Allure Summer 2014 Beauty Box Review & Giveaway!

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The Allure Summer Beauty Box is the first Allure box I’ve purchased. I was super excited to get it, and I’m sure you all know there were tons of problems in ordering it. My friend Alena actually ordered it for me (first because it became available when I pick my child up from the bus and also because I got here in time but couldn’t access the site!  This box was $44.95 (no kidding) plus I think around $10 shipping. It weighs about 12 pounds and they shipped the boxes much faster than they had in previous quarters! I hope they continue to sell these absolutely amazing quarterly boxes (I think they actually do it only 3 times a year?) but also wish they could resolve their website issues! You can enter the giveaway for this box at the bottom of this post!

Also, I originally forgot to mention this, but Allure is actually involved with a subscription box! They have a partnership with Beauty Bar Sample Society and you can check out all my reviews of that subscription here 🙂

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The Allure Summer Beauty Bo has an extensive information booklet with one page for each product. I was more interested in playing with everything. There’s something about getting a huge box of full-size products that’s really exciting. Even for someone who gets a box or 5 every day, this was really truly fun.IMG_4339

A portion of the proceeds of Beauty Box were donated to NYU Langone Medical Center to benefit melanoma research.

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And it took me quite some time to unpack it all! I decided to take my time with everything in it before posting. I have not had this much fun playing with new products for a while!

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Burt’s Bees Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream ($20) I am excited about this because it’s a natural tone evener & wrinkle reducer!IMG_4356

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($10) I usually keep my foil packets of sunscreen in the stroller, so this has found a home in the next to the front door basket along with our spray Neutrogena!IMG_4348

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better® CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ ($38) Sorry for the worst photo in the world.  This is in the medium shade and I was suprised/shocked/thrilled that it matched my skintone. I am not usually a medium, but in the summer I really am. I bought this box because of this product so I was really happy about it. I have had my eye on several IT Cosmetics products (I’m a qvc junkie) and I was excited to try it.IMG_4344

TanTowel Classic Self-Tan Towelettes ($12) I am mildly obsessed with self-tanning and these are my absolute faves. Really.IMG_4341

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara ($5.99)  I would honestly love to try this, and my very fave mascara is drugstore, but it feels wasteful to open it when I have sooooo many mascaras to work through. Giveaway pile! IMG_4362

Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara ($20) I can’t resist using it 🙂IMG_4355

Rembrandt Deeply White Toothpaste ($7)  Who doesn’t love toothpaste? If I feel this works well, I might buy it again. I need enamel restoration!IMG_4349

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Gloss ($16) In Tuscany. This is pretty much the perfect lipgloss.IMG_4351

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick ($8.49) I wore this today, and it was too pink to go with my bronze glittery shadow. So I plopped some of that Catalina Su on top of it (which I didn’t care for the color of) and it was perfection. I love this as a base or just for running around.
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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths ($6.50) I love any cleansing cloth as long as it doesn’t require rinsing. I do use toner afterwards on a cotton round. I think this box could have used a toner!IMG_4345

Softsoap Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash ($5.99) Smells great!!!IMG_4346

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash ($5.49 Target, online) in Pistachio Cream with Magnolia. Why can’t this be edible?

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Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color and Top Coat ($10) Looooove this color and it was exciting to get a top coat too. I can always use more.IMG_4357

Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer ($4.98) This is a polish color perfect for… someone else.

HAIR STUFF

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Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray ($24) I don’t really heat style my hair a whole lot, but I am thinking of experimenting more with it now that I have more free time. This will be useful!IMG_4352

GK Hair ThermalStyleHer ($15.99) I’m obsessed with either chopping all my hair off (I never blowdry) or growing it out and pretending I have fabulous hair (I don’t).  If I did I might use something like this. I thought it was cool it was travel sized?

