Allure Beauty Box December 2015 Review
The Allure Beauty Box for December 2015 contained the following products: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Avene Body Oil, POP Beauty Kajal Pen in Inky Purple, Klorane Dry Shampoo, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Illume Blackberry Absinthe Candle in a Travel Tin and ChapStick Total Hydration in Soothing Vanilla.
Not a lot to address this time around. And, I have given up on trying to place a value on these product sample sizes. If it is full size I will indicate as such with the price included, but aside from that math and I have a very rocky relationship so I’m over that.
Allure has this thing about sending out a very tiny sample of usually an extremely expensive product. This month was no different, this time it is was the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. This stuff sells for $162 for 30 ml which is roughly 1 oz. You never receive enough product to tell anything noticeable. I think I’d rather receive a generous size product sample of a not so expensive product then maybe I might be able to tell if it actually does anything or not. I do know a sample this small is not going to make me run out and purchase the product.
The Avene Body Oil is another no go. It does not absorb at all, think tanning oil and the scent is a rather sharp woodsy scent that lingers. Maybe if I had extra dry skin and could stand the icky feeling of oil under my clothing I might be persuaded to use this product, but as it stands now I won’t be using this past the initial product test.
The Pop Beauty eyeliner pencil is, well, eyeliner. It has a gel type consistency and applies as that type of pencil will. I did like the color, it is a smoky purple and not a PURPLE! That screams the 80’s. It is subdued enough that I feel comfortable using it and I am 50-ish 🙂 It is a full size which retails for $10.
Klorane Dry Shampoo. This product does me no good whatsoever. I do not use dry shampoos and I really do not understand the current obsession of putting one in at least one of the boxes I receive each month. I suppose if I still wore my hair straightened I might make use of it, but they all typically cause a tacky residue in my hair and create a texture I do not like. This will be going away to another home.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It’s a primer… I have used multiple makeup primers, this one included, and I have never noticed anything exceptionally special about this one. It may be a Holy Grail primer for some people but for me it is just another primer and I actually have others, Hourglass Mineral Primer and Stila One Step Primer comes to mind, that I like considerably better than this one. I’m not bashing here, just saying this one, not so special to me.
Illume Blackberry Absinthe Candle. I do like this, it has a sweet but sort of woodsy smell and it filled up the room quickly with scent. This scent is a scent that would be one of my picks for fall. It’s not sweet enough for spring or summer but not musky enough for winter, so yeah, fall is the time for this candle.
As an extra bonus they threw in one of the new ChapSticks, this one is the Total Hydration in Soothing Vanilla. It is 100% natural and it has Argan Oil and Omega’s 6 & 9, and they say it is clinically proven to provide healthier more youthful lips. Well, don’t know about that, but it does hydrate and make my cold weather lips considerably less parched. And, I had been meaning to buy this anyway but kept forgetting whenever I went to CVS, so that’s one less thing off my buy and try list.
So that’s it, my impression of the December Allure Beauty Box. This is one of those boxes that make me question why? Why do I still get this box? I will hardly use anything in it. But I know, they can’t all be winners. I am going to give this box a few more months and see how it goes. But, if they ever finally begin releasing the Sephora box to the general public this one will be so outta here. Plus, I don’t like that fact that this is the only subscription box I get taxed on, I pay enough taxes already.
If any of you reading this subscribes to the Allure BeautyBox and have received your December Box I would love to hear your opinions of the products they sent out this month.
The Allure Beauty Box subscription box is $15 a month. Unlike the other boxes Allure charges tax, or at least they do on the one I receive which places the box closer to $17 a month and not just a flat $15. You typically receive at least 5 deluxe-sized luxury brand samples plus an Allure mini-mag telling you all about the products in your box that month. The beauty editors at Allure collaborate to create the box each month.
Until next time,