Allure Beauty Box November 2015 Review
Hello and thank you for joining me while I review the November 2015 Allure Beauty Box. 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.
In this month’s box I received: Klorane Floral Eye Make-Up Remover, Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender De Provence Bath and Shower Gel; Hanae by Hanae Mori, Mall Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick. L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil and Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity Volumizing Serum.
First up we have the Klorane Floral Eye Make-Up Remover. In addition to gently removing eye makeup this is suppose to aid in de-puffing as well. OK, while it did remove the makeup with little to no tugging of the delicate eye area, which is a plus, I did not notice any de-puffing action, my eyes looked just like the did before I began removing the eye makeup. I’m not sure why Floral is in the name of the product unless it comes from the Cornflower extract which, according to the manufacturer, is suppose to provide a smooth and soft application which leaves the eye area cleansed and fresh. Lashes, lids and surrounding areas maintain a healthy tone and texture. It doesn’t smell floral in the least to me, which is another plus, the scent reminds me of Bi-Facial by Lancome, only it did not leave the kind of oily residue Bi-Facial can leave behind, plus again. Not having to go behind the eye makeup remover just to remove the remover, if you know what I mean 🙂 This can be purchased online in several places and at Sephora, so purchase from there and you will add to your Sephora points. It is $16 for 6.7 oz. The size of the bottle in the box was 0.8 fl oz. so for the sake of math I’m rounding up, I’d value this sample at about $2.40.
This is the Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender Bath and Shower Gel. Out of the gate I saw the word lavender and was unhappy, but then I smelled of the bath gel and was happy again. This is has more citrus and less lavender which makes me a happy camper, lavender is way down on the list of ingredients so it is not noticeable. Glycerin is a key ingredient which helps to moisturize and it’s formulated without mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol or sodium lauryl sulfate, so no nasty stuff that can dry you out. It lathered up really well on my shower pouf and I did not feel sucked dry after it was rinsed off. It is a relatively thick gel so you don’t lose a lot of product to over-spill when you squeeze the bottle. This sells on Crabtree & Evelyn and has two sizes, a 50 ml for $6 and a 250 ml for $22. The size in my box is a 1.7 oz, so when I convert 1.7 oz to ml I get 50.275 ml, which if that is correct (help here math people) this would be valued at the $6 price.
Fragrance is a very personal thing so on this I will give you my thoughts and then if you like you can check it out. The Allure Mini Mag says this is ” A scent laden with candy and fruit notes”. Not to my nose it’s not, I know candy and I know fruity and this is neither one of those descriptors, not for me anyway. When I first sprayed this I though, hey! I kinda like this… after about 2 minutes, not so much. After it settles the patchouli/sandalwood/vanilla scents start to come out and the sweet and fruity goes away. It took 2 hours for the smell to dissipate from my bathroom. The cost of this perfume is $92 for 1.7 oz. This is definitely a fall/winter scent with the patchouli and sandalwood so if you like that kind of scent you may want to go take a smell and see what you think. But, if you are in to the really light and fruity scents, Like Happy, Pink Sugar, Hope by Pink or Falling in Love by Philosophy then you want to take a pass on this. Like I said, scent is personal and it is ultimately up to you to your and your nose to decide.
Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick. More like a gloss instead of a liquid lipstick. This does not have the staying power of a liquid lipstick or at least not like the other one’s I’ve used. It’s for sure shiny and not as sticky as her other gloss I have used unless you apply way too much. It has a faint fruity scent but no taste, not really other than a normal lip gloss taste. This color is Starburst. It’s one of the 10 shades that Allure sent out in their boxes. I would not even call this pink, on my lips this was even lighter than what a baby pink would have been. So for me this was basically a near-clear lipgloss. A full size is $20 and they carry it at Ulta. The full size is 0.12 oz and this size 0.9 oz., so not far from a full size, volume wise. The full size product is a click-up brush type pen so the application for me is totally different than the actual full size would have been. I’m not overly fond of click-up products, they have a tendency to stop working mid-way through a tube. But that’s just me, you may be all about click-up products, if so, you’d probably like this.
Sorry for the not very good picture. The bottle is small, the writing is gold and the liquid inside the bottle is a golden color. My camera didn’t like that. L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil is a lightweight oil for your face and the fragrance, it’s wonderful, it smells like summer, if summer was a smell. While it does hydrate the skin it didn’t seem to absorb into my skin as well as I would have liked. It does make you look luminous without looking like a grease pit but still, the absorption thing sticks with me. It is made with 100% natural oils, key ingredients being: Sunflower-Seed Oil, Borage-Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel, Evening Primrose and Sea Buckthorn Oils for moisture and Rose Hip Oil for a protective barrier. Personally I would use this at night simply because it takes so long to absorb. I have very dry skin and it will usually suck up any moisturizing serum I apply but this, nope. It takes only a little, 6 drops did my entire face, so this little bottle will last me a while. I have used a few other facial oils and they seem to have a higher absorption rate than this product did. An additional little tid-bit from the mini-mag is that if you apply an oil before your anti-aging cream the “oil molecules behave like trojan horses, letting active ingredients – like retinol, glycolic acid and vitamin C deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen-producing fibrolasts, all without irritating the surface”. That is something for sensitive skin gals to think about then next time we run screaming from anything to do with the word Acid or Retinol, but I still don’t think I’m that brave yet. The full size of this product is 1 oz and retails for $106. The size in the subscription box was 0.1 fl. oz. so that tiny bottle, about $10.
The Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity Volumizing Serum didn’t do a whole lot for me. This is a volumizing serum that is suppose to add more volume all over as you blow dry your hair. I don’t blow dry my hair. When I applied it I “plopped” my hair for about 4 hours and then took it out of the t-shirt towel and let it finish air drying and it made my hair mostly flat and less wavy. Another downside for me was the lemon-lavender scent 🙁 and it stuck with me while my hair dried, not good, not for me anyway. According to the Allure Mini-Mag this is suppose to be a good volumizer for fine hair since you rake it through the length of your hair without putting any on the scalp, which helps keep the oily look at bay. If I still had non-permed hair I might have liked this but I will never really know since I am now permed. A full size of this product is $25 for 150 ml or right at 5 oz. The size in the box is 1.4 oz. which places the value at a little above $5. If you have straight or slightly wavy fine hair this might be the product for you. You can look on Kevinmurphy.com.au for salon’s that sell this product. This can be purchased from Amazon but the cost is actually more if purchased from there.
So, there you have it my lovelies, my review of the November 2015 Allure Beauty Box. Thank you all again for taking the time to read my thoughts and opinions on these products. If you, my reader, have any experience with these products I’d love to hear what you think. So please leave a comment if you would like to add to the discussion and if this has informed or helped you in any way please feel free to share me on Facebook or Twitter by clicking one of my links.
Until next time my lovelies…