When it comes to beauty products, our team has collectively tried a lot over time. Some of the products with a level of effectiveness that surprised us most were the ones we got as samples first. We all tend to try so many of the samples that come complementary with our various beauty product orders, yet there are very few we actually end up purchasing.
Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Foundation and Concealer Stick
This is my favorite product to use when I want some coverage without a full face of makeup. I dab the stick where I have blemishes or redness and it blends seamlessly into my skin!
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
I’d heard of this LANEIGE lip mask a million times and never thought to actually buy it because my $3 lip balm from Target worked just fine thankyouverymuch. But then I got a sample, diligently stretched out its contents over the course of two weeks, and truly began to look forward to putting it on at night. The final step in my evening bathroom routine had somehow become immensely more enjoyable, luxurious, and full of hydration, and, well, you get the point: I was sold.
OSEA Undaria Algae Body Oil
I was gifted a sample set of a bunch of OSEA products from my mom’s friends and this body oil was my favorite. I’ve purchased the full size two times since. I struggle with eczema and this is the one body product I’ve tried that doesn’t irritate or inflame it more. The scent is so lovely and natural, and the oil isn’t greasy at all. I use it day and night and love it so much!
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
I got the sample size of this product for my Sephora birthday gift and love it so much. It is the perfect setting powder in my opinion. It sets nicely without looking too matte or dry.
Follain Dual Detox Mask
I tried the sample of this mask and immediately bought the full size. It truly decongests my pores and helps to reset my skin without drying out my face like so many other detox masks have done. I use it two or three times per month. It is such a good gift to my skin and is the one mask I’ve used that has provided true results. (It’s one of Kate’s favorite face masks too!)
Saie Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Highlighter
This is a great way to get that “no makeup glow.” I put this on under my tinted moisturizer and it creates a flawless-looking highlighter effect.
Fenty Skin Hydra’Reset Intensive Recovery Glycerin Hand Mask
I first tried this hand mask this winter and have continued to purchase it since. Applying this is the last thing I do before I fall asleep at night and I wake up with noticeably moisturized skin the next day. I even find myself applying hand lotion less throughout the day (which is saying a lot!).
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
This face oil has really helped to even out the texture of my skin. My skin drinks it up so well and it is such a nice base for my serums and moisturizers.
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BY Kate Arends - August 24, 2022
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