Sample Extravaganza

While I do love a good brick-and mortar shopping experience, I am always appreciative of being able to pick out a few choice samples before checking out as a little treat to myself.

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I do try to weed out the duds as soon as I get my samples in, but there are always the few that are supremely above the cut and that I can’t wait to try out.

After my recent trip to Aesop, I went home with a handful of samples that could make up a beautiful skincare routine if they work for my skin. From the Fabulous Face Cleanser to the B & Tea Balancing Toner and the brand new Lucent Facial Concentrate, the sales assistant geared the little sachets towards what I had told her about my skin beforehand. I have tried out the Lucent Serum on my hand and it felt lush, so I am happy to be able to give it a try before springing for the expensive full size.

Speaking of high priced products, the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer must be the most luxe offering in its category but it is also on top price-wise. While the shade I got might not be perfect for me, I am excited to try out the formula and texture in order to make up my own mind.

Since I recently also ran out of primer, it is the perfect time to give the Pixi Flawless & Poreless a little try. Pixi have been rocking my socks lately anyway, so this might be a winner too.

Finally, two products that might be saving my winter skin are the VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Flare-Up Balm, an all-purpose salve for chapped and inflamed skin, and a generous travel-size of the REN Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream.

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Aesop Resurrection Range

Aesop has been a brand on my radar for the longest time. An Australian apothecary-style brand, they are as effective as they are instagrammable.

I have tried only a handful of products, but their hand care line in the Resurrection scent has been on my wishlist for the longest time. Still, it seemed a bit extravagant to me to spent a good amount of money on what essentially are high-turnover body care products such as soap and hand cream.

A few weeks ago however, I decided to treat myself for a job well done by visiting a brick-and-mortar Aesop store (which might be the closest thing to heaven on earth) and purchase a few products.

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First up is the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, which comes in gorgeous vintage-looking packaging and smells wonderful with herbal notes of rosemary and cedarwood as well as fresh accords of mandarin rind. The product itself is great as well, as much as you can differentiate between different types of liquid hand soap. It’s not very foaming or stripping but rather works up to a soft lather that leaves the hands clean but not parched.

The Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm comes in the same scent and a pretty blush colored aluminium tube which is way too pretty to stow away in a hand bag. The balm itself is beyond gorgeous as it sinks in quickly and leaves the hand soft without any greasy residue or tacky feeling. My one gripe however, is that the smallest size, at 75 ml, is still pretty large and not handbag friendly. I wish they would do a smaller travel size at a lower price to use on the go.

I am glad I have treated myself to such luxurious everyday products since it is a joy to use them. I’m trying not to be too precious about them but I have already vowed to reuse the soap-dispenser and fill it up with a cheaper hand wash once it has run out.