hello everyone! if you don’t know – which you probably don’t – i don’t mind a deluxe sample size of any products at all, whether i pay for it or i receive it with a purchase, if it’s a points purchase or simply a freebie. i actually like sample sizes because i feel like it affords you the chance to really try out a product before splurging on the full size.
there have been a few small size products i’ve tried that i’ve then been encouraged to buy the full size once i’ve completed it, or i buy the smaller size purposely because it’s great for travel. there are so many pros to sample size items when it comes to makeup, but i always read or hear about the cons or the needless complains, so i figured i’d write a post, as well as show you just a snippet of my little bin of sample size items.
so if you haven’t been able to tell from this blog, i have no problem whatsoever buying something on the more pricey side if i want it – so the argument that it’s for cheap people or people who don’t have as much funds is a bit silly. for me, i like knowing if i will get along with a product before spending a certain amount of money on it, not liking it and then returning it and basically wasting a product that someone else could have bought and enjoyed. i mostly get my sample size products through points purchases (from sephora), mini purchase amount products (i.e. spend $25 and get this deluxe size item – once again from sephora) or beauty boxes (from sephora, ipsy, allure and birchbox). it introduces me to a new brand, a new product or lets me have an additional item in a smaller size even though i have the bigger size already.
encouraging transparency, i mostly get deluxe sample sizes of skincare – my skin is fickle and it tends to get used to a product after a while – but i do have standards on what i will put on my skin – i’m trying to go towards the more organic realm of brands and they usually are pricey. i’m currently trying out the peter thomas roth® skincare line and i love it! his pumpkin enzyme mask is amazing and my skin feels so much better after using it, it does smell like pumpkin pie which i don’t like – sue me! – but it’s a goodie.
as his products aren’t the cheapest i chose to get this bundle – here – where you can get his entire mask collection in a deluxe sample size. i already plan on buying the pumpkin mask and his 24k gold mask as well as his cucumber eye mask – there is no deluxe sample size for that product but if his mask are an indication then i am willing to roll the dice.
as stated earlier i also purposely buy items that are smaller of my full size products – origins® is a brand i love and whose products work for me. i’m not currently using their mask as i used it for about a year and now my skin needs a break from it as it’s gotten used to it, but i’m so dedicated to it that i already have the charcoal mask as well as the rose mask waiting in my bin to start using again. i bought the checks & balances and modern friction scrub in mini form to travel with.
then there are brands i’ve always wanted to try, but realized it wouldn’t be for me after trying the sample size – fresh® and glam glow® is one of them – now it’s not that i don’t like fresh or glam glow but for the price they are they don’t really do anything extra for me that my current products don’t. it’s not to say they are overhyped or that they don’t work – but for me i couldn’t justify the price for an item where i have current items that do the same thing for equal or lesser value.
and then there are game changer samples! i got these tarte products in beauty boxes – one sephora and the other one ipsy – i thought of tarte® as the brand where there foundation wasn’t my favorite and their smaller eye shadows were my travel go-to’s, but now i’m more interested in their skincare than their makeup products! their maracuja oil is my nighttime essential and i use their frixxtion stick one a week after a long week of makeup. i have full plans on buying the full size of both items once i’ve completed these.
then there are my point purchases – at sephora for every dollar you spend you get a point – i usually save them into the 1,000’s that way i can have multiple options – recently i’ve been using them and i got the sunday riley® tidal and the ole henriksen® face moisturizers – these are both hyped brands that are pricey so why not spend the equivalent of $100 for two deluxe sample sizes – you hear the sarcasm of the sad truth about the points system in my words? – i must say these two items did nothing for me. i did not like the smell of the ole henriksen® moisturizer and the sunday riley® tidal didn’t do much for my skin that my current moisturizer doesn’t. once again that’s not to say they’re bad products but they just didn’t jive with me and i’m glad to find that out this way than thanks to a large jar of product.
then there’s makeup! i usually get these smaller size products buying them in travel size or through beauty boxes and seldom through points. i always fear not using the whole product of the full size jar so i buy the smaller amount until i get a better idea of how much i use and how often to calculate the justifications of buying the full size product.
the clinique® pep start primer – which i got in a beauty box – is now part of my everyday makeup routine and i plan on purchasing the full size soon! i love the way it makes my skin feel pre-makeup and a little goes a long way!
nars is another – this blush becomes available when you become vib rouge or when we renew it – i have two but the colors don’t look great on me so i don’t use them – their lipsticks though are amazing and will help me justify the price when i do eventually get a full size one – although i rarely if ever fully use a full size lipstick.
the balm™ blushes are all from ipsy and it helped me realize that none of their blushes looks good one me. i bought a full size one and it didn’t flow with me and these don’t really either. my cheeks eat up blushes so quickly and ate these blushes up even quicker. i do blame it more on my cheeks and the colors i was given than on the brand itself as i do love a lot of the balms products.
same jazz with the josie maran® highlighter – i use them sometimes – i bought multiple holiday product packs from sephora of josie maran products and these mini highlighters came with them – i now have three – but the squeeze always makes sure too much comes out and i find blending it in takes a bit as well – the finish is eventually beautiful but if you’re having a rushed day and need to slap on some makeup this is not the product for you.
i guess what i’m trying to say – in my own rambling way – is that i often read about the negatives of sample or deluxe size products and for the most part i think there is an amazing perk to these products.
in a world – or country to be more specific – so based off consumerism, something i’m equally as guilty of and wanting to get the absolute most for the least we need to take in a minute and realize it’s not always about quantity or quality but about being resourceful with the items on our doorstep.
i find multiple purposes for basically anything i buy and i don’t like to get swept up in hot item or brand fomo and i find this option keeps me level headed and stops me from being wasteful. okay rant over!
per usual i hope you all enjoyed this post or at least the pictures! thanks for reading and good days (or nights) to you all!