Club. I love that word. Anyone who has ever read Clubs by Lolly Leopold will know what I mean. As a kid I used to invent a new club every week for my friends to join. I ran the bird watching club, the book reading club, the hanging out in trees eating Gingernuts club, and countless others. These days not so much.
We really don't seem to have many clubs anymore - the most anyone has is a membership to an overpriced gym club. Real clubs are exclusive, members only and let's make up stupid rules, have a camaraderie and tonnes of fun together and then giggle about it in public afterwards and have people look bemused. I'm rather jealous of the Freemasons for that reason.
But I've recently come across a beauty club. And you can be a member.
Photos thanks to Richard
I'm pretty low key when it comes to makeup, but like a mad scientist or demented guinea pig (I never can quite work out which) I'm a sucker for experimenting with new products. This new Kiwi beauty club gives you the chance to try new products each month, write about them and share your opinions with others. It comes from the realisation that we're not suckers anymore, and no longer buy things just because we see them on the ad. How many times have you bought something because someone recommended it to you? Me? Lots. Some of you readers even share your favourite beauty products and tips with me on Twitter, many of which I end up using or buying (thanks @sophiealiceryan!).
My Sample Bar pack - Facial Fresh Collagen masks, EVO hair mask, Mia everything balm, Dermalogica cleanser, Model Co heated eyelash curlers (crazy fun), and Wine Wipes.
Sample Bar opens itself up to a limited number of members each month. The membership fee is $25 a month (you can just do a single month or make it ongoing), and they deliver a box of beauty goodies to your door every four weeks. The contents of the box are always a mix of tried and true favourites plus new and exciting brands and products that the Sample Bar team have sourced from overseas. The contents of each box is worth well over $25, and you're free to try, review them on the Sample Bar site if you want to share your views, and if you love the product and want more, then you can always buy the full-sized product from Sample Bar's online store. I tried it the other day and have really enjoyed discovering products I'd never heard of before.
Because of the limited numbers of sample packs available, there's a waiting list for membership. It pays to sign up early in the month so you can be one of the first.
Wearing my hair very simple this week as it's been hectic. Loving the simplicity of a low bun with a few scraggly ends. What's your favourite go-to hairstyle at the moment?
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