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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Get it for your guy: The Men’s Glossybox

Shampoo, shave, and style – that’s what the latest Glossybox for Men promises and for $40 it delivers everything your man needs to groom himself right up.

The Men's Glossybox

The Men’s Glossybox

There are two full size hair items, one full size skin care item, one full size shave item, and two sample size items.  The full size items together are worth $78, so this is definitely a bargain box of manly products.

Redken Clean Brew

Redken Clean Brew

Redken For Men Clean Brew Shampoo (retails for $12.50):  you know those commercials where there is a screaming hot guy out in the woods, doing something really manly like chopping down a tree or riding a wild horse?  The scent of this shampoo is exactly like what I imagine that screaming hot guy smells like.  It’s woodsy and clean and fabulously macho.  My husband LOVES this, it really is a terrific shampoo for guys who like working on cars or building houses because it has anti-grit technology that will clean even the most tenacious engine oil out of hair.  And if your guy has naturally oily hair, it’s shampoo perfection.

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken for Men Firm Grasp texurizing hair clay (retails for $19):  this gets a big thumbs up from the hubby.  It’s a texturizing hair clay that smells woodsy, but it’s not an overpowering scent. It is terrific for shorter hair, leaving a matte finish that looks mod yet rugged.

Nuxe Men's Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream (retails for $28): it is a small bottle, but it is the full size product. The eye cream is in an airless pump, it’s really terrific packaging. The eye cream is a thin cream that smells vaguely of pine.  It is designed to soothe puffiness, decrease dark circles, and decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It sure leaves my skin super soft and hydrated. I got my husband to use it for a few days, and he liked it…but I’m betting it’s not something he will use all the time.  Eye cream is a little too much maintenance for him. So guess what? I’m stealing it for myself.

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Pre-Shave Oil (retails for $18.50):  this is an oil that your guy smooths on before the shaving cream. It gives the shaving area more lubrication so shaving is easy and razor burn issues are things of the past. It’s a small bottle, but one drop is all my husband needs for shaving his beard, so this will last a very long time. Again, my husband liked it and said it worked great…but I am betting this is one more step he won’t do regularly, although he will reach for it when his razor is at the end of its lifetime. In the meantime, I am using it for shaving my legs.

Bulgari Man Extreme

Bulgari Man Extreme

BVLGARI Man Extreme Cologne (this is a deluxe 0.17 fl.oz. sample, a full size 3.4 oz. retails for $79):  what a nice, big sample of this deliciously manly cologne! I find a lot of men’s colognes are way too strong, but this one is subtle and masculine at the same time. Notes include pink grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, balsa wood, and Haitian vetiver.

There is also a small tube of Sisley Moisturizer that is meant for application after shaving. It’s definitely something to throw in the travel bag for soothing irritated skin.

All in all, it’s a great box. The full size items are terrific and money-wise you get a lot of bang for your buck. Anything my hubby wouldn’t use was of interest to me, so nothing is going to be wasted! I think this is a wonderful gift for the guy in your life. I give a big thumbs up to this Men’s Glossybox.  – Lisa

*pr sample

The Byrdie Glossybox for October

Subscriptions boxes are addictive for me and as soon as you see this October Glossybox you’ll know why. When the first thing you see in a box you’ve paid $21 for is a mascara that would cost you $23 then you have a lot anticipation to see what else you’ll be enjoying.

October Glossybox

October Glossybox

The October Glossybox is the Byrdie box. What and who is Byrdie? It’s a lifestyle website that features cosmetics, skincare, celebrities, hair, and nails. Glossybox and Byrdie collaborated to put together a luxury box for us.

Byrdie Glossybox contents

Byrdie Glossybox contents

The thing that I’ve noticed in the 2 boxes I’ve received from them lately is that Glossybox has changed and it’s definitely for the better.  There is no longer the Glossybox Magazine since they can do that more efficiently online, leaving more room and money for what we want in the first place! The brands that they are working with now are much more high end and exciting to someone who buys a lot of makeup and skincare to begin with. The boxes also seem more balanced with what you are getting.

Glossybox for October 2013

Glossybox for October 2013

I’m excited to share with you all the items in this box and then to give you a teaser about the November box. The first item I saw was a full size Tarte Lights, Camera, FLASHES Mascara.  Tarte calls this a “statement mascara” and that’s because it’s meant to do everything: lengthen, curl, and magnify lashes.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara

The mascara wand has two sizes of bristles. Start using the short, soft bristles that are on the denser side of the brush. Then flip it 180 degrees and comb through with the longer, firmer bristles. Tarte makes wonderful, cruelty-free mascara that lasts without smudging and flaking. Lights, Camera, Flashes is amazing for volume and a jet black look.

