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!

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection – A Review

**I was just made aware of the fact that Becca / Jaclyn Hill pulled the Eye Palette from stores due to its consistency. I will leave the post up as my experience with the palette was positive. You can just read the Face Palette review if you want. Enjoy! – Nat**

More pieces of the Becca and Jaclyn Hill Collaboration Collection.Today we are looking at the Champagne Collection Face Palette and the Champagne Collection Eye Palette.


I like the shiny gold package that these come in! That was my first observation, hehe. The face palette is also encased in a nice white top. The top is an overlay that is a soft plastic. I thought it was very nice and different but then I noticed how easily to could come off. It took me a while to think of what it reminded me and then I found out what it was, those old 3D stickers I used to have as a kid. But of course, fancier lol. I actually still like the overall packaging, it is a big palette, that feels nice and luxurious.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits – Review

I haven’t ordered much lately because I am in the process of cleaning the beauty/geek/photography room which has turned into the dump all room. We have literally thrown everything in there when we want to do a quick clean up or when we aren’t sure where to put it. I am almost done the cleaning and then it is the makeup declutter that will start! Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to take you along for that part.

Anyway, all that to say that I haven’t purchased makeup in a while but when I saw these, I had to get one. I have always heard great things about the Becca blushes and I love Champagne Pop.


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Nat’s January 2015 Favourites

This month’s favourites starts my journey into using the makeup that I own.  So here are some favourites that I used a ton this month.. and yes there is one candle in this lot… just one I promise!

Essie – Bahama Mama

This colour is glamorous. That is the best way to explain it. A beautiful berry colour, looks classy and edgy at the same time. A beautiful versatile winter colour that is appropriate for work but also can be changed to look edgy.

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Yay or Nay Sunday – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

On this week’s Yay or Nay Sunday, BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Trio!

These are a… YAY!

I wasn’t going to do a post on these because you cannot find this trio in the store anymore, but since they are part of the regular makeup line (check them out here) then if you are interested in the items, you can go out and get the full size ones.

I must admit the trio was one of the best kits that I purchased over the holiday season. It wasn’t originally on my list but I have been eyeing the Skin Perfectors in powder form for a while and after returning a few items, (well, my husband went to return a couple items for me, I am so spoiled) I asked him to pick this up for me. He found one left, lucky me!

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