All posts tagged: samples

Sample Stash Sunday: A Collection of Empties

I’ve made a few empties posts here and there, but never consistently because I keep itching to throw everything away. However, I’ve recently made a conscious effort to use up my samples—you know, a sample a day keeps the impending destiny of becoming a hoarder away—and sometimes, empties posts are actually useful! The empties I have today are just samples. Samples are exciting, but they are also susceptible to forgetfulness and a future as waste. So, these are what I’ve used up since about late October.

On samples and GWPs

I’ve been thinking about samples and GWPs (Gifts With Purchase) and it made me wonder if you were more likely to buy something if you knew you would be getting something you might want along with it, for free. I wasn’t really ever a sample-hungry person. Often, I found the sachets a nuisance I wouldn’t even bother opening. Fast forward to today, when I carefully tear open a small hole in sachets so I can use them sparingly if it turned out to be a good product, or scramble to find a small empty pot I could decant some product into so I could savor it. I wasn’t really one for that kind of thing, until I wanted to try anything and everything. Personally, I just get extra frilly feelings if I know I’m going home with a buttload of samples to try out after dropping a lot of dough. I don’t usually let it drive me to make a purchase, though recently, my Sephora birthday purchase was inspired by the birthday GWP. I’ve always …

Sample Stash Sunday: Decanting my Shiro Samples

If you’ve purchased from Shiro Cosmetics before, you’d know that they send candy and sometimes, sample baggies out with your order. I’ve had these for a while, but have never gotten around to transferring them into little pots until recently. I thought it would be a messy affair, but it was quite easy and fuss-free. I’d write up a tutorial, but you just literally pour out the contents into a small container (like this mini pot or an old contact lens case) and that’s that. For easier cleanup, do this with a paper towel over your desk. Shiro also seals each baggie with a circular sticker of the eyeshadow name, with ingredients and an indication of whether or not the shade is lip-safe. A+! I don’t have a lot of containers, so I’ve only decanted three eyeshadows so far. From L-R, we have Everything is Bears, which was a Color of the Month, Victory Road, and Badger. I bought all the shades except Victory Road. Everything is Bears is a “Rich, dark brown packed with …

Sample Stash Sunday: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

It’s been a while since I did one of these! Basically, Sample Stash Sunday is a section in my blog dedicated to me using up my samples. I have been lazy on the sample front, however, I have been trying a few products here and there, so I am ready to begin posting entries belonging to this series again. Here’s a good one, though one that’s been covered by a lot of people already: the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I got a deluxe sample in my last UD order. Now, for some reason, I kind of expected a “mini” size. I don’t know why that is, but I did not expect to be holding a peanut. It is 3.7ml. On the tube, it claims to have/do: broad spectrum SPF20 DNA repair Optical Blurring Oil Free Swatches, L-R: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm unblended, blended. OKAY. So, basically, I don’t know what to say about it because I really don’t feel like it did anything favorable to my skin, aside from providing SPF. …