Hauling Responsibly is one of my most read posts. It blew up in a way that I did not expect, and inspired others (who then inspired me) in ways I could not have predicted. So I decided to do a little check up and see if I’m sticking to the guidelines I set out for myself.
Dude, I’m still sample hoarding.
While I’m not swimming in samples like I used to, I have two 15cm wicker baskets of samples (one foil, one deluxe) that I haven’t touched in months. What am I some kind of beauty sample historian? No! So I decided this would be a use it or lose it week. Patch testing be damned I’m going purely on skin feel.
The only two samples excluded from this are Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence and SkinFood Rice Mask Wash Off Mask remaining as I actually just prefer the individual sample sachets to the full size products. I bought them this way.
I bought this when I was first dipping my toe into cleansing oils. I really like it, if I lived in Korea I’d probably use this, or at least I’d buy this as my ‘old trusty’. It is very light, smells nice and washes off nicely. I chose not to buy the full size because I found lots of good options here in the UK.
Damnit, I wanted to hate it. The last Cremorlab product I tried was pretty ineffective, and most reviews I’ve read about the brand are a resounding meh. The only two products I’ve heard good reports for are the Cleansing Veil (which I personally love) and the Cleansing Gel Oil which Cat from Snow White and the Asian Pear loves, so I expected this to fully go in the dud pile, I was wrong! While I can’t speak to how effective this was after half a foil sachet, I really liked it. The consistency is almost like water, it smells very light and absorbs nicely.
Estée Lauder New Dimension Firm + Fill Eye System
When I used this, I didn’t realise this was a two part product and only used Step 1 which was thoroughly underwhelming. The thought of writing out the full ingredient list (because Estee Lauder don’t put it on their website) and faffing around with both parts fills me with such dread that this is just going right into the bin. Especially as my eyes feel really puffy today. Sorry Estée.
Etude House True Relief Moist Cream
I don’t know how I feel about this, clearly my skin likes the effect but I feel really uncomfortable, like the cream is suffocating my skin so I know that there will be no repurchasing here. I had to use an oil cleanser in the morning to remove it, it’s that heavy on my skin.
Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
Full review can be found here.
Dr Galatok Real NMF Barrier Serum
NO! It burned my face, I had to wash my face and start all over again.
The ingredient list is horrendous, it’s like Etude went out of their way to make it as long as possible. Still, it’s really light, smells great and with no white cast! But it’s a bit too oily for me to consider purchasing a full size.
L’Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Face Mask
I don’t like it enough to write out this boring ass ingredients list. No.
Estee Lauder – Micro Essence Lotion
I KNEW I would like this. It smelled just like the SK-II essence and felt just as heavenly. So far the essences are the winners here.
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Deep Cream
Yet another overly thick cream that can just hard pass to the left please and thank you bye.
This sucks, I’m out.
By Wednesday morning I realised I couldn’t do it anymore. I wasn’t having any fun.
When I first started my skincare journey I wanted every sample I could get my hands on because I was utterly lost with what to do with my skin. Now I’m more confident in what my skin likes free samples in my orders are more of a burden than a joy. If I don’t get BB cream samples which I cannot use, I get products with ingredients that irritate, or formulations I can tell right away are not going to work. I used to pack them away to give to friends, but now they’re all pretty confident, the rando sample lottery is no longer for them either.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with samples. They are a great way to try out a product without committing to a full size you might not like, however having lots of samples for the sake of having samples is sample hoarding, which is just hoarding. I don’t want that, I want everything in my skincare stash to have a function, that includes masks and samples.
So I looked at my samples yet again, thought really seriously about what I have that could be an asset to my skin and sorted accordingly.
I blog about skincare because I enjoy it, and about Asian Skincare because it’s what works for me (not for the money, spoiler: there isn’t any). Which means, when I put something on my skin and when I write about it, like Tracy from fanserviced-b writes, I want to do it because I truly want to.