Beauty Sample Hoarding

I have been doing a spot of tidying and sorting and have realised (quite late on in life, I suppose) that I am a bit of a hoarder. Look at this lot! Tiny tubes and bottles and jars, all of them filled with gorgeous unguents and potions. Not only are they brilliant for travelling with, they’re a great way to try new things (or old) that you don’t want to splash out on before you’re sure you like it. Most counters will provide samples, I find, so long as you don’t look as though you’re just after a sample. You have to play it cool, know your stuff, look like – at some point – you’re going to come back and spend some dosh.

Of course if we were in France, we wouldn’t have to play any silly counter games, because in France they see the importance of complimentary samples and they literally lavish you with them when you’re shopping. Granted, you usually have to buy something, but no matter how small that something is, expect a whole batch of lovely sachets and tubes to try out when you get home. That’s they way things should be, in my opinion. If you’re going to invest thirty, forty, fifty pounds and up on a new face cream or cleanser or foundation, then it’s helpful (and kind of necessary in many instances!) to be able to try it properly before you commit.

Anyway, mini-moan over – what on earth am I going to do with my five kilos of samples? I travel a lot, but still not nearly enough to use this lot up! How about a giveaway? Does it seem weird to do a massive bumper selection of minis as a giveaway? Let me know and I’ll sort it out!

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  1. June 9, 2012 / 6:18 am

    Good morning Ruth! Couldn’t sleep, so woke up early, you can’t imagine how happy I was to see a new blogpost from you!

    In the Netherlands (where I live) it’s quite normal to receive a batch of samples as well. Especially when you purchase over 45€, they literally give you a handful of high-end samples!

    A giveaway would be lovely! I saw you have a few Caudalie and other French pharmacy samples, and I’d love to try their products! X

    • Trang
      June 10, 2012 / 12:37 pm

      Hi. I love samples! They are such a great way to see if a product is right for me. As always, something might be great for someone else but different for me. I feel funny asking for sample though and especially when i don’t know who has or hasn’t got them lol. So sample give away is a great idea ruth! :)

  2. June 9, 2012 / 6:38 am

    I’m the same; I chronically hoard anything beauty related and have drawers, cupboards and boxes full of the stuff. Every so often I have a clear out and do a flash giveaway (first ten to comment or similar) which I think/hope rewards my most regular readers/followers and also helps me make some room! xx

  3. Martina
    June 9, 2012 / 6:44 am

    I have a box that looks just like this… Probably much more… And I never use my samples, I always go for my good, trusted, full size products… Expecially perfumes, I hate perfumes samples, if I have my good, beautiful (and expensive) perfume bottles, why should I wear a sample of a perfume I don’t even know if I like? Not to mention the fact that if I had to use up all of my samples, I would have no time at all to use my actual products. I only think they are useful if you’re actually wanting to buy a specific cream or something, ghen you ask a sample to try before splurging (here in Italy we don’t have return either)
    But I know it is just my opinion, most people loves samples!

  4. June 9, 2012 / 7:02 am

    hahaha this is what the sample box in the back of my closet looks like too :) I try not to think about it too much, but you’ve reminded me I really need to deal with it when I’m back in the States. Doesn’t really seem weird to me, maybe you could give away some of your favorites, and donate the rest to a women’s shelter? They could probably use things like these, it’s what I’m planning to do with mine. Also, AGREED on France’s sample policy. It’s a good way to keep people coming back.

  5. June 9, 2012 / 7:07 am

    That is one give away that I would enter in a heartbeat!

  6. June 9, 2012 / 7:15 am

    Ooh so many samples so little time! A giveaway sounds like a great idea, you could probably make little sets! For example, a skin care for sensitive skin set, summer make up set, beach set, travel essentials set, etc. Also, you could do a special giveaway set of your favourite products.

    I hope this sparks some ideas for you.
    Ps. Would your giveaway be available internationally? I live in Canada and am just wondering if I would be, I guess, eligible.

