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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Six Mini Reviews #19 | Benefit, DHC, Dr Lipp & More...

This is the first bunch of beauty samples I've finished up in 2016, I'm hoping to carry on this year in a similar vein and clear out my beauty sample stash! I think I've got quite a nice mixture of products in this instalment, although I admit they are mostly skincare... Read on to see what I thought of these mini beauty products, and whether I'll be splashing the cash to buy the full-sizes!
Six Mini Reviews
The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel | This was a magazine freebie; it was nice, as cleansing gels go, with a beautiful rose fragrance, and it did leave my skin feeling smooth and clean. However, I found that it was a little runnier in consistency than I would have liked meaning I felt like I was wasting product (although the full-size comes in a bottle with a pump, which would make it less of a problem), and I do think that it's ridiculously over-priced at £45.75 for 100ml of product.
BiorĂ© Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips & Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip | I think these were a sample from one of BiorĂ©'s social media pages, and I enjoyed using them; it's been a while since I've used pore stripes, and I'd forgotten how satisfying they are! I found that the Ultra Deep Cleansing one was more effective than the Charcoal in terms of unclogging pores around my nose, and I liked the way they were shaped to fit my nose. I do think they're quire pricey at £7.99 for six of the Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, and £8.99 for six of the Charcoal Pore Strips, but they worked pretty well so I'd consider buying the Ultra Deep Cleansing ones in the future.
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil | I thought this lasted pretty well given the dinky 2.5ml the bottle contained; I didn't like this as much as the Antioxidant+ version I've previously tried, but it was still a really nice facial oil which sank into my skin quickly without leaving it feeling sticky or greasy, and worked well to hydrate and soften any dry or tight areas. If I had one complaint it would be that I find the scent quite unpleasant, but it doesn't linger so it's not too much of a problem. At £16.50 for 20ml, this is quite affordable as a little goes a long way, although if I were to repurchase I'd probably go for the Antioxidant+ version.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | I really didn't want to like this but I really, really did like it. I found the wand really easy to use and it worked so well for me in terms of catching every lash and coating them evenly without getting clumpy. The formula is lovely; nice and black, and I haven't had any problems with it flaking or anything like that. I refuse to spend £19.50 on the full-size 8g product, though, no matter how much I think it's a lovely mascara!
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | I was super excited to try this and found myself feeling a little underwhelmed; sure, it's a perfectly nice cleansing oil, but I didn't feel like it was anything extraordinary. Maybe I was expecting too much after hearing all the hype, but I didn't like it as much as, say, The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Oil; it worked well to dissolve make-up and washed off pretty easily, but I'm not sure I'd spend £21.50 on 200ml (currently on offer at £18).
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips | I mentioned this in my recent Winter Skincare Edit post; in short, I think it's brilliant! It has quite a thick, sticky consistency so I tended to use this at bedtime rather than during the way, but it was amazingly effective in terms of really rehydrating my lips and healing any sore or cracked areas pretty much overnight. At £12 for 15ml, it isn't the cheapest of lipbalms, but it works so well that I will definitely be investing!

Have you tried any of these products? What were your thoughts? What's the best beauty sample you've tried recently?

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  1. I heard a lot of things about Benefit mascara :) Seems good

    Charming Coco

  2. I love the DHC Cleansing Oil but I think The Body Shop's one is a great budget alternative! I'm trying quite a few samples like this at the mo, one is the This Works pillow spray and I definitely want the full size! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  3. I LOVE Dr Lipp! Such a great lipblam :) It's in my purse every day x

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  4. I have a tonne of skincare I need to get through too, the problem is remembering about it all haha! The lip balm sounds so good and something I'd like to try :)

    Velvet Blush

  5. I've tried the Benefit roller lash mini and I loved it, I just haven't bought the full size because of the price! xx


  6. Dr Lipp is an absolute must for me to have, I adore it x

  7. I'm planning to try this mascara and I'm glad that I read a good review from you, too!! :D

  8. I've been loving the RollerLash mascara as well! Whenever I just want to be able to quickly get the length and volume I want, I pull this mascara out. It's great!

  9. I love those pore strips! It's definitely satisfying to use them!!

  10. I like the Benefit Roller Lash too! :D When I wear it I always have a good lash day x

    Pink Frenzy


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