Before we start getting into some of our new content, I still have a few December subscription boxes to share with you!
I was SO EXCITED about the December Allure Beauty Box because my girl Jaclyn Hill actually curated the box! She is one of the OG YouTubers who has found incredible success and I absolutely love her. I love her channel so much, especially her older videos because they are so, so instructional and helpful about different makeup techniques. She started out her career as a MAC makeup artist and then basically started teaching via YouTube. These days, she doesn’t post very often, which is kind of a bummer. But last year, she did come out with an eyeshadow palette with Morphe that is one of my very favorites from 2017. If you don’t have any palettes, this would be the only one you would really ever need. Anyway, it’s clear that I love Jaclyn, so let’s see what she put together for us in December!
ALLURE BEAUTY BOX
Box Type: Monthly beauty box featuring 6 high end beauty product samples (and sometimes full-sized products!).
Why you’ll love it: Top brands, great price, new products that you will love! A great way to sample expensive products without committing to the price tag. Each box comes with an Allure mini-magazine that showcases each product and is as quality as you’d expect from a magazine powerhouse like Allure.
How To Subscribe: Click here! (If there’s a space for it, tell them we sent you! They don’t have a referral program but they obviously should.)
Here is the front of the Allure Mini-Mag. I think Jaclyn looks so beautiful and glamorous. She is the queen of that warm smoky eye. 🙌🙌🙌
I just realized I got so distracted by Jaclyn Hill and the Mini-Mag that I didn’t take a picture of all of the products in the box together. Whoops. Check out everything we got below!
Of course, the Allure Mini-Mag is still one of the best things about the subscription box. I love reading the descriptions about all of the products because I usually learn a thing or two.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop ($38): I am not sure if this was the FIRST YouTuber collaboration with a major cosmetics brand, but this might have been the first BIGGEST collaboration. It’s almost the collaboration that started them all, since the release of Champagne Pop was so incredibly successful. I actually bought the full-size last year on the anniversary, where the powder was pressed into a champagne bottle. It is gorgeous! Plus, I wore it ALLLLLLL over my shoulders and collarbone at a holiday party recently and I looked like a glowing goddess. I love having a travel-sized version to toss in my purse for on-the-go touch-ups.
I forgot to swatch this but I found this pic from that holiday party I mentioned. And it is clear that Matt and I might have been… overserved. But look at those collarbones! Holy hell. I wasn’t trying to pose that way but BAM. I had also put on some shimmery bronzy body makeup, so the combo was poppin.
Morphe Pro M433 Firm Blending Fluff Brush ($6): It wouldn’t be a Jaclyn Hill collaboration without at least a mention of Morphe, so it was incredibly appropriate that they included a Morphe blending brush. I have quite a few Morphe brushes — almost all purchased because of Jaclyn. This one is very fluffy. I think it will be perfect for not necessarily dipping into shadow but blending out shadow that you’ve already applied. That is how I plan to use it, at least.
Dior Diorshow Mascara ($28.50): I remember at least 10 years ago, one of my bestie’s, Brooke, had this mascara. She always had the best makeup back then and whenever we would meet at her apartment to watch Project Runway/Top Chef, we would get ready and go out afterwards and I would always use Brooke’s makeup. I remember she had Diorshow and I was always so excited to use it and I feel like I liked it a lot back then. I think I even bought it after trying Brooke’s. But now? I only brought a few small-size mascaras with me when I visited my parents at Christmas and this was one of them and I grabbed this to use when I was getting ready and then… nothing. This did nothing to my lashes. The Mini-Mag said that they changed their formula and the actual tube, and of course, I just had a mini version so I can’t speak to the new tube. But the formula itself did not impress me at all, which is fine, since it’s an expensive mascara. I don’t need to buy it. Yay!
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54): Ugh, this is such a good primer. And I say “ugh” because it’s sooooo expensive. Just so expensive. But so good. I actually had the full-size version and took it back at one point. Now I am considering buying it again. I think my skin has changed since then, because it’s been at least 7+ years since I had it. However, since my skin is more combo these days, and more oily on my nose, I have found that I am really enjoying using this again. When I used it the other day, I didn’t have to blot my makeup even once, and I actually like most Hourglass products I’ve tried – their blushes are honestly my favorites from 2017. They are just so expensive, y’all. But worth it. Unfortunately.
Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion ($42): I tend to really like Oribe products but I haven’t tried this one yet, as I have stick straight hair so I don’t know if a wave texture lotion will work for me, but I might try it in the future before curling my hair to see if it gives me any additional texture. That said, Oribe products are expensive, and I’m glad to be able to try some of these types of products without paying the full-size price tag.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser ($24): I can’t see Philosophy Purity without thinking of my mom since she has purchased bottles and bottles of this over the years. I think it’s a good cleanser but I think the reason I don’t like it as much is that I don’t really like the scent of it. It just smells… bad to me. I don’t even know how to describe it. I think I will actually use this or even put it in my travel bag because, as I said, I do think it’s a good cleanser. I have just found so many others that I like better, just based on scent alone.
Final Grade: A
I thought the mix of brands and the value of this box was really great. I loved getting a full-sized makeup brush and a travel-size Champagne Pop! I also loved getting to try the Hourglass primer again! Sure, there were a couple things that I didn’t love, but I thought the brands were great to try.
If you are interested in trying Allure Beauty Box, click here!
Purchased; All opinions are my own
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