Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 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.

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.

August Sample Society Box.

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

Jane Iredale Purelash Lash Conditioner. Value = $4.00?? - I like the idea of this but the brush is incredibly small and difficult to use. 

.34 oz. Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream. Value = $5.50

5 ml. Dr. T's Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF30. Value = $4.20

.5 oz. Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator SPF8. Value = $22.20

.06 oz. Korres Cherry Oil Lip Gloss in buff. Value = $5.60

The total value of this box is $41.50. This box has a great value considering I only paid $15 but I'm not overly excited about it. The items are useful but I already have a lot of this stuff so it will be awhile until I get to it. I do like the little lip gloss. It's a nice color and pocket size. I get the whole cell plumping thing but I'm fairly lucky in that I don't have any obvious lines on my face. I guess I can use it for the super fine lines but I doubt I would notice a difference. I could be surprised though so I'll give it a try. I have lots of face SPF stuff I'm guessing enough to take me through winter. I'm one of those people who wear SPF in the winter so it will all get used eventually. 

Verdict: This months box was just ok for me. 

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