Sample Saturday: True Blue’s Really Refreshing Face Scrub

Today’s sample is not really a sample. It is considered a mini size. Hmmm…whatever! Let’s call it a sample today, shall we?

It is thrifty to purchase a mini to see if you want to invest in a full-size, that’s true. And Bath and Body Works knows that in the heart of heart of their customers, we love the baby-sized stuff!

Here’s one that I gave a go at…

This is True Blue’s ‘Really Refreshing Face Scrub’ in peppermint. It’s mini at 1 oz and full price is $6. But I know I got it with a special like ‘Buy 2 get one free’ deal. I took the opportunity to test this one out.

Both my hubs and I use facial scrubs. We actually like the same ones. When St. Ives discontinued our favorite one, I set upon a quest to find a replacement. Truth is, I wasn’t looking forward to testing facial scrubs. I’m ultra picky about facial scrubs. I’m serious about taking care of my skin. It scars easily so I don’t need to be rubbing crushed apricot pits into my face!

It was just a chance I took when I picked this one up…

It reminds me of Arm and Hammer’s Baking Soda toothpaste. That’s a good thing. The scrubbing ingredient in True Blue’s scrub is silica, that’s a very fragile mineral and you find it in makeup as well. The mineral can be tumbled until it is round but very small. The round silica doesn’t have any jagged edges to tear at the skin; it just rolls up the loose, dead skin.

Only the smallest, tiniest feeling of grit, this scrub feels safe…and refreshing on my skin. It isn’t overdone with the peppermint fragrance either. I don’t mind a bold smell or that fresh tingle peppermint can have. But, I think it is because the fragrance is softer that my hubs can give this facial scrub the nod.

My verdict is that, for now, this is our current facial scrub. I use it once a week and hubs uses it around 3 times a month. I used one of my Bath and Body Works coupons to purchase the full size. It costs around $20 but it is a large tube and, who buys stuff at Bath and Body Works at full price?!!!! You should get on their email list and they will send you lots of special coupons. Then you can get some of their mini products and find something that fits the bill for you.

Sample Saturday: Paul Mitchell’s Haircare for Men: Mitch

It just maybe that I need to move ‘Sample Saturday’ to ‘Sample Sunday’! My apologies for skipping a couple of days posting this week.

Today’s sample is one that actually became a sample for my husband. My husband has removed himself from the public eye and he chooses to remain out of social media. I know! I’m scratching my head over that one too; it’s so fun!

So, I’m prefacing this to preface the irony of my husband using the sample I am talking about today.

This sample is from Paul Mitchell’s line for men called ‘Mitch’…

This is a 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner called ‘Double Hitter’. Interestingly enough, this is sulfate-free which makes me think of a product made for hair that has been colored and/or straightened. I think we are seeing more and more men dying their hair! Don’t let them fool you into believing they are not vain!!

I have a feeling that ‘Mitch’ is catering to just that audience. Hair products that are sulfate-free have less detergent, doesn’t foam up like crazy and thus, doesn’t strip the hair of vital moisturizers, nor breaks down any processes done to the hair. And colored hair is one of those processes.

My hubs says that he likes the way it makes his scalp feel tingly and very clean. He likes the smell too. It’s a creamy shampoo/conditioner but it smells nice. It’s a masculine scent and it reminds me of Ralph Lauren’s Polo.

After I received this, I put it in the shower and told my husband what it was and left it at that. Several days later he asked me what that product was; he liked it a lot. After I told him it was a sample of a new haircare line for men he asked me to get him some more. That right there says a lot to me as he isn’t swayed over easily (like I am).

OK, here’s the irony. When I was growing up, a bunch of us would go to a small lake to fish. We’d stop off at the bait shop for bait, of course. This shop was run by a nice guy named ‘Tiny’. However, Tiny wasn’t tiny; quite the opposite.

So, I have a husband who doesn’t have much hair at all, his name is sort of like Tiny’s. That’s what makes me giggle that my husband, HARRY, is your tester for today’s sample. 😉

Well, he still has to wash the 3 dozen hairs he does have left!!! Right?

Sample Saturday: Biore Restore Skin-Boosting Night Serum

Beauty samples have to be popular. They are everywhere. I am finding more and more of these flat sample packages in my magazines. I get them in the mail. Companies that have a Facebook fan page often have sample lotteries. If I oreder a product, the company usually puts in a wee sample of another product they think I might like. We love samples!

I like them too. There’s a bit of excitement in a miniature version of the large size. Try before you buy. Check it out with no financial investment!

Here is the full-size version of a sample I tried…

Biore’s ‘Restore’ Skin-Boosting Night Serum. Biore is the same company that brings you those nose strips that you wet, apply, let dry, take off and get grossed out with the junk it gets out of your pores. I bet you’ve tried those samples!

Here’s the scoop on the serum before I share my own story about it.

This has been my favorite part of my night time skin regimen for over a year. I love what serums do to my skin. Biore tops them all for me. When I apply this, it slides on so smoothly. My skin drinks it in. And in the morning when I touch my face, I cannot believe how soft and smooth it feels.

