Friday, July 18, 2014

Sample Society July 2014 Review! Laura Mercier and butter London? Yes, please!

I got my July 2014 Sample Society box today! Really early, too!  Sample Society has gone through a rebranding effort.  Instead of a matte black box, its now a shiny red box with the Allure brand far more prominently displayed.  I think it's for more brand recognition for increased sales.  That's my guess anyway.  Who has heard of Beauty Bar? Not me.  Allure? Of course, who doesn't know about Allure?!

It's actually a good thing!  I think they are getting away from luxury skincare and more into make up.  That's fine with me but I hope they don't completely ignore skin!  The brands they sent were always very good.  I like high end skincare. :)

The Cost: $15/month.

What You Get: Five deluxe-size beauty samples from a curated mix of skin, hair, and makeup products, as well as fragrance.  You'll also receive $10 gift card to redeem on any $50 Beauty Bar purchase every month.

 The July 2014 box! Five items with a really nice variety and high quality brands.  Yes, I think L'Oreal is nice.  Especially this particular product.  This lipcolor formula is amazing. 

They used to have a "mini-mag" that was kinda boring and had absolutely nothing to do with what was in the box.  Now it actually relates and I'm SO glad!  I don't know why they didn't do this earlier.  It's far more informative and useful.  I think it would also encourage sales of the product as well.  For someone who wants a full size of something they tried, it's more likely they'd head to since this is so much detailed info.  Plus there's a $10 coupon!

butter London Nail Lacquer in The Old Bill- Metallic nail polish in a coppery bronze.  At first I was like "What a boring color!" and then I put it on.  It is gorgeous!  And sparkly like a rainbow.  This is not a dull copper!
Full Size Value: $15
Size Included: Full Size

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter 01- A light beige-pink highlighter.  This is really beautiful and I can see I will be using this for a long time.  It's not quite matte, though.  It does have shimmer.  The mini mag says not to over do it and also recommends using it on your eyelids, the inner corners of your eyes and over your lipstick.  This is a dome shape which I'm not sure you can tell from the photo (I tried).  I think I found my new best friend.
Full Size Value: $36/.26oz
Size Included: .06oz

Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Mask- This is a deep conditioning hair mask.  It helps strengthen, moisturize and temporarily repair damage along the hair shaft.  It also smells AMAZING!  It has argan oil in it.  This is a once a week thing and I can't wait to try it!
Full Size Value: $24.99/7oz
Size Included: 1.69oz, Travel Size ($8)

L'Oreal Paris Extraorinaire by Colour Riche Liquid Lipcolor in Ruby Opera- A moisturizing, high shine liquid lipcolor.  Okay, I already knew I loved this formula.  I was sent a tester in shade Blushing Harmony and it is wonderful.  It's very moisturizing and the color is so rich and pigmented.  LOVE! I'm happy to have more.  This also proves it doesn't need to cost a lot to be fabulous.
Full Size Value: $9.99
Size included: Full Size

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette-  A crisp citrus scent with a warm, musky base, made for both men and women.  Sicilian bergamot, lemon, lily of the valley, mock orange blossom and musky woods.
I'm not a fan of perfumes.  I would rather not ever get them.  However, I'm making an exception for this one because it does smell good.  I love citrus fragrances so this one gets a pass from me. :)  I don't think I particularly care for the lily of the valley in it, though.
Full Size Value: $175/2.4oz
Size Included: Spray Tester

VERDICT: I love this box!  I've always really liked Sample Society because of their focus on skincare but if they go the make up route, I'm not going to complain in the slightest.  This is quality stuff!  The butter London alone is worth the price of the box and getting a Laura Mercier highlighter is fantastic!  And its a great size!  I already knew I would love the L'Oreal lipcolor although I wish it was not red.  Maybe I can trade for the pinker one.  Or just keep it :)  I don't care for perfume but that's alright, the rest of the box was totally stellar!

If you want to sign up for Sample Society, head to the Beauty Bar website and do your thing!  They don't really have a referral or points program at all so you just sign up and you're done!


  1. How long did you have to wait for the butter londen nail polish to dry? I have a green one and it takes for ever to dry O

    1. This one dried nearly instantly. I was really impressed. It must depend on the formula then. This is soooo pretty and I didn't think it would be.