Clinique Smart Night Custom Repair Moisturizer |Sample Series

*I can only attest to short term use provided by the sample, not long term results* 

Full-size cost $57

From the site:

What It Is

Our smart nighttime moisturizer immediately plumps skin 75%. Works all night to visibly smooth lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and lift. Smart hydration technology helps skin attract and retain moisture. Oil-free.


How to Use

Prep skin for optimal results with your 3-Step Skin Care routine.

Apply to face in the evening.

Perfect partner: Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

My thoughts:

I thought the moisturizer felt great and had no over whealming fragrance. But, it broke me out so bad! It made my poor chin look like a war zone. For my dry/combination skin type- it is not worth splurging on the full-size.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Have you tried this product before? Comment below!

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Marc Jacobs (Under) Cover Coconut Face Primer | Sample Series


* I can only speak for short term use of this product, from a sample packet*

The Marc Jacobs (Under) Cover Coconut Perfecting Face Primer, has been all over YouTube. The packaging is beautiful, and it is connected to a brand that screams luxury beauty.

From the site:

“What it is:
A skin-smoothing, makeup-extending primer infused with five types of coconut to nourish and hydrate the complexion.

What it does:
Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer brings the refreshing feel of coconut to your face while it perfects and extends makeup wear. With its hydrating, nutrient-rich formula, it is especially ideal for normal to dry skin types to create a smooth and improved skin surface before applying foundation. It’s enriched with concentrated coconut extracts that form a natural, vitamin-rich barrier between your skin and makeup. The coconut water-derived polysaccharide complex mirrors the effect of synthetic priming ingredients, allowing your skin to breathe without compromising the skin-perfecting benefits. The result is makeup that stays on longer and skin that appears younger-looking and better than ever.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Under(Cover) is inspired by Marc Jacobs’s love of coconut water, and a “deconstructed coconut.” The five most essential coconut ingredients help prime and smooth skin:
Coconut fruit: features skin-boosting vitamins and antioxidants.
Coconut water: features nutrients for hydration and smoothing.
Coconut milk: helps prime and smooth the complexion and blur imperfections.
Coconut polysaccharides: help prime the complexion.
Coconut extract: provides a natural coconut fragrance.

Research results:
In an independent consumer study of 32 women wearing Under(cover) for over 8 hours:
– 100% agreed Under(cover) smoothed rough patches
– 100% agreed skin felt smoother with Under(cover)
– 97% agreed Under(cover) improved skin’s surface
– 97% agreed Under(cover) provided a smooth canvas for foundation”

This primer cost $44. Get it, here, from

My experience and thoughts:

I like this primer. But, I do not like it anymore than the one from Too Faced. The Marc Jacob’s primer feels, smells, and works fantastic. I was curious about how clean the ingredients are, so I looked up the product, then the first few ingredients on, there was no info about the Marc Jacobs primer, and very little about any of the ingredients. Marc Jacobs Beauty is CF, their fragrances however, are not (According to Cruelty Free Kitty). So, not really a brand that I want to buy from in general.

I think this is a great product, but not one I am willing to pay $44 for, when I like one, that is almost exactly the same, for around $10 less. The packaging just isn’t as pretty on the cheaper version.

Hope you enjoyed this short post. Thank you for reading! What do you think of this Marc Jacobs primer? Which coconut primer is your favorite? Comment below! You can also find me on Instagram and Snapchat as manda_janette

XoXo Manda

Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment | Sample Series


*I had this product in a one time use sample, so can not speak for long term use just first impressions.*

GlamGlow is a skin care brand, that became pretty popular, due to instagram and youtube beauty gurus. It consists of a multitude of super expensive masks and mask sets.

The full-size of this specific mask costs $69.

From the site:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination

What it is:
A skin care mask designed to visibly clear the complexion.

Solutions for:
– Pores
– Acne and blemishes
– Oiliness

If you want to know more…
The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was clinically developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids works to dramatically brighten and soften the complexion. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Research results:
In a consumer study on a number of participants, after 1 day:
– 94% felt their skin looked renewed
– 91% saw an improvement in skin clarity
– 94% felt the product gently cleared their skin

After 3 uses over 7 days:
– 98% reported their skin looked renewed
– 97% saw an improvement in skin clarity
– 97% felt the mask gently cleared their skin “

My experience:

I hate the smell. It smells like black licorice, which I really dislike. So that is a big mark off itself sense I have to set around for 15 minuets with it on my face. As time wearing it drug on, my face started to burn. At the time of use my face was severely broken out, so I was hoping that this mask would improve my condition. Preferably with out pain.

10 minuets after washing the mask off my face, I took a look into the mirror. This mask works! The first time! The nasites on my face were sucked dry. I am incredibly impressed. If you can deal with the smell and pain, this mask is 100% worth what is costs.

However, I can not deal with the smell. The pain, whatever beauty is pain, but the sent is too much. It sounds like such a small down fall, but it is sitting there, on your face, for an extended period of time. The scent doesn’t go away either after rinsing off the mask. I just can not do it.

What Glam Glow masks do you like? What scent can you not stand? Comment below! I hope you enjoyed this little sample review, you can find more on Instagram and Snapchat manda_janette

XoXo Manda

What was in the Sephora Future Naturals Sample Bag?


I recently made a small Sephora purchase. (Haul soon to come.) At the time of ordering, if you used the code OASIS with a $25 + purchase, you got a sample bag with 12 natural products to try! I really enjoy seeing what samples people get with purchases, and I figured at least someone else does too, right?

Speaking of Sephora promo codes, they have some really good ones right now, you NEED to check them out!

Now, what was in the bag!?

  • Mark Jacobs Undercover Perfecting Coconut primer: This is a product I have been wanting to try, but just don’t want to spend that kind of money on a product I may not love. Getting to try it out in a sample, even though small, is fantastic!
  • Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream: This is a product I have literally never heard of. Really interested to see how it works.
  • Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for instant glow: Another product I had no idea existed! This product is 100% natural and non-toxic, so I am pumped to try it out.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in “Captivating”:Being honest here, but I will probably throw this away. It is just a piece of think paper with the powder on it, just a little pointless to me.
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: I have already reviewed this product, and I love it. Really glad I have some more, it is a really nice sized sample!
  • Farmacy Rinse’ n Shine Daily Moisture Lock: I have been wanting to test out this brand! Hopefully I like this product so I will feel better about purchasing more from the brand.
  • Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser: This product is apparently supposed to be warming, pretty interested in what it is like.
  • Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Oil: Pretty expensive brand! However, I have a ton of facial oils, so I will probably toss this in as an extra for a giveaway or a packing I sell on Ebay.
  • Josie Maran Argon Illuminizer: Another one I will be passing a long, most likely. I am not the biggest fan of liquid highlight.
  • Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask: I love face masks, always happy to try a new one out.
  • Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration gel: I have heard some great things about this brand. Maybe I will be able to find my holy grail moisturizer in this!
  • Bite Agave Lip Mask: I have always wanted to try a lip mask, and I have heard these are pretty good. It came with Champagne, Natural, and Smashed.

Do you like this sort of post? What products to you want to see reviewed?

XoXo Manda