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April 2017 Sample Basket – #UseItUp

Hey All!

While cleaning recently, I was reminded that I have an abundance of samples here that I want to use up. This sparked me thinking about how to incorporate this into my blog. I know many Youtubers do ‘Project Pan’ videos and decided to do somewhat of a spin-off of that. I tried this with #SampledOutSaturdays a while back and basically failed.

This time I decided to start my #UseItUp Challenge for myself. I bought this cute little basket in the Easter section at Dollarama for $1.25 and threw a bunch of samples into it. To help keep me accountable, I am going to share this with you all! Hence the first installment of #UseItUp; the April 2017 Sample Basket!


I tried to choose some samples from different categories in order to actually give me the change on being successful.

Let’s start with the hair care products!


Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Weightless Shampoo
Sample Size: 50 ml (1.7 fl oz)

Directions: Massage into wet hair. Lather. Rinse. Shampoo and conditioner system is gentle enough for permed or color-treated hair.


Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Weightless Conditioner
Sample Size: 50 ml (1.7 fl. Oz)

Directions: Massage into wet hair after shampooing, paying special attention  to ends. Rinse thoroughly. Gentle enough for use on permed or color-treated hair.


Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture WHIP
Moisturizer + Styler
Sample Size: 26 g (0.9 OZ)

Pantene’s Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip contains a Moisture Protection complex that acts like hair’s natural lipid layer to help. Leave hair feeling moisturized for up to 48 hours. Protect hair from heat styling damage in just one use. Regulate hair’s natural moisture and gives silky hair that shines.


BWC – Beauty Without Cruelty
Premium aromatherapy leave-in conditioner
Sample Size: 2 fl.oz/59 ml

BWC Leave-in Conditioner maximize your hair’s lustre, body, and manageably. This light, plant-based formula provides all-day protection from harsh environmental elements, chemical treatments, and heat styling. Provitamin B5 and jojoba combined with premium aroa-therapetuic essential oils condition and protect. Works as an effective, leave-in detangler for all hair types, especially chemically treated. Helps prevent split ends and control frizz. Will not dull or weigh down your hair. Ideal for everyday use.


Apothia Verde Conditioner
Sample Size: 25 ml


Garnier Fructis Full & Plush
Sample Sizes: Shampoo (10ml),
Conditioner (10ml),
Voluptuous Blow Out (10ml)

Our first hair-care range with fibra-cylane, pomegranate and active fruits concentrate that penetrates and plumps hair for a full, voluptuous look.


TRESemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth System
Sample Sizes: Shampoo (10ml),
Conditioner (10ml),
Style (10 ml)

The 3 products in the TRESemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth System work with the heat of your flat iron to transform unruly hair into salon-smooth style that even lasts through 3 washes. 7 Day Keratin Smooth 3-step system helps make your hair more manageable and less frizzy, so you can easily create your style every day. Gentle enough for everyday use and on color-treated hair.


Aveeno Positively Nourishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Sample Size: 9 ml each

Nourishing wheat complex and oat protein
smooths dry, damaged hair

Aveeno Positively Nourishing Moisture Shampoo/condition does much more than nourish and cleanse/condition– it bathes the driest hair with a fusion of gentle moisturizers, giving hair silky new life. Scientific studies show that just three washes help repair damage, giving hair life with – strength, softness, and shine. This exclusive formula is designed to replenish moisture, targeting the weakest parts of your hair with fortifying protein. And, because it’s from Aveeno you can trust that it’s gentle on colour-treated hair.


Frizz Ease Serum
Thermal Protection
Sample Size: 4.4 ml

Prevents frizz and breakage. Smooths split ends from the damage of high heat tools.

What It Does: Guards frizzy hair from the damaging and colour-fading effects of heat styling and UV exposure while eliminating frizz and flyaways. With thermal protectant.

How To Use It: Apply to towel-dried hair. Use sparingly and dispensing 1 pump of serum into palm. Rub hands together and distribute evenly throughout hair. Avoid applying directly to roots. Use more or less depending on hair length and thickness. Do not rinse out. Style as desired.


Then I took out a few different types of body cleansing items!


Apothia Verda Body Wash
Sample Size: 25 ml


Dr. brandt
Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant
Sample Size: 0.25 oz / 7.5 g

Dr. Brand recommends: Dampen skin with warm water. Slowly and gently massage cream onto skin for 1-2 minutes, avoiding the eye area. Rinse well, pat dry. Best if used 1-2 times per week.


Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash
Sample Size: 89 ml / 3 fl. Oz)

Moisture outlast. Penetrates surface skin layer by layer

Directions for use in shower or bath. Squeeze a small amount of product onto wet puff. Lather and rinse.


