Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Joy of Minis

If you've been reading my blog for long enough, there's probably two things you can now infer: 1) I own too many Benefit products and 2) I'm a sucker for all things miniature size - sometimes the two overlap!

Looking through my makeup collection you will more likely come across a mini sized product rather than a full size of it. I just find it a lot more cost/space effective to buy sets that have minis of products so I can try something before making an investment and buying the full size. How many people finish a full sized highlighter or foundation? Well, I for sure have never even come close, which I why I much prefer minis.

I have minis of countless items: foundations, mascaras, lipsticks, blushers, primers, spot treatments, nail polishes and even facial oils! Sephora do great offers for Beauty Insiders whereby you can redeem voucher codes and get a deluxe sample, as well as UK companies often doing gift with purchase offers.

It's a really great way to dip your toes into a brand before making the plunge and spending a lot on something that you're not sure you would ever like. I got a sample size of the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation in one of their beauty kits last year and that way I got to try it out properly before buying the full sized bottle. Similarly, I got to try out their That Gal highlighter and came to the conclusion that while I don't hate it, it's not something I would spend over £20 on!

I got my sample of the LRP Effaclar Duo from a lovely lady at The Garden pharmacy in Covent Garden which goes to show that you can't lose anything by asking, you can only gain (Or not get anything. But let's forget that fact) So, the next time you go shopping, don't be afraid to ask for some samples! 


  1. You are absolutely right. Buying minis are usually the best way to see if certain things are worth the full price. Also sometimes I found minis are more than enough. Like eyeshadows and blushers and such I never see the end of any, so minis always end up working perfectly fine as regular product.

  2. I love getting deluxe samples; Sephora do great ones during the holidays! I am currently going through a sample of the Nude Treatment Oil.