Friday, February 28, 2014

Samples Received/Redeemed: February 2014

Posted by Pu Niao at Friday, February 28, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
Hello and welcome to another static episode of Samples Received/Redeemed for the month of February 2014!! For a second there, I thought there won't be enough freebies and samples to show-and-tell since I only got to collect my goodies towards the end of the month. With the exception of the Heroine Make eyeliner which I had to make a trip down to Great World City's Mandom Corp office to redeem, which I ended up giving up and not redeeming it. It's not that the item isn't worth the trip down, it's the fact that it's a hassle to have to find the office lift lobby that leads to Mandom Corp that is putting me off.


I was supposed to go towards the UOB Bank, for for some apparent reason, I just can't seem to find that elusive UOB bank, so that's why I gave up on redeeming my Christmas prize from last year. And I had to agree with the fact that Mandom should have mailed us our prizes instead of making us go all the way to Kim Seng area to redeem 1 item. Unless said single item is worth S$50 and up, if not, they shouldn't even attempt to make prize winners show up for prize redemption. Considering the fact that since they work in Mandom, getting to their own office is easy as pie. But for the rest of us, it's just mind-boggling to try and find the office lift lobby in the first place T_T


Without much further ado, let's take a look at the freebies, samples and goodies I got to lay my hands on for the month of February 2014.



Anyway, I needed some pore strips and hair conditioner and off to Watsons I go.


Sometimes, I just find it hard to have much decent choices when it comes to pore strips. It doesn't matter whether it's Watsons or Guardians, it's the fact that there isn't much choices as compared to 10 years ago when there were scented pore strips. Now, I don't even see a single scented pore strip that are brought in exclusively from Japan. And I'm going to blame it on the K-wave since Japanese are the most likely to come up with innovative beauty products that tugs at your heart-strings and wallet.


Since the decline of the J-wave, we've been seeing more and more of K-based products, which sometimes doesn't make me want to buy because of the straight-laced packaging. I simply bought K-based products due to the simple fact that I just needed my skin to be taken care of. Whereas J-based products, I want to buy them and I love to use them cos it's just too darn adorable and cute for words. Which in turn make you want to explore more Japanese-based products that you might not have seen. Yep, I blame K-wave for the decline of innovative Japanese beauty products T_T


Watsons
Anyhoo, I got myself a Watsons-brand exclusive pore strips (from left to right):

  • Charcoal Nose Pore Strips x 1 box @ 10 strips
  • Hawaiian Volcanic Ash Nose Pore Strips x 1 box @ 10 strips


Watsons
Along the way, my hair treatment product from Nuance Airy was starting to run out despite using it only once per week. So, it's time to look for sometime cute, new and fun to use. I couldn't find any Nuance Airy Conditioner previously, so I settled for another brand instead, which I believed has came up with a new scent for their latest hair conditioner.


Items include (from left to right):

  • Ma Cherie Moisture Treatment x 1 tube @ 180g
  • Kracie Ichikami Moisturizing Care Conditioner x 1 bottle @ 530g


Watsons
Here's a look at the back of the hair treatment and hair conditioner (from left to right):

  • Ma Cherie Moisture Treatment: Newly Formulated Ingredient! Champagne Honey Gelee. Deeply nourishes each individual strand of hair to the ends with its unique rich ingredients
  • Kracie Ichikami Moisturizing Care Conditioner: Formulated with concentrated pure Japanese botanical extracts to intensively repair damaged hair, resulting in shiny, silky hair.

