Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: July 2012 Sample Society Box from BeautyBar.com and Allure Magazine

This is my second Sample Society box.  I did a really in depth review of the program last month because it was my first box.  For my July box, I am just going to review the products.  If you want to learn more about the subscription service, Click Here to see review of my first Sample Society box .

I really love the mini magazine included.  This month the articles were Moisturize Like a Pro, How to Hide Crows Feet, Three Things Dry Skin Hates, Bold-Lip Lessons and Look Good When You Oversleep.  I really like that tips and tricks are included that relate to the products rather than simply including how to use the products.
I also love how everything is packaged!  The inside of the box looks just like this when I open it.

Borghese Tono Body Creme - 1 oz. - So, I will start with the good.  It is really moisturizing.  The texture is between a cream and a lotion.  It does not feel too heavy for the Summer months, but it really does a fantastic job moisturizing my skin - even my sad, dry feet. What I really do not like is the fragrance.  Peppermint, rosemary, lavender and geranium oil... just not my thing.  Very herbal.  It is really too bad because I love how it felt. - Full Size 8.4 oz. $36.50 (value $4.52)

Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF 20 (Color - Bronzed) -0.17 fl.oz. - I previously got this in a Birchbox, but the size included in this box is much better.  I was really able to try it out this time.  It gives a very light coverage, but it was enough to even out my complexion. It also feels very light on my skin, but it held up all day in this humid Summer heat.  I just used a translucent setting powder over it and I was happy with the way it wore over a 12 hour period.  The only reason I won't be purchasing it is the shade range.  I received Bronzed and it just barely works for me now in the Summer when my skin is at its darkest.  There are only 5 shades available and the next shade is quite a big jump lighter and I just don't think it will work for me. - Full Size  1.7 fl.oz. $38 (value $3.80)

Vbeaute Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Cream -0.033 fl.oz. - Luckily, I don't have too many issues in my eye area.  I do use eye creams as a preventative measure, but I can't speak to seeing results.  This eye cream is designed to combat puffiness (with caffeine) and fine lines and wrinkles (with Sensytens and BioCellular Peptide.)  I just really liked the texture. It absorbed nicely, but I could still feel it on my skin, which I like. It also did not have any noticeable fragrance. - Full Size  0.5 fl.oz. $85 (value $5.61)

Sisley-Paris Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration -4ml - A $250 face cream is no where near being in my budget, so this was a very nice treat.  The consistency was nice.  My skin drank it right in and instantly felt more moisturized.  This cream is for all skin types and is designed to restore moisture and elasticity to the skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  It does have a light herbal fragrance as there are botanicals and aromatic extracts used in the formula.  - Full Size 40ml $250 (value $25)

Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil (color - Sangria & White Glimmer - 0.064 oz. - I don't wear a lot of dark lip colors, but I liked the consistency and staying power of this pencil.  I think I will get more use out of the white side as a highlighter.   - Full Size 0.064 oz. $26 (value $26)

The value of all the products included this month was $64.93 so for $15, that is a great value.  The body cream was really the only product that I didn't care for so, all in all it was a good sample box this month.  It had a nice balance of skincare, body care and cosmetics.  I really like trying new skincare products and trying these high end brands was a nice treat!  

I like how their referral program works. When you place your first order with BeautyBar.com and use my referral code BEAU5128 BeautyBar.com will make a donation to charity.  I chose to have the donations from my referral code go to the Make a Wish Foundation.  I also added a banner in my side bar with the referral code.  I do not get anything from you using the code and it is not a discount code for you either.  Beautybar.com will make the donation directly to the charity.

Have you tried any of these products?
Do you subscribe to Sample Society?

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