Thursday, September 20, 2012

June Beauty Bar Sample Society & awesome Murad deal

Beauty Bar and Allure got together and came up with one of the best beauty samplers out there- Sample Society. The products included are high end, highly lauded brands and there are no packette samples here- you receive only deluxe samples and occasionally even full sized product. When you sign up, you also get a freee one year subscription to Allure magazine, which I had never read before and now really look forward to getting every month.
Another great thing is that each month you get a booklet that tells you hints and tips that incorporate the items in that month's box. For instance, there was a section on the best way to apply perfume to get the effect you want because this box had a perfume sample (and not a vial either, but an adorable little bottle!)

With each $15 box you also get a coupon code to get $15 off the full size of any of the items in the box, another great deal.

But wait there's more! With every person who signs up through a referral link, they donate money to a number of different awesome charities! Just use the code JKEE4979 when signing up at they'll donate up to $30.

This box included the following (I will review only the items that I've actually used)
Jane Iredale - Just Kissed
 Just Kissed uses a peptide that has been shown to increase hydration and collagen synthesis, helping to reduce feathering. It's a shea butter based formula, so it goes on smooth and creamy with a hint of a tingle. I LOVE the way it smells and tastes and it really DOES plump up your lips! I've gone on to buy two tubes of this stuff, I LOVE it! It's a light tint, not a really heavy color so it emphasizes your natural lip. The hint of color accentuates the lips rather than overwhelming them and has a really sexy effect.
 Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Tokyo Sample Value $15.62
jane iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper Deluxe Sample

Live In Love by Oscar De La Renta for Women - 1 oz EDP Spray
I could go on all day about this perfume! Floral but not overwhelming and cloying, sexy but not trashy, sophisticatd but not stuffy. So many florals start out so heavy that they make me gag, but this one has a hint of ginger in the top notes that add a touch of class and take away the hammer over the head effect. It has slightly musky undertones which also provides some grounding. This is a SERIOUSLY sexy perfume! The first time I wore this I just couldn't stop smelling myself, to the point that when my husband came home he asked me "do you two need to be alone?" He doesn't often comment on my perfumes unbidden, but he REALLY likes this one. When I wear it I can't keep him off of me!
Oscar De La Renta Eau de Parfum in Live in Love Sample Value $5.80
Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Deluxe Mini

Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist by Alterna for Unisex - 4.2 oz Mist
I have yet to meet an Alterna product that I didn't like, and this is no exception. I am absolutely NUTS for the new Bamboo line. I've used other texture mists and they never really seemed to work on fine, straight hair. This actually did bring out the wave in my hair. not massive curls or anything, mind you, but it ave my hair some extra volume and definition. I've also been using it as something of a styling aid to add extra texture to help keep up updos.

Alterna Boho Waves Texture Mist.  Sample Value $4.47
Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Deluxe Sample

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream 0.5 oz
Haven't used this yet, but it's Caudalie, one of the best premier skincare brands in the market so I know it's sure to be fabulous. The Premier Cru line is their top of the line gold standard. Kinda like buying not just any Mercedes off the showroom floor, but the top of the line custom Mercedes.
Caudalie's Premier Cru Eye Cream  Sample Value $6.26
Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream Deluxe Sample

Murad Clarifying Cleanser 6.75 oz And then there's Murad, another brand that I trust implicitly. Gotta finish up my 3Lab cleanser then I'll try this out, just in time to clear all the summer pollution out of my skin and get it ready for fall! If you're a Murad fan, check out this deal- 3 different full sized kits valued at about $100 each for only $29.95!!!!!!! For reals! 

Murad Clarifying Cleanser. Sample Value $7.69
Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser Deluxe Sample
Overall Box Value $39.84

Oh, and a shout out to Underglass for the gorgeous earrings that I'm wearing in the video

and Living At Night jewelry for the gorgeous pendant that I wear like every freaking day....

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