In the goody bag from the October Meet Up (post link), I received several sachet samples which I have been working my way through. Of course, I will only provide first impressions of these products since most sachets only contain enough product for a couple of applications.
Herbfarmacy Just Face Cream & Wash Off Cleansing Mousse (website link)
The Just Face Cream, is fragrance free so that sparked my interest. I would consider buying the full size but I hesitate because it contains Phenoxyethanol. Not an ingredient I avoid entirely but one I use with caution. I had previously reviewed the cleansing mousse back in 2012 and I wasn't impressed. With continued use, I did not feel it was appropriate for my skin type but it's fine for a one off (review link).
Living Nature Extra Hydrating toning gel, Nourishing Day Cream & Firming Flax Serum (provided by Botanical Brands)
I think the sample packaging is great, the snap opening makes for easy application and you can squeeze every last drop of product out. All three products were pleasant to use but the one that stood out for me was the Nourishing Day cream. It felt rich without being overly heavy. I would consider buying a full size but the price is the sticking point for me 50ml = £31 which is more than I would normally spend. (Please note some Living Nature products contain an ingredient derived from milk)
Pulpe De Vie LOVE ME TONIGHT Anti-ageing Night Cream, Pulpe De Vie COZY CUDDLE Radiant Face Cream, SWEET FRAPPE Mask and Face Scrub & LUSCIOUS GLOW Pearly Body Milk (provided by Botanical Brands)
Pulpe De Vie is a fun and fruity brand. The scents are delightful but slightly overpowering for my own personal taste. That being said I did enjoy using up the samples as the creams felt pleasant on my skin (I passed along the body milk to my sister). The mask & face scrub is a novel product to use. A three step process - apply to dry skin and leave 5 minutes, massage gently to cleanse and exfoliate, then add water to turn the mask into a milk which can be washed away. Would I buy full sizes? I am undecided, packaging and scents made me feel these products could be more suited to teens/young adults.
Madara Anti-Ageing Day Cream, Anti-Ageing Night Cream & Deep Moisture Cream (provided by www.mypure.co.uk)
The sample collection covered different skin types so I selected the ones appropriate to me and passed on the rest. I am not new to the brand and have bought Madra products in the past. The one issue I have with this brand is the scent, it’s strong and a little unusual. The creams were nice to use but the only one that stood out for me was the Deep Moisture Cream. I would consider buying a full size bottle. Madara is a good brand for those who are Vegan and I noticed the claim (on their website) that products are nut free.
TEWC Grapefruit Facial Exfoliator (provided by Vanessa's Choice)
This exfoliator contains fine scrub particles but they are still a little too abrasive for my sensitive skin. As this product is a balm consistency, it is heavy with oil which does leave a greasy residue. I disliked this sensation on my skin and found it difficult to remove. I would be more inclined to use this on my body rather than my face.
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