Sample September Empties

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I decided to participate in a Sample September this past month to use up my large stash of samples. While I did use up a lot of sample size products, I didn't use any many as I thought I would. That's mostly due to me using a sample set of Perricone MD products that were trial size. I'm still using some of those products, but most of them are starting to come to an end. Here's what I used!

Bath & Body

Marc Jacobs Dot Fresh Shower Gel - This came in a fragrance gift set that I got as a Christmas gift. I enjoyed the nice fruity floral scent in the shower. Typically, these perfumed shower gels aren't that great, but this one was nice.

Lancome La vie est belle Shower Gel - Another shower gel that came in a gift set. I really like this as a perfume, but the shower gel did not smell nice at all. Some fragrances just aren't meant to be in shower gel form.

Twirl by Kate Spade Body Lotion - This was a really nice lotion with a pleasant fruity scent. I was surprised by how much I liked it.

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Svelt Global Intensive Anti-cellulite Contouring Body Care - I don't believe in any lotion that claims to remove cellulite, so I used this as just a body lotion. It was moisturizing without being heavy and had a refreshing herbal scent. It's a nice product, but I'm not even going to tell you how much a full size is!

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen spf 30 - This was a nice sunscreen. Not much to say about. I liked it, but I usually prefer spray sunscreens to use on my body for convenience. 

Ziaja Goat's Milk Hand Cream - I didn't get many uses from this small sample, but I liked it. It was a thick hand cream and very moisturizing.

Ziaja Goat's Milk Body Lotion - Very moisturizing body lotion, and I liked that it didn't have much of a scent. Both Ziaja products are pH balanced.

Skin Care

Sisley Paris Instant Perfect - This is a skin perfector similar to Benefit's the Porefessional primer. I liked it, but there are even better perfecting/priming products out there that are less than half the cost of this.

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Original - Another skin perfector like the one above. I liked this too, but I would really like to try the one that also has spf 30. This is a great drugstore option.

Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel - I really enjoyed using this sample. The gel is very thick and hydrating. Amore Pacific is a splurge brand, but this product may be worth it. 

L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 20 - I only got one use out of this, but it felt really nice. I liked it, but I prefer spf 30 in my day moisturizer.

Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift - I got a lot of use out of this trial size product, so the full size will last a long time. I like it, but it's $100 a bottle. It's on Amazon right now for $43, if you are thinking about trying it! 

Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask - I really like that you can just purchase a sample size of the Freeman masks for $1.99. I got four uses out of this, and I like it. It's a good mask for combination skin. I feel like this cleaned out my pores without drying out my skin. I think I prefer these smaller packs to a huge tube. That's nice to know!

Makeup & Hair Care

Ultraflesh Panthera Mascara - A friend of mine loves this mascara, so she sent me some samples. I've been burning through them. Ultraflesh was sold at Sephora a couple of years ago, but there's no sign of this brand anywhere now.

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme 001 Light - It's in a YSL container, but it's the Dior bb creme. I don't know what it is about this bb creme, but it made my skin look fantastic! This is on my list. I've actually tried to buy this before, and the counter was out of my color. I will keep getting samples until they get it back in stock. Good stuff!

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner - The shampoo is a purple sulfate free shampoo, and the conditioner has a slight purple color, too. I think my expectations were a little too high because it's Oribe. I really like Oribe's styling products, but I think you should save your money when it comes to their shampoos and conditioners. I wasn't impressed.


Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker - This is the only celebrity fragrance that I own in a full size. It's beautiful and elegant without being overpowering. Beautiful fragrance that's inexpensive!

Signorina by Salvatore Ferragamo - This is a pretty floral fragrance. I like it, but I'm not sure if it's one I would want to wear every day.

Couture Couture by Juicy Couture - This fragrance is a white floral with citrus. Juicy Couture fragrances aren't really for me, but this was a nice one for the end of summer heat.

Peace, Love, & Juicy Couture - This smelled similar to Couture Couture but with an earthy note to it. It was nice, but it didn't last long on my skin. 

That's all of my samples! Doing this kind of challenge really puts into perspective how long it takes to use up products. I got many uses out of some of the tiny samples. While I did go through quite a few samples, I was expecting to use up more than what I did.

Do you love samples? They are a great way to find new products and try something different. Let me know if there is a product that I need to sample!
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