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Allure Beauty box sends 5-6 beauty samples for $15 plus tax a month. Shipping is free. Items are chosen by Allure editors so products can range from drugstore to high-end. There is no rewards program with this subscription and it took me months to even get my referral link. Most items are deluxe, but there are times when 1-2 products are full-sized. It retails for $15 plus tax. Boxes usually ship in the third week of the month, and the charge for the box gets processed the day the box ships. New subscribers get charged the day they subscribe. If you are a new subscriber and there are boxes left in the month you subscribe, you will get a box from that month. When the month is sold-out, you will still be charged upon subscribing, but you will not get charged a second time when your first box ships the following month.
There is a mini magazine inside the box that goes over all the products inside. It gives detailed information about the product, the cost to purchase the full size, and where to purchase it. This is a magazine that hosts a subscription box so I get why this is in there. A brief box description from the editor is at the front, and an ad for a product not listed in the box is near the back. The main reason I stopped paying for magazine subscriptions is because ads outweigh the articles. When the ad is bigger than the “article” from the editor, this mini is like all other magazines available today. I just want stuff I can read, because I am a writer at heart. My box went to my ex’s house. He brought me the contents without the magazine. It was either missing or is still at his house.
The contents are loose inside the box with white crinkle cut paper. Red and white vibes give me a Christmas feeling. I like that. He did not bring me the box either (because he flew here this month).
Most boxes are the same, but there is a little variation when Allure does not have enough of a certain product. Allure told me they never make substitutions without notifying someone, but I know that is not true based on receiving a substitution in my January box without getting notified.
The February 2018 had 5 products, and I received the same 5 everyone else did. My guess is I would have seen these 5 in the magazine, had my ex brought it to me.
The full-size 0.35oz skinfix Natural Minty Mint Lip Repair Balm retails for $4.99. This lip balm looks and feels like Carmex. It soothes and cools slightly thanks to the mint. My lips feel softer and hydrated while it is on, but the formula is not long-lasting. I would not recommend this for someone looking for healing or long-term relief. Though it is taking a lot longer than planned, my massive lip balm trial is coming in the next few months. While this is far from the worst on the list, it is nowhere near the top.
The 0.02oz Juice Beauty Liquid Lip 18 Gwyneth is worth $6.86. I’ve received so many samples of this from Ulta. So far, I still have not tried it. Thus, am unsure if this is a liquid lip or a gloss. Companies are very ambiguous with the names of products these days. It feels like a gloss on my arm.
I do really like the rich berry shade. If this is a gloss, it is nicely pigmented. Once I wear this, I will edit in pictures and a review.
The 0.15oz tarte tarteist lash paint retails in this size for $12. I have not tried this mascara yet, but it is one of the many mascaras I already own.
The full-size 0.25oz CLE Essence Moon Highlighter Cushion Calming Moisture Technology Glinting Buff retails for $30.
I am not used to seeing expiration dates on beauty products without sunscreen or other active ingredients. This one expires in December 2019, but I will toss it when it goes bad (whether before or after the expiration).
The sponge inside is fine, but makes getting a precise highlight difficult. As you can see in my large swatch below, this is not ideal for spotlighting small areas.
There is a safety seal on this (and every compact cushion I’ve ever seen).
I really like the color of the shade selected. It is on the light side so I am not sure this would work on deep skin tones. There are other shades on the brand website, but Allure did not give subscribers a chance to pick a shade. We do not have an online beauty profile (as some subscriptions do) to help with shade selection either.
This highlighter has pearl extract and moisturizing essence. Hopefully that means it will feel as hydrating as it looks. In the swatch, it totally looks like wet skin. As someone who has very dry skin, I love when highlighters look wet. Those with oily skin probably like that a bit less. If you received this and your skin is oily, setting it with a powder highlighter could help. Once I try this, I will edit in a picture and review.
The 0.25oz Youth to the People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisture Cream is worth $6. This is a brand I’ve wanted to try for some time. I have never received a sample of anything from this brand. It is the item I wanted the most from this box. Finding a lightweight cream with hyaluronic acid that actually makes my dry skin feel hydrated in my number one goal. Only thick creams do the trick so far, especially in the winter. My skin loves hyaluronic acid though. Since adding a serum with it, my skin is more moisturized than ever.
There is usually an offer for $5 off your first box and a free welcome gift. If that offer is not available, Google affiliate reviews. While I am unsure if there are any affiliates for this box, I know larger bloggers get special links and therefore may get better offers. The FAQ says the welcome gift may come separately, but mine came in my January box.
The box has a $59.85 value. This brings the average box value for the year to $104.75. That average will keep dipping, because the January box had an unusually high value. My personal value is $40.99, because I will not keep the duplicates of the tarte mascara or the Juice Beauty lip. Even if they are incredible after I finally try them, I just have too many things to try to justify keeping backups. While this box is nowhere near as impressive as the January box, I am happy with the value I received. All 3 of the items I am keeping are things I am happy about. They are great for my current needs and dry skin. This is a good deal. Contents for the March 2018 box are already detailed on the site.
I see enough value and items I want to try in the March box so I will let you know how that box goes soon. My niece took my sample of that exact foundation in that exact shade so I can try this one when it arrives. If I dislike it, I know someone who will want it. March boxes are still available for purchase for anyone else interested. Allure lists these items with a $67 value.
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