  7. kirsty forsberg
    June 9, 2012 / 7:28 am

    Yay! Great idea. Little lucky dip of treats! Then all the winners could give a report on the sample that they win? x

  8. Louisa
    June 9, 2012 / 7:31 am

    I love perfume samples, If I buy a proper bottle I always get bored. I’ve got a proper bottle of Alien but most of the time I just samples for variety.

  9. Freyja
    June 9, 2012 / 7:33 am

    Goodmorning Ruth,
    I think that’s a lovely idea.
    I’m also a big fan of samples,since I travel allot and I just don’t always want to drag around with big bottles and jars,so there all in my ‘travel make-up bag’.
    It’s always beter to give things away then let them die in your drawer :)
    And a surprise packet of samples still does the trick for us girls ;)

    x Freyja

  10. Chitra
    June 9, 2012 / 7:36 am

    I would certainly be thrilled with a sample giveaway as they would be very useful for a couple of 12 hour flights I have coming up in August!

  11. June 9, 2012 / 7:50 am

    That sounds like a fab idea for a giveaway Ruth. I’m in. Infact why not do away with the giveaway idea and give them to me. hee hee!! xxx

  12. Emma Waines
    June 9, 2012 / 8:03 am

    No, it doesn’t seem wierd!!!

    I think that is a really good idea!!!1

    Love your blog, it is FAB.

  13. Kristina
    June 9, 2012 / 8:06 am

    I love samples. There’s something wonderful about the dinky size and shape of them. I also like to try something before spending money on a full-sized item – especially if the product is expensive!

  14. MissPapadita
    June 9, 2012 / 8:11 am

    Divide it in 10-15 lots (so its not too heavy for shipping) and do a giveaway among your subscribers… I’d be more than please to get my hands on that!! haha!
    I always feel weird when I ask for samples… a bit embarrassed, TBH, so I only ask when I actually buy something… silly, I know! xx

  15. Angela
    June 9, 2012 / 8:19 am

    Haha I go through the same thing with regular beauty products as well, but I’m actually subscribed to Birchbox and Glossybox and love samples! They’re so cute and lovely, especially for overnight trips or other traveling. It would be great if you did a giveaway; I know I would love to try some new products!

  16. Natasha Bain
    June 9, 2012 / 8:40 am

    That would be really sweet and fandabbydozy Ruth and such a good idea! Especially for skincare/makeup holics like me that love love love trying new ranges, brands etc but sometimes can’t due to the price etc! I hope this time I manage to win one of your giveaways LMAO xxx

  17. Katie
    June 9, 2012 / 9:16 am

    no, not weird at all, I would LOVE this! x

  18. June 9, 2012 / 9:31 am

    I felt like the giving of samples had increased in recent times but perhaps it’s just because I’m buying mostly French brands these days. I don’t travel a lot so I’m slowly working through my own box. A sample giveaway wouldn’t be weird at all. It’s a nice way for people to try new things. :) x

  19. Rachel
    June 9, 2012 / 9:46 am

    Ooh wow look at all those Caudalie bits and pieces! I have a box just the same, love it when the sales assistant throws a few samples in the bag! I agree a giveaway would be awesome :)

  20. gelyn
    June 9, 2012 / 9:52 am

    I love those minis! i am literally drooling :D In Dubai, even if we bought tons of stuff, SA would refuse to give you samples of other products to try out. Well, except for Clarins. They’ve always been so generous in giving samples. Give away please….:)

  21. Katie
    June 9, 2012 / 9:53 am

    A sample giveaway would be so good. I like samples- I’m always apprehensive about spending so much cash on full sized items to find I’m giving them away shortly after when they don’t suit me. They’re also perfect for travelling- better than squeezing into unlabelled pots and playing lucky dip when you come to use them! :)

  22. June 9, 2012 / 10:10 am

    I’m completely obsessed with miniature sized products… a mere glance at the picture above made me stupidly excited…give away did I hear you say?!

