February & March Allure Beauty Boxes
I don't even know how it happened but somehow I ended up on Allure's website and was signing up to their subscription box. I did some poking around and found out that Allure Beauty Boxes regularly have a great value for what you're paying and I had to try it out to see if it was really worth it. When you subscribe you get a bonus eye shadow palette that originally came in the January box (no matter what time of the year you sign up). Sounds pretty sweet right? Well, you'll also get your first box for $5 off, they're normally $15 a month but the first is $10. When you sign up you get the box from the month that you subscribed in no matter how late in the month it is. I signed up towards the end of February and got my February and March box plus the bonus eye shadow palette all within a week, it was basically Christmas.
February Box +
Eye Shadow Palette
If I remember correctly from something I read on Allure's website, the reason everyone this year gets this palette is because they'll be sending out different shadows throughout the year that you can switch out or mix and match with the original four smokey shades. Seems pretty awesome but I'm not gonna lie, I'm more than a little disappointed that the first ingredient listed on these is talc. Aside from just being downright bad for you, talc in makeup often makes it really powdery and lack pigmentation. These aren't the worst quality I've ever tried, I'd say 6/10, but definitely not worth the $35 price tag. More like drugstore quality if I'm being real here, not high end like the price tag would suggest. The only shade from the original four that I see myself using is the pearly white so I'm anxious to see what other shades they send out.
First off, this item is full sized! That fact alone is exciting because at $28 this covers the cost of the box and then some. I love any sort of stick makeup because they're just so easy to use and also great for travel. This is not a blindingly bright highlight, more of a lit from within glow, which is my preferred highlight type so this is right up my alley. If you do want to amp up the shine, cream sticks like this work great as a base for a powder highlight. I absolutely love this and have been using it pretty much non-stop since I got it. I hardly ever hear anyone talk about Cargo Cosmetics and my all time favorite blush just so happens to be from the brand in the shade Bali so I was really happy to try something else out from the brand and to see it include in a beauty box.
Apparently big juicy lips aren't going away because this is the second lip plumper I've received in a sub box recently. Lip plumpers aren't my usual jam but I'm willing to give it a go and see how it compares to the Too Faced one I got last month in my Play! box. There's no size listed anywhere on the packaging or in the info that this came with but GrandeLips does sell a sample kit of several different shades and it looks like this is the exact same size as those putting it at .07 oz. The full size is only listed .084 oz so this is nearly full size, deluxe size if you will. The sample looks pretty shrimpy to me compared to the full size but I guess a lot of the full size product is packaging. If you're into lip plumpers then this seems like a pretty good value coming in at about $22.50 based off the size info I took from the sample kit.
I've been drying to use some sort of exfoliating pad like this ever since a You Tuber I follow started raving about some Nip + Fab ones but I have dry sensitive skin and trying any new skincare product can be really scary for me. I have been getting a little bit of texture/congestion on my forehead lately and have been needing to exfoliate more but didn't want to use something super harsh out of fear of a skin reaction. These are perfectly fine but I won't be going out and purchasing the full size product. They pretty much just cleanse your face a little more and remind me an awful lot of the Stridex pads I used as a teen but without the harsh chemicals. They're perfectly fine but not the skin savior I had hoped for. They would be particularly good for travel or if you're pretty lazy about cleaning your face. The value on these isn't great since you can get 60 of these for $30 at Sephora so that gives this 10 pack a value of only $5.
Another full size product omg! I absolutely love trying new mascara and getting a full size one to try out is pretty awesome. I have never heard of this brand before so I'm not sure what to expect. I will say I typically go for more volumizing than lengthening in mascara but I'm willing to try out pretty much any mascara that comes my way. Even if I don't like this on my top lashes it could still be a good one for my bottom lashes (so extra, I know). I'm can be a bit messy with my mascara since I don't have the longest lashes and usually end up getting it everywhere so I'm hoping this won't be as bad since it doesn't have a massive wand. It also has organic oils and shea butter in it so it conditions as you wear it which is a nice little bonus. This is pretty awesome to get as a full size since it retails for $29. Can't wait to try it out!
I'm only 27 but I've already started using anti-aging skincare because I wan't my skin too look good for as long as possible and this is one of those products that can help. That being said, I don't really have any fine lines (crows feet) around my eyes cropping up yet so a retinol like this might be a little strong for me. I have a massive pot of Clinique All About Eyes Rich cream open right now so I'll probably be passing this off since it wouldn't be used any time soon. The sample is just a little smaller than half size at .23 oz, full size is .5 oz, and comes to a value of about $12.42. Still, a good way for people out there to try a retinol product without dishing out the big bucks.
