It’s my favorite time of the month– Allure Beauty Box time!  I anxiously await this box every month because they always send the best products and I can’t wait to try all of them. If you recall, Allure Beauty Box is formerly known as Allure Sample Society but I explained that change a few months ago. Allure is my very favorite magazine so I’m glad they took full ownership of the box. The only box that might rival this one is the upcoming Sephora Play, which I am fairly sure I am subscribed to. The wait list/sign up process was a little unclear. However, if I am subscribed, I will review ASAP to let y’all know what it’s like!
 If you are just joining us, Allure Beauty Box sends deluxe samples and the occasional full-size beauty products from high end and reputable brands for just $15/month. While I love my Birchbox, sometimes they send things from strange/unknown brands. I like to try the fancy stuff and Allure sends that consistently!
One of the biggest perks from Allure Beauty Box is their Mini-Mag which breaks down all of the products you receive the way Allure magazine would. This is helpful sometimes when I occasionally don’t understand how/what a product should be used for. And they will also be honest with you– for example, if a product isn’t great for fine hair, they will let you know that. That Mini-Mag is my favorite. Seriously. I don’t even open the products without reading it.  But speaking of products… let’s see what I got!


They will occasionally send full-size products but CHECK OUT THAT HAIRBRUSH! That’s pretty cool, along with the other products. I’ll go into more details below.

Tangle Teezer (Mini-Mag says it’s $15 but I found it for $10.99 in this link!): I’ve been hearing rumblings about this hairbrush for a long time. I feel like I keep seeing it in blogs and magazines. It even won Allure’s Best of Beauty Award for its ability to gently de-tangle all hair types. It acts like a wide-tooth comb but also has the control of a brush. It worked well in my hair– like a brush should. I didn’t notice anything super special. The teeth felt slightly sharp but nothing crazy. It’s could definitely be a good purse brush but I’m keeping it by the shower for damp hair for now.
Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic ($15) Now THIS is stuff I have been hearing about for a long time. I think for awhile you could only get this stuff overseas so people would hoard it. Now you are able to get it at Target and I think I am going to scoop up the full-size version. I’ve never been a toner type person but I’ve heard so many great things about this stuff and my skin needs help. My skin needs Glow Tonic. I’ve used it a few times. There isn’t much of a scent and it doesn’t feel like much– which is a good thing. No stinging or burning like some toners that contain alcohol. Just very calming. I’m going to keep using my sample and see what happens! The back of the box has a coupon that I can use towards it if I decide I want the full-size bottle!
Soap & Glory Pillow Pump XXL Lip Gloss in Pinkwell ($14 but you can get it for $11.90 with this link!): I really like the Soap & Glory brand. I like their original smelling rose-ish scented lotions. This is the first time I had the opportunity to try any of their lip gloss and I was excited. When you first look at the tube, you assume it’s going to smell like candy or bubble gum. And you will be partially right because it smells like straight up chocolate. I found that really hilarious. Now as for the “plumping” promises of the gloss… Ummmm I don’t really know how to put this but if you remember how some lip plumpers used to feel (Hello, Lip Venom), this doesn’t exactly feel like that. But it definitely feels like your lips are asleep. I definitely spent a few minutes just trying to move my lips because it just felt so weird. The Mini-Mag described it as “Pop Rocks on your lips.” Luckily, this feeling only lasts for about 30 minutes and the gloss is generally pretty. But it’s a very, very strange feeling.

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener ($48 for 1.7 oz): I’m not always great about remembering to use primers but this one is nice for on top of a serum if you didn’t want to use a separate moisturizer. I made some dumb videos over the weekend where I lip synced to Alanis Morissette on Snapchat (follow me @BoxyLadies) and my skin looked really great. I’m not sure I will pay the full price of $48 for this but I’m definitely going to use all of this pretty decent sized sample.

Kaplan MD Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate ($170 for 1oz): I’ve read great things about this skin-transforming serum but the sample I received is so tiny that I’m not sure I can see the results so quickly with such little product to try. I get it– it’s expensive. I liked the feel of this but I’m not sure I will ever pay $170 for the full size version! But I like that Allure sends me such high end products to try!

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Milk ($30 for 5.1 oz): This is a leave-in deep-conditioning spray made without parabens, sulfates or phthalates. (I don’t know what phthalates are.) Basically, this stuff hydrates and adds shine to dry, brittle hair. This comes in a spray bottle but I found that the consistency is really thick so I would recommend (as does Mini Mag) that you spray on your hands first and then disperse into hair. My hair definitely feels very smooth but it might not be the best for me because I wonder if it might weigh my hair down too much? This would be good if I am going for a sleek look, but if I’m looking for volume, I may not reach for this.
Erno Laszlo Firmarine Bar Soap ($45): I was excited to get another Erno Laszlo facial bar. This one is different than my FAVORITE Erno Laszlo bar soap, the Sea Mud Cleansing Bar. It’s a bit slicker, probably due to the ingredients:

Spirulina Maxima is a high-powered marine algae extract that promotes collagen growth, strengthening skin from the inside out. Vitamins E and C are powerful antioxidants, renowned for their ability to repair and shield skin from environmental stressors. Shea Butter, a natural humectant, is richly emollient and hydrating, binding easily with skin to soothe and moisturize.

I’m not sure I will convert to this new bar permanently, but I’m sure I’ll use this sample!


Final Grade: A

Allure Beauty Box does it again! I was excited about the full size Tangle Teezer brush (that took up half of the box!) but I was also thrilled to try the cult-fave Pixi Glow Tonic. I’ll be buying the full size version. I was pleasantly surprised by everything else, mostly the Jane Iredale primer and the Erno Laszlo soap. I liked it all, OK?

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A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

1 Comment on Allure Beauty Box: September 2015

  1. Ashley
    September 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I completely agree with you on the tingly feeling of the lipgloss. It just felt uncomfortable to me. I also plan on getting a full size of the Pixi Glow Tonic! It’s amazing!