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The make-up and beauty world is full of surprises and sometimes you make unexpected discoveries. Usually I am actively on the hunt for new holy grail material and I often search stores and the internet for new beauty must-haves. But every once in a while I stumble upon a new beauty marvel when I wasn’t even looking for it. It usually happens when I have been rummaging through my box of beauty samples again. Today I am giving you a list and a mini review of the last couple of samples of which I decided to buy the full-size version afterwards. Take a look at my five most recent miniature-sized beauty discoveries!
Kibio ‘’Crème Intemporelle Mains’’ hand cream
An organic hand cream with shea butter and a lovely creamy texture that not only nourishes my hands but also smells wonderfully of oranges and cinnamon. And this hand cream gets absorbed almost instantly, which is a big plus. In Belgium you can find Kibio in some bio stores and in stores that sell natural skin care products (like for example Essenza) but here in Switzerland you find the French bio brand virtually everywhere. Cool!
Retail price: € 11,85 – 19,00 CHF
RoC Soft Smoothing scrub
RoC’s Soft Smoothing scrub is a gentle face scrub that will give you purified, soft and radiant skin. When I first tried the sample of this scrub, I immediately noticed that it didn’t turn my face as red as my usual scrubs do. But it still cleaned my pores, made my skin very soft and gave me a healthy glowing complexion. Only without the irritation. Plenty of reasons to buy this baby in its full-size version!
Retail price: € 12,15*
* So far I haven’t been able to find this scrub in Switzerland, so unfortunately I don’t have the retail price in CHF
La Roche Posay Nutritic 2,5%
When I started my roaccutane treatment in October of 2011, my dermatologist gave me a ton of samples of La Roche Posay’s Nutritic cream. With its 2,5% biolipids this cream does a great job compensating for the extreme dryness that roaccutane causes. After my treatment I stopped using the cream, but now that we moved to a dryer (?) climate I have been getting dry patches again, both on my face and on my body. So I repurchased La Roche Posay’s Nutritic cream, and again it works wonders on my dry bits.
Retail price: € 16,95 – 15,00 CHF
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning
Finding a good facial self-tanner for my skin type is difficult. I have sensitive skin that has a tendency to get oily, and – much to my dismay – I have been noticing more blemishes and impurities lately. The last thing I want to do is put a greasy self-tanner on my face that will worsen all that. Luckily my skin tolerates this Clarins self-tanning lotion really well: it doesn’t irritate my skin, doesn’t turn my face into an oil slick and doesn’t cause me to break out. The texture is very runny, almost like a cleansing milk, so using this self-tanner is 100% dummy proof. The Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning gives my face a very natural-looking sun-kissed glow. A bit like after having spent the afternoon in the first summer sun. If you want more obvious results, you probably won’t like this product, but I personally think it’s great.
Retail price: € 22,80 – 38,00 CHF
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire eau de parfum
A couple of weeks ago I got myself a full-size bottle of La Petite Robe Noir, the already world-famous fragrance by Guerlain. When I first tried a sample of La Petite Robe Noire, I actually didn’t think the scent was right for me. I found it too heavy and overpowering. But the more I smelled and used it, the more I started to like this sensual perfume. I guess La Petite Robe Noire was a bit of acquired taste/smell :-) I have grown to really love this perfume with its black cherry, patchouli and rose. Plus, La Petite Robe Noire is one of the few perfumes that really lasts a long time on me.
Retail price: € 47,60 for 30 ml – 81,90 CHF for 30 ml
Do you often buy the full-size version of a product after having tried the sample?