The Small Things

As much as I’ve wanted to maintain Milliefeuille on a regular basis, it’s been really tough handling just school alone – I honestly thought that I’d have better time management and more free time now, but I guess not?

I’ve blogged about how samples are my ‘小确幸/xiao que xing’ they’re part of the little things that keep me sane and just bring me a disproportionately large amount of joy in tuff times! It’s so irrational that I’d give myself an extra half an hour to get home so I could drop by Raffles City or Capitol Piazza just to collect some samples… when I can’t even give myself that extra half an hour of sleep sometimes… but hey, whatever works right?

Given so, I’d just like to share with you guys some of the great stuff I’ve received in the past couple of months – and the story of how I collected them 🙂

SULWHASOO

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I remember being particularly down that day – I don’t quite remember why, maybe it was that I’d just received my midterms grades back and they weren’t that great? So I went to google for some free samples, and it just random occurred to me that I might want to look up Sulwhasoo – and I saw that they were offering a 5-day trial for their Snowise series.

I was treated to a warm experience by the saleslady, who sat me down and let me try and explained to me what the different products were. She was especially generous with me as well, actually offering me the full ‘5 day’ trial that included 5 packets each of the Snowise Brightening Serum, Spot Treatment, Water, Cream, and Fluid, and the First Care Activating Serum EX (I’m saying this as some brands offer a ‘5 day trial’ with 1 packet of serum? Wouldn’t that be like, a misrepresentation?); I know my skin isn’t that great, so I wasn’t offended or anything but I was quite pleased that she took the time to diagnose my skin type and offered some Brightening Exfoliating Gel to me. Usually, I’d just be in a rush to get my samples and go, but given the environment… mmm, it felt like a great temporary respite.

ORIGINS

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Actually, not much of a story here. After visiting Sulwhasoo, I dropped by the Origins outlet at Robinsons Raffles City to collect it – and I left with a Platscription set including an anti-aging cleanser, powerful lifting cream, and powerful lifting neck and décolleté treatment. Ha! I actually also dropped by Lancome for some samples, but I gave those to my mum already.

FRESH

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I was having lunch with J at Nam Nam – when I remembered that I had this SMS from like, February!!! A month had passed since I’d signed up for a sample of the Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum – but I decided to head up to the store to try my luck anyway. And luck it was! The sampling offer was ending in 4 days, and I managed to get my trial bottle; I’m amazed at how generous they were with the packaging this time, it’s almost the same as the real packaging – with the glass dropper and all. It smells great too!

KIEHL’S

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THE BODY SHOP

Hm. I was heading home from one of my finals papers and I needed to grab some food – I had extra time, so I dropped by the outlet at Junction 8 to pick up the Oils of Life Sleeping Cream and Facial Oil for my mum. She purchased the oil and toner (?) recently, and thought she’d like to try the new cream. I walked in, and asked whether or not I could redeem the sample – I mean I don’t expect anything, but without saying a word the saleslady turned around, grabbed the sample, turned back around and just stuck her hand out with it to me – all without saying a word? I said thanks and she continued to remain silent and I just left (???) what an odd sales experience… Extremely different from the warm and friendly service my mum and I experienced at Raffles City previously. I also collected some Drops of Light Serum and Cream.

Also I’ve spent the past few months taking a module that includes a case study on The Body Shop and Anita Roddick – did you know that Roddick was vehemently against advertising? Just food for thought.

BELIF

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My last finals paper was on Friday, and I was at Junction 8 with my mum again! Belif posted that they were offering samples of their new mask on Insta, so I dropped by with my mum to get a set. They’re offering quite a few products from 30-50% off now – fairly good deals but I don’t need anything right now 🙂

Altogether, I received varying amounts of First Aid Deep Pore Care Mask, Peat Miracle Revital Mask, Lavender Sky Hand Cream, First Aid Overnight Skin Regeneration Mask, First Aid Anti-Hangover Soothing Mask, Hungarian Water Essence, First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask, and First Aid Aqua Rush Mask. Each set came with 6 masks/samples, and my mum and I got a different assortment 🙂

PHYSIOGEL

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I signed up for samples online, and a few days later a package arrived in my mailbox! 🙂 Some Calming Relief Face Cream, and Calming Relief Gentle Cream Cleanser.

