Monday, May 25, 2015

May 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.

1 oz. John Frieda 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment. Value = $2.50

.1 oz. Julep Lip Gloss in Graceful. Value = $8.00/$6.40 for Julep Mavens

.17 oz. Versace Eros Pour Femme. Value = $9.20

1.76 oz. Avéne Spring Water. Value = $9.29

.6 oz. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Value = $5.75

.85 oz. Alterna Caviar Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray. Value = $6.07

The total value of this box is $40.81. This value is more like what I'm used to from Allure. Last month was terrible but this made up for it. I'm loving both hair care items, I can't wait to try them. We have a long international trip this summer (yep, I'll be offline for a few weeks this summer) so I'm packing the spring water in my carry on. Long flights are very drying and a little splash of water goes a long way. The Julep lip gloss is a great size but a little too pink for me. I'll be trading this one. The sleep mask looks interesting. It says to use toner and emulsion then apply mask and leave it on until morning. It's worth a try. 

Verdict: This box was fantastic for me.

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