Getting ready to go out is one of my favorite activities- yes, I consider it an activity. I absolutely LOVE experimenting with products and discovering new things. Doing makeup does not have to be a complicated, scary ordeal. I have definitely added to my routine as I’ve learned more about beauty and experimented with different shades and colors. While I probably use more products than most people, I will highlight the essentials that you need to get that evening glow. 

I was one of those girls that was wayyyy too into those tiny Japenese erasers – you know those ones shaped like strawberries and dolphins?  Anything that was adorably small was my thing.. Miniature beauty products are just the glow-up version of my obsession, one that inevitably led me to collect (and get overly excited about and hoard) free skincare samples. Free samples are something I used to just throw away, thinking if it was free it was probably not a product worth my time. After buying all new beauty products to return back to school, my free samples started to pile up. My mom, the control-freak she is, organized them in my little makeup display when she was moving me in, and honestly, they looked pretty damn cute. Now that I’m an active part of Sephora’s rewards program and have started reordering my favorite products from Glossier, I’ve learned we should all appreciate free samples a lot more.

So here is my ode to free samples, hopefully you’ll agree with my reasons and join me in my mini-obsession.