Sample Stash #1

I've acquired a pretty large stash of sample products over the past few months, so I thought I'd start a mini blog series briefly reviewing a selection of samples every now and then. This also gives me an excuse to use them up instead of just leaving them lying around in a pile next to all my beauty products!

Desert Essence Organics Bulgarian Lavender Hand & Body Lotion (full size RRP £8.99)
I used this as a body lotion after showering this morning and it did a brilliant job of moisturising my skin. It absorbs really easily and, as the name would suggest, has a strong lavender scent. Personally, lavender isn't one of my favourite smells, so, although the results are great, I won't be purchasing this in full size. I will however be investigating if this brand has other hand & body lotions that my nose may better appreciate!

Green People Oy! 3-in-1 Cleanser, Make-Up Remover & Moisturiser (full size RRP £9.95)
This was quite disappointing to be honest. It was ineffective at removing my make-up, particularly around the eyes, so I then had to use my usual cleanser afterwards. It also had a bit of an odd smell and left my skin feeling a little uncomfortable with a strange residue. Needless to say I won't be purchasing this.
Madara Deep Moisture Gel (full size RRP £24.00)
This moisturiser is for oily-combination skin and claims to minimise pores, control excess oil/reduce shine and soothe irritated skin. It is an unconventional gel in the way that it is quite runny as opposed to a thick gel. It's specifically for using in the daytime and I did find it reduced the appearance of visible pores. I'm undecided whether or not I will purchase this... I may need to try another sample to decide as the full size is quite expensive!
Green People Intensive Repair Conditioner (full size RRP £10.99)
Unfortunately this was another disappointing product from Green People. It has a very light aloe vera scent which is pleasant enough, but it kind of left my hair feeling a little... stodgy? I'm not entirely sure how else to describe it! Don't get me wrong, it certainly got rid of any frizz, made my hair shinier and my hair actually looked fine afterwards. It just didn't feel too great in terms of texture!

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation - Blondie & Barely Buff (full size RRP £12.49)

I ordered these two samples from Lily Lolo as they are both described as a light, neutral shade. As you can see from the swatches, they actually differ in colour quite a bit. When I wore Blondie for a day it gave me a bit of a chalky, unhealthy looking skin tone. Barely Buff on the other hand was a little orangey for me, despite being recommended on their website for neutral balanced undertones. Lily Lolo do have quite a large selection of shades though so I think I will try some more at some point!


Do you use any of these products? 
Do you have a sample stash too?
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  1. Nice products,
    would u like to follow each other?

  2. I've built up a big pile of samples recently too, this is such a good way of testing them out!
    I bet the lavender body lotion smells lovely.

    Hannah x

    1. I love having an excuse to finally use them all up! :) x

  3. Hello Ria,
    this is a good idea to use samples..I do like samples but I always feel that I haven't tried enough and sometimes can be tricky to judge a product with a one off use, if you know what i mean..from the other point of it can be a huge money saving :)
    Shame about the green people Oy company..I feel very intrigued by the brand and the young packaging and I may give it a go and I hope it won't be disappointing..Keep on eye on my blog for future reviews :)

    Ila x

    1. I know what you mean, sometimes you need to try a product more than once to know if it's right for you! x

  4. I tried the Oy SPF last year & it was awful. I was stuck with it for my whole holiday though as I couldn't find a cruelty free sunscreen in France very easily!

    Lily Lolo foundation is amazing and such a great price compared to other mineral foundations. Stick with it. Once you find your shade I'm sure you'll love it :-) My colour is Barely Buff which is perfect for me. Which is now making me think I must be orange after looking at it switched against your skin tone, eeeekk! X

    1. Oh no! To be honest my experience with Oy products hasn't been the best either!

      I'm definitely going to try and find the right Lily Lolo shade for me. I'm almost certain you're not orange! It just looks that way on my lovely pasty pale skin tone! x

  5. Hi Ria!
    I was scrolling through your blog and found this review in which you look at a Madara product, unfortunately however you were not able to make up your mind as to whether or not it would be suitable and worth the money for you. I would like to recommend their cleansing milk, which removes makeup whilst maintaining skin's moisture barrier. The full size is a lot more reasonable priced and it might give you a better idea of the Madara brand!

    Keep up the good blogging!


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