Subscriber Survey: What Items Have You Bought After Sampling?

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Sunday Subscriber Survey time! This week’s subscription box question is:

What subscription box item was so good that you’ve bought more of it after sampling?

The first item that comes to mind for me is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (Sampled through Birchbox). I’ve bought the full-size version many times since I first sampled it! (And I just grabbed a few of their new Spring colors!)

What subscription box item was so good that you’ve bought more of it after sampling?

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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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  1. Obliphica Seaberry hair serum and Ahava Deadsea minerals hand cream…love!

  2. Bumble and Bumble, Don’t Blow it, fine hair
    Clean Reserve Sel Santal though I could never afford the full size, I got the travel size

  3. Acv hair rinse (Allure)
    ILES Formula Full size set (Ouiplease)
    Cheese whisps. I have bought these many times. Plus other food items. (Degusta)
    Spongella (FFF)
    Kat Von D tatoo liner (Play)
    Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel (Birchbox)
    Paula’s Choice (BeautyFix)
    I’m sure there’s more.

  4. Laneige cream from the Target box!

  5. I became obsessed with Zoya nail polish after sampling it in one of my first Birchboxes. I have sooo many of their polishes now!

  6. Earthwise Beauty’s Nap in the Meadow aloe-based serum, Dafna’s Skincare Eye Care, and Lepaar 24K Precious Oil (all from Boxwalla Beauty).

  7. La Roche Posay hydrating cleanser from a Target beauty box and Spongelles from FFF. I love the Whish Botanical Primer from Birchbox but it’s a tad pricey so I’m on the fence about buying it full-size.

  8. Orchard fruit & nut bars, Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream (& other products from the same line), LAQA & Co lip lube, Atelier Cologne, theBalm Meet Matte Trimony palette, Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation, Jersey Shore lip balm.

  9. Spongellé, lalicious sugar scrub, and Vosges chocolate

  10. The Beauty Protector detangling spray (red bottle) from Birchbox.

    Purlisse daily lip nourisher from ipsy (I think).

    I will buy make up forever excessive lash mascara (from ipsy) when I run out of my samples.

    Dove dermacare scalp 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner from a Target box. (Although the sample bottle had a blue image on it… when I bought the matching full size they DO NOT smell the same. I think the sample was actually the mint.)

  11. K Hall Shea Soap from (PSMH Oct 2014. Bought multiple times, and I’ll buy it again if I ever run out of soap)

    Blissoma moisturizer (iirc, Petit Vour and/or Goodbeing)

    Avene moisturizer (BeautyFix)

    William Roam shampoo/conditioner (Vegan Cuts. Also have tried their soaps, body wash and lotion – all really good!)

    Marquet scarves and jewelry (GlobeIn, Love Goodly)

    Pacifica candles (Love Goodly)

    David’s toothpaste (Goodbeing)

    Benefit They’re Real Mascara (Birchbox, iirc)

    Marrakesh Endz (Glossybox?)

    Balanced Guru – several products (Vegan Cuts)

    Gingiber tea towels (SugarBash)

    Ordered at Juice Beauty for non-sampled items only because sampling exposed me to the brand.

    Gonna give a mention to my Luxor Box WeWood sunglasses. They’re my default sunnies and if anything ever happened to them I’d buy them again even at full RV.

  12. So many! One that immediately jumps out is the Tata Harper resurfacing mask. I can’t be with this stuff!

  13. Loved the Skin Ceutical(s) face cream from the Nov Beauty Box was so good that I bought it in Dec. Amazing stuff!

  14. I’m relatively new to subscription boxes (except Naturebox), so I’ve only purchased two items after sampling, both from Birchbox:

    Whish Botanical Primer. I like the light texture, and it works well with my skin.

    NuFace Prep-n-Glow textured cleansing cloths. These are pricy, but I only use them once or twice a week, and use my normal cleansing cloths the rest of the time. They do a great job of removing makeup, and have a gentle exfoliating action.

    • Absolutely love the NuFace prep and Glow cleansing cloths. I’ve purchased them several times after getting them in my BF box.
      Also love Oribe products that I discovered from BB.
      Spongelles from FFF.

      • Almost forgot…the best ever eye and face makeup remover, Sisley Paris Gentle make up remover. It’s super expensive but it’s the only remover that doesn’t sting my eyes and works really well. I’ve purchased it twice since trying it in my Sisley Paris sub.

