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Sample Society vs. Birchbox vs. Luxe Box

 I am thinking of joining a monthly sample program and cannot decide which one would be best. Does anyone have suggestions?

Re: Sample Society vs. Birchbox vs. Luxe Box

 I joined the Sample Society and my first box is on it's way.  It's $15/month and they send an email with a tracking number and a list of what's in the box.  I'm getting:

Ren Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask Deluxe Sample

Oscar de la Renta Eprit d'Oscar Eau de Parfum Deluxe Sample

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Deluxe Sample

Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream Deluxe Sample

Skyn Icelandic Relief Eye Pen Deluxe Sample

 

I've heard really iffy things about Birchbox - apparently some months are great and others are awful.  I've never heard anything regarding Luxe Box.

 

Let us know what you decide!

 

 

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Oh my goodness. Check out MyGlam!

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Re: Glossjunkie -

Do you use MyGlam?  Is it any good?  I recently read/heard somewhere that they give out alot of infomercial type junk.

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I don't, but I've heard so many good things about it--and it's made up of five great beauty gurus on YouTube.

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I've heard phenomenal things about Birchbox. One of my old co-workers use to always tell me about her new products. I've also heard wonderful things about MyGlam. I'll have to check out Sample Society and Luxe Box. I really love the idea of getting new goodies monthly, it's like the netflix of the beauty industry Smiley Happy

Whimsically yours,
Janine

Re: Sample Society vs. Birchbox vs. Luxe Box

Actually, after their January and february shipping/missing bag fiasco, lots of youtubers did videos of MyGlam's horrible customer service (ie.  none at all).  They're starting to call them MyScam.  It's pretty bad.

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I tried joining Birchbox and even with a referral link I was put on a waiting list and haven't heard a thing back yet!

 

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You should be able to get at least May's box. Some people only had to wait a couple days, others weeks.

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mermadelove, have you made it off the wait list yet? The May box will be Gossip Girl themed.

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If anyone is curious, this is the box I got this month.

 


So far, it's the "worst" one I've received, still good though. There's a hair mask, 2 laundry detergent pods, Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck, Juice Beauty moisturizer, and Zoya nail polish, but I got Lotus, which is purple.

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@lowrah: I FINALLY got off the waiting list and my box has shipped. I'm supposed to get it tomorow. OF course, tomorrow I'm working a 12 hr day, so I won't get to see it until late tomorrow night! I did cancel my Julep membership because I thought $10 a month for a variety of products ( some full sized) was better than just mani/pedi stuff from one brand for $20.

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I got my referral points! Thanks again. Did you like your box?

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I wasn't totally in love with this one. It was a "Welcome" bix as opposed to the April box that everyone else got, so I was a bit disappointed. But not enough to cancel my subscription. I'm taking the face wash/scrub and moisturizer with me to the hospital when I deliver, and I''ll throw the perfume sample and nail polish sample in my donation box!

I was really looking forward to trying some of the stuff in the April box, but oh well!

 

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Did you get the BeFine skin care samples? Be careful, the girls at Makeup Talk just realized that they're expired. Some of them even smelled rancid. If you have expired samples, e-mail birchbox and they should make it right.

 

This is the first time I've heard of expired products being sent in BB. (Eco-emi has been known to send expired food products, and I guess Conscious Box sent some that were expired by a month this month)

 

Also, May's box is going to be inspired by Gossip Girl, so it should have really awesome stuff inside of it. Everyone gets one of these boxes as default.

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OMG, lowrah: THANK YOU for the heads up about the expired products. Mine totally were!!!! I'm so glad you told me to check! I would have been so mad to not realize it until AFTER I was at the hospital and ready to use them! I'm calling them ASAP!

 

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After reading and watching videos about these, these subscriptions are not very reliable or carry worthwhile products (expired ones?  No thanks).  There are very few, "I am so in love with this service," responses either.  Interesting idea but not very well executed. 

 

Will these become better over time?  Maybe but I doubt I will be joining one anytime soon. 

 

Thanks for the heads up.  These posts are definitely reaffirmation that my lack of interest was spot on. 

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I have a few friends that I just found out have Birchbox and really love it. I just got an email from them giving instructions on how to get 100 points credit for the expired samples sent from that one company. I'm going to give them a chance and see what happens. 

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Do you want another referral for BBox? I'm about to sign up & thought I'd check on here first. Thanks!

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Hi glossjunkie - do you have any more detailed info about myglam that you can share? I'm currently doing Birchbox and will break down what I've gotten so far in another post to orlando09 who started this thread. If I can get a first hand 'report' on myglam it may help me decide whether or not I should switch. How about the other one mentioned? Luxe Box? Any info on them? Thanks in advance.

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Check out MakeupTalk (it's a message board, you can lurk though). The girls there post every month about their subscriptions, and there are a lot of them covered.

 

I like Birchbox and Conscious Box (not beauty though)

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Hi orlando09 - I just recently joined Birchbox, I've gotten some fun stuff and everything is always beautifully packaged, cute box with everything wrapped in colorful tissue paper and a little card listing and giving info of enclosed products. I'll give you a breakdown of what I've got ten and you can judge for your self.

