Delving In To My Sample Stash #2

Raiding My Sample Stash

Raiding My Sample Stash

I’m still working my way through my sample stash, if you want to read my first post you can click here. I have been routing in the sample drawer and picked out a couple of new things to try. It’s like going shopping without spending any money. I have also looked out a few things from the sample drawer to take with me on holiday next week. So keep an eye out for that post

First up are two travel brushes one from Eco Tools (pink handle) which is from their Fresh & Flawless Set & is ideal for applying bronzer & blush. I love this brush it is so soft & just the perfect size for your makeup bag. The second brush is from Sonia Kashuk and this is what I have been using for my eyebrows, it’s the perfect angle & is quite stiff but not scratchy. These will be coming with me to Amsterdam too.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum

I totally forgot I had this. I think It came in the Glossybox collaboration with Harrods (so long ago). It is a gorgeous light serum, it leaves my skin so smooth and soft. I have only used is a couple of times & I am excited to see how my skin looks after a week or so. This is quite a pricey serum so I’m expecting to be wowed.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Light Bath & Shower Oil

This could quite possibly be heaven in a bottle. It smells botanical and very relaxing which is no surprise as there is lavender & ylang-ylang in it, a couple of drops of this in your bath is all you need. It’s lovely after a long stressful day. If you enjoy taking baths then these Aromatherapy Associate Oils are luxurious but not too expensive.

Murad Essential C Eye Cream SPF 15

I haven’t used this yet but I have tried a couple of other products from this Essential C Line & like them. This one is meant to hydrate, brighten and soften the appearance of fine lines. I’m an eye cream junkie & always on the lookout for that perfect one so I’m hoping this could be it.

Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser

I have had this for the longest time too & usually use my Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion & really like that, although it can take a couple of days to get a good amount of colour. With this Palmers one it’s like one application & a couple of hours later you have the most beautiful tan. It looks like you have been somewhere tropical & expensive on holiday. I can’t get over how even the colour is and how natural but deep the colour was. I even topped it up over the next 3 mornings & it looked amazing. My skin looked glowing, tanned and felt so soft. It lasts for ages (a good week) too & doesn’t go patchy. Oh and as with all Palmers Cocoa Butter products, it smells incredible. I am in love with it.

Sample Stash

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment*

Could a mask be any more amazing?? I think not. If you suffer from breakouts, blackheads or just unruly skin this mask is like a miracle worker. It’s quite thick and does tingle a little but it’s not uncomfortable. My husband loves to use it too, mainly on his nose as he gets blackheads & we have tried quite a few products to help reduce them but this mask does its jobs & clears them up. It must draw out the sebum & grime leaving you with clean, smooth and glowing skin. I will be buying the full size of this mask & think its worth every penny.

StriVectin TL 360 Tightening Eye Serum

I have been using this for a while now and LOVE it. Its a serum but slightly thicker in texture than your average serum. I pat it under my eye & over my lid too and instantly your eye area looks plumper, tighter and hydrated. Another miracle worker for sure. I have almost used this up & I’ve liked it so much I’m going to have buy the full size.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

How cute is this tiny sample? I have never tried a NARS base before and am very excited to give this a go. I’m hoping this gives a light coverage & helps my skin look healthy and fresh. I enjoy wearing tinted moisturisers & BB Creams so fingers crossed this works for me. Oh & I like that this has SPF30 in too.

Let me know if you have tried any of the samples I’m using or let me know what samples you have recently used up.

Products that are marked with a * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However, if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

YOU Beauty Discovery CEW(UK) 2014 Limited Edition Box

So in honour of the prestigious CEW(UK) –  Cosmetic Executive Women UK awards, You Beauty Discovery have teamed up with them to bring you a box jam packed to the brim full of beauty products that will not disappoint. Unlike most other beauty boxes You Beauty Discovery lets you see which products will be your box so there are no disappointments, only happy customers.

