Hi Beauties! Ready for the review of the March Allure Beauty Box? Read on! It’s a good one – read on!
I had never really considered writing review on my beauty box habit, but fellow blogger and Instafriend @sidnerellaco encouraged me to, so I’m taking her suggestion and I’ll start with the first box of the month! I recommend that you follow her blog here for fun reviews on beauty, subscription boxes and some really great healthy-eating information.
The Allure Beauty Box is a new subscription box for me – the March edition is my third box and I’ve been super impressed so far. The cost of the box is $15.00 per month and it has been WELL worth it. Plus, you can receive $5.00 off your first box with a subscription. Get yours here. Allure even sent me a welcome gift between my first and second boxes, which I thought was pretty classy considering I’ve never received gifts from some of the other subscription services I’ve had for years.
In addition to being fat packed with goodies, Allure sends a pretty informative little booklet with each box that I always enjoy reading. But let’s talk about the goodies!
Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Cleansing Conditioner – 2 oz. The full size version of this product has a retail price of $26.00. I have extremely dry hair, and I like cleansing conditioners in general, so I’m excited to try this product tonight. I will update if it’s wretched or the best thing on earth after I give it a shot, but it smells slightly nutty and very clean.
Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets – 2 packets – Full Size is 12 packets for $18.00 – This product is the kind of product that makes beauty boxes so much fun! I have never heard of the brand and the product is a new concept – at least to me. Since my hair is very dry, frizz is a real problem. How awesome to be able to toss a couple of these in my purse and run them through my hair to defrizz on the go! It has been raining non-stop here since these arrive, so while I’ve had ample opportunity to give them a shot I haven’t wanted to waste one on a hopeless situation. The Allure brochure says that they smell like Almond Joy (due to the main ingredient – coconut oil) and that they do not weigh your hair down. Sounds fun and I’m looking forward to the right opportunity to give them a shot. Have you heard of this brand? If so, I’d love to hear your experience! From the website it looks like this is the only product in this stylists arsenal so far and I love supporting smaller businesses in the ultra-competitive beauty industry. This is a win even if I end up not liking the product all that much and to be honest, even if I really like the product, this isn’t really the type of thing I’m likely to buy (at least not often).
Julep Konjac Cleansing Face Sponge – $12.00 – I was elated to receive this because I have really wanted to try a konjac sponge. It’s not actually a sponge at all, it’s an exfoliating fiber made from the root of the konjac plant and infused with charcoal to deep-clean pores. You can use it with or without a cleanser. I tried it last night and it’s not harshly abrasive, but does feel pretty great. I don’t have problem pores, so I can’t declare whether it’s a miracle or not, but I definitely liked it. Bonus – Julep’s version comes with a string attached and a little suction-cup hanger so that it doesn’t sit directly on the counter breeding rare bacteria. Definitely a win for me!
Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder (mini) – Full size retails for $35.00 – I don’t know any makeup fiend that doesn’t love this powder and I’m no exception. It’s a tough call between this one and Laura Mercier’s $38.00 Translucent Setting Powder for best-in-show for me – I love them both for the same reason – they are ultra-finely milled, colorless and a little bit goes a long way towards setting and mattifying makeup. At any rate, this is the second one of these little MUF mini powders I’ve received in beauty boxes lately and I’m super happy about it – these are amazing for travel or popping in a purse for touch-ups on the go. Another win.
Cargo Blush in Catalina and Bronzer in Medium (mini duo) – The blush has a retail price of $26.00 and the bronzer has a retail price of $29.00. This is a cute little duo in a super cute little tin package. Unfortunately, what is has in cute points, it loses in functionality. There is almost no way that I could get the brush I would want to use in either of these little tiny sides, so I basically swatched it and gave it to my 11 year old. She was excited, but it’s not going to take her long to figure out that she can’t use it either! The blush is a very light color, which would probably be really pretty on someone extremely fair-skinned (read: translucent skinned). The bronzer is a really great color, but there is no way I would pay $29.00 for it. Sorry folks, but this one is a miss for me.
ACV by dp Hue – Full size retails for $32.00 – So, I will give this product a shake (if not a fair shake) at some point, but it’s probably going to sit in my product drawer for a while before that happens. The ACV stands for exactly what you think it does – Apple Cider Vinegar. While I’m sure that little miracle elixir does exactly what the product intends (to cleanse hair by removing gunk build-up), I’m struggling to swallow paying $32.00 for some Apple Cider Vinegar. I mean, I could just buy some Braggs for a couple bucks and pour that over my hair and be all set. OK, OK, I’m not being fair – the product does contain some other stuff (a surprisingly long ingredient list, actually) and doesn’t smell as bad as straight vinegar, but honestly, if after one use my hair doesn’t look like Andie McDowell on a box of hair dye, I’m out! Another miss for me.
Finally, the box included L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Violet Parfait which you can purchase for just around $10.00. I was pretty excited about this, because while the pictures don’t do the color justice, it’s a really pretty muddy purple color that I would NEVER buy but that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I also wouldn’t purchase L’Oréal lipstick because I’m pretty loyal to some other brands (Bite, Buxom) for lip products so all-in-all a great opportunity to try something new in a new shade! I left the house feeling pretty proud of my awesome purple lips. Luckily enough, my coworkers are always willing and able to shatter self-esteem. One little angel took one look at me and told me I looked like I had been out in the cold too long – and instantly, this awesome shade bought itself a one-way ticket to the trash. But getting hung-up on color is sort of a waste of time because with 33 available shades, that’s easy to correct. As for the formula, this is without a doubt, the longest wearing lip color I have ever tried. It’s a liquid, and very richly pigmented. It only required one coat, and it takes a bit longer than some others to dry completely. Before you put the gloss over top, the formula feels like glue on your lips. Once the gloss is on, it feels really soft and hydrating and there is ZERO transfer – not even onto my white coffee cup. It literally lasted through breakfast, eight cups of coffee and lunch. I’m suitably impressed. So much so that I will most likely pick up SEVERAL other colors to try. This was a bonus item in this month’s box – and it turned out to be a great bonus for me!
That’s it y’all! The March box was overall a huge win. Even though there were some products that aren’t for me I like getting to try them, I like the creativity of the box and the value is pretty indisputable. If you’re looking for a new subscription box or an introduction into subscription boxes, this one is a great place to start! Do you receive this one already? How were my product reviews? What are your thoughts on these?
Watch this space – there are many more monthly boxes coming in March and I’m super excited to tell you that I’ll be at Beautycon in Dallas super soon! xoxox