 

First box - Jan 2012 - "Clarity"  - included:

**Juicy Couture EDP Spray - .05 FL. OZ./ 1.5 ml

**Miracle Skin Transformer, Treat & Conceal for Eye & Face in Lt/Med - tiny tube didn't give exact size/ounces

**VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything: Eye Serum - .4 fl oz / 12 ml - pretty generous size

**Zoya Nail Polish in Megan .25 fl oz/ 7.5 ml - kind of pale grey color, not my fave, color-wise

**Then they included what they call a Lifestyle Extra - 'witchcraft Granola  - description "This Toasty granola, from Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio's NY based 'witchcraft chain, takes care of snack craving without any guilt. I actually thought it was a little packet of potpourri when I first saw it, duh.

**Finally there was a little refrigerator magnet and post card with ideas for  "Mini Detoxes" for different areas of your home & life

 

I've gotta run, have to go feed my dog, Brinderella, -- Ask not for whom the dog barked, she barked for ME - that won't be funny if you haven't heard the quote B4, sorry. and actually, she didn't bark, she's a Greyhound and they don't generally vocalize much. She cries like a baby though and can kinda' bark in her sleep. She also howls life a wolf in her sleep, in the middle of the night, in my bedroom. It is scary as heck waking to hear a 'wolf' howling in your bedroom at 3am! It's funny after the fact though. Love me my Grey-girlHeart

 

I'll come back in a bit to tell you what was in the other 2 packages I received.

 

Also, when you go back to their site and purchase any of the products received during that month you get a discount on those items, can't remember the particulars, sorry. 

 

 

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Hey orlando09 - it's kssweetheart, I'm back with more Birchbox info.

 

2nd kit - Feb 2012 - Spotlight

**Benta Berry G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream - .1 oz/ 3 ml

**Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant -  .45 fl oz / 13g - generous size

**Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - .07 fl oz / 2.3 ml

**Violent Lips Temporary Lip Tattoos - says contains 3 appliqués - haven't opened/tried yet - waiting to do with my niece Cant Wait!

**Supersmile Powdered Mouthrinse - single use packet

**info download 6 free tunes from Green River Ordinance

 

Then I got another kit this month by Vichy Skincare - the enclosed postcard read "We know you love your monthly Birchbox deliveries, but isn't it nice to get an extra treat now and then?" Now, this is not my regular monthly kit. I just got an email from Birchbox yesterday stating that my March kit was just shipped. So In answer to the question that Birchbox posed - above - Yes, it is nice to get an extra treat now and then..BUT....not if I'm paying for an extra kit when I only approved of 1 monthly kit & 1 charge on my credit card. I'll have to see if they charged me for this, or if this is just a great extra freebie. If I was charged for it, I'll have to go back and re-read the agreement and see if it states that they would send extra kits periodically and charge me for them - because if it said that and I agreed to it I REALLY don't want to call and make a big stink about it and end up feeling like a fool. So I'll keep you posted on that. In the meantime this bonus kit by Vichy includes:

 

**Purete Thermal 3-in-1 One step Cleanser - 1 oz / 30ml - cleanses, tones, removes makeup

**Aqualia Thermal Cream - .5 oz / 15ml - 24 hr Hydrating Care for the face

**Purete Thermal Eye Makeup Remover For Sensitive Eyes - 1 oz/ 30 ml

**Lifactiv Rhamnose Night - .5oz/ 30ml - Nighttime Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Care for Face, Neck and Decolletage

**Celludestock - .23 oz / 7 ml Packet - Intensive Treatment for Cellulite

 

So, this kit had generous sized samples, again, just have to see if I was charged and if so, double check the agreement that I agreed to (sounds stupid) Time will tell.

 

I'll come back and let you know what the real March 2012 Kit includes. I'm not sure how long I'll continue this, I guess I'll give it atlleast a few more tries. I'm also hoping that we get some detailed info from other people about the other programs that have been mentioned. That will factor in my decision re: 'should I stay or should I go' with Birchbox.

 

Hope this helped. Let me know what you decide, okay? Thanks.Smiley Happy

Re: Sample Society vs. Birchbox vs. Luxe Box

Wow, I didn't know any of these existed...is it worth 15$ a month for samples? Which is better to go with?

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hi makeupobsessed - yeah, isn't this pretty cool? I'm still on the fence about whether it's worth it or not. I'm hoping that others will give more detailed info about what they've received from other programs. I guess I could cancel birchbox and sign up for a different one for a couple of months and see what I think. You can always go back and re-join to my knowledge. There is also something called Makeup Tube, it's a lot more expensive but you do get more products and some full size or close to full size products. I'm really embarrassed to admit that I have gotten I think 3 'Tubes" and haven't really used them yet, I just kinda put them aside and never really went back to them. I feel pretty guilty about it, and stupid. If you like I can grab 1 or 2 and let you know what I got. Just let me know. Have a great day.

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