As someone whose skin is prone to breakouts, what I value most in skincare is consistency. Switching out products too much, or playing around with new products all the time will do nothing but irritate my skin, causing redness and bumps.

We all love getting free product and when checking out at Sephora I can’t help but add samples to my order. Samples I used to rarely use. Not only would they bother my skin, but you can never tell if a product will work for your skin from one use. The only thing it will achieve giving you a first impression of texture and scent. After ending up with a bunch of random samples, I devised a way that allows me to actually try out a product I’m interested in if available as a sample. With this approach, I can use a product more than once and can know if it is worth the investment of a full sized product.

Split Orders and Collect Multiples

Outside of any drugstore purchases, most of the makeup and skincare I purchase is from Sephora online. I enjoy Sephora as they accept Afterpay, have a good offering of samples and they offer free delivery on purchases above AU$55.

In order to try out a product, you will need multiples of each sample. What I do in order to collect a few of each sample is split any orders into amounts of just above $55. This isn’t hard to do when basically nothing costs less than $55 at Sephora and if you’re purchasing anything you will almost certainly be spending that much on each individual item. By splitting orders, you will get them delivered for free, while being able to get samples with each of the orders. I find that Sephora will offer the same samples for quite a long period of time, so you can take your time collecting a few of each sample.

As you can see, I am currently in the process of getting my hands on a couple more samples of the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser and the Youth to the People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream.

Pop Into a Pot

Once I get my hands on around 4 or 5 samples of the product I want to try out, I pop them in a pot. Popping the product into a pot reduces any waste caused by leaving leftover product in an open sachet and it will help you not overuse the product, as each sachet typically contains more than needed for each application.

This will give you a weeks worth of use or more, just enough time to get a sense of how the product reacts with your skin, getting an idea of how the product performs, figuring out if it is worth a full sized purchase.

I am currently trying out the Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream. I got a decent amount of product from five sachets and after using it for about six days, there is still a decent amount left, probably enough for nightly use for another four or five days. The length of use will vary on the texture of the product. The great thing about this is that, when first trying this product I thought it would be a fantastic night time cream for me, but as I am continuing to use it consistently, the results are not mind blowing. While it feels great upon application, the dry areas of my skin do not show any signs improvement after a week of consistent use, saving me the AU$91 I would have spent on the product otherwise.

This is my favourite way of trying products I would be interested in purchasing. I am very reluctant to purchase new skincare products generally, as I never know if it’s nothing but a waste of money on a product my skin will hate. Splitting Sephora orders I would be making anyway at no extra cost in order to get more sample product that I can use for a test period is a win-win situation for me!

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