Free Samples That Have Won Me Over

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I am a beauty junkie. I think I’ve made that pretty clear. My obsession has led to a big box of samples, filled with moisturizers and anti-aging serums I’ll never use. Every so often, however, I receive a samplewith an order or purchase that absolutely wins me over. Here are the products I’ve purchased solely because I loved the sample!

Too Faced Peach Perfection Foundation

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Okay, this foundation came and stole my heart out of nowhere. It’s the right amount of coverage– it perfects and melts into skin all while being totally wearable. On my oily skin, I have never had a product last all day without breaking up. It doesn’t look dry, either! The finish is “comfort matte,” meaning it is matte in all the right places and radiant exactly where you want it to be. I applied this the first time and had to lift my mirror even closer to examine just how amazing my skin looked. If you are a high-end foundation junkie, you will be amazed at how much this one delivers at its price-point. Too Faced stepped up the game with this one!

Dr. Jart Cicapair Cream

My skin is the worst. It’s ultra sensitive while also being breakout prone, meaning that most treatments just dry out andirritate my complexion. This cream uses “tiger grass,” a herb known to be useful for speeding up healing and calming down irritation. I slathered this all over my face as a night cream and woke up to calm, hydrated skin. Yep, it’s pricey, but I’ve never had a product nail solutions for both ends of the skincare spectrum.

Origins 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask

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This is another product for troubled skin that is also very sensitive. I was very impressed with the instant results the first time I tried this– my face felt clean, refreshed, and soothed. My breakouts felt soothed, as well! This was all without the excessive drying that sometimes occurs with clarifying masks. Origins has some of my favorite face masks, and this one is my number one.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

The OG primer came as a sample with the Naked palette, purchased at a time when I saw no need for an eyeshadow primer. It was a game-changer. I don’t think eye primers are really necessary for the everyday, but if you want to create a more complex, bold look that needs to stand the test of time, this primer is your ace. Its texture is thin enough to avoid the clumps, but strong enough to hold onto your shadows. With Urban Decay shadows, this performs excellently, but I find it to be suitable for most eyeshadow formulas.

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Free samples usually end up getting tossed, especially if they are skincare products. I have a pretty set regimen and I don’t like throwing in curveballs because I never know how my skin will react! These four have totally changed the game for me, though. I will say that I’ve had tons of other samples I’ve loved, but never have they changed my life enough to make me go out and buy them. Honestly, most deluxe samples, bar foundation, will last me ages. My favorite place to collect samples is Sephora– they seem to be the most generous, especially with online orders. I want to hear from you. What have your favorite samples been and where have you come across them?

xoxo The Offbeat Venusian


Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Thank you so much for taking the time to hear what I have to say. I always appreciate hearing what you have to say! You can leave me a message here if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. To keep up with my beauty adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram @offbeatvenusian. 

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