Monday, August 18, 2014


I'm such a beauty sample whore, you guys. I just love being able to try stuff I don't need before wasting my money on it. Luckily, Sephora knows this about me and every now and then they tempt me with a really good sample bag. Right now if you're a VIB customer* you should definitely take advantage of the current glut of sample bag fanciness with code VIBPARTY. Also, Sephora is offering 8.0% back with eBates which is really damn good.

I ran out of my foundation so I reordered so I could get this this sample bag. I mean, check it:

Right? Here's what's in it:
Here's what I think of all that crap:

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! This I actually already have in the same sized sample. It's a good product but I don't know why you'd ever buy the full size because the sample is huge and will last for freaking ever. I'm going to send this to Marianne because that's how I do.

Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. This stuff is actually fantastic to the point of making me want to spend more than $7 on mascara. It holds a curl, doesn't seem to fade and doesn't flake. I also like the funky brush. 

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. Who knows. I put this under my eyes and it didn't seem to make things worse? The jury is still out.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. This is a deluxe sized sample which I appreciate and it's good stuff. Basically the LM primer with sunscreen. I've been using it every day.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette. Perfume ain't my thing so I haven't even bothered to open it yet. I probably won't.

Blinc Mascara Amplified. My last experience with Blinc mascara (which is the "tubing" type) was RULL bad, so I will probably give this to some unwitting victim/friend.

Dr. Jart+ BB Water Fuse Beauty Balm. I have used this a few times and it's fine but the color is a little...grey. It looked fine once I'd blended it in, but there's only the one shade? Grey. Okay.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 410 Coral. This was a little bubble card sample and I am going to use up every bit of it. It's lovely stuff - cream blush that kind of dries down to a powder. The color isn't something I would've picked but it's really quite nice in a flushed coral-y way. I might actually buy this. 

There's also a Marc Jacobs Highliner in there in a bronzy brown color that was my 100 Point Perk. It's super nice and a good color for me, just kind of hard to hold because it's teeny.  

And, on top of all this I also got the three normal samples you get to pick with any order, and those are mixed in with that picture too. I haven't tried them yet. 

*If you're not at VIB status you can check out the other Sephora codes here.


  1. Do you use the Marc Jacobs pencil for tightlining or just regular eyeliner stuff? And if you do use it for tightlining, is it actually long-wearing? I keep looking for a good tightlining pencil.

    1. Just regular eyeliner stuff. I've never quite gotten the hang of tightlining.