Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Beauty Bar Sample Society April 2014 Review!

Sample Society is the newest subscription in my monthly lineup, although they've been around for quite some time now! Last month, I had a few issues with the quality of the samples in my box. The customer service team was absolutely top notch and they replaced my box entirely. I was so impressed that I decided to continue my subscription to see what else they'd have in store!

I especially love Sample Society because they ship their boxes earlier than any of my other subscriptions. My April box shipped on the 4th, and arrived on the 9th. 

For anyone that isn't familiar with Sample Society, it is a beauty sample box curated by and Allure, and it contains 5 deluxe samples as well as a mini magazine for the cost of $15 per month. Each month, subscribers also get a unique coupon code for $15 off of a $50 purchase, when one of the items from the sample box is part of the purchase.

Let's dive into this month's products!

1. Tatcha: Original Aburatorigami  (Full Size! $12)
All-natural leaflets absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal fresh skin anytime, anywhere. Will not steal moisture from the skin or disturb makeup. Powder-free. Fragrance-free. Pulp-free.
 I've never had what I'd consider to be "very oily" skin, so I never really bothered to try oil blotting papers. These ones are incredibly lovely! The packaging is very classy-looking, not to mention the papers have little golden flecks on them! To use these, you simply pat/press the paper onto your skin wherever there is excess oil, and then discard. As you can see from the photo above, (sorry if it's super gross!) it seems like I had a heck of a lot of oil on my face! The "after" sheet was almost completely transparent after I blotted my face. As gross as it is, I love products that I can see working, and I'll definitely be tossing these in my purse to keep my face from getting shiny!

2. Dermalogica: PreCleanse Wipes ($2)
Achieve ultra clean and healthy skin on the go with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse. Each biodegradable wipe melts away layers of excess sebum, sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on skin throughout the day.  Formulated with skin-softening Aloe and Apricot oils, conditioning Rice Bran and Vitamin E.
 When I first saw these wipes, I wasn't quite sure why I would need them. A PreCleanse wipe? Isn't that just called a "makeup remover wipe" everywhere else? However, after reading the description, I see that while they do remove makeup, they also remove excess oil and other product buildup. You can also add water to these to create a "milky emulsion" that helps rinse debris from your skin. 
I recently read that only cleansing your face once isn't getting all of the debris, makeup, and dirt off your face, so maybe these wipes will help in the cleansing process. I haven't tried these out yet, but it will be interesting to see if my skin feels and looks any cleaner when I use these prior to cleansing! 

3. H2O Plus Aquafirm Micro-Collagen Moisturizer Deluxe Sample ($10)
 This silky cream-gel helps visibly fight fine lines and loss of firmness with collagen-boosting moisture. A fusion of sea-sourced nutrients envelops the skin's surface to virtually firm and tone on contact. Moisture-filled marine microspheres permeate the skin to plump the appearance of fine lines from within. Rich in amino acids, brown and green marine algae support healthy collagen production.
Maybe I'm wrong, but the description of this product just seems like a lot of filler. Let's just call a spade a spade: It's a moisturizer. I've tried quite a few H2O products in the past and they're all the same: lots of claims and crazy descriptions, but in the end they're moisturizers. This product in particular has a cream-like appearance, however it feels and blends like a gel. It made my skin feel nice and soft and did not leave a sticky residue like a few other H2O products have used on my skin in the past. The jury is still out on this one. If I feel like it's firming and toning my skin with it's magical marine microspheres, I will do a follow-up, but it's highly unlikely!

4. Illume: Go Be Lovely Anemone Mini Candle ($3)
Experience a fitting blend of fragrance with our premium vegetable paraffin blend in a vintage-inspired jar. All the ingredients of a well-crafted candle.
Fragrance: Anemone - Citrus blossoms and crisp apple are blended with ethereal oak moss, oriental clove and a touch of patchouli
I love candles. LOVE them. I am addicted to having candles burning at all times. Even though this is a beauty subscription, I was so excited when they released a spoiler of this candle! I am usually a fan of fall scents and food-like scents, but this one really sounded interesting. Illume has the Anemone scent in the "floral/fresh" family, and that is definitely how I would describe it. Their specific fragrance description doesn't match the actual scent of this candle at all, I don't think. I don't smell ANY of the notes described. Think of a very feminine shampoo or conditioner, and that's what this smells like. That's the best way I can describe it. It's not really my thing, but I don't hate it. I think it would make a good bathroom scent. For me, the stronger floral/green scents tend to end up in there!

