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2017 Top Ten | Samples/Trial Sizes

Happy New Year! 😘

It seems like all beauty bloggers have the same dilemma at the end of each year: put all your favourites in one post or separate them by category. Emily has changed up her Emily Awards and our girl Tiffany has gone the category route too. Last year, I did the all in one thing and while I understand the need to be succinct, sometimes yuh shouldn't compromise the information you want to share. All that to say: strap in, the best of 2017 is gonna take a few posts.

Since last year I've been raving about the benefits of samples and trial sizes. I mean, Sephora knows what it's doing when it offers those Favorite kits and other sets. #issatrap Before we get into the nitty gritty of 2017 Best Ofs...I wanted to tell you about the best samples - or minis - that I tried last year.

2017 Sample Favourites -

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil ($33USD 6 oz.)

This breaks down everything; including stubborn mascara and eyelash glue.

May Coop Raw Sauce

Sephora used to sell this essence but it seems like they recently lost their minds. I purchased the 40 ml.(1.35 oz.) for $14USD and I should have gotten the big one when I saw it in The Grove store. Thankfully it's still available on Peach and Lily's site where the 150 ml (5 oz.) is $33USD. Their description: "Raw Sauce is a gentle toner, emulsion and essence in one that intensively hydrates and nourishes the skin. What makes Raw Sauce special is that it is made with 93% maple tree sap, skin-nourishing fructan powder (eco-cert certified), and Asian herbal and fruit extracts to achieve the appearance of more hydrated and dewier skin. Perfect for all skin types." The texture is almost gel like but it's still fast absorbing. Paired with a serum, an essence takes hydration to the next level. This is a Stephanie Nicole recommendation.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($65USD 30 ml on

I'm on my second little jar thanks to Sephora's 100 point perks.

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye Cream ($74USD 0.5 oz.)

Lord knows I usually don't rate eye creams. I really think they're a scam; typically one third of the product offered in a moisturizer for triple the price. But, Bobbi like she put something in dis heyso! I'm trynna get all I can out of this 0.05 oz foil packette cause to buy this gine hurt my's tempting me though. My under eyes have never felt better than after I use this.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser ($26USD 5.07 oz)

That full size is almost done and I'm going to get another in the next VIB sale.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($26USD)

Drama. Just how I like it. A full post will be up about this shortly. I just hope the full size is just as good.

Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum ($109USD 30 ml on

This may very well be the best product in that Discovery Kit. There's something about the texture of this product and the glow it causes. Although I always preach about never leaving home without applying sunscreen; last year I did the dastardly act a few times - quick trips only. I was wearing this serum each time though and my skin is no worse. I think.

belif Hungarian Water Essence ($42USD 2.53 oz.)

Ah boy, the one that popped my essence cherry. Belif skincare products are synonymous with hydration at this point. They're all the rave on YouTube.

Dr. Jart+ UV Sun Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 30

I've been loving it since February and it's still going. One word of caution: do not get this in your eyes.

I skipped over the NUDE ProGenuis Rescue Oil not because it isn't a great product but because something rocked my world a lot more...

Dr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum -

Before this, my experience with retinol has been limited to the Sunday Riley Luna Oil. The oils in that product prevent the skin from having certain harsh side effects that are typically associated with retinoid use. This Dr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum hey now is anudda story. I guess that's why it says "nighttime skin renewal" on the tube. After my first use I did experience some peeling. Ever since then it's been smooth sailing; literally. The full size is $69USD for 1 oz. It's worth it. "What it is: A potent yet gentle nighttime retinol serum that promotes skin renewal." I believe it.

I hope 2018 is full of great health and even better experiences for you. Thank you for sticking with #TeamModen 💗

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