Sunday, July 17, 2016

June 2016 Allure Beauty Box - Beauty And The Beach - Unboxing & Review!

We're getting close to the end of our vacation in far back month of June (at least when it comes to subscription services, there are still some things I got in June that I still want to blog about) with the review and unboxing of the...
...June 2016 Allure Beauty Box! Allure has had a lot of ups and downs recently with the Beauty Box service, both product selection-wise and customer servic-wise (I won't get into here, but if you look up the Allure Beauty Box reviews/spoilers on My Subscription Addiction you can read about it). This is not an 'outstanding' box, but it's definitely not as bad as some past boxes have been (I feel like I said almost the exact same thing about my June Ipsy bag; it sounds like June is a good month for being 'average').

This box also includes one of the more controversial products I've seen from this subscription service; I'll touch on it here, but again, if you want to read more, check out the spoiler/review pages for June on My Subscription Addiction.
Quick Run-Down: $15 a month beauty/makeup subscription service curated by Allure magazine (I pay a little over $16 after taxes); seems to be the standard 'five deluxe/full size products' kind of box, though, more often than not, you get more than five; very informative mini mag, which includes how to use the product, why Allure included it in this box, the price of the full size, and where to purchase it; no rewards program, no real online support (no Glam Room or real account with Allure or anything), has some kinks with how the service works (based on a magazine subscription service than an actual sample box subscription service; Allure has said they are trying to revamp things to make it work better).
The information booklet is presented like a miniature Allure magazine, including model shots on the cover and back (unless there's an advertisement). The cover shot this month is...interesting. I like that there's something unique about it, but it's almost kind  of unsettling/uncanny.
The back cover has a trendy messy knot/braid hairstyle. I can never get these to look right on me, though it's pretty common knowledge now that the more effortless something looks, the harder it is to actually achieve.
Along with the mini mag, we got an advertisement card for 'anti-aging textiles' from Iluminage.
Iluminage sells products like socks, gloves, and pillowcases interwoven with copper fibers which are supposed to have anti-aging properties. I've done a little research on it and I'm definitely interested in trying them out, but I'm not convinced enough to pay full price. I might just end up purchasing something with this 25% off coupon code (ALLURE25).
The mini mag always starts with a Letter From The Editor that describes the theme for the month, why Allure chose that theme, and a short version of why they included the products they did.
First up is a deluxe/travel size sample of the Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter. At this point, I'm very familiar with Klorane due to all the samples of their products I've gotten in subscription boxes; it's not a bad brand, but it's not one of my favorites. I'm particularly not fond of their shampoos or conditioners; they're quite expensive for what they are. I'm not 100% sure, but I think I've gotten this exact same product in a Blush Mystery Beauty Box way back when (if it wasn't the same, it was something super similar since it was the same color and it was a Klorane shampoo).
This is supposed to be a hydrating shampoo, and it does include some hydrating ingredients like mango seed butter, but it also has SLS as the second ingredient, fragrance quite high up in the list, and it has a couple added dyes. When I first bleached my hair platinum blonde, I asked my stylist if I could still use colored shampoos, and he said the only ones I should use were the blue/purple ones specifically for combating brassiness since any other colors could deposit dye on my hair and warp the color. The full size is 13.5fl oz for $20, which makes this 3.38fl oz sample worth about $5.00.
Next we got a couple products from Pur-Lisse! I really like all the products I've tried from Pur-Lisse, but I've never purchased a full size item because I think they're a little too expensive for what they are. They're good products, but I feel like I can find other products that perform just as well for a lot less. In this box there were two products from the Blue Lotus line: an Eye Adore Serum (I already have a sample of this from another box, but I really like it so I'm glad to get another) and an SPF 30 Daily Moisturizer.
The Eye Adore Serum is super lightweight and absorbs quickly, so it works well in warmer months and/or for more sensitive skin. I love to layer other eye creams on top of it at night to get an extra boost of hydration and skincare ingredients. The full size eye serum is $65 for 15ml (...which seems off), making this 7ml sample worth about $30 (...which again, seems wrong).
