Little Luxuries

Hello everyone! Today I have a bit of a different post all about samples - or rather those adorable deluxe sized ones that are mini versions of the full size. I have quite the collection of these (more than you see here), mainly due to the lot my mum has accumulated over the years. I seriously love the idea of these minis - they are completely free, some come in boxes with information pamphlets and sometimes they even give you a little baggie! It feels like you just bought something, but you didn't! They give you a great opportunity and a decent amount of product to try something a bit more expensive and get an idea of whether you like it, or it works for you. Most of my minis have been acquired either by asking, or through Gift With Purchases. 

Most of the bits are skincare, so I will start of with them.

Skincare is probably the easiest to get samples of, as it's definitely something that may not work or have an adverse reaction to your skin, in which case you definitely wouldn't want to have paid full price!

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense:
This little pot contains 7mL of product and I have been using it for the past 2 weeks and am only halfway! This is a really beautiful moisturiser - it is a gel-creme formulation which is super lightweight and fast absorbing, though very hydrating. It works well for my combination skin as a night cream, also as my skin is starting to get a bit dryer now that it is Winter. This could work well for dryer skins even as a day cream as it is not too heavy. It really helps moisturise those dry flaky patches. If I were to splurge on a moisturiser, this would be an option!

Estee Lauder Idealist:
This is supposed to be a serum that evens out the skintone and illuminates the complexion. I had funny feelings about this when I initially opened it as it contains sparkles. They are actually very pretty - almost like a iridescent pearl. After reading reviews online, I saw that many people said it didn't work well even after using a whole full-sized bottle. I figured I wasn't going to see any drastic results from my 7mL sample, so I decided to put the shimmer to use. I now almost use it as if it were a liquid illuminator, the shimmer it gives off is very subtle and natural. I like mixing it with matte foundations/BB creams and it makes the base a bit more dewy, and suprisingly doesn't affect the wear time or oil-controlling abilities. Obviously, I wouldn't suggest buying the full size to use as an illuminator, but maybe if you have the sample at home you can put it to a new use. 

Blob, blended
 Estee Lauder Daywear:
This little tube is 5mL which I find lasts a really good while. This is a really lovely day moisturiser that contains SPF 15. It's a lovely texture that sinks in well, is not heavy and is suitable for normal and combination skin. I really like this moisturiser and it mixes well with foundations.

SKII Cellumination Essence:
SKII is a very expensive Japanese brand that my mum has gotten quite a few samples from, haha. The two I've tried though I will be talking about. The first is this serum which is supposed to brighten the complexion. I've been using it for the past 2 weeks and honestly haven't noticed a difference. My skin looks slightly brighter but nothing really noticeable. The texture is very thin and sinks in immediately. It has no other benefits - it isn't moisturising or anything else. Not worth the money to be honest.

SKII Whitening Source Derm Brightener:
This is a moisturiser that I've been using mainly to help lighten dark spots. It is a thick cream that almost feels velvety when applied. For such a texture, It is not as moisturising as I thought. I have noticed the slightest lightening of my acne scars but for the price, I find the Garnier Dark Spot Correcter does a better job and is a much nicer texture and provides other benefits to the skin.

I don't have very many 'makeup' items and these you generally can't get for free outright, most are from GWP.

Lancome Hypnose Precious Cells Mascara:
I find these little sample tubes actually last a really long time. I absolutely love this mascara!  It is pretty much everything I look for in one - lengthening, defining and just in general making it look like I have more lashes. It gives that really fluttery lash look. It doesn't hold a curl but it's not waterproof, but it doesn't smudge or flake on me either. The wand is really cool and I think really helps with application. On one side it has shorter bristles and the other has longer ones. I apply with the shorter bristles then rotate and comb through with the longer ones to get good separation.

Longer, shorter
Shiseido Advanced Perfomance lipstick in Mauve Breeze:
Actually not a fan at all of this shade, and maybe it's just old but the formula is hard and sticky - yuck. The colour is an orangey-brown which would completely clash with my skintone. I had to include it though, because I have no other mini makeup, it's so darn cute in mini size!

Marc Jacobs Dot Perfume:
This vial size of perfume is really common and these you can get for free. I find they are really good for in the handbag or travel. I have a heap of these, Dot is a really lovely floral.

Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude:
These sizes are generally in GWP, but you can get them for free sometimes. These are also good for handbag or travel and are so cute in their mini bottles! I like Sensuous Nude better than the original, it's a very demure, subtle, classy scent.

OPI Nail lacquers:
These you can't get for free, they can be purchased in sets of four. They contain a tiny amount of 3.75mL which I think is probably the smallest you can get without being ridiculous. I like the idea of mini nail polish but I think these should be 5mL, rounds it off and the bottle wouldn't be so tiny. Tiny bottle = tiny brush. Also they aren't labelled which is so annoying!

L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate:
This was in a GWP, and is their very famous body lotion. It smells DIVINE. It's like a dollop cream consistency - so nicee! Ruth Crilly has named this the best body lotion ever so...

I hope this post wasn't too long! These are the minis I've been using lately, and I assure you there are more where they came from...

Do you have a lot of minis? Do you like the idea of them?


  1. I really love samples Ms. Tashi! Unfortunately, I have no any samples/minis right now. :( I do love the idea of them because we can try their products if it'll suit/work well in our skin or not. Great post and review by the way. :)

    1. Thankyou! They are perfect to make sure you're not wasting your money on something that doesn't work!

  2. Estee Lauder is always so generous with minis! I have the ANR Eye and a moisturiser from the ANR Christmas set and they threw in the Pleasures and Beautiful perfume samples too. They're perfect for short holidays.

    1. Estee Lauder and Clinique are so good! My mum has about 100 mini eye creams (more like 15, but enough to last a lifetime) haha.

  3. Ok your blog is basically awesome!! One of my favourite ones to read :)

    I love samples too as you can probably tell as my entire last empties post was sample sized stuff!! My favourite sample to receive has to be either mascara or eye creams.. as these last so long!


    1. Thankyou so much!

      I seriously looove eye creams - they last forever!

  4. Aw I love samples, they're cute and convenient for saving haha. I actually really like Estee Lauder's Idealist, oddly enough.


    1. Very cute and great for travel! Does it work well for you - it it does that's great!

  5. All the mini sized products are so cute! I really want to get a sample of the Clinique moisturiser- it sounds perfect for hydration especially in the winter months. How lucky you were to try the SKII products especially since they are so expensive- and lucky you found out that weren't that great. The mini OPI nail polishes are so adorable too, shame about not being labelled though :(

    1. It is great for dryer skin! I still have a few more SKII samples stashed away that I'm yet to try - kinda hope they aren't that great so I won't buy them haha!

  6. Samples definitely are important when it comes to skincare, who wants to spend $$$ on something that may not even work for you! I like the sound of the Cinique moisturizer, it sounds ideal for me but I've just found a couple of moisturizers that I really like!
    The Lancome mascara looks great and how annoying that they don't label the mini nail polishes, they all look like lovely colours though! xx

    1. Definitely - and it's annoying when they sometimes don't give you a sample!! They are very pretty which is a shame why I don't know what they're called!

  7. I Loooove almond scents. I need the L'Occitane cream x

    1. I'm actually not sure whether is smells very almondy - but it sure smells good!