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Developlus Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System ($20) I’m not really sure how this is going to do all the anti-aging things it promises, but I’m ridiculously excited about it. I didn’t notice it on the box list and I was giddy when I saw it. IMG_4350

Redken Mess Around 10 Disrupting Cream-Paste ($15) This is for the boys! IMG_4363

One ’N Only Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler ($11.99)  This sounds like a really unique product to me. But the reviews are weird! Like one person said it was crunchy, another person said it was sticky. But that’s why this box rocks – you get everything really cheap!

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Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Unit Renewal Treatment ($7.99) I really like this brand and I forgot to use this in the shower today. Tomorrow!

The night of 1,000 Hairsprays

My main criticism of the box – way too many hairsprays!
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Aloxxi Flexible Hairspray ($18) Medium Hold, Humidity Resistant.IMG_4364

Rusk Freezing Spray ($19) I feel confident that my grandma will love it!  Extreme hold, humidity-resistant.IMG_4365

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner ($24) So what if it’s not hairspray? You can sort of do the same thing. IMG_4361

Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Hairspray ($18.95) For layers.

WHEW! Longest post ever right? The other thing I really noticed this box didn’t have? A body moisturizer! But you know, they have the companies they work with and they include the products that will work with them for this box! The Allure Summer Beauty box was a totally amazing value and I was happy to score it, even if it meant I got loads new hairspray (seriously, how can a person use all this hairspray? I’m sure Allure knows something I don’t!).  I’m not sure I would really buy it each quarter. That’s lots of product, and I think it really depends on what precisely was in the box. There were specific products & brands that I was wanting to try anyways that are never in subscription boxes so this was a great way to test them out!  Whatever I decide not to use I will absolutely be passing along to friends & family.

I am, of course, giving a box away!  All terms & conditions are on the widget. This giveaway is sponsored by me and has nothing to do with Allure or any of the zillion companies with products inside this box. Remember if you are a newsletter subscriber to make sure my newsletter isn’t in your spam folder. You can refer your friends to enter the giveaway if you’d like to get more entries that way. Just make them promise to share!! Also FYI there were color variations in this box. The other box I have is completely sealed and I have no idea what colors are in there!

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  • Jennifer Pittman
    06.12.14

    Thank you very much for the box! I Love the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color I received – perfect for summer at the beach! Box dreams do come true!

  • Myrna Kasick
    06.02.14

    I am most excited to try the Softsoap Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash.

  • maya hu
    06.02.14

    Most excited to try the CC cream i think.
    – maya hu

  • Jennifer Pittman
    06.02.14

    Aloxxi Flexible Hairspray

  • Shannon
    06.02.14

    I’d love to try the toothpaste.

  • Eugenia Hall
    06.01.14

    The Sally Hansen Nailpolish

  • Hesper Fry
    06.01.14

    I am most excited to try the GK Hair ThermalStyleHer.

  • Bonnie C.
    06.01.14

    I’m most excited to try the makeup items, the two lip items and the two mascaras! 🙂

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  • Amanda Sakovitz
    06.01.14

    the neutrogena color stick

  • laura588
    06.01.14

    I am most excited to try the Burt’s Bees Moisturizer.
    Laurie Emerson

  • Jennifer J
    06.01.14

    I would like to try the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better® CC+ Cream with SPF 50+. Thanks!

  • Peggy Rydzewski
    06.01.14

    Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner

  • mizztara71
    06.01.14

    I would love to try the Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.
    Rafflecopter: Tara Woods

  • Christie
    06.01.14

    I am looking forward to the Softsoap Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash

  • Jill Myrick
    06.01.14

    I would love to try the Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Stephanie Shipley
    05.31.14

    I am most excited to try the Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.

  • Susan Smith
    05.31.14

    I like the Cargo NEW Essential Lip Gloss

  • Jackie
    05.29.14

    So hard to pick just one, but probably the hair treatment. It’s been a while since I’ve treated my hair.

  • Lesley F
    05.29.14

    I would love to try the Argan Oil

  • Crimmy Lynn
    05.28.14

    I would to try the One N’ Only Argan Oil Cream-to Serum Styler on my hair… the curls needs help in this weather!

  • Cara
    05.28.14

    How fun! I have tried some of the dry shampoo from Not Your Mothers before and love it. would be awesome to get to try something new!

