Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser ~ Every time I’m in a Sephora, I stand by the Tata Harper section longing to try the products but they’re so expensive. After taking a Follain online quiz and hearing Ingrid Nielsen’s review of this product, I sampled this cleanser and then went back as soon as it was finished to buy the smaller size. Now I’m almost out of that and will be going back to get the full size. It is so good! Great night time cleanser to exfoliate the day off of your skin. It’s a gentle exfoliant and can be used everyday. If you have oily but sensitive skin, I highly recommend it.
Herbivore Lapis Oil ~ I have wanted to try this product forever! However, it’s expensive so I couldn’t justify paying the full price if I didn’t know if it would work. So when I opened my first Birchbox, I screamed when I saw a really great sized sample of this product. After one use at night and waking up with beautiful skin, I went to Sephora that day to get the full-size. It’s a face oil for acne-prone skin, and you only need 5 drops to cover face and neck. I wake up feeling so moisturized but not oily which is refreshing. Sometimes I’ll put this over Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich for extra hydration, and it has never broken me out.
Avene Cleanance Expert ~ This is a product I got a sample of from Birchbox and didn’t know what to expect but after falling out of love with my moisturizer, I wanted to try it out. It is exactly what I need. The tiny sample lasted me a week because you just need a pea sized amount for your face. The formula is so light and smells fresh. It leave me with a matte finish but is an incredible primer for makeup products. I bought the full-size on Amazon, and I’m thrilled with the product.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue ~ Last summer (or maybe the summer before), my best friend tried to get me to use a Bare Minerals foundation and I did the whole Sephora skin ID, and let’s just say it ended horribly. The makeup was WAY too yellow for my skin and the product pilled and I invested too much money when I threw it out a month later. So I sort of had a bad experience with the product but then I saw a review of this product from my favorite YouTuber, and I was intrigued. So when I was in a Sephora, I just started playing with the samples. It is essentially a tinted moisturizer with the texture of mouse. It’s incredible and the best part is can be applied with your fingers which I love because I hate using brushes. I’m the shade 4.5, and I got that by going to the store and trying it out on my own skin rather than help from a sales associate after my last experience. I’ve been using it for over a month, and I like it but sometimes it’s too full coverage for me since I don’t love a lot of makeup on my skin.
Supergoop Defense Mist ~ I love this product! It smells so light and refreshing. It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and leaves a nice finish. I don’t wear waterproof mascara so I have to put it on after because I learned the hard way it’ll get my mascara everywhere. It’s really easy to reapply throughout the day. Probably my favorite face sunscreen I’ve had.
Not pictured: Aesop Parsley Seed Cleanser and Aesop B and Tea Toner ~ I’m so disappointed about these products because I had to return both of them. My skin responded so poorly to both products. I was using them together but then began using them separately and the symptoms (stinging, redness, rash on my forehead) just didn’t go away. I was so disappointed because when the associate tried the products on me in the store I loved how they felt. Unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. My friend came over and used it one night, and she had no problems using it.