I have a different type of post to share with you today. Back in December, I received an email from Allure Beauty letting me know that they were sending me a free month of their subscription Allure Beauty Box! I’m not sure if this went to all of the website subscribers or only a few, but of course I was enthusiastic to see what the box would be like! Just for something different, I decided to share it with you 😀 I have never subscribed to any boxes like this before, so I was keen to see what would be inside. I got this right before leaving for my California trip, so it took a while before I could get to trying any of the products, and I wanted to try them all before sharing it with you! I’m saving my favourite product for the very end, so be sure to make it to the end of the post! Upon opening the box, the first thing you see is the pamphlet/’mini magazine’ which provides details of all of the products in the box, along with reviews and pricing information. If you subscribe, you pay $15 per month for the box (this includes shipping!), and according to the website, each box contains products to the value of at least $50! Seems like a great deal! These were the contents of my box… looks interesting, right? Let’s take a look at each item that was included.
The Don’t Despair, Repair mask has a pleasant floral scent and felt like it soaked into my hair well.
Pricing: It is valued at $36 for an 8 oz tub.
Verdict: I liked this product, but I don’t see myself repurchasing it. I was recently overjoyed to find that my ‘holy grail’ hair line has released in the US (hopefully I’ll share the line with you in a post in the next month or so) and it is considerably more affordable than this. Price is a big deal for me when I make purchasing decisions.
I was pretty skeptical of this product when I first unpacked it. The floral scent of the product filled the entire box and although it was very pleasant, I was concerned that it would become overpowering when used. I needn’t have worried: the scent remained pleasant and mild enough when used. I did find that the sponge itself was a bit too rough on my sensitive skin for daily use, but it’s perfect for using once or twice a week.
Verdict: I’m very glad that I got to try this product out and I’ve enjoyed using it, but it’s just not the type of thing that I would buy. It’s still in my shower and it has a couple of uses left in it – I’ll enjoy it but I won’t be repurchasing. Next up is this Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter.
This has to be the coolest body lotion I’ve ever used – it doesn’t just contain indigo extract, it’s indigo coloured too! It has a pleasant light herbal scent and it absorbs quickly while moisturising well. I really liked the texture of this and I used it to the last drop!
Pricing: $12 for 1 oz
Verdict: I liked this product a lot, but unfortunately it’s just too pricey for me. I have very dry skin and I go through body lotion at a rate – this little tub lasted me all of two weeks. I’ll stick with my affordable giant Nivea bottles and use the empty tub for lotion when I travel.
So far, I have only tried this dry shampoo once. I’m just not sure if dry shampoo in general is the right product for me. I have very dry hair, so when I get to washing it, it’s usually because I need some life in my lengths rather than because of oily roots. When I tried it, it certainly did help my hair to look and feel less dirty, but it didn’t really seem more clean, if that makes sense. I’m glad I have this in case of emergencies, but I won’t be a regular user. This is the only product from the Allure Beauty Box that I haven’t already used multiple times.
Pricing: $20 for 3.2 oz.
Verdict: So far, I don’t see myself repurchasing this, but perhaps I’ll eat my words a few months from now when the busy end of the semester forces me to use it a little more often!
Verdict: I will definitely use this, but I won’t repurchase. I prefer lengthening mascaras that give me long, fluttery lashes. If you’re in the market for a volumising marcara, though, this could be the one for you. Last but not least was the Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Single in shade Kristi. This is a pretty, quilted eyeshadow single in a shimmering bronze. I am notoriously bad for buying very cheap eyeshadows. I have a couple of multicoloured palettes that are good enough for creating some fun (and some ‘regular’) looks, but they aren’t necessarily the best quality. I learned what a mistake that had been when I used this for the first time. It’s smooth and soft and gave great pigmentation from the first swipe.
Verdict: I am definitely interested in getting my hands on more shades! I may have to be a little pickier than I tend to be with eyeshadow or it’ll get very expensive, but for the better quality, it’ll be worth it. This was my favourite product in this Allure Beauty Box.
Here, I did my makeup using the Mally mascara and Doucce eyeshadow from the box. I decided to stick with something simple just to see how the products performed. As you can see here, the mascara mostly volumises. The Doucce eyeshadow is the main one I used here and you can see how pretty and shimmery it is. The eyeshadow was definitely my favourite product in the box!
Overall thoughts on the Allure Beauty Box: I’m always a little skeptical of boxes because I feel like I’ll just end up with a lot of products I’ll never use and I could rather just purchase what I want. One thing that is great about a box like this, though, is that it lets you try out new products that you wouldn’t otherwise have gotten. I think $15 is a very worthwhile price for this box. I will use everything I received, even if I don’t plan on repurchasing most products. My reason for not repurchasing several is also that they’re out of my price range, so it’s really nice to try samples of these nice products even if I won’t be getting them regularly. I’m still not convinced that subscription boxes in general are for me, but if I were to try one, this one seems excellent.
If you’re interested in signing up for the Allure Beauty Box, you can do so here.