  • Veronica V
    05.28.14

    I am most excited about the One ’N Only Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler because I have thick wavy hair.

  • Brandi Young
    05.27.14

    For me, it is a tie between wanting to try the It Cosmetics CC cream and the Dove Pistachio Cream Body wash. Both just sound like they would make my mornings more enjoyable. 🙂

  • Heather Voorhees
    05.26.14

    I’d love to try the Cargo lip gloss.

  • Dawn Milligan
    05.26.14

    I’m excited to try the not your mothers intensive hair treatment! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • laurie nykaza
    05.26.14

    Aloxxi Flexible Hairspray ($18) Medium Hold, Humidity Resistant. love to try it and see how it could hold my thin hair

  • Angela P (@angelatrenna)
    05.26.14

    I would love to try the Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara

  • clinique4me36
    05.25.14

    The Tan. Towels.

  • Chris
    05.25.14

    Pureology, I really like their stuff and would like to try this.

  • kimberly bhatti
    05.24.14

    i would love to try the Developlus Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System

  • Linda Bradshaw
    05.24.14

    I would like to try the Softsoap Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash

  • Megan Swinney
    05.24.14

    it cosmetics CC cream 🙂

  • amy pugmire
    05.24.14

    I’m excited to try the rusk freezing spray.

  • clarasmom
    05.24.14

    Definitely the itCosmetics CC cream & Cargo lip gloss! I’ve been wanting to try this box forever! Are they all this great? I just might need to subscribe!

    • Brandy
      05.24.14

      It is a one-time box that you have to try to buy at a certain time (announced about a week before the sale) 3 times a year. This was my first one! I think they’re all pretty good!

  • kimmy ipsum
    05.23.14

    The Oscar Blandi!

  • Sara Sullivan
    05.23.14

    I’d like to try: Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Unit Renewal Treatment!

  • Noreen Tibor
    05.22.14

    The anti aging hair stuff

  • Kim Posvar
    05.22.14

    Wow’ there are a lot of great products in this box. I am so bummed that I could not seem to order it. The product that I am most excited to try would be the Burt’s Bees Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream.

  • Beanybopp
    05.22.14

    I am most excited about the Burt’s Bees Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream

  • Mary Jenkins
    05.22.14

    The intense hair unit treatment sound great! I am queen of the frizzies!

  • Nicole Johnson
    05.22.14

    summer in a box??…..I think sooo!!! Exciting!

  • Erin Scudder
    05.21.14

    The heat spray!

  • Natalie Brown
    05.21.14

    Hi! It’s hard to pick one item to be excited about but I’ve always wanted to try the Rembrandt toothpaste. So I’m most excited about that! Thank-you for this generous giveaway!!

  • Cynthia C
    05.21.14

    I am excited to try the Aloxxi Flexible Hairspray

  • Arthur Caudill
    05.21.14

    My wife would like the big sexy hair hairspray.

  • Kim L.
    05.20.14

    You know that you’re getting old when…you would be excited to try the anti-aging hair system! LOL! 🙂

    • Brandy
      05.20.14

      I know! I’m really psyched to unbox that puppy and check it out!!!

  • Colleen Boudreau (collifornia)
    05.20.14

    The Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Hairspray!

  • monacpete
    05.20.14

    The tan towels and big sexy hair

  • Kathy C
    05.20.14

    The Burts Bee Moisturizer. Thank you!

  • Shanna
    05.20.14

    Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Hairspray! Thank you

  • Elizabeth A
    05.20.14

    Rembrandt toothpaste. My Dad was military and worked in the dental clinic on base. Needless to say, my family has a “thing” about pretty teeth.

  • Jen
    05.19.14

    Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Unit Renewal Treatment.

  • Tarah
    05.19.14

    The Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner!

  • Amanda Avila
    05.19.14

    I need a tan, therefore I am most excited to try the tan towel.

  • Jill Banks Geraci
    05.19.14

    The CC cream.

  • Diana Garza
    05.19.14

    I would love to try the dry conditioner! I’m a little obsessed with dry shampoo so, this is a must try for me!

