I really like that Allure is sending me their Allure Beauty Box really early in the month these days. I feel like I used to receive these boxes mid-month, but I received this on March 7th! Way to go, Allure. Way to be there.

This is still one of my very favorite subscription boxes because Allure always introduces me to high-end products I want to try for $15/month. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t get this one! It is awesome. I wish they did referrals because I’d be killing it.

Allure always knocks it out of the park with their Allure Mini-Mag, which always gives an awesome breakdown about the different products in each box and why the Allure editors chose them.

So let’s see what we got this month!

I really love this month’s box and was really happy with almost everything they sent!

Cargo Blush in Catalina (f/s $26) and Cargo Bronzer in Medium (f/s $29): I haven’t heard too much from Cargo in the last few years but their products keep popping up in subscription boxes. I’m actually pretty excited about this little duo. I don’t think I have any shimmery bronzers (I think all of mine are matte!) and I’m not even sure I have a bubble gum pink blush, and I’ve been interested in getting one because I think it looks really fresh and pretty.

Julep Konjac Cleansing Face Sponge ($12): I laughed when I saw spoilers with this sponge in it because I think I might have 2 of these in my closet. I ordered a few of them from the Julep Maven Secret Store a few months ago! These sponges are getting pretty popular these days as Boscia has their own version and I received one in my Play! by Sephora box a few months ago! These sponges are great for some gentle exfoliation and the charcoal that’s infused in the Konjac root helps to gently dislodge dirt, oil and dead skin.

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets ($18/box of 12): These sheets are meant to tame frizz with a few passes over your hair without weighing hair down. These seem kind of expensive when you could also just wipe your hair with a dryer sheet (which is what magazines have told us to do for years to help with static/frizz) but who knows? I will keep you posted.

Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Cleansing Conditioner ($10/3.3 oz or $26/10 oz): This is a product I will never use! I will try to find a friend with course, curly hair so this will go to a good home. I wish I could even try this, but when the packaging literally says, “Very Course, Coiled” I know that it would just be a colossal waste of my time! This was a very generously sized sample, though! 3.3 oz of it is $10 and the sample is 2 oz.

DpHUE ACV (f/s $35): I’m pretty excited to try this product. There are Pinterest articles galore with Apple Cider Vinegar hair recipes, but even pre-Pinterest, I’ve always read how good Apple Cider Vinegar is with clarifying your hair. I use a lot of dry shampoo and different volumizing products so I might give this a try on a weekend when I have some time to experiment!

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder (f/s $34)I’ve been using finishing powders more often lately, especially when I wear foundation (versus just a bb cream) and I remember I used to have this but gave it away when I wasn’t using it. I’m glad to have it back. 🙂

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Violet Parfait ($9.99): This L’Oreal lipstick wasn’t listed in the Allure mini-mag but there was an ad for it on the back, so it looks like this was a bonus product this month. I’m totes down with that because this looks like something I would buy when I am wandering around Target. It actually swatched a little darker than I would have thought, sort of raisin colored, but I like it! I’m interested in seeing how long this actually wears.

Swatched above: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Lip Color in Violet Parfait, Cargo Blush in Catalina, and Cargo Bronzer in Medium

Final Grade: A

I thought this was a great Allure Beauty Box! The only thing I wasn’t super crazy about was the heavy Macadamia Professional cleansing conditioner but it is just for a different hair type than mine. By my approximations, I think this box had close to a $60 value which is pretty amazing for $15.

They don’t do referrals yet (grrrr, I would probably have a lot) but if you’d like to sign up and receive awesome products from Allure’s editors, click here!

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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.

4 Comments on Allure Beauty Box: March 2016

  1. BoxNewbie
    March 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I recently subscribed to Birchbox and a bit dissapointed with the tiny bity samples I got. After I received samples from Sephora after a purchase. I am waiting for my first Ipsy bag. Among the three (Ipsy, Allure and Birchbox) which one would you recommend? Thanks

    • laurenelectro
      March 23, 2016 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I agree with you about Birchbox in that sometimes it can be really hit or miss. I can’t tell you how often I’ve gotten deep conditioning treatments meant for coarse hair when I have fine, smooth hair. It can be frustrating. Out of the three boxes you mentioned, I would recommend Allure Beauty Box ($15/mo). They tend to send samples from reputable (and sometimes expensive!) brands that I might not have had the chance to try otherwise. The Sephora box is pretty great also, and it’s less expensive at $10/mo. The only problem is that there is still a wait list. If I were you, I’d add your name to the waitlist if you are interested even a little bit because it’s awesome. But in the meantime, I always recommend Allure. 🙂

      • BoxNewbie
        March 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

        Thanks. I sent my email to Sephora to be put on waitlis a while back. So we’ll see. I just checked and my first Ipsy bag is on its way.

        With the $5 discount I guess I’ll try Allure and see from there. Thank you!

        • laurenelectro
          March 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm (2 years ago)

          I got ipsy for awhile and eventually stopped because I realized I wasn’t using half of what I got. I’ve seen some good bags recently, though! Good luck!