Thursday, May 14, 2015

Allure Sample Society May 2015 Review

The May 2015 Allure Sample Society box arrived yesterday. I love Sample Society so much but I'm worried because they aren't taking any new subscribers. What's all that about?! This was actually one of my first subscription boxes (I think it was the first one that actually got to me) and I've loved it ever since. Sure, it had some flaws back then (way too much hair crap) but since I was new to subscriptions I loved it all (until I realized there was way more hair crap than I could actually force myself to use).
When they rebranded in June, the boxes were unbelievably amazing with a Laura Mercier Highlighter and Tarte Melted Lipsticks. In other words, a little more makeup. Yay! The negative thing the rebranding brought was a plethora of perfume samples. Ew! But everything else was so nice I ignored them. Plus, not everyone hates perfume samples like I do and it *is* a mystery box so you have to expect there will be something you don't like.

This box has two hair products, two skincare products, a makeup item and a perfume mini. I am totally okay with this box curation. It helps that the Julep lip gloss is adorable and that the perfume actually smells very nice.

The Cost: $15/month + tax

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.

Alterna Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray- I don't really like Alterna. Nothing ever seems to "do" it for me but this is a styling spray for protecting your hair from hot irons and blow dryers. I haven't used it but the editors say it has a very strong citrus scent that sticks around all day. So be aware. :)
Value: $4

Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water- This is water. Yep. In a spray can. Water has minerals in it. You could spray tap water on your face and get the same results. But it wouldn't be nearly as fun or as stylish. I use this at night when it's way too hot and a cool washcloth is way too much work. Silly as it is, I still keep all the ones I get in my sample boxes. :D
Value: $4

John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Volume In-Shower Treatment- 2oz-And I thought Korean products had long names! I like John Frieda products and have been using one of his anti-frizz serums for awhile now. It works and doesn't grease up my hair so I'm happy.
This product is a gel that you apply after you've shampooed and conditioned your hair. Apply and rinse. It's supposed to create fullness and last 3 to five shampoos. Which makes me wonder if my shampoo is doing any good if it can't get this product off... But since I have the thinnest, pancake hair in the universe, I'll try this. I need voluuuume!
Value: $5

Julep Lip Gloss in Graceful- This is a sheer pink gloss with just a hint of shimmer. It's not super sticky and is definitely more about adding a little shine to your lips than color. It smells like vanilla. Mmm. I really like this. Plus I have a soft spot for mini lippies and this fits right in.
Value: $7
Versace Eros Pour Femme- This is a super cute, glass perfume mini. It has a pop top and I would definitely prefer a screwtop here because I hate the inevitable splash. However this is actually a perfume I can enjoy. It's very citrusy with a hint of jasmine and just enough musk and sandalwood to keep it interesting but not cloying.
Value: $10

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack- I received this once before and you can actually get this reasonably  priced at Target now so it's definitely accessible. Laneige is a Korean brand and a sleeping pack is basically an overnight moisturizer. This has a sort of bouncy gel texture and will glide on gloriously. You can apply it thickly if you like but mostly it's going to sink right in. It's better to use it at night unless you like a glossy face during the day. Since it's essentially a moisturizer, you can use it whenever you want but a nice thick layer before bed and you'll wake up with hydrated, happy skin.
Value: $5

VERDICT: It's hard for me not to love all my Sample Society boxes, even with hair care and perfume. This box turned out really well for me with only one product I won't use (the Alterna). Since I ended up even liking the perfume, that's a signal that this box is a good one.

I don't know why they aren't taking new subscribers but I hope it's not as ominous as it seems. I'd be sad if they got rid of Sample Society! It's a reasonable price and the brands are always good and sometimes the full sizes are amazing.

Here's the link to the sign up page, just in case by the time you read this they've opened up subscriptions again. The Sample Society box is curated by Allure editors but sold by


  1. When I first got a sample of that spray water I was like, what? You want me to buy this? Water in a spray can? But then I got caught out in the sun and was exceedingly grateful for it. Oh how I ate my words.

    1. Exactly! I should take one outside with me when I'm gardening. Oooo. Definitely :D Thanks for the idea!

  2. I never got mine. IDK why not. I think they are having some problems... and they have 2 months' worth of my money for some reason. I really think this one is circling the drain, and that makes me really sad. I bought the first box and have stuck with them through the changes.

    1. That's not good! Are they going to make sure you get one? I hope... I did hear someone say that they had closed subscriptions because they "had too many subscribers already." Secondhand but still. I know there was a rumor running around about a June rebranding on their FAQ page but I think that was old and from last year.

      I'm sad, too. I really enjoyed Sample Society. :(