Tarte brush for lights, camera, flashes

Tarte brush for lights, camera, flashes

The next item I saw in my box was a tube of lipgloss by a U.K. brand, balance Me. This is 100% Natural Origin. The shade I received is Super Soft Beige. It looks brown in the tube but it’s more of a pigmented nude once on. This can be found under treatments on the balance Me website. The value is £12.00 ($19.28) for this full size Tinted Lip Salve. The color is limited edition for the Byrdie Glossybox. This uses ingredients like coco butter, mango seed butter and shea butter to plump and hydrate your lips.

balance Me Shine On Tinted Lip Salve

balance Me Shine On Tinted Lip Salve

I had two skincare items in my Glossybox. One is from Fresh and I’m pretty sure everyone who subscribes got this one. The other is from Sesha and it appears that there were a few different products in boxes. The Sesha Skin Therapy I got thrills me since its a full size Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask. It’s for mature skin and even though I act immature, my skin doesn’t. You can buy these separately for $9 each which is terrific since you can try one or one each of the masks they carry and see what you love best. While Sesha is a new brand for me, Lisa has tried two products that she loves.

Sesha Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask

Sesha Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask

Sesha Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask

Sesha Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask

Sesha Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask ingredients

Sesha Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask ingredients

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is the other skincare item in the box and it’s absolutely wonderful. This wonderful moisturizer uses their Super 7 Complex. I thought it was full size and was shocked to find out it’s one-third the normal size. The Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is going to last for months. The full size is 1.7 oz ($42) and this is 0.5 oz. making the value of it around $12.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

The 5th item (Glossybox always has 5 products) is Bulgari Eau Parfumée au thé vert. This is a unisex green tea cologne that is getting a lot of raves. I don’t wear fragrance and I don’t love getting fragrance in my boxes but I’m pretty much alone on that part. This has the cutest bottle. I used to collect minis in spite of my not wearing them and this would have been a welcome addition to that collection. I’m sure I’ll find it a loving home.

Bulgari Eau Parfumée au thé vert

Bulgari Eau Parfumée au thé vert

You can still order the October box on their website so if you love these products like I think you will, then definitely order and start a subscription. For $21 this month there was at least $66 worth of product.

Now for the hint for November – remember this box is $21 and the hint is worth $27.

November 2013 Glossybox preview

November 2013 Glossybox preview

We will all get Emile Makeup’s Micronized Eyeshadow in Damson Black getting us ready for the smokey eye look we’ll want for all those parties.

Glossybox – you came through. This is a box that’s easy to enjoy. — Marcia

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Glossybox April 2013 brings you a “natural day”

Glossybox for April 2013

Glossybox for April 2013

The subscription box fanatic is back with another report. This time it’s my April 2013 Glossybox. I’ve been subscribing to Glossybox since the very first box. Some boxes are great, some fall in the not so great category. Let’s see where this one falls on a scale of 1 to 10.

Work that Beauty with Glossybox

Work that Beauty with Glossybox

The first thing I noticed when I opened April’s Glossybox is that the Glossy Magazine wasn’t there. Personally I don’t care about the magazine so I didn’t mind at all and when I read the reason why, I liked that even better. In honor of Earth Day they decided to keep the magazine online only for April. I think that’s smart. Give me more product in the box and don’t waste resources! (score 10) Their theme is Natural Beauty this month and they achieve that through these products:

April Glossybox 2013 contents

April Glossybox 2013 contents

Let’s start in the shower with Wash With Joe – this is a Coffeemint Invigorating Body Wash. It contains an “invigorating blend of coffee and mint that helps revitalize and balance the body and the mind while keeping skin superbly clean”. I’m sure it’s great but I truly hate the smell of coffee. I admit that’s unusual so blast me if you must but Wash with Diet Coke would be more my style. (general score: 8, my personal score has to be 2 though)

Wash With Joe  1 fl. oz.

Wash With Joe 1 fl. oz. sample

From the shower you have to do your hair so they’ve included Alterna Haircare, Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist. This is formulated to give “just back from the beach waves”. You spray it on damp or dry hair and shape with your fingers for a loose, tousled style. I’ll have to see if this could work for me but my hair is straight since without being straight it’s just weird. (score 4)

Alterna Boho Waves  0.85 fl oz sample

Alterna Boho Waves 0.85 fl oz sample

Next we’ll have some skincare. Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution sample packet is included. This is a very nice moisturizer and if I keep getting these samples I’ll soon have enough to actually know if it works (I probably have 6 by now). If you buy this on Glossybox you can receive $75 off the $225 price with their code. (score 6)

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution packet

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution packet

Finally time for my face. This is where Glossybox has gone very natural. They’ve included a lip balm and a bronze toned blush. The lip balm is from The Honest Co. which is an organic company. They sell everything for your family. These lip balms come in a set of 3 for $9.95. They come in lavender mint, sweet orange vanilla and purely simple (the one I received). Even though I have a ton of lip balms, they get lost so easily so having another in the house is fine. (score 8)