OU Beauty Discovery CEW(UK) 2014 Limited Edition Box

YOU Beauty Discovery CEWUK Box

This limited edition You Beauty Discovery CEW(UK) Box* has a selection of products from the finalist & winners of this years awards, so you’re getting to try some of the best selling & most sort after products from the past year. You’re really getting the cream of the beauty crop. Each product in this box made me squeal a little with excitement, the contents are worth almost £100 & you can get it for £16.95 (not including P&P). So what is in the box I hear you say …..

You Beauty Box

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml – This is a blogger favourite and somewhat of a cult product. It is a pre shampoo conditioning treatment. Designed to give your hair a boost of hydration to the hair cuticle – this in turn gives your hair suppleness, elasticity and bounce. Sounds ideal for my limp hair. I’m very excited to see if this lives up to the hype.

Philip Kingsley Haircare

L’Occitane En Provence  Almond Milk Concentrate 50ml – This almond oil & almond milk body lotion helps soften and nourish skin. This new formula also helps protect skin elasisity, tighten & smooth whilst stimulating cell renewal. That all sounds very fancy & I hope its as good as it smells, as the scent is incredible so sweet & rich. Its a lovely light cream which absorbs instantly. I will use this a little more and let you know how I get on, but after a few uses my skin does feel silky soft.

L'Occitane Almond Body Milk

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream 15ml – This cream promises to transform my complexion in just 2 weeks (bold claims). Its a high performance, marine based anti ageing gel-cream moisturiser suitable for all skin types. Now how can I not put this to the test – my skin could do with transforming & if Elemis live up to their claims I will be one very happy lady. The few products I have tried from Elemis I have loved so I’m sure this isn’t going to disappoint. It has a slight scent to it but nothing over powering, it feels light on my skin and is non greasy. I will let you know how this works for me after the 2 weeks are up.

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum 100ml – This is a very lightweight hair serum made with the finest Moroccan Argan Oil, which a great source of vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids together with a number of organic essential oils & extracts will keep your hair feeling silky smooth, eliminate frizz and look glossy. So that sounds perfect for summer! My hair is very dark brown and can look quite dull, especially when its dry. So this sounds like just the thing to inject a little moisture and nourishment. This is a whopping 100ml (full size) and will last for ages as two pumps was enough for my shoulder length hair. After one use my hair did feel nice & easy to run my fingers through but I want to use this for a a couple more weeks before I let you know if I really like it. But so far so good.

Dr Organic Haircare

Manuka Doctor Mini Hero Kit – This is a set of 3 skincare sachets to help achieve beautiful skin. You get a 5ml Skin Treatment Serum / 3ml Targeted Wrinkle Filler / 7ml Rejuvenating Face Mask. This is a great little taster of the brand and the perfect kit to take away on holiday so you can have a pamper session. I love the sound of all three of these and will have an at home pamper session to try them out. It says that this kit is clinically proven to promote skins elasticity, improve blemish prone skin and reduce wrinkles. Sounds like they have all bases covered. Its a cute little kit & something tells me I’m going to enjoy it.

Manuka Doctor Skincare Set

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment 15g – This is such a well loved & hyped product amongst bloggers & I have wanted to try it for the longest time. I am over the moon so so excited that this is in my box & it is a pretty decent size luxury sample. This award winning mask is said to provide a flawless finish and glowing complexion in just 10 minutes. So expect some face mask selfies of me over the next week. I’m going to enjoy every minute of testing this mask as it has been on my wishlist for the longest time.

GlamGlow Youthmud Mask

YOU Beauty Discovery CEW(UK) 2014 Limited Edition Box – £16.95 (not including P&P)

So thats 5 luxury samples & a full size products, also in the box you get lots of discount codes to redeem against future purchases & a mini sample of the Caudalie Divine Legs. So this box really is packed full of only amazing products for you to try. Beauty enthusiasts be quick at this box is limited edition and with contents this good it won’t be available for long. Its worth it for the GlamGlow Mask alone.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.