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Discover With Marta Subscription Review – Holiday 2013

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Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Box Review

Discover with Marta is a beauty and skincare subscription box that ships every other month. You have buy the entire subscription upfront, but so far for me I think it’s definitely been worth it.

I really like that most of the skin care samples the send are made with natural ingredients, and this subscription ships worldwide!

Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Bag

Each shipment’s samples come in a reusable bag. Here’s the first look at what’s inside:

Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Skincare Samples

The Subscription Box: Discover with Marta

The Cost: $24 a box with free shipping (a one time up-front fee of $144)

The Products: 6 deluxe skincare and beauty samples delivered every other month.

Ships to: Everywhere! Free shipping to the US, and an additional $20 one time fee for International customers.

Check out all of my Discover with Marta reviews and the Skincare Subscription Box Directory!

Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Card

Each box comes with a letter from Marta detailing each of the items included and why she selected them.

Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Ingredients

(On the back of the letter she lists out all of the ingredients for each sample).

Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Scrub

Astara Bio-genic Skincare Citrus Lavender Sea Salt Scrub – 1.5 oz Value $7

Blissoma Refine Clay Renewal Treatment – .5 oz Value $7.50

This sea salt scrub checks off everything I look for in a scrub: great scent, and enough oil to keep your skin moisturized after you wash it away!

Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Eye Serum

Skinfinite LOL Eye Serum – 2 ml Value $6

Lumavera Oxygenating Masque – 5 ml Value $12

I had to include a quarter to show scale in this picture because this eye serum sample is SO tiny!  This serum is a best seller at Truth in Aging, and supposed to be great on dark circles, but I just wish they sent out a bigger sample so I could actually try it for a week or two and see if I want to buy the full-size version.

(Super tiny skincare samples are a pet peeve of mine).

Discover With Marta Subscription Review - Holiday 2013 Items

Amarte Hydrolift Cream – 10 ml total Value $7

My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer – 10 ml Value $11

I’ve sampled My Prime moisturizer before, and I like it a lot for helping keep my complexion matte under foundation, so I’m very happy to have more of this product!

Verdict: I paid $24 for this box and received about $50 worth of skincare products. Even thought I complained about the tiny eye serum sample, fortunately some of the items I like will last for a week or two, so this box is still a good value for me. (I also still need to try the masks, so I may end up liking this box even more!) It’s not my favorite box from this subscription (I hope they include at least one makeup item in the next shipment!)

What do you think of the Holiday 2013 Discover with Marta box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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  1. I would be wary of this company. Besides very small poor quality samples, their CS is pathetic. They have not followed through with their sending out samples every other month. Once they got off schedule I asked for a refund . I received two letters stating I could have a refund and then after waiting several weeks w/o receiving any correspondence, I sent a reminder about my refund. I then received a note saying I could not have a refund. Their advertisement is very misleading I will report this company soon if they deny my refund.

  2. I received this box and like it, but i am wondering what your opinion on how much product is necessary to show effectiveness? A lot of face and body product commercials show 6-8 weeks as a marker, and in the products i use (especially serums) i don’t notice improvement right away, like takes 4-6 weeks which is usually beyond sample sizes.
    i did think the eye serum was extremely small, even considering i don’t use much product and use a super thin layer. was just wondering what your gage for sufficient sample size to demonstrate results is.

  3. Tiny samples are exactly why I don’t like most of the health &/or skin care boxes. There is rarely enough to tell if the supplement, serum…whatever, is effective. Why not send at least enough to get me hooked and then I’d have to buy the full-sized item.

    • I agree, it doesn’t seem to make sense for skincare companies to have sample sizes that won’t demonstrate results!

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