Sample Rundown: I don’t get many samples

  1. Innisfree Green Tea Seed serum:

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I didn’t like the Enriched Orchid Cream (review), from another Innisfree line, so I didn’t have that high hopes. Seriously, all Innisfree products are insanely fragranced. Maybe I’m just used to CosRX’s non fragranced stuff, but holy shit this fragrance is so strong. It’s not unpleasant, but I don’t want to put perfume on my face

It does seem reasonably effective – my skin seemed a lot smoother and nicer when I was using it, but I was using it when my skincare routine was barebones with only the Galactomyces essence (which tells you how long I’ve been writing this post…) I didn’t try it for very long, of course. 2 sample sachets lasted me about 3 days with day and night use, but it did seem quite nice. It’s rather slippery and siliconey but it did seem to have lasting hydration effects, which is definitely more than I can say about the Orchid cream. It’s also fairly affordable – you can buy it here [affiliate] for $43,90 for TWO 80ml bottles, or $23,90 for one, which seems like a pretty good deal to me for a ton of serum! I would consider this if my hands ever felt an itching to try new serums.

2. Innisfree Green Tea Seed cream:

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Holy shit this is so fragranced. After being used to CosRX’s very nicely unfragranced Rice Mask, this is a bit overpowering. It is also super siliconey, and pills up a bit if I’ve applied too much stuff underneath. I don’t find that it moisturizes that well either. At least it didn’t give me a film on my face like the horrible Orchid cream. Overall, a solid meh. Just in case you still want to buy it, you can find it here for $21.90 plus shipping. Personally, I would recommend the CosRX masks as moisturizer instead.

3. Dr Belmeur Daily Repair Foam Cleanser

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This was also super fragranced, which was not great, but it was quite low foaming, which was good. I feel like it cleansed my skin well without leaving residue, but also not leaving it tight. However I did get a couple of rather deep pimples in the couple of days I was using this wash – not sure if it was entirely due to this wash, or just three consecutive 12 hour work days and the wrong time of the month. I think the whole Dr Belmeur line is very cute (reminds me of like, Dutch milkmaids, but one whose a practicing doctor? Idk) but The Face Shop has a long history of meh skincare products, so…. It’s available for $11.89 from my bae Roseroseshop which I buy all my Korean shit from, not too bad a product to try out.

4. Danahan Silky Radiance BB Cream in 23

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If Sulwhasoo was the queen of traditional Korean skincare, Danahan must be one of the imperial consorts, assuming Korean royal court worked like all the Chinese ones in the dramas I watched in my childhood. My 2 sachets are in 23, which is the colour I prefer in Korean terms because I’m more scared of the bald eagle effect than having a slightly darker face. It also has SPF 30 which you know means almost nothing to me.

This is a super thick BB cream. It’s so thick that it’s difficult to spread with fingers and I had to use a brush, which left streaks that I had to blend further with my fingers… not a good start. After that, it didn’t look too bad, although it does look rather heavy. I’ve also not been using a face primer recently, and I felt like this didn’t cover up my pores as beautifully as my other foundations. It also looked a bit heavier than what I’m used to, but it does have more coverage than say, my Koh Gen Do 213.

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L-R Koh Gen Do Aqua 213, The Saem Tip Perfection concealer in 1.5, Danahan BB Cream in 23

You can see it’s much more neutral than the super olive 213, and it doesn’t have much of a grey cast. Overall, it’s a bit too neutral/pink for my face, and too dark, but passable.

I think it’s alright…? You might want to try it if you want to feel like a fancy traditional Korean. It’s not a bad product, but perhaps not what I’m used to (and I’m very finicky about shade matches.) You can get 40ml of the BB cream and a free gel cleanser for $30.69 from Roseroseshop.

Sample Rundown #3

Moar samples!!! I’m running out of samples to review though, since I never shop retail and hence never get to enjoy samples. Most samples were passed on from generous friends and family.

 

Daylong SPF 50 Light Gel and Kids SPF 50 Lipodomal Lotion 

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Everyone needs SUNBLOCK! This and the other Daylong were free consumer samples, if you gave the company your mailing address. Both are very similar, and I suspect the only difference is minor changes in active ingredients. It has good emollience and spreads easily, but they are on the sticky side, and left a tacky, greasy finish, and not in an attractive way. Make up doesn’t slip over it, but the greasiness will show through. A LOT. I had to apply 2 full layers of powder foundation over it to mute the greasiness to a satin level (for reference, my usual sunscreen requires only 1 thin layer.) And powder foundation over doesn’t reduce its stickiness, you will still feel it if you touch your face. At least it didn’t burn my eyes. And I believe it’s waterproof too due to the oiliness. However, Ethylhexyl Mecinnimate is one of the top few sunblock ingredients, and if I wanted protection that degrades over time anyway, I would pick my super budget sunscreen any day.

Verdict: Will not purchase, not a bad sunscreen but definitely not one you would use if you were vain. Maaaaaybe you would use it on a kid or at the beach, but it’s not very different from the traditional, greasy sunscreens.

 

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

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This is my sample of the cult favourite sunscreen, with tons of loyal users even in America. I can see why people like it. It’s sinks in quick and leaves a dry, smooth finish (almost like a silicone primer.) No stickiness, no greasiness. Really, really nice. It’s can be a bit drying due to the lack of heavier ingredients and inclusion of alcohol, so a moisturizer underneath is a must.

Verdict: Might purchase, except we all know my one true sunscreen love that I will never cheat on. This is like $15 for a measly 30ml.

 

Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream

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An okay cream, it’s kind of a gel-cream consistency but it’s quite sticky. It leaves my face sticky and never fully dries down, which I don’t personally mind but not sure if you would. I usually use this as a night cream. I find that it’s not all that hydrating because I used it in the US and I still got lots of dry flaky patches on the tip of my nose and around the nose.

