again, I've been working hard to clear out some of my stash of samples; I'm actually making quite a considerable dent in them now which is nice, although I still have plenty to go at! Have a read and see what I've thought of these six beauty samples I've tried recently...
Six Mini Beauty Reviews 13
Six Mini Reviews 13 #bbloggers
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave-In Conditioner | A Birchbox sample which I've really enjoyed using, this leave-in conditioner smells absolutely gorgeous and left my hair feeling really soft and silky, without being greasy or sticky at all. I really liked the spray-bottle which made it super-easy to use - simply spray and brush through. This claims to give a whole host of benefits from heat and UV protection through to locking in colour and adding shine. At £14 for 236ml, this is something I'd consider buying in full-size, although I have no need for any more hair products currently... I'd like to try other products from the range as well.
GLAMGLOW Youth-Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment | I have tried this mask before and absolutely loved it, and this sample sachet was no different; it felt amazing on my skin, making it really tingle over the ten minutes or so I left it to work. You can feel the mask tightening as it dries, and when you come to remove it you get a lovely exfoliation as well. My skin was left feeling smoother, and looking clearer and brighter! This would be a winner for me apart from the price; at £49.99 for 50g, it's definitely at the higher end of the spectrum and way outside my current budget.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque | I loved this! It felt a little sticky on the skin upon application and I did wake up with pillow fluff stuck to my face, but my skin was so soft, smooth and hydrated that I really can't complain!! At £28 for 125ml this is far from cheap but a little goes a long way (two uses from a 3.5ml sample sachet!) so I think it'd be a worthwhile investment, and it's definitely one I'll consider in the future.
Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm | This was a freebie with a magazine as I recall, quite a few months ago now. I'd heard so many good things about it that I was pretty excited to try it, and ended up being quite disappointed at first as I found it really greasy in texture; whilst it was lovely to massage into my face, I never felt clean after removing it with my hot flannel or muslin cloth. I double-cleanse anyway but I'd prefer to use this as my second cleanse following a micellar water or similar, so although I do use a toner after cleansing, I'd like my skin to feel clean after cleansing, rather than like there's a greasy residue left behind... It did grow on me with use, though not enough for me to spend £20 on the 125ml full-sized tube.
Garnier Body Oil Beauty Oil-Infused Restoring Lotion | A fancy name for what is essentially a body lotion... This sachet contained just about enough for both legs after my shower, and whilst they did feel soft and smooth immediately, it didn't last - for me, products containing Mineral Oil really just dry my skin out further. I know they work well for lots of people but this isn't for me! At £6.99 for 400ml this is great value for money, if it works for you.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment | I used to love Aussie hair products as a teenager, I remember them smelling amazing and leaving my hair feeling really nice and soft; unfortunately, their shampoos (and the new line of body washes!) all contain SLS, so I've had to stop using them. I'm not sure where this sample sachet of 3 Minute Miracle came from but I'd not tried the Shine version before - it smells just like I remember and left my hair feeling soft and silky, which was lovely! I don't think I'd purchase the full-size due to the silicons it contains, as they tend to break me out, but it was really nice to try again. This is £4.99 for a 250ml bottle so a really affordable option, as long as you don't mind the silicons!
So that's six more samples cleared out of my stash! I'm quite proud of the way I'm powering through these now, although I seem to replace them as fast as I can use them... Have you tried any of these products? What's the best sample you've used lately?



  1. I absolutely love GLAMGLOW Youth-Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment too x

  2. The Glamglow facemask sounds fab! The best sample I've tried recently is a forever living shampoo and conditioner - it really felt like it got all the build up of things out of my hair!

    Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

  3. Great idea for post! I have loads of samples I need to use up.


  4. I have a sample of the leave in conditioner too, but mine is white so I don’t know what the difference is. It does smell divine though.
    The Kiehl’s masque sounds good, I have one of their eye creams and it’s lovely!
    I have two of the Balance Me samples - both freebies - and I really like this, it does feel greasy after use but as I use this at night I see it as nightime hydration!
    I'm working my way through a mammoth stash of beauty products at the moment - it's so satisfying when you finish one!

  5. I'm obsessed with GlamGlow! They are such amazing masks, but like you said the price is HIGH!

    I feel like I have to build up a big justification each time I go to get one haha

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  6. I have too many body lotions to go through but I really want to try the Garnier beauty oil lotion!
    I have a glamglow mask I am saving too. xx

  7. i hear so much about the glamglow but i can't justify the price! x

  8. I wanna try some of this products! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I really need to try Glamglow. I've got the balance me face wash but haven't tried it yet xx

  10. I really need to try glamglow ASAP. I heard such amazing reviews!

    Creepers and Cupcakes

  11. I tried the Aussie the other day and loved it too!! left my hair so shiny and soft!
    Dee T


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