Samples Project Pan Round 2 Update: What I liked, What I Didn’t & What Would I Consider Purchasing + Trying New Samples | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, how have you been going? Its been a while since I introduced my last samples project pan, today I’m here to update you on how I liked the samples or didn’t like, what I would consider purchasing and what I wouldn’t purchase and why.
Sample Project Pan Update + Trying New Samples | Life Of Dahlia

Round 2 Products

By Terry: Baume De Rose lip balm (not cf)

This product while it was nice took a bit to get used to because of the rose scent which is typically not something I’m a huge fan of but it was very nourishing on the lips. I wouldn’t purchase a full size of this because it hella expensive and By Terry are not Cruelty-free, they were previously I believe but like Nars decided to start selling their products in mainland China.

Josie Maran: Argan Oil Foundation Fluid 

I really liked this product, I realised after picking this that I had already used up my shade in the sample which included several different shades but I quite liked it as a light coverage base and I actually think at some point I would consider purchasing it in a full size. I’m in the shade dynamic.

Hourglass: Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15

I actually have had a few samples of this previously and I really liked it but for some reason this time I wasn’t a big fan of the sample I had, I don’t know if it just didn’t work with the foundation I was using but it just didn’t look right. Hourglass is one of those brands I would love to purchase from but because of their higher price point, I haven’t purchased anything yet. I think I would want to really love it before forking out some serious cash on their products. I am tempted to purchase some of their mini’s though I think that would be a great place to start because I’ve heard so many good things about their products and they look stunning, so who knows one day I might.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in Candle light

I really like the finish when I mixed with foundation but as a highlighter, it didn’t do much for me, but then again I’m not a huge fan of cream or liquid highlighters. I prefer to mix something with my foundation than to use it on top of my foundation I just find that I prefer a powder highlight because I prefer a blinding highlight that something that looks barely there. This was a nice mixer though but I’m not sure its something I would purchase I like my Australis Strobing Drops more and they are less expensive.

Ren Clean Skincare: Perfect Canvas Primer

I really enjoyed this serum sample, it gave my skin a nice level of hydration and plumping but for $80 I just don’t know if I loved it that much to warrant spending that much for a 30ml size. I would consider purchasing some of their sets to try out though because I love trying out different products but yeah not sure if I would want to spend that much on a serum when I’m going to have to repurchase every month or a couple of months.

The Body Shop: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

I love The Body Shop products and I really liked this product, the tingling was a bit of a surprise but I would definitely try it again. I like purifying and detoxing masks so I would love to try this over an extended period of time to see if helps my skin. I actually decided to purchase some of The Body Shop masks after trying this one but I decided to go for the ‘Japanese Matcha Tea’ pollution clearing mask and the ‘Ethiopian Honey’ deep nourishing masks, just so I could try something different but I would definatly consider purchasing the ‘Himalayan Charcoal’ in the future. I purchased these much sooner than intended because I am currently trying to use up a couple of my Sukin ones but The Body Shop had a great deal going where you could purchase two for $55 dollars, I also used my birthday voucher and was able to get some extra money off which was great. I’m really excited to try these out and I’ll get back to you on how I like them.

Dermalogica: Daily Micro-Foliant

I didn’t mind this product it was okay but the smell put me off, I can’t even describe it but I just didn’t really like it so I this is probably something I wouldn’t purchase a full-size of. I would be interested in trying out more products from Dermalogica in the future because I’ve heard good things about their products, in particular, their cleansers.

Grown Alchemist: Age Repair Eye Cream

This wasn’t a bad product but didn’t see much difference with just the sample size, however, I was able to get a weeks worth of applications out of sample because I only needed a small amount per application, which I think is good. This is a brand I would like to look more into because I think they are an Australian brand and I love supporting my local brands and businesses when I can.

Tacha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

I actually preferred this over the Dermalogica one, its a similar type of product, Tacha is quite an expensive brand but you only need a small amount of this product per use so it probably would give you six months if not longer worth of use. This would make me consider possibly purchasing some in the future.

Eve Lom: Cleanser (not CF)

This was an okay product nothing magical I’m still finishing the sample up I felt like it was a decent size sample and I liked that it includes a cloth as part of the sample but I wouldn’t purchase anything from this brand because they aren’t cruelty-free (as of 2017 when they decided to enter the Chinese market.)

Carry Over Product From A Previous Round

Stila Color Balm in Elyssa 

I love the colour but it was quite patchy and it didn’t look that nice because you can’t get an overall even look, I really enjoyed a couple of the other colours from this sample card and it would be something I may want to purchase in the future or try to dupe out the colours in my current lipstick collection.
Samples Project Pan Round 2: What I liked, What I Didn't & What Would I Consider Purchasing. | Life Of Dahlia

Round 3 Sample Project Pan

What will I be trying out

  • Too faced HangoveRX Replenish Primer & Setting Spray
  • Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer
  • Kate Somerville Cold Cream Cleanser
  • Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask *
  • Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (won’t include review)
  • Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
  • Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion
  • Verso Hydrating Serum *
*  neither of these brands are cruelty-free I’m just using up samples I’ve received overtime I try very hard not to be wasteful but these would not be products I would actually purchase.
I hope you enjoyed this post,
What products have you tried samples of that made you want to buy the full size of? let me know in the comments of this post.
Until next time,

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