Monday, September 7, 2015

Reviewed: Allure Beauty Box - Better, Much Better

Happy Labor Day!

Got my second Allure Beauty Box for you today and I must say this month's box got me excited. 

I'm not sure what month this is supposed to be for. It arrived on August 31 so could be either month. I see on their website that the September box started shipping on the first so I guess if I get another box before the end of September, I'll know for sure.

Inside this brilliant red box...



Along with the obligatory mini-magazine describing the products inside...



I found these...



I believe I even squealed when I opened this. So much better than the last box. I guess filling out the profile really does make a difference. Otherwise, they are guessing.

I'll start where the mini-mag starts - with what turns out to be the most expensive product in the box. Well, expensive in terms of purchasing the full sized product.

From Kaplan MD, their Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate.




Considering this is from Beverly Hills, bet you can probably guess that this baby is worth quite a bit. And this is tiny. This is just 0.10 fluid ounces. A full ounce of this serum costs $170.00, which makes this sample worth approximately $17.00. I almost don't want to give this a try because I'm afraid I will like it. But I'll take that chance because I would like to see what something so expensive can actually do.

Next, from Soap & Glory, their Pillow Plump XXL Lip Gloss in Pinkwell.




I give you fair warning on this one. It's one of those products that is supposed to make your lips look fuller and plumper. As such, there is a tingle factor that some people might find uncomfortable. I'll admit, it was a bit disconcerting at first. Not sure it did a whole lot of plumping, either. Not that I'm looking to have Kylie Jenner lips, mind you. I like mine just fine, thank you very much. Even if that upper lip is starting to get a bit thin. Still, it's a nice gloss that I'll use on a regular basis.

The full size is 10 ml and costs $14.00. This deluxe sample is 4 ml, which makes it worth around $5.60.

Now, the product that made me squeal with delight.





I have seen the Tangle Teezer on YouTube before and wanted to try it. So glad it came in this box. I'll definitely be using this on a regular basis. It has thinner, ball-tipped bristles than my normal brush and felt a bit strange at first. It did leave my scalp feeling a bit on the tingly side but in a good way. The bristles are two different heights, as well. And it's purple and pink! What's not to love? I'm looking forward to using this on my wet hair. It tangles so badly on the right side when I wash it that getting a comb through it wet can be a challenge.

This is a full-sized product and can be found on both the Tangle Teezer website as well as a number of retailers, both online and off, and at various price points. Average cost is $15 and it comes in a number of variations.

Another hair product, this one from Alterna. Their Replenishing Moisture Milk leave-in conditioning spray.


I could not find this exact product on their website, but I did find it on Amazon for $18.24 (Prime price). Regular price for 5.1 ounces is $30.00. My sample is 0.85 ounces and worth approximately $5.00 based on the regular price.

From Pixi, I received a sample of their Glow Tonic.



This is an exfoliating toner containing 5% glycolic acid, as well as aloe vera, ginseng and witch hazel. It is alcohol free, which is definitely a plus for my dry skin.

The full size on the Pixi website is 8.5 ounces and costs $29.00. My sample is half an ounce and worth approximately $1.70.

From Erno Laszlo, I got this very tiny bar of soap from the Firmarine collection.


This soap has a fresh smell to it. I'm assuming it's supposed to smell like being near the ocean. I've never been to the ocean, so I can't confirm one way or another. I do like the scent, however, this is one product I'm probably not going to find useful. Even soaps that are supposed to be moisturizing can cause issues with my dry skin. I will try it and see, though. 

A full size bar is 5.3 ounces and goes for $45.00. This little sample is 0.60 ounces and worth approximately $5.09.

Finally, from Jane Ireland, the Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener.


I don't use primers often, mainly because every one I've used makes my face go bright red. Besides that, I have found that using a primer doesn't make much difference for my skin. The foundations I use most often wear pretty well without primer. However, I will give this one a try next time I put on makeup.

A full size of this product is 1.7 ounces and costs $48.00. This sample is .24 ounces, so it's worth approximately $6.78.

Doing the math, the total approximate worth of this month's box is $56.17. The monthly cost is $15.00, making this box a pretty good deal since I will use all of the products provided. If you would like to give the Allure Beauty Box a try, go here and sign up but make sure you fill out that profile. I'm considering springing for the yearly subscription. It's $165 and you get one month free.

Ok. So that's one box out of the way and it's one I am truly happy with. Really looking forward to seeing what else shows up this month.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

Penny


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