Sunday, May 19, 2013

May Sample Society Box

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.

The good:

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

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 approximate retail value.

small sample Jane Iredale Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain. Value = $6.25?? This didn't say how big it is but I would say it's about 1/4 of the full size which is $25 - I love this stuff and I'm not a lipstick person. I thought it was going to a light gloss but it adjusts once applied and it was the perfect shade of pink!

.1 oz. Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream. Value = $1.28 - This has a slight menthol scent but not too strong. It's thick but doesn't leave a heavy greasy residue. I like to use it on the part of my hand between my thumb and pointer finger. That area seems to be the most dry.

.25 oz. Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream SPF 30. Value = $9.75

.85 oz. Alterna Bamboo Shine Luminous Shine Mist. Value = $5.11 - Add a nice shine without making my hair look greasy or weighing it down. 

1 Kate Somerville Somerville360 Tanning Towelette. Value = $6.00

The total value of my Sample Society box is $28.39.  This is definitely a summer themed box. I'm not into tanning at all which makes this tanning towelette perfect for me. I'm will try it this weekend and hopefully my skin won't turn a weird color. I love the lip stain! More BB cream - I just saw Dr. Oz talking about this so I'm sure it's going to be all the rage now although it seems to be already. I like the Bamboo products and this will be good for those dry hair days.

Verdict: I enjoy these boxes and like that  value is always way above the $15.00

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