December Sample Society Beauty Box Review

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I admit, I don’t quite get December’s Sample Society theme, which is “Hair for the Party.” There’s only one hair item in the box. So, um, ok Beauty Bar!’s Sample Society is a fun little subscription box produced in partnership with Allure Magazine and you get a $15 code to spend on box brands on Beauty Bar (nobody would ever use this every month, but it’s nice to have) plus a little Allure mini-mag, which I enjoy.

Sample Society Time!
Sample Society Time! Why is this photo crooked? Who knows!
The Subscription: Sample Society
The Description: Get five deluxe-sized luxury brand samples and $15 monthly gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase at BeautyBar — when any product from the brands you sampled is included in your order. Plus an Allure mini-mag.
The Price: $15/month

December 2013 Sample Society – Hair for the Party

Magazine & Info Card

I don’t know why my photos are so atrocious, except I was doing some last minute snaps before packing! I had expected my box to arrive a few days earlier than it did (mine is normally early in the month).

December Sample Society Box
December Sample Society Box

Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator ($9.60) I think this is more of a filler than anything else. I received this in last month’s box. After going around and around with BeautyBar, they finally conceded it was a mistake.* Funny enough I brought my first sample with me. I look pretty.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo ($1) As we are planning on doing last minute errands before the snow hits and not showering until we get home, I just used some to freshen up — and applied liberally to my husband! I wouldn’t consider this a party hair item – I’d consider this a day after the party item…

Stila Lip Glaze ($22) I’m the luckiest duck to get this in my box, and it’s such a beautiful shade. You can get a trio set right now on BeautyBar for $28! Neat. This is one of my favorite box products ever!

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night Moisturizer ($9.60) After flying all day and going from heavy humidity to dry crisp air, I’ll probably use this all today. I don’t even use regular moisturizer in Vermont – only night creams. A must for winter!

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($8.35) I love microfoliant powders! This is made of rice bran powder and is a gentle daily exfoliant.

My December Sample Society box had a value of over $50! I think I hit the jackpot with this one! I really thought this box was awesome, even though it barely had anything to do with hair! If you want to subscribe or find out more, visit Sample Society!

You can also see all my Beauty Bar Sample Society Reviews  and all the other Beauty Subscription Boxes in the directory!

* Here’s the whole ridiculous story with the wrong sample from my November Sample Society Box! They insisted it was a variety sample (it said something different on my card). Then they said it was the wrong card. After I noted that the website must be wrong too, they said it was wrong and refunded me the cost of my box. I don’t know why they didn’t just say whoopsie and credit me $3 or something.


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  • bclaire

    I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds great. How do you like it compared with Birchbox and other beauty subscriptions?

    • Brandy

      Oh let’s see. I generally am much happier with the products but there isn’t a rewards system. It’s only samples (but some full size). I like getting the random candle, headband, whatever in this box. Glossybox doesn’t do that. Blush is full and deluxe size. It just depends what you want. I can’t afford to subscribe to ALL the boxes personally but I do subscribe to this one for now! I will use everything in this box myself. I do have a pile of stuff for gifting that I save up. I trade sometimes but mostly I don’t because I already get everything else and usually people want to swap a $10 kids shampoo for a $50 bag and that’s silly.