I placed a small order from Petit Vour earlier this week to try a few new products. I only got sample sizes because I love to try before I buy!
First, I want to talk about Bloom 23 by My Daughter's fragrance. I'm not a floral perfume fan, but the description said "A celebration of white florals, on top of a whipped vanilla base." They had me at whipped vanilla! The other notes are: gardenia, jasmine, rose, and sandalwood. I figured the vanilla and sandalwood seemed up my alley, and it was only $2 for a 1 ml sample, I figured it couldn't hurt to try it.
To my surprise, I actually really liked the scent! It's absolutely floral based more than anything, but it's a light floral scent so it's not too overpowering. It's fresh, and it's like the perfect spring scent. You can get a brief vanilla scent, but I feel like all it does is tone down the floral scent. I wish the vanilla was a tad more prominent. It's not a scent I would wear year round, it's not that versatile in my opinion. It's absolutely not a perfume that will stand out in a crowd if you're wearing it. It doesn't make a statement when you walk into the room. It's not that strong of a perfume. Those in your own personal bubble will smell it, but not those around you. Also, on my skin the scent didn't last long at all. I really wish it did though! I know I've read reviews that it lasts long on other skin, but that's all dependent on body chemistry, and since everyone's is different you never know until you try it.
I definitely recommend trying a sample of it before you purchase the full sized $85 bottle. Despite how much I love this perfume, I don't think I would get my money's worth buying a full sized bottle. My hunt for the perfect perfume continues.
Let's talk about Zoe Organic's Cream. I got the sample size which is .25 oz for $4. The description said that this was developed for severely dry skin and conditions like eczema. I have a lot of eczema going on right now, and no matter how many creams I have I cant help but try another one. I've been using it specifically on my hands and my eye lids. My hands currently are just super dry and cracked, no eczema patches. My eye lids are really struggling with eczema patches. I think it's from my allergies personally. But they're red, itchy, and they burn like no other. This cream is completely scent free, which is great because it's less likely to irritate or burn my skin further than it already is. The ingredients are natural and soothing: avocado oil, Shea butter, marshmallow root, Jojoba oil, Rosehip seed oil, coconut oil, rosemary extract, and calendula flowers. Basic simple no nonsense ingredients.
It's a bit difficult to get out of the jar because it's so thick. I hate getting stuff under my nails but I have no choice with this because you can barely get any out using your fingertips. It's also hard to apply because of that as well. To be fair, this is the kind of cream you want if you have dry skin. You have to take your time to apply it and really rub it in your dry area. It does take awhile to absorb, especially between my fingers. It's not a nuisance when I'm sitting down and watching TV, I just wouldn't be able to use this at work. As for my fingers, I feel like it did help the dryness. I've been applying it to my knuckles and between my fingers which is where they're the most dry, and I feel as though it's helping. I personally don't feel like I would buy the full size simply because I have a lot of other creams already and I realistically don't need another one, but I think it's a good product and reasonably priced as well.
Lastly, Modern Mineral's Finishing Glow in Tea Rose. I had truly wanted to try Sunrise, as I feel like the peach would've been a better color for my skin than the pink, but they only had the Tea Rose in a sample size. The color is actually lighter than it is in the photos online.
On my skin tone, (light/medium/neutral and right now I've got a little tan), I don't think the the color would've mattered anyway because this didn't leave any color on my face at all. I feel like the colors are kind of null and void because they don't show up. The shimmer is super super fine, so it doesn't make you look like you were at a rave all night, which is great. It's very subtle.
I applied this after my foundation before my bronzer and blush. Personally, I think the subtle shimmer is really pretty. My face doesn't look overdone, and if I chose to I could've highlighted my face more with it in certain spots, but I like it as an all over product. This has the right amount of shimmer for my liking. I haven't used it in bare skin, it may have a different effect without foundation. But because the shimmer is so fine, I don't think it would make much of a difference.
If you're looking for a strong shimmer, bypass this. This provides more of a natural look. By mid day it was barely noticeable on my face. So if you're one who likes a very minimal palette, you'll probably really like this. Regardless, I absolutely recommend tryin the sample before you commit to a full size. I can't say I loved it or hated it, I feel kind of indifferent towards it.