It’s week two of Kalyn Lord’s Sample Killah project and progress reports are due. I hope you’re not getting bored with so many empties posts in a row but to me it feels almost cathartic to get rid of all my trash and make some space in my drawers and cabinets.
I started off this challenge focusing on previously used samples and this week I was finally able to finish off most of them. I’m on my last mini-bottle of body lotion and my last little tube of cleanser. By now I’ve used up most of my skin care foilies and I made a nice dent into my stash of makeup samples. I’m slowly but surely using up my hair care samples but since I don’t wash my hair every day it’s taking me a lot longer than I would like. I finally took one evening to pamper myself and used up not only one, but two face masks in addition to whitening strips and a lip patch. I’m fancy like that.
It may sound weird but I’m actually looking forward to finding additional samples to use up. I’ve been searching through my cosmetic drawers and bathroom closet to dig up more samples to finish off. I’m also strangely looking forward to my Birchbox arriving, not so I can stash away my goodies like usual, but so I can add more things to the use-up pile. Is anybody else feeling that way or am I just weird?
Anyway, here are the samples that I used up this past week.
Skin Care: 10 samples killed
- Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (5.1 fl oz, $38): Pretty good gel cleanser but I just couldn’t get over the scent. To me it smells like pickles – not what I want my skin care products to smell like.
- Ulta Hydra Quench Foaming Oil Cleanser (discontinued?): Extremely drying on my skin so I wouldn’t recommend.
- Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir (1.7 fl oz, $360): This is a very nice cream but in no way worth $360, at least not at my age.
- Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream (1.7 fl oz, $158): I don’t feel very strongly about this moisturizer. The sample wasn’t large enough to see any effects but it wasn’t bad by any means.
- REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask (1.7 fl oz, $34): This clay mask is very creamy and feels less drying than other clay masks I’ve used in the past.
- Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask (1.7 fl oz, $79): I found this moisturizing mask to be a bit irritating. I have by no means sensitive skin but this one burned.
- Pure Smile Hydro Gel Choosy Fruit (1 patch/3 ml, $2 each): This lip mask is a bit … weird. It feels odd to not be able to move your lips while this patch is on. It made my lips feel smother and look plumper but the effect didn’t last very long.
- Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm (0.9 fl oz, $12): This is like a fancy vaseline just with a creamier consistency. It’s easily spreadable and absorbs nicely; hydrates and softens really well.
- 2 x Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (4 fl oz, $23): I had two of these open at the same time for some reason and finished them both this week. Great exfoliating toner. Doesn’t sting but worked wonders on my clogged pores. Make sure to let it sit for 5-10 minutes and do its magic before applying any subsequent products.
Bath & Body: 6 samples killed
- 2 x AHAVA Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash (17 fl oz, $23): I had purchased this previously and forgot how nice it was until I got to compare it side by side with a bunch of other body wash samples. It’s creamy, rich, lathers well, and smells amazing. And best of all, it’s sulfate free so it won’t strip your skin. I really want to repurchase this in the Pineapple & White Peach scent.
- AHAVA Mineral Botanic Velvet Body Lotion (13.5 fl oz, $26): All around great body lotion.
- 2 x Essentiel Elements Body Lotion (8 fl oz, $19): Lightweight but took a lot of time and rubbing to fully absorb. Hated the scent.
- Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects (20 treatments, $54.99): I can’t really tell if these made my teeth any whiter but I have two more samples so we’ll see.
Makeup: 3 samples killed
- Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin-Fusion Foundation (1 fl oz, $61): This foundation really needs a primer to stay put all day but it covers very well and makes my skin look flawless. I wish it wasn’t so expensive or I’d consider purchasing the full size.
- Jouer Matte Moisture Tint (1.7 fl oz, $38): This is the original sample I received in my Birchbox ages ago. One of my favorite foundations and this shade, Linen, works much better for me during the summer month.
- Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara (0.3 fl oz, $23): One of my favorite mascaras.
Hair Care: 7 samples killed
- L’Oréal EverPure Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner (8.5 fl oz, $6.99 each): Nice shampoo and conditioner. Doesn’t contain sulfates and was creamy and moisturizing. For the price it’s worth giving it a try if you suffer from dry ends.
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner (8 fl oz, $24 each): I wouldn’t say that I had the perfect hair day using this shampoo and conditioner but it came pretty close.
- Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment (8 oz, $26): Nice deep conditioner with a balm consistency that worked well for me although it’s designed for curly hair. Didn’t really care for the sweet sugar scent.
- Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect (6.76. fl oz, $32): Not sure I really saw it do anything.
- Kenra Volume Spray Super Hold Finishing Spray 25 (3 oz, $9.98): Great hair spray that works well and also smells really nice.
Total Samples Killed in Week 2: 26
I’m pretty happy with my progress. This weeks wasn’t quite as successful as last week but I surpassed my goal of 50 samples to use up this month and I really love how manageable my stash has become.
So what’s my plan of attack for week 3? Well, I’m close to finishing up all of my bath & body samples so I will work on making that happen. My main focus will, once again, be mostly on skin and hair care. I don’t expect much progress in the hair care department, though. I should definitely be able to finish up another couple of shampoo and conditioner foilies but those deluxe size samples of hair treatments and styling products are a different story. Seriously, that stuff lasts forever.
In terms of skin care I still have a handful of face masks that definitely need to be killed. There are just a couple of moisturizer foilies left and after that it’s on to deluxe samples and those will take a while to finish. I might have to resort to drastic measure and find more creative uses for them.
As always, wish me luck!