NIVEA Crème Care
All-in-One Facial Cleansing Lotion
Sample Size: 2 ml

Gently cleanses face and eyes.

Gently removes make-up, cleanses impurities and protects skin’s moisture balance.


Then I found a few body care items to add.


Moisturizer for Wet Skin
Sample Size: 60 ml


  1. APPLY: After showering, but before drying off, apply to wet skin. Use a dime-size amount on each arm and a quarter-size amount on each leg. No need to rinse off.
  2. DRY & GO: Simply pat dry and you’re ready to go with instantly luminous skin.


Rose Berry Nourishing & Soothing Hand Cream
Sample Size: 20 ml

Figs & Rouge Multi-tasking Hand Scream has a unique non-greasy concentrated formula for smooth, softer hands and cuticles.


Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Sample Size: 28 ml

Absorbs in seconds with a light and sheer feel.

Directions: Apply Aveeno Daily Moisturizing  Sheer Hydration lotion to leave your skin hydrated all day.


 Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream
Sample Size: 28 g

This nourishing day cream is proven to moisturize sensitive skin without causing redness or irritation.


Jergens Ultra Care Moisturizer
Sample Size: 7 ml

Relieves dryness for visibly healthier skin
Moisturizer helps you reveal deeply luminous, visibly healthier-looking skin. This unique formula contains an illuminating HYDRALUCENCE blend, as well as enriching vitamins C, E, and B5. Penetrates through 5 layers of the skin’s surface to deeply nourish and soften extra dry skin.


The Body Shop
Pink Grapefruit Lotion
Sample Size: 5 ml


The Body Shop
Raspberry Lotion
Sample Size: 5 ml


And finally some facial cleansers, masks, etc.


Skyn Iceland
Glacial Cleansing Cloths (with white willow bark and cucumber extract)
Sample Size: 10 single-use clothes

Another 12 hour workday. Way too tired to wash my face before bed. Skin looks as exhausted and irritated as I feel… Makeup is wreaking havoc on my face. Skin can’t breathe. Breakouts popping up daily … Went to the gym during lunch break. Rushing to get back to the office. Face feels grimy and shiny … How can I cleanse on the run? …

Why Skyn Iceland?
Skyn Iceland skincare products are specifically formulated to counteract the detrimental effects of stress on skin. Since stressed skin is damaged skin, what it needs most is to be soothed, replenished and rejuvenated to preserve its natural health and radiance. In Iceland’s pure, untouched environment we discovered new beneficial botanicals and pristine Icelandic glacial waters, which helped us create the perfect antidote for stressed skin.


Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Sample Size: 1 mask, 0.7 fl oz/20 ml

Deep Hydration with Super Hyaluronic Acid
Drenches skin with a bottle of serum
A one of the kind spa treatment at home!

This soft, single-use, 100% cotton mask drenches skin with a bottle of serum to boost hydration, smooth fine lines, and restore firmness and bounce to your skin. A refreshing, relaxing and indulgent experience for radiant and visibility younger looking skin.

1. Open the foil packet containing the pre-cut mask. Unfold to expose entire surface area.
2. Carefully position the eye, nose and mouth openings as you gently press the mask to your face.
3. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
4. Gently remove and discard. Do not rise, pat excess serum into the skin.


Neat & Easy
Deep Cleansing Nose Strips
Sample Size: 1 strip

Removes blackheads, oil and dirt
Helps to diminish the appearance of large pores

1. Wash your face thoroughly making sure to remove any cream, lotion or make-up. Moisten your nose with warm water, as strip won’t stick if nose is dry.
2. Dry your hands, open the packet and peel the strip of the plastic liner.
3. Apply the shiny side to the moistened nose and press down to ensure good contact with skin.
4. Let the strip dry for 10-15 minutes until it feels stiff.
5. Once the strip is dry, slowly peel off the strip starting at the edges and pulling towards the center. Rinse off any residue with water.


Smoothing and relaxing patches
Eye contour
Sample Size: 2 patches

Directions for Use: Remove the white protective film from the patch. Apply patch without pressing on the lower eye contour. Leave for 20 minutes and then slowly remove the patch, starting at the outer corner of the eye. Enhance its effectiveness by lightly patting the application area with the tips of the fingers.


Well that’s all the samples I’ve chosen for this month. I am hoping that I actually succeed and get through these samples!

Have you thought about doing something similar? Or are you doing something similar at the moment? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to check it out!!

Disclaimer: All descriptions of the products listed above come from the packaging of the product! Stay tuned for reviews of the products at the end of the month!

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