Photo 2012-07-28 7 19 08 PM

Sample/Freebie Haul at Sephora + Fresh Skin Consultation Event!

Today was a day of fun, one day post last day of summer school. I met up with my friend in downtown Vancouver at Sephora, and we stumbled upon a Fresh skin event. And I walked out of Sephora with a smiley face and samples.


There was a FRESH skincare consultation event. It peaked my curiousity, plus you get a free bag! And I actually needed  a bag, because I was carrying two cardigans in my purse (call me crazy, I thought it was cold, but it turned out to be 23 degrees Celcius today. Go figure.) So I sat down with a FRESH skincare representative, and he kind of went through a skincare routine for dry skin. I think most people went through the same thing though, since they seemed to have only two types of products – Soy and and Black Tea.

He showed me the Soy Face Cleanser, exfoliant, serum, and the umbrian clay face treatment – and tried each product on the back of my hand. My hand did feel much smoother, but I didn’t buy anything since it was so darn expensive! It was fun to sit there though! This is a card that ticked off what he went over with me:

Then I got a giant tote bag and samples of the Soy Cleanser and exfoliant. Anyone else have tried any of these Fresh skincare products? Any opinions?

I’ve only tried the lip treatments! -speaking of, the Fresh person said that the lip treatments create a semi-permeable barrier on your lips that helps seal in moisture, whereas lipbalsm with petroleum jelly creates a complete barrier.

Also, the guy asked me if I used masks when he was showing me the Umbrian face treatment, so I said I use sheet masks…he had no idea what it this an Asian thing only?! I didn’t want to start talking about My Beauty Diary masks to confuse him more.

I got an email from Sephora about free samples of Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, so I snatched that up. I got a 5 mL sample. The description online states:

” Introducing the first primer dedicated to the delicate skin under eyes! We’ve taken our signature silky primer texture and infused it with 10 breakthrough benefits to address everyday eye woes. Plus, it keeps concealer looking fresh-never cakey or settled into fine lines-so eyes will always look well-rested.

10 under-eye benefits, 1 primer breakthrough for:
• Hydration, dark circles, puffiness, radiance, fine lines and wrinkles, texture, skin tone, age spots, clarity, soothing

• Wear alone to instantly brighten
• Wear under concealer to keep it looking fresher, better
• Unlike moisturizer, signature silky primer texture prevents concealer from slipping off and settling into fine lines
• Infused with anti-aging, good-for-your-eyes ingredients such as caffeine, peptides and optical diffusers”

Anyway, sound’s interesting, so can’t wait to try it!

Thanks to angelandthings – who posted a post on her sample haul so I remembered to ask Sephora for the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup. (I really wonder how long do companies take to think up foundation names, since there’s hundereds of foundations out there, and this name is seriously long.) This is a new foundation that Benefit came out with this year.  I like how the miniature sized version has still the same packaging as the  regular size.  They were out of the lightest colours, and the lady gave me the lightest shade they had left- which was champagne. The size of this is 5.0mL.

Free foundation!

Here’s a short description on what it is:

What it is:
A brightening, oil-free liquid foundation with SPF 25 PA+++ protection.

What it does:
This natural-finish foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion and features light-diffusing properties and hydrating benefits. Its nourishing formula contains Benefit’s exclusive Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex, which helps boost cellular respiration for a “plumping up” effect, protects against environmental stresses, and contains vitamin C and E derivatives known to prevent the signs of aging.

What else you need to know:
What does PA+++ mean? SPF stands for the protection grade of the UVB filter. PA stands for the protection grade of the UVA filter. The highest standard of sun protection rating is the three-star PA rating. Benefit’s foundation has three stars, which translates to the highest level of protection.

I figure I won’t use it much….since it is a bit dark. So here’s a swatch!


And blend!

It’s a bit orange-y…so I’ll have to find some way to manipulate this into my routine..somehow.

And that’s it! 5 freebies and a tote bag :)

7 thoughts on “Sample/Freebie Haul at Sephora + Fresh Skin Consultation Event!

  1. Ohhh yayyy for samples!! I have never tried any skin care stuff from Fresh… in fact the only thing from Fresh I’ve tried are the lip treatments that were bday gifts from Sephora… and they didn’t work for me so I kind of shied from this brand since then! ><

    For the foundation.. maybe you can mix a lighter colour foundation with it? I think the Sephora here has a bunch left since the girl was taking out a few and matching them to my skintone lol!

    • dang it! they didn’t really match me. the girl looked at my face and went into the bin and just found the lightest sample. maybe I’ll go to another sephora (closer to where I live) and see if they can rummage anything, although that sephora has meaner sales associates.

      the fresh stuff felt nice on my hand, but the price tag isn’t very nice lol. i should’ve milked for more samples :P

      • Aww I’m sure there’s someoneeeee that’s nice.. hopefully.

        Yeah… and now that I can’t buy things… I feel like I’ve been milking samples to fulfill my need of hoarding… which is terrible. I need to stop that haha!

      • No need to worry about hoarding freebies. It’s the only reason why I go to school on the first day- which is the day all the first years are welcomed and there are no classes- for all the freebies the campus hands out!

        Hey, you can go to Sephora anytime and just ask for a sample ;)

  2. I don’t know why I ever seek out events at Sephora. I should, this is a great bag of goodies. I love fresh. I use their Umbrian Clay foundation which is amazing. The so face cleanser is wonderful. Grea photos!

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