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

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 1:00 pm
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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.

 

Stila Cosmetics Forever Your Curl Mascara – Review May 21, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 4:23 pm
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Today I bring you Stila Cosmetics Forever Your Curl Mascara from my May Beauty Bar Sample Society box. It has been quite awhile since I’ve had a mascara sample for you, mostly because I have really been enjoying the mascara and that I’ve been using.  I will definitely be sharing this product with you in the very near future and I am nearing the 3 month mark.  I did want to make sure that I reviewed this mascara in a timely manner along with other products from the May Beauty Bar Sample Society box.  So how did the sample perform?

This product is intended to bring curl to your lashes.  Unfortunately, this is not a waterproof mascara.  I have found that waterproof  mascaras are very important to me, they seem to last much longer and with less leaking than almost any non-waterproof mascara. Did this fit that the non-waterproof mascara stereotype?

A little, while it doesn’t flake as bad as most of the other mascaras I’ve tried, it also does tend to wash off especially during allergy season when my eyes get a little bit more teary anyway.  The color is a true black and that is perfect.  I like how my lashes feel with this mascara on, it doesn’t feel like there’s mascara on my lashes, it just feels like my lashes are there.  How does it curl?  Okay, I definitely still need to use an eyelash curler with this product, however it holds the curl better than most of the other mascaras I’ve ever tried.  It also separates the lashes very nicely and there isn’t any clumping or spider legs.

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Would I buy this product again?  Maybe, it is really nice for a non-waterproof mascara, however, I really would like to find it waterproof mascara that feels this natural on my lashes so I don’t have to compromise one thing for another.

Will I finish this sample?  Probably, it is a really nice mascara and there’s no need to discard something that’s useful like that.  I will probably keep it at work for when I run out of time in the morning.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.12 oz
Full Size:   0.24 oz
Full Size Price: $22.00
Sample Value: $11.00

 

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’s Beauty Bar Sample Society Box – Initial impressions May 18, 2012

Filed under: General,Haircare,Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 11:57 am
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Among the slew of items that I received to the mail the last few days, I also received my beauty bar  sample society box containing 5 new samples. As with the last box I received, there are brands that are familiar to me and brands I have never heard of.  As always I will try all of these samples and tell you about how they performed.

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So what came in the box?

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April’s Beauty Bar’s Sample Society Box – Wrap up May 14, 2012

Filed under: General,Haircare,Skincare — slagoon @ 3:31 pm
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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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Oscar Blandi – Jasmine Oil Hair Serum – Review May 12, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Review — slagoon @ 10:16 am
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Today I bring you Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Hair Serum from my April Beauty Bar Sample Society.  I received one of these samples awhile ago in a birchbox last year but I’m not sure what happened to it, I may have discarded it or something. Anyway, this thin serum is intended to make your hair shine, prevent unwanted frizz, and add protection.

Do you ever feel like with the claims that these  companies make, and then it not working for you that you don’t actually know what a phrase means? I see all these products that are anti-frizz, and yet my hair still sticks out in all directions refusing to be a uniform mass. If a balloon even threatens to go near my hair, the hair goes straight on end.  So, no, for my hair at least this does not reduce frizz.  It does add a little shine, but in order for my hair to look lovely and shiny it ends up taking a lot more than is recommended AND my hair feels greasy afterward.

All in all, this product does not work for me.  I am sure that there are people it does work for, but I’m not one of them.

Will I buy this product again? No, it didn’t work for me.

Will I finish this sample? No, it just didn’t work well enough for me to keep it around.

Here’s the break down:

Sample Size:  0.169 oz
Full Size:   1.6 oz
Full Size Price: $35.00
Sample Value: $3.69
FTC  Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Beauty Bar Sample Society  or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy

 

DDF – Amplifying Elixir – Review May 2, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 9:33 am
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Today I bring you the DDF Amplifying Elixir that I received in my April Beauty Bar Box.  This clear thin serum is supposed to help hydrate, strengthen, and improve the appearance of your skin.

So, how does it work?

Just fine. This, similar to the Laura Mercier water from the other day, is a nice product, but if your other products are good then you really won’t need this.  It is very hydrating, but if you drink tons of water, like me, you won’t really notice its hydrating effects as much. Since my skin is still relatively young and I use high quality products I don’t have any trouble with skin strength, and again because of my normal products my skin looks and feels pretty darn good.

I’m not saying this isn’t useful. I suspect if you are in the 45+ crowd when your skin starts thinning and needs strength this would be fantastic for you.  For people my age and younger, unless they have over-tanned, this should not be a necessary product.

Would I buy this again? Not for a few years.

Will I finish the sample? Meh, I have too many more products to sample – this is not going to stick around.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.5 oz
Full Size:   1.7 oz
Full Size Price: $63.00
Sample Value: $18.53

 

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

 

 

By Terry – Echantillon Creme de Rose – Review April 23, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 7:19 am
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Today I bring you the By Terry Echantillon Creme de Rose from my April Beauty Bar Sample Society Box. This thick cream has a soft crushed rose sent (gosh I never would have guessed from its name *snicker*). It absorbs into the skin at an average rate leaving a slight creamy feeling to the skin after 10 minutes. It claims to have ingredients that help tighten up your skin giving a more useful appearance and is intended to be used each morning on the face, neck and décolleté (upper chest around the collar bones).

How does it perform?

Beats me. I tried it at night because I didn’t want to have a negative reaction and have to live with it all day, but the smell was so strong since you have a scent – even though not as strong as perfume so close to your nose. Luckily I was quite tired so I fell asleep despite the scent. I woke up about 8 hours later – started my daily activites without remembering what I did just before bed (applying the cream) and within a few minutes I started wondering what the strong scent that was following me was. Then I remembered…8 hours later and the scent was still there.

There is no way I can use it again – the scent is just too sweet, and even near my collar bones is too overwhelming for me. I truly wish I could say that this cream gives you an instant facelift, but I can’t bear to have it on to find out. 

If you like the smell of sweet roses then you may like this. I’d suggest going and finding a sample before buying a full priced one since this scent will probably make or break it for you.

Will I buy it again? No, I really can’t use with with the fragrance.

Will I finish the sample? No, again, I really can’t use with with the fragrance.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size:  0.14 oz
Full Size: 1.01 oz
Full Size Price: $99.00
Sample Value: $13.72

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