Doing this a wee bit early since work is quiet and I need something to do so I don't start nodding off. Decent month, making a lot of progress on samples which is my #1 goal for this year so yay!
Phyto Exceptional Hair Mask (foil) This was fine, nothing I'd ever buy. Didn't smell as offensive as other Phyto hair products I've tried, did nothing amazing for my hair.
Etude House Lemon sheet mask It was a sheet mask that smelled like lemon. Much help.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace (foil) Wasn't my favorite color, a little too warm for me. This was also a weird foil where it was printed on a card and then you smooshed the card on your lips and my tiny baby lips couldn't handle that. It did stay a long time and wasn't overly drying. I don't need lipstick, and certainly not $30 lipstick anytime soon though so nope.
Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray (deluxe) I really, really, really liked this. It's a dry oil spray so it absorbed in like 2 seconds and didn't leave my hair greasy. I felt it actually did something as a heat protectant and it made my hair smooth. Also smelled really good. I will buy this next time Kenra is BOGO at Ulta. I am on a Kenra kick, I really like this entire line lately.
Batiste Dark Brown Dry Shampoo (full size) I literally have no idea how to live my life without this.
Solstice Scents Snow Mint Mallow perfume oil (sample vial) I really enjoyed this as well. Solstice ships faster than any company ever and this was a beautiful winter scent. Started minty but not overpowering then dried down to kind of a minty vanilla. I'm making good progress on perfume samples and this company will be one of my first re-orders once I get them down to a manageable level (which should be this year woohoo!)
Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Conditioner (deluxe) ganked this from the hotel in London, it was fine, nothing amazing, nothing I'd buy.
Body Shop Shea body scrub (deluxe) This was kinda oily, wasn't my favorite in consistency or scent. Scent was a little shea and a lot of soap, there are quite a few scrubs I like better than this and I would not buy it.
Nars Optimal Light Serum (foil) This had a very strong opalescence to it so I basically used it as a primer. Again, it was fine, I wouldn't buy it. God my reviews are SO HELPFUL this month, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read 9900 entries of "eh, it was fine".
Moona Lisa Blue Aspic Lotion (full size) This was interesting. I pulled this from a swap box, it's nothing I would have ever ordered myself based on scent notes but it grew on me. It was woodsy with some tobacco and rum. Allegedly it had some cinnamon and nutmeg too but I didn't get any of that. Just mostly the sandalwood, hay, tobacco, and amber. I enjoyed it overall, I wouldn't buy this scent personally, it teetered on slightly too manly. I do love her lotion formula.
B&BW Dancing Waters Pocket Bac I always have these, this scent it STRONG and gender neutral, very fresh, my husband likes it so I'll buy it again since he's always asking me for sanitizer.
Shiseido Ultime Eye Cream (deluxe) Didn't notice any major difference with this. At all. And I felt like it lasted me long enough where I should have noticed a difference. Wouldn't buy.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Wash (full size) HG, will never not have, already repurchased.
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Wrinkle Defense (full size) This was nice. It had a tint to it which I wasn't expecting but it didn't translate onto my face at all. It was slightly too light now that it's so cold but I would buy this again.
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB (foil) I HAVE THOUGHTS FINALLY. Unfortunately it's that this was TERRIBLE OMG. This gave the WEIRDEST sheen to my face and not like in a dewy glowing way, like in an "I look f'ing embalmed" kind of way. Like I don't know if it was the finish or the undertone or what but this sample lasted me 3 days and every time I used it my first thought was "so this is what I will look like when I'm dead." Not really the look I'm going for so, uh, no. Wouldn't recommend this, at all.
Real Techniques Complexion Sponge see previous reviews. It's fine, I like the actual beauty blender better.
YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (full size) There was about 1/8 of this left but this was turning. I started using it because I knew it was old and I felt like the color was going off and finally it was just not useable anymore. This is ok (SHOCKING). It does not last as long as they claim it does. It does blend easier than just about any foundation I've ever used and it feels amazing going on. Originally, it smelled very nice. It is fairly matte, I had to mix oil in it to use it this time of year to make it look ok but it was a good finish for me in the summer. The color (BR20) was slightly too orange even before it turned. For the price, I wouldn't re-buy this. One more foundation done for though! yay!
