I am so glad my Allure Beauty Box is here because it’s still my favorite beauty box. If anyone ever asks me which beauty box they should get, I always tell them this one because for $15/month, you get a box of high-end products from brands you’ve actually heard of before!
Allure always kills it with the Allure Mini Mag, which breaks down all the products the way Allure magazine would. I heart Allure magazine so, I love poring through this before trying all of the products!
Let’s see what they sent this month!
Check out all the things!
Bulgari Omnia Paraiba ($82/2.2 oz)
I’m not going to lie, it took me a good 5 minutes to figure out how to open this sample. And I only figured it out when I saw a picture on the inside of the lid. That said, although the the packaging is confusing, it’s really quite beautiful! I’m really bad at describing scents, so I will quote the site: The fragrance is an olfactive fusion intertwining fruits and flowers in a lively rhythm, a fragrance dedicated to a woman whose exuberant spirit overflows into pure, seductive sensuality. Notes of Bigarade Orage, Passion Fruit, Passion Flower, Brazilian Gardenia, Cocoa Beans. Vetiver Essence.
I liked the scent OK, but it wasn’t my very favorite. I don’t love receiving perfume samples as one of the main products in a box either, when it’s not just a bonus item.
Lancôme Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector Advanced Multi-Correcting Gel-In-Oil ($88)
When I first opened the Allure box, I was curious to try this because I love night creams. I was disappointed to learn that this tube is so close to being empty! I put the tiniest bit on my hands and then worried that there wouldn’t be enough to put on my face even once. Not cool, Lancôme. Not cool.
Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me and Rinse ($27.50 each/full-size)
Allure introduced me to Kevin Murphy products back in November with their Anti-Gravity Oil Free Volumiser that I still use occasionally. I’m excited to try these, even if I have to take a break from my new salon favorite, Hydrate by Pureology. I thought they smelled pretty good, kind of earthy but not in a bad way. It definitely reminded me of how Aveda products smell. I’ve only used the system one time but my hair feels incredibly soft and I keep touching it.
Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream ($9.99)
I’m excited to receive this as a backup to my current purse hand lotion because it’s thick but not greasy. I was originally introduced to the Skinfix products in Target Beauty Boxes and I’ve been pleased with what I’m seeing. Their products are probably a little more expensive than regular drugstore products but the quality is definitely there. Hello Breath Spray ($3.79)
I kind of laughed when I first saw this in the box because it’s a breath spray! It reminded me of Binaca. Do y’all remember that?? It feels so 90’s and hilarious. I truly don’t think the editors of Allure are now choosing this over gum. I tried it, because I’m game, but I prefer gum for sure.
Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher ($16)
Sigh. I really wanted to like this because I love trying fancy lip balms. But this one contains Castor Oil, which is an ingredient that straight up destroys my lips. Some of my friends also have issues with Castor Oil so I know it’s not just me. But idiot me decided to ignore that fact and put it on anyway thinking, “Maybe this one has ingredients that will counteract the Castor Oil. Nope. My lips have been peeling ever since. I’m sure Castor Oil must not be a problem for TOO many people or else companies would stop including it in their products. But this product is definitely unusable to me.
Final Grade: C
I love Allure Beauty Box but this wasn’t my favorite. I’m excited to try the shampoo and the night cream (even though there was the tinest amount inside. ? Normally the values of the samples they include blow me away, but in this month’s case, I’m almost not sure it was worth the $15 I paid. I’m not mad that they include drugstore products occasionally because Allure reviews drugstore products in their magazine.
However, this is still one of my favorite subscriptions and they always make it up to me later, so I’m not worried about it!
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