Sample then Splurge? 1st Step – Organize!


I have a thing for samples. They are fantastic for the following reasons:

  • They are usually given free or with points (I’m a sucker for free AND points!)
  • They appease my curiosity without destroying my budget
  • They are typically the perfect size for a product (I mean WHO ever gets to the bottom of a lipstick when you have a rainbow of colors to choose from?)

The problem with samples, though, is they tend to accumulate faster than I can use them or I simply forget! During my maternity leave I really got into using my samples because I didn’t have as big of a budget for skin care, make-up, and other products and potions. And now that I’m back at work and a mom and I don’t have as big of a budget for skin care, make-up, and other products and potions … such is life I suppose *sigh*

Therefore, in a quest to save both time and money I decided to organize my samples so I’ll be less tempted to buy just because I’m bored with my current collection. So without further ado, let’s take a look at my sample drawer organization and see how I’ve divvied up my free goods!

Clear dividers are a great idea but I like utilizing some of my free make-up bags I’ve accumulated over the years of make-up mania.

I’ve divided it into masks, moisturizer, body stuff, face wash, perfume, and make-up. Hair sample products have their own drawer!

Body Stuff
Face Wash


Whenever I travel this is the first drawer I tap into and I’m also attempting to incorporate this stuff into my weekly ‘go-to make-up drawer.’

This week I’ve been trying out Becca’s Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector and Kat von D’s Lock-it Concealer



It’s my hope that these posts will encourage me to use up my samples and let you know what I plan to splurge on and buy full size.

What do you do with all of your samples?

— Missy

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