Hey Beauty Fans!
Today I will be reviewing the May Allure Beauty Box.
For $15.00 per month you will receive a box containing 5 or more deluxe sized beauty products from today’s most luxurious brands.
One of my favorite things about the Allure Beauty Box is how carefully it is curated and the awesome little mini mag that is included in each box. It gives excellent descriptions and tips for each item in the box with a descriptive and down to earth introduction to the boxes content. I love the beauty director’s honest representation of each product.
Obviously, this box is amazing and has been a pretty hot topic as well… I never look at my box spoilers aside from the occasional first spoiler, as I prefer the surprise. I saw most of this May’s box by accident and a mere mention of a cleansing device inclusion…and then the madness that ensued. It seems as though a lot of new subscribers flocked to Allure to subscribe when the news of The Luna Play spoiler broke. While I do not know the logistics of it all I do know many were unhappy to find that they would not be receiving this particular May box; I assume b/c there were just not enough goods to support all of the new subscribers. I for one, am thrilled to be a long time subscriber, because their boxes are amazing; though I too, have been disappointed by Allure’s past decisions. For me, they righted their wrong…so we’re all good. 😉 but I totally get the disappointment when issues such as this arise and the feeling of being misinformed…or uninformed. This being said, the boxes really are fantastic for a mere $15.00 and I hope all of you reading got this box if you wanted it and if you are not yet a subscriber, what are you waiting for? Check it out before you miss out on another great box!! The Beauty box
The infamous Foreo set
Luna Play by Foreo: $39.00
This is essentially an ‘approximately 100 time use’, disposable version of the Luna mini. For those of you unfamiliar with the Luna; it is a facial cleanser, designed for all skin types, which provides deep yet gentle cleansing through a waterproof facial cleansing device that channels T-Sonic™ pulsations through soft silicone touch-points for a deep cleanse. The pulsing is similar to those mini massagers you often see around the holidays in the inexpensive gifts section and all of the teeny little silicone nubs are soft yet effective, and non abrasive like a standard scrub can be. While some people look at this device and view it as ‘wasteful’, ‘too pricey for a disposable’ etc etc… I see it as a great way to try the product prior to spending over $140.00 + for the rechargeable version as well as a great version to have if you travel, like myself, as it’s extremely small and portable and does not require any charging equipment. I have never really gotten in to any of the cleansing devices or facial brushes, as I viewed them as possibly overkill for my sensitive skin. I have been sticking to the Konjac sponges; but when I tried this, I loved it. It’s like a mini facial massage and my skin feels clean and smooth after. I think the morning and evening cleansers, also provided, worked really well with the product too, which leads me to the next 2 products.
Foreo Awakening radiance yogurt Day Cleanser: Deluxe Sample size. Full size product is $30.00
Awakening is a refreshing cleanser that begins as a creamy yogurt and transforms in to a light foam. The formula is designed to target the skin’s day time needs and the invigorating scent certainly wakes up your senses. It has a citrus scent due to its mandarin, bergamot, and apricot fruit extracts designed to purify and hydrate, probiotics, from the yogurt and vitamin C that nourishes and protects. While I’ve only used each of these cleansers a few times, I really like them so far. The unique cleansers work well with the luna play and provides a pretty enjoyable cleansing experience. My skin feels super soft and ultra clean after using each of the cleansers yet not at all stripped or tight which happens to me with most deep cleansers, aside from heavy oil based versions that always break me out. Though it’s not been quite enough time to know for certain if my skin loves these cleansers, it’s pretty promising so far.
Foreo Celestial Melting Gel Night Cleanser: Deluxe Sample Size. Full size product is $36.00
You just read how I personally feel about these cleansers so I’ll give a brief description of this one, which is my favorite of the two. Celestial is a detoxifying cleanser featuring meteorite powder, moringa extract, and almond oil. Product begins as a gel with little bead like specs in it and transforms in to a milky cleanser. It is designed to target over night needs and provides: deep cleansing, exfoliation, and diminished effects of pollution for smooth, luminous skin.
Lauren b. Beauty Nail Polish in Santa Barbara Surf: Product is full size $18.00
I own several Lauren b. nail polishes and just recently received a gel like top coat from the brand as well; and I love them. I love the brush, the formula and the packaging. The shade is described on the site as a sea foam green but definitely has blue in it. Whichever way you chose to describe this shade, I adore it and it’s the type I like to wear constantly in the summer months. It looks great with white, gold, silver or black added as an accent nail design and is beautiful on its own as well; plus, it’s formulated with out all of the bad junk.
try to disregard my mangled cuticles
Cōtz Flawless Complexion SPF 50: Deluxe sample size. Full size product is $20.00
I have received some Cōtz sunscreen samples before which were ultra white, thick and heavy so I was surprised to find that this one was light, not so heavy or greasy and had a light tint to it. This sunscreen also claims it will not clog pores providing blemish free sun protection; which for me means, I may actually use this one.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara: Deluxe Sample/Travel Size $10-12.00. Full size product is $24.00
I really like MUF but I’ve tried this mascara so many times and while I do really like the brush I do not like the formula. I find that it is very wet, resulting in all of my lashes sticking together, it leaves them far too damp and they never seem to dry. I like formulas that keep my lashes feeling flexible but not the types that I fear will melt on a hot day and transfer easily to anything that touches them. With so many, many great mascaras in every price range; this version is simply not for me.
Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot corrector: Deluxe sample size. full size product is $125.00
This is a pricey serum with excellent reviews backing its claims of lightening both dark spots from age and hyperpigmentation as well as acne marks and scarring, plus brightening of the skin. Because you need a good 3-4 weeks to see any real results I’m uncertain how well it will work for me; but because it does not bother my skin at all and I did see minimal results from a similar type of product I received from an allure box, I will definitely use it nightly to see if I have any positive results from the product. I love skin care and receiving these types of products so if it does do something spectacular you can expect to find a full review on it at a later date.
Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle: product is a mini. Full size is $12.00
This lipstick is a semi matte, full coverage lipstick in a tawny pink shade. The shade is pretty neutral but darker than I expected. I love the shade because it’s a major amped up darker, deeper shade of my own lips and it looks and feels excellent on. It’s creamy and glides on easily, sticks around really well; just an overall, great lipstick. Pixi products have a great price point and I’ve been using a ton of their products lately. I look forward to trying more of them and will definitely purchase this lipstick in its full size version. The cute little box this mini came in also includes a $2.00 off coupon, which gives me further incentive to do so. 🙂
This was an excellent box with so many new products to try. While it is hard for me to put a value on it due to the deluxe samples; the luna play, polish and mascara alone put it around 68.00, which is incredible even without the addition of two cleansers, sunscreen, serum and lipstick mini. Totally thrilled with this box!
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