Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Total Beauty, Review of the "Pamper Me Pretty" Collection, May 2014 + 10% Discount Code

Unlike many of the beauty boxes reviewed on this blog, Total Beauty is not a subscription service.  They offer themed cosmetic sample collections which are available individually with no strings attached. They also have an extensive customer review system where you can get unbiased feedback from "real" women who have tried the products.   

Total Beauty recently made several of their cosmetic collections available at steep discounts.  As I'm still new to this company, I'm not sure if this was just a routine sale or if they were clearing out their inventory to make room for some new collections. As I was preparing this review for the "Pamper Me Pretty" collection, I found that it was no longer available on their site.  But this will give you an idea of what their collections look like and maybe inspire you to try one!

As with Total Beauty's The Fresh & Beautiful Collection, which I reviewed last week, the Pamper Me Pretty collection arrived in a custom fitted sleek black matte box.  Inside were six products, two full size and four luxury sample sizes.

The full size product (which is also a bonus product in this box) is a tube of Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub by St. Ives.  I really enjoy the scent and results that you get with apricot scrubs and there is enough here to last for a long time.  I received another one of these in another beauty box but this is one product I don't mind having in duplicate!

There is a small tube of Purity Facial Cleanser by "100% Pure" and yes, that is actually the name of the company.  As you can see in the photo, the words "Purity Facial Cleanser" are almost completely rubbed off this tube; I had to use a magnifying glass to make out the letters!  I've run into this problem before which makes me wonder if the sample products in these boxes are sometimes there because of packaging defects that make them otherwise unsalable? Anyway, this is an acne care product.

Next is a very small pot of a beige colored cream that is almost completely unlabeled, except for the words "Astara Skin Care Activated Anti-Oxidant Infusion".  No instructions for use, no ingredient list, no weight, no place of manufacture, no nothing.  The product is a beige colored cream with a clean slightly clay-like smell Out of curiosity, I checked their website where I found that this is an expensive product ($80 for 2 oz.) with skin nourishing and anti-aging properties.  This looks like a great item but it points to a pet peeve of mine....beauty box companies that include more or less unlabeled samples that you have no clue what to do with.  Come on Total Beauty....stand up on your hind legs and communicate!

There is a bent liner brush by Elaina Badro.  Although this probably isn't something I would use, it's unusual enough that I doubt it will be a duplicate in many subscriber's brush collections.  It has the tiniest little brush tip I've ever seen.  I'm sure it would work beautifully for eyeliner application.

Another anti-aging product is a small tube of "Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filler" by Skiin. These types of products tend to be quite expensive in their full sizes ($39.95 in this case) so I'm happy to try this sample.

The last product is my second favorite (after the apricot scrub) in this box....a 3-free nail lacquer by Vapour. This one is in the palest pink translucent shade called Virtue. This is only the second Vapour nail polish I've owned and I'm actually glad it's a sample size, as I'm never able to finish the full size bottles!

In my short time keeping an eye on this company, I've noticed that they tend to heavily discount their beauty collections as they are bringing in the newer ones.  So if you want the lowest price on a particular collection, your best bet may be to just wait. Of course, you run the risk of losing out completely but it might be worth a shot.

Total Beauty is a really great way to "try before you buy" with no long term commitment. If you're interested in one of their collections, the code FAB10 will get 10% off your entire order. Also, the code WELCOME should work for 10% off at checkout.  

Please subscribe and let me know what you think of your first Total Beauty Collection!


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