  • blackasphodel
    05.19.14

    I’d like to try the shower gels.

    blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Maria B
    05.18.14

    I would like One ’N Only Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler.

  • Mahdi Martin
    05.18.14

    The Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick excites me, among many other things here. I love lip crayons!

  • susana
    05.18.14

    I am most excited to try the, Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Unit Renewal Treatment!!!!!!!

  • schutzme
    05.18.14

    I’m excited about theBurt’s Bees Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream!
    S
    Awesome giveaway.

  • jhitomi
    05.18.14

    Would be most excited to try the cc cream.

  • Debbi Wellenstein
    05.18.14

    I want to try the Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Unit Renewal Treatment.

  • Jenny
    05.18.14

    The tan towels!

  • Melissa S
    05.18.14

    Wow! Awesome box. I would be most excited to try the It cosmetics CC cream. I think I am a medium in the summer also.

  • Meghan Malicoat
    05.17.14

    I would really love to try the Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara but all of the products look amazing!

  • Terri Egelund
    05.17.14

    That’s a lot of good stuff in that box. I would like to try Rusk Freezing Spray .

  • Amber Rizer
    05.17.14

    I would be excited to try all of these!!! Such great products!! I would be most excited about One ’N Only Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler

  • illyjunus
    05.17.14

    I would love to try the It CC cream so many option, it’s hard to choose

  • Jenny
    05.17.14

    We use Cetaphil everyday here on my boys excema but I’ve never tried anything other then the lotion so I would like to try the cleansing clothes. I love those for when I travel.

  • Julie
    05.17.14

    The Burt’s bees,tan towels,dry heat spray, and aloxxi hairspray!!!

    • Julie
      05.17.14

      When does the giveaway end?

      • Brandy
        05.17.14

        Ends: 6/2/2014 3:00 AM EST – it’s always on the giveaway widget! Except the whole EST thing, it’s a lie. It’s really EDT.

  • Kassie Jo Lauhoff
    05.17.14

    The “not your mothers” product!!

  • Daraya
    05.17.14

    I would most love to try the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70!

  • Julie G.
    05.17.14

    I would love to try the lipgloss! I’ve also heard a lot of good things about flower products so i’d be excited to try that! But probably not in orange! haha

  • Darlene Carbajal
    05.17.14

    I’m excited to try the toothpaste!

  • Elle
    05.17.14

    The triple shine nail polish in that blue metallic shade.

  • Senny
    05.17.14

    WOW was there alot of stuff! LOL! I would really like to try the oscar blandi…kinda digging that brand right now!

  • Ann Fantom
    05.17.14

    I’m most excited to try the Softsoap Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash

  • latanya
    05.17.14

    Big Sexy Hair Get Layered Hairspray

  • Robin Wilson
    05.17.14

    I would love to try the Tarte mascara!

  • akronugurl
    05.17.14

    The Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Renewal

  • Diana
    05.17.14

    Probably the Burt’s bees moisturizer and the it cosmetics cc cream.

  • M.Clark
    05.16.14

    The item in the beauty box that I am most looking forward to trying is the Burt’s Bees Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream

  • Elise
    05.16.14

    The IT CC Cream…except it worries be about the snail excrement as the second ingredient lol.

    • Brandy
      05.16.14

      I AM COVERING MY EYEBALLS FOR THAT ONE THANKS!!! 😉

  • Helen Whaley
    05.16.14

    What a fabulous box! I’d be totally happy with all the hair stuff – specially The Rusk Freezing spray.

  • Laura
    05.16.14

    The It Cosmetics product is what I would be most excited to try followed by everything else of course!!!

  • Ricki
    05.16.14

    The Sally Hansen color!

  • Julie Parker
    05.16.14

    There are several that I would love to try but most excited about the Big Sexy Hair product!!

  • Robin I.
    05.16.14

    It cosmetics CC cream

  • Jackie Martelli
    05.16.14

    I’d love to try the tan towels!

