What did Allure send out in their September beauty multitaskers box? #AllureBeautyBox

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September was a good month for me with my beauty subscriptions. This is the third one I’m writing about this week. Next week I’ll write about Boxycharm and have a giveaway for the products I can’t use from these so this will be a win/win group of reviews. ALLURE BEAUTY BOX ($15 per month) is my newest subscription and I’m still on the fence about it. While I like a good amount of products in the box, I’m just not sure I need this sub. Unlike Sephora Play this has brands that sell everywhere from drugstore to beauty sites to online only sites. This month has one full size product and 5 sample sizes. I didn’t do the math to figure out the value of this $15 subscription although I’m quite sure it’s worth a lot more than what I paid.

September 2016 Allure Beauty Box

September 2016 Allure Beauty Box

Skincare seems to be more prevalent in Allure’s boxes than cosmetics. The August box contained more products with two brands (not products) in both boxes.

September Allure Beauty Box Skincare

September Allure Beauty Box Skincare

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes is a wrinkle smoothing eye treatment. Since I love eye creams I’m happy to have this one to try out. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a hero ingredient for me. Although just a regular size sample, not deluxe, I’m happy to see it in the box.

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes

Avene Eau Thermale PhysioLift Eyes

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50 is teeny but it’s a winner. Who doesn’t need a sunscreen for their lips and one that’s easy to carry in any size bag or pocket is happiness. Use this alone or as your gloss for the day. Last month brought me a Supergoop product that is too fragranced for me so this is an improvement.

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50

Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk is a repeat brand from last month but not a repeat product. This moisturizing cleanser is one that will end up in my travel bag. One nice thing about it is that you can start with dry skin, rub it on and wash it off. Now if only I’d travel more!

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk

GrandeMascara is something I’ve read about but haven’t had a chance to try yet. It’s said to give you major volume and length and I sure hope so. My lashes have been looking a little too wimpy lately so I can use some help. I’ll report back on it.

GrandeMascara

GrandeMascara

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude was the one item I was looking forward to when I saw some sneak peaks. This is a new formula from Orly and can be a one coater depending on color. There are 10 colors that you could get but guess what? I don’t look good in nude polish. Nude lips yes but not nude nails. Therefore someone will win this unopened bottle of Orly Breathable in the giveaway.

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Nourishing Nude

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba is different than the one pictured so I’m guessing that a variety came in the boxes. This is the prettiest bottle of fragrance. I love the way it looks. Bulgari Omnia Paraiba is a beautiful blue. Sephora describes it as “The fragrance is an olfactive fusion intertwining fruits and flowers in a lively rhythm, a fragrance dedicated to a woman whose exuberant spirit overflows into pure, seductive sensuality.” Someone is going to fall in love with this.

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

Bulgari Omnia Paraiba

And there we go. More products that I won’t use than I will but I’m not giving up. I’ve seen boxes that have been terrific plus I know everyone’s needs and taste is different. Hope springs eternal! What did you like about the Allure Beauty Box for September?  —  Marcia

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Sephora Play vs Allure Beauty Box – which would you pick? #sephoraplay #allurebeautybox

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

I can’t seem to keep away from subscription boxes. At the moment I’m buying 4 of them even though I keep promising myself that I’ll quit some. Not only don’t I quit but I started up with Allure Beauty Box this month. The longest running one for me is IPSY Glam bag, next is Boxycharm, then when Sephora Play opened a few months ago I added that, and now here I am with Allure’s Beauty Box. Both of the boxes I’m showing are the August boxes. Which is your favorite of the two?

Sephora Play for August 2016

Sephora Play for August 2016

Each month Sephora Play ($10) has a theme and for August it’s THE EYE OPENERS. Up until this month I’ve been very disappointed in the Sephora box and it’s been sitting on the cutting block. This month though was better for me and I’ve got items in this box that I’m actually going to enjoy using.

Sephora Play pamphlet

Sephora Play pamphlet

As you open the box you’ll find a pamphlet explaining each product within and giving you some great ideas. There’s also a card worth 50 Beauty Insider points which can be redeemed in store only. I have yet to use one but I’m hoping to shop soon.