  23. June 9, 2012 / 10:14 am

    yes never ending but I use them all.Love cutting tiny samples up to get to the good stuff,

  24. Gina
    June 9, 2012 / 10:46 am

    I love samples and when I get one I say “Well, I’m gonna keep it for travels” but the truth is that now I don’t spend any night out of home and sachets and mini tubes were crowding my bathroom board. So, two weeks ago I decided to start using ONLY samples. For eleven days, I used shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, facial milk/gel/cleanser, toner, moisturiser and serum samples.
    It was a good way to try good products (all natural and organics) and definitely I will buy some of them (shower gel and body lotion) but for my face I prefer the products I’ve been using for months, they’re just perfect for my skin.

    I live in Barcelona and is quite difficult to got samples, just one or two miserable sachets for each purchase (except Sephora and the lovely natural organic shop where I buy 98% of my cosmetics, they give you lots of samples!)

    Good post :) and good photo of Bear’s stupid sleeping position on Instagram, he’s just adorable.

  25. June 9, 2012 / 11:29 am

    I love little try me samples. A giveaway would be fantastic! x

  26. liza hamilton-smith
    June 9, 2012 / 11:42 am

    Yeeeees!! Giveaway giveaway giveaway :)… I am a beauty/makeup products hoarder :)

  27. June 9, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    I LOVE samples! The cute little tubes and bottles just win me over!
    I don’t have that many hanging around though recently, not sure why, I usually have loads!

  28. June 9, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    It never fails to be entertaining, what is in your drawers.

  29. yasmine choudhry
    June 9, 2012 / 12:55 pm

    Wow what a Lot of Samples
    I think a giveaway would be great as you can try the sample sizes and then purchase the full sizes
    i have wasted so much money buying full size products which just are useless and a waste of my money
    do not think it is weird in my opinion as these are products too even better to carry around with you even though i only get to travel to hospitals unfortunately nothing as glamourous as your modelling shoots
    i do not get to try samples as i am housebound so cannot go to the beauty counters or shops to get them which is a shame

  30. Joana Richard
    June 9, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    This is not a normal comment, i really want all that samples eheheheh but french farmacy samples, thank God we here in Portugal have a lot ;)


  31. Lorna Patrick
    June 9, 2012 / 1:13 pm

    I literally would do anything for all of these samples! Pretty sure I use more samples than I use full size products since I get bored of products so easy so a giveaway would be amazing!!

  32. Marie
    June 9, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    I love to try samples. I would be a nice giveaway!
    When i buy some new prodcuts, they often don’t give samples. I have always to ask… don’t like it !

  33. ziloa
    June 9, 2012 / 2:47 pm

    I see you have the same Caudalie samples as me! This brand is brilliant, especially the golden tube I have to say.. Actually my boyfriend was working in a pharmacy (he had to do a 6 month student’s training course as it is his last year) and he gave me a loooot of samples! I tried this golden tube “La crème” and adored it but when I googled it I also found out it was super expensive.. I’ll stay with the free samples ^^
    Anyway, what I wanted to say in the first place is that drawers in this pharmacy were FULL of samples so really.. people shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for them because it’s what they’re made for! He also met commercials from Nuxe, Caudalie etc. and every time they come they give a lot of samples to the pharmacy so they can give them to consummers.. Don’t hesitate to ask ;-)

    • Ruth
      June 9, 2012 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks Ziloa, that’s good to know! x

  34. Helen
    June 9, 2012 / 2:48 pm

    Please do a giveaway, it’d be pretty cool to have different types of samples like, oily skin, normal skin, dry skin, frangrances, bath+body….

    If you do choose to have a giveaway and I so happen to win (no pressure here), I’ll promise you that I’ll name my first born after you! Pa- just joking, maybe after Mr Bear… :p

    • Ruth
      June 9, 2012 / 5:09 pm

      Haha!!!! What’s wrong with the name RUTH?! Is Bear better? Surely not! You could always plump for “Crilly”, that could be unisex.. x

  35. Liea
    June 9, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Oh my oh my .. I love samples.. I rarely find samples in my drover

