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What do you do with all those foil packets you collect? I have so many foil packets and rarely use them, because I prefer not to make snap decisions. Like with everything else I do, I put thought and consideration into product reviews. Trying a foil is a great way to see if your skin reacts to the product, you cannot tolerate the smell, the consistency is annoying, or if there is anything about the product that bothers you. Sampling a foil and thinking you need to have that product in your life is rare, but it does happen. This is most likely to happen with products where you can see instant results. My plan is to try a foil of something new or something I have not used in a long time every single day during a challenge month. To give my skin a break from constant new products, I’ve decided to alternate months. After every month I complete, I will take one month off. Feel free to take part in this challenge with me. If you are a fellow deal shopper, I bet you have a lot of foils stockpiled in your collection.
Trying a foil of the same type of product each day would probably wreak havoc on my skin. Too much change can irritate the skin, and it easier to see how a specific product reacts when you are not introducing new items to that area too often. I will be trying different types of products throughout the month. My skin is sensitive so I try not to introduce new (wet) products to my face more than once a day. When I try a new sheet mask, foundation, serum, eye cream, etc, I make sure everything else I apply that day is something I’ve used before. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend you do that as well to know what is causing irritation should you react to something. Since there are 31 days in December, I want to try 31 products via foils this month. On any day where I run out of a full or sample size skincare item I am already using and do not have a backup of the same item or an item I’ve used in the past, I will try a foil of a new hand cream, hair product, body lotion, etc.
The 31 products I’ve selected for this month are below. What is great about some of these foils is I have bigger sizes of them. This challenge can help me see if any are worth opening or if I should just donate or gift them. Those I am unsure about can go into a maybe pile. As I use them, I will edit in my first impressions. They will not necessarily be used in the order listed. I want freedom to grab whatever item I want each day and write about the products when I choose to. Some foils are big enough for multiple uses so I may come back and edit more detailed reviews if I notice anything else from extended use. We’ll see how my skin reacts to the changes, because I am usually pretty consistent with skincare. Other than hand creams, hair products, and lip balms, I usually only have one type of product open at a time.
Algenist Algae Brightening Mask
AMOREPACIFIC Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence
bliss triple oxygen+c energizing cream – This claims it is a cream, but it had the consistency of a serum. I did some research and noticed that it is a cream when new. The cream breaks down into a liquid when the product is old. I do not think I’ve had this sample that long, but it could have sat around for a while before I ever received it. My guess is the vitamin C in this prevents it from lasting too long (even sealed). If I ever get a sample while it is still a cream, I will give a proper review. Any product that has trouble staying in its form is something I probably would not buy even if it is an incredible product. Knowing it might arrive in liquid form or can melt into liquid form before I have the chance to use it all is enough for me to say no thanks.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
Garnier SkinActive Soothing 3-in-1 Moisturizer Day / Night Mask
GlamGlow YouthMud – This is one I am already pretty familiar with. I pulled a lot of new masks to try this month (winter skin is the worst), so I wanted at least one I know I already like. It has been a while since I’ve used it.
Kate Somerville CytoCell™ P299 Oil Free Anti Wrinkle Serum
L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream – This is another one I already love, but I pulled a lot of moisturizers for my dry winter skin and thought it would be sad not to pull this one.
L’Oreal Mythic Oil Masque – I tried this earlier in the year and thought it left my hair looking greasy. When I tried it the second time, I applied a lot less to the roots of my hair. Applying no product to my roots is nearly impossible for me. Even with a very light application, some of the oil will stick around after rinsing it out. Those who like super slick hair may enjoy this. The frizz I usually have near the top of my head was smooth and sleek. It looked a lot better than it did the first time, but it still was on the verge of greasy looking in a few hours. If I got a sample of this again, I will try to remember to use some dry shampoo on the night of washing. Finding something that smooths those baby hairs down without looking too greasy and without using heat styling is the biggest challenge.
Lancome Absolue L’Extrait ultimate eye patch – I’ve only used this once before and remembered loving it. They are way too expensive for regular purchase, so a rare treat during dry, winter weather is the perfect time to use this.
Le Couvent Des Minimes Gardener’s Hand Healer – This is another one I already love, but it is winter. I hope you understand.
MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème
Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel
Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-enriched renewal cream
Ouidad Climate Control – I love that I can comb through my hair once it dries without getting caught on anything. Part of the reason I avoid styling products is how much the brush sticks in my dry hair when I try to brush it out. My hair tangles a lot on its own. It does not need help from anything to make it hard to comb through. This definitely reduces frizz, too. When I want to wear my hair wavy and soft, I will grab this. The product impressed me before, but I forgot how much I liked this. So glad this challenge is getting me to try products I forgot about.
