365 Days of Samples-2

Update #1 

Here are the samples I drew last time and my thoughts on them:

1.) The Professional Matte Rescue Foundation Primer-Benefit $28 for full size

I’ll be honest, I haven’t used this yet. I have extremely dry skin and live in northern Ohio, so I’ve been avoiding making myself look too matte and therefore dry and cakey, looks like this guy is rolling over to my next set of samples.

2.) Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume $80 for full size

It’s a nice, light fragrance. It, however, does not last very long on me unlike the original Daisy. It disappears far to quickly and isn’t anything special. WNR.

3.) Origins Night-A-Mins  renewal cream $43 for 1.7 oz.

This smells really nice and is nice and hydrating. WCR.

4.) Belif Aquabomb moisturizer $38 for 1.68 oz.

I started using this a bit and it is extremely hydrating and lovely. It has a light fragrance and does good things for my dry skin. I’ve made a large dent in this but I’ve still got a bit left so this rolls over to the next set of samples. WR.

5.) Nexxus hair treatment $15.79 for 4.8 oz.

This actually made my hair really soft and nice feeling. I used it as a conditioner and was honestly really impressed with how far this small sample went. I already have my holy grail conditioner/treatment but if I ever couldn’t find it or needed something else I’d look for this. WR.

6.) Whish body butter (lavender scented)$18 for 5 oz.

I can not stand the smell of this stuff. However, it does moisturize my skin. However, I like to smell like something…that I can tolerate the scent of. I’m glad to be rid of it. WNR.

7.) Philosphy Take a Deep Breath oxygenating gel $40 for 2 oz.

This is okay, it smells nice and works fine. However, it’s nothing special. WNR.

8.) Tatcha moisture rich silk cream $150 for 1.86 oz.

Oh. My. Gosh. This stuff is luxurious and incredible but when I looked up the price tag I was honestly horrified. $150?! That’s crazy! I did find a travel size on Amazon for $33, I would consider purchasing this to see how far I could stretch it while it was still beneficial for my skin. This stuff made my skin so soft, supple and moisturized. I even hoarded and got the most I could out of this sample because I love the way it made my skin feel. WCR.

9.) Shea Moisture facial wash/scrub and mask(s). (It’s a 3 pack). All 3 + extras for $19.

Ugh. I think this stuff was okay as far as cleansing my skin went but the mask made my face itch like crazy and boy does this stuff stink, in the worst way. I couldn’t get through the additional two face products and will be passing them along to the friend because I can’t stand the scent and doesn’t do well for my skin. WNR.

10.) Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer $32 for 2 oz.

Before I opened this I thought it was the organ oil, however this is a moisturizer. It is very sticky and has a texture like Elmer’s glue which I find off-putting. It does, however, moisturize my skin and make my skin feel nice. I’m not sure I can get over the texture though. WNR.

Stay tuned this week for my next set of samples drawn from my box.

8 samples finished so far! Not too shabby. 

WCR- Would consider repurchasing
WNR-Would not repurchase
WR-Would repurchase

Face of the Day-New Years Eve


Here’s What I used to create this look:

L’Oreal Magic Lumi primer.  $12.99

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in fair as foundation and concealer.  $40

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in soft brown. $23

Lorac Mega Pro 3 palette. I used the shades glacier, deep fog and mist. $60

Lancome Art-liner $30.50 and Hypnose Drama Mascara.  $27.50

Besame cosmetics lipstick in American Beauty. $22

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow for blush, bronzer and highlight. $42

I set the whole face with Urban Decay All Nighter spray.  $15


2016 Empties-Annual Total


You can see my empties from January- August at my previous blog, here.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Lightening Conditioner- $7.63

L’Oreal EverPure Blonde Brass Banisher Shampoo= $5.99

Garnier Whole Blends Green Apple & Green Tea Conditioner- $3.49

Regis Hydrating Balm- $13.59

Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo- $13.99

Mango Mandarin Hand Soap-$6.50

Equate refreshing cleansing towelettes- $3.48

Ecotools makeup cleansing cloths- $6.98

Impress nails- $6.99

CHI 44 Iron Guard- $9.83

Redken Satinwear Blow-dry lotion-$15.00

Venus Olay travel shaving cream- $2.97

Psssst Dry shampoo- $5.47

Japanese Cherry Blossom Sugar Scrub- $16.50

Aussie 3-minute Miracle- $2.97

John Frieda sheer blonde highlight activating conditioner-$4.97

Stress Relief Foaming body wash-$13.00

Olay cleansing cloths (2 packs_- $2.00

Old Spice Deodorant-$1.59

Clinique chubby in the nude foundation stick deluxe sample-$5.00

Tea Tree cooling foot scrub-$2.00

Mahogany Driftwood candle-$5.19

Smashbox 24-hour eye primer-$21.00

Makeup forever mascara sample-$12.00

Ulta flawless face prime- $4.00

Avon lipgloss-$5.00

NYX lush lashes XXL mascara-$6.99

L’Oreal butterfly mascara-$7.99

ELF Eyeliner- $1.00

Escada perfume sample-$0.00

Josie Maran mascara travel size- $12.00

Ouai Hair treatment mask- $4.00

Sephora travel size mascara-$5.00

Johnson&Johnson Baby Shampoo-$0.99

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser sample-$2.00

Not pictured: Lancôme eye serum-$2.00


September-December Total-$239.10

Annual Total: $1,504.12

This year I used $1,504.12 worth of beauty, hair, makeup and lifestyle products. I’m so glad to actually be getting use out of the things I purchased.