Beauty Box Hits & Misses

Hello again! Today I though I would give you an update on all the products I've received from the various beauty subscription boxes I've tried this year. I talk a lot about my monthly/seasonal subscription boxes but most of the time it's just a reveal and I haven't tried any/many of the products yet. I give away quite a bit so to me those are automatic misses because I'm usually giving it away since it's not something I'm interested in or I know I won't like. Some products I still haven't gotten around to trying so those are TBD and then, fortunately, there's some hits in there. It can be very overwhelming when trying to choose a subscription box since there's so many options on the market these days so hopefully this will help you if you're interested in any of the ones I've tried out. Keep in mind I'm very picky and have a larger-than-average beauty stash to begin with. There's a bajillion products to get through so let's get on with it!

 

Technically not a subscription box but still thought I would include it since it was kind of like getting a sub box. 

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Hit

  • Akar Skin Ruby Tint Lip Butter $32 - The only product I really liked though I don't actually use it that often. I have a feeling it might get used more once it gets cold out and my lips are too chapped to wear lipstick.

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Hit

  • Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops in Pearl $38 - I really like this stuff. I'm a big fan of super dewy skin so I mix this into my foundation all the time and it's lasted me quite a while. I wouldn't purchase the full size because I've got my eyes on something else but this is really nice for making a foundation more dewy.

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  • Laritzy Lip Pencil in Cabernet $18 - I've only tried this once but I do like it. It's hard enough to get a sharp line but not so stiff that it's too drying.

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  • Ahava Mineral Body Lotion $10-$75 - I've tried this before and it made my skin itchy so I ended up giving this one away.
  • The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks "Highlighter" Pencil $20 - I didn't actually get a highlighting pencil; I got some weird one with the matte shades from the 02 Nude and 03 Toffee pencils. Still seething about this one but I've kept it to possibly try using as a cream eyeshadow but have yet to actually try it out that way.
 

Hits

  • IBY Beauty Mineral Pressed Blush in Peach Sheen $16 - Not my number one choice of color but it is very different from my other blushes so it adds some diversity which is not a bad thing. Nice color, good pigmentation, and blends well.
  • Luxie Rose Gold Duo Fibre Powder Brush 516 $22 - I don't use this a ton but you can never have too many makeup brushes right?
  • Cargo Cosmetics Around The World Eye Shadow Palette $34 (out of stock/limited edition) - Most of the shadows are a satin finish so that makes it a little more difficult to create a complete eye look plus I'm not a huge fan of the shades - odd mix of warm and cool tones. Not super pigmented, more of a buildable formula, which I prefer because it's easier to blend. I use it every once in a while but it's not my go-to. Not my favorite but not bad enough to be considered a miss from me either.

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  • Jontéblu Eyeliner Pencil in Electric Blue $5 - I've used this once, on the 4th of July, and it worked fairly well though it wasn't as pigmented as I would have liked (I ended up adding eyeshadow overtop to intensify the color). Not bad though for $5.
  • MakeupDrop x Beautycon Silicone Makeup Applicator $20 - I thought I'd hate this but it's not bad. Still need a brush or sponge to blend product in but this spreads it around evenly.
  • Deco Miami Cuticle Oil in Lemon Blossom $12.50 - I use this a lot more than I thought I would simply because it smells good. It does actually work though and I like it better than the Londontown Cuticle Oil I got from Allure.
  • Deco Miami Crystal Nail File $10.50 - I use this all the time. I'm not kidding you, at least five days a week. I have short nails that chip pretty easily so I'm constantly filing them and I like this one because it doesn't shave off too much nail but still smooths it out.
  • Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip in London Fog $6 - To be fair, I've only tried this on once but I really liked the formula and the color. Hopefully I still like next time I wear it and don't regret calling it a hit.

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And that's where we're at so far this year. For some reason Allure didn't send me the June box (grrrrrrr) so that's why I never did a post on it/why those are not included here. I hope this gave you some insight, it certainly gave me some about my own preferences/ussage. After seeing all this information piled up like this if I don't like the next few Allure Beauty Boxes that much I think I'm going to cancel and I'm not sure if I'll try out another subscription box. I've always liked the BoxyCharm boxes but $21 a month is just too much money to be spending a month imo (even if it is bigger samples). I buy a lot of other makeup/beauty products on top of all the ones I receive in my subscription boxes that I don't always share on here and after seeing how much I give away or don't like I'm not so sure the Allure Beauty Box is worth it (I canceled Play! after that disastrous April box). I'm kind of thinking I would rather save that money and try out products that I'm actually interested in rather than having so many duds. On the other hand I'm also thinking I might want to try FabFitFun but idk about the mix of items in those so we shall see where my brain lands on with that one in a few months time (I'll of course keep you updated). I do really like trying stuff out but I'm also not a hoarder and like to keep myself in check so if I think I'm accumulating too many products I'm not afraid to give away or throw away old stock. A few days ago I decided to take the plunge and purchase some Charlotte Tilbury products but that, to me, meant I was going to have too many eyeshadow palettes so I'm giving my bestie a UD palette that I've barely used to make room for some new goodies. If you get or have tried FabFitFun I would love to hear your thoughts on that as well as any other subscription boxes out there. Hope this wasn't too boring, I promise the next one will be better but until then thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!