Are these products worth buying full size? Testing my samples & first impressions

I don’t know about you but over time I’ve collected a serious amount of samples which I save for another day or a special occasion and so on until the point that my sample tub is nearly overflowing… I’m not sure whether it’s because I love my good old favourites or because I’m worried that I don’t like the new bits I’ve been given to sample. But then if I don’t get given bits to sample after a full size purchase then I feel kinda sad, there’s no winning really.

Are these products worth buying full size? Testing my samples & first impressions

Now getting to the point, I’ve decided to start trying my samples because I might find a new favourite and they were free so if I don’t like them there’s no harm done, I can just bin them rather than wasting my money on a full-sized product that I would never use.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start – Instant perfecting primer

In the past I haven’t used many Elizabeth Arden products apart from the Eight Hour Cream which I LOVE, I don’t know why but I never did. Anywayyyy back to the primer, I’m not a big fan of primers and to date haven’t found any that I particularly like. They are either too watery, oily or nothingy. This one is peachy in colour (until you put it on your skin) and honestly feels like velveeeeet I’ve never felt a primer like it. The application of it was super smooth and in my sample there was enough for at least 3 uses!

Clinique – Pep Glowy Hydro Rush

I’ve got quite a lot of Clinique bits and bobs but was urging to try some of the Pep Start range as it seems to be rated so highly, however I don’t like to buy something unless I’ve tested it out, throwing my money away is not something I’m into (I’d rather save it for food)…. I was gifted this sample by Jarrolds Norwich Clinique. So far I like the feel of the moisturiser as it’s not too ‘moisturising‘ that I feel oily and a little seems to go a long way. I think it will be good to pop on over my current moisturiser through the colder months for that extra boost.

Are these products worth buying full size? Testing my samples & first impressions

Clinique – Even Better Glow Foundation

I’ve wanted to try this for a long time as most of the reviews are really good, it’s advertised as something that gives you medium coverage and a healthy glow, I hadn’t used it until recently as nowhere seemed to have my shade pale skin problems… However I’ve finally been matched up and tried it out. The foundation is very blendable and helps even out any patchy bits on my skin, so is good for day-to-day wear. Personally I wouldn’t wear it if I was going on a night out, or really wanted to cover up any spots or blemishes as it’s just not thick enough. The foundation gives you just enough coverage to even your skin out a little and add that glowy look.

YSL Beauty – All Hours Foundation – B20

I’ve always wanted to try YSL beauty products but as I’m pretty tight with my money at the best of times and would much rather try before I buy. The guys at Debenham’s Beauty YSL Norwich were kind enough to give me a sample of this to try and I must say I’m very impressed. The foundation itself is really creamy, long lasting and not drying at all. The coverage is really good and the formula itself is very buildable, which I love because some days you really need more coverage than others. It is also a matte finish but it’s not drying like other’s I’ve used in the past and after using my small tester pot several times I can definitely say a little goes a long way and I would 100% pay the cost of £30 per bottle, oh and it has SPF in it too which is a bonus!

Are these products worth buying full size? Testing my samples & first impressions

Estee Lauder – Revitalising Supreme+ – Global Anti-Aging Instant Refreshing Facial

If you’re looking for a mini facial in a bottle then this product may be for you, it is designed to help keep the skin ‘young‘ and really helps get that deep clean! It’s full of tiny micro grains that help to gently exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling super soft without causing irritation. I really like the product but would like to use it more than a couple of times to see if I would actually buy it as it is rather expensive at around £40 per 75ml bottle… I think I’ll stick to my current exfoliator for now as my budget doesn’t stretch quite this far.

Clarins – Water Purify One-Step Cleanser 

I’ve been a fan of Clarins ever since I worked in a salon that stocked their products several years ago, at the time I couldn’t afford them and even now I struggle a little bit but if it’s something I really want then I’ll treat myself occasionally as good skin care is key in my eyes. I fell in love with this cleanser a few years ago and whenever I can get a cheeky free sample then I do because it is perfect for travel and all you need is a cotton pad and voilaaaaa easy clean skin! It doesn’t leave a sticky feel or residue on your face and a little bit goes a long way and is perfect for gentle cleansing or removing more full coverage looks too. You can pick this up for around £19 for a 200ml bottle which is pretty reasonable if you ask me (for such a big bottle) as it lasts a really long time, I do personally prefer a cleanser that uses water as I always feel cleaner afterwards, but that’s just my preference.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post as it is something a little bit different to my usual ones, please let me know what you thought as I would love to know.

Thank you for reading,

Love Saff x

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Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation
Clinique Even Better Glow™ Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15
Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush SPF20 Moisturiser 30ml
Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer Read more at http://www.boots.com/elizabeth-arden-flawless-start-instant-perfecting-primer-10208839#G99OPkiXmQUTrWqI.99
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation
Clinique Even Better Glow™ Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15
Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush SPF20 Moisturiser 30ml
Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer Read more at http://www.boots.com/elizabeth-arden-flawless-start-instant-perfecting-primer-10208839#G99OPkiXmQUTrWqI.99
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation
Clinique Even Better Glow™ Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15
Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush SPF20 Moisturiser 30ml
Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer Read more at http://www.boots.com/elizabeth-arden-flawless-start-instant-perfecting-primer-10208839#G99OPkiXmQUTrWqI.99

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