Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Allure Sample Society 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.

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

.5 oz. Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer. Value = $11.25

.1 oz. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Value = $8.00

1.5 oz. Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray. Value = $11.00

FULL SIZE Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm. Value = $13.00

FULL SIZE Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Taos. Value = $16.00

The total value of this box is $59.25. This was a great box in products and value. I'm wondering if I'm going to see a bunch of Benefit mascara samples in other boxes since it's a new product. I'm ok with that even though I have enough mascara to last the next 5 years it seems. This is the third M+G mojito lip balm I've received in the past couple of years and I've traded them all. Maybe I will keep this one this time. I will definitely use the texture spray. I'm not thrilled with the color of the lip gloss. It's very beige and I don't think it's my color at all. I'll toss that in the trade pile. 

Verdict: This box almost always fun products and a great value. 

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