  36. Anna G.
    June 9, 2012 / 3:22 pm

    Ruth,that is such a delightful post!Mostly ’cause it gives me the chance to get a few things out of my chest and ramble on about them in an appropriate place.So here goes…
    I can’t stress enough how obnoxious many counter-people/counter-policies are…I don’t really know who it is to blame…They expect you to spend a massive amount of money on skincare and make-up(which lets face it,are almost too expensive,especially when you’re going for quality) without even knowing if their products are actually good or right for you!It absurd!Also,I know of many cases where counter-people,this time for sure,refuse to give out samples in order to keep them for themselves!True story…I don’t obviously support the free-loader-thing,just going there to get free samples and just make do by collecting them from all over the place…It’s kind of low.However,when someone asks for samples in order to either test a specific product or get an idea about a certain brand it’s really rude and unacceptable to not give them any.You’ll ask,how do we know who’s who?Well,that is another story…The bottom line is companies have to promote their products and giving out samples is really the only way to do it since,you know,everything is perfect in advert campagnes.After all,cosmetic companies make millions at least,it couldn’t harm them to put a few samples out there for their counter to give out.Those people are there after all in order to ‘service’ YOU!You pay them your pretty money so they have to be as helpful as they can!It’s their job to tend to you and your needs and wants(so long you’re not an arse and treat them politely). It’s unacceptable to treat you otherwise…
    Anyway,it’s a loooong comment,so I should stop just about here…
    As for the question of the post…Should you do a giveaway?Why yes darling,you definitely should!!I hear you talking of so many products that sound fantastic,it’d be great to actually give us a chance to test them!So,please do(if you don’t have much use of them that is)!

    • Ruth
      June 9, 2012 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks Anna – not too long at all! Yes, I think that many of the high-end brands especially need to re-think their policies regarding sampling, ESPECIALLY if you buy something and are thinking of buying other products in the future. xx

      • Anna G.
        June 9, 2012 / 7:26 pm

        Oh,Ruuuuuuth!!!This is the first time we’ve ever had interpersonal contact!!!I’m stupidly kind of thrilled!!!!!You’re amazing by the way!!!!You’ve managed to turn all my prejudices and stereotypes around,you know!Thank you for doing it:D

        • Ruth
          June 9, 2012 / 11:30 pm

          Ha! My pleasure! x

    • ziloa
      June 9, 2012 / 7:56 pm

      When I ask for samples, I always explain that I have a sensitive skin and that I really need to try the product before buying it because it can give me acne. This is true for me, (I had a bad reaction with Clarins for example), but if it’s not the case for you, I think that a little lie won’t hurt, you can say that to the salesman/woman and I don’t see why he or she would not give it to you…
      Of course I never ask for five completely different things in a row, it’s just for one product in particular that I want to try and that I need (but you can ask samples of different moisturizing creme if you want to find the perfect one, this woul sound logical)

  37. Sue Cairns
    June 9, 2012 / 3:46 pm

    I’m the same,loads of stuff from chatting up counter girls and GWP, Clarins are very good with giving out samples and Ilove the sizes of their GWP, a give away would be great

  38. June 9, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    ooh yes a giveaway would be fab!

  39. Tatyana
    June 9, 2012 / 4:15 pm

    I love your blog.
    You have transformed my skin care!!! Thank you

    P.S. Unfortunately, my comments are never published… So I don’t suppose this one will be exempted from a ban either… :(

    • Ruth
      June 9, 2012 / 5:00 pm

      Oh no! Really? It’s my security spam filter, it keeps spamming regular comments! : (

  40. Ruby Blue
    June 9, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    Such a cute picture :D I have about 100 perfume samples I think and I have this grand idea about trying a different one out every day to sort the “good” from the “bad” ones, but I never get round to it…

    I love beauty shopping at the pharmacy. (I live in Belgium but our pharmacies are very similar to the French ones and stock amazing beauty brands like Nuxe, Phyto, Avene and Caudalie) Today I bought one (!) Nuxe lotion and I got 7 (!) sachets of products to try out :)

  41. Gabs
    June 9, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    No I don’t think its weird, I love samples but I do find that many shops in England give samples sparringly!
    I think that a giveaway would be a fab idea, hope to here about it soon!


