Friday, July 12, 2013

Empties - Samples Edition - June 2013

I managed to use up a whopping 14 samples in June which probably makes up for the few full sized products I finished.

Here's what they were with a few thoughts on each:

June Empties - Samples

Avene Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
I didn't like this at all.  It did a pretty pitiful job at getting my eye makeup off.  Would not purchase this product.

Avene Miceller Lotion
I don't really get the hype around these miceller lotions.  It did an okay job of removing my face makeup but not my eye makeup.  I much prefer to use a cleanser as I felt like i needed to rinse my face with water after using this product anyway.

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
I found this to have a strong alcoholic fragrance and it felt quite drying on my skin.  Probably more suited to someone with an oilier skin type.  I also didn't like the concept of spraying it straight on my face as I felt like it would be too strong to go near my eyes

Listerine Total Care Mouthwash
I got this as a free sample from PinchMe and really liked it.  A clean refreshing mouthwash that didn't make my tongue feel on fire.

Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner and Deep Facets
These came in one of my Her Fashion Boxes and while I did enjoy using them I just found them too heavy for my fine hair.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
This is one of those great all-purpose products.  It's designed to be worn as a primer under your makeup but can also be used as a moisturiser or my favourite way to use it is as a mask.  The trick with this product is to apply a thin layer by patting it onto the skin.  If you start rubbing it in like a moisturiser it will pill very quickly.  I like to apply a thick layer to my skin for 10-20 minutes and then rinse off - you could also leave it on overnight.  Leaves my skin feel soft, plump and hydrated.

June Empties - Samples

Elixia Daily Skin Smoothing Lotion
A nice thin lotion that was surprisingly hydrating.  Smells a lot like sunblock. I didn't notice any of the promised 'smoothing away of fine lines' but I would probably need to use it longer to see these benefits.

Jurlique Age-Defying Ultra Firm and Lift Cream
I enjoyed using this, especially as my skin is getting drier in winter but again I don't think I used it for long enough to see any of the promised benefits.

Benefit Porefessional Primer
The jury is still out on silicone based primers for me.  I'm just not sure that they're hydrating enough.  In saying that this is definitely one of the better ones I've tried.

Rachel K CC Cream - Original
The pink sachet of this is a better colour tone for me but this still matched me fine.  This CC cream provides really good coverage and applies semi-matte to the skin.  If I didn't already have a drawer full of foundations and BB creams I would buy this.

Emergin C Earth hydrating phytelene cream and hyper-vitalizer cream
I've lumped these two together because I found them to be very similar. Each sachet gave me around 3-4 applications and they felt lovely and hydrating on the skin.  I've read some good reviews on these products so I wouldn't mind doing some more research and picking something up in full size to really try it out properly

Emergin C multi-fuit cleanser
A lovely fruity creamy cleanser.  You apply to dry skin and massage in then introduce a little bit of water.  I enjoyed using this product - it did a great job of getting off my makeup too.

Whew, what a list - congrats if you've made it this far!!  Have you tried any of the products I mentioned above?  Love to hear your thoughts on them!

Kayte x


  1. I love the emerginc range, expensive but so lovely to use.

    Jac x0x

    1. I remember reading that you loved this brand Jac - that's what motivated me to use them :)


  2. I was glad you liked the emergin C samples. I have the same ones, I'll have to get them out of my sample box and give them a try now. I'd love a sample of the Porefessional primer. It's one of those pricey products that would be good to try before you buy. I'll save my money and won't buy the dermalogica toner. I love dermalogica products, but don't really feel the need for toners very often. Toners tend to be drying, and it sounds like that one was too. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading this post :D

    1. I agree about toners - they can be so drying and I often don't bother with them at all. Thanks Susannah :)

  3. I hate small samples like the emerginC ones. They're so small, you really don't get to really try them out and see if they truly work. At least the Avene sample sizes you can use for a week or so and start to see how it effects your skin or hair.

    1. I did get 3-4 uses out of the small sachet but I agree that they aren't the best. With skincare you really need to try for at least 2 weeks to see any difference in my opinion. Thanks for your comment x

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  5. I received some emerginC products from BB and LHI, they were quite nice on dry skin. I think i'm slowly getting sucked into the Rachel K CC cream phase... maybe after I finish a few foundations!


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