Patchology Flashmasque Hydrate 5 Minute Facial Sheet
PETERTHOMASROTH Rose Repair Gel Mask
Pretty Animalz BY MASQUEBAR Reindeer calming sheet mask
Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment
SachaJuan Stockholm Hair Cleansing Cream Professional Haircare – I hated the packaging on this. There is no slit to rip it open. The directions are not the most helpful either, so I just started squeezing it back and forth until product started oozing out of multiple holes the friction created. It resulted in a huge mess and some product on the bottom of my shower floor. This is the consistency of a cleansing conditioner, so I used it alone. In order to test it for the full week, as that is how long it claims it takes for the scalp to adjust, I would need more samples. Everything in this foil was gone in one use. From a single foil, I can say my hair does look clean. My hair does have some oil near the roots, but it does not look greasy at all. It is almost as if it cleansed my hair without stripping the natural oil. There is no lather, so it takes a lot of rubbing to cleanse. The directions suggest one-minute, but I always go longer (based on my experience from similar products). Though my hair is soft, it is not as soft as some products leave it and it also more flat than usual. I am guessing this added some moisture, because my hair is not as frizzy as it usually is. Overall, I would say this is a nice cleansing conditioner. Wen is still my favorite, so I would purchase that before this. If more samples ever make it my way, I will try to give this the week it suggests.
Sephora Brush it off cleansing brush wipes
Sexy Hair long sexy hair luxe detangler
Skin & Co Boosting Anti-Aging Serum
Skinfix Face Cleansing Cloth
Tatcha The Water Cream – It was way too hard to open. Anyone with arthritis should give this away if they receive this. I finally had to use tweezers to poke a hole in it, because two minutes was already more than enough time trying to open it the “right way.” At 0.03oz, this sample is also too small (might have stretched further if I could have opened it properly to retrieve everything). I had to bring in another to moisturize my neck and chest. When I first applied this, I thought it was great. My skin felt supple and hydrated. Later, I noticed my neck and chest (where I applied something else) felt more moisturized. I never would have noticed that if this sample was big enough. I ordered a 100-point perk deluxe sample of this recently. I’ve decided to keep it and test this product longer in the future.
The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick – I realize this company went under, but I really wanted to try this and traded for it. Then, I put it away and forgot about it. It is time to see if it is worth the effort it took to hunt down this sample.
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Vanilla
Up & Up Dental Whitening Treatment – I had a hard time getting the bottom one to stick. The directions say you need to stick the bottom one on first, which I did not do. In case it was user error, I will place these in the next challenge to try it again. My mouth was watering a lot when I tried to stick it, and the ingredients may activate that. Because it did not stick well, it fell about 10-minutes short of the 30-minute window. Within the first few minutes, I had about a minute of discomfort on the bottom only. This was nothing too painful, and I know because have experienced some really painful whitening treatments. Again, an application issue may have caused that problem. Over the years, my bottom gums have always been more sensitive than my top gums though. On top, I wore the strip for the full 30-minutes. There was some lightening on both sets of teeth. Considering the top strip was on over 10 minutes longer, I did not really notice a difference in the top and bottom shades. This seems less effective than more popular ones, but a lot of those popular ones are unbearable for my gums.
Vera Bradley Vanilla Sea Salt Body Lotion – I really dislike when a sample is not big enough to complete its task. It forces me to apply something else on other parts of my body. The parts of my body where I applied my FAB Ultra Repair Cream felt much more hydrated. Although, this did fine, I may not have noticed it was inferior without the direct comparison. This really smells like vanilla and sea salt, but in an artificial way. That is far from my favorite scent. Given the price, the scent is not my favorite, and it is not even the most moisturizing formula, I would never buy this. If another sample made it my way, I would use it.
yestocarrots Nourishing Body Butter – Whenever a body butter claims it is ultra rich, I expect a thick moisturizer that takes a long time to work into the skin. This is not super thick, but it does not take long to work into the skin either. My skin feels nice and hydrated. A 0.1oz sample on a body butter is a waste of time, because that is nowhere near enough product to work into the body. I can say that I used this until it ran out and used my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream on the areas I did not have enough of this. Those areas felt more moisturized than the areas I applied this on. Companies set themselves up to fail when the samples are too small, and I have to put it in direct competition with something else to finish the job.
Thanks for reading about this challenge, and a special thanks to anyone who follows along with the challenge. It only makes it more fun to complete it with other people. See more challenge articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.