  • Sheri H
    05.16.14

    Great haul! Especially the Not Your Mother’s hair treatment! I tried for this box and got all the way to clicking submit then I got a pop-up telling me they can’t ship to Alaska or Hawaii 🙁 Thank you so much for having a giveaway!

  • Tracy Tran
    05.16.14

    I would love to try the CC cream!

  • Mary
    05.16.14

    I would love to try the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream and the Intensive Hair Renewal treatment. Wish that I had bought this, so much that I would use, and lots that I would give to my friends. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tara
    05.16.14

    The IT cosmetics for sure, just hope it’s not too dark for me…

  • Adrienne W
    05.16.14

    I’m all about the Tarte mascara! That stuff is awesome.

  • Kate
    05.16.14

    I wants it all, but like you, the thing that draws me the most is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream! This is a really fabulous and generous giveaway. I really wanted to get a box but my girl decided she was sick (of school) that day, so I forgot all about the second chance to get it!

  • Caitlyn
    05.16.14

    The Tarte mascara and Cargo lip gloss! But really, that’s a lot of great products!

  • Margaret Smith
    05.16.14

    Wow. What a super giveaway. I tried so hard to get one of these beauty boxes but wasn’t quick enough.
    I’d love to try the Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara first.
    Thanks so much.

  • Nicole Hubbell Midgley
    05.16.14

    I would love to try the anti-aging hair treatment! 🙂

  • Jessica M.
    05.16.14

    I would want to try the CC cream.

  • Jenn S
    05.16.14

    Burt’s Bees moisturizer!

  • Karen celiga
    05.16.14

    What a great box

  • Bridget Heiple Reich
    05.16.14

    I’m excited about the Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara (

  • Melanie
    05.16.14

    I would love to try the intensive hair treatment before I end up having to chop off too many split ends!

  • Eden
    05.16.14

    love to try the anti aging hair! All the hair stuff =)

  • Tracy Pryor
    05.16.14

    I’d love to try the Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Gloss.

  • Kathy c
    05.16.14

    The Burt’s Bees moisturizer

  • Mira S
    05.16.14

    all of it! But especially the tarte mascara! 🙂

  • ampidala
    05.16.14

    The CC Cream!

  • Dawn P.
    05.16.14

    I love hair oils and well, any hair product. I so wanted one of these because of the hair stuff but I wasn’t available to even try to score one.

  • Brandie Cox
    05.16.14

    Developlus Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System

  • Kaitlin
    05.16.14

    It cosmetics cc cream

  • AlexaDT
    05.16.14

    And I would be most excited about trying it all! But the 1st thing that came to mind was the Moroccan Oil 🙂

  • AlexaDT
    05.16.14

    Well, you’ve got ME excited! Lol

  • Cassandra
    05.16.14

    Omg i love all of them! If i had to choose, I’d love to try the dry heat spray.

  • Barbara Lima
    05.16.14

    Scandal Eyes!

  • bakerita
    05.16.14

    Most excited to try the CC cream!

  • Cassie
    05.16.14

    Oooo id love it all!

  • Claudia
    05.16.14

    I was super close to buying but I didn’t. I am definitely most excited to try the It Cosmetics CC cream.

  • Natalie R
    05.16.14

    I am most excited to try the CC cream. It has great reviews! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Ruby Yoshi
    05.16.14

    I am excited about Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick

  • Linda Szymoniak
    05.15.14

    I’d love everything in the box, but am most excited at the chance to win the Developlus Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System

  • raisingkayde
    05.15.14

    Love the polish!

  • Erin Hamm
    05.15.14

    I want to try the Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Unit Renewal Treatment , My hair needs help!

  • efmystry
    05.15.14

    The Not Your Mother’s Intensive Hair Renewal stuff!! (:

  • jayemarie
    05.15.14

    That looks like a great box! I would be most excited to try the Burt’s Bees moisturizer and the Cargo lip gloss.

  • jennylwoodson
    05.15.14

    What a great box!! There are so any items I want to try in that one!!!! Doing the happy, lucky dance!!

    • Tricia Hope
      05.16.14

      The driest hairspray,hate goopy hair products.Thanks for the chance!