Allure has been one of my favorite magazines for years. They have the perfect mixture of fashion and beauty in their magazine. Well, they recently started a beauty subscription box with BeautyBar.com called Sample Society. Since I am an active Allure Beauty Enthusiast they surprised me with a free July Sample Society box! Sample Society is $15 per month and here is what you get:
- 5 deluxe-sized samples from beauty brands like Murad, Stila, and Oscar de la Renta fragrance.
- $15 gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase - when any product from the brands you've sampled is included in your order.
- Expert beauty advice to accompany your samples from the editors of Allure.
- A bonus one-year subscription to Allure magazine
I love that it comes with an Allure subscription! So, what did I get in my July box?
The box is black and very similar to Birchbox boxes in construction. The first thing that I noticed is that it doesn't just come with a card saying what you got; it actually has a mini beauty tip booklet! On the back of the book is also a code to get $15 off a $50 purchase (expires 8/31), so that is pretty cool. The contents:
*1oz Borghese tono body creme (they do not have this on the BeautyBar website? I found another website selling 7oz for $45, so ARV of 1oz $6.43)
*FULL SIZED Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil in Roseberry and Spring Rose ($26)
*0.17oz Jouer luminating moisture tint (1.7oz sells for $38, ARV of 0.17oz is $3.80)
*1ml vbeauté Eye Never nourishing repair eye creme (8ml is $38, ARV of 1ml is $4.75)
*4ml Sisley Paris Hydra-Global hydration intense anti-age (40ml is $250!, ARV of 4ml is $25)
TOTAL VALUE: $65.98
Um...yes, this is definitely worth the $15! Plus, if you do want to order any products from them you get your $15 back AND you get an Allure subscription. Wow.
As for my opinion of the products themselves, they are very high quality and nice products. I will used everything except the lip liner (my lips have no definition and lining them is like a 3 year old free-hand drawing an elephant...not pretty). With that being said, the lip liner is gorgeous and I wish I could use it. Here is a swatch on my hand:
|please ignore freckles and dehydration..you are supposed to be looking at the colors!|
The Borghese body creme is nice and will be used, but I would never pay that much for it. I love the Jouer tinted moisturizer and actually already have a much smaller sample from Birchbox. The Jouer is the only product I would consider buying (only I wouldn't buy it because I like Smashbox BB cream way better). I read a tip on the Allure Beauty Enthusiast board from a moderator about mixing your BB cream with tinted moisturizer to make it less heavy. I don't really feel like my BB Cream is too heavy, but I think I am going to mix it with the Jouer and try it out.
On to the ridiculously expensive product that I would Never, Ever buy: I LOVE it! It is going to be a sad day when I run out of the Sisley Paris Hydra-Global. It is basically an anti-aging lotion. It smells slightly pepperminty and goes on like silk. Hmm...maybe it does contain silk...or gold at $250 for 40ml. It plumps up the hydro cushion, activates water circulation in the epidermis and keeps water in the stratum corneum. Whatever that means. All I know is that it feels amazing. I also really like the Eye Never eye creme. It only has a slight scent to it, but it also feels slightly silky. I am getting ready to turn 29 and I have started using anti-aging products, so it is neat to be able to try these out.
I have only two issues with Sample Society or more with BeautyBar. My first complaint is that some of the things in the box were not on the BeautyBar website. Maybe if you are a member you have a separate shopping area with all the products? I am not sure since I am not a member. My second issue is that none of the BeautyBar product pages say the size of the product you are buying. Most products come in several sizes and I want to know if I am buying a sample, full size or smaller size. BeautyBar should fix that.
I really like the Sample Society box and would definitely subscribe if I didn't already receive two other sample boxes. I think my Husband will kill me if I get anymore. For now, I am going to keep them in mind and consider switching one of my current boxes to Sample Society.
Disclaimer: I received this box free of charge for being an active Allure Beauty Enthusiast. I was under no obligation to review or post about the box, I did that on my own. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.