Your samples and your regular beauty routine

Makeuptalk.com - Makeup forums and reviews

Help Support Makeuptalk.com - Makeup forums and reviews:

Joined
Feb 3, 2012
Messages
1,426
Reaction score
81
I  was just looking for a little advice/opinion on how you mix your samples in with your regular routine- especially in regard to cleansers and creams and serums. Makeup, of course, is easy! I am getting so much good stuff, but I have a full, unopened three-month supply of my usual philosophy just waiting for me! But I scored the Vichy Birchbox, the Algenist from Birchbox, huge samples from Beauty Army, the Sample Society box, not to mention my QVC test tube and some killer super deluxe samples from Sephora (I order my Sephora online in $50 increments to score all the weekly and points samples possible, along with maximizing my Discover cash back). I feel like I should use it all up before I open up my regular, but that seems weird too! How do you guys mix it up?

 
Joined
Jan 9, 2012
Messages
157
Reaction score
9
I usually use things on and off, for at least two weeks. It is good to switch up my skin care anyways so my face doesn't get too used to it. It also lets me have a good idea about how the product is really working out for me. 

The dates on the products are pretty generous so I don't worry about them expiring or anything! I tend to want to use up the small products first, though. 

 
Joined
Feb 15, 2012
Messages
222
Reaction score
3
I don't really have a usual supply at this point.  I go off the samples.  I do have a few drugstore products as back up if I run out of samples, but that almost never happens :) /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" />

 
Joined
Jan 16, 2012
Messages
6,107
Reaction score
100
Originally Posted by cjeanette /img/forum/go_quote.gif

I don't really have a usual supply at this point.  I go off the samples.  I do have a few drugstore products as back up if I run out of samples, but that almost never happens :) /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" />
Same! I always have purity made simple for my face wash but my creams, serums, exfoliators, etc are all just whatever sample I have laying around. Probably not the best plan but my skin isn't too sensitive, and it actually looks pretty nice. 

 
Joined
Dec 9, 2011
Messages
311
Reaction score
12
I usually switch out one product at a time and evaluate it against my usual products. If I like it more or less, I note it. I usually try to use each product for one-two weeks or until the sample runs out -- whichever comes first. When it's empty (or if it's giant, when I have given it a good 1-2 week test period), I review it on my blog. Sometimes it will bump the "baseline" product (i.e. what I had been using) out of my beauty routine; sometimes not. Right now, the Vichy products are just about ready to boot out all competition, which takes some doing, but we'll see how it lasts after a week.

 
Joined
Feb 3, 2012
Messages
1,426
Reaction score
81
So the Vichy is really that good? I am out of the country and the Vichy box arrived the day before I left!

I haven't had to use anything but samples since January!

 
Joined
Feb 15, 2012
Messages
222
Reaction score
3
Originally Posted by Angie Tacker /img/forum/go_quote.gif

So the Vichy is really that good? I am out of the country and the Vichy box arrived the day before I left!

I haven't had to use anything but samples since January!
I think so.  Their night cream is amazing.

 
Joined
Dec 9, 2011
Messages
311
Reaction score
12
I've been breaking out a little because I've been a lot more fastidious about exfoliating (it's fairly normal to get a little bit of a breakout in that situation, because your skin is basically choking out a lot of toxins, sebum, and since it's close to the surface it can get infected = breakout), but even that seems to be evening out since I went over to my Vichy box. Both the day and night creams are nice, but it's one of those where you're better off if you actually use less. There is a very fine line for me between it being perfect and me having to wipe off a ton of product...

 
Joined
Jan 18, 2012
Messages
1,083
Reaction score
174
I have so many samples that I like doing 'cocktails' with my creams.. My skin is improving so it must be fine... Lol I only introduce one at a time to make sure it doesn't break me out though.

 
Joined
Jan 3, 2012
Messages
157
Reaction score
6
Originally Posted by Angie Tacker /img/forum/go_quote.gif

So the Vichy is really that good? I am out of the country and the Vichy box arrived the day before I left!

I haven't had to use anything but samples since January!
I have fallen in love with Vichy!  It's great!  To answer the original question, I stopped buying my "usual" when I signed up for too many sample subs.  I just use whatever I receive, which is usually more high end than I want to pay for in a full size product.  And I just love trying new stuff lol.  (and I haven't had to buy any new full size products for almost a year!)

 
Joined
Jan 9, 2012
Messages
2,105
Reaction score
62
I tend to take my sample creams to work and use them when I'm sitting there between calls. 

 

yousoldtheworld

Michaela
Joined
Feb 11, 2012
Messages
6,689
Reaction score
2,637
Location
Nowhere, IN
Generally, my skincare samples take the place of my regulars while I have them.  My regulars are usually just basic Cetaphil, so no big loss, lol.  I generally try to use one product of each type at a time, until it's gone.  Right now, I'm still using the Vichy cleanser and creams, when they're gone, I'll move on to the Weleda creams and one of my other cleanser samples.  Works out well, and saves me money, too.

 

Latest posts

Top