Sample Size Me: Beauty Sampling Programs

There is just something about a surprise that’s so intriguing. The thrill of getting something unexpected is one of life’s little pleasures. And that’s exactly why I was excited to learn about beauty sampling programs.

What is a beauty sampling program? It’s a beauty program that delivers 5-6 deluxe sized samples (sometimes even full-size products) of high-end beauty brands in different varieties of makeup, hair care, skin care, fragrance and nail products right to your door each month. Beauty sampling companies work with leading beauty brands to provide a monthly box of deluxe samples to those who become members, all for a fraction of what it would cost to buy in a beauty store such as Sephora or Ulta. There is an online profile to complete which helps to best match products to your personal beauty requirements.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, there is a catch…there is a small fee to start sampling. Generally this fee ranges from $10-$21 a month, but the samples you receive are usually worth much, much more.

A few popular beauty sampling programs I researched online:
Birchbox
Glossybox
Beauty Army
Total Beauty Collection
Sample Society With Allure
IPSY
Beauty Box 5

You’re probably wondering which beauty sampling company I decided to try. Well, I signed myself up for a three-month beauty trial to the program I liked the most which is Glossybox. Glossybox was the most expensive program I researched ($21 per month), but personally I found their high-end beauty brands the best and I couldn’t resist the cute pink and black box the products will arrive in along with a special card. Unfortunately my beauty box will not arrive until the end of April (about 3-weeks). But I am sure this surprise will be worth my wait!
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I also plan on signing up for Birchbox after my three-month trial with Glossybox. Birchbox actually has a waiting period to try their beauty sample boxes and I am currently on a waiting list.

As soon as I receive my beauty box, I will write a full review on my beauty blog. I am one excited girl…can’t wait for my surprise beauty box to arrive!

Have you tried a beauty sampling program?

XO

Trisha

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Target Beauty List

Hello Gorgeous!

If you live in the United States, you generally love Target. It is a very convenient store with lots of great products. In this beauty blog post, I am going to list my favorite beauty products from Target. So get your Target shopping list ready and add a few great inexpensive beauty products to your list and spoil yourself a little… After all, it is almost Valentine’s Day and you deserve it!

If you have read any of my other beauty blog posts, you know I LOVE travel-sized beauty products and Target has a great selection of travel-sized products to choose from which can all be found in their travel section. You will notice a few travel-sized items on my list below.

Get your pen and Target shopping list ready and add a few beauty products you want to try…

Target Beauty Must Have List:

Ponds travel-sized face cream. They have different ones to choose from, but each one is great! I really like Ponds Clarant B3 and Ponds Rejuveness. (price range $1.50)

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Travel-Sized Johnson’s Baby Oil. This is great to gently remove your eye makeup. (price range $1.50)

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Conair Folding LED Mirror in white or black. Every girl needs one of these mirrors. This one is very portable and perfect for doing your makeup! (price range $20)

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Travel-Sized Vaseline. Great for your lips at night or any really dry areas you want to add extra moisture to before bed. (price range $1.50)

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Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm. This stuff is amazing on your lips…must have! (price range $3)

Baby Lips

Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets. Perfect to keep your oily zones clear! (price range $4.50)

Oil Sheets

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. (price range $8.50)

Toner

Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. (price range $6.50)

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Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask. (price range $9.50)

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Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Oil Free – 25 Count. Perfect for removing makeup before bed. (price range $4.99)

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color. This is the best for fast drying polish! (price range $4.50)

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Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin. This is the best liquid foundation! (price range $9.99)

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Infiniti Pro by Conair™ 1875 Watt Salon Performance Styling Tool (hair dryer). Did you know your hair dryer can be damaging your hair more than it should? This is the best hair dryer I have ever had and I have tried a lot and some that were very expensive. This is the absolute best and it dries your hair in minutes, leaving it silky soft! Plus, it is super affordable. (price range $29.99)

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These are all great products and they can all be found at your local Target store. I hope you like them too!

XOXO

Trisha

The Best Inexpensive At-Home Facial Mask

If you feel overwhelmed by the massive amounts of products offered at beauty counters and stores, you’re not alone. I thought I’d make your selection process easier by sharing one of my favorite skin care products because you might just like it too.

Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask is one of my favorite masks, I absolutely love this product. My skin feels great when I wash it off and really helps minimize my pores. While it is on my face, I can actually see the product settling into my pores, working its magic where the excess oil is pulled out as you see these dark marks around your pores when the mask is completely dry. Right away my skin is noticeably softer and hydrated after using this mask. This mask definitely purifies skin and for only around $9 a tube, I highly recommend it.

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What you need to know:

According to Boots, this mineral rich oceanic clay mask contains a negative electrical charge which acts like a magnet helping to draw deep-rooted impurities out of the skin without drying. It’s hydrating and oil absorbing properties leave skin soft, smooth and wonderfully cleansed.

Provide deep hydration for your skin with this conditioning clay mask. Designed for use on normal and combination skin, the unscented formula prevents irritation to keep you comfortable as the mask purifies and clarifies your skin.

How to use:

Shake well before use. Apply to cleansed skin and leave to dry for 10-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply your moisturizer after.

Where you can buy it:

At Target in the USA or Boots (if you live in the UK).

Pamper your skin with this amazing mask, just in time for Valentine’s Day and look your best!

XOXO

Trisha