NEULII

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I’m sure you guys all know about this! Roseroseshop came up with their own brand, Neulii, and offered to send samples to anyone who messaged them on SNS 🙂 By chance, I got 5 packets each of the AHA Vita Brightening Serum, and the Teatree BHA Blemish Control Serum. I don’t quite fancy the AHA, but I’ve been using the BHA over the past couple of weeks and I’m quite happy using it 🙂

SAMPLESTORE

I love the way SampleStore works but…. man you really have to rush when the new samples are out haha. I was lucky enough to get a few things – Labo Labo Super Moist Gel, Dove Body Wash, Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream, and Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock!

MISCELLANEOUS

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Also I finally received the Histolab 72% Azulene Complex Ampoule samples from HKC Plaza… and did you know that Her World sometimes attaches free samples to the magazine? That’s a The History of Whoo Ja Saeng Essence.

And sometimes I win some stuff from contests 🙂 I received Bioderma micellar water travel bottles, including a Hydrabio H2O, Sensibio H2O, and a Sébium H2O. Super cute 🙂

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ION Orchard: Beauty Season + Her World’s 55th Anniversary Promo

Rushed this post out today after I got home from Orchard!!! This has probably got to be some kind of record – I don’t think I’ve started on a post and published it within such a short amount of time before.

ION Orchard is hosting Beauty Season from now til 4th March 2015! This means that participating stores will be giving away a limited number of samples (every day). This is a great chance for everyone to sample the products they’ve been eyeing!

For the sake of reviewing products for this blog, I’ve set myself on a task to…. review EVERYTHING. Let me preface this – I am not encouraging hoarding products that you won’t use. All of these are brands that I (or my family) am familiar with, and am interested in trying out.

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To participate in Beauty Season, just log on to beauty.ionorchard.com/home on your mobile, and register with your details. From there, you’ll be able to redeem your samples at each of the stores – obviously limited to one set per person!

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Select the brand that you’re interested in sampling (the images show the product you’ll be sampling), and head towards the store. The page will include the store’s location, and the exact details of the product you’ll be sampling (size/sachet etc.).

If you’re worried about unfriendly salespeople, DON’T BE WORRIED. Just suck it up and head into the stores and show them your screen, swipe to redeem your product, and they’ll hand you the sample once you fill in some details. Maybe it’s just luck (?) but every single one of the salespeople I encountered today were super friendly! In fact, most of them gave me a runthrough of how their product sample works, what it targets, and how long it will last. Super satisfying experience!

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Once you have received the brand’s sample, you’re able to add a review. Adding a review and showing it to the staff will provide a discount in-store, with the exception of Sephora and Estee Lauder. Not only so, you stand a chance to win a full-sized version of the product sampled!! Ok it’s one winner per brand but you still definitely stand a chance haha 😀


Astalift

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What they’re giving away: 20 Whitening Travel Kits, 10 Lunamer Acne Kits, and 10 Lunamer Brightening Kits

Pictured: Lunamer Brightening Kit (Includes Astalift Lunamer Lotion-1, Clear Wash, Brightener, Emulsion-1 and Facial Cotton)

Astalift was extremely generous with their samples. I’m excited to try this out, as Lunamer is a new line targeted at younger women (Astalift, if you don’t already know, is well-known for their anti-aging products).


Beauty By Nature

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What they’re giving away: 100 samples of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil (5ml) Daily (Pictured)

The saleslady was extremely friendly 🙂


Bobbi Brown

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What they’re giving away: 100 sachets of Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector (1.5ml) daily


Dior

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet (1ml) and Rouge Dior Brilliant sample kit

Very excited to try both!! I love trying new lip products, and since I don’t have a signature scent yet… I heard Dior’s scents are pretty good 🙂


Dr. Ci:Labo

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 1-week trial packs of Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX (1.5g/sachet)

Pictured: When you head to their store, they will invite you to like their Facebook page as well. Go ahead and do so – they’ll provide another sample kit as well, which includes an Enrich Moisture Lotion, Herbal Gel O2 Charge, and Mild UV Lotion sachets.

