Sample Society Mystery Boxes Review

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This was a one-time purchase of Sample Society’s Mystery Boxes!

I posted about them earlier and I ended up picking Mystery Box Duo E because when I checked, the website said that it would ship out with UPS 2nd Day Air. And since I’m impatient, I obviously needed to get these as soon as possible so I went with Duo E.

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I paid $15 for these two boxes (plus $7.83 in shipping and tax) and received August 2013 Kit A and April 2014 Kit F.

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Here’s August 2013 Kit A!

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First look.

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Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 (Deluxe sample size: 5 ml, $4.20) – Haha yay more sunscreen! Except this tube is basically empty… or so I thought it was. I tried squeezing it carefully (so that I wouldn’t waste the entire thing) but nothing came out. So that’s kind of a bummer. And then I squeezed a little too hard and so much came spurting out. Ugh. So much fail on my part. 😦 Oh well, I’ll save whatever’s left in the tube and place it in my sunscreen stash for later.

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Korres Cherry Oil Lip Gloss in 11 Buff (Deluxe sample size, 2 ml, $5.60) – It’s a really cute and small sample! I really like the packaging on this product and it smells like cherries!

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(which is appropriate considering the outside box has cherries printed on one side)

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Jane Iredale Purelash Lash Conditioner (Deluxe sample size, $2?) – There’s no size listed on this sample, but you can definitely get more than a couple uses out of it! Not sure if I’ll actually use this but it’s certainly an interesting product. It’s supposed to help strengthen, lengthen, and thicken lashes.

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Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator SPF 8 (Deluxe sample size: 15 ml/0.5 fl oz, $25.29) – This is supposed to help give you a smoother and fresher face with its collagen-boosting formula.  It smells a lot like the Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash sent out in a previousGlossybox and you’re supposed to apply this every morning. The full size is kind of expensive and this is a very full tube so it will be awesome to give it a try to see the results!

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Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream (Deluxe sample size: 10 g/0.34 oz, Value $4.26) – I’m excited about this! I love cleansers and trying out new cleansers too. It’s made out of sweet almond meal so it also should act as a gentle exfoliant! It’s a decent sized sample so I can definitely get a good feel for how well it works for me.

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Overall value: $41.35

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Here’s April 2014 Kit F!

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First look!

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Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Brown Sugar (Full size, $18) – OMG YAY FULL SIZE ITEM! It’s kind of awesome when one item covers more than the cost of what you paid (before shipping… and tax). I would have loved to get this in Holland Park (a really gorgeous blue), but brown is a safe bet for me!

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I had to photograph this and share it because how awesome is the packaging and detail?

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Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers (Full size, $12) – Another full size item! April 2014 was definitely a crazy good month. My face doesn’t produce enough oil for me to use this on a regular basis, but I’ve always wanted to try something like these. The papers are so pretty and you can see flakes of gold leaf on the sheets!

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Illume Anemone 2 oz Travel Tin Candle (Full size, $9) – Yet another full size item! I’m not really a candle person. I tried (I actually bought some candles from this exact brand), but I’ve found out that I don’t really enjoy burning candles/using wax warmers to melt wax tarts. But this does smell really good and the tin is adorable! It smells really fresh but it also smells like a cologne.

llume’s website says these are the fragrance notes: “Citrus blossoms and crisp apple are blended with ethereal oak moss, oriental clove and a touch of patchouli”. I don’t actually smell the patchouli (and for that I am very thankful), but I love, love, love oak moss. (one of the candles I bought from Illume was actually just oakmoss and it was fantastic) Apples and citrus blossoms are always welcome too. 🙂 You can really smell the oak moss and I love it.

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H2O Aquafirm Micro Collagen Moisturizer (Deluxe sample size: 10 ml/0.34 fl oz, $10) – I’m always happy to try out a new moisturizer even though I’m pretty sure I will love the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre the most. I really like the packaging of this product because of the colors. 😄 You’re supposed to apply this morning and night, but I’ll probably end up just using this at night because I’m always too lazy in the mornings. :p

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Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup (Full size, $15.48) – WHAT? WHAAAAAAT? Another full size product? This is crazy! I don’t know how this happened, but seriously. Crazy. It’s priced at $30 on Birchbox and Beauty Bar, but I can find it on Amazon for about half the price so I’m going with that value. It’s supposed to be applied over foundation or blended with it/moisturizer so that you get  hint of shimmer on your skin. It also helps to camouflage imperfections, apparently. But wow. just… wow. I thought this was just a sample size but it’s 1 fl oz, which is the same size as the full size product!

I did some research and it seems that they sent this out in one of their November 2013 boxes, so I guess I was lucky enough to get one in this April box! I didn’t even think there was a Kit F for April 2014 because I couldn’t find a review of it online, but I guess there was or they might have just made up a new one to send out! Either way, I’m happy. 🙂

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Overall value: $64.48

So I paid $22.83 (including shipping + tax) and received $105.83 worth of products! That is insane. And the best thing is, I’ll actually use a gross majority of these items. I think I might have to think about subscribing to Sample Society since they are pretty heavy on skin care, which I love. Every month they release two spoilers so I’m going to wait and see what they’ll include in their July boxes before deciding. This was a great first experience with Sample Society and I’m really happy that I took a chance on these boxes!

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3 comments

  1. Wow this looked like a great variety of products! The Korres lip gloss sounds fantastic, I might have to splurge on one of these is they have them again.

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