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You should start a swap/trade list instead of throwing out the items you won't use. I think I've seen you over on the Memebox forums so I'm sure you'll receive a thing or two in one of those boxes that doesn't appeal...for example something for oily skin or dry/sensitive skin. I use my extras in gifts baskets for family and friends but some items are just plain odd and not giftable. I've heard that others sell on eBay. Just a few ideas. :)

Swapping or saving for a gift is definitely the way to go!  MUT is in the middle of the first summer gift exchange (for Reasons, we ended up doing two rounds, and one is wrapping up while the other is still a little over a week from ship date!  Next year, there's just going to be one big Midsummer exchange), and Secret Santa is right around the corner.  I've found my swapping for some things has ground to a halt because now I look at some of this stuff and think, "Hmm, maybe I should save this for my fairy godchild/kiddo!"

 

ANYWAY.  Swaps!  We have a a few dedicated spaced to choose from for this. 

Sample Society-focused thread where you post within the thread:  http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/132884-sample-society-swaps-trades-2014

General subscription/sample-oriented swap subforum where you create a thread dedicated to your swap list:  http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/forum/320-subscription-box-swaps/

 

There are other swap subforums, but since we're talking about subs and samples here, those are probably your best bet.

 

The up sides to posting in the thread:  It's very easy.  Post a brief list of what you have out of the current box and what you want, and that's that.  There's quite a bit of traffic in the box swap threads, especially when boxes are loaded onto accounts and/or received, so quite a few people probably see your post since they're all going directly to that thread looking for a particular item!  The down sides:  There's *so much* traffic, that it's easy as a reader to skim past something or see something, think you'll go back to the post to PM the member, and then forget about it as soon as you read the next post.  As a poster, it's easy to have your post end up buried in twenty other have/ISO posts as everyone else receives their boxes.  And you can't edit your posts in those threads after 24 hours. 

 

The down sides to creating a thread:  Uh...  It can be annoying to have to remember to maintain a long list?  The up sides are so numerous that they far outweigh the down side.  You have *one* post to maintain.  You can put a link to your swap list in your signature.  You can edit it as many times as you want.  Members can "like" a post there, and they will be notified whenever you edit it, so if you regularly swap with a particular person, you will get notified when they add stuff from their new boxes.  If you know how to create a thread in the general discussion area, you know how to create a swap post!

 

Uh...  Yeah.  There was something else I was going to say, but then I got distracted in the swap section with tracking down tutorial stuff, plus the turbo-boost-level strong coffee just kicked in (and kicked my headache in the teeth!  Yay!)!  If you have any questions, just let me know.  I know I'm forgetting something major and obvious, but I'm drawing a blank.

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It's LAQA&Co fat lip pencil in Pinkman :)

well shoot, I actually have that one and it sure did NOT look that good on me, lol!!! Thank you for the info and for inspiring me to dig thru my overwhelming number of plastic containers in order to find the forgotten lip pencil (I came across several other products which I had totally forgotten about that happened to be on my "wish" list - hubby was very delighted to see me shopping from my very own stash).... 

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To answer the question above on the hair mask, It works like a deep conditioner. So, its best to use once a week instead of your regular conditioner.

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I LOVE the revamped Sample Society Box! I was just about to cancel. Seriously, they managed to find the absolute tiniest samples in existence. I am very happy to see that all the items were deluxe and full size. I loved my L'Oreal lip color, I got Ruby Opera, and it's perfect for me. The Butter London I got was The Old Bill, I don't own this one yet, and it's very pretty. I am very hopeful that future boxes will be great.

