Ruth Writes is a 30-something Liverpool based blog covering mid-size fashion, pescatarian food and beauty.
Magazine samples are a thing of wonder but more often than not, I cast them aside. As an avid magazine buyer, (we’re talking around 5 each week), the stick-in samples can stock up. However, over the past couple of weeks I have been collecting them rather than binning and keeping in an old Glossybox- turns out they also come in handy for extra storage! They are a fantastic way to try before you buy many of the most popular beauty brands including Nivea, L’oreal and Herbal Essences.
The Nivea In Shower Moisturiser is a new one I’ve never seen on my trips to Boots or in magazines. As a keen moisturiser, I appreciate that sounds odd, I was intrigued by a moisturiser you can apply after using your usual body wash and then wash off. It didn’t leave my skin with any moisture from the touch, but apparently I don’t need to use a 2nd coating of moisturiser. A 2 in 1 I suppose!
Another surprise sample was the new Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner as advertised on the TV with Nicole Sherzinger. A product I’ve had my eye on and planned to purchase, so trying it out first with a sample is perfect. I’m yet to use it, but I’m sure I’ll love it as they are a go-to brand for me.
Another surprise was the John Frieda Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner. Since going blonde earlier this year I have often thought about switching up from my usual Tresseme coloured shampoo and trying a specific blonde shampoo. Having received x2 shampoo samples and x2 conditioners, I have given both a whirl and I’m massively impressed. Defo will be buying that one in the future as it enhanced my blonde and left my hair shiney. Perfect!
The final couple of samples I have but yet to try are the L’oreal Shampoo. I’m a fan of their mythic oil so already trust their haircare range, so will give thisa try soon. My final sample is the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter BB cream. I’m a foundation fan and loyal to Estee Lauder Doublewear, so a BB cream scares me a little as I just don’t trust they provide enough coverage. Think I’ll save that one for my holidays in September when I want to wear a little less make up than usual, whilst abroad.
Let me know if you use beauty samples and if you have any favourites x