The Honest Co. organic lip balm

The Honest Co. organic lip balm

Makeup wise they’ve included a TIGI Glow Blush in the color Haute. This is a baked formula in a rosy brown. I’m sure it’s lovely but … 1) I have very fair skin so it’s too dark for me; 2) I have more blushes than anyone can use so I’d like to be judicious in finding new ones; and 3) I’d rather not swatch it so that I can include it in a future Beauty Info Zone giveaway. One of my favorite eyeshadows from a long time ago is made by TIGI so I have faith that this blush is a great quality too. (score 7)

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute swatch from tigi.com

TIGI Glow Blush in Haute swatch from tigi.com

Last end your day with a relaxing bath and Bulgari Eau Parfume au the’, Tea Bag for Bath. Well you can do that, you couldn’t pay me to use this fragrance. This is the full size and valued at $9.50. Um, okay. It’s just not my style. (score 0 – no offense if you like Bulgari)

Bulgari

Bulgari Tea Bag for Bath

So there you have a natural day with April’s Glossybox. My scores weren’t too high but I don’t think it’s the box – I think it’s me. How would you rate this version of Glossybox? — Marcia

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Did Glossybox deliver for February?

February 2013 Glossybox contents

February 2013 Glossybox contents

Yes I’m late but reviews like this for Glossybox and other subscription services are really just meant to show you what they are all about and maybe make you a little sorry (or a lot glad) that you didn’t buy them like I did. Today I’m sharing the February 2013 Glossybox. I’ve been subscribing to Glossybox from the beginning and I’m always on the fence about them. I end up with more items to give away than I do keeping but I just get a thrill opening these boxes!!

Glossy magazine

Glossy magazine

glossybox feb13 magazine openThe February box is all about International Style. It appears to me that most who subscribed got a similar box but there were some differences in colors and styles received. Some people received an eyeliner instead of a gloss, some received a snail slime mask. The opinions on that were wild! I think I came out slightly ahead with the February box I received.

Explanation card

Explanation card

Bulgari soap – if you know me you know that this makes me totally gag. It’s pretty enough but the fragrance is so strong I want to barf. No offense if you like this but I had to get rid of this since it was making everything stink. I often give my mom things like this and she can put them in a drawer but then I’d have to smell her in my car all the time. No thanks.

Bulgari

Bulgari

Da Vinci Cosmetics Shimmer Powder – there were a few colors that were in the different boxes. The one I received is a light shimmery peachy shade called Dejavous. This can be used on eyes or face. It’s too shimmery for me to use as a check highlighter but I like a touch of this on my eyes. A full size sells for $15 and is .06 oz. This is 1.75 g so it’s full size.

Da Vinci Shimmer Powder in Dejavous

Da Vinci Shimmer Powder in Dejavous

Da Vinci Shimmer Powder in Dejavous

Da Vinci Shimmer Powder in Dejavous

Da Vinci Shimmer Powder in Dejavous

Da Vinci Shimmer Powder in Dejavous

LiSi Cosmetics Color Glaze Lipgloss – this is also full size and costs $7.00. The color I received is 5 O’CLOCK. I guess by 5:00 your gloss has worn off since this is pretty lightly pigmented. The color in the tube is so pretty but it it doesn’t give lips enough color. It’s a nice shine though.

LiSi Cosmetics Color Glaze lipgloss in 5 o'clock

LiSi Cosmetics Color Glaze lipgloss in 5 o’clock

LiSi Cosmetics Color Glaze lipgloss in 5 o'clock

LiSi Cosmetics Color Glaze lipgloss in 5 o’clock

Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps – the set in my box is called Metallic Stripes and is actually quite pretty. Except that I can’t use nail wraps for the life of me. I don’t know if it’s the shape of my nails, my clutzy left-handedness or my lack of steadiness; I’m just not a nail wrap person. I’ve opened these but not used them. They will be given away soon in my own version of a subscription box. I’ve seen some in other people’s boxes that aren’t as nice as these.

Nail Rock in Metallic Stripe

Nail Rock in Metallic Stripes

Nail Rock in Metallic Stripe

Nail Rock in Metallic Stripe

Evologie e System Duo Pack Intensive Blemish Serum and Stay Clear Cream. These are travel size tubes to help clear blemishes, reduce redness and keep your skin clear. The card says the value of this is $15.

Evologie skincare set

Evologie skincare set

I don’t have a referral for Glossybox which is sort of silly considering how long I’ve gotten it but I do have a code for you if you are a new subscriber – COLOR will get you a free eyeliner in your first box. Glossybox costs $21 a month and includes shipping. For a while it was the most expensive box around but newer boxes are more money lately. What do you think of this particular Glossybox? Did it deliver for you? — Marcia

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