Review: July Sample Society

Tuesday August 14th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Oi, another late review o_o I have no idea why I procrastinate on my Sample Society reviews. There’s no bias against it, I swear haha.


Box contents for July include:

  • Borghese Tono Body Creme
  • VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Creme
  • Sisley-Paris Hydra Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration
  • Vincent Longo Duo Eye Pencil
  • Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF 20
  • July’s box was a little disappointing compared to June’s box, not to take anything away from it. There were 2 samples I received in it that I already had from previous boxes. (August also has better samples but you didn’t hear that me yet, shhhhh)

    Sisley-Paris Hydra Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $250.00 (1.4 oz)
    Sample Society Value: $25.00 (0.14 oz)

    Description: Specially developed to provide an all-round solution to the problem of skin dehydration — whether occasional or chronic – Hydra-Global helps reactivate the hydration mechanisms deep-down in the skin, by encouraging the circulation of water as well as its retention.

    This is a light, fairly odorless creme that’s supposed to help with hydrating your skin while revitalizing your skin to prevent anti-aging lines. It’s smooth and I like the way it feels on my skin but the full size is way out of my price range unfortunately.

    Borghese Tono Body Creme [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $47.50 (7.0 oz)
    Sample Society Value: $6.78 (1 oz)

    Description: An extra-rich treatment creme that locks in hydration with moisture intensifying molecules. The body is veiled in invisible moisture, which becomes obvious in both the appearance and texture of the skin. Firms and smoothes skin tone.

    This is a pretty good sample with nice packaging. I can’t say too much about the scent. It’s not anything fragrant but there’s definitely a scent to it, kinda medicinal in a way? As far as how it feels, it’s soothing and creamy. I’m glad it’s not oily so it actually feels hydrating.

    Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF 20 [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $38.00 (1.7 fl oz)
    Sample Society Value: $3.80 (0.17 fl oz)

    Description: This lightweight moisturizing tint evens out imperfections and fades the appearance of fine lines with its light-diffusing multi-mineral formula. SPF 20 protects from UVA and UVB rays while Ginseng and Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract deliver antioxidants to skin, promoting a healthy complexion.

    I received this exact same sample in my July Birch Box so there’s not a lot I have left to say on it other than it’s nice to have more? This is a nice moisturizing tint. Like I said before, it matches my skin tone very well. The only disappointing part is there isn’t a lot of the sample in the tube and it’s a little hard to get out. This is over twice as big as my BB sample though so maybe it will be nicer to me.

    VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Creme [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $85.00 (0.5 fl oz)
    Sample Society Value: $5.61 (0.033 fl oz)

    Description: Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Creme is like an eyelift in a jar. An age-defying, line-concealing eye cream that immediately smoothes and silkens the delicate skin around your eyes. Caffeine minimizes the appearance of puffiness, BioCellular Peptide and Sensytens correct lines and wrinkles, and Nylon 12 leaves you looking instantly younger.

    This is another duplicate for me, I received this one in my June Glossy Box except it came as part of a set of 3. The downside to subscribing to so many services is eventually you end up with a lot of duplicates. It seems a lot of these companies work with multiple companies to get their products out, makes sense. I haven’t even used the first one, I wish the sample size was better but I’ve heard these products work great. With that price range, I would hope so.

    Vincent Longo Duo Eye Pencil [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $26.00
    Sample Society Value: $26.00

    Description: Using two shades of eye pencil is a professional technique and easy makeup tip for creating intense and smoldering eyes. Combined complimentary shades encourage maximum creativity and remove the guess work for fast and easy application. A must have for every makeup bag.

    I love this one, it’s definitely my favorite product out of the bag. It’s very smooth and has rich colors. I have no idea what I would use the red for (Halloween costume?) but the white glimmer can double as an eye liner.

    Total Value: $67.19

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    Review: June Sample Society

    Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I can’t believe I’m a month behind on this *bad bad* I actually already received my July Sample Society today :/

    Beauty Bar has teamed up with Allure magazine to bring you a beauty subscription service known as Sample Society. Every month you are promised 5 deluxe-sized samples to try for $15. While the price is slightly higher than that of My Glam, Birch Box, and the Look Bag..it’s definitely worth it. Along with the box every month, you also receive a 1 year subscription to Allure magazine at no extra cost and with every box you will receive a $15 gift card. As long as you purchase 1 item that was in your box to sample, you can use the gift card, thus making the box free!

    Beauty Bar has been around since 2010 and since then, it has brought together many global luxury brands to its customers. You can find almost everything you need with the click of a mouse. BB offers a great and easy way to discover new products and their store is always growing.

