Thursday, September 27, 2012

September Sample Society

Sample Society by Beauty Bar is a monthly service for beauty products that 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. 

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.

2 oz. CellCeuticals extremely gentle skin cleanser. Value = $10.45 (6.7 oz. $35.00)    

.16 oz. Borghese B Lip Gloss. Value = $14.50 - (.21 oz. $19.00)

Stila Smudge Crayon, eye primer, shadow and liner in umber. Value = $7.33? seems like it's about 1/3 the size of a full size (full size $22.00)

.06 oz. Diptyque eau de toilette. Value = $3.11 (3.4 oz. $120.00)

.9 oz. Ahava purifying mud mask. Value = 6.15 (4.4 oz. $30.00)

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

The total value of my Sample Society box is $41.54.  Great value!  I've received some cellceuticals products from other boxes and have really been enjoying it so I'm looking forward to trying this.  I very much enjoy mud masks and have found that I like ahava products so I was happy to see this.  I swiped the smudge crayon on my hand to see the color and it was a nice color but that stuff wouldn't rub off for nothin!  This can be great in the long lasting department but I hope it's nice a pain to remove at night.  This is what's nice about subscription boxes, you can try a variety of items for a fraction of the cost!      

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.


  1. Argg! I just cancelled because I was trying to save money but this box looks great. I love Ahava and the lip gloss is a great color. Oh well. You win some you lose some.

  2. I know what you mean. When I get a box I'm not so excited about I think ok I'll cancel next month and then they send something awesome.