I Always Ask Myself If I’m Going to Cancel This – Allure

I literally have the worst luck with the Allure Beauty Box.

I don’t know if it is just me or what, but I never get it in a timely manner or they lose it. This month, both happened! I was tracking my package from the beginning of March and it made progress for a couple of days….then literally for weeks nothing happened again. I am not the type of person to really get mad but I emailed them a couple of days ago like ‘hey, I have no idea what happened to my box’ and they were like ‘yeah, it’s lost – let use send you a new one’……

OK…..so a few days go by and one randomly shows up in my mailbox. This box has some random person’s address on it that was blacked out with a sharpie and my address hand written on it…I don’t know if this is the replacement or my actual box, but here we are.

Let’s open it up!

I like the white bag with the gold! I also like seeing something outside of the bag because that means it is full of goodies.

The booklet is very pretty!

Why do I have the worst luck? Does anyone ever get these where the bag isn’t broken?

First Item: Au Naturale The Anywhere Créme Mulitstick in Grapefruit (Full Size) – $35

This was listed as an Editor’s Pick and has a little blurb that I don’t feel like typing out but basically says this is great when used as a cream blush on your cheeks for a subtle hint of color.

Let me swatch it for you:

The issue I have with this is that I don’t really like metallic or shimmer blushes. I also have never used a cream blush but I might give this a try if I am ever feeling confident in my makeup abilities. I actually wouldn’t mind this as a lip color personally…so that might be the route I will go if I use this. I can’t believe it is so expensive for something I can’t really see myself ever using.

Second Item: Acure Seriously Soothing Night Oil (0.3 oz) – $3.89 ($12.99 for 1oz)

I am not really sure how to add this into a skincare routine. My routine consists of cleanse, tone, serum, and then moisturizer. I don’t know if an oil should be added in at some point or takes the place of the serum. In the meantime, I am going to look that up and then let y’all know. However, if you are more educated than myself, please leave me a comment below!

This comes in a rollerball form which I actually hate. I think it’s weird that the bottle itself didn’t have any branding on it…..I started thinking ‘oh hell, I am putting some random ass stuff on my face and now I will break out’. Funny story: I did end up breaking out after using something in the box…..but since I am stupid and didn’t methodically try out new products one at a time, I have no idea what it was. Anyways, this is an oil with a rollerball. I can’t say much more than that.

Third Item: Mamonde Rose Water Toner (25ml) – $2.30 ($23 for 250 ml)

So in my last Allure box I got an oil to foam cleanser that I am OBSESSED with! This toner is no exception to my new found love for this brand. It has the most beautiful light rose scent and really cleans up the trace amount of makeup left after cleansing. I am definitely going to be purchasing the full version of this after I use up my current toner.

Fourth Item: Biossance Squalance + Vitamin C Rose Oil (4ml) – $9.60 ($72 for 30ml)

Again, I have no idea when to use an oil. This absorbed nicely enough (I didn’t use a serum). I feel so weird trying to review skincare because it really takes a while to see any benefits.

Fifth Item: Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Balm (60ml) – $10 per the website ($25 for 200ml per the website)…which is weird because the price shouldn’t be that high if my math is correct…

Um….I love this product…………….I also accidentally didn’t read what this was when I first used it and used it as a lotion……so don’t do that. BUT when you use it in your hair, it makes frizz go away and silky luscious hair appear. I really think I am going to buy a full size of this. I get so nervous trying out hair products because I am afraid it will weigh my hair down (my hair is pretty thin) but this one definitely did not add any extra weight. There isn’t much of a scent which is kind of a bummer but I still love this.

Sixth Item: Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb (10ml) – $7.60 ($38 for 50ml)

The packaging of this is just so adorable. When you put this on your face, it has this great silicone feeling which leaves your skin feeling ahhhh-mazing. It also has some great hydrating power and feels so light. The best thing about this is that you really can cover a large amount of your face with the tinniest amount of product. Even though this is a tiny sample, it will definitely last a while.

Seventh Item: Derma-E Microdermabrasion Scrub – $32.50 for a full size. I don’t know the size of this sample

This is a great little sample of facial scrub. It has the most delicate, fine abrasiveness to it but you know it is gently scraping off the dead skin cells from your face. I love how gentle this product is. If I ever have the desire to purchase a facial scrub, this will definitely be a top contender.

FINAL THOUGHTS

So the total of this box minus the sample of Derma-E comes to $68.39….like….this is the reason I never cancel this. If you consider the price of a regular subscription for this ($15/month) then that is an AMAZING value. I hate that I love this subscription so much but I really love it. Like it has to be true love to put up with the headache.

If you would like to join me in this, I have a referral link which advertises either 2 Sunday Riley samples or a Ouai trio sample. I believe you can even get your box for $10….and if you’re like me and complain because they can be such nightmare to deal with and threaten that you’re going to cancel because your heart can’t handle this heart break month after month……………you can get 4 months for $10/month……….so……..don’t say I didn’t help you out here!

Thanks for reading! Til next time!

They BARELY Met the Deadline

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 Product!

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.

– E.S.

Next!

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)

Referral Link

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.

Last item!

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:

Referral Link

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!