Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reviewed: Allure Beauty Box


I’ve got the Allure Beauty Box for you today. Not sure if this one is for July or August, though. The cost for this monthly box is $15. For that, you will get at least 5 deluxe samples of products chosen by the editors of Allure magazine. They do offer a yearly subscription for $165 and you get one month free.

Inside this bright red box, you’ll find something like this…

Plus a mini-magazine full of  details about each product, including why the editors chose that particular product.

Taking the products in order as they appear in the mini-mag, we’ll start with the Malin+Goetz Peppermint Shampoo.

This had a strong peppermint smell, so fair warning. The editors called it eye-opening and I believe that. It’s made for all hair types with peppermint extract and an amino acid hydration technology. It apparently creates a lot of lather and the advice was to “be prepared to rinse like you mean it”. 

A full size is $20 for 8 ounces. I received 1 ounces, which would make the sample value around $2.50.

Next is a product that sparks some interest - from Nuance by Salma Hyaek, the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream.

From the mini-mag, this is “a medium-weight facial moisturizer that’s pack with skin-protecting antioxidants”. I like that it can be used for both morning and evening. Cuts down on the number of products that need to be purchased. Even though I'm having tremendous success with my homemade face cream, I'll give this one a try over a week's time to see what I think of it.

The full size is 1.4 ounces and goes for $19.99. I received 0.265 ounces. Based on all this, I’ll estimate the value at around $5.00.

From Bumble and Bumble, I received a deluxe sample of their Grooming Cream.

It’s a lightweight styling cream that is supposed to smooth frizz, boost waves and add texture. I’ll give it a try the next time I wash my hair.

The full size is 5 ounces and goes for $30. My sample sizes is 0.5 ounces, so estimated value would be $3.00.

From Benefit, I received the They’re Real Push-Up Liner.

Once I figured out how to used the product (strike one - hard to use, at least it was for me), I decided it's not a product I will buy in the future. 

It came out rather gloopy (strike two) which meant I would not be able to get a good line. 

I was able to spread it out but...

Yeah. Not a look I'd be likely to wear. I suppose it's possible I just don't know how to use it because I've seen rave reviews of it. Just seems like it would be more work than it’s worth. I can, however, attest to the waterproof quality. I had to use a makeup wipe and really scrub to get it off (strike three). Perhaps it’s good for other girls, just not for me.

Full size is 0.04 ounces and goes for $24.00. Mine is 0.003 ounces, so I estimate the value at around $1.00.

I also received a nail polish from Butter London.

This is part of the Allure & Butter London Arm Candy Collection and is called Violet’s Revenge.

My camera wants to show this as more blue than purple so I had to touch up the pics so it looked as close to what I see as possible. I'd call it more of a blurple, I guess. It still looks more blue in the pictures than it is in real life. Definitely one of those colors that is not as photogenic with my setup as some others.

I used two coats here and could have used three. Still had some bare spots and it bubbled like crazy. Granted, this is just a swatch and not a full mani so that may have been the difference. This also didn't dry very well. Even 20-30 minutes later, I could still dent it - with just two coats. Would definitely recommend a fast dry topper for this one.

Finally, a product I definitely cannot use - Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Gel Cleaner.

This product is for oily, blemish prone skin. Since my skin is dry and sensitive, this isn’t going anywhere near my face. They do have a beauty profile that you can fill out and apparently I failed to do so when I signed up. I have since corrected that. I’ll find someone else who might be able to use this.

The full size is 6.76 ounces and goes for $20.00. I received 1.69 ounces, estimated value of the sample is $5.00.

Total estimated value of this box is $22.50. Since I had no real reference for the values of the samples other than the nail polish, I’ll admit that this estimate could be low. Still, considering I’ll probably only use 3 or 4 of the six samples received, it doesn’t really seem worth it - for this box, anyway. Now that I’ve filled out the beauty profile, we’ll see if the box improves next month. If not, I will probably not continue with this one.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


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