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Discovering recently that I am not 20 years old (believe me I was as shocked as you are) I have developed a sudden and urgent interest in make up and skin care. I’m using my Clarisonic every two to three days and I have to say I am noticing my skin is much brighter.  Last month my friend Kimberly Fisher Horan shared her make up and skin care secrets here on Les Petits Gazette and I have already tried out a few of her suggestions, starting with the Queen Helene Mint Julep Facial Masque, because it was the cheapest product on the list (and also because a friend used to call me Queen Helene in high school and it felt appropriate). This mask is truly amazing for the price.

A friend of mine subscribes to a lot of stuff – clothes, beauty products, shoes… and she discovers a lot of great stuff. I decided to try a couple of sample subscriptions to test some beauty products for myself. I tried GLOSSYBOX and Allure Sample Society. This is my review of Allure Sample Society. (GLOSSYBOX review to follow)

The Allure Sample Society box is a collaboration between BeautyBar.com and Allure Magazine and you get $10 off monthly purchases of $50 at BeautyBar.com with your subscription.

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The little magazine that comes with the box does a great job of telling you about the products and how to use them. Some of the write ups do a better job of selling the products than the samples themselves do. Hmm…

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My favorite samples over the three boxes were the Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, the Caviar Multivitamin Heat Protection Spray, Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs and I loved the smell and feel of the Cargo Essential Lip Gloss, even though the color was totally wrong for me. I would buy it in another color for sure.

One of my boxes came with a 50ml Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray. It was the product I was most looking forward to using in that box. The nozzle was defective and I got zero sprays from it. I called customer service and they said they couldn’t replace individual items but they would refund my account $5. The $5 they refunded is probably more than the spray is worth but I would have preferred to get the replacement. I loved the size – perfect for travel.

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Also, two of the three boxes I got came with a brown lip color. I tried to do this in 1996. It didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now. I gave them to a friend of mine with a darker complexion and it looks great on her but it would be nice to customize colors a little.

Cost: $15 a month (plus $10 off monthly purchases of $50 at BeautyBar.com)
Worth: Around $30 to $40

VERDICT: I liked the Allure box for the cost and the number of samples. It was hit or miss on the make-up colors (mostly miss) but the variety of products was good. I can see myself buying full sizes of about 10% of the samples. It’s nice to try new things and I’ll use a lot of what I got but I didn’t find any new favorites.

Allure Sample Society Review

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