Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Allure Sample Society Beauty Box

The Allure Sample Society beauty box 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.

November Sample Society Box

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

1 oz. Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash. Value = $2.25

.04 oz. Calvin Klein Reveal. Value = $1.97

.20 oz. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Omega+ Nourishing Oil. Value = $4.49

.14 oz. Lorac Cobra Mascara. Value = $11.43

.17 oz. MD Solar Sciences MD Créme Mineral Beauty Balm. Value = $5.39

The total value of this box is $25.53. This box is just ok for me. Normally I would be excited by the mascara but I'm swimming in the stuff. I will use the body wash and I actually like the little bottles of sunscreen moisturizer. They are great for traveling and it allows me to try different brands. I have a ton of little perfume vials but I actually like them. I have them in a little bowl in my bathroom and not only do they look fun in the bowl I get to try new scents. The hair oil I will use but it's a tiny bottle. I have thick hair so it may not last me too long.

Verdict: This was just an ok box. Some good products but nothing super exciting.

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