  42. June 9, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    A sample giveaway sounds *AMAZING* – I don’t think any girl would turn that down ;)


  43. June 9, 2012 / 5:55 pm

    giveaway is always good!
    hava a nice weekend!

  44. Kim
    June 9, 2012 / 6:01 pm

    Giveaway! Either that or I am seriously willing to buy all the Caudalie stuff off you.

  45. June 9, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    I’ve just bought a haul of Caudalie samples on eBay as I fell in love with their SOS Serum and want to try the rest of their range. I agree with you that you should be looked at like you’ve just let your dog poo on their floor when asking for a sample. They should be given freely, after all, is that not why they produce them?

    I think a giveaway for a batch of your samples is a FAB idea. Where do I sign up? ;)

  46. June 9, 2012 / 6:14 pm

    That would be a shouldn’t for the dog poo!!

  47. Maggie
    June 9, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I think in Britain is not so bad with getting samples.I love my samples but in Poland (where I come from) it almost breaks their heart to give you any samples even if you are buying things. They might give you one sachet of a face cream if you ask for samples when buying stuff but nothing else.And if you would like a perfume sample they always say ‘oh we haven’t got any at the moment’ which is totally not true because you can see some samples in the drawers by the till.Anyway basically the sales assistants in Poland keep the samples for themselves and I thought it was so great to get samples so easily here.

    • Ruth
      June 10, 2012 / 10:19 am

      That’s interesting to know, Maggie, thank you! x

  48. Taylor
    June 9, 2012 / 6:49 pm

    I think thats a great idea. I’m accumulating a stash myself, but I am always eager to try out new products. I see some awesome samples in there. I know some bloggers who would love this, maybe even me :-)

  49. MariaBent
    June 9, 2012 / 7:03 pm

    It’s a “problem” I’m familiar with:)
    I’ve got 6 shoe boxes full of samples, some rather old, others too good to throw out, but that I’m not going to use. Maybe the best could join Ruth’s giveaway. Seriously.

    Joana Richard,
    Greetings from (near) Albufeira:)

  50. June 9, 2012 / 8:34 pm

    I love samples…they make me feel like a giant! lol
    I always pass samples I can’t use on to friends or my Mum…so I think a give-away is a fab idea! :0)
    Helen x

  51. June 9, 2012 / 8:59 pm

    Do a giveaway ! People will love you :D

  52. Angela
    June 10, 2012 / 6:21 am

    Samples Giveaway?? Sounds awesome!! I am convinced that here in OZ the store keepers keep the samples!

    I am obsessed with skin products but very rarely do I get any samples here in Sydney. Even with advertised freebies, by the time I get to the counter they’re all “gone”. You feel like an idiot going to one of those heavily made ladies asking if they have any more samples of x and they say “no they’re all gone”. I’m sure they take them home for themselves.

    The only samples I get are the ones from web purchases:)

    So, bring it on babe!!! X

  53. Natasha
    June 10, 2012 / 6:22 am

    Who doesn’t love a giveaway? I love trying out new things and some of the things in the photo look amazing! Maybe you could divide the samples up into groups (oily, dry, sensitive etc. skin and floral, citrus, spicy etc. perfumes). That way we could have more chance of winning and get to try things we like/are suitable.

  54. June 10, 2012 / 11:03 am

    Whoa that’s really a lot of samples ;) I agree that maybe you could sort out some sets with them and make a funny giveaway..a way to share some “cosmetics” :D

  55. vera
    June 10, 2012 / 12:40 pm

    give-away would be AWESOME! I loooove samples and trying knew things!
    oh and if you decide to give your unguents and potions away, please do an international give-away :)

  56. Jul
    June 10, 2012 / 1:02 pm

    hi there =)

    not weird at all …. just generous ;)


  57. Cortney
    June 10, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    I think it would be nice to make little groups of various things so someone doesn’t receive a bunch of one thing. Plus, if you’re like me, you have about a million little containers/makeup bags to maybe put them in. I also agree with Natasha to divide into skin types :)

  58. judelovesthis
    June 10, 2012 / 4:56 pm

    Lots of love pour le Caudalie here! Ruth, what are your thoughts on Caudalie? I really love the Brightening Serum and the whizzy water spritz stuff but not tried anything else from the range. Keep meaning to get around to it!