The reason why I decided to switch hair treatment and hair conditioner are partly because of the scent stated and the fact that it's Japanese LOL Japanese people have natural fair and healthy skin that is not "tainted" *ahem* by cosmetic surgery and their hair is just so beautifully healthy and glossy, whether they colored their hair or not :D


Watsons
While on my way to the cashier, I spotted this "Gift with Purchase" item and took my time (a.ka. spent 10 minutes pondering whether I should or I shouldn't) on choosing which one suits my hair the most. Since they don't have one for flaky/dandruff scalp, I decided to get the one that promises "Straight & Silky Hair" as my hair tends to get tangled and frizzy at the back without me ever realizing anything is amiss :( Now you know why I have that bed-head without even trying hard at all ^^;


Watsons
My "Gift with Purchase" comes with a hair dryer and the entire package costs only S$19.90. My mother has an old one, but I find that the heat it dispenses is way too hot and harsh for my hair. I once had the ends of my hair melted together due to the hair dryer being way too hot for comfort. Luckily, it was when my hair was still colored close to blonde many years ago. But I still remembered looking at the ends of my hair and wondering what the hell happened that could have caused my hair to melt together??


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I believe there's another "Gift with Purchase" package that comes with a free bag or pouch. But I needed the hair dryer more than a bag or pouch. Not sure if these packages are still available, but you might want to head down to your nearest Watsons and check out the Dove Shampoo & Conditioner bundle.



I've been eyeing the L'Occitane membership card for close to 10 years already, but each time, I always forgot to go check out their products. Until I saw a Green Tea fragrance and thought 2 bottles (1 bottle for me and 1 for my mother) is enough purchased amount to get a membership. Only to forgot all about it again. I finally stepped foot inside WestGate L'Occitane last month as I needed a product that I can apply on my skin, under my makeup to prevent my face from looking like a sebum oil field midway through work. It's not just a waste to have to apply/touch up on make-up twice a day, it's going to end up with you spending money on make-up at least once to one-and-a-half month because your make-up runs out way too fast.


Unfortunately, L'Occitane has long stopped selling that Green Tea fragrance that I had been coveting for the past 10 years LOL Instead, I fell in love with their Verveine EDT after one sniff of it several months back. Yeah, it was a debate on whether I should or I shouldn't since I wasn't actively looking for a under make-up product previously. Anyway, this is what I got, just for the sake of getting a membership card from L'Occitane while using the $10 return voucher I previously got from their sampling activity. And along the way, I got myself a goodies-with-a-free-pouch as well for speding X amount. Woohoo~


L'Occitane En Provence
  • Verveine Menthe EDT @ 100ml
  • Verveine EDT @ 100ml


L'Occitane En Provence
I;m currently in the hand-cream craze since my hands are always peeling due to being too dry. The items I've gotten are (from left to right):

  • Lavender Hand Cream @ 75ml
  • Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid @ 50ml
  • Precious Night Cream @ 3ml (This one's a freebie)
  • Passionate Jasmine Hand Cream @ 30ml

I personally found the other Passionate Shea series a little funny-smelling, hence I decided to get the Passionate Jasmine instead.


L'Occitane En Provence
Here's a look at the actual product stated above :D


L'Occitane En Provence
The goodies-with-a-free-pouch items are (left to right):

  • Free pouch x 1 (I got to choose the color I like) :D
  • Moisturizing Lip Balm @ 3ml
  • Dry Skin Foot Cream @ 10ml
  • Ultra Rich Shower Cream @ 75ml


L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane Immortelle sample kit


L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane Immortelle sample kit (from left to right, top to bottom):

  • Precious Cream
  • Precious Night Cream
  • Precious Serum
  • Precious Eye Balm


L'Occitane En Provence
Imortelle & Bellis Perennis sample kit.


L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane Imortelle & Bellis Perennis sample kit (from left to right, top to bottom):

  • Brightening Essence @ 1ml
  • Brightening Moisture Cream @ 1.5ml


L'Occitane En Provence
The SA also gave me a L'Occitane calender as well, although I haven't opened it up yet ^^;


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I think L'Occitane still have surplus sample stocks left over from their previous sampling activity, hence they are giving them away with any purchases. L'Occitane new ranges typically shows up around once a year, I guess. And unlike typical body/beauty products specialty stores, they don't have a full range when there's something new in stores. So, you don't really need to spend much on a regular basis from buying at L'Occitane.



Lion City Distributions
Lion City Distributions has previously running a sampling giveaway. I was one of the lucky 350 to receive their Frezfruta Jam samples. Initial giveaway was only for 200 people, but they decided to increase the number to 350 and managed to squeeze myself in there LOL I kept getting passed over for Lion City's goodies all the time, almost to the point of giving up already and then, jam samples happened!!


