Makeup Minis Vol.1

Makeup Minis is where I feature deluxe samples I received with my online and/or in-store purchases. I’ll give you a short description of the product, my initial impression and whether I plan to purchase a full-sized version. I am only listing 3 items per volume to keep the post short and fun! :)

NARS Lip Gloss in Priscilla

Lip Gloss in Priscilla

I love the new NARS lip gloss formula! It’s non-sticky, long-wearing, and spreads very easily. This Priscilla shade is a shocking pink that really pops and brightens up the face nicely!I have a review of Orgasm here.

Full-sized purchase?

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray

Urban Decay
B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray

I spray this mist all over my face before I put on my makeup to refresh my skin. It offers a cooling effect upon contact (due to alcohol content). I didn’t really notice the reduction in oil production, though.

Full-sized purchase?

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer

Jack Black
Industrial Strength Hand Healer

This is the only hand cream I am using right now. The texture is rich but absorbs really quickly. It keeps my hands so soft and hydrated for hours. I love its fresh eucalyptus smell so much — very refreshing and clean!

Full-sized purchase?
Already have!


NARS Lip Gloss in Priscilla:
US$26 at Sephora

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray:
US$33 at Sephora

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer:
US$15 at Sephora

NARS Lip Gloss in Priscilla:
At NARS counters

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray:
฿1,400 at Sephora Thailand

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer:

Join the Conversation


  1. I like Jack Black! I tried the UD spray and I didn’t like it. All the ingredients on the back do the exact opposite of what the front label says (although the alcohol part is supposed to dry the oil, sure, but being 2nd in the list, it doesn’t moisturize or whatever UD claimed the bottle is supposed to do). Just a handful of irritants in a little spray bottle. None for me!

    1. says: Jaa

      That’s what I heard also about the alcohol being the second ingredient on the list! But it’s refreshing, though! Haha. It doesn’t really do anything much for me but then again I don’t use it every day, so I can’t say if it would improve the texture of my skin over time or not.

  2. says: Rachelle

    This series is sooo adorable!!! :-) I’m not a huge fan of lipglosses but I’m really interested in trying the Priscilla lipgloss from Nars.

  3. says: Kira

    I love the idea of a mini series, Jaa!
    Must try the hand cream – I abhor sticky ones. I feel like I can’t do anything with my hands!

  4. says: Sylirael

    Ooh, love this series idea! :-D I wish we got minis/samples with our purchases here, would be so awesome (and help one feel better about the NZ prices, LOL!). I shall live vicariously through you!

    I have the Vitamin B prep spray thing as a deluxe sample form a UD order too, but I haven’t tried it yet! I’ve been kind of dubious about spraying my face with alcohol, because my skin is already dry, but mostly it’s due to laziness in trying ‘complexion’ things, because I don’t wear face makeup every day! :-P #bloggerfail

    1. says: Jaa

      Minis are the best. I wish all makeup companies would make the mini version of every product they sell! LOL. I don’t use a makeup setting spray on a regular basis, either, only when I know I will be out for long hours!

  5. says: Grace

    I like this new series Jaa. I have quite few of gifts with purchase. Some of them are so impressive I went and bought the full size and some are just ok and I am glad I didn’t waste my money. It will be so good to read what you will/will not repurchase from the mini sizes:)

    By the way the Nars lip gloss looks so cute x

    1. says: Jaa

      True! Just like the Jack Black hand cream, I loved it so much I had to buy the full size! I’ll definitely keep this series running for sure! It’s my excuse to take more product photos haha! ^_^

  6. says: Carolyn

    Love the idea of this new series, Jaa! Also loving NARS lipgloss here — in fact, I loved it so much that I purchased a full-size gloss this weekend!

  7. I only have two make-up minis, now that I think about it! Two lip glosses from Glominerals. I like the idea of make-up minis though. I never use up my make-up anyway.

    1. says: Jaa

      Hey Melissa! It is the best feeling in the world to empty a makeup product! OK, maybe not the best, but close. Haha. I have never used anything from Glominerals, must look it up!

  8. says: Liz

    Cute! Great post idea. :) I have a love/hate with minis. Love receiving them but tend to forget about them and give them away later on. I do wish every brand would sell travel sizes of their products because some things just never get finished.

  9. says: Alessandra

    Hi Jaa! May I just say that I LOVE your blog! The pictures are out of this world and I love how in depth the reviews are.
    I know this is an old review, but did you see any results with the Urban Decay spray? I got mine free from a friend and have been using it for about a month. I haven’t really seen any improvements, but I love the way it feels!

    1. says: Jaa

      Hi Alessandra! Thank you so much! You’re too kind! :)

      I don’t remember seeing any improvements, either. It just feels nice and refreshing when you put it on and that’s about it. LOL. It comes in handy, though, like when you want to damp your brush for example. :)

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