June Allure Beauty Box

Um, 'bout time Allure. I didn't actually think I was going to get the June box because I got an email in June saying I needed to update my payment info (again? I did this in May). I did so but my box never shipped out so I ended up contacting customer service around the end of the month and they said my account had been suspended but that they would reactivate it. They did so but never told me whether or not I would get the June box and so I thought I just wasn't going to get this one. At first I was really excited for the June box but now that I have it there's really only one item that I'm truly excited to try. If you look at my Beauty Box Hits & Misses post I usually only like one item from each month, with the exception of my first box. I don't want to give away too much so let's just get straight to it! 

 
 

Deco Miami Nail Lacquer in Feeling Fuego

A full size product and it's from Deco Miami...must be a hot brand for the beauty box circuit this summer. I was excited to try the polish from this brand since I love their cuticle oil but I am not the biggest fan of this color. It is a super bright coral, bordering on neon, and I'm kind of over bright colored nails. These days I much prefer my various shades of gray, reds, muted blues, nudes, and dark (nearly black) colors and have been slowly weeding out my brighter hues. This is also the full size from Deco Miami and it's 5.75 ml which is absolutely tiny. For reference the size of a mini Butter London is 6 ml and full size is 11 ml. The price for Deco Miami is also insane. A full size bottle of the regular formula from Butter London is $15 and is almost twice as much product as Deco Miami which cost $12.50 for the tiny bottle. The quality of the product, in my opinion, does not warrant the steep price tag - that's some luxury pricing for such a small bottle. I tested this out on my fingernails so I could show you what it looks like on, click here, but I'm struggling big time with all of my polishes bubbling up right now. I think it must have something to do with the heat or humidity because I don't normally have this problem except for in the summer and it's happening with literally every single polish I've tried since it got scorching hot here in Kansas and this one is no exception. If you like to paint your nails and toes the same color I can't imagine this bottle would last more than a few uses. This is the third item I've tried from the brand and I don't hate it I just think it's way too overpriced for what you get and that's coming from someone with pretty expensive taste.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Flex Hold Hairspray

This is a really nice sample size but I probably won't be touching it any time soon. As I said, it's really freaking hot, so I've been staying away from my blow dryer and straightener and I don't like to use very many hair products when I let my hair air dry. I also have very short hair and don't think I'm the best person to be judging hair products but I will say that I like that this says it's flexible hold so hopefully it won't leave my hair crunchy because that is the absolute worst when it comes to hairspray. I've heard a couple of people online complain about the smell of this so I sprayed some in the cap just so I could get a whiff and I'm not the most keen on it either. It doesn't exactly smell like the generic hairspray smell but it doesn't smell good either, at least not to me. I still might give it a try once it cools down in a few months when I'm able to play around with my hair more but I'm pretty certain I won't be trying this out in the near future. Also, price wise a full size bottle goes for about $10 and is 13 oz and the sample is 2 oz so it's only giving the box about a $1.50 value. 

 

Yves saint laurent touche éclat blur primer

I've actually tried this one before and initially I wasn't super excited to see it again. The day before this post is going live I decided to try it out again and I will say I don't mind the product. It's not mind blowing, and for my nose I would prefer something that's a little more pore filling, but my makeup did go on pretty well over this. The first time I tried this I didn't really like it but I didn't hate it either and I would say my feelings towards it are still the same. It's a smoothing primer so it helps a little bit with fine lines but it's not super heavy duty so it doesn't do enough for deep pores. Plus, I don't really like the gold glitter that's in it because it straight up just looks like random bits of glitter on the skin when applied (not like the subtle glow Allure says it gives in the mini mag). Back when I tried this before I wasn't wearing any foundation, only concealer, so I couldn't cover up the gold glitter all over my face but now that I do wear foundation it does pretty much cover up the glitter with my medium coverage foundation. I'll continue to use it every now and then but it's not a go-to primer for me. While I'm not thrilled with this product it is nice to see such a luxe brand in the beauty box. This sample is .33 oz which is pretty decent and should last a while and adds just over a $17 value to the box. 

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum

I'm not happy to see another anti-aging product, this is my third from Allure, and it is going straight in my giveaway pile. I could use it but I probably wouldn't see much results from this since my skin is still in very good condition and is currently wrinkle free (knock on wood). At my age I think the best thing you can do for your skin is exfoliate regularly and make sure you're using adequate moisturizer for your skin type/needs so I would of rather seen a moitsturizer from Juice Beauty. The full size version of this product is one ounce and cost $78 so the .26 oz sample adds a little over a $20 value to the box. 

 

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Face Sheet Mask

I think this is a fantastic product is you fake tan or get tan in the summer everywhere except for your face. I however am happy being twins with Casper and stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible and never use self tanners. I'm not one of those people that thinks they look healthier or more slim when they're tan and I think that whole way of thinking is ridiculous because you can be pale and still look great. Plus, keeping up a fake tan can be really high maintenance and expensive and just 100% does not seem worth it to me. I don't know how well this works and I will not be finding out but I do think this is great for those that get some sort of tan on a regular basis. This is also a new launch so that's kind of cool to see something so recently released in a beauty box. One sheet mask goes for $9. 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

This is the one products I was most looking forward to trying out from the June box because I've been really wanting to try something from Tata Harper. This mask is supposed to help with dull, rough, uneven skin and also help with pores. It sounds promising and the ingredient list seems very skin friendly so I don't think it'll make my medium sensitivity skin angry. I'm currently starting all new moisturizers for day and night and my skin has been really smooth lately so I'll be saving this for the colder months when my skin tends to get more dull/flaky. Still, very excited to see this brand and cannot wait to try it out. The full size product is one ounce and costs $58 so this .25 oz sample has a value of $14.50. 

 

So, if you were not keeping tabs that brings the total value of the June box to about $74.50 which is pretty darn good for a $15 box. The value is there but I've just not been very excited for the Allure Beauty Box lately and was going to cancel and try out the Nylon Box instead. I didn't know Nylon was coming out with their own subscription box until I saw it on Instagram. I thought it looked way more interesting so I ended up subscribing to that box immediately and, as of the time of this post, you can still sign up for the July box and get $5 off the first one with the code FIRSTFIVE. It's normally $20 a month, and I never thought I'd want to pay that much for a monthly box, but if it's really good I might decide to keep it. I have an overwhelming stash of samples at the moment that I never reach for so I have been thinking of cutting it back to just the Beautycon Box so the Nylon one will have to be really good for me to want to keep getting it. As much as I love trying out new products I don't necessarily like having a ton of travel/sample size products because they just sit around. I always think I'll save the samples for traveling, I pretend like I'm going to travel so much in the near future, but the truth is I don't have any travel plans on the horizon at all so there's no need for me to keep hoarding them. I recently had to dump a bunch on some friends to cut back on the excess that was pilling up because my giveaway stash had grown out of control. 

Since the July Allure Beauty Box has already gone out I've seen all the items from that one and I currently own two of them so that is kind of meh. There are three items in there though that I would like to try so I really hope they send it out to me soon. Like I said, I was going to cancel with Allure but they emailed me back and made me an offer to lower the price of my next four boxes so I am going to stick it out through those four but if half the items in those boxes are not hits then I will for sure be canceling. It just seems ridiculous for me to stick with it when I end up giving away most of the items anyways. I would love for it to turn around so we shall see and I will of course keep you updated. I would love to hear what your favorite beauty/subscription box(es) are, mine is definitely Beautycon, so let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for visiting and have a lovely day!