This is a great idea in theory. I know most women love rose scented things but I absolutely detest anything even remotely rose scented. This does also have notes of patchouli, which I love, but the rose fragrance is just way too overwhelming. It's also pretty small, just slightly larger than a tea light, so it would only have a few hours of burn time. Definitely giving this one away but I love the idea of getting a candle in a subscription box since I burn them all the time (I have one going as I'm writing this). The full size candle is 6 oz and cost $38 but this tea size candle is only about .5 oz putting the value of it only at $3.15.
Yay for full size products! I saw a sneak peak that said everyone would be getting one of five shades of Londontown nail polish. I kinda freaked because two of the colors were bold but I've got plenty of bold nail lacquers and certainly do not need any more. I was so happy when I saw that I got the shade Cheerio, a nude sheer pink. I'm not super into sheer polishes, because honestly what's the point, but I've used this once already and it's actually better than I expected. If you want to try and build it up to full opaqueness, good luck. I put on four coats and it still was not fully there, about 80% opaque. I do like the color and with it being sheer that means it's more customizable which I'm sure some people will appreciate. Added bonus, the formula is nourishing and strengthening so it's good for the nails. This cost $16 from Londontown so this alone covers the cost of the box!
I was not sure what to think when I saw a cuticle oil was going to be in the box. I have had dry cuticles since the weather here in Kansas has been unbearably dry buy I've never been one to use an oil like this and am not sure if I'll get my use out of it. I can't help thinking that something like this would of been nice during the dryer winter months but now that sandal season is upon us I'm sure lots of people will be loving this for the toes. This retails for $18 so having the full size version of this adds good value to the box though there's another product that I would of rather had the full size version of which leads me too...
I've gotta say, after using this, I wish this would of been one of the full size products in this month's box. I don't love the product, it's nice but not as amazing as some of the other balms I have, but I think I would get much more use out of this as a full size product than I will out of the cuticle oil. I have perpetually dry lips so I'm always welcoming more balms into my collection. This isn't as hydrating or nourishing as others that I have (I've only used it once so far though) but it's organic so I'm not worried about the ingredients drying my lips out more like some balms can. The full size products is 7 ml which is over three times the sample size so this is a pretty puny sample and only has an $8 value. I'm still really happy to test out a tinted product like this since none of my other balms are tinted.
This is one of those products that I don't think sampling will benefit very much. The ingredients in this are supposed to help diminish fine lines over time but the sample of this is only .25 oz so you won't get enough use out of it to see it really improves your skin. I've been using it almost every day under my moisturizer since I received it and I haven't noticed any difference. I was also a little tiffed that mine didn't come with a cap. I don't know if all of them were like this or if it was just mine but if it had had a cap I probably would have saved it for my next travel adventures since this would be a great hydration boost on a long flight. The value of the sample only comes to $2.50 so this doesn't add much to the box for me and I'm a little disappointed in the performance thus far, since it has hyaluronic acid in it I expected more hydration. But, like I said, some skin care products can take a while before you notice any results.
My reaction to seeing this was literally, "ugh no, why?" I don't use deodorant with aluminum in it because I'm pretty sure I'm allergic. It causes me to break out so I quit using deodorants and antiperspirants with the ingredient several years ago and haven't looked back. I recently started using Native Deodorant and OMG, it is so good. It's definitely way more expensive than anything you'd probably get at the drug store, like at least double the cost, but it's all natural, aluminum free, and smells fantastic. I'm using the coconut and vanilla scented one right now and it smells like a tropical paradise. For those who can tolerate aluminum this is probably fine but for those who can't or are more conscientious of the ingredients this is an epic fail. It also only adds a whopping $1.06 value to the box and is basically a throw away for me (I'll be seeing if a friend want's it before I do that though).
Hair products are the bane of my existence when it comes to subscription box product samples. I hate getting hair products. They're almost never anything I would ever use. I have short hair and don't like to use much, if anything, in my hair because I like to be able to run my hands through my hair and touch it because it's really soft. I'm not even going to give an opinion on this one as to whether or not I think I would like it since I'm not really that experienced with hair products and I'll just be giving this away as well. This also doesn't add much value since it's a drugstore brand, only about a $2.50 value for the 1 oz. Hard pass.
That is a lot of products so if you made it through all that you're a trooper! My estimated value of the February box (sans eye shadow palette since that was a bonus) is about $100 (though I could be horribly off if the size info is wrong on Sephora's website for the lip plumper or if I guessed wrong). The March box is not nearly as good coming in at about a $48 value - still very good for only $15 though. I think the February box was really good but the March box left something to be desired in comparison. That being said, so far I would highly recommend this subscription box if you're a beauty lover or sub box addict like I am. Out of all 13 products there's only four I won't be using at all myself and will be passing on which is pretty good in my opinion for the quantity of items here. If you're someone who's been highly disappointed with the value of other subscription services this might be one worth checking out. If you're thinking about signing up for the Allure Beauty Box you can check out past boxes here on their website and sign up here. Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!