Monday, December 24, 2012

December 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)

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.

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:

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

My Sample Society Treasures. 
                 

Contents of box with retail value.

.10 oz. Murad age reform time release retinol concentrate. Value = $13.00 (.5 oz. $65.00)

1 oz. Philosophy Living Grace shampoo, bath & shower gel. Value = $1.38 (16 oz. $22.00) - I really like philosophy products but usually don't buy them because they can be pricey.  This had a light scenet and lathered up nicely. 

FULL SIZE Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Gloss in Sultry. Value = $20.00

.33 oz. Delaney Beauty Reserve Rejuvenating Eye Cream. Value = $34.62 (1.3 oz. $135.00)

small packet of Hanskin Super Plus Perfect BB Cream. SPF30. Value = ?? (30 ml. $33.00)

.34 oz. Hanskin Premium Perfect Super Magic BB Cream SPF30. Value = $7.50 (1.5 oz. $33.00)

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 $76.50.  Not too bad for a $15.00 investment.  The eye cream is crazy expensive and not something I would ever buy so it's cool that I got this sample.  I enjoy Philosophy products and will use it for sure.  I keep hearing things about BB cream and have never used it before.  From what I understand it's like a foundation.   


Verdict: Pretty decent box with lots of new stuff to try.   


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

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