5. butter LONDON: WINK Eye Pencil in "Indigo Punk" (Full Size! $18)
Stunning color and precise lines set this liner apart from the rest. This extremely soft formula glides on effortlessly, and stays put for hours, no matter how busy your day is.
Features & Benefits
• Extremely soft and gliding
• High-intensity colour
• Easy to blend shortly after application
• Waterproof, transfer-proof
• Lasts 24 hours
 I saved the best item for last! A FULL SIZE butter LONDON eyeliner! Anyone that knows my makeup obsessions, knows I absolutely love butter LONDON polishes. I think their packaging is stunning, the product is superior, and the color selection is just so unique! I haven't ventured into trying their cosmetics yet, so I was thrilled to see one of their liners in my April box! I got a beautiful shade called "Indigo Punk" which is a purple with a blue undertone.
It has a slight sheen to it, although it doesn't contain any glitter. The best part about this liner is that it stays on like a tattoo! I'd say that it stays "smudgeable" for about 30 seconds, but I would work even quicker than that if you're smudging it out. Once this liner sets, it's on for the day. I had to scrub this swatch off my hand! I'm definitely excited to play around with this liner a bit more, as I will admit, I rarely venture outside black or brown shades!

The total value of the April Sample Society Box is: $45!

I paid $15 for this box, so I think that is an absolutely fantastic deal, not to mention the $15 off $50 coupon that is provided. This is a 100% turnaround from the lackluster box I received last month. While not everything in the box this month is a total hit with me, I absolutely love the eyeliner and the blotting papers. The candle is a nice addition, just not my kind of scent. The wipes and the moisturizer aren't something I'd normally buy, but that's what makes subscriptions boxes so fun! I'm excited to try both of those items out and hopefully they'll surprise me!

I am REALLY looking forward to the May Sample Society box now that they have completely restored my faith in their service! If you're interested in signing up for Sample Society, you can do so Here!
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  1. Holy crap am I glad that you gave a description of the Tatcha: Original Aburatorigami oil absorbing wipes. I’ve been wanting to find something that removes sweat / oil without totally ruining my makeup throughout the day; yay! I’ll have to look these up for sure! I love the idea of a precleanse wipe! When I remove my makeup, and I’m not lazy, I use an eye makeup remover liquid for my eyes, one face wipe for my entire face, and then actually use a cleanser; because the cleanser alone isn’t enough. Buuuuut, when I’m lazy I just use the eye makeup remover and two wipes for my face; I always feel like the first wipe does an initial sweeping and the second wipe “cleans” lol! I friggin’ love your review of the H20 “magestical” moisturizer, “If I feel like it’s firming and toning my skin with its magical marine microspheres, I’ll do a follow-up” – friggin’ hilarious! I’m the same way with candles! I also love wax melts; no flame = no damage to your walls / fire hazard lol! I’m a sucker for all sweet / food related candles and not so much fruity / floral. But this candle does sound interesting. WOW is that liner amazing and I looooove bullet-proof liners! I’ve been dying to try Butter London polishes, but am waiting for a GREAT sale because I can’t bring myself to spend that much on a polish (not yet, at least). I had no idea they did anything other than polishes! I’ll have to investigate their cosmetic line :) I just might have to sub to this place, they seem to provide great quality and a nice variety for only $15. I’ll wait to see what your May box brings to solidify my vote lol. But this one gets a slam dunk from me!!!

    1. I totally agree and think it's awesome that these blotting papers don't ruin my makeup! They've become a staple in my purse already! :) I am the SAME way with my skincare routine LOL. Whenever I'm lazy I use the "two wipe routine!" And so far...the H20 cleanser hasn't surprised me and it's definitely not magestical in the slightest! As for Butter London, if you follow them on facebook or join their mailing list, they do sales on their "last orders" products quite a bit. I got most of my BL polish collection from those sales. They end up being about $7 each on sale. I've also found them at my local Marshalls when I'm lucky, for about $4-$5. :)