May Subscription Box Review: Birchbox and Sample Society

Friends! I’ve been away, and I’ve missed the blog so much! June is my month, though, so get ready for a flood of blogger sharing– starting today, with my May sub box reviews!
Birchbox 2015

Monthly delivery for $10/month

Includes 4-5 beauty and lifestyle samples

This month my box included Biore the POREfessional primer, Real Chemistry 3 Minute Peel, Marcelle Hydra-C Hydrating Gel, Mally Beauty Eyeliner in Navy, and Living Proof Instant Repair, along with foil samples for the shampoo and conditioner. The foil samples sent to compliment the Instant Repair were a nice touch, even though the actual sample didn’t do alot for my hair. I’m always happy to see a full sized product, and I’m looking forward to trying some navy eyeliner. The vitamin C product was an okay size, but not remarkable in treatment, and I’m always happy to have more POREfessional samples 🙂 The one product that I was really excited to try, though, was the 3 Minute Peel. Unfortunately, my skin hated it! You’re supposed to rub it in and then it sort of sucks up your dead skin, and as you’re rubbing it the dead skin rubs into tiny balls and you rinse them off. Instead of rinsing off, though, my dead skin kind of clung to my face in clumps, and I had to use a physical exfoliator to get them off…and even then, my skin was kind of rough for a few days. Overall, though, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to try it out– now I know that it’s a product that’s not for me! Although I wasn’t over the moon about my Birchbox this month, it was still a win for me, and a nice experiment!
Sample Society May 2015
Monthly delivery for $15/month
Includes 4-5 full and deluxe sized beauty and makeup samples
This month I received Julep Lip Gloss in Graceful, John Frieda Luxurious Volume In- Shower Treatment, LEnaige Water Sleeping Mask, Versace Eros Perfume, Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray, and Alterna Caviar Repair Multi Vitamin Heat Protection Spray. So last month was the tiny-sample debacle, and I was completely prepared to cancel this month when I read the spoiler– another lip gloss, drugstore volume samples, and a perfume. Then I received the box, though, and I really am pleasantly surprised! First, the lipgloss is small and pink, but it really is a perfect shade, so I might even get the full size. The perfume sample is a delux size and a fun bottle, and I even like the scent. The John Frieda and the thermal spray are kind of misses for me, but the Caviar Repair is a brand that my hair loves, so I’m really thrilled to have a travel sized sample. What made the entire box for me, though, was the Laneige Sleeping Mask. I’ve just started to get into some Asian Beauty products, so was thrilled to see an AB product in the box. And it’s amazing for my skin- I added it over moisturizer before bed the night I got my box, and I woke up to the smoothest skin ever. Love. Sample Society was on the brink of a breakup, but they totally reeled me back in with this box…and I’m thrilled!