For my birthday I treated myself to a facial at Mario Badescu (yes that long ago!). They kindly sent me home with a bag full of beauty samples. I've been slowly working through the samples so here are my thoughts:
Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 $28 - "Our best-selling moisturizer is designed to deliver lasting hydration and essential daily broad spectrum protection. This lightweight, oil-free formula is enhanced with Green Tea Extract—an antioxidant powerhouse—to help further defend against the harmful free radicals known to prematurely age skin." I shared my first impression during my beauty empties a few weeks ago. I wasn't very impressed. I had to mix it with another SPF moisturizer to help it sink into my skin.
Flower & Tonic Mask $18 - This is what they used during my facial. "Refresh skin with our mildest deep-cleaning mask. This universally effective formula is gentle on skin, using natural minerals (like Kaolin and Zinc Oxide) to purify and balance the complexion without leaving skin feeling dry or tight. Antioxidant-rich Evening Primrose and Gardenia Extracts are infused to improve moisture retention and encourage firmer, smoother skin." I really like the deep clean this gives. I use it when I need to overhaul my skin as it pretty strong. It's not a weekly mask for my sensitive skin.
Seaweed Cleansing Lotion $15 - "Rejuvenate your skin with our most universal toner. Bladderwrack Extract and Aloe Vera deliver a boost of soothing hydration while nourishing skin with essential vitamins and minerals. Witch Hazel provides enhanced cleansing without overdrying skin, removing any dirt, oil, and impurities to refresh and invigorate the complexion." While I didn't quite enjoy the smell of this product I did enjoy the results. I used it in the morning as a quick refreshing cleanser. Also the word "lotion" threw me off as it was like water lol.
Enzyme Cleansing Gel $14 - "This is the face wash that cleanses, brightens, and gently exfoliates all at once. Perfect for all skin types, our refreshing gel features fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (found naturally in Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts) to dissolve away makeup, oil, and impurities. Skin is left healthy and rejuvenated." I really enjoyed this cleansing gel; however, not for removing makeup. Nothing beats my trusty DHC Cleansing Oil.
Hyaluronic Eye Cream $18 - It's hard to weigh in on an eye cream sample since you need some time for an eye cream to take affect. "Effectively hydrate and smooth under-eyes with our best-selling eye cream. Formulated to help lock in moisture without feeling greasy or heavy, the Hyaluronic Eye Cream boasts a lightweight, whipped consistency that makes it a favorite for all skin types." It was super lightweight so that always throws me off especially since eye creams are typically more heavy duty.
Gentle Milk Cleanser $30 - This was the first sample I tried. "...a non-foaming mild cleanser that is good for any skin type. It leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated, not squeaky clean." Unfortunately I wasn't too super impressed with this. It felt like it was slipping off my face rather than doing any cleansing. But it got better with the other samples!
Peptide SPF 30 $50 - I know most sunscreens have harsh ingredients so it can be hard to find the right fit. This was very lightweight to me, almost too lightweight. I like an SPF that can also act as a moisturizer to eliminate an extra step in my routine. "Ideal for all skin types, this broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen is lightweight, not at all greasy, anti-aging and chemical-free."
Mineral Photo Touch Concealer $20 - I mixed up skincare and makeup items. "These paraben-free, oil-free, super creamy concealers are perfect for covering a multitude of sins: undereye darkness, blemishes and broken capillaries. The smooth texture is buildable and can be as sheer or heavy as you like. Skin Optic Light Technology, light-reflective minerals and line-filling Corrective Micro-Spheres deliver the ultimate in camouflage." I chose Light which was the perfect shade for me. I really enjoyed this concealer and would repurchase a full size one.
Aloe Setting Powder $25 - I've been trying more organic setting powders because the more heavy duty ones I felt like were clogging my pores. It is talc-free so it didn't cake up on my face. I really enjoyed this one! It left a nice finish on my skin and was lightweight.
Clarifying Charcoal Mask $30 - I was expecting the boscia black mask which is much more abrasive that this one so I was a bit surprised by the softness of this mask. It is for normal to oily skin and if you're looking for something gentle then I'd recommend it. It is not one of my top choices but it wasn't a bad experience.
Have you tried these brands? Which products did you enjoy?