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: This Frezfruta Jam sample is currently over. But still, do go over to Lion City Distributions Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Lioncitydis and Like their page as a fan to be informed of upcoming and future sample giveaways :D



Nuxe Nirvanesque
I was one of the lucky 50 Nuxe fans to receive a complimentary Nuxe Nirvanesque Gift set. And I now know why it's called the Nuxe Nirvanesque Gift set. There's a lot of Nuxe samples they are giving out this time round :D I so ❤ ❤ ❤ Nuxe products, currently using and trying out the previous Nuxe samples I've gotten. Yum~


Nuxe Nirvanesque
A $10 Nuxe Discount Voucher. Honestly, Nuxe is really generous with their samples that I sometimes have to give their sampling activity a miss. They gave out so much that I can't finish them in time, I don't even need to buy them at all. I mostly buy their bath products at their physical outlets iinstead ^^;


Nuxe Nirvanesque
Nuxe Vegetal Milkshake samples. For 24hr Hydrating & Soothing actions.


Nuxe Nirvanesque
From left to right:

  • 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate @ 2ml
  • 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Emulsion @ 2ml


Nuxe Nirvanesque
Nuxe Aroma-Perfection. The Natural Solution for Imperfections.


Nuxe Nirvanesque
From left to right:
  • Purifying Cleansing Gel @ 4ml
  • Anti-Perfection Care @ 2ml
  • Perfecting Moisturizing Emulsion @ 4ml
  • Unclogging Thermo-Active Mask @ 4ml


Nuxe Nirvanesque
Nuxe Nuxuriance. Anti-Aging redensifying Skin Care.


Nuxe Nirvanesque
From left to right:

  • Anti-Aging Re-Densifying Concentrated Serum @ 2ml
  • Eye and Lip Global Anti-Aging Cream @ 2ml
  • Anti-Aging Re-Densifying Emulsion @ 2ml
  • Anti-Aging Re-Densifying Cream @ 2ml


Nuxe Nirvanesque
Nuxe Brightening Program. Naturally brighter skin by 90.5%.


Nuxe Nirvanesque
From left to right:

  • Whitening Concentrated Serum @ 2ml
  • Brightening Cleansing Foam @ 4ml


Nuxe Nirvanesque
Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Honey Care. To nourish and soothe dry & sensitive skin. I ended up having a spare for this, so I gave an extra set to my mother to try out :D


Nuxe Nirvanesque
From left to right:

  • Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel @ 7ml
  • Ultra Comfortable Face Cream @ 2ml
  • Ultra Comfortable Face Cream @ 2ml
  • Ultra Comfortable Body Cream @ 7ml
  • Ultra Comfortable Foot Cream @ 4ml


Nuxe Nirvanesque
Lierac samples. Coherence Day & Night and Premium Crème.


Nuxe Nirvanesque
From left to right:

  • Lierac Coherence Day & Night @ 2ml
  • Premium Crème Day & Night Cream @ 2ml


Nuxe Nirvanesque
From left to right:

  • Nuxe Nirvanesque Light 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Emulsion @ 15ml
  • Nuxe Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Cream @ 15ml
  • Nuxe Nirvanesque Enrichie 1st Wrinkles Rich Smoothing Cream @ 15ml

Nuxe definitely loves to prevent wrinkles from appearing on their customers' faces, judging from the sheer amount of wrinkle-related products and samples offered LOL


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Nuxe Nirvanesque giveaway is currently over, but they are always and constantly hosting sampling activities and samples giveaway. So, head over to Nuxe Singapore Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nuxe.sg and Like their page as a fan to be informed of upcoming and future sample giveaways :D



Neutrogena
I finally received my Neutrogena sample, it's a little different from their previous sample that they were giving away though. I thought it would be the same time, but then, since I was able to redeem once again, I expected it to be something different than before. Here's the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion Pre-Essence @ 15ml.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Go over to Neutrogena Singapore Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NeutrogenaSG, Like their page to be a fan first. Next, go over to https://apps.facebook.com/neutrogena_sg_cms/?page_id=57, fill in your details and wait for the sample to arrive in your mailbox :D