This serum is a creamy serum. It feels cool on the skin and the smell is a slight citrus fragrance. I’m showing you about 1/2 a pump from the bottle. A full pump takes care of my entire face and down my neck. I apply this after washing my face at night, I let it dry and then I touch it up with a heavier moisturizer if my skin feels a bit tight on the tops of my cheeks and forehead. I don’t use ‘Restore’ under my eyes as I have another product I use there.

Taken from the box, Biore describes it as follows:

Nourishes & soothes skin as you sleep for a brighter, more rested appearance in the a.m. Oil-Free. (This product) infuses your skin with powerful antioxidants and skin regenerating vitamins A and C while you sleep. Featuring soothing chamomile and aloe, plus a blend of rosemary, sage and nettle extracts, this formula is designed to work overnight to help recharge skin’s appearance so you wake up looking refreshed and ready to face the day. 

All great and wonderful stuff, right? I love it. And when I finished a miniature sample bottle of this, I got more.

So, here’s my story…
I have a habit of saving small samples like ‘Restore’ until I travel. These are perfect for packing into my makeup kit as I won’t go without my skincare items. I got this one sometime back in a sampler kit from Target. Silly me, I saved it for my Christmas trip to my brother’s in 2010.

I, then, discovered, how great this product was. My skin had never felt so smooth in the morning. And I was in Denver with practically zero percent humidity. My skin wasn’t used to that at all, living in Florida!

Thus, I began to use it regularly when I got home. When it got down to the end, I went to buy more. I checked Target, nope. Then Walmart, Walgreens and Ulta. No. I got on the Internet and my heart dropped: they had discontinued it! Gasp! No!!!!

Now, just where do you go when you are looking for a hard to find (HTF) beauty product? Yes, I went to Ebay. There I got a lot of 3 bottles for around $12. The bottle in the photos is the end of the first of those three. It lasted about 10 months.

Moral of my story: don’t hold onto samples because I might learn that I’m too late to purchase full sizes. While hunting for replacements, I see that Biore doesn’t, currently, have any serums in its line of skin care. Biore, please come up with a serum again just like this one!

I have to know…has this ever happened to you?

Sample Saturday: L’oreal’s Magic Lumi

This idea has been brewing in my mind for a month. I am going to do a series on samples of products I have either bought, found in magazines or given to review. Since it is about samples, these won’t be full-size items. I’ll save the full reviews for when I use the product more than just once.

The goal is two-fold: The first is to let you know how a sample worked out for me and if it prompted me to purchase the full-size version. And, two, just to see how effective a sample can be. Is it enough to give me a good idea whether to purchase it? The rest will unfold as I move forward with the series.

Of course, please, do leave your impressions and thoughts in the comment section.

I’ll start with the newest sample I received…

This was in my current issue of ‘Elle’ magazine. What’s the first thing I do when I get a magazine in the mail? I rip out the perfume and the subscription cards.  But, it is a pleasant surprise to get a card that has a smidgen of a sample on it.

This one is L’oreal’s ‘Magic Lumi’. This is a primer/highlighter that has ‘subtle luminosity.’

I think I got robbed of part of my sample! Can you see where it has been rolled out of the top of the tab. But, there was enough left for me to try it.

Usually these sample cards have a coupon attached. This one has a $2 one for any of the Lo’real ‘Studio Secrets Magic’ collection. A $2 coupon is nicely generous.

Here’s what I discovered in sampling. The texture of this is silky. When I put it on my skin, it made it feel silky too. Never did this product feel tacky, sticky or gooey.

I tried a bit under my eyes before applying my foundation. That gave me a look of what I call a reverse raccoon look; white rings around my eyes. I didn’t use much, as you can see the sample is bitty. But anytime I use an under the eye lightener, it looks too light, thus, the white raccoon eyes.

Next, I wanted to see if I could use it on the apples of my cheeks and a small line down my nose. Here was my quandary…do I put it on before my foundation, like a primer? Or, do I put it on top of the foundation so the color shows on top?

I use a mineral powder foundation. So, I chose to put the foundation on top of the application under the eyes. Then, I used ‘Magic Lumi’ as highlights on my face AFTER putting on the foundation. This made sense as my foundation is matte and would put a kibosh on any shine the ‘Magic Lumi’ would create.

Interestingly enough, the luminator did work well with my foundation. But, ‘Magic Lumi’ gave me those white circles under my eyes. The luminating radiance on my nose and cheeks looked like I had forgotten to allow my skin moisturizer to soak in; I wasn’t glowing. I was shining. Not in a good way.

Will I purchase the full-size product? No, not at this time. Since I use only powder foundation, this didn’t really make sense for me. The luminosity didn’t look healthy on my skin. It looked shiny and that is exactly why I use a translucent powder.

What I did like was the texture. That silky feeling on my skin made it feel so soft. Do I think it works? Yes. It does exactly what it says it will do; highlight or illuminate the skin.

Have you tried L’oreal’s ‘Magic Lumi’?