Saturday, August 18, 2012

August Sample Society Box

My August Sample Society by Beauty Bar box came today.  This monthly service for beauty products promises 5 fresh deluxe sized samples from luxury brands designed for multiple uses.  You also receive a coupon each month for $15 off a $50 purchase from Beauty Bar and a 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  The cost for this subscription is $15.00 a month.  They recently changed they way the website works for members.  It's much more user friendly now and they include a link to the full size item should you want to buy it.   

The good:

The samples: You get deluxe sized samples from luxury brands.   

Information: They include a booklet with beauty tips  

Magazine: You get a free 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  If you already subscribe they will extend your subscription and if you don't want it you can mail in a form for a refund on the value ($12)

Need a gift: You can send this as a gift but you can't do it online, they want you to call. 

Coupon: They send you a coupon with each box for $15 off a $50 purchase.  The catch is your order has to include at least one item from a brand you received that month.  It doesn't have to be the item you received just the same brand.

Price: The break down ends up being $3.00 per item.  The value of each item was more than $3.00.

Referrals: If you refer someone to their site and they make a purchase the company donates up to $30 to charity.  I thought this was a nice gesture.  My referral code is pixiepower. 

The not so good:

Customization: There is no type of customization in the box. 

Skip a month: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel. 

Contents of box.  Full size price and amount listed in parenthesis.

.33 Phyto Phytonectar Treatment Oil. Value = $5.36 (1.7 oz. $30.00) - used this once so far, my hair did seem a little softer,  directions says to use twice a week for five weeks but I don't think there will be enough in the bottle to do that.  

Full Size Deborah Lippmann nail color in private dancer. Value = $18.00 - great color.  goes on very nice and doesn't have a strong odor.  

.1 oz. Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara. Value = $8.05 (.42 oz. $33.00)

.8 oz. Elemental Herbology facial cleanser. Value = $10.95 (3.4 oz. $46.00)

1 oz. Arcona Cranberry Toner. Value = $8.68 (3.72 oz. $32.00) - This smells really good. I haven't noticed any major changes from using it though.

**bonus** .04 oz sachet of Malin + Goetz's Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. Value = $0.45 (4 oz. $45.00)

coupon for $15 off a $50.00 purchase from any product of any of these brands

The total value of my June Sample Society box is $51.49.  I really excited to try the Deborah Lippman nail polish since it's $18.00 a bottle and I've heard good things about it.  I use toner everyday so I'm happy to try this.  I like that I am able to try these high end brands for a fraction of the price.  

Verdict: I'm happy with this box so I'll see what next month brings.  

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Sample Society.  I pay for these subscriptions myself.

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