Hi guys, today’s skincare week post is all about travel sized beauty. Specifically, those travel sized, deluxe samples that have been so amazing that I’ve gone out an bought the full version. Now, if that was all we were talking about this post would be pretty short so we’re also going to have a little chat about why I love minis and how I like to use them. I thought as holiday season is starting, it would be a great time to talk about how you can take them with you.
Firstly, never throw away your minis or samples
Not only have I found some products I adore because of gifts with purchase or birthday gifts from stores/ brands, but they’re genuinely really useful.
I have a basket full of them where I keep my beauty storage. That probably sounds excessive, but if you get minis of products you love then keep the empty tube or keep the mini to one side for travel purposes. It will come as no surprise to any of you that I like to travel with a skincare product for every occasion. If I actually did that, there would be no room for anything else. When I have sample tubes of something I love, providing the packaging is sturdy enough, I like to refill mine when I travel. That way you can afford to take more products away with you without sacrificing on space. A pipette is involved, sometimes it’s not practical.
Bring some extras
Again, this isn’t always practical, but it’s worth it. If you don’t want to refill the smaller bottles and you don’t feel the need to take five serums on a three day trip, bring one full sized product and a couple of smaller ones with you. Let’s be real, unless it’s a product you’ve been wanting to try or you’ve somehow managed to run out of something, you’re never going to use the mini at home. So, make the most of them when you’re away. When you arrive, try the mini and if you don’t like it, you’ve still got your reliable product to fall back on. You could find your new favourite product.
Buy travel sizes?
I know this sounds crazy, but things like those cute Christmas bauble decorations come in handy. Not only are they in smaller versions of the ‘proper’ packaging, so aren’t going to fall apart if you take them away, they’re also a great way of trying things. Last January, picked up a mini Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm for a whopping £6 in the sale, I now have a 15ml version of one of my favourite cleansers ready to go when I am.
Another mini scheme I like is the Feel Unique Pick ‘n’ Mix scheme. You can get up to five of the mini products that you usually get for free when you spend over a certain amount. And as they’re technically supposed to be free, you only pay for shipping when you buy them and some of the samples come in 5 or 10ml tubes. You can try up to five new products a month for under £4. And if you decide to buy a full sized version, you can claim that money back against your purchase.
Travel sized that made me buy the full size
This was a gift with purchase when I bought the original Moisture Surge once. As I already loved the original, I knew I’d probably like this product but I was unlikely to have picked one up myself. Turns out I like this formula more than the traditional Moisture Surge. I was given a 30ml tube as my sample too which lasted forever.
I got one for my mum. She loved it. I felt like I was missing out. I got my sample sized one in the aforementioned Pick ‘n’ Mix scheme to test it against my sensitive skin. It’s now one of my favourite moisturisers.
This product is great skin in a tube. I was very grateful to get this in the smaller version because this is an exfoliator, I was nervous to use it on my sensitive skin. It stings a little, and definitely isn’t for everyday use, but this is one of my favourite quick fix, I need to look better by tomorrow kind of products. I received this one as a birthday gift with purchase from SpaceNK, and the small tube seemed to refill itself because it lasted months.
Clinique All About Eyes Serum
This has now been discontinued and I’m not at all bitter about that. I thought about not including it as you can’t buy it. But, this is the newer version of it (which I’m yet to try). Without going into too much detail, this was my saviour when my insomnia was at its worst. The rollerball made you feel so fresh and awake even on no sleep at all. This was also a gift with a Moisture Surge purchase at some point.
I didn’t realise when I started this that my top picks were four from two brands. Otherwise, I would have tried to mix it up a little. But I have mentioned both of these brands many times on my blog, so at least you know they’re genuinely my favourites. Not that I would ever lie about that, but you know…
Are there any products you’ve sampled and just HAD to buy?
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