Verdict: will not purchase, nothing special to me.

Sample Rundown #2

1. Flora by Gucci Glamorous Magnolia:

My mum bought a mini vial (I think 5ml) of this to bring to China. The scent is quite a lovely, soft floral. No sweetness, and I get why it’s called Glamorous, because there is a touch of glamour. Not full on glamour, but a mysterious one. Purchase?: No, because literally ALL my perfumes are florals and it’s not special enough to me.

2. MUFE Lab Shine Lipgloss in S2 (Star series)

Got this mini as a freebie. It’s a very sheer sparkly beige lipgloss. Originally I tried applying it by itself but it just looked bad because it was so sheer. When I layered it, it’s actually not bad. It’s supposedly beige/peach but honestly it’s pretty damn sheer so it can top any lipstick, giving it a slight warmth. It’s quite thick and gloopy (boohoo) but only slightly sticky, so it’s quite comfortable to wear. It’s also very moisturizing so that makes me happy. The smell is supposedly apricot: to my philistine nose, it smells fruity and flowery and the scent is pretty nice. Unfortunately it also has the classic plasticky lipgloss taste, so that’s not so great. Overall a decent gloss, says the person who hates glosses. Too bad I think they discontinued this in favour of the new Plexi glosses. Purchase?: Can’t but don’t really want to, but I’m glad this made me reconsider the lip layering thing.

3. Shokubutsu Anti Bacterial body wash

Free sample from the Great Eastern Women’s Run goodie bag. Isn’t it awesome they give out so many beauty products? This smells great, if not especially exciting. Cleansing/anti bacterial powers don’t seem much different to me. Purchase?: Not in the near future because I have a shitload of my favourite bodywash to go through.

4. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack

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Another day, another collagen product from Etude House… The sample size comes in a tube, which I VASTLY prefer over the tub, because obvious reasons. This is a sticky sleeping pack. It comes out in a sticky white gel, and it remains sticky for a long while. I find it quite hydrating, and I’m thankful for this because the new moisturizer I’m using isn’t as thick. Overall, not a bad product. Purchase?: No, I don’t think it’s very necessary to my routine, but you may like it. 

Sample Rundown #1!

I don’t get that many samples because I don’t buy retail very often, if at all. Still, if I get a generous sized sample of something it’s usually enough to form an opinion about!

1. Etude House Real Art cleansing oil:

Mona Lisa receiving billions of dollars to endorse this product.

Received from the Great Eastern Women’s Run goodie bag. It has a citrus scent, which is pleasant but citrus oils are notoriously problematic in skincare. It removes make up and even apocalypse proof mascara well and doesnt sting eyes. However it doesn’t emulsify off well and leaves a film on my skin. Although it doesn’t sting my eyes during cleansing, the residue always make my eyes itch afterwards. Boo. Purchase?: No because I rather use mineral oil to remove make up, cheap and effective.

2. Etude House Collagen Moistfull peeling wash:


Collagen is nonsense in skincare, especially in facial wash. You don’t need your facial wash to do fancy things other than clean your damn face. Luckily, Etude House’s products are all affordably and fairly priced anyway. Otherwise, this is a so-so face wash. The peeling bits help to gently exfoliate, but I feel it doesnt make my face very clean. It certainly can’t get rid of all my foundation (and I don’t wear apocalypse proof full coverage ones!) It doesn’t sting my eyes though so that’s a plus. Similar slight citrus scent as the Real Art oil. Purchase?: Nope. 

3. Premier Dead Sea Serum, not sure which one it is since I threw away the sample pack, possibly Concentrated Facial Serum.
This sample sachet was extremely generously sized. I used it when we went to Hangzhou for 4 days and I used it morning and night and spilled a little and it was still enough. It has a very nice feel mainly due to the super high silicone content (dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, and more.) It smells lightly citrus, almost exactly like the Real art cleansing oil. I actually really liked the emollience for the harsh cold days (it was freezing in Hangzhou) and I did feel like it helped my skin, but I suspect it’s too much for my usual humid climate. Plus, I hate Premier on principle for their hard selling tactics. Purchase?: Nah, too overpriced. 

4. Lancome Advanced Genefique 
See full review here. Purchase?: Nah, better options at cheaper prices! 

5. Lancome Advanced genefique eye cream:
I don’t know, i don’t have much of an opinion. I don’t like eye creams anyway. Purchase?: Clearly not. 

6. Guerlain Tenue de Perfection in 01 Beige Pale aka the less sexy cousin of Lingerie de Peau/Parure de Lumiere

Even the model’s foundation colour looks wrong?! The MUA should be fired!!

I forgot how closely the lightest shade matched me but I remember it being passable. Anyway this is super hardcore. The little sachet lasted me like a week or something. It’s super high coverage and is APOCALYPSE PROOF. I can rarely say that about foundations because our humidity kills anything but this is the shit. Plus it doesnt look very cakey. I was quite impressed. The only thing is the shade match, I don’t think anything is yellow enough to match me perfectly, which is what you need with something so high coverage. The shade range in general is very limited. Boo hoo. Purchase?: Eventually yes, IF I can find a good shade match. 

7. MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash

This seems to be a standard MAC sample for most purchases, not that I know because I have never purchased anything retail from MAC. Not waterproof = fail for me, I think most people agree that MAC’s mascaras suck. It is very black and quite voluminizing but it doesnt hold a curl or lengthen (so your lushes look like leg hair stubble srsly), plus it smudges relatively easily. Boo. Purchase?: No way.

I still have loads of skincare samples, so I will be reviewing those in the future!