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New year new you! Forget that silliness. How about: new year, same glorious you! But with a fresh box of beauty innovations to enjoy. Sure, some of these products might just reveal glowing skin that had into hiding. Or the almost-brow-grazing lashes you haven’t seen in a while. Or the lustrous hair that perhaps took some time off in 2019. But the only beauty resolution this year as far as we’re concerned? Bring some great new discoveries into your routine every month—and celebrate your (already) gorgeous self along the way.
executive beauty director
Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box brought to us by the Allure Magazine. Each month you’ll receive full-size and samples of high-end products. Allure Beauty Box is just $15, I bought the box with my own money in order to share my opinions. This is my review of the box.
This liquid cleanser turns into an airy foam for gentle cleansing. The soap-free formula respects the natural balance of the skin to restore radiance, softness, and comfort. Dermatologist and ophthalmologically tested. This gentle cleanser is plant-based, containing sage, chamomile, and grape seed. It’s free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils, and sodium laureth sulfate.
This was a bonus gift for my first subscription month. It’s a full-size product and I am glad I got to discover this brand. It smells really amazing, it smells like grapes. It foams thick and maintains the airy foam texture during use, it truly is a gentle cleanser. It’s meant for all skin types, mine is usually dry with only my nose getting oily, this cleanser left my face feeling refreshed and super clean. I immediately applied the renewed hope in a jar water cream that came with this month’s box.
A cult classic for over a decade, this best-selling vegan mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions, acting like a push-up bra for your lashes. The brush and formula curls & separates every lash with a 360-degree magniLASH wand. The mascara creates a naturally defined & voluminous look. Made with rice bran, olive esters, provitamin B5 that helps soften & nourishes your lashes.
Tarte lights, camera lashes cruelty and vegan, made without gluten. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested. I go for a very classic natural look when I do my makeup, this includes a decent mascara. This mascara is a bit pricier than my normal mascara, this mascara does lengthen and curl. This high-performance does exactly what it claims to. My eyelashes are huge and beautiful. I don’t wear makeup every day, so I was surprised my guy noticed my lashes and complimented me when I tried this on yesterday. This is a very high-end none waterproof mascara. I usually go with a waterproof mascara if I am going to wear it during the day, but if I am wearing it at night it doesn’t have to be waterproof.
Right now Tarte is offering 15% of your order with the
coupon code TARTExALLURE2020 at checkout
(valid January 2nd, through March 3rd, 2020)
Clinically formulated to visibly transform texture and pores in two minutes, Kate’s signature Super Facial exfoliates dull, dry surface skin cells to reveal smoother, radiant, pore perfected skin in just two minutes! By clearing away dead skin cells, this Holy Grail product preps skin to better absorb the rest of your regimen, making every product and ingredient that follows more effective.
I can not say enough about this little tube of magic. It’s actually almost a full-sized product at its .25 fl oz, their smallest full-sized product is .5 fl oz. My skin is glowing after just a few uses, I feel like I went for a facial at the spa. My skin is naturally just dry and sometimes as embarrassing as this is, my skin can get flaky if I don’t keep up with my skincare. The superfine granules of silica slough off dead dull skin, while the AHA Lactic Acid & BHA Salicylic Acid work to chemically exfoliate and loosen the “glue” between dead skin cells. They added papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes to provide enzymatic exfoliation, digesting dead skin cells to reveal naturally glowing skin. There are extracts of rosewood and cinnamon to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, around my age I need to be taking preemptive care to prevent these. It’s not cheap, but it is an amazing product, really puts the glow back in my skin. It smells light and herbally, like cinnamon and honey.
Hydrate, glow, & go! Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer is a lightweight fast-absorbing innovative water cream that replenishes parched skin by increasing skin’s hydration levels and delivering a cooling burst of 72-hour hydration. Skin is left perfectly primed for makeup, with a fresh natural glow from within. Formulated with their exclusive hydra-glow complex containing Norwegian glacial water, enhanced hyaluronic acid, and pineapple extract, leaving skin infused with moisture and smooth to the touch.
I mentioned I used this right after the Caudalie Paris Instant Foaming Cleanser – 5 Fl Oz. My skin is dry I love this stuff, it’s like a cloud of white blue fluff that melts into your skin upon application. Within minutes my skin absorbed it, my skin is bouncy and fresh. The product smells refreshing, I can’t quite explain, it’s clean, gentle and sweet! It’s made with cactus flower, pineapple, and enhanced hyaluronic enhanced moisture. My skin is glowing with serious
Philosophy is offering free shipping and a free deluxe-mini
of your choice with any $39 purchase, enter the code ALLURE at checkout
(valid from January 1st until February 29th, 2020)
Tibetan Inspired Beauty. A lightweight creamy treatment guaranteed to provide instant hydration for dry and chapped lips. Antioxidants work to protect against sun-damaged and lessen the appearance of lines. Smells of freshly brewed rose orange tea, their lip restoration is made from pure plant-based ingredients. Made with castor seed, almond seed, beeswax, and orange peel extract.
