Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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

I have been rethinking the Battle of the Sample Boxes. The two boxes really are very different and hard to compare. I actually considered cancelling Sample Society this month because they are now charging me tax as well and the total is a little over $16. Then I fell in love with a few products in this months box and decided to keep it at least for now. Next month this post may have a new title or I may even separate the reveals into two posts. Let me know your thoughts!
*$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
*Take small surveys on the products you receive and give your friends your referral link for Ipsy points. Trade in the points for bonus items. 
My May Bag:

* Eau Thermale d’Avene Thermal Spring Water ($18 for 10.58oz, 1.76oz= $2.99)
* Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer (FULL SIZE $19.99)
* Pacifica Duo #2 Eyeshadow (this apparently was made just for Ipsy, est. value $7)
* Hang Ten Classic Sport Natural Sunscreen ($12.99 for 6oz, 1oz = $2.17)
* Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil ($25 for 1oz, 0.5oz = $12.50)
* Makeup bag (unknown value)
TOTAL before makeup bag: $44.65

Initial Thoughts: Pretty excited. They sent a product that I did not know existed: Thermal Spring Water. It is supposed to soothe and soften irritated skin. It is a cooling mist that leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. I think it would feel amazing on a sunburn, but I don’t know if I will have any left when that time comes. The price actually isn't bad for a French product. I may purchase this one. I was also super excited for the Balanced Guru. I already love and use hair oil here and there, but this one contains sesame and lemongrass oil. I am obsessed with the smell of lemongrass. While I don’t need eyeshadow, sunscreen or concealer…I can always use it. I am excited to try some makeup from Pacifica since I have only tried their skincare products (and I love them!). The colors are gorgeous and seem really build-able.

 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 May box:

* Sonya Dakar NutraSphere Flash Facial ($99 for 1oz, 0.4oz= $39.60)
* Murad Pore Reform T-Zone Pore Refining Serum ($42 for 2oz, 0.125oz= $2.63)
* Borghese Fango Body Refining Polish ($49 for 8oz, 0.5oz= $3.06)
* Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream ($39 for 1.7oz, .17oz= $3.90)
* Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery ($65 for 1.7oz, 0.34oz= $13)

Initial Thoughts: The products seem small. This seems to be a recurring thought with Sample Society and has pushed me towards cancelling several times. Then I looked at what the products were and was pretty excited. These are all products I am excited to try except for the Juice Beauty CC Cream (CC Creams make my skin super greasy). I have actually already used both the Borghese Fango Body Polish and the Sonya Dakar Facial and both products are amazing. It blows my mind that they are charging $99 for an ounce of the facial. I would never even consider buying it, but I am enjoying my sample. I love Murad and I am always excited to receive a different sample from them. The Dermalogica is also something I am excited to try and will use.

This month's winner: I'm torn. Both boxes had things I loved and things I thought were "meh". As I have stated in this post, these two boxes are definitely becoming harder to compare. One is a makeup box and one is more skincare. I am calling a tie this month.

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


Terri. said...

Great post! Thank you for sharing.

Shannon said...

Thank you for your honest review.