August Sephora Play products

August Sephora Play products

THE EYE OPENERS contains 4 eye products and 2 others. All items are deluxe samples so it’s not just packets.

Eyes 1: ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM is already a favorite. I’ve actually used up an entire jar and my deluxe sample is mostly gone so this is a welcome addition.

Eyes 2:  MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544 is small but mighty. I stands for iridescent which is going to make my eyes pretty happy. It’s described as a “highly saturated iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula”. The texture is so smooth! The color appears to be a purple and taupe combination that went on beautifully and easily.

Eyes 3: SEPHORA COLLECTION CONTOUR EYE PENCIL in LOVE AFFAIR (33) is a shimmery plum liner. It’s awfully small so I had a hard time using it. But the color is very pretty, it’s lasting well on my upper lashline, and I don’t see any glitter.

Eyes 4:  URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA is a lengthening and volumizing formula that gets lots of love. I just opened a new mascara today but I’ll try this in a few days.

Fragrance:  CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON will be in a giveaway package since I don’t wear fragrance. Each month Sephora include a vial of perfume in Play. Reserve Warm Cotton is described as “bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens”.

Skincare: LANCOME ENERGIE DE VIE – SMOOTHING & GLOWING LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER is a fragranced liquid lotion meant to visually relieve dullness, diminish signs of fatigue, and promote a healthy looking glow. This too will be an extra in a giveaway package since I’m not able to tolerate Lancome fragrances.

Sephora Play for August

Sephora Play for August

These all came in a cream linen bag that’s winking outside the box. What do you think so far? Worth $10?

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

With my first month of the ALLURE BEAUTY BOX I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve read reviews for a long time with this and the last few boxes seemed to be outstanding so I decided to give it a chance. The box is $15 which includes shipping. There’s usually $5 off your first month if you start a subscription. Allure Beauty Box is also deluxe sample sizes with some being very generously sized. For August there were 8 items in the box.

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Hair #1 and 2: GARNIER WHOLE BLENDS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER in HONEY TREASURES. These are each 1.7 fl oz so they’d be great for travel. I can’t use these though because they have Sodium Chloride which pulls the keratin from my hair and they contain sulfates. I think these were bonus items since they aren’t listed in the booklet that comes with the box.

Hair #3: WET BRUSH in MIDI SIZE is an exciting find in this box. I had just given away a new full size Wet Brush to a relative in need and this is a great size for home or travel.

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Skincare #1:  PIXI GLOW TONIC is a product I’ve written about many times. It’s Pixi’s best selling Skintreat. While Pixi sells a smaller bottle now on their website this is a great travel size. There’s even a $2 off $10 purchase of any Pixi product at Target on the back. I know exactly what I’m buying too.

Skincare #2:  SUPERGOOP DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPRAY WITH ROSEMARY. I love Supergoop but not this unfortunately. I’ve tried it before and the fragrance (sunscreen w/alcohol and a hint of mint) fades but it still doesn’t work for me. This will be a great extra though in one of our giveaways to help mattify skin and give a shot of SPF 50 to your face.

Skincare #3: FREEZE 24-7 ANTI-AGING EYE SERUM is a product I’ve used before. I had a much smaller size that I took with me on my last trip. It’s a good eye cream but not one I’m likely to ever buy. I didn’t notice the tightening it’s supposed to have but it was a nice moisturizing effect.

Skincare #4: PUR-LISSE BLUE LOTUS BALANCING MOISTURIZER is a lightweight lotion for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. I know you don’t want to hear it but the fragrance = no/no for me. It’s a floral aquatic one which is probably wonderful for a future giveaway winner.

Cosmetic: CARGO SWIMMABLES EYE PENCIL in PEBBLE BEACH. At first I feared this was another black pencil eyeliner of which I have dozens but it’s actually a deep espresso brown. I’ve noticed Cargo making a reappearance after what I considered a long snooze. The new Swimmables line is making headway with water resistant products. This is a nice size, about half the size of one you’d buy.

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Sadly for me the Allure Beauty Box is too fragranced but I’m still impressed with the brands and quality in the box. My lose will be other’s gains.

So which one wins the battle? $10 for Sephora Play or $15 for Allure Beauty Box? I think my choice is pretty obvious in this post. — Marcia

 

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