I know I've tried a daily moisturizer with SPF from Pur-Lisse before, but I can't remember if it was this specific one (I don't think it said 'Blue Lotus' on it, but I could  be wrong). Like the eye serum, this is a lightweight lotion that packs a lot of hydration and beneficial ingredients. I'm also happy that this moisturizer is SPF 30; a lot of the moisturizer/sunscreen combo products are on the lower end of the spectrum at SPF 15. You can purchase this size product, 15ml, from Pur-Lisse as a travel-size for $20. Like I said, Pur-Lisse products are good, but I don't know if they're that good.
If you've read some of my blog posts, you'll know that I love sheet masks. They're such an easy way to add a boost to your skincare routine; all you have to do is put them on clean skin, lay down for 15-20 minutes (you don't have to lay down, but I find it very relaxing and it helps stop less sticky masks from slipping), then peel it off and toss it when you're done. Allure included a sheet mask from Leaders, a Korean brand (the best place, in my opinion, to get sheet masks from); there were four different masks you could receive and I ended up with the Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask.
Out of the four masks offered, this is the one I would probably purchase for myself first; the other three sound nice, but I've been having some issues with visible pores lately, and have been focusing a lot of my skincare routine around it. This is one of the first masks I seen that list an 'Active Ingredient' (Witch Hazel, in this case), which I find intriguing. Witch Hazel is good for helping with acne and skin texture, so hopefully I'll see a difference in my skin after using this mask (not that I'll likely see any lasting differences after one use, but sometimes you can see an immediate, temporary difference). This is the full sized product and it retails for $6.
As I mentioned above, this box contained one of the most controversial items that I've seen in an Allure Beauty Box, and this Kardashian Beauty Cabana Bronzer is it.
When this product was spoiled (again, I get a lot of my information about subscription boxes from My Subscription Addiction; I really recommend checking their blog out if you're interested in subscription services) a lot of people were commenting on how disgusted and upset they were with Allure for included a Kardashian branded product. Some people were even going so far as to say they were going to throw this product out as soon as they received the box. I'm personally not a fan of the Kardashians, and I think the idea of them as a brand is kind of...silly, and wouldn't purchase anything just because it was 'Kardashian', but I was pretty surprised at the amount of hate people had towards this product and Allure for including it.
I believe this is the only shade this bronzer comes in (it's the only one available on Ulta.com), but since it split into three different colors, it's moderately customize-able. It's is also labelled as a matte bronzer, but it's matte in the way Urban Decay eye shadows are matte; there's no glitter or shimmer, but there's a pearl/sheen to it.
This is a warm/yellow-tone bronzer, which is easier to work with than an orange-toned one (though I worry that the yellow-tones may make me look more sallow than bronzed). The left-most swatch is all three colors mixed together, and the next three are in the same order the colors are in the compact. The full size is 0.52oz for $14.99, so this 0.07oz sample is worth about $2.
Lastly, we got a Julep nail polish. I always feel weird getting Julep polish in my subscription boxes because I already subscribe to the Julep Maven subscription service. I'm always worried that I'll get a dupe since I own so much Julep polish already, but luckily, the color I got, Katie, was a new one for me.
There were three different colors that you could have gotten, Katie, April, and Cassidy, and I'm happy with the one I got (the blue would have been pretty, too, but I'm just happy I didn't get the orangey coral).
I'm also happy Allure went with shimmery colors; I feel like a lot of the polishes I get in subscription boxes are creams, and I prefer shimmers/glitters.
Katie is a Classic With A Twist color, though ever since the Julep Maven revamp, the beauty profile descriptions have lost a lot of meaning.This is also an older color since it came out in 2014, so I'm even more surprised that I don't already own it.

Katie was pretty much opaque on the first coat, but I always do two when I swatch or am painting my nails. This polish performed the way good Julep polishes do, so no complaints there. This is a full size product and it's worth $14, but take that with a grain of salt since Julep products always go on sale (I get a 20% discount on everything anyways because I'm a Julep Maven) and you should never pay full price for one.

Overall, I got two full size products and four deluxe/travel size products with a total value of $77 ($50 of that is from the Pur-Lisse products, and I did use $14 as the value of the nail polish, even though I would never pay that much for one). For a $15 a month box, that's pretty good (my $10 boxes, like Ipsy, are usually around $35-$50 in value). The only product that I'm not going to get any use out of for sure is the shampoo, so five useful products out of six isn't bad! If you're interested in signing up for the Allure Beauty Box, I'd say go for it, but be warned that are some issues with customer service right now and it might be better to wait until things get sorted out.

Thanks for reading! <3

1 comment:

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