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June Beauty Bar Sample Society July 17, 2012

Today I bring you the June Beauty Bar Sample Society Box. This box is filled with premium goodies again, and that is sooo exciting to me that I can try things lots of times if I want – in order to decide if I want to purchase it in the future. Yes they are mostly still samples – but they are big enough that if I took a week or two vacation I could take them along and not run out until the last day!

I’m was pleased with the boxes contents at first glimps (even though I don’t like perfume samples) and happily began using the products.

So what was included in the box AND how did I like the products? (more…)

 

June Total Beauty Collection July 14, 2012

Today I bring you my first of the June boxes in the format I mentioned a few days ago – I still can’t believe I got an entire month behind! Anyway, this is the second of the Total Beauty Collections.Total Beauty Collection is different than the other sample subscriptions in that it is not really a subscription. You get notified that a new “Collection” is out the email tells you what brands are included. You then can click on the link and see more specific information on the products included. Then you can purchase it. If you don’t like it you don’t have to buy it. You will not be automatically billed for it. The down side is it can sell out and you don’t have any way of ensuring you get it.

So what was included in the second Collection?

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May Inaugural Total Beauty Collection – Wrap Up July 11, 2012

I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from April and decide on how much I liked them. So now it is time to do my bag wrap up.

In case you don’t remember, here is a summary of the Awesomeness level:

Box Awesomeness Level Review (AL)

  • 5 points for an item that surpasses everything else I’ve tried and becomes my #1 choice for what role it fulfills
  • 4 points for an item that becomes added to my permanent collection of cosmetics and I will repurchase
  • 3 points for an item that joins my “I might buy this again” list
  • 2 points for an item I finished or will finish the entire sample of but in the end decided not to re-purchase
  • 1 point for an item that I tried and immediately threw out/gave away
  • 0 points if the item was a duplicate of something from a previous bag/box/kit that only scored a 1 in that box – meaning I knew enough to not even bother with trying it.
  • Don’t forget that I subtract 1/2 point for samples that can only be used 2 or fewer times.

Click “more” to see how this kit rated…

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Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist – Review June 7, 2012

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Whew  – Two Alterna Bamboo products in 2 days! Luck you! This sample was included in the May Total Beauty Collection.

This mist is intended to provide shine as a finishing spray as well as help tame the frizz and flyaways. It also is supposed to help with color retention. Does it work? Yep. I had horrible bed head this morning from my evening shower and my flat iron was just not getting rid of that icky dryish look, I spritzed this all over and I got a lovely glossy shine. I went though with my hot iron again, and I got perfect silky and sleek (not oily)  hair.

The only problem with this product is that I keep touching my hair all day because it feels so nice!!!

Would I buy this product again? Yes, I plan to!

Will I finish the sample? Definitely!

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.85  oz
Full Size: 4.0 oz
Full Size Price: $22.00
Sample Value: $4.65

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Total Beauty Collection or any of the brands included in the collection. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

Alterna UV+ Color Fade Proof Fluide – Review June 6, 2012

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Today I bring you the Alterna UV+ Color Fade Proof Fluide that I received in my May Beauty Bar Sample Society box.

I personally love Alterna’s Bamboo line, I use their “smooth” shampoo and conditioner and feel that it leaves my hair soft and undamaged, so I was thrilled to try another one of their products. This one is from their “Color Care UV+” line.  This particular product is intended to increase shine while protecting your hair from UVA and UVB rays – thus preventing sun based fading.

I used it and it does increase shine – unfortunately it doesn’t really help with my frizz/fly aways so I still need to use additional product.

Would I buy this product again? No, it doesn’t meet all my needs, I would rather have a product that does more than many products that only do one part – at least for my hair.

Will I finish the sample?  I’ll keep it around for sunny days that I’ll be out in the sun a bunch – to help protect my hair (and maybe even my scalp a tiny bit).

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.3 oz
Full Size:   2.5 oz
Full Size Price: $24.00
Sample Value: $2.88

 

FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Bar Sample Society  or any of the brands included in the box. Not affiliated with nor compensated by UPS. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

May Inaugural Total Beauty Collection – Initial Impressions May 15, 2012

Oh my goodness I have been getting a lot of my subscriptions over the last week – must catch up – must start reviewing! Yikes.

Yet another site has jumped on the sample bandwagon. This month was Total Beauty Collection’s inaugural set. Total Beauty Collection is a curated set of 4-6 deluxe beauty samples each month for $15.00/month.  I got the email and I bit. I really am having a good time with all these sample companies and trying all the different products – many of which I never knew existed.

Total Beauty has taken a different approach on its packaging. The parcel is neither bag nor sturdy box…it is what is known as a “pillow box” (yes I had to google it) and it has a cut out flap in which reside the samples. 

What was in the box this first month, you ask?

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