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I just sent a long opposite-of-what-I-sent-to-Julep email to Beauty Bar!  I never do this, but I really, *really* want to encourage them to continue this kind of curation (except DO NOT BLOW ON YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES EVER!):

 

 

Hi there --

I just wanted to give a little feedback on the revamped Sample Society.  In two words:  LOVE IT!  I used to subscribe to Sample Society intermittently, but it was *so* skincare-heavy that I kept canceling after a few months.  The *occasional* skincare item is nice, but at one point, I think I received four skincare items -- all some sort of lotion/cream/moisturizer/sunscreen, and typically anti-aging, which I can't use because it seems to always have something that sets off a round of allergic eczema (which I never have unless I use an anti-aging product!), and never for sensitive skin even though I believe that's what I have marked off on my profile -- and a lipgloss in one box.  (And I *still* remember the first time I subscribed:  I believe I started with the second-ever Sample Society box, and I received *acne* products in two out of three boxes!  One thing I do not have a problem with is acne.  This was back when boxes were not being personalized, so everyone received the same thing.  I just don't understand the logic in sending acne care to *all* subscribers like that.) 

In contrast, I've been a Birchbox subscriber since April 2011, and I haven't skipped or unsubscribed one single time -- I've actually added multiple subscriptions a couple of times -- since because they send a variety of products.  Give me one product from each of four or five different categories -- makeup, hair, skin, body, hands -- and I'm happy.   I'm not big on fragrance since I'm allergic to alcohol-based fragrance, but if the rest of the box is solid, that's not a big deal.

And this month's box hit it out of the park!  The fragrance was a miss for me, but that's typical.  The lipgloss was fantastic (especially since it's a color I don't tend to get!  I have a *ton* of reds and corals, but I think Rose Melody is now the *only* color in the baby rose family that I own), I love a good nail polish (I actually already own Bobby Dazzler, but that just goes to show that I received the right shade for me), hair masks are one of my weaknesses, and I am on a hardcore highlighter kick.  Just about perfect. 

I feel like this is the first time that a Sample Society box reflected what I expected from a subscription associated with _Allure_ magazine.  The beauty pages are my favorite out of every magazine ever, and they're the first thing I flip to every month when I receive my issue of _Allure_ (now that I think about it, this is the only magazine I subscribe to nowadays.  All of my other subscriptions are beauty boxes/bags!) in the mail each month, and, honestly, this is the kind of assortment I was *sure* was going to be in the boxes under the old program, but I was sorely disappointed and frustrated when that turned out to not be the case.  Please keep up this variety every month, and I *will* be figuring out a way to wedge this box into my budget every month!  It's nice to get fancy skincare once in a while, but when a box is mostly or all skincare, I can't cancel quickly enough, especially if it's not specifically for sensitive skin.

But I do have a huge problem with one little thing:  In the magazine, on the page for the highlighter, there is a direction to remove excess highlighter from your brush by BLOWING ON IT.  That made me cringe!  Never *ever* blow on your makeup brushes!  That is a surefire way to smear germs all over your skin, brush, and makeup!  My skin wants to break out just *thinking* about that.  Please oh please never, *ever* make that suggestion again!

But also please oh please keep up this nicely varied box curation!  I really missed getting a Sample Society box every month, but I just couldn't justify getting a box of creams I couldn't use month after month.  I look forward to seeing what August brings!
 
Thank you,

-- meagan

 

 

ETA:  I already received a personalized response!  They actually read my entire long-ass email!  It definitely sounds like _Allure_ is in charge of things now -- both in terms of product selection and magazine insert creation -- and that this is a brand new thing, so I think this could be the start of something great if they keep this up.  Here's the most relevant part of the email:

 

 

 

We have received a lot of positive feedback regarding the new Sample Society kits since Allure magazine took them over. They are providing more than just skincare (I completely understand the frustration of receiving 2-3 moisturizers a month!) and have included beauty products for all areas. As for the instructions regarding the Laura Mercier highlighter, unfortunately, Allure magazine will be writing these instructions directly, so we will have little say in what goes in the packets. However, every cosmetic user finds tips and tricks that work for their skin or that don't work for their skin. It sounds like you know your skin and how it reacts, so please trust yourself if you ever feel like the suggestions you received are incorrect!
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Swapping or saving for a gift is definitely the way to go!  MUT is in the middle of the first summer gift exchange (for Reasons, we ended up doing two rounds, and one is wrapping up while the other is still a little over a week from ship date!  Next year, there's just going to be one big Midsummer exchange), and Secret Santa is right around the corner.  I've found my swapping for some things has ground to a halt because now I look at some of this stuff and think, "Hmm, maybe I should save this for my fairy godchild/kiddo!"

