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Monday, January 30, 2012

Sample Society: A Monthly Beauty Sampler with BeautyBar.com and Allure

There is a new guy on the monthly beauty subscription block! I just received an email from Allure, and they are partnering with BeautyBar.com- an online beauty boutique- to provide a monthly beauty sampler, called "Sample Society" to those who sign up. So, let's hear the details:

 For $15 a month, you will receive:
-5 deluxe sized luxury brands along the lines of Murad, Stila, and Bond No.9 (these are the examples they give)
-$15 code to redeem on $50 purchase (if products that you received are in your order)
-"Expert beauty advice" that comes along with your samples every month
-1 year subscription to Allure

Aside from the subscription to Allure, this seems to be similar to what nearly every subscription is offering. Although, instead of giving you points, like Birchbox, or discount codes, like MyGlam, you get $15 off a $50 purchase through BeautyBar.com. While you do have to order something in order for this to be useful, should you take advantage of the discount, the box would pay for itself.

Besides these facts there isn't much I can tell you until about its contents until I receive one (that will ship March 5th). Even then, I'm a little hesitant to do much reporting on it considering what happened with MyGlam. If you are unfamiliar, their premier bag was primarily mid-to-high end cosmetics which had everyone and their dog clamoring for a subscription. The next bag contained more of a mix between beauty and facial products that fell within a wider price range - some toward the lower end. While not necessarily bad, it left some feeling like this wasn't the bag they signed up for. But, with only one other bag to go off of, how could they have really known? Essentially what I am saying it this: I will definitely post an opening video and a review of the products, but until a few of them have come out, it will be hard to get a solid idea regarding what to expect in your sample bag.

If, like me, you are interested in being on Sample Society's maiden voyage, you can go to BeautyBar's website to sign up for an account (free) and see what it's all about for yourself. One thing that I really like about this site is the referral program. If you use the code "BaileyB", they will donate up to $25 to one of a few charities they have chosen. While they don't specify how much per person gets donated, and the person that is referred has to make a purchase before any amount will be donated, the idea that a referral perk goes to  charity rather than an individual is pretty great!

What do you think of Sample Society? Will you be subscribing?

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