    • Ruth
      June 10, 2012 / 10:08 pm

      Lovely brand! Their day cream with spf15 is brilliant! xx

  59. June 10, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    That’s interesting that you say the French beauty counters aren’t reluctant about sampling. Damn right if your laying out what the average cream/lotion/potion costs now, you shouldn’t have to haggle with the consultant for a few 5ml tubes.

    And I’m on board with the giveaway!

    Ali x

  60. Anni
    June 10, 2012 / 6:47 pm

    That would be a fantastic giveaway! Here in Estonia I only get one perfume sample when buying Chanel makeup. And I’ve never really had any makeup samples as the shop assistants take them home or give them to their friends :(

  61. Elle
    June 10, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Great idea! I’d love to try some of those products.

  62. Jade
    June 10, 2012 / 8:38 pm

    I think it’s a great idea….especially if you’re willing to deliver to Canada. We have a lot of French products here, even in the drug store, for example Bioderma, but it’s impossible to find Institut Esthederma, This Works, etc. I ended up placing an order with a week ago on products I’ve never tried before…it’s really you’re fault and Lisa Eldridge’s hehehe. Thanks for the great videos and website…they’re very well done and informative!

  63. daniel
    June 11, 2012 / 11:19 am

    Oh my god, You have enough there to drop me head first into a vat of serums and let me be embalmed and emerge looking 10 years younger. maybe a funny skin care story competition :)
    i have quite a few, yes the time i applied a Karen Hertzhog oxgen cream to my face and didnt read the bit about dont use near eyebrows. i awoke to onf i had orange eyebrows!! yes im male and yes i have black hair !! my god.

    • Ruth
      June 25, 2012 / 4:52 pm

      Haha! Oh dear… But your face looked good, or not?! x

  64. Farah
    June 11, 2012 / 11:19 am

    I just started to follow your site and views. Currently addicted to Liz Earle because of your reviews. I would love to try Caudalie products for their natural ingredients and some of the fragrance sample you have, if you don’t mind posting to Sheffield. Thank You!
    Also do you have any suggestion for dark spots due to acne? Thanks!

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 11:22 am

      @Farah have a look at the StriVectin EV post on here! xx

      • Farah
        June 11, 2012 / 2:03 pm

        Hi! I’m so excited you replied to my first ever comment on someone’s page. Too bad I just found you recently and your StriVectin EV Giveaway is over. It’s ok. I’ll check it out. Thanks a bunch!

  65. sarah
    June 11, 2012 / 1:43 pm

    This post made me laugh so much! I am French and I do not like to purchase without trying first.

    And you’re right, it’s not the same everywhere. In Paris, I frequently ask for samples (or I ask them to fill a small Muji jar for me) and also receive many without asking. But after one really bad experience in Australia, I don’t dare to ask for anything whenever I travel abroad! Which is a shame because I am actually pretty keen to discover new brands. It seems companies have vastly different ideas about samples depending on the location. In Australia, the lady at the counter said to me “No, that’s for customer only, we’re trying to do business here, please leave now”. And she looked at me like I was an offender and so did the ladies are the near-by counters. It was complete social humiliation lol ! Anyway, that’s my anecdote. I love your blog !! xoxo

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 2:24 pm

      Oh GOD! That’s awful! I would be put off too! x

  66. Joy
    June 11, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    I would love to enter your giveaway but I am a sample hoarder myself and you would only add to my downward spiral. I have a love for all things tiny. It’s terrible.

