Sephora Samples

(Disclaimer: I am typing this blog entry from my phone, so if anything looks weird I apologize, please bear with me)

So unfortunately my computer started acting up the other day. Like seriously started acting up. I had to take it to the Apple store and they're sending it to their specialists to fix it. I'm actually happy it messed up now instead of later because my Apple Care is about to run out (T-minus 11 days and counting) 

I hadn't realized how much I used my computer until it went bonkers on me. Even though I knew it was going to get fixed I was feeling a bit down (I mean who wouldn't) So after I dropped my computer off, I went to Sephora. My mom, dad, my cousin & her fiancé gave me Sephora gift cards for Christmas. So I went in to buy something just for the heck of it.  

Whenever I go to Sephora, I always walk out the door with samples. The thing is, I don't know if everyone knows about this wonderful aspect of Sephora and even other stores that sell beauty products. If you ask, most products can be given to you as a sample. Pretty cool right?

I've been trying out different BB Creams lately because the one I had been using for the summer/fall is too dark for my skin tone right now. (I get super pale in the winter) If you want a good BB Cream, you gotta pay some good money for it. So instead of spending $40 on a BB Cream that I'm not sure looks/feels good on my skin, I get samples of them first to try them out. I really like the SmashBox BB/CC Creams so I'm considering buying them. 

The other day though an employee at Sephora gave me sample of some tinted moisturizers that I hadn't tried yet.  

 

Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer

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This moisturizer is nice. It's a little on the thick side but it's got great coverage. Makes my skin feel smooth. She gave me a whole lot too which is great. I can use this for awhile!

 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

 

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This tinted moisturizer is not as thick as the first one. It's nice if you're looking for something that gives you a light coverage. 

 

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment 

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I also got some Argan milk treatment that you put on after you wash your face and use toner. It's a serum used to hydrate and repair your skin. You use it before your moisturizer. The Argan milk worked well on my skin and it felt great afterwards. 

I ended up purchasing these crayon lip glosses. They're Sephora brand.

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I love these. They look great as a lip sheer on top of lipstick or perfect by themselves if you are going for a more subtle and natural look. 

I also received a fragrance sample from Dior called Dior Addict. It has a great fruity/floral scent to it. 

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I was told while checking out that if I purchased any fragrances from that day until (I believe) Valentines Day I would receive triple the amount of Beauty Insider points from my purchases. What are beauty insider points you ask? Well Sephora has a program, that's free, which allows you earn a point for each dollar you spend. You can redeem those points for free items, be the first to know of promotions being held and you receive a free gift on your birthday (Actually any day the month of your birthday) I have 480 points. I'm almost at 500 points. It's taken me forever! 

My birthday was recently in January so I received my free gift. I got the same gift last year but I loved it so much I chose it again this year.  

It's a Benefit Cosmetics sample of their highlighter cream "Watt's Up" and their amazing mascara "They're Real!"

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I love this mascara! I used to use Dior Extase Mascara but I think this Benefit's mascara is just as good. 

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I love getting samples, whether it's from Sephora or Lush or other places. What about you? Do you get samples of products you haven't tried yet or do you just buy the product? Did you know you could get samples of products? Is this new or old news to you? Let me know in the comments below. If it is new news to you I hope I've opened a door for you, where you can explore the world of trying out new products, one sample bag at a time! <3

XOXO

Iquo

Iquo

Chicago, USA