  15. Marcelle BB cream, juice beauty primer, vesanti brighten up cleanser, Marrakesh hair oil, shampoo and conditioner, Liz Earle cleanse and polish, Valentina’s Naturals perfume oil, Herbivore coconut water, osea atmosphere protection cream, Camille Beckman lotion, parakito insect repellant, hum nutrition, and probably more..

  16. Cocofloss, Davines haircare, Oribe shampoo, Klorane dry shampoo, Smith & Cult lip gloss and nail polish, BUM BUM cream, Lipstick Queen lipsticks, blush and lip gloss, IPKN BB cream, Sephora eye pencils, IT Brow pencil, Keep Cups, Swell water bottles, Corksicle cups and bottles, 1951 handbags, Quai haircare (shampoo/conditioner, hair oil and wave spray) Dr Jart sheet masks and BB cream, Bioderma micellar water and more! I’ve also purchases MASSI throws and have found other brands I’ve really liked and purchased again after discovering in boxes.

  17. Spongelle
    ACV Hair rinse
    Grace and Stella eye masks
    Nelson Beverly Hills hair mask.

  18. Belif Aqua bomb, skinfood scrub, Marc Jacobs blacquer eyeliner — might’ve purchased more but these ones I remember for now 🙂

  19. Lots and lots.

    From So Choix, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation and a Chanel loose finishing powder.

    From Beautyfix, Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper primer.

    From Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, the Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir.

    From some food box or other (probably more than one), Beanitos Mac n’ Cheese Crunch. From Fit Snack Box, Thinables crackers.

    From Birchbox, It’s a 10, Davines Oi shampoo and conditioner, Vasanti Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator.

    From various fitness boxes, Quest Bars and OhYeah One bars.

    From Beauty DNA, Epionce Lytic Plus Tx retexturizing lotion.

    Probably some more stuff I forgot about, too.

  20. too faced palette, bronzer, mascara and melted lip, tarte palette, mascara and cheek stick, it cosmetics cc cream, bye by under eye. Alterna,It’s a 10 hair care, pretty peushun, spongelles, kate sommervile face scrub, kokostar foot peel, babyfoot, kat von D tattoo liner, lipstick queen, lollia, cream and shower gel, aetelier perfume, bumble and bumble hair primer and oil, benefit gimme brow, nyx butter gloss, flint roller, tocca candles and hand cream, some items from banned books,

  21. Kate Somerville exfolikate, Tatcha the water cream, The Balm mad lash mascara, Hourglass veil mineral primer, Becca first light priming filter, Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder, Jack Black lip balm, UD all nighter setting spray.. I’m sure there are more but these come to mind first!

  22. Im embarrassed to say but i have been pretty obsessed with those Smashmellows churro flavored marshmallows i sampled in popsugar. Funny thing is that i usually hate marshmallows but these are amazing.

    • I have a local shop in Austin that makes some that taste the same but are cheaper and locally sourced. I can’t get enough of them in my hot chocolate and whisky mix!

  23. Surprised I haven’t seen anyone say Skin & Co Truffle Therapy toner – it’s a best seller and a 1-2 weeks worth sample from Ipsy had me buying multiple bottles. My skin loooooves it! Wouldn’t have tried Kiehl’s if not for subs and have purchased stuff from them since, though not the specific products I sampled. There’s a lot I’ve sampled that I Would purchase but, for example, too stocked up on random eyeliners that I have to go through before I buy an Eyeko liner, too much handcreme to buy Barefoot Venus handcremes just yet, etc.

  24. I bought Wet Brush after getting the mini in a PSMH almost three years ago.

    Numbers food items that came in Try the World and Degustabox.

    I bought more Pehr bins.

    I bought two more Corksicles.

    The bf bought a ton more Etiquette socks (discovered in last year’s PSMH For Him Winter LE)

    I TRIED to buy more of that cookie mix from last year’s PSMH Dec box but can only find it as annoyingly high prices.

    Dusti screen cleaners

    that Southern… something or other pancake mix from PSMH a while back

    The Laundress fabric decreaser from Rachel Zoe a year and a half ago

    And from Birchbox: Davines Love conditioner, Dr. Jart Micro Water (still my favorite micellar water), Klorane dry shampoo, Royal Apothecary tea mud mask, Air Repair Rescue balm, Avene Cleanance face wash.

