October Subscription Box Reviews: Birchbox, Ipsy and Sample Society

**due to a glitch in scheduled post, I think this is coming out a day late. Sorry for the double post, but I hope you enjoy my subscription box review for October!


Monthly delivery for $10/month

Includes 4-5 beauty and lifestyle samples

This month my box included Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, dr. Brandt Clean up Mask, Harvey Prince Petaly Noir, Coastal Scents Eye shadow Palette and Essential Elements Wake Up Rosemary Shower Gel.  Overall, I’m on the fence about this box- I wish Birchbox would stop, already, with the Harvey Prince perfume samples, and I don’t really know how much more eye cream I can actually use. I’m interested in the eyeshadow palette, because I don’t usually buy or use eyeshadow- this will be fun to experiment with! And I always love skin care/mask samples and can always use more yummy smelling shower gel. So, this box is kind of neutral for me….but I’m sure I’ll love one of the products before I get the next box. Which reminds me- last month’s Liz Earle cleanser sample was ah-mazing. So good- I love it.


Monthly delivery for $10/month

Includes 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample products, plus a makeup bag

This month my box included Albertini Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Staff, Figs & Rouge Hand Cream, Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, Skone Cosmetics TATTOOED Eyeliner, Starlooks Lip Gloss, and the quilted cosmetics bag pictured here. Similar to Birchbox, Ipsy is a kind of ‘meh’ for me this month. I absolutely loved the warming/exfoliating cleanser- it’s pumpkin scented and also works really well! The cleanser, on the other hand, didn’t work so well for me- it was just a weird gel that sat on top of my skin, and didn’t clean it at all. I also don’t care for the lotion- it’s pretty thin and not terribly moisturizing, with a strong scent. I don’t use eyeliner frequently, but it’s nice to have when you need it, but the lipgloss color was a bit too ‘grandma’ for me…so, overall, this box was kind of a dud. Sorry!

Sample SocietyAllure Sample Society

Monthly Delivery for $15/month

Includes 4-5 Full sized and deluxe beauty and makeup samples

This month I received a Bond No. 9 Bon Bon perfume sample, Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum, L’Oreal Paris Total Repair Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner, Emi-Jay Hair Ties, Bobbi Brown Mascara Sample. Now, I’d say that I am actually very satisfied with this box, but many others were upset- the Estee Lauder sample was originally billed as a larger size; the shampoo and conditioner samples are drug store samples, and this box is supposed to showcase higher end samples; the hair ties and perfume are kind of low grade samples. Well…I actually love everything in this box. I’m so happy to be able to sample an expensive night cream (sure, I would have loved a larger sample), I never mind shampoo and conditioner (so long as they are not foils!), the hair ties are already in my purse because I’m always searching for one, the perfume actually smells lovely, and I love the mascara sample. Yes, the Bobbi Brown is the only real high-end sample, but I’m so happy to see it there! It’s great, and I love a mascara sample. So, overall- I still love the Sample Society Box. I don’t have a lot of confidence in next month’s box, based solely on the spoiler, but I’ll hold off judgment until I get it 🙂