Far left, the purple thing… The Original Tangle Teezer. I had seen these in the stores but never really wanted to purchase one, I rarely brush my hair, I use a pick or wide toothed comb because my hair is so fine and fragile. So, I used this to see what I thought, for me, I did not care very much for it. While it is true that it gets out tangles, it also yanks out the hair out that it is trying to untangle. The brush was full of my hair when I was done. I do believe this might work for people with normal hair, for me I was not impressed, so I will be giving it away and definitely not purchasing one. Retail Price $15.
The item on the right is Alterna Replenishing Milk from their Caviar Anti-Aging Line of products for mature hair. I already use some of these products so I was happy to see this in my Allure box. It is a leave-in conditioning spray. The sprayer nozzle spits more than it sprays, I suppose due to the product consistency, so it works better if you spray in your hands and then apply to hair. I flip my hair over and apply from root to tip. This sample is 0.85 fl oz so it will be very handy in my travel bag. The full size is $30 for 5.1 oz. Their products are very good and takes very little to work so to me the cost vs value is there. They are good quality products.
This product is Kaplan MD Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate, the picture on the right is strictly for comparison sake. This was a teeny tiny sample, like 0.10 oz. teeny. The bottle on the right is .5 oz and you can see the difference. This is a serum and my skin loves serum so it sucked it up like a sponge. It really doesn’t have any kind of smell, which is a good thing considering all the oils that are on the ingredient list. I really liked the way my skin felt the next morning after using it. Here is their most important main ingredient list : Hyaluronic Acid 50%: Provides superior hydration for exceptional plumping and smoothing of skin. Ameliox: Patented Botox-like antioxidant that tightens the skin and smooths away the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Matrixyl Synth’6 (FDA-approved Peptide): Supports natural collagen synthesis to increase the appearance of skin firmness and elasticity. Along with a host of other natural oils and other ingredients. If you want to read the full ingredient list you can find it over at Sephora (who I am in no way affiliated with) I just know they sell this product line. The full size is 1 oz. and the cost is $170. I’m not sure I am impressed enough to pay this much and I am afraid I did not get enough product except for maybe a week if I am very frugal, to form a real opinion of it’s efficacy. So I will just use what I have and go about my business.
This is the last of the products, sorry for the repeat picture of the serum. These are
- Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic
- Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump Lip Gloss in Pinkwell
- Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
- Erno Laszlo Firmarine Bar Soap
I tried to get the Pixi Tonic picture where you can read the main objectives of the product. It is a Glycolic, Aloe Vera and a Witch Hazel Toner. It has your typical toner fragrance but it not overwhelmingly strong. I used just a small amount and it did not seem to irritate my face but I only used it on my forehead and chin, I have rosacea on my cheeks and can’t use acids on them. My sample size is 0.5 oz, the full size is 3.4 oz for $15 at Target.
The lip gloss is a plumper so it is suppose to tingle and did it ever! It felt so weird and it keeps on tingling even after the gloss is off. It took me a few minutes to get use to it but after that it wasn’t so bad. I didn’t really see a plump bee stung pout with this but then I have never experienced that with any so-called lip plumpers, the gloss just makes them look fuller. And, it smells like dark chocolate, who’d a thought that with it being bubble gum pink. My sample size is 0.135 fl oz. or 4 ml, full size is 10 ml and is $14.
Next up is Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener. It is a moisturizing facial primer, a skin-quenching primer that prepares the skin so makeup goes on more easily and lasts longer, anti-aging, firms the skin and prevents moisture loss. Smooths, brightens and nourishes skin and minimizes pores and visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Key ingredients are grapefruit extract, apple extract and green and white tea leaf extracts. it is water based even though it seems to have a few silicone’s on the ingredient list. I did use it, but by itself and it imparts sort of a light glow that just looks luminous and healthy, not greasy or oily. I will try this under a liquid foundation to see how it wears or if it slides off because of the silicone’s. I like Jane Iredale products (who I am not in any way affiliated with) and her products are leaping bunny approved which is awesome. My sample size is 0.24 fl oz the full size is 1.7 fl oz and is $48. It can be purchased from the Jane Iredale website.
And lastly is the Erno Laszlo Firmarine Bar Soap. This is a moisturizing facial soap but I have yet to use it. My skin does not react well to soaps so I may never use it. Even the one’s for sensitive skin that moisturize eat my face up so I am very cautious about products like this. I did open it and it does have a pleasant fragrance but it is also a $45 bar of soap, hmmmmm….There is actually a video, not kidding, on their website that tells you how to properly use this. I’m relatively sure I can manage on my own, but thank you though.
Well, that’s it, my review of the September 2015 Allure Beauty Box. The cost of the Allure Beauty Box monthly subscription is $15. All total the value of this month’s box was right at $53. This box will definitely be of benefit to me as I will use the majority of the products I received this month.
TTFN my lovelies, until next time…