Sunday, July 19, 2015

Decluttering Series: Weekly Sample Testing With Reviews- Week of July 13

Little by little I'm working my way through my rather large stash of sample products. If you missed the first post where this challenge/decluttering all began, you can find it by clicking here.

Here you'll find what I sampled this week and what I experienced with each product.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Color Finity Shampoo & Conditioner

I really wasn't expecting much from this shampoo and conditioner, boy was I mistaken! I haven't used Vidal Sassoon products in eons! They were the "it" product at the drugstore way back when. I noticed when my hair was wet that something was different. It felt hydrated and silky. It wasn't drying quickly into it's usual dry, frizzy-mess. I did my usual blow dry and I was pretty much shocked the whole way through. Not only did my hair feel and look better than usual, but I'm doing all of  this on a rainy and humid day. I'm really impressed. I wouldn't have stopped to look at this at the drugstore. Maybe they should consider re-packaging. Sure am glad I got this sample though!

Martina Gebhardt Aloe Vera Cream

I love this as night cream. It's very soothing and deeply moisturizing. I did not experience any acne or breakouts. Hmmm, now I'm torn between my usual Martina Gebhardt Black Mud Cream and this one. They are both wonderful!

Here is some info on this product form Pure + Simple's website:

A regenerating and healing cream for sensitive and easily-inflamed skin.
Aloe Vera isn't known to be healing for nothing. This rich organic Aloe Vera cream is incredibly reparative and regenerative for sensitive and easily-inflamed skin and would be a great addition to your skincare routine!
  • Also known as the "plant of immortality," Aloe Vera can be applied topically to soothe skin as well as treat wounds, burns, minor skin infections, and eczema.
  • Organic Avocado oil has been known to help plump fine lines and increase skin hydration. It also gives this cream its beautiful, rich texture.
  • This cream can be applied directly to the skin after a sunburn to speed up the healing process.
  • Nut Free.

Loreal Expertise Fibralogy Shampoo, Conditioner and Booster

Normally when I try out thickening shampoos and conditioners my hair feels very dry. I didn't experience that with this product. And, I happened to use this on a rainy day which really put this to the test! My hair did feel slightly thicker, but what I noticed more was that it gave my hair some texture, it felt quite nice. Normally, this product is supposed to have a cumulative effect and make your hair thicker over time. Even though I only used it once, I did like how it made my hair feel, and that's a feat in itself. Now I want to try the hair mask from this range!

If you want to read more about this product here is a link to Loreal's Fibralogy page.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

I received this sample in the colour 100 Ivory. First of all the colour was all wrong for me, it was too light and had very pink undertones. But, that's okay, I know that I can make it work by adding bronzer and some colour to my face. I applied the foundation to moisturized skin and used a damp Real Techniques sponge. Unfortunately, It made me look like my face was one big dry patch, and I have oily/combo skin! I tried to get a picture to highlight what I'm talking about but it just wouldn't show up right in the picture. Suffice to say, this product didn't work for me. Maybe it would work on someone with super-oily skin.

I'm still enjoying putting these products to the test every week and I'll continue until everything is gone! That's the challenge, after all.

Have you found any great products lately?

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  1. You're so organised!! Im new to the Jeurgens range, but Im loving it already!! Ive found they are the perfect winter moisturiser! Xo

    1. Thanks, I try to be organized but it's not so easy when I just have so much stuff! Are you in winter now? We are in the dog days of summer right now. My Aunt lived in NZ for probably 35+ years and she loved it so much better than Canada (she was born and raised here.) I always planned to visit her in NZ but sadly, she passed away very unexpectedly last summer and I never got around to the long trip there. With the internet, I see and hear so much more about Australia and NZ and think it's probably the best place in the world to live! xo

  2. Sounds like its definitely been worth your while working through your large stash of samples if you continue finding gems like the first two products on this list. Pity about the foundation, but at least you know not to buy a full sized tube of it.

    1. I was trying to internet detox yesterday! :O
      I already purchased the full size of the Vidal Sassoon Shampoo! I came across it at the store and it was only $4 for a HUGE bottle, so I had to get it! Today I'm trying out a Brazillian Keratin conditioner-hopefully it goes well. xo

  3. Great Idea, I try and use a sample every time I finish a product, but it doesn't always happen...

    1. I too was planning to use my samples after I finish up a product, but I have so many on rotation that it takes me forever to finish a full size hair product. That's how my sample collection/hoarding started! xo

  4. Hey hon, I'm seriously regretting tossing out my samples - I'm in the middle of a foundation refresh, and I could certainly have done with testing a few on my face before outlaying for the full sized bottles. You are wise ♥

    1. Thanks but I used to throw them out as well. It wasn't until I started receiving a lot that I kept them but stored away. A lot of the foundation and primer samples were from magazines. Maybe you can find some new ones to try there. But the colours are often not what we need. Xo


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