Monday, November 9, 2015

Reviewed: November Allure Beauty Box

Happy Monday!

Today I have the November Allure Beauty Box for you.

Starting with the one item in the box I will probably not be able to use - the perfume from Hanae Mori.


The description in the accompanying booklet states this perfume is scent laden and it really is. It contains patchouli, which makes me sneeze. Unfortunate, because some the other fragrances are my favorites - bergamot, orange blossom, strawberry, jasmine, toffee - along with others not so much - sandalwood and vanilla. And have I yet mentioned that it's really strong? If you like strong perfume and patchouli, you will like this fragrance.

This fragrance comes in two sizes: 1.7 ounces for $92 and 3.4 ounces for $130. This sample is .04 ounces and would be worth about $2.21.

Up next, an eye makeup remover from Klorane.

Formulated for sensitive eyes, it has a light scent that is pleasant (and doesn't make me sneeze). The Allure editors indicated they experienced some tingling with the first use, however, no burning or irritation followed. They also indicate the remover works well even on waterproof gel eyeliner. I'll give this one a try the next time I take off eye makeup.

Full size is 6.7 ounces and sells for $16. The sample is 0.8 ounces and would be worth approximately $2.50,

From Crabtree & Evelyn, a bath and shower gel in the fragrance Verbena and Lavender De Provence.

The scent on this one is also light. I look forward to using this.

The full size is 8.5 ounces and sells for $22. I received a 1.7 ounce sample size that would be worth around $4.40.

I also received a hair product from Kevin Murphy.

This is the anti-gravity oil free volumiser. I could smell this one as soon as I opened the box. I thought it was sage but it's actually lavender. According to the Allure editors, this one is ideal for those of us with fine hair that looks immediately greasy when using a volumizing product on our roots. It's supposed to give us that full look from using it on the hair shaft instead of the roots. I plan to use it the next time I shampoo so I'll let you know how true that is in a later post. Based on their review, it sounds like a blow dryer is required to achieve the fluffy, fullness this product promises. When the hair was air dried after using the serum, it left the hair more limp. We'll see.

Full size of this is 150 milliliters and sells for $25. This sample is 40 ml and would be worth approximately $6.67,

The priciest item in the box comes from L'Occitane, their Divine Youth Oil.

This is a light oil containing oils from sunflower seed, borage seed, apricot kernel, evening primrose and sea buckthorn as well as rosehip seed. There is also oil from a flower called immortelle. This flower is known as the Everlasting Flower because it never fades, even after it has been picked. The oil also has a light scent. I'm assuming this is from the natural scent of the oils as opposed to any fragrance additive. 

As I said, this is the priciest product in the box. This stuff goes for $106 per ounce. This sample is 0.1 ounces and is worth $10.60. When I visited the site to look at the oil, the site suggested 4 other products for a complete regimen for a total of $446. Now that's pricey.

I saved my favorite product out of the box for last - a liquid lipstick from Mally.

This is my first product from Mally. I've heard many good things about the brand. It is on the higher end of the spectrum. 

The applicator is a brush-type, which I usually don't like but this one is pretty good.

The product itself is thick, nicely pigmented and very, very shiny.

The color is called Berrylish and is perfect for me.

This is a full-sized product and retails for $20.

Total estimated value of this box is $46.38. The monthly cost is $15 and they offer a year subscription for $165, which gives you one box for free. I normally post a link you can use to sign up but at the time I'm writing this, the site must be on the fritz. I get to the main page, but it won't go anywhere else. Just Google Allure Beauty Box.

That's it for Monday. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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