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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Six Mini Reviews #16 | Ghost, Trilogy, Givenchy & more

The time has come again; I'm still on what feels like a never-ending mission to use up a million and one beauty samples. I've actually had a bit of a clear-out in my room recently, discovered a whole stash of samples I'd forgotten I even had, and streamlined a little so that all my samples are in one place (I think) - I'm hoping this will make it easier to see what I've got, and motivate me to use them up! Anyway, onwards; this is the latest installment of my thoughts on the beauty samples I've been trying out.
Mini Beauty Reviews Trilogy Givenchy Benefit Ghost Smim
The Face Shop The Smim Radiating Moisturizing Cream | I have a feeling I've tried a sample of this moisturiser before; I really like the slight fruity scent it has, and found that it worked well to moisturise my skin whilst also adding a nice glow. I don't really know much about this product as everything apart from its name is in Korean... At £3.90 for 60ml on Amazon (please note, I haven't ordered from this Amazon seller) this isn't something I see myself buying in the future - it was nice to try but not something I'd go out of my way to use again.
Ghost Girl Eau de Toilette | Described as "a heady blend of fruity florals and woody base notes", this scent sounded pretty much exactly my cup of tea - and it was! Sweet and girly, it's definitely the sort of fragrance I'd choose for myself, and I found it lasted pretty well on my skin as well. The full-sized bottle isn't really my style but it's what's inside that counts, after all, and with prices starting at £25 for 30ml it's pretty reasonably-priced, so I may end up purchasing a bottle at some point.
Benefit The POREfessional Pro Balm | I've been through a few of these mini tubes now so I'm not sure if including this is classed as cheating? Nevertheless, it's a sample and I've used it, so in it goes! I'm not the greatest fan of this primer; I don't find it does much to keep my make-up in place or my skin matte. For me, there are better options available at much lower prices (like The Body Shop's rather lovely Instablur!) At £24.50 for 22ml of product, this isn't something I ever see myself purchasing in the full-size.
Givenchy Live Irr├ęsistible Eau de Parfum | I got three days' use from each of these little magazine sample sachets, and have to say I really enjoyed wearing this; it's exactly my type of scent! This is quite sweet again but with a spicy kick to it which I loved, and it lasted well on my skin. Apparently it has top notes of pineapple, heart notes of rose, and a base of amber accord. Do I sound like I understand perfume yet?! Starting at £49.50 for 40ml, I'd consider treating myself to this one!
Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream | This travel-sized tube has lasted me really well; I've used it for overnight stays and weekends away, and have found it works well as both a morning and evening moisturiser. It doesn't contain SPF which means having to remember to apply separate sun protection, but it gave a good base for my make-up, whilst still being enough for a nice dose of overnight hydration as well. It also smelt lovely, the rose scent I've come to associate with Trilogy products. At £24.50 for 50ml this is a mid-price range product for me, although if I were to repurchase I'd probably go for the SPF 15 version, which is a little more at £27.50 for 50ml.
Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Serum | I found this sachet in a little stash of samples I'd forgotten I even had - whoops! I got three or four days' use from it, using it morning and evening, but didn't really notice any obvious benefits. It did feel lovely on my skin and definitely added some hydration, but the other claims relate to reducing fine lines so maybe it's a little soon to say whether it helps with those - I also suspect I'd need to use it for a good while longer. At £28.50 for the full-sized 30ml, this isn't outrageously expensive and is, again, one I'd consider in the future.
Have you tried any of these products? What's the best sample you've tried lately?

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  1. I like the sound of the Trilogy Gentle Calming Serum x

  2. I recently smelt the Givenchy perfume in duty free at the airport, it smells so good!!

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  3. I've tried the Porefessional primer and I do like it but Ive got so many samples to use up before I buy the full size. Love the idea of this post you've put together! xxx

  4. Yay for going through more samples! It is quite the task! Great mini reviews, I have not tried any of these products before and I'd been curious about the porefessional, so I'm glad to hear your thoughts on it! I definitely think I'll pass on it. :)

  5. I have been thinking getting a hold of the benefit primer, but now I don't know. I'll try the body shop one first x

    Pink Frenzy


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