Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Battle of the Sample Boxes: Ipsy Vs. Sample Society {April}

 Sorry this is a little late. It has been a crazy few weeks, but I wanted to still get this posted. I received some awesome products for April! 

*$10 a month 
*It was started by Michelle Phan (who is a Youtube Beauty Guru)
*Every month you receive a make-up bag with deluxe samples and full sized products 
 My April bag:

I love how photogenic these products are!

*Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Corset I'll Call You (full size $5)
*MICA Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Earth (2.5gm= $14.95, 2.0gm= $11.96)
*Healthy Sexy Hair Argan Oil Styling Treatment (4.2oz=$21.95, 0.85oz= $4.44)
*Be a Bombshell Blush in Sweet Cheeks (full size $16)
*Ipsy bag (unknown value)
Total Value before Ipsy bag: $37.40

Initial Thoughts: Why is everything pink? I am not a fan of pink typically and it makes me feel like this was designed for a 15 year old. However, after trying the blush I actually love it. It doesn't really go on pink. It is a little sheer and really shimmery. I also really love the mineral eyeshadow. It is a gorgeous neutral shade with a nice shimmer to it. I was excited to get the Argan Oil for my hair product (there were two different possibilities you could get in your bag). I adore Argan Oil. The nail polish...meh. I haven't used it yet and not sure how much I will. It isn't really my color. Maybe I will use it for an ombre nail or a job interview or something boring. 

Sample Society (Please use code TFL99 if you sign up)
*$15 a month 
*Creation of Allure and Beauty Bar
*5 deluxe-sized samples
*$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
My April box:

These products were not as photogenic since the mask is huge and I can't stand it up easily

*Borghese Gel Delicato Makeup Remover ($30.50 for 8.4oz, 0.5oz= $1.82)
*Hanskin Hydro Sheet Mask ($18 for 5, 1 = $3.60)
*Hanskin Premium Perfect Super Magic BB Cream with SPF30 PA++ ($33 for 1.5oz/45ml, 10ml= $7.33)
*Caudalie Premier CRU ($150 for 1.7oz, 0.06oz= $5.29)
*Jane Train Hair Accessory Sampler ($12 for 8 Bobby Pins, $12 for 6 Clips, 1 Clip & 1 Bobby Pin = $3.5)
*Cotz Face Natural Skin SPF 40 ($20 for 42.5gm,  3gm= $1.41)
Total Value: $22.95

*Initial Thoughts: LOVE! Not only did I get a Sheet Mask (which I have a love/hate relationship with...but still get excited about), but I received a BB Cream! I recently discovered a new favorite BB Cream through my sample boxes and I am wanting to try them all. The more I get, the better. There isn't a single thing in this bag that I don't love and won't use. The Hair Accessories are really cute and I have been wanting to use things like this more often. I'm bored with my "usual" look. Gel Makeup remover sounds blissful and I am curious to try that. I don't know anything about the Caudalie (look at that ridiculous price though!) or the Cotz...but I am excited to try them. Another great box from Sample Society and another month with me being happy I ditched Birchbox for them. Note: I wrote the above before my price breakdown. I was a little surprised to find out it was only worth $23. Still, it is worth it to me. I will use all of these products.

This Month's Winner: Would you think I was lame if I said "Me"? Probably. I would have to say Sample Society. Although I loved both boxes and was thrilled with them both, I am not a fan of the nail polish from Ipsy. I love everything from Sample Society. They were both well worth the money in my opinion. Now that I finally have this posted I am going to start using them like crazy. :)


tara said...

they both look pretty good this month!

Illy Junus said...

I have been wanting to try out about these 2 sample box. Thank you for your review, will try to check them out