    • I loved that mask and they don’t sell it anymore. And I’m a mask FREAK. But really miss the royal apothecary.

  25. Kopari shower scrub. Smells like vacation.

  26. Ahava Mud Mask and Spongelles.

  27. Off the top of my head — Vasanti Brighten Up Exfoliator, Alterna Caviar volume spray, Spongelles (for gifts), NARS Lip Glide…pretty sure there’s more that I can’t remember at the moment.

  28. RX Bars

  29. I received “Clean” brand body lotion (cool cotton scent) in a PopSugar Mini Box a couple of years ago. Since then, it has been my perfume and body lotion. I also received Beauty Counter Cleansing Balm in a PopSugar Box. I love it! I will continue to buy this!!

  30. Spongelles from FFF Add ons. Lipstick Queen’s “black” rouge for a gift. Mostly I am still using which I received when I subscribed to so many beauty boxes.

  31. FAB coconut primer, laura mercier shadow stick and I will probably be buying another lalicious body scrub (such a nice formula and it isn’t messy). I really enjoy most of the beauty heroes products , but I don’t normally repurchase because of the price and there tends to be similar items in future boxes.

  32. Purity cleanser, skinfood black sugar mask.

  33. Prtty skin firming lotion (I use it as a facial moisturizer) from Popsugar.
    Tarte liquid lipstick from Boxycharm.
    IT CC Cream from Birchbox.
    Super Goop CC cream from Birchbox.
    Derick Lom10 Crosby 2AM Kiss from Play!

    There are probably some others…

    • I forgot to mention Luxie Brushes. I got a few in Ipsy and another box, then bought a whole set.
      Also, those stroop waffles. From Popsugar and from Love With Food. Love them!

  34. Paula’s choice skincare, lots of snacks and drinks from the Amazon prime boxes.

  35. LXMI Nilotic Melt

  36. Hey Honey serum

    • Yes my favorite

  37. Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse, Laneige Water Sleeping Pack.

    • I also bought the full size of that lemon rinse after trying a sample in glossybox. I really loved the smell and effects on my scalp.

  38. Various snacks (esp. Pasta chips), Quest bars, Lenny & Larry cookies. Williams Sonoma cupcake mix

  39. Skin care! Specifically Pūr~Lisse soy milk cleanser, Pūr~lisse mud mask, and a ton of Pūr~lisse sheet masks ❤️.
    I’ve bought so many skin care products after sampling them though. For a long time my skin has been dry and super sensitive, so I’ve been apprehensive about skin care products that I don’t already love. But thanks to subscription boxes I’ve sampled some really awesome things.

  40. Off the top of my head: Number of food items – vegan – plus loads of niu body makeup remover wipes which are the best, Pacifica, misfit watch for myself after hubbie loved the breo box from winter.

  41. Tatcha, love all of their products.

    • I agree! Absolutely love the cleansing oil. It removes makeup so much better than other cleansing oils but still leaves your skin soft.

  42. The first thing that comes to mind is Bliss body butters. I love the lemon and sage.

  43. Hanalei lip treatment

  44. IT’s Confidence in a Cream. a few perfumes (Tokyo Milk, Nest, Tom Ford). Nip & Fab glycolic peel pads. Clinique almost lipstick. Kokie nail color

  45. A lot of the Popsugar snacks, the rest I swap and hoard 🙂

  46. R+Co Smoothing Oil, Briogeo Hair Products, Spongelle, Anderson Lilley Winter in Manhattan Beach Lotion, and Acure Products

  47. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and IT CC cream.

  48. I bought Oribe Glaze after getting the glaze, the shampoo, and the conditioner in one of my subscription boxes. (I think it was Birchbox.) It’s expensive, and I can’t afford all three products, so I went with the glaze. I love the way my hair looks after I use it. On the other end of the spectrum, I bought the elf Lip Exfoliator after getting it in the Target Advent Calendar box. It’s amazing!!!

  49. Drunk Elephant protini, African Botanics therapy gel, Sunday Riley CEO serum, SmartLash Advanced, Cocolabs Cocofloss!

  50. From the top of my head, Bum Bum Cream, Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, YSL Oil in Cream lipstick, This Works pillow spray, and Flowerbomb. Oh and makeup remover mitts.

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