Spring-Fresh Look


I was recently sent a a free box of beauty samples by the MyMagazine Sharing Network in conjunction with the Kroger Company.  Let me first say that I am thrilled with everything I received!  In my box I received a can of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray, a sample pack Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer and Restorative Night Cream, a Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying 100% Hydrogel Mask, a sample-size L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara Primer, a sample of Love Beauty and Planet Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, and a Garnier Fructis Nourishing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask trial packet.

TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray

This is a completely new product to me.  I have used the original TRESemme hairspray many times in the past.  I have always liked the way it smelled but wasn’t always happy with the “crunchy” feeling it gave my hair.  The compressed mico mist comes in a 5.5oz can vs. 11 oz original but is reported to have the same number of sprays as in the larger can.  Not only that, it also produces 50% less gas per spray!  That is a big deal in helping out to reduce our carbon footprint.  I like the more sleek size of the can and it is also slightly contoured so it’s easy to hold.  But the most important part is that this is the first hairspray I have found that doesn’t make my hair crunchy and does what it’s supposed to do without making my hair look dirty.  I will definitely continue using this product.  This hairspray can be found at Kroger for $4.99.

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer and Restorative Night Cream

I was happy to see this product in my box as I had just run out of my moisturizer.  I actually already use the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer.  What I like about it is that it is SPF 30 and it leaves my skin feeling smooth but not greasy.  The Restorative Night Cream was new to me.  I have been putting it on in the evening and I think perhaps my forehead does look a little less wrinkly but I feel like I end up a little greasy.  I also have never been very fond of the way these smell.  Both the Daily Moisturizer as well as the Night Cream sell at Kroger for $19.99 which is a bit steep.  I think I will continue to use the daily moisturizer but probably won’t purchase the restorative night cream.  That is unless after I use this whole sample I change my mind about the grease factor.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying 100% Hydrogel Mask

IMG_1089IMG_1027I loved this Neutrogena Deep Cleaning Hyrogel Mask! I have never used a hydrogel mask before and honestly didn’t even know they existed. Before I have used mud masks that you wash off or gel masks that go on as liquid and you peel off when they’re dry. What I loved about this mask was that the hydrogel was so cool which felt wonderful to leave on my face for 30 minutes while I relaxed in the tub. It also smelled great. After removing the mask it left no sticky residue and my skin was soft and supple.  I have not been able to find this product at Kroger yet (maybe it’s too new) but I was able to find it on Amazon (affiliate link) for $30 for a box of 12.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara Primer

I have used this product in the past and have really liked it.  You apply this white mascara primer and follow it up with your normal mascara.  The primer helps to lengthen the eyelash prior to mascara application.  I have also found that it helps reduce smudging.  I have also found that it is not any harder to wash off my mascara when I use this which is a plus.  The only negative I see is that it does give the lashes somewhat of a clumped together appearance.  A full-size tube of this mascara primer can be found at Kroger for $6.19.

Love Beauty and Planet Lavender Shampoo and ConditionerIMG_1404

I was thrilled when I learned about Love Beauty And Planet and that it is available at Kroger. I try hard to use beauty products that do not test on animals and are vegan but those type of products can get expensive. This brand is a very good price for something that is vegan, earth-friendly and cruelty-free! The scent I tried was Lavendar which is overly perfumey to me but fortunately it didn’t leave the scent in my hair, I was only able to smell it while I was washing my hair. It lathered easy and both the shampoo and conditioner rinsed out quickly. My hair was left feeling cleaner than it has felt in a long time and it lasted a full 24 hours. My hair is usually greasy before 24 hours have passed. Overall I loved this product and am looking forward to purchasing a full-size bottle of shampoo and conditioner in the Coconut and Ylang Ylang scent.  You can currently find Love Beauty and Planet Shampoo and Conditioner for $6.99 each at Kroger.

Garnier Fructis Nourishing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask

IMG_6108And last but most certainly not least is this Garnier Fructis “Nourishing Treat” Hair Mask.  I have always loved Fructis products as they always smell divine.  This one is no exception.  The coconut extract smells amazing and is perfect for the summertime as it reminds me of the beach.  You can use this in three different ways: a 1 minute mask, a regular conditioner, or as a leave-in conditioner.  I used it as a mask and it did exactly what it promised which was to smooth my hair and make it manageable.  Best of all this product is vegan and does not use parabens or silicones.  I would definitely use this product again.  You can find a 3 oz tub at Kroger for $3.


Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think?