    With that being said, I’ve got my eagle eye on that Jo Malone bottle… :-)

  67. Claire
    June 11, 2012 / 3:19 pm

    I think thats why alot of ppl order online, because you usually get samples as well. I know that I always look forward to getting samples, esp from higher end sites like cult beauty!
    A giveaway sounds exciting!! I’m in! :P xxx

  68. Jamie
    June 11, 2012 / 8:44 pm

    i have a big shoe box stuffed full of samples myself that i never think to use. i’d be happy to send them to you if you want to go for a world record or something!

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 8:55 pm

      Ha! Thanks Jamie, but I think I’ll try to get rid of them not collect more! xx

  69. itzibitzy
    June 11, 2012 / 9:49 pm

    Yeah!! Giveaway!!!!

  70. Joana
    June 11, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    This is bizarre – as I was reading this, Fiona Apple started singing: gimme, gimme, gimme. I swear, I’m not that greedy…
    But if we can help you use up your samples, so they don’t go bad, I’d be glad to ;)

    I buy my products mostly online and the msjority of websites doesn’t give samples. And in the counters here in Portugal, you have to spend a certain amount and they are not very generous.

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 11:20 pm

      Same here! But Cult Beauty give good samples out, I think…it’s a great way to get people to try new brands, so it makes sense for online etailers, I suppose! x

  71. Harry15
    June 12, 2012 / 10:51 am

    Hi Ruth, Hope you are having a glamorous day ( with no leaky roofs)! A giveaway of miniature samples is a great way to let othors test and try products before committing into larger full blown products ! My opinion is biased of course as i love to test and try new products ! Half of the products i do not realise are available until i try handy samples.

    Enjoying the new Tom ford bronzed look make up tutorial :D


  72. Nina
    June 12, 2012 / 11:50 am

    i love the look of all those samples! here in Australia we have to play the silly counter games too, even if you buy a couple of products you dont get a sample most days! a giveaway would be fabulous! love your blog and youtube channel, i have been introduced to so many new products and brands through your blog :)

  73. Jenny
    June 12, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    In Germany most of the people shop “high end” cosmetics in douglas. Some years ago you always received one of these nice foldable paper bags with some bigger samples. But today – and espacially if you shop under a 100 euros – you just get a trite plastic bag and if you are lucky and the woman over the counter is in good mood you will get a very small perfume sample, but that’s it.

    Same as you I loooove to collect all these nice samples, especially from the beauty boxes. As I have bad skin I know I shouldn’t use all of them so I have give most of them away (but this process takes its time).

    My suggestion to you would be to pack them into groups (e.g. skin type) and to give the ones you already know or tried or the ones you are not that interested in to your readers for a little task or something :-) Or you could exchange samples with your readers :-p

    I would definetly try to increase my little collection, escpially with samples of products I cant buy here in Germany :-)

    Wish you a wonderful day!

  74. Kaitlyn
    June 13, 2012 / 7:51 am

    As with everyone else, I think this an amazing idea for a give away! It gives us a chance to try out loads of different, and possibly new brands. Also, it gives us an option of a variety of products. C:

  75. Dana
    June 13, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Definitely do a give away, I’d love to get my mits on those samples, Im so easily persuaded into buying things so my bank balance probably wouldnt be to happy!

  76. maggi
    June 13, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    yes woudl be lovely as a giveawa to get some, love your posts x

  77. Lena
    June 14, 2012 / 2:40 am

    Hi Ruth ! I’m living in Ireland and moved from France about 4 months ago (where I had lived for 8 years). In my city,Montpellier,shops weren’t normally kind when it came to samples,except one shop that once gave me 3 high-end samples after spending 50 cents.
    If you were lucky (and you spent a lot of money !),shops would maybe give you a tiny ” low-end ” sample. I’ve already been told in the past that there were no more samples left ! Would you say they were telling me the truth ?
    I know that I once spent around 100 euros in Sephora, and I got no samples,just one nice notebook (which they give you anyway if you spend over 80 euros). So I don’t really agree with what you are saying in this post.

    One of my friends(who is from Paris) told me that she used to get at least 3 samples from her purchase in Sephora in Paris.
    So the quantity of samples that you get can really vary from day,staff mood,sample stock,shop and city.

    I don’t really mean to complain about shops,because experiences can vary a lot .

