PRODUCT REVIEW: SAMPLE SOCIETY BY ALLURE SEPTEMBER BOX

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $15 a month

Products:

1. Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream Full Size – This was definitely the BEST product in the box! They included a FULL SIZE Revitalizing Eye Cream that retails for $85! This product couldn’t have come in my sample box at a better time. I’ve been working 52-55 hour work weeks for almost 2 months now, so you can imagine my absolute need for this product, especially considering how many Executives I encounter from around the world. This definitely made the month worth every penny and more. I have been using this for about a week now and I definitely look less tired, alert, and ready to conquer the world. You apply this product under your eyes once at night and once in the morning. It slightly stings, so be careful! $85

2. LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer Deluxe Sample –  This was a very tiny sample, I can maybe get a few uses out of it. I don’t use too much foundation or powders on my face, so I don’t benefit from this as much as the next person might. I used it today with my BareMinerals powder foundation and it was meh, I wouldn’t spend the extra money for something I could get at the drugstore for less and it would be the same thing.

3. Alterna Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream Deluxe Sample – First of all, I love the smell of this product! It smells citrusy and delicious, definitely refreshing! At first I didn’t think I would have any use for this product, I thought it was for frizzy damaged hair only and acted as a deep conditioner. Any hair type can benefit from this product! It makes your hair silky smooth and soft and gets rid of any frizz and split ends. Use this product 1-3 times weekly to get the best results. I would definitely consider buying the full size of this product!

4. Tarte Brazilliance Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelettes  – This sample box came with 3 of these self tanning face towelettes. At first I was bummed thinking to myself, “O well that’s a tease!” I had the opportunity to use these over the weekend for a friend’s wedding and WOW! Streak free even tan with very minimal self tanner smell! The box claims that there is zero smell, but ANY self tanner has least a small distinct self tanner smell. I would definitely consider buying a larger box for special events such as a night on the town, weddings, dinner dates etc. $8

5. Givenchy Fragrance Dahlia Divin Fragrance Sample – I’m a huge fan of fragrances, but I’m also pick as hell! At first I really liked this scent, very woodsy with sandalwood and patchouli undertones, still warm and feminine. After a while though the smell sort of turned ‘tart’ I guess you could say. It went from sexy feminine to teeny bopper. I’m not sure what happened! It might just be my natural scent combined with the perfume! Don’t let my judgment stop you though, you’ll have to smell for yourself. $1

Pros: Loved, loved, LOVED the full size eye cream obviously. Sample Society has been doing a great job keeping their buyers happy with a good balance of samples, deluxe samples, and high end full size items. I loved the tanning towelettes too, I will be definitely stocking up on these for future events!

Cons: Only thing I didn’t like was the tiny LORAC primer sample. Even though the Givenchy Dahlia Divin wasn’t my style, I still appreciate trying new scents.

Enjoy!

~Jess

Product Review: Sample Society by Allure August Box

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Stars: 4/5

Cost: $15 a month

Products:

1. Oribe Surfcomber Mouse 2.5oz – I was the most excited for this product when I saw I would be receiving this in my August Sample box! I’m a HUGE fan or Oribe products. I love the quality, the smell, and how long the products last. When I did a little more research on the product, I was kind of skeptical since I originally thought it was a texturizing spray, turns out it’s a mousse. I don’t usually use mousse in my hair when I’m rockin’ the short hair doo. However, I was extremely impressed with how far one dollop goes, and how much volume, texture, and hold it had. Oribe, you’ve done it again! I would definitely buy the full size of this product in the future. A 5.3oz full size of this product costs $37.

2. Too Faced Melted Liquefied Lipstick Peony – I’ve recently become interested in this girly thing called lipstick and lip gloss. I have tried a couple lipsticks from Smashbox and Marc Jacobs, and the lip gloss I use is NYX. This Liquefied Lipstick is amazing! Although I’m not a huge fan of the bright pink I received, I think it’s genius to have a lipstick that goes on like a lip gloss, but has the matte finish and durability of lipstick. A full size of this product costs $21.

3. Ciate Cha Cha Cha Mini Paint Pot – I haven’t actually tried this nail polish yet, but I think the vibrant color is great for Summer. This would have been a great sample to receive in June or July, but it tends to get a little colder in preparation for Fall in August. Even though I haven’t tried this polish yet, I probably wouldn’t buy it since I rarely do my nails. On the rare occasions I do my nails, I will be faithfully choosing Sally Hansen’s new Miracle Gel polish. Great colors, shine, and lasting durability 🙂 A full size of this product costs $8.

4. Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara – You want the honest truth? I really hate ANY mascara samples. I am true to only one mascara, and although it might not be the priciest thing on the shelf, it gives amazing volume and length. I am an avid user of Covergirl. However, this sample great for a compact emergency backup for my purse, gym bag, or travel. A full size of this product costs $33.

5. Kate Somerville Dilo Oil – When I saw I would be receiving an itty bitty sample of this dry oil I was pretty bummed out. I have naturally oily skin anyhow so I didn’t think I would use it, plus it seemed like such a small sample I would hardly have enough uses to see a difference. I decided to try it anyways, and man oh, man! Just one use I saw a huge difference in my skin’s overall tone and softness! A little goes a loooong way too. You use only 2-4 small fingertip dots on your cheek bones, forehead, and chin. I really am in love with it, this product definitely ties for ‘favorite’ with the Oribe Surfcomber Mousse! A 1oz full size product costs $65.

Pros: This was my first box from my Sample Society monthly subscription and I was thoroughly impressed! They could have ditched the nail polish and mascara, but my absolute love for the Oribe Surfcomber Mousse and Kate Somerville Dilo Oil make up for it. I would definitely buy the full size of the Oribe but the Kate Somerville Dilo Oil is a tad bit too steep in price for me. Who knows! Maybe the sample will continue to do wonders for me and I’ll cave in and buy it!

Cons: The mascara was my least favorite product, but I’m VERY picky with my mascara, so don’t base any opinions off my bias!

Enjoy!

~Jess