Thursday, January 30, 2014

Battle of the Sample Boxes: Ipsy vs. Sample Society {January}

Here is what I received for the month of January:
*$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 January Bag:
*Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads (4 individual pads)(Unknown value since these are not sold individually)
*Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil in penny ($14.99 for 0.05oz, 0.02oz = $6)
*(Malin+Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm (FULL SIZE $12)
*Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask ($26 for 5.25oz, 1oz= $4.95)
*Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi anti-aging sugar scrub ($17.99 for 12oz, 1oz= $1.49)
*Makeup bag (unknown value)
TOTAL before makeup bag and Proactiv+ pads: $24.44

Initial Thoughts: I love the variety of products in this bag: makeup, haircare and facial cleansing products. I have used Proactiv in the past and loved it, so I was excited to try some samples from their new Proactiv+ line. The Elizabeth Mott Eyeliner excited me when I first saw it. It is almost the exact color of my favorite eyeliner (which is Urban Decay). Unfortunately, the eyeliner is not very pigmented. It doesn't show up well on my skin and rubs off easily. I'm on the fence about the Malin+Goetz lip balm. It is a weird gel and I can't decide if I like it or not. I do hate that I have to use my finger to spread the lip balm. The hair deep conditioning mask will go to my Mom since she has dry hair. I'm excited to try the sugar scrub. It smells amazing. Overall, I am pleased with this bag.

 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 January box:
*StriVectin-SD Instant Retexturizing Scrub ($49 for 5oz, 30ml/1oz= $9.80)
*butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer (FULL SIZE! $20)
*(Malin+Goetz) vitamin e facial moisturizer ($45 for 4oz, 1oz= $11.25)
*StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles ($65 for 1oz, 0.25oz = $16.25)
*Nicole by Nicole Richie ($69 for 3.4oz, 0.05oz= $1.01)

Initial Thoughts: THRILLED!! The butter London product makes this box worth it by itself. I have been considering leaving Sample Society and this box made me happy that I didn't. While the StriVectin-SD is ridiculously priced, I enjoy using the samples of it that I am sent. The Retexturizing scrub is really awesome, but drying. So, I used the Malin+Goetz moisturizer with it. Once again, I am on the fence about the Malin+Goetz product. It made my face feel a little greasy. I love it on my neck though, so I am going to keep using it there. I'm never thrilled to get perfume samples, but the Nicole smells pretty good.

This month's winner: Sample Society finally gets a win! While I really liked the products in both boxes, the full sized butter London gives SS the win. The Sample Society box also had all products that I like. The Ipsy box had a few hit or miss products and a hair conditioning product that I can't use.

Do you get sample boxes? What did you get?
Read my previous Battle of the Sample Boxes- 
November 2013
December 2013

Disclaimer: I pay for these subscriptions out of my own pocket. This is a completely honest post for the benefit of my readers. I am not in contact with the companies and I am not compensated in any way.

1 comment:

Stacey Merrill said...

Getting these packages in the mail sounds like fun! Good reviews