Friday, November 16, 2012

Reviews for you: Drive-by Samples

Samples?  Yes, please!

That basically defines my relationship with samples.  Here are a few I've tried recently.  None of them warrant a full-fledged post, since the majority were those annoying packets.  So, I will dub this series "Drive-by Samples."

I know that skin care is individual to everyone, so you should probably know what my skin type is before you read on.  I have combination/oily skin with my oily areas being in my t-zone.  My skin is relatively sensitive, but for the most part my breakouts occur during that time, if you know what I mean.  My skin reacts well to daily exfoliation, as you will see if you read on.

Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash
I love a good exfoliator, and this one was okay.  For the most part, I like extremely-gritty-scrub-half-your-skin-off scrubs, and this one was a bit mild.  In fact, it is described as a mild, exfoliating facial cleanser.  The smell was not awful, and I felt like my skin was very clean afterwards (as has been my experience with Philosophy cleansers).  If you don't like a strong exfoliator, or if your skin is sensitive to exfoliation, this would be a good one for you.

PETER THOMAS ROTH Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
While this cleansing gel left my skin feeling really smooth and clean, the smell was so off-putting that I would never use even a sample of this again.  This cleanser is oil-free and foams as you lather it on your face.  It leaves your skin feeling super smooth, due to the 1% each of Glyolic Acid and Salicylic Acid.  I was pleased with how it made my skin felt, but just can't deal with the smell.

boscia Oil-Free Nightly Hydration
One word: LOVE.  Last year, I tried a nightly moisturizer from Caudalie that I absolutely fell in love with.  This moisturizer rivals that one, and it's half the price (but still expensive at $36 for 1.4 ounces)!  I know I've already mentioned smells twice already in this post, but I have to say it: the smell was nice.  It felt smooth and sank into my skin so nicely.  In the morning, my skin felt hydrated and healthy.  I would definitely recommend this moisturizer!

Lush Ocean Salt
This is, hands down, my favorite face scrub.  FAVORITE.  I am not exaggerating.  If you are ever in a Lush store, ask for a sample of this!  This scrub can be used all over the body, but since it's on the expensive side ($21.95 for 4.2 ounces) I use it sparingly and only on my face.  It contains avocado and coconut oil for hydration, vodka-infused lime for the antibacterial properties, and sea salt for exfoliation.  The smell is delicious, too!  As I said before, my face can take a lot of exfoliation (and actually looks better from it), so this doesn't irritate my skin at all.

So, there you have it!  The first of many Drive-by Samples reviews.  I hope this was enjoyable for someone, because trying out new products is a lot of fun to me.

In other news, our daughter turns 2 today!  I can't even believe that two years ago, at this hour, I was in labor and we were about to meet her.  We bought her a little play kitchen, because she enjoys banging on my pots and pans while I'm cooking.  The boys and I will decorate the house with streamers and balloons on Saturday morning for her party in the afternoon.  It's going to be an exciting weekend!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you have a great weekend, too!  :)

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