Hello Waffle Lipstick in Slit Mouthed (full sized) I freaking love this lipstick. It's purple but there's enough gray in it that it's work appropriate purple and it doesn't make me look like a corpse. This was from Halloween.....2015 maybe? 2014? and I am sad forever that it's not around anymore. I do have one more tube but I'll be really sad when it's gone and am on the hunt for dupes. I really like the HW formula too. This name is stupid AF tho.
Glam Glow Super Mud Clearing Treatment (foil) see previous reviews, I use this when I'm breaking out and it never fails me.
Shiseido Facial Cotton This was the smaller pack of like 40 or something I bought for vacation. It is a terrible value, don't ever do that. I complain this is so expensive but I keep buying it every once in a while. Maybe it just makes me feel classy AF to use such luxurious cotton when we all know I'm a trashbox. Whatever, fake it til you make it. I'll continue to buy this occasionally but not buy it exclusively.
Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara (deluxe size) Scented mascara weirds me out, this smelled like all Guerlain fake violet scent. It was (repeat after me) fine. Nothing I'd buy. Brush is rubberized, it did give me some ok volume and didn't flake but there are others I like more. If I'm feeling imposter-ish with my classy cotton and wanted classy mascara too, I'd pick Armani over this.
Rita Hazan weekly remedy (foil) I don't even know what this is. Some kind of deep conditioner in 2 steps that you wash off immediately? It made my hair SO SOFT though, I really did like it. I don't know if I'd buy it, but I did really enjoy it. It smelled good too, I read reviews that people think it stinks but I didn't think it was bad.
Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel Primer (full size) God look at me with all this classy stuff this month! I miss this now that it's gone. It is similar to the Hourglass Veil Primer, however I like that one SLIGHTLY more. But, this one is cheaper. No silicone feel, I do think it helped my makeup stay on and brightened the ol' face a little. It's not THAT expensive actually (I think it's around $40, which isn't like a Benefit primer $35??). I would re-buy this however I like it better in the winter, I have enough glowy primers to get me through til summer so re-buy will need to wait til fall.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (deluxe?? The smaller travel size but I am 96% sure I bought this vs got it as a sample) This ish is a joke. It does nothing. It does not take down powder levels like fix plus does. It doesn't help my makeup stay on longer. It doesn't help my makeup go on easier or wear longer. When I tried to use it to make eye shadow into liner, my fake liner disappeared in like 2 hours. I started spraying my face just to get rid of it. This is a sham. Do not recommend.
Prada Candy perfume vial I'm sure everyone has smelled this, but I do love this scent. Warm and sweet. Don't need perfume but I'd buy it.
B&BW 3-wick candle in Tis the Season This effing candle. It smelled SO GOOD. Apple and Cinnamon with pine, smelled exactly like Christmas and I was in love. The jar was a super pretty red frosted glass. Unfortunately our love affair ended there. This was the worst burning candle I've ever encountered. About half way down one of the wicks just stopped burning. I'd have to re-light it every 30-40 minutes. I trimmed it, it wasn't drowning, idk what the issue was. About 3/4 down it stopped lighting all together. These candles seem to be getting worse and worse idk what the deal is but I'm about to expand my candle horizons.
Milky Piggy 24k water dew sheet mask It was a sheet mask. I have a ton of these I bought on clearance from membox. I'll use them ,they aren't fantastic. It isn't gold which made me a sad panda.
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (foil?? The pod thing that comes with the naked palettes) This lasted me about 2 weeks. I don't like original PP, this one is better. It was slightly dry. It worked ok. There's others I like better, I wouldn't buy this. It's really yellow for my skintone too.
It's a 10 Miracle Volume Shampoo (foil) All together now, IT WAS FINE. I wouldn't buy it but it wasn't bad. Got the old hair clean, didn't weigh it down. Smelled nice. I'd use a sample again tho.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (foil) nothing special. No silicone feel, slightly glowy but not excessive. Wouldn't buy it. I like other primers that are similar more (see Chanel review)
Honest Beauty Lip Gloss in Creative Kiss (foil) Dumb AF name again. This was a slightly darker color than my lips. Sticky. Wouldn't buy it, it's a standard gloss.
FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR DOWN WHOOO!