So, from my first post, I mentioned that I signed up for Ipsy but was having a really difficult time getting an idea of when I would get it shipped. I ended up getting it so SO late and I was unsure if I wanted to continue with the subscription. As life goes, I saw a post about emailing for Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and decided to keep with it because I need it in my life. I emailed customer service and now have been added to the waitlist, thus resulting in my still receiving the subscription this month.
In order to fill my sadness and impatience revolving around the fact it takes literally forever to get anything to Alaska, I signed up for the Allure Beauty Box as well……..at the beginning of February……and being the overly dramatic, impatient brat that I am, I cancelled my subscription because I don’t need to wait around for beauty samples all month.
THEY BARELY GOT IT TO ME. Like both of them. Why is this my life.
Ok, dramatic rant over. Let’s open them up!
First, we will do the Allure Beauty Box because it’s bigger and I like having more to open.
So, this comes in this cheap plastic bag which I can use for nothing (the side is split) and it does not seem eco-friendly at all. That sucks because it is going straight to the recycle bin for me. Anyways, item time!
So, it looks like there are 8 items and a $25 gift card to a jewelry company. I will have to check it out but I don’t really count it as an item because those always seem so gimmicky to me. I hate to admit it but I love this box so far. Darn it. I literally just cancelled.
First Item: Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Mask – $7 (Full Size)
Mamonde’s sheet masks come in seven varieties (you’ll get one in your box), and each is infused with nourishing botanical extracts and moisturizing hyaluronic acid and glycerin…
-Sarah Kinonen, Digital Skin Editor
This sheet mask was amazing on my skin. I love how overflowing with product the mask was, plus it made my face feel so moisturized and rejuvenated. I love sheet masks but this is one of my favorites I have tried on so far. I could put this on my face every single day.
Second and Third Item: Mally Eyeshadow Stick (top) – $25, Mally Liquid Lipstick (bottom) – $21….both are full size
The Mally Eyeshadow Stick is an extra I received for signing up and it came in the shade Burnished Bronze. I have to say that I love it – the shade, the texture, the smoothness, the ability to blend. This is a shade that I can see myself using in my everyday makeup regimen to add depth to my crease.
The Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick isn’t really something that I would go to. The shade isn’t really for me because my lip color is naturally deep so this just makes me look like I have goopy lipgloss over my lips. I have to say that the consistency was nice and not tacky so if it was a different shade, I might end up using it. It is described in the booklet as:
This liquid lipstick by makeup artist Mally Roncal is rich and creamy and glossy – it covers lips in luxe, shiny color. It looks more like a highly pigmented gloss than a traditional lipstick, which means you don’t have to be as precise when you put it on.
Fourth Item: Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser – $21 for 5.92 oz
I get nervous trying out facial cleansers because my skin can be crazy….especially in the cold, dry Alaska weather. This, however, has a way to make my face feel clean while not drying it out. It might be the oil to foam formula, but I actually really liked this.
Fifth Item: The BrowGal Instatint Tinted Brow Gel – $22 for 0.1 oz
I don’t tend to put gel on my eyebrows since I am not sure how to use it without making my eyebrows look unnatural, but this wasn’t too gel-y or too much product. I am glad it came in a shade that I can use and will have to play around with this to see if it is something I can use more than just reviewing this for my blog.
Sixth Item: Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara – $26 for 0.35 oz (Full Size)
I actually really like this mascara. One of the things my lashes suffer from is the fact they are so short and sad. I mean my husband and infant son have better eyelashes than me. Isn’t that so depressing. This was a nice formula and I appreciate it was full sized.
Seventh Item: Moda Metallics Triad Eye Brush – $4.99 (Full Size)
I really like getting brushes because I am usually too lazy to clean them on a regular basis. This brush is nice enough I guess – it definitely appeals to my desire to have shiny objects in my makeup kit arsenal. The bristles seem decently packed and is angled so it can be used for a multitude of eyeshadow techniques. I will be glad to add this to the rotation.
