Beauty Box Blowout

This is the beauty box posts to end all beauty box posts. Now, you are probably going to read this and think I’ve gone out of my mind with subscriptions. Not true! This month just happened to see a couple of one-off purchases and an oops. Any samples I won’t use get put in a “to-trade” box. There are lots of places online to trade your samples, but I like to use the swap system at I use my extra samples to gather up things I know I will use – samples of products I love, samples from beauty boxes that I received in the past, products from the Memeboxes that are sometimes hard to order, etc.

Let’s get started.

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Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream ($3.25)
This is small than I expected.
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette sampler ($0)
I don’t need this. I’ll be passing to one to someone else.
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator ($5.70)
Harvey Prince – Hello ($0)

I have been wondering when I would get this sample. It has been rolling through the boxes for months now. I’m not a big fan of perfume samples in these boxes (since I could walk into Sephora and get a free sample of anything I want). Smells nice though.
LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil ($18)
I was kind of hoping for the crazy purple color.

Cost: $10
Total worth: $26.95

Kind of a bummer. Several of these items seem like the kind of thing you could walk into a store and pick up for free (hence the $0 value). I’m pretty blah about most of these products.

This is going to be my last Ipsy. I’ve enjoyed the subscription, but I’m not getting as much use out of it as I thought I would and the samples are just piling up. I’m sticking with just Birchbox for now.
Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara ($15.00)
This stuff kind of stinks. The company says it it because it doesn’t contain fragrance, but it is kind of eye-watering bad for me. Not sure what I’ll do with it.
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray ($3.25)
No use for this. Swap!
NYX Butter Gloss ($5)
I love love love these glosses and already own several . . including this color. I’ll pass this one on to someone else. I’m a little put off by the lid being a slightly different color – my others don’t have that issue.
OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($13)
Always good to have. The color looks like it will work for me, but I haven’t tested it yet.!
Realtree for Her ($1.25)
This is a pretty generic perfume. Nothing special, but nice.

Cost: $10
Total worth: $37.50

Not a bad bag, but overall a miss for me.

Beauty Box 5
This was a bit of an oops. I tried a Beauty Box Five box last month for $5 – and hated it, incidentally – but forgot to cancel before being billed for the next box. This isn’t a sub I get regularly, but this box appears to be really nice. If they had sent this to me for the $5 box, I might have considered keeping it. As it stands though, cancelled (for real this time).

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Nicka K Nail Color ($5)
Glam Natural Mascara ($14)

I wear mascara like a junior high kid, so I’m always happy to add more to the reserve stash.
Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit ($15)
Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse ($4)

No need for this one. I’ll either put it up for swap or pass it on to a curly girl.
Crown Brush Blending Brush ($10)
I love getting tools in these boxes!

Cost: $12
Total Worth: $48

Allure Sample Society
Sample Society is not one that I subscribe to or one that I have ever even tried actually. They recently had a flash sell to get rid of some old stock. I missed out on the 5 boxes for $25, so I settled for the next best deal of 4 boxes for $30 (also getting me free shipping). The box is regular $15 a month. I have to say, I really love the products in these boxes. When my yearly subscription to Birchbox runs out, I might consider switching to this one for a while.
Alterna 48-Hour Sustainable Volume Spray ($5)
Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate ($10)
Phyto Ultra-repairing Mask ($10)
Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum ($15)
Murad Advanced Radiance Peal ($15)

Murad products are nearly always hits with my skin. I’m excited to try both of these products; they are new ones for me.
B. Kamins Nia-Stem Moisturizer ($36)
Cotz Face Natural Skin SPF 40 ($1.50)
Red Flower Italian Blood Orange Body Lotion ($5.50)
Jane Tran Hair Accessory Sampler ($3)

I was just staring at the hair accessories a few days ago trying to pick out some clips for my short hair. Happy to see these!
Hanskin Hydro Sheet Mask ($4)
Wooo! Sheet mask!
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 ($4.20)
Jane Iredale Purelash Lash Conditioner ($4)
Korres Cherry Oil Lip Gloss ($5.60)

This is the only thing I’m putting up for swap out of this group. It is fine; I just don’t need more gloss.
Cellceuticals Extremely Gentle Cleanser ($11.60)
Ahava Purifying Mud Mask Deluxe Sample ($6)
Immunocologie Treatment Creme Venomax ($80!!!!!!!)
La Rocca Skincare Hibiscus Cream Cleanser with Aha ($2.10)
Exude Lipstick Creme ($29)
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse ($3.65)
Diptyque Eau De Toilette ($2)

Cost: $30 for all four boxes
Total worth: $253.15

Hautelook is a great website to score discount high-end goods – if you are buying enough to get free shipping. Unfortunately, the shipping is a little high to snap up too many deals. Occasionally they do beauty bags. Personally, I think they are too expensive. If you wait a couple of months though, they will usually list the bag again at a discounted price. That is how I ended up with this bag full of red lipstick and glosses.20140612_161104
Mirenesse Glossy Kiss ($26)
Laura Geller Italian Marble Lipstick ($18)
Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick ($18)
NYX Retractable Lip Liner ($4.50)
Crown Brush Lip Brush ($7.25)
LORAC Lip Lustre Gloss ($15)
LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipe ($.50)
Swoon No More Lost Gloss ($15)

Cost: $15 (including shipping)
Total worth: $139.25 + the bag + the useless lipstick case

The winner? I guess there really isn’t a winner this month, as there are just too many boxes. Sample Society knocked it out of the park though – watch out Ipsy and Birchbox! If I had to pick just one to keep, I would probably choose the Sample Society box with the Murad products.



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