Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Review For You: Drive-by Samples

I'm back today with some more drive by sample reviews.  Please excuse the ripped-upped-ness of the samples above, but I was a little over zealous in my sampling and forgot to photograph these before I tore into them (literally).  I don't think I mentioned this in my other mini-review posts, but I wanted to start writing down these reviews for myself, to remind myself of things I've tried and liked or tried and not liked.  It's kind of easy to forget these little packets.

Onward with the samples!

I received this sample in my December Birchbox.  This is a heat protectant cream for dry hair.  The ends of my hair are very dry, so this was good for me.  I smoothed this on my ends before blow drying.  It not only made my hair smooth, but it also kept my ends from getting tangly throughout the day.  I really, really like this product, but the price . . .   The price is a bit much.  It's $42 for 150 ml, so definitely not in my budget.  But very, very nice!

Oh, mah goodness.  Short story:  this produce is awesome.  

Long story: I got three uses out of this packet and then immediately ordered it from Sephora.  End story.  :P

This is a chemical exfoliant that contains alpha hydroxy acids, specifically glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids.  They promote cell turnover and leave your skin with a smooth, glowing complexion and also helps your skin care to be more efficient.  I was immediately impressed, after one use.  I applied this one night under my moisturizer, and the next morning my skin was SO. SMOOTH.  It is $45, and completely worth it!

This is a rich moisturizer that you can use anywhere you have extremely dry skin.  My hands get super, super dry in the colder months, so this came in handy.  It doesn't have much of a scent, which was perfectly fine with me.  At $28 for a large container (6 ounces), I think it would be worth it as a winter moisturizer.  I probably wouldn't use this all year round.


Murad Hybrids Skin Perfect Primer - Dewy Finish
I mentioned last week that I'm on the hunt for the perfect primer, and this one almost fit the bill.  It is a tinted primer that gives your skin a luminous glow.  My foundation looked so nice over it.  In fact, I was wearing it here.  The only down side?  The price!  Of course!  It's $35 for a tube, so . . .  While it's "only" $10 more than the Laura Geller Spackle (another primer I love), it's ... well... $10 more than the Laura Geller Spackle ... you know?  Another super nice product for a not so super nice price.

Ole Henrickson Truth Creme Advanced Hydration
Sadly, this moisturizer and I did not get along.  I broke out after the first and second uses, so the sample didn't get finished.  This smelled really nice and citrus-y, though.

Ole Henrickson Truth Serum Collagen Booster
This is a serum contains Vitamin C that prevents the signs of aging and brightens your complexion.  I was actually very happy with the way my skin looked and felt after using.  My skin felt plumped and hydrated and looked brightened.  It is $48 for 1 ounce.  That's on par for high-end serums (from what I've noticed).  I don't have a lot of experience with serums, so I'm not sure if there is a nicer one out there that's more worthy of the $48 price tag.

And there they are!  These are the latest things I've been trying out.  What skin care things have you been using lately?

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