    June’s Sample Society box was my first one. Much like The Look Bag, I subscribed to it wanting to check it out but didn’t think I would end up keeping it. After seeing only the first box, I knew this is one I’m definitely keeping.

    Box contents for June include:

  • Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Tokyo
  • Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Perfume
  • Alterna Boho Waves Texture Mist
  • Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream
  • Murad Clarifying Cleanser
  • Sample Society’s shipping has made me VERY happy. They ship UPS!! I don’t know of any other service that does this but I always get my box 2 days after shipping. For the service, paying $5 extra is almost a steal. I’m definitely more than happy to pay more for quicker/easier shipping. That on top of the sample sizes in the box makes this one of my favorite services.

    Murad Clarifying Cleanser [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $26.00 (6.75 fl oz)
    Sample Society Value: $7.70 (2.0 fl oz)

    Description: This maximum strength cleansing gel cleanser combats acne and skin breakouts. 92% of users experienced a reduction in acne breakouts in just 3 days*. Encapsulated Salicylic Acid continually releases acne treatment for hours even after rinsing. Silver Citrate provides powerful antibacterial protection to inhibit blemish formation.

    I haven’t really tried out the cleanser yet since getting it since I have other cleansers and I also don’t have a need for an acne cleanser. Murad is a very well known brand. They are affordable and always deliver results. Judging by the reviews on the product, it either works or doesn’t work. Go figure. Acne products are always a give or miss. If you currently are wanting to find an acne product that works for you, I would definitely give it a try. Otherwise, if it’s not broke don’t fix it? As with anything, please use with moderation.

    Alterna Boho Waves Texture Mist [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $22.00 (4.2 fl oz)
    Sample Society Value: $4.45 (0.85 fl oz)

    Description: Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist by Alterna is a weightless texturizing mist that instantly gives you natural, tousled, “just-back-from-the-beach” waves. Adds texture, volume and healthy shine to all hair types.

    I absolutely LOVE the smell of this, it’s very fragrant and almost fruity/floral mixed together. It works well enough with my hair that I may seriously consider purchasing a full size one in the future. My hair always needs taming. Alterna’s Boho Waves Texture Mist is easy to use, doesn’t leave hair sticky, and easy to wash out. I normally prefer straight hair over wavy but if you’re looking to add a little wave to your hair, this is one worth trying.

    Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $95.00 (0.5 fl oz)
    Sample Society Value: $5.70 (0.03 fl oz)

    Description: This highly active formula targets all signs of aging around the eyes: wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dehydration, dark circles, dark spots, puffiness, malnourishment, and loss of radiance.

    This is a tiny sample but you only need a dab of it for your eyes each time. The eye cream is expensive but decent enough. I’m more partial to other eye products I’ve received in the past but it’s nice to sample new ones.

    Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Tokyo [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $25.00 (no size listed)
    Sample Society Value: $unknown (no size listed)

    Description: Make your lips full and kissable with our tinted cool mint and ginger lip plumper. Special peptides give moisture and visible plumping that lasts. One simple sweep and your lips will be transformed with sheer natural color and a refreshing feeling you can’t top!

    Jane Iredale created the company in 1994, starting off with mineral make up. She is the first to supply the beauty industry with a line of makeup that had sknicare benefits!

    The color on this lip plumper is gorgeous. This would definitely be another product I would be interested to purchase in the future. The texture of the lip plumper is so buttery and creamy. You can apply as many coats as you want depending on whether you like lighter or darker shades. The swatch I did was only 2 swatches. There’s a total of 7 colors but I’m already in love with those one. Who doesn’t love Tokyo? ;) This would make a great summer color with or without lip gloss.

    Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Perfume [Purchase]

    Actual Value: $98.00 (3.4 oz)
    Sample Society Value: $2.88 (.1 fl oz)

    Description: Introducing Oscar de la Renta Live in Love; the new fragrance for women created by a man who adores them. Inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s passion for life, the scent is a reflection of the woman who lives each day the same, filled with joy and beauty. This Green Floral fragrance opens with the sheer effervescence of sparkling ginger orchid and bergamot, merged with lush hyacinth, green muguet and galbanum. The Heart is a combination of florals, including jasmine, orange flower and rose. While the base is comprised of creamy white woods and sensual musk intertwined with a veil of white amber, sandalwood and cedarwood.

    This is a perfume mini, I’m glad it did not come in those tiny sample tubes. Live in Love is said to have a green, floral smell. I’m not crazy about the fragrance but I definitely like it. It’s not as floral as some other fragrances I’ve smelled but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The combination of jasmine, orange flower, and rose go very well together. They are so well blended it’s hard to distinguish each one.

    Total Value: $20.73 (not including Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Tokyo)

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