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Friday, 20 November 2015

Six Mini Reviews #18 | Versace, Origins, Sebastian Professional & More...

When it comes to beauty samples, I seem to acquire them as quickly as I can use them - which is fine as it means I've always got new things to be trying! It does mean, however, that I have to make an effort to keep using things up in order to avoid drowning in a sea of sachets and tiny tubes - I fight a valiant battle... Ahem. Enough of my weirdness, have a peek at the most recent beauty samples I've been trying out...
Six Mini Beauty Reviews Origins Versace Garnier
Origins Youthtopia Firming Eye Cream | It appears I've had this sample for so long that the product has actually been discontinued, as I can't find it anywhere on the Origins website - whoops! Anyway, unfortunately (or not?) I think I was allergic to something in this eye cream, as I never usually get eczema on my face, but everytime I used this I got a little patch pop up on each eyelid, which is why I haven't actually finished the sample. This isn't one I'd be buying in full-size even if it was still available!
Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Parfum | This was one of those scents that grew on me; I didn't like it at first and actually almost gave the sample to my Mum after the first spritz, but for some reason decided to give it another go and found I quite liked it! Apparently it is a "fine accord of lemon and jasmine, exalted by sensual and smooth woods" - whatever that means!! Starting at £50 for 30ml, this would be a lovely treat, although there are probably other fragrances I'd choose over it.
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream | This is described as an all-purpose skin cream but I found that it was just too much for my oily skin to use as a moisturiser. It suggests using as a make-up primer which I can only imagine would end terribly for me! It's quite nice on patches of eczema, though and worked well as a lipbalm for me. This is £29 for 118ml from Boots which is actually a lot more than I'd expected and certainly more than I'm willing to spend, although I do think it would last a good while.
Sebastian Professional Color Ignite Multi Shampoo & Conditioner | I love miniature hair products for my gym bag! The shampoo isn't one I'd repurchase as unfortunately it contains SLS; it do a good job of cleaning my hair, despite not really being designed for my hairtype as my hair hasn't been coloured in a good couple of years... The conditioner was a foam formula which is unlike other products I've used and at first I thought it was just a bit of a gimmick, but it did actually make it really easy to spread through the lengths & ends of my hair - and it smelt gorgeous. A £14 for 250ml of shampoo and £17 for 200ml of conditioner, these are more than I'd usually spend on haircare, but I am considering getting the conditioner for the smell alone!
Origins Clear Improvements Mask* | I've actually done a full review on this mask which you can read here, but this is a sample tube and I've used it, so I'm damned if I'm not including it in this post! I really love this mask, it works well for me for calming my skin down and leaving it smoother and clearer. This isn't cheap at £23 for 100ml but it works well and if you can get your hands on it in a gift set it works out a little more affordable. I already have a full-size of this and I will most likely replace it when I run out!
Garnier BB Skin Perfector for Combination/Oily Skin | I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much coverage this offered - far more than I'd expect from a BB cream, though I did still need a healthy covering of concealer under my eyes. I also needed to powder this well as it had quite a shiny finish on my skin which I wasn't a fan of, but once powdered down it gives quite a nice base! Sadly, I found that it didn't last as long as I'd like on my skin; within about five hours it had started to look patchy and cakey, as well as oxidising a little. It is quite affordable at £9.99 for 40ml, but it's probably not something I'd buy as there are base products I prefer. It was, however, a lot more suited to my preferences than I was anticipating, which just goes to show you shouldn't be afraid to try new things!!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite products you've discovered through beauty samples?

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  1. Ohh, that Origins product looks fabulous -- I love a good facial mask. I have combo to oily skin, so clay masks works wonders for my skin :-)

  2. I want to try the Origins Clear Improvements Mask after reading this

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  3. I've wanted to try out that Origins mask for so long now, definitely going to look out for a gift sets in the sales xxx

  4. Versace Eros Pour Femme, in my opinion smells absolutely amazing!

  5. Ooh now the Egyptian Magic is something I definitely want to try, I never knew you could try it in sachet form x

  6. the garnier bb cream for oily skin is one of my favorite!! (i can't stand the maybelline one)
    and origins skincare has been something that I've been wanting to try for a while but I can't seem to bring myself to spend the money or find a sample for that matter! :)

  7. That's what's nice about samples! Knowing what work and what doesn't. Too bad many of these were duds for you, but at least you know now. :)


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