Sunday, 1 September 2013

sampling samples #5 | holiday edition

to save a bit of space in my suitcase i took a few samples with me on holiday. a cleanser, sunscreen, body butter and primer found it's way into my suitcase. everything you need for a holiday in the sun!

coola mineral sunscreen*
this sunscreen looked terrifying when i first went to put it on. after reading the small print i discovered it was marketed as a tinted moisturiser as well as a sunscreen. but to be honest i found the product too sheer to be a tinted moisturiser and lacking in sufficient spf to be a sunscreen. the formula is great but it is seriously lacking in other vital areas. slightly disappointing

vinchy normaderm tri-activ cleanser*
i was instantly drawn to this as it can be used in three different ways. you can apply it either as a cleanser, mask or scrub demanding on what you're looking for. its free from parabens and a selection of other nasty bits making it great for sensitive skin. it contains salicylic acid to revitalise the skin and the little exfoliating beads give the skin a good polish without being harsh, even when using it as a mask. it smells amazing and the clay in the formula leaves the skin feel soft and well looked after but not heavy. i'm impressed vinchy.

alison claire mango body butter*
i used this for a bit of indulgent moisturising after a day in the sun. i much prefer products with a pump as they are just so much more hygienic. the product is thick but thins upon application, making it easier to massage in. it sinks into the skin straight away leaving it moisturised as opposed to sticky. the scent is fresh but is not one i am particularly  fond of. the product is over 70% organic and i would presume that is why the scent is not quite as sugary sweet as i would hope for. overall a nice product but not one i would repurchase simply because of the smell.

murad skin perfecting primer- dewy finish*
this primer is unlike any other i have tried before. not only is it coloured it is very thin, almost like a tinted moisturiser. in fact i feel like this producted worked more as a moisturiser than a primer. it did very little to make my make-up stay on longer and i didn't feel like my complexion had any more of a dewy finish than normal. however this product did help my make-up go on smoothly, but i'm not sure i could face the price tag for only one benefit.

its such a shame that i wasn't impressed by many of my samples this time round but that's what they are for i guess! saving me a lot of money in the long run!

big ♥,


  1. Shame about the mango body butter as I thought it smelt amazing, just goes to show how different we all are :)

    1. Definitely! I've heard a lot of people say they like the smell so it may just be me haha x


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