Sample Project Pan Update + Trying New Samples | Life Of Dahlia

Sample Project Pan Update + Trying New Samples | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, today I’m going to be updating you on my ‘sample project pan‘, I choose 10 or so samples using my roulette method, where I use the Decision Roulette app to choose my samples.

Today I’ll be updating you on my thoughts on the stuff I tried out and also choosing a few more samples to try.



Samples Project Pan Update

In round 1 of my samples project pan picked out 10-12 different beauty samples to try, which were a combination of skincare and makeup.

Manuka Doctor – Illusion Rapid Lift Mask

I quite liked this product, I used it for the recommended 10 minutes and found I saw results from just one application. It definitely did what it claimed, smoothing and evening out my skin tone while reducing the appearance of pores, and plumping my skin.

I was able to get two or three masks out of this one sample which is really great. I did a small test patch before trying it out just to make sure I didn’t have a reaction due to the fact that this product contains bee venom. I would not recommend this product if you are allergic to bees.

Manuka Doctor is a Cruelty-Free brand, they are some information on their website about how they harvest their honey and bee venom for their products. I recommend checking this out if you are unsure.

Stila Lip Trio

I’ve been really enjoying this sample of the Stila Lipsticks. I have almost panned ‘Jessie’ which was a nice nude, I was looking at purchasing this shade but have found similar shades in my existing collection.

I also really enjoyed the shade ‘Aubrey’ which was a pinky mauve shade I think, this wasn’t a colour I thought I would like but I actually really did. I quite enjoyed pairing this with my palette of the month this month I think they really went well together. I have since purchased something super similar to this one so I can’t wait to wear that more.

I haven’t used ‘Elyssa’ yet which is a dark berry shade, I will leave this in my project pan and finish this trio up.

TooFaced – Born This Way Foundation

I haven’t had the chance to test this out yet so I’ll be carrying to over into the next one.

7th Heaven  – Face Mask

At first, I didn’t mind this the scent it reminded me of lime cordial, I was able to get two applications out of this but I did notice that I left a green ting to my skin so I won’t be purchasing any of their masks. I also am moving away from purchasing things in these types of packaging I much prefer a tube or tub type packaging which are easier to recycle or reuse.

Kat Von D – Lock It Foundation

This shade was really dark for me so I tried to use it as a cream contour, bronzer and it was way too yellow on my skin so I didn’t get much use out of it. but that’s okay I’m moving away from Kat Von D anyway but I thought I would try and see if I could use this.

Josie Maran – Argan Infinity

I really enjoyed this product and would actually look at purchasing, I like things like this that are a very multi-purpose product. I really love using rose hip and stuff like that I feel like this is really similar so I would totally look at possibly purchasing in the future when I run out of similar products.

Essano – Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Essano is one of my all-time favourite brands when it comes to skincare and haircare, I have previously used this shampoo and conditioner and really enjoyed it.

These travel-sized versions though were too small for me, I was able to stretch out this out over a couple of uses but I mixed it with my regular shampoo and conditioner so this is probably near one application for me if I’m being honest. I have a lot of hair and it just soaks this stuff up so I tend to have to use a lot.

Loreal – Elvive Extraordinary Oil (Not Cruelty-Free)

These were pretty old but I still thought I would try it out anyway, I wouldn’t purchase this because it’s not Cruelty-Free. I felt this did nourish my hair but the smell was really strong and I wasn’t a huge fan of it because of that reason.

Dr. Dennis Gross – Alpha Universal Daily Peel

I did like this product but what I didn’t like about it was the fact that they come in single-use packaging, I just find that really wasteful so I wouldn’t purchase it for that reason alone.

Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I liked this product as well I thought it was really nice but it was a bit dark for my skin tone and it has a tinge to it. It was fine if I used a fuller coverage foundation over the top, It did give a beautiful glow to my skin even with a heavy foundation over the top.

I may consider purchasing a product like this because I really liked it.

New Beauty Samples

Sample Project Pan Update + Trying New Samples | Life Of Dahlia

Above you will see my photo with my roulette results, I love doing this it adds a fun aspect to a project pan, I use this to randomly select my samples that way I will use everything.

In round two I will be trying out the following:

  • The Body Shop – Himalayan Charcol Face Mask.
  • By Terry – Baume De Rose Lip Balm (not CF)
  • Josie Maron – Argan Oil Foundation Fluid
  • Hourglass – Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15
  • Kevyn Aucoin – The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting – Candle Light
  • Ren Clean Skincare – Perfecting Canvas Serum
  • Deramlogica – Daily Micro Foliant
  • Grown Alchemist – Age Repair Eye Cream
  • Tacha – Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Eve Lom – Cleanser

I’ll be carrying over the Too Faced ‘Born This Way Foundation’ sample and whats left of the ‘Stila Lip Trio’.

Sample Project Pan Update + Trying New Samples | Life Of Dahlia

What samples have you tried out that you really loved that made you want to buy the full size? Have you tried out any of the mentioned ones let me know your thoughts?

This has been such a fun method of Project Panning, I hope you enjoyed this post,

I’ll see you in the next one.


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Erin Applebee is an Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer, and Beauty Blogger from Adelaide, South Australia. Currently only posting to my beauty blog regularly Life of dahlia.

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