I Tried 5 Makeup Samples & Here Are My Thoughts

“Samples are the gateway drug to big Sephora splurges.”

Recently I’ve made a few purchases on Sephora and Ulta’s websites. Okay maybe more than one – but the post-holiday gift cards had me like:

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So, rightfully so, I’ve gained a couple samples in the mix. Also – you can walk into any Sephora and request samples of products in a small little tub that may last you 2-3 tries. It makes it super convenient before splurging and if you’re in the market for a foundation, they can shade-match you!

  1. Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Longwear foundation in 150 – retails for $34
    First off, shout-out to Sephora for offering samples of foundations so ya girls on budgets Image result for wave emoji can test it out before we blow a couple Hamiltons on one makeup product. I wore this foundation twice, and both times for at least 10 hours. Here are my thoughts:
  • Applies like a dream – this foundation has a liquid-y formula that dries down rather nicely and in a timely fashion without sinking into fine lines
  • The coverage is THERE – for the first time in awhile, I only used my concealer to highlight (the foundation already covered blemishes)
  • The finish is beautiful – it truly is a soft-matte that doesn’t look too dry/cakey on my skin
  • My cons: It started to break up on my nose about 5 hours into wear and I could see some redness peeking through. I also have to say its “matte” lasting formula is lacking in a sense that I am shiny by hour 5 as well.

Am I making the splurge on the foundation after sampling it from Sephora? Sadly, no.

2. Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Snow – retails for $39
I wasn’t a huge fan of this. And for almost $40, I was even less of a fan of this. Surprisingly, this clung to my dry patches. I believe this foundation is known for achieving a more natural finish (not so much dewy, and not so much matte). My skin looked even less hydrated when I put this on, and that was a disappointment. I also have to say it dried incredibly fast, which leaves it difficult to blend out.
I would not spend $39 to purchase the full size.

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3. Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer – retails for $36
This primer is v nice – in fact, it feels luxurious. I am not an avid user of foundation primers, but this felt really smoothing to me. I couldn’t stop touching my face before I applied foundation once this primer was down. It was incredibly smooth and silky, and created a nice base for foundation to lay on top. My skin looked poreless and it wore really well.
Until… ya girl’s oily skin went on a streak and shined me up within hours. I would honestly think of spending the $$$ if it didn’t make me so greasy. To all my gals with dry skin out there: I’m sure you’d love this.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to pass.

4. Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer – retails for $21
I was really excited to try this primer because of Casey Holmes. Her previously-raved about lid primer for oily eyelids was the NARS smudge-proof eyeshadow base, and I highly enjoy that one. This one didn’t do all that much for me. It does have a tint to it so that it conceals redness, but I’d honestly rather use a concealer for 1/4 of the price.
I‘d skip purchasing this and just use a concealer.

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5. Too Faced Hangover primer – retails for $32
I liked this primer a lot more than I thought I would! It’s hydrating and primes your makeup all in one. I have a shiny t-zone, and I didn’t find that this primer made me any oilier than I normally get. In fact, I don’t think I was as oily as typical. A miracle, I know. And the lasting power throughout the day was there, I didn’t notice my foundation rubbing off in the spots it typically does.
Honestly, I would consider purchasing this. But, for the price, I’d probably reconsider a more affordable option.

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KS

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Empties/Throw-A-Ways Part #3

“I must be using a lot of makeup to be on my third empties post.”

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What’s up, bloggers?! I’m back with another “empties” post detailing some products I have used up over the last couple months and my final thoughts/review of each one.

As always, the big question stands: Would I repurchase, yes or no?

See a product above you’ve been wondering about? Well, I’ve used the entire bottle so you can find my thorough review below.

First up, two mascaras:

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  • Too Faced Better Than Sex retailing for $23
    This mascara is phenomenal. Personally, I think $23 is a lot to pay for a mascara considering you have a dupe for this which is the L’Oreal Lash Paradise
    retailing for $9.99 at the drugstore. However, the Too Faced travel size of this mascara can last you a 1-2 months and only cost you $12. It has a fat wand that distributes mascara plentifully and creates full, butterfly-looking lashes.
    Would I repurchase? Yeah, probably. Depends on if I’m willing to drop a pretty penny when there are more affordable options out there. But, affordable options or not, this mascara is worth the money.

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  • The Balm Mad Lash retailing for $18
    I had such a love-hate relationship with this mascara.
    PERKS: it makes your lashes look nice and spider-y and distributes product v evenly, also adding length.
    CONS: I hate this wand, so much. I would say 4/5 times using this product left me with a clenched eye and mascara on my bottom lid from wincing after poking myself. It is so easy to touch this wand to your eyeball and doesn’t seem user friendly to me. It’s also very stiff, so on that 1/5 times I’d get it right, it would still scratch my lids in an uncomfortable way.
    Would I repurchase? No, and I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend either.

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Next, two foundations:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless retailing for $7.99
    This foundation lasted me a really long time, and I loved that about it. I also loved the staying power, coverage, and shade selection. Maybelline does such a great job at shade ranges, and I can appreciate that. The coverage on this foundation is surprisingly good, and can be built upon itself.
    It does dry kind of quickly, so I would work with half of my face at a time. It does give you a poreless and matte complexion, but I would still get a little greasy by that 3 o’clock hour at work.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, 100%.

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  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth retailing for $7.99
    I also really loved this foundation. For the dryer months (winter and when I’m dry in the summer from suntanning) this foundation is a lifesaver. The matte + poreless foundation would look dry on my skin if I didn’t have a solid moisturized base to my face. This, however, was smooth as could be even when I wasn’t working with a hydrated base.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.

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Lastly, two hair products:

  • Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo retailing for $5.99
    This dry shampoo was actually my first ever try at dry shampoo Image result for surprised emoji
    Crazy, I know. Now I can’t imagine a life without it.
    But it would good. Was it great? No. Did I find something better? Yes. Batiste takes the cake for the best affordable dry shampoo. The Not Your Mother’s wasn’t bad, it just didn’t perform as well as the Batiste ones I have since tried.
    Would I repurchase? Nah.

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  • Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo retailing for $28 (8.5 oz)
    This shampoo is so expensive, and I feel like I didn’t get the results I wanted for the price I paid. The thing that bothered me the most about this shampoo was the lack of suds to feel like my hair was thoroughly clean. I felt like I was using more than I needed to in order to clean my hair. With that being said, this shampoo lasted me a long time (roughly 8 months) so I’d say you get your money’s worth.
    Maybe the next time you’re at your salon you can ask them to use this in your hair and see what you think.
    Would I repurchase? No. Recently I’ve been loving (and have since repurchased) the Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde shampoo. More affordable and smells better/I see better results.

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So those are my empties! Is there anything here you agree with me about? Should I give something another try if I decided not to repurchase it? Let me know your thoughts below!

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