The July Decluttering Challenge: Sample Killah Week 1 Update

The first week of July is over, the decluttering project is in full swing, and it’s time for a progress report on Kalyn Lord’s Sample Killah project.

Overall, this first week was a pretty good start to this challenge, using up samples left and right.  I finished about half of my cleanser samples which is huge because I’ve had quite a few opened but never used them. I’ve also used up most of my body lotion samples and I’ve only one more body wash sample left to go. I also finished quite a few hair care samples.

In all fairness, I got a bit of a head start with this challenge because this week I focused mostly on using up old samples that have been opened and are half used. I really wanted to get rid of all the samples that have just been sitting there, collecting dust. I also had a lot of samples that I took on my recent vacation to Florida and that I wanted to finish off before they would disappear into the nirvana that is my beauty stash.

Let’s have a look at the damage.

Skin Care: 13 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 1 Update - Skin Care


  • Chantecaille Flower Infused Cleansing Milk (3.4 oz, $64): I didn’t really care for the herbal scent of this cleanser and I don’t think it’s worth the hefty price tag.
  • Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme (7.2 fl oz, $32): Really enjoyed the creamy texture of this cleansing milk, very gentle. And the scent is heavenly. It smells a bit like sugar cookies. I’d consider buying the full size.
  • bareMinerals Deep Cleansing Foam (4.2 oz, $20): I’ve had this cleanser for ages but I never used it up because it’s so harsh. Definitely do not recommend.
  • bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser (6 fl oz, $20): I didn’t like this cleanser at first but it grew on me. It’s a lightly foaming gel cleanser that’s pretty gentle.



Eye Creams


  • 2 x Coola Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint (1.7 fl oz, $36): Feels like pure silicone so it’s almost impossible to apply enough to achieve the promised SPF. It works much better over makeup when reapplying during the day.

Bath & Body: 11 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 1 Update - Bath & Body

Body Washes

  • 2 x Caldrea Body Wash (11.5 fl oz, $18): Nice light scent, nothing to write home about.
  • Skin&Co Sicilian Body Gel (7.7 fl oz, $17): This body wash smelled pretty masculine with a mix of oranges and spices – not my favorite combination.
  • 2 x Essentiel Elements Shower Gel (8 fl oz, $19): Your basic hotel shower gel (which is where I got these samples).

Body Lotions


Makeup: 2 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 1 Update - Makeup

Hair Care: 9 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 1 Update - Hair Care

Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Treatments

Styling Products

Total Samples Killed in Week 1: 35

Not bad for the first week. My overall goal was to use up at least 50 samples for this challenge so I’m well on the way for that.

Next week I want to focus more on face masks and my shampoo and conditioner foilies. I’ve set aside quite a few face masks into the to-use pile but so far I haven’t touched any of them. It’s time for some major pampering. And while I’ve used up a good chunk of hair care products this past week, I just have so many shampoo and conditioner samples that need to go so I’ll be working on that as well.

Wish me luck!

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