Hi beauties,


I’m SO excited to share this post with you today as I’ve been wanting to do it for a few months now! As you may know, I rarely make in-store purchases anymore when I’m shopping Sephora. I go over why extensively in my Year of VIB Rouge Review post, but the main reasons are because I use eBates, the selection online is WAY better and I can always use a code for deluxe samples of products in addition to the 3 samples with every order.

In this post, most of the skincare items I have acquired are simply from using promo codes when placing an order while others are 100 point perks. I’ve chosen to omit foil samples as that would get too crazy and they look messy after they’ve been used.


As you can see from the photo, I’ve got a lot of samples!! The only things I actually purchased were the two deluxe sized masks from Laneige for $8 and the Darphin mini redness serum that came with a cream for $25. Honestly, I feel like I’ve saved a lot of money on skincare since becoming a VIB Rouge and getting access to free shipping. There are constantly codes for deluxe samples of EVERYTHING and there are way more 100-point perks online to choose from vs. in store.

In similar categories I’ll break down if I would repurchase each item and briefly why/why not along with their retail prices (in Canadian) for the full size. For your background knowledge, I have normal-dry skin w/ severe dry skin around my nose this time of year. I don’t break out often and I get redness.



Farmacy Honey Saviour All-in-One Skin Repair Salve ($44)

YES. This is so moisturizing on my extreme areas of dryness and I even use it on my lips. The honey smell is so yummy too.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($75)

NO. I really liked the whipped formula of this but it broke me out and it actually stung my severe dry patches.

Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultra Moisture ($85)

MAYBE. This product was very moisturizing, it didn’t dry out my dry patches further, and it wasn’t too heavy but still did the job. The price is the only thing I’m a bit scared of!

Biotherm LifePlankton Essence ($69)

YES. While this is an ‘essence’ it is very moisturizing and I have used this alone many times. This leaves my skin looking remarkable and I fully support this product!



Josie Maran Argan Reserve Healthy Skin Concentrate ($102)

NO. I broke out the first time I used this, then I used it again but it just feels sooo heavy on my skin and doesn’t really absorb.

AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Serum ($176)

YES if I were rich. This serum absorbs quickly and my skin just feels healthy when I use it, but the price makes me want to cry!

Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum ($105)

YES. I did see some improvement with redness, the serum is very hydrating and the scent is rich yet calming. It’s kind of like an experience putting this on.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum ($45)

NO. This gel serum absorbs quickly yet it doesn’t really do anything for my skin and my dry patches sting when I use it!



Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream ($33)

NO. I did enjoy this a lot and it was the perfect consistency, but I didn’t notice many results for me to want to buy the full size.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream ($110)

NO. This was very moisturizing however I don’t notice anything remarkable to justify the high price.



Murad AHA/BHA  Exfoliating Cleanser ($43)

NO. I don’t think this did a good job removing all of my makeup, plus it contains sodium laureth sulfate which aggravates dry skin.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($65)

YES. This exfoliates like nothing else and it leaves my skin feeling brand new and ready to absorb a serum. Although it’s pricey, you only need to use it once a week.



Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($30)

YES. Although this irritates my dry patches, I can just avoid those areas and I love how it makes my skin feel in the morning. The price point is great too.

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($112)

YES. This really does give your skin some ‘oomph’. My skin is softer and just looks better in general after using this. I don’t use it often so I would try and get it in a value set or a small size if possible.

Laneige Multiberry Yoghurt Repairing Mask ($33)

NO. I HATE the smell of this- it literally smells like yoghurt and I’m not into that. I also don’t notice any amazing results.



Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($9-$19 based on size)

NO. I find this leaves too much of a greasy feeling on the skin.



Phew, that was a long post. If you stuck around until the end, thank you! I had a lot of fun trying all of these products over the last several months. I would say my ultimate top three finds would be:

1. Biotherm LifePlankton Essence

2. Farmacy Honey Salve 

3. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator


xo J















  1. March 16, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I really want to try the Dr. Brand exfoliator. Great post. I love reading about skincare stuff.

    • March 17, 2017 / 2:38 am

      It’s so good!! Like I’ve never tried anything as effective ever. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. March 17, 2017 / 8:16 am

    This is a great review I’m currently trying OLEHENRIKSEN samples and compares to the price it has me thinking, but I’m happy Sephora allows you to try before buying.

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