Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 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 with shipping included.

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: It's a win/win. You get a $5 credit on your account or you can donate that to charity and the person you refer gets a 20% discount on their first purchase at Beauty Bar. 

The not so good:

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

Subscription discounts: They don't offer discounts for multiple months unless you gift a 12 month subscription. Then you get 12 months for the price of 11.

January Sample Society Box.
  

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

.25 oz. StriVectin Present Perfect. Value = $8.75

.02 oz. Issey Miyake L'Eau d'lssey Eau de Toilette. Value = $0.89

FULL SIZE Butter London Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil. Value = $15.00

.1 oz. Orlane Paris Extreme Line Reducing Lip Care. Value = $15.00

.03 oz. Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid lipstick. Value = $6.67 - I love this color! It goes on glossy then dries to matte. 

The total value of this box is $46.31. I've been seeing a lot of cuticle oil in boxer lately. It's not a new thing but I guess it's the new "in" thing. I use it all the time and it really does help keep the cuticles nice. I love the red color of the Stila lipstick. I've been looking for a good red and I thought I had it with an Urban Decay lipstick I got but it's just not quite right. StriVectin is a good brand and I use some type of face cream everyday. The Orlane product is used to reduce lines around your lips of which I don't think I have but what the heck I'll give it a go! 

Verdict: I'm excited about the lipstick and cuticle oil which is well worth the price of the box. 

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