The Elizabeth Arden part certainly has some interesting products. I have two Visible Whitening Melanin White Control Capsules, Visible Whitening BB Cream, and Visible Whitening Smoothing Cleanser. From what I can tell, these are all new launches, so if you like getting new products in your Trove, then this is a good one. The samples are rather small, but then again, Elizabeth Arden is a pretty expensive brand over here.
Next, Dr Ci:Labo. I've never actually heard of this brand, and it looks like a Japanese brand. The brand calls itself the "World's No.1 Medical Cosmetics brand which is developed by a team of dermatologists". This month, we got a small sample of the BB Perfect Cream White 377+, Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX (the product that put the brand on the map in the 90's), Super Cleansing EX, which is a makeup remover, and Super Washing Foam EX, which is of course a foam cleanser. These are also smaller sizes - I'm guessing each one will probably yield 3-4 uses? Still, the brand's not cheap here either (the foam cleanser alone costs $47.00 for a full-sized product). So it does seem like despite the smaller samples, at least these are pricy ones.
Lastly, there is the Vanity Magazine. Such a pretty cover! Always an interesting read, partly also due to the blogger-contributed articles - I know you can always go online to see their posts, but it's interesting seeing it in print - I always feel like these beat the regurgitated press releases we see in actual beauty magazines...I mean for all their journalistic training, you could hire a monkey to justs copy-paste the darn press release, and an paid/unpaid intern to tweak it slightly so that the printed article carries the magazine's tone of voice. I guess more effort goes into the photography and modelling all that, but as far as writing quality is concerned, that's just my $0.02.
An example of this month's article contributed by The Cambelles!
So that's it for this month's Vanity Trove. You get stuff from Elizabeth Arden, Dr Ci:Labo, and if you read this review, you also got a free (but short!) rant from me on the somewhat robotic nature of writing for a beauty magazine :P I could go on for longer, but I guess I'm not that qualified to rant, because goodness knows the shoddy un-spellchecked writing that slips into this blog. (I blame it on iPhone's autocorrect :P ) But anyway, if you're interested do check out the Vanity Trove website.
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)