 

ANYWAY.  Swaps!  We have a a few dedicated spaced to choose from for this. 

Sample Society-focused thread where you post within the thread:  http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/132884-sample-society-swaps-trades-2014

General subscription/sample-oriented swap subforum where you create a thread dedicated to your swap list:  http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/forum/320-subscription-box-swaps/

 

There are other swap subforums, but since we're talking about subs and samples here, those are probably your best bet.

 

The up sides to posting in the thread:  It's very easy.  Post a brief list of what you have out of the current box and what you want, and that's that.  There's quite a bit of traffic in the box swap threads, especially when boxes are loaded onto accounts and/or received, so quite a few people probably see your post since they're all going directly to that thread looking for a particular item!  The down sides:  There's *so much* traffic, that it's easy as a reader to skim past something or see something, think you'll go back to the post to PM the member, and then forget about it as soon as you read the next post.  As a poster, it's easy to have your post end up buried in twenty other have/ISO posts as everyone else receives their boxes.  And you can't edit your posts in those threads after 24 hours. 

 

The down sides to creating a thread:  Uh...  It can be annoying to have to remember to maintain a long list?  The up sides are so numerous that they far outweigh the down side.  You have *one* post to maintain.  You can put a link to your swap list in your signature.  You can edit it as many times as you want.  Members can "like" a post there, and they will be notified whenever you edit it, so if you regularly swap with a particular person, you will get notified when they add stuff from their new boxes.  If you know how to create a thread in the general discussion area, you know how to create a swap post!

 

Uh...  Yeah.  There was something else I was going to say, but then I got distracted in the swap section with tracking down tutorial stuff, plus the turbo-boost-level strong coffee just kicked in (and kicked my headache in the teeth!  Yay!)!  If you have any questions, just let me know.  I know I'm forgetting something major and obvious, but I'm drawing a blank.

This is such a lovely and kind, heartfelt and helpful post, Meaganola. Thank you for taking the time to post it. :)

I guess I'm the MuT member who marches to the beat of a different drummer. In my head, if I don't want it, then I don't think anyone else would either.. 

It's a fatal flaw in judgment but it's probably rooted in early childhood.  I would GIVE my unwanted things away. Or put things in big bundles for next to nothing in trade because I totally lack judgment about " Value".

If I don't like an item or items I receive, then I have NO idea whether or not someone else would or anything.

It's part of being an only child whose mother never ever shopped for or talked about makeup or skin care, I think. 

My own internal system is extremely varied. It's not about prices, it's about what appeals to me. :)

 

And I am so thrilled over a brand new little plastic peach that contains Tony Moly hand cream that it's insane. And I am obsessed with Ruffian blue nail polish.. no rhyme or reason and price means nothing to me at all. I can buy anything i want. It's just an unusual trait of mine.  

I just can't. The guilt would keep me awake nights.

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Just used my nail polish, and I LOVE it!  My nails are never painted because I always mess them up before they get a chance to dry.  The Butter London, though, dried so fast and so thoroughly that I wasn't able to destroy it quikly enough.  =)  And the Champers shade is soooo pretty!  SuperWin!

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I swapped for the Ruby Opera color and I love it! I normally don't wear reds but this is gorgeous and sheers out to a pinky red on me. I do think it's an excellent dupe for YSL glossy stains, I have a few of them and the consistency and color payoff is really close but I actually like the Loreal better, it's less tacky feeling and the color is more even on me. So glad I got to try this! I hope SS keeps this up.

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Just used my nail polish, and I LOVE it! My nails are never painted because I always mess them up before they get a chance to dry. The Butter London, though, dried so fast and so thoroughly that I wasn't able to destroy it quikly enough. =) And the Champers shade is soooo pretty! SuperWin!

Isn't the formula amazing? It dries so fast, I usually mess them up before they're dry too but this actually dried before I could screw it all up! Champers is gorgeous, finally painted my nails with it today. I loved. everything about this box, I really really hope they keep it up. The highlighter powder is gorgeous, I've used the hair mask four times and it's only half gone...Everything was perfect!

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