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:
Beauty Army
Total Beauty Collection
Sample Society With Allure
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!
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?



How To Get SUPER WHITE Teeth for Cheap

Hello Gorgeous!

Did you ever wonder if there was an easy solution to get super white teeth at home for cheap? Stop your wondering now because I am going to tell you how. The tooth whitening fairy is about to make a visit and you’re going to be so happy she did. Get ready to be the proud new owner of pearly white teeth and a beautiful smile… After all, if you’re not whitening, you’re yellowing (I’m sure you’ve heard that a million other times, lol). This amazing product is also a beauty steal (beauty item under $20).

What you need and how to use:

  • Two clear mouth guards. You’ll need one for your top teeth and one for your bottom teeth. I am talking about the type of mouth guard you would wear to protect your teeth while playing sports. These can be bought almost anywhere for about $1 and are usually found down the sports section of a store (any brand is fine). I have seen them at Wal-Mart, Meijer, and Target just to name a few places. And now you’re ready to make your very own custom teeth trays without going to the dentist (these can also be used as a mouth guard while you sleep). This is super easy and only takes a few seconds (usually directions are listed on the back of the mouth guard packaging). Step 1: Bring a small pot of water to a full boil on your stove. Next to the boiling water, place a container of ice-cold water, deep enough to dip the mouth guard into. Step 2: Drop the mouth guard into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove with tongs and dip the mouth guard into ice-cold water for 1 second. Step 3: Immediately after, place the mouth guard around your upper teeth. The mouth guard will be warm but will not burn you if done properly. Instantly secure your mouth guard by pressing your tongue against the back of your upper teeth. Leave the mouth guard in your mouth for 30 seconds to set. Bite gently and suck all air and water out until a tight fit forms around your upper teeth. Step 4: Remove mouth guard and place in cold water for a few seconds to set your custom teeth shape. For smaller mouths, the guard can be shortened by cutting along the edges with scissors for a custom fit (I had to do this as I have a small mouth). Repeat this process for your bottom teeth.

Mouth guard

And now you’re ready to start whitening your beautiful smile!

  • Plus White 5 Minute Bleach Whitening Gel. This product can be bought almost anywhere too, but to name a few places: Wal-Mart, Meijer, Target and CVS. It’s usually around $5 to $7 to buy. Just add the whitening gel to your mouth guards and place them in your mouth. You have to leave them in your mouth for at least 5 minutes for the gel to start working, but I leave mine in for close to one hour. If you have really sensitive teeth and gums, I would leave them in for about a half hour, but this is completely up to you. I will say that the gel does not taste good at all, but the results are worth it. I usually whiten my teeth while in the shower so I can spit out the extra foam (gross right) and I leave them in while I am getting ready or I will whiten before bed while watching TV. I do not recommend sleeping with the gel in your mouth because this will cause major sensitivity to your teeth and gums for a few days (ouch!). And you can whiten as often as you like. I usually only whiten every few weeks. I noticed instant results of whiter teeth my first time using this whitener (I am still amazed at the results every time I use this product), but it may take a few times of whitening to see a difference.

Whitening Gel

Well there you have it… Get SUPER WHITE teeth for cheap (under $10) in only a few minutes in the comfort of your own home. I have been using this whitening gel for over 5 years and have never had any tooth sensitivity that wasn’t normal. I also asked my dentist if it was OK for me to use this product and was told it is safe. My dentist is also amazed at how beautifully white my teeth are every time I come in for my 6 month check up.

Pros: It works. It is cheap. It is safe. It is easy to use. It makes your teeth SUPER WHITE.

Cons: It doesn’t taste that good.

I hope this product gives you amazing results like it gives me! Now go on and get your bleach on and enjoy your best smile yet!