    • Ruth
      June 14, 2012 / 9:18 am

      @Lena maybe it’s a Paris thing? xx

  78. Lena
    June 14, 2012 / 2:42 am

    Sorry, I forgot to mention in my previous comment that yes,it would be great if you were to do a giveaway :)

  79. Julie
    June 15, 2012 / 11:45 pm

    It’s a great idea! though, only one of the thousands readers could win a giveaway so i don’t have much hope winning. i will pass.
    do you know online beauty website that offers great samples and ships internationnaly (if you buy something of course)
    I live in Canada and it is limited in luxurious brand. It’s only possible if i go to a specific brand beauty-counter (but i really want to something else for a change)
    those luxebox we have in Canada are not that great compared to the UK.
    thanks for the lovely post. xoxo made my day!

    • Julie
      June 15, 2012 / 11:46 pm

      correction: online beauty website that offers good samples with purchase. i will check the shipping myself

    • Ruth
      June 17, 2012 / 7:43 pm

      Julie, try Cult Beauty xx

    • Lena
      July 29, 2012 / 4:15 am is a website I personally love . Delivery costs are free worldwide and you often get codes for discounts and free gifts with purchase ( not to forget samples !).
      As Ruth has mentioned in a lot of her videos, Cultbeauty is another good website, this time for high-end brands.
      Hope this helps ! x

      P.S : Like you and a lot of people, I do love to get lots of free samples :)

  80. Miranda
    June 17, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    A giveaway sounds lovely! That Acqua di Parma and the La Roche Posay are calling my name!!!
    Have a lovely day xxx

  81. Steff
    June 20, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    Your sample drawer is amazing! This is why I used to love Kiehls so much (not sure they are as generous anymore as don’t live near one), and LUSH but they too have gotten stingy with the samples. Also Aveda were still v.good the last time I went sample sniffing! Garnier are being v.generous with mailout samples if you sign up, also Rimmel giveaways always come up lucky for me. It really is silly for companies not to do samples as they are what get beauty product junkies hooked! They capitalize on this with the gifts with purchase but even those are getting kind of greedy with required skincare or buying three items becoming the norm.

  82. Annette Thomas
    June 21, 2012 / 7:25 am

    I adore samples, just took a whole bag full on holiday. They take so little space compared to full size products and I like having the time to try them properly

  83. Erin
    June 22, 2012 / 10:34 pm

    A giveaway would be phenomenal. I’m always looking for a way to try out new products without shelling out cash for the full-sizes, and I’m sure many people feel the same way! It would be fun to receive a huge lot of things you’d never even thought of trying, and maybe some you had.

  84. Veronika
    June 27, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    You are so lucky with so many samples. I live in Norway and here you don’t get that many samples.A giveaway would be really great! I have fat/sensitive skintone and acne problem ;)

  85. Nanou
    June 28, 2012 / 3:40 am

    Hi how lovely of you to share the wealth! I work in a women shelter here in Canada and for toiletries we rely solely on giveaways. Mostly those samples that people snag from the hotel rooms. Imagine how luxurious it would feel for a resident at your local shelter to use these high end goodies ;-)

    • Ruth
      June 28, 2012 / 10:10 am

      Good point, Nanou, good point! x

  86. Sheila
    July 14, 2012 / 1:04 am

    OW-ME-LIFE… my eyes went squared! I’d feel like a real Empress with all them, any repeated (dreamy mood switched on).
    But let me honestly confess to you that I’ve truly appreciated Nanou’s suggestion as well. Nonetheless is not hard to image (with so many followers + visitors + readers) that many can only dream about having such beauty luxurious delights in sample proportion as giveaways. Therefore my suggestions would be sharing them: visitors (3 kilos one for each of three members picked randomly); women shelter (2 kilos) OR visitors (1 kilo for a single member picked randomly); family / relatives / friends / acquainted (2 kilos for two members); women shelter (the remaining 2 kilos).
    Though if you have already gave them all to a women shelter a big and brighty smile of mine to you with all my heart and soul. Warm regards. *

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