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Beauty: Samples Part 1

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We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that beauty samples aren’t far behind. I, for one, love trying out creams and makeup that I might otherwise never buy.

I don’t know about everyone else, but whenever I get a  bunch of samples I always hoard them until all of my other products run out and then I have a field day, or week trying everything out. When they run out, I’m ready to buy full sized products and perhaps pick up a few more samples, and so the circle continues.  I’m fairly picky about beauty products so whenever I find anything I like, it’s so much fun share with everyone.

Hourglass beauty in a bottle

Let’s get started with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15.  I like it. It’s very light and feels velvety smooth going on and leaves a soft finish on my skin.  I tend to have a normal to oily complexion, especially in the summer and I’m always looking for products that won’t make me too shiny. I really like a natural glow but shine is never good. I’ve been using it for several weeks now and it’s definitely living up to it’s claims. Any redness that I have disappears and my makeup stays on all day.

beauty spf

I’m familiar with the other product, Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40, but somehow I have never really used it. I’m always looking for sunscreen that doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and this one is pretty good. I love the high SPF for summer and it’s a great base under my makeup. It’s actually perfect when I’m spending the day running around, doing some light shopping or taking my dog to the seawall. Since I walk pretty much everywhere, I spend a lot more time outside than I realize and those 15-30 minute snippets really add up.

Now, I’m dying to know. What are some of your beauty secrets?


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  1. Jenifer Balatico

    Beauty secrets? Hmmm. After having that Glutamax face cream as my prize in winning a contest on FB, several people compliment me that my face has a natural glow, so far I would like to continue usage of that certain product 🙂 Same here! I love beauty samples though I don’t try everything for fear of irritation may occur. Anyways, have a great day Caroline!

    Hugs and kisses from ♥ missJHENZ

  2. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the hourglass primer! 🙂

    1. Oh great! This is the first time I’ve used it.

  3. This isn’t a beauty secret, but since I love samples as much as you, I have been searching them out. Birchbox has been great and NewBeauty’s Test Tube… but also the website is meant for those who travel or who just like to try out products and not commit. Just wanted to share with you in case you need another sample fix 🙂

    1. Oh that website sounds amazing! Thanks for the tip, it’s great and much appreciated!

  4. I’m fairly picky about beauty products too!!! I love the brand Shiseido, very good products!!!
    Have a great day Caroline!

    1. I agree they have really great skin care!

  5. I love beauty samples too 🙂 my first beauty secret is “never go to bed with your makeup on”
    I wish you a great day Caroline
    Coco et La vie en rose
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    1. That’s probably the best secret! Thank you!

  6. In Finland they hardly give out samples.. you don’t get any unless you buy something really expensive ;0. I even had to pay 10 euros to test a mineral powder, how stupid. Do they expect me to buy without testing!?
    So I shop in web shops just coz they give samples ;D.
    I don’t have any beauty secrets at all btw lol 🙂

    1. You have to come to Canada, I get more samples than I can handle!

  7. Because I don’t buy a lot of beauty products — because I don’t know what to get — I also enjoy samples. And as a novice, I don’t have beauty secrets; I need them!

    1. Oh you’ll find lots of things that work for you! Samples are the best way to try out all the expensive and new products!

  8. LOVE your blog!!
    Also.. you can now find me on:
    Instragm: xtinexoxo

    New on both accounts!

    Love always,

    xtine xoxo

    1. Thank you!

  9. Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)

    Beauty samples are so much fun!

    1. I know, I love them!

  10. All those goodies look amazing, I liked what you said about the Hourglass Primer, Im going to have to get that, My face is prone to redness so its great knowing that makes it go away.. The only beauty secret I have since I have dry skin is Moisturize all day haha

    1. Oh let me know how you like it!

  11. Fantastic cosmetics:) I want it all:) Have a beautefull day!

    1. Ha! They are all so fun.

  12. Have a great friday darling!!!

    1. You too!

  13. great review <3
    check out my latest look :

    1. Thanks!

  14. miss Margaret Cruzemark

    I totally agree with you cause samples are one of my greatest pleasures. The Hourglass primer seems great.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

    1. Oh you are hilarious. Thank you!

  15. Wow but good products!
    I follow you on twitter and GFC!
    Judit x

    1. Thank you!

  16. I hoard beauty samples! omg, I have like one box of just samples that I need to go through – perhaps worth 2 weeks of skincare and more than 10 types of BB creams LOL. They’re mainly Korean brands and that’s just tell you that they’re very generous when it comes to samples with purchases. I’ve never been a fan of primer because the ones I’ve tried before just made my skin look oily – but currently I’m trying out ElishaCoy Primer and wow, I can’t believe I didn’t use this before. Smells divine, too. x (glad to meet another sample hoarder hehe) x

  17. I think you would die here… nobody gives samples here, can you believe that!!!! You buy or nothing… Is horrible….
    You´re very lucky dear…

  18. Lynsee Hee Kyeong

    I love the layout of your blog!

    1. Thank you so much!

  19. loooove samples so much! great tips C xx

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