April Subscription Box Review: Sample Society and Birchbox

Monthly delivery for $15/month
Includes 4-5 full and deluxe sized beauty and makeup samples
This month I received Jane Iredale Rio Lip Plumper, Illume Tonka Noir Sample Tin, Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional, Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Lotion, Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil VOC and Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Fragrance Sample. The Jane Iredale uses peppermint to produce some plumping action, and comes in a brown shade that the magazine notes is great for darker skin. It probably is, but that also means that its a bit too dark for me- but really, you can’t please everyone and this is the first time (I think) that anything has been targeted to a darker skin tone, so I wasn’t to broken up about it. I was, however, thrilled to see the travel candle! I am one of those people that actually packs a candle when I go on trips because I like to feel cozy, and this scent is perfect. OK, regarding the POREfessional, the Lavendar-Chamomile Lotion, and the Invisible Oil- I am so happy to see these products, but the samples are tiny, tiny! I got a POREFessional sample from Sephora recently, and it’s actually larger than the one I got in this box, which is really disappointing. This is the second month in a row that I’ve been disappointed with Sample Society and the value/quality of items that I’m receiving, especially since they claim to send 5 deluxe sized samples each month. I’ll plan to see how things work out next month, but if the value isn’t there for a third month in a row it might be time to cancel this sub and try another.
Birchbox

Monthly delivery for $10/month

Includes 4-5 beauty and lifestyle samples

This month my box included 12 Benefits Instantly Healthy Hair Treatment, LAQA & Co Sheer Lip Tube Pencil, CLEAN Original Parfum, Not Soap, Radio Body Wash, and Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator. I knew exactly what I was getting, because I chose the Mad Men California Box, but I still can’t help feeling a little disappointed that Birchbox insists on including perfume samples and counting them towards the five sample items. Anyway, the products- I’ve mentioned before that I really like getting the Not Soap, Radio samples because they are perfect for travelling, and this one is no exception. I was also particularly happy with the Lip Tube Pencil- it’s moisturizing and the color is a nice, soft pink…I think I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. The Illuminator looks tiny and, especially after my Sample Society box, my instant reaction was a little ragey, but you really only need the smallest amount to make a nice impact, so I suspect it will actually last a while. The 12 Benefits Hair Treatment is my only wild card- it claims to moisturize and condition my dry, parched hair and since I just ran out of my usual leave-in conditioner, I’m looking forward to trying it out. Overall, Birchbox gave me a few items that I love, one that I’m looking forward to trying, and a perfume. It’s not my favorite ever, but still a win for this month.