Deluxe & Beauty to Love Sephora Samples: Buy it or Skip it? (Part 1: Skincare)

100 point samples and Sephora's Beauty to Love Sample Bag

100 point samples and Sephora’s “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag

I did a post like this before, 5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? and I received quite a few comments that people liked that type of review. I redeemed a bunch of Sephora points along with a code for their “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag (8 samples free with $25 purchase and the code BEAUTYFEED) and I thought I would do another Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? post. Its A LOT of samples, so I’m going to do it as two posts, the first on the skin/hair care samples, and the second on the makeup samples. A few of the items I think I might do separate reviews on, I’m not sure. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

These are the skin and hair care samples I received and whether I would buy the full-size product after trying it or just skip it:

bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power InfusionbareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Infusion ($60 CAD): This was a sample of bareMineral’s new “lightweight serum essence powered by patented benefits of Long Life Herb Extract, to help protect skin against visible signs of aging and damage for ridiculously glowing skin.” I chose this 100 point sample because I expected a fragrance-free moisturizer from a brand like bareMinerals. This serum is HEAVILY scented with “fragrance” clearly listed as an ingredient. I did try it on the back of my hand and it was one of those almost sticky feeling types of serums that I’m not a big fan of. It has several unusual plant extract ingredients (peucedanum japonicum, California poppy, Japanese mandarin peel, ginger extract) which makes my sensitive skin nervous. I’ve had reactions to plant extracts before; Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it won’t irritate your skin. Ginger extract in particular is a known skin irritant. Verdict: Skip it.

 First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping CreamFirst Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream ($47 CAD): This one was part of the Beauty to Love Sample Bag. I liked the idea of an overnight, deeply hydrating cream and according to First Aid Beauty its “allergy-tested, free of artificial fragrances, dermatologist-recommended, and safe for even the most sensitive skin.” In the winter my skin can get dry and flakey and I need to do a hydrating mask, like the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin. I’ve used this sample up, and it was enough for about 4 applications. On the nights that I used it, my skin was so much more hydrated the next day. I noticed a really big difference. It didn’t cause any breakouts. I would definitely add this to my skincare routine. Verdict: Buy it!

Laneige Water Bank Moisture CreamLaneige Water Bank Moisture Cream ($42 CAD): This was also in the Beauty to Love Sample Bag. I was immediately skeptical about the main ingredient “hydro ionized mineral water — fusing essential minerals zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and sodium.” Drinking ionized water is the latest celebrity health fad but I’m not totally sure how much more effective it is in skincare than regular water. Another ingredient, olive squalane, on the other hand is great for your skin. This moisturizer unfortunately also contains added “fragrance.” I wasn’t a fan of the scent of this (an old-fashioned, almost medicinal type of scent), but if you don’t mind scented products this had a nice, light feel to it and absorbed very quickly into the skin. I would love it if it was available in an unscented version. Verdict: Skip it.

Skin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating MaskSkin Inc. Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask ($92 CAD): Another Beauty to Love Sample Bag item, my jaw dropped when I looked up the price of the full-size of this product! Although it did sound pretty cool – “A unique sleep-in transparent gel mask that hydrates, clarifies, and brightens skin, all in a single step. This triple-treat mask contains nutrient-rich Okinawa deepsea water, soya bean extracts, and hyaluronic acid…no added fragrance.” As I mentioned, I like the idea of an overnight hydrating mask. The texture of this one is unusual – its thin, clear and a little tacky. I prefer the more traditional lotion feel of the First Aid Beauty. I also could never do the nearly $100 price tag! Verdict: Skip it.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching EssenceMurad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence ($86 CAD): I chose this 100 point sample because I’ve  liked some of the Murad samples I’ve tried in the past. This is another moisturizer that is not fragrance-free, however. When I tried this overnight, I woke up the next morning with three fresh new blemishes, so I don’t think it agreed with my skin. Verdict: Skip it.

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair SerumClinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum ($71 CAD): As I mentioned, I’m often not a fan of “serums” and sure enough, this had a very thick and sticky consistency that I didn’t like at all. It didn’t absorb into my skin and just sort of sat on top feeling icky. Verdict: Skip it.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight PerfectorLiving Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector ($34 CAD): I thought I’d include this one along with skincare. Another intriguing product, an overnight hair mask, the adorably named Night Cap is “An easy-to-use solution that provides up to one week of more shiny, vibrant, manageable hair overnight, with benefits that last through five shampoos.” I enjoyed the samples of the 5-in1 Styling Treatment, so I thought I’d give this 100 pointer a whirl. What I didn’t enjoy about this was the scent. It had a very strong grapefruit scent which I could smell all night long even with my hair pinned up. After washing my hair the next morning, my hair did feel softer but it didn’t do anything for my frizziness. This overnight leave-in conditioner definitely did not wow me. Verdict: Skip it.

Wow – trying out these samples sure saved me a lot of money, because out of these 7 products, there was only one I would purchase 🙂 Have you ever found a product you love by trying it first as a sample?

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


Filed under Health & Skincare, Reviews

16 responses to “Deluxe & Beauty to Love Sephora Samples: Buy it or Skip it? (Part 1: Skincare)

  1. well, I happened to get from Sephora samples that worked better than the full-sized product itself! so I’m an advocate for asking for samples all the time! 😉 xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty


  2. I have tried so many serum’s lately and they all suck do you have any recommendations? I’ve used so many samples and have been disappointed:(


  3. This is very helpful! Sometimes I still can’t form a solid opinion based on samples but there are definitely ones that I know I won’t purchase based on a single use – especially stinky ones!
    You probably saved us all a lot of money too haha!


  4. The FAB sleeping cream sounds like something I must try! Not wowed by their reg moisturizer, though.


  5. Perfumed facial products make me crazy! And irritate my sensitive skin too. I don’t mind if a product has a scent from the ingredients, but if it has actual fragrance it in, then I probably can’t use it.
    Testing out samples is such a great way to try the more expensive products without wasting your money. That reminds me, I should pop into Sephora and get a sample of the Too Faced Hangover Primer this week since I’ll be right by there after my dentist appointment.


  6. I get samples whenever I can for high end products. I love how at actual Sephora stores you can get a sample of just about anything they sell. I’ve come to love some primers, but full size are embarrassingly expensive so I just go back to the store for another little sample or get a travel size (which can last a long time if a little goes a long way).

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  7. Why does skin care have to be so expensive?!
    And so fragrant? You’d think that at this point in the game everything would be offered in a fragrance free version.
    I may actually need to try that First Aid Beauty moisturizer.
    This is a fun review! I need to dig into my ever growing collection of samples and use a few things up before they go bad.


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