Sample Society ~ May 2014

Sample Society is a subscription box that ships 5 deluxe sized samples of the best luxury brands straight to your house. Its a box from Allure Magazine & Beautybar.com. They also include a coupon for $15 off of a $50 purchase if you buy an item from the brands you sampled that month.

Don’t forget to fill out your Beauty profile so they can get an idea of what you like {I learned my lesson after birch box}

Cost: $15 a month

You can use my Referral code if your interested in signing up! Code: PAND8615

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ALLUREallure5Murad T-zone Pore Refining Serum .125 fl oz

Value $2.63

I don’t know why I thought that this item would have more of a silicon texture but it feels like a serum should. Its a clear liquid and the directions say to massage it into entire face + neck.

allure2Dermalogica Dynamic skin recovery with spf 30  .34 fl oz

Value $13 

Its made without artificial fragrances or colors which I love! It smells like sunscreen and goes on really light.ALLURE1

Juice Beauty Stem cell repair CC cream in Natural Glow .17 fl oz

Value $3.90

This smells very natural but it smells more herbal and grassy than some of the other organic products I’ve tried. It also has SPF 30 which is perfect for the sunny California weather.

allure4 Borghese Fango Body Refreshing Polish .5 oz

Value $3.00

This is the biggest sample in the box this month and its the first thing I reached for when I opened the box.  I opened it to smell it and  I noticed that its used! I sent customer service a message and they responded within 30 min telling me that they would send me a new box. There were very nice and fast when helping me solve this situation. This a sugar based exfoliant and it has a fresh orange scent.

ALLURE3Sonya Dakar Flash Facial .4 fl oz

Value $38

This is one Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite products and its so expensive. Its $95 for 1oz! Its supposed to have instantly remove dead skin and brighten. The directions say to use daily but its such a small size that it would cost a fortune to do this everyday for a month.

Although this months box has a lot of high end brands that I’ve been wanting to try, I wish that it had at least one big sample. These are all quite small and compared to last month great box this was kind of a disappointment. This months total value is $60.53 but it doesn’t seem like it when I look at everything.

What do you think of this months box?

Must Have Make-up Monday #1

Lip Stain

I’m always afraid my Lipstick is going to smear {especially bolder colors} and I also don’t like the feeling of having it on my lips. I can’t be the only one out there. 🙂 So I was forced to look for an alternative.

When I first begin the hunt for a lip stain I went to Sephora and asked what they recommended. They showed me Lorac lip/cheek stain which they don’t sell anymore. It was so horrible because it comes out darker in some areas and darker in your lip creases when you apply it with the roller it comes with. I also tried a lip brush and my finger but the outcome was the same. {You would have to do a lip scrub before to exfoliate all the dead skin because this stuff would make it extremely noticeable.} It was way more trouble than it was worth! It was about $27 and it spilled everywhere because the roller leaks. lol Another Blogger Reviewed The Revlon Just bitten lip stain and it Had the same effect… although the lorac stain was 10X more noticeable. Check out her review here.

I gave up on lip stains and had to deal with lipsticks until I went back for sephora’s holiday sale in December. I tried BITE cashmere lip Cream which then became my favorite. It feels light on your lips and has just a little bit of shine.  I Purchased Rioja and port {one is a bright red and the other is wine} I still love this lip cream but I found Something better Since then. These are kind of expensive at $28 a pop.

On my most recent visit to Sephora I came across the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain and Im very impressed.  I went out all day and ate and it still didn’t come off.{I love not having to reapply} You apply it as a cream and it dries perfectly Matte…Ive tried a couple of the other colors {Colors #6 &# 8} But they have a shimmer which I don’t like. Im looking forward to trying #2 & #3 because they are also matte.

Color 01 Always Red

only $13!Stace_FotorThis is the Red color ..  it shows up a little brighter here because of the sun. 

If you’ve tried sephora’s lip creams tell me how it worked out for you in the comments below! Which one was your favorite color?

Thank You for reading!!