Sep 06 2014

Instagram Series: #Beauty #SampleSaturdays

Beauty Sample Saturdays

Hello there, everyone. It’s Saturday! Woohoo! Wait….so what am I doing here? Another bonus post this week? I must be on a roll…

I admit, I was too excited to wait until next week. I’m launching a new series that will be a Saturday feature, “Sample Saturdays”. And obviously, I couldn’t wait until next Saturday. But this new series won’t be on my blog. It’s for Instagram only. Huh?

Let me start over. For a while now, I’ve been thinking about posting reviews on the tons and tons of beauty samples in my stash. Specifically, the smaller size samples (like the packets and stuff, not those huge deluxe ones that lasts for weeks/months). I’ve seen other bloggers do this, so I make no claims that the idea of featuring reviews on samples is some great new thing I’ve discovered. Usually, like other bloggers and vloggers, I’ll occasionally talk about a sample within another post. Whether that be in an empties post or while featuring products of the same brand. And I may continue to do the latter from time to time. But, sometimes, samples deserve their spot in the limelight.

The the thing is, samples are small and doing an entire post usually means at least featuring several in one post (like fellow blogger Nenta of Nenta’s Frivolity has recently done). My friend Silke Laura has also talked about possibly doing these types of posts. So I have to give them both shout outs. 🙂

Most of the time, one’s experience with a sample sized product is limited by the fact that…well it’s so small. So “reviews” are usually more like first impressions. With makeup it may be slightly different because you may know you like a lip colour and formula (generally speaking), fairly quickly after trying it. Anyway, point is, you’re not likely to write an essay on the thing.

Enter Instagram. Not only did I think it would make things interesting to take on these reviews within another platform but also, it seems that the perfect space for the “short and sweet” type of approach I envision for this series.

Speaking of essays, this post is slowly turning into one. So let me just cut to the chase and close things out, shall I?

Beginning today and every Saturday from now on, I will feature a review of a sample sized product on my Instagram account under the hashtags #beauty #samplesaturdays #instareviews. The samples featured in the photo above are just a selection of what’s in the stash but you get the idea. I’ll include swatches and/or application of the items where relevant (i.e. makeup) and a few quick thoughts.

To check out my first #samplesaturdays “post”, click here!

I hope you guys enjoy this new series! Let me know what you think.




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  1. Love this idea! I’ve enjoyed your first one 😉 I have a few posts coming on samples too, I think I’ve found a “post style” I like but I’m not sure yet… We’ll see! Already waiting for next saturday as your selection is amazing! 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on September 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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      Thank you! And I can’t wait too see what you come up with as well. 🙂 Samples can be overwhelming but so fun at the same time! xx

  2. Sounds interesting, Kimmy! I’m still trying out a few more before writing a post about it. Not plain reviewing it (you know I don’t go there anymore!) but write about it in my usual kinda style! 😀 Looking forward to all your sample posts 😉 xx

      • Kimmy on September 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm
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      Thanks hun. This way I’ll actually work on using some of those sample, you know how we can accumulate so many. 🙂

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