I have heard of their brand before, and since the latter products are targeted at sensitive skin, I can try it out on breakout days 🙂 The saleslady said that the lotion is meant for anti-aging, so my mum would probably benefit from it more than I would.

The saleslady here was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Estee Lauder

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 1-week trial pack of Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence (4ml/sachet) (i.e. bottle) daily

Definitely giving this to my mum 😡 She picked up the sample, and was like “isn’t this more like for me??”


Kiehl’s

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What they’re giving away: 50 sets of 1 week trial samples of NEW Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF30 Daily

Pictured: The saleslady gave me some samples for their other products as well! This included the Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Ultra-Facial Oil-Free Toner, Clearly Corrective White Hydrating Moisture Emulsion, as well as the Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream.

I’m especially excited to sample the dark-circle perfector – the saleslady said this sample should last me a week. I’m always up for trying new things to minimise my horrific panda eyes!!

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Laneige

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 7-day sample kit of White Plus Renew Original Cream (1ml/sachet)

Stepped into Laneige to check out the Multiberry Yoghurt Pack (i.e. wanted to let mum smell it.) Saw the promo for the first time :’) Laneige is a mid-high end skincare brand, so anything’s fair game for me. I recently purchased some of their anti-aging samples in Bonjour Hong Kong.


Mt. Sapola

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What they’re giving away: 100 samples of Body Lotion, Lemongrass (18ml)

Will use this soon 🙂 I’m not a regular user of body lotion, but my calves are especially dry and could do with some moisturizing. Mum recommended this brand.

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Next

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What they’re giving away: 100 bottles of Next Hair Building Fibres (25g)

I… think this is hair roots mascara in powder form. Reminds me of Ji Sukjin and his hair powder stain on the ceiling keyboard :D. Extremely surprised at the size of this – this looks like a full-sized product already! Mum was very excited to receive this 🙂 (obviously it will not be very useful for me. whoops)

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Sephora

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What they’re giving away: 150 pieces of mini Colorful Eyeshadow Mono from Sephora Collection

Pictured: ~ in Mirror, a shimmery gold.

I also received a 2-piece trial set from Dior, including Capture Totale Serum and Dream Skin – these are NOT part of ION Beauty Season, but a perk from being a Sephora Black Card Member!

The saleslady was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Shu Uemura

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What they’re giving away: 100 sets of 7-day samples of Blanc:Chroma brightening and polishing gentle cleansing oil (4ml)

SUPER excited to use this – I think I’m the most excited to use this out of all of the samples received today. I love using cleansing oil – it’s much milder on my skin as compared to furiously rubbing my mascara off with makeup remover. Shu’s is supposedly the best in the market, and I’m excited to see how it compared to my DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

The salesman was extremely helpful and friendly 🙂


Skin Inc

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What they’re giving away: 100 bottles of Skin Inc’s encapsulated Serum (5ml) daily

Pictured: Vitamin A Serum (5ml)

You get to pick a serum of your choice (i.e. Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Collagen, Q1o etc.)! I’ve already tried the Q10 and it was not bad, so I picked Vitamin A to help with brightening of dark spots and whatnot. I’m already familiar with Skin Inc and quite like their products 🙂


YSL

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What they’re giving away: 100 sachets of Forever Youth Liberator Essence in Lotion (2ml) Daily

Pictured: 3 sachets of ~


Herworld

Also, it’s Her World’s 55th anniversary, so there was a pop-up store/bar in the atrium at ION Orchard! If you purchased this month’s copy for $5, you get a mocktail, and the samples pictured below.
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Additionally, if you subscribe/extend your subscription, you get reduced rates ($55 for 12m, $89 for 24m (you save $55)), as well as a Perfect Renew Early Anti-Aging Trial Pouch ($65) from Laneige. Super deal!
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What’s included: Multi Cleanser, Perfect Renew Skin Refiner_EX, Perfect Renew Emulsion_EX, Perfect Renew Essence_EX, Perfect Renew Cream_EX (and a pouch)

I also signed up for the Her World Beauty Club woo!! Thrilled to see what new benefits joining the club will bring 🙂


THAT’S ALL this is the end of my PSA post. Have fun at ION Orchard 😀

Also, obviously I will be reviewing the above products in time. So many posts queued right now ><