I don't know where I've been but somehow I missed the launch of an amazing makeup and skincare sample service that for once is worth it!
I've come across endless makeup sample websites in the past only to not recognise any of the brands and to realise most are out of date anyway. However somehow I failed to know about a fairly new sample service that truly is the best I've come across!
What I'm talking about is the Feel Unique Pick 'n' Mix sample service that has over 350 samples to chose from! Plus the amazing thing about it is that you only pay the £3.95 shipping and handling fee but receive a £3.95 voucher via email to redeem against future purchases, making your samples virtually free! Don't worry Feel Unique didn't ask me to write about it.... I'm just totally digging the idea of free high end beauty samples!
As you can see from my sample stash above, you get to select 5 samples from some well known cosmetic and skincare brands. A lot of the samples are just sachet samples but quite a few come in pots and tubes sizes and the best thing about it is you can search by sample type (on the left hand side of the page) and see the volume amount to get the most out of the service - i.e like me with my 5 pretty deluxe sample sizes!
I should point out that the Pick 'n' Mix service is limited to one lot of samples per month and is only for UK customers right now.
Here's a look at what I picked up
Benefit The POREfessional License To Blot deluxe sample 1.4ml - I couldn't refuse a Benefit mini and with the idea of picking up a few mini products to keep in my bag for touch-ups I thought this sample instant oil-blotting stick would be perfect. Super cute packaging and a really handy o- the-go product.
Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer 'Ivory' sample 2ml - I already own the full size version of this and love it so I had to pick it up, again to keep in my bag for touch-ups! Seeing as the samples are virtually free this is a generous size at 2ml which is a 1/3 of the 5.9ml full size product which would mean the cost of this sample should be £6!
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm 5g - This is actually a product I've been wanting to try for the longest time but priced at £34.00 I wasn't going to risk buying it before trying it first. As you can see this looks exactly like the full size pot but in a miniature version, which I love, and so far from just smelling the balm and the wonderful moringa scent I know I will love it!
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss 'Maveric' deluxe sample 2.25ml - Having a few Marvelous Moxie lipglosses now and enjoying them I picked up this mini. This is another sample that offers a lot of product and is actually half the size of the full size lipgloss, making the sample worth £8.50! Also this is an ideal shade for autumn/winter.
He-Shi Face & Body Tanning Gel sample 50ml - For my 5th mini I decided to try out this generous 50ml He-Shi sample. I'm always keen to try out facial tanning products as creams for the body are just too heavy for my face so a tanning gel sounded perfect. I've already given this a go and really like it! As it's only for my face and chest this 50ml size will last me quite some time!
Samples change quite often from what I've noticed, for example the Benefit sample is unfortunately no longer available however I did spot a new Nars Skin Tint sample in the mix! So it's worth having a thorough look when deciding on your 5 samples.
The biggest section is sachet samples but with the choice of fragrance vials, tube samples and a few samples in pots I would suggest selecting the most product amount and staying away from sachets to get the most for your money! As I mentioned I picked a few samples to keep in my bag for touch-ups but this service is ideal if you are going on holiday, or of course if you fancy trying products you've been curious about.
I will 100% be using this sample service again next month as I already have my eye on a few REN and Caudalie samples!
If you want to pick up your own beauty samples then you can find the Feel Unique Pick 'n' Mix service here.