This lip restoration cream to me smells mostly of orange, a light citrusy smell, it’s pleasant. It goes on smoothly and stays moisturized. you can use this stuff on your cuticles to soften them according to Akar’s website. The little jar is great, takes up less room than a lip balm in a stick. The jar is screw off and super cute. The product is also paraben-free, silicone-free, mineral oil-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, natural, organic and wild-harvested. Wild-harvested is a new one, I can appreciate that from a beauty company. While this product is great, I personally don’t think I would buy this on my own.
Akar skin is offering a 10% discount with the code ALLURE01
(valid from January 1st through February 29, 2020)
Brighter skin, reduced fine lines and antioxidant protection, all in one drop. This quick-absorbing and deeply hydrating serum is packed with benefits from Vitabrid CG, a stabilized form of vitamin C, and powerful peptides for skin that looks and feels brighter, firmer, and deeply hydrated. Skin brightening: Vitamin C, a powerful brightening ingredient with antioxidant benefits, inhibits melanin production for a perfectly bright and even complexion. Skin rejuvenation and anti-aging: Vitamin C and Peptide Complex promotes collagen production in the skin, helping maintain vibrant and firm skin texture. Strong anti-oxidation benefit: Vitamin C makes skin healthy and radiant by scavenging the damaging effects of free radicals due to UV exposure, stress and pollution, helping prevent and repair visible signs of aging.
First off, this stuff smells like sweet lemons, I prefer serums to lotions because they are generally more concentrated. I have been using this serum on days I exfoliate and don’t plan to wear makeup, which are like 2-3 times a week, you can tell I have used this one quite a bit before photographing these products for this review. I have been using a lot of new moisturizers recently since I began to review products as a hobby. I feel like I have been soaking my face in glory, a holy grail of moisture. My skin looks brighter and more evenly toned, and very hydrated! I love this serum, although it too is a high-end product.
Luckily Vitabrid offering a full-sized product for the low price of $9.90
if you use the code ALLURE20
(valid through January 1st through March 31st, 2020)
THAT’S A LOW PRICE!
Elevate shine to mega-watt status with Platinum Fiber and Plant Stem Cell technology infused into potent botanical bases. Increases shine and luminescence while providing color protection. Refreshingly light, soft scent with notes of violet and almond. Free of harsh Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Gluten, Mineral Oil and other harsh chemicals that not only damage hair but the environment. Carefully selected botanical extracts work to shield and protect the hair from damaging environmental stressors.
I have pretty naturally shinney hair long auburn chestnut hair and I wouldn’t need something like this unless my hair was damaged from color treating. I did test a small portion in my hair and wasn’t too impressed, but maybe I used too much. I tend to have a lot of natural oils around day 2 or 3 after wash so I use a boars hair brush to spread the natural oils through my hair to the ends. I am usually washing my hair by day 3 and 4. But for someone with color-treated or extremely dry or frizzy hair, this stuff would work wonders. This smells really nice and did give my hair a nice sheen, but it’s just not for me personally. I hardly ever straighten my hair, but this product is meant to protect your hair during straightening. Perhaps I will try this next time I go to straighten my hair for date night.
NatureLab is offering a 15% discount if you use the code ALLURE20
(valid from January 1st through March 31, 2020)
Verdict: This was an amazing box for $15, I will definitely be getting this box again! I am impressed, I got a product for everything, cleansers, and exfoliators for my skin, moisturizer, a mascara, a moisturizer for my lips! They covered it all, hair skin and lips; your face is the first impression people get when they look at you, allure did an amazing job curating this box this month. Alright, time to look at the values! Let’s add the value of this box up for the amount of product we got!
Caudalie Paris Instant Foaming Cleanser – 5 Fl Oz is a full-sized bottle valued at $28 for 5 fl oz
Sugar Rush Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara is a full-sized product, valued at $23
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is .25 fl oz, a small full-sized product is .5 fl oz for $24, it’s value was $12
Philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Water Cream is .23 fl oz, the full-sized product is 2 fl oz, it values at $4.48
Akar Skin Pure Lip Restoration is a full-sized product valued at $30 for .24 0z
NatureLab Perfect Shine Oil Mist is 1 fl oz, a full-sized product is 4 fl oz for $16, this is valued at $4
Overall, this box is worth $101.48!
Even without the free gift Caudalie Paris Instant Foaming Cleanser that I received for signing up in January, the total value everyone else got is $73.48!!!