Eighth Item: Modelco Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in Mykonos – $15 (Full Size)
I love the colors in this little trio. They are definitely in the realm of colors I to to gravitate towards. The bottom burgundy color is just to die for in my opinion. It looks so rich in the packaging. I am going to use this all in no time!
So, let me go ahead and show you some swatches from the products. I really have to say that I love everything I swatched except for the lip shade.
So, from the top is the eyebrow gel, followed by the three eyeshadow shades, then the eyeshadow stick, lastly the liquid lipstick. The eyeshadows actually are pretty pigmented which is amazing because I love the colors so much.
You can get a sense for the shimmer of the eyeshadows and the gloss of the liquid lipstick. Overall, I really love this box. It is seriously so much for the $10 that I spent…….so I emailed customer service and asked if I could sign up again. Because I might have been a tad overbearing, they gave a promo for 4 months for $10 each month instead of the $15 it normally is.
I really think that if you’re into beauty samples with occasional full sized products, then you should sign up for this!
If you’d like to sign up, I have a link that will give you 2 free Sunday Riley Products (travel size Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment and Ceramic Slip Cleanser)
Let’s compare this to my other $10 subscription – Ipsy.
Already, I obviously like this bag so much more than the Allure bag. This one isn’t broken and is way more practical than the other bag…..I use them in my diaper bags to hold random things. This is my life now.
So, obviously there are way less products. It looks like the only full sized thing is the eyeshadow brush….but it’s Luxie so that might be the only redeeming thing for me here.
Let’s open her up!
First Item: Kensie Life Beat Eau de Parfum
The smell of this is AMAZING. It is so feminine and floral that I need to have this every single day. I really might try to buy this in a full size because it is exactly the type of scent that I tend to purchase. I like that this isn’t makeup – the variety is nice because sometimes I can get too many makeup samples.
Second Item: Luxie Beauty Precision Blending Eye Brush 243
I love Luxie brushes. I buy them any time I see a sale…..and I might have bought 3 sets on FabFitFun because they were SO cheap. Call me obsessed but they are pretty much the only brushes that I use regularly.
Third Item: Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara
This mascara was meh for me. I had to use it more than twice to get any results and that is WAY too much effort for my daily routine. I also don’t really dig how small this is. I mean it wasn’t the worst I have ever used and it did make my lashes a little better than I expected but I could have done with another lip product or something.
Fourth Item: TheBalm Alternative Rock Vol. 1 Eyeshadow in Take it for Granite
I have to say this isn’t really a color that I would pick for myself normally since it has a purple tint to it and I am not bold enough to wear purple, but I am hoping it is sheer enough to just add some sparkle.
Fifth Item: Ciaté London Glow-to Highlighter in Moondust
I already love the shimmer from this highlighter. I am always on the lookout for a blinding, shimmery, beautiful highlight. I need my cheekbones and brow bone to blind people any time I move. Plus, I think the packaging is pretty so that’s nice.
This shows the swatches for the highlight on top and the eyeshadow on bottom…..plus the line from the eyeshadow stick in the Allure Box that I really struggled to remove. I really love the shimmer of both.
So, there it is. People have been unboxing both of this LONG before I received mine but I am really happy with both of them. Minus the liquid lipstick, they are all products that I can and will use. I have to say I am REALLY impressed with the Allure Beauty Box and cannot wait to see the next four months. Ipsy is kind of meh to me because I could do without all of the items BUT I need to stay with the subscription in order to get the Glam Bag Plus.
If you’d like to sign up for Ipsy and get on the wait list for the Glam Bag Plus with me, feel free to use my referral code:
This also gives me 250 points towards items if you join!
Hopefully soon I will have some really fun BIG boxes to review which include FabFitFun, CauseBox, Box of Style, Ellen Be Kind Box, GlobeIn, Bombay and Cedar. Plus, I have Boxycharm still on the way.
Til next time!