Phiten Singapore was previously giving away complimentary Phiten Goodie Bag on their Facebook page. And being a curious person, I decided to fill in my particulars and see what Phiten is about. If not, I somewhat feel intimidated to step into their physical outlet for a look-see, and besides, I somehow feel bad if I walked out of a small shop without buying a single item LOL Anyway, the goodies in my Phiten Goodie Bag are listed just below.


Phiten
S$8 Phiten voucher, I'm somehow eyeing the ankle support thingy since I have really weak ankles. Specifically my right ankle. Without the ankle support, I'm practically close to limping around :(


Phiten
Phiten Aqua Titan Tape x 6, used to relieve muscle pain by sticking on affected areas. Nope, there were no illustrations for ankles. I should probably try it on my right ankle and see if it works though :D


Phiten
Phiten e-water body & facial milk @ 20ml. Some sort of skin moisturizer, I suppose :O


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Go over to Phiten Singapore Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phiten-Singapore/228028367208974, LIike their page to be a fan first. Next, look for the tab that says Fre Goodie Bag, fill in your details and you will get a email from Phiten. Bring a printout to the listed Phiten outlets to redeem your Phiten Goodie Bag.



Bifesta
Bifesta was hosting a sampling activity. All you need to do is answer a short survey, fill in your details and wait for the sample to arrive in your mailbox. I received my Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion @ 11.8ml along with a Bifesta $5 voucher.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Go over to Bifesta Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Bifesta.SG, Like their page to be a fan first. Next, look for the tab that says Redeem Your Sample (that one with a small photo of Anna Tsuchiya wiping makeup away from her face). Complete the survey, fill in your details. The sample will arrive in your mailbox :D



Black Box
Initially, my ballot wasn't successful in nailing me a February 2014 Black Box. And I thought, so be it, I'll get lucky next time. Until I heard that there were Ziaja samples included and proceeded to pay the mandatory $6 handling fee so I could get my hands on it LOL Ziaja is practically the rage everywhere and it'll be a shame if I didn't try their samples first.


Black Box
So, the usual Black Box card/phamplet/note informing you of the latest happening with Black Box. Coincidentally, it's Black Box's 1st Birthday. So, a Happy Birthday to you, Black Box!! Muacks!!


Black Box
The Black Box pouch, complete with the various discount vouchers LOL Now, it's Bak Kut Teh xD


Black Box
From left to right:

  • Unisoy Instant Nutritious Black Soy Milk x 1 sachet
  • Unisoy Instant Nutritious Soya Milk Powder x 1 sachet


Black Box
Darlie Expert Fresh Toothpaste @ 40g. God, I hate Darlie toothpastes. I used to have this fear that my skin will turn completely black after using Darlie toothpaste while my teeth will become utterly white, reference to that dude on the Darlie toothpaste commercials back in the early 1990s.


Black Box
From left to right:

  • L'Oreal Elseve Extraordinary Oil @ 3.5ml
  • Nivea Body Lotion In-Shower Intensive Skin Conditioner @ 10ml

As soon as I saw this Nivea Body Lotion In-Shower Intensive Skin Conditioner sample, I immediately bought both versions at Watsons. The Normal Skin is for me, while the Dry Skin is for my mother :D


Black Box
From left to right:

  • Ziaja Marine Spa Algae Deep Moisturizing Cream x 1 sample sachet
  • Ziaja Orange Butter Creamy Shower Soap x 1 sample sachet


Black Box
From left to right:

  • Ziaja Goat's Milk Body Lotion x 1 sample sachet
  • Ziaja Natural Olive Body Butter x 1 sample sachet


Black Box
Hee Eternity Hydro-Gel Mask @ 29g


Black Box
Detailed description of the Hee Eternity Hydro-Gel Mask.


Black Box
And there you have it, my February 2014 Black Box!!


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE:



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