Friday, October 17, 2014

October Allure Sample Society Beauty 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.

Price: $15.00 a month with no option to skip.

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.

October Sample Society Box

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

.27 Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum. Value = $14.49

.057 Bond No. 9 High Line. Value = $6.80

1.7 L'Oréal Paris Restoring Shampoo. Value = $0.67

1.7 L'Oréal Paris Restoring Conditioner. Value = $0.67

3 pack Emi-Jay hair ties. Value = $6.60

.1 oz. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara in Black. Value = $17.50

The total value of this box is $46.73. See that little green candy looking thing? It holds the perfume sample. That perfume is expensive! The shampoo and conditioner isn't exciting but totally useful. I will happily try the Estee Lauder night serum but I've been told my dark spots are hormonal and will probably never go away unless my hormones change. Can't hurt though. I always thought I could never hair too many hair ties but my little container is overflowing with them. I have a few that have stretched out that I could toss but I usually save those for the gym since I don't care what they look like.

Verdict: This months was another great box.

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