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There are so many box-subscriptions out there today, how do you know what one to try? I had mentioned that I was extremely disappointed with BirchBox, and put my sample days behind me.

I was then contacted by someone who told me about Sample Society, from BeautyBar.com and Allure and I am now re-thinking this whole thing.

A Sample Society membership will give you (monthly):

-“Five deluxe-size samples from premium brands such as By Terry, Dermalogica, Fekkai Advanced, and Bond No. 9. Samples are deluxe-size, meaning they are intended for more than one use, allowing customers to truly experience and test products’ efficacy.”

-“Original content written by Allure editors with each month’s samples, giving the customer relevant expert information that can optimize her experience and ultimately help her make purchase decisions.

-“A $15 gift code that can be used toward the purchase of any product from the featured brands received that month (not just the specific product sampled), meaning that each box pays for itself .”

-Members also receive a one-year subscription to Allure as an added bonus.

As with most sample subscriptions, there is a waiting list as membership is limited.

Take a look inside March’s box:

Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream (1.6 oz), Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (.45 oz), REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask (15 ml), Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen(.14 oz) and Oscar de la Renta Espirit D’Oscar Eau de Parfum Rollerball (.1 fl oz).

So, will you try Sample Society?

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If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, it’s a beauty box that you can subscribe to in order to recieve “deluxe samples”.

There are three options: $110 for 12 months (one free month)

$10 per month, or a gift birchbox with 12, 6, and 3 month options.

I thought I’d give it a go after seeing some of the things people got, and you can cancel at any time.

I wasn’t exactly expecting wonderful, full-size products, but when it finally came today, I was extremely disappointed.

What I got, in detail:

-Color Club nail laquer in He Loves Me

-Harvey Prince Ageless scent

-Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint

-Orofluido Beauty Elixir

-Stila Smoky Eye Card

-‘Bonus’ Tea Forte skin-smart teas

As you noticed, they are all very small samples. Hopefully, I’ll actually be able to sample them. Take my suggestion and skip Birchbox. Save your money.

*More to come when I try the samples!

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