Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sample Society VS Beauty Box 5 July 2014 Showdown

TWO unboxings in one day??? Unheard of, I know.  But I am super excited to tell ya'll about Sample Society.  As you know, I do a lot of the monthly beauty subs.  Beauty Box 5 was one of them but I just recently cancelled after my 6 month membership.  To be honest, the quality and variety of the products I was getting, was just nothing compared to the other boxes.  Last month, Sample Society was offering a huge sale on multiple boxes for about 75% off the regular price.  I only got two and regret not getting more.  Read about those unboxings HERE.

Those boxes are what made me want to switch.  Allure's Sample Society boxes are $15 a month and you can cancel at any time.  They are similar to Birchbox but with high end luxury items (at least all of my boxes have been).  They also come with a booklet describing each product in detail and how to use which is really nice.  Use my code of MIAN969688 and go HERE to order today and get a discount! PLUS they send you a coupon code each month for $10 off a $50 purchase on

Okay let's review!!

Here is what Sample Society sent me!

Beauty Box 5 is $12 a month.  Out of the 6 boxes I had received, I wasn't very happy with them.  I do have a few friends that signed up because of me but their referral program isn't working.  Also, their customer service wasn't the best.....I tried to convey that to them and got nowhere.  Don't get me wrong, there were some good items in the boxes but really not enough to justify the cost and there is not a personalized profile to help choose what you get.

Here is what I got from them this month.

Now let's do the breakdown, just so I can truly see if I made the right choice.....

First from Sample Society I got L'Oreal Paris Extraordinaire ColourRiche Lipcolor, full sized ($9.99 value)!!

The shade is Coral Encore and it is gorgeous!!! The PERFECT summery shade! GET IT HERE!

Beauty Box 5 gave me Body Drench Candylicious Lip Balm in Cotton Candy, also full sized ($2.49 value).

I feel meh about this compared to the lip gloss....this will probably go in the contest giveaway.  I had a very hard time finding this online but it does say you can buy their line at Sally Beauty Supply or GET IT HERE.

Sample Society-1
Beauty Box 5-0

Next up, Sample Society gave me Fekkai Reparatives Hair Mask.

Who doesn't love Fekkai?? Plus my hair loves indulging in rich, moisturizing masks.  No joke, it smells like a vat of vanilla pudding!!  MMMM MMM MMM.....This was a nice sized sample too!  I have a lot of their products and have always been happy with them.  GET IT HERE!

Beauty Box 5 gave me HASK Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Mask, full sized ($3.29 value).

I am very happy with this one.  Again, I love hair masks and the added Argan Oil will be a nice treat since I usually put it in before styling.  I read reviews on it and most people were pleased with the results.  My bleached out blonde hair will put it to the true test though! :) GET IT HERE!

Sample Society-2
Beauty Box 5-0

Now onto the harder to compare items......

Number 3 from Sample Society is a full size nail polish from BUTTER London in color Champers($15 value)!!! PS-Box was paid for with this product alone. :)

Now, this is my first time using this brand and I am obsessed with nail polish (Ciate has been my favorite lately) but I know my cousin said it's great and I trust her opinion 100%!! Plus the color is a beautiful golden coppery color.....that may not even make sense but ya know what I mean :)

Beauty Box 5 gave me Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara full sized ($7.99 value).

Now, lucky for ya'll, I already got a full sized version of this in another box so this is going into the giveaway contest!!  I have heard great things about this mascara and am excited to try the one I have! GET IT HERE!

I think it's gonna be a blow out, folks......

Sample Society-3
Beauty Box 5-0

Next we have from Sample Society, Laura Merciers Baked Radiance Highlighter.

This could possibly be a full size or at the least a deluxe size.  It is a golden nude highlighter that can be applied with a fan brush on cheekbones.  I used it this morning and love it!  It is very similar to E.L.F.'s version which is what I use, too.  So light and powdery and I like it is in a compact and not loose powder. There are other shades, too.  GET IT HERE!

Beauty Box 5 gave me Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Walnut Face & Body Scrub.

Is this for pregnant women? Or will I achieve that pregnancy glow after using it? We will see haha It smells divine and I already used it on my face and it was a great exfoliator.  I might only get 3 uses out of the sample size though.  GET IT HERE!

Sample Society-4
Beauty Box 5-0

Last up......Sample Society gave me Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Perfume (wow, I could not even tell you the name if someone asked me what I was wearing today HAHA!).

The description of the scent is citrusy, light and yet woodsy.  Made with Bergamote and Lemon from Siciliy, Mock Orange & Lily of the Valley....all I know is that is smells heavenly.  Which is unfortunate because it costs literally an arm and a leg...but to humor you, GET IT HERE!

And lastly, Beauty Box 5 gave me Starlooks Lipliner in Bare, full sized ($12 value).

I don't use lip liner as I am mostly a lip gloss or stain kinda girl.  This will go in the giveaway, too.  But for those of you that do use this GET IT HERE!

DUN DUN DUN........

Sample Society-5
Beauty Box 5-0

This confirms to me that I made the right choice in switching over!!  I hope you enjoyed this unboxing and are interested in making the switch with me so we can compare each month!!

What do ya say??

Have you had better experiences with your BB5 boxes?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

And just a reminder, CLICK HERE to "LIKE" my Facebook page as once I reach 200, there will be another BIG Beauty Package Giveaway!!

Have a great day!!!


  1. Thank you for the breakdown. I was considering subscribing to the Allure box but hadn't made up my mind. Thanks for the help.

    1. Oh Alisha!! Do it!! I'm dying over this months box too!! Unboxing to come soon. It came with an $85 full size product!!! You cannot beat the value of this box for $15!!!


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