Allure Beauty Box is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends deluxe sized product samples and is curated by the editors of Allure Magazine, who choose and test the products themselves. It’s $15 a month and if you sign up for a year-long subscription, you will pay for 11 boxes and get the 12th free. The amount of items sent each month varies and you can earn a “referral bonus box” in each month that a friend subscribes using your personal link.
DEAL: Use this link to save $5 on your first box AND get a new member bonus item! Note that the landing page for http://allure.com/signupnow does not indicate anything about the bonus, only about the $5 off.
The theme for May is “Spring Cleaning” and this box has some new items to help replenish your beauty stash after you have *hopefully* cleaned out your old makeup and expired skin care products – out with the old, in with the new!
Each box comes with a mini magazine that gives tips on how to use the products, how much the full-sized product costs, and where to purchase, along with discount codes!
I also received a card with a coupon code for a food subscription box.
I received 6 products this month from a variety of beauty categories. The items were shipped in a plain brown box that contained a glossy red box inside and my products were snuggled in tissue paper and shredded squiggles for packing.
This Works Stress Check Breathe In ($14.50) This sample is perfect to place in your purse or bag and take on the go for those stressful moments throughout the day.
It has a roll-on ball and is made with coconut oil (as a carrier oil), eucalyptus to invigorate, lavender to relax, and frankincense as an antiseptic. It has a light, herby smell that fades quickly and can help ease stress for a calm night’s sleep.
Skinfix Foaming Clay Cleanser ($4.41) is a foaming cleanser that has Canadian glacier and Brazilian volcanic clays which are supposed to absorb dirt while leaving skin soft. I used it at night and it gently foamed up and removed every trace of makeup from my face. Awesome! I was excited to try Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense ($5.67) since I love sunscreen and have wanted to try this brand. I used it under makeup and it absorbed quickly and left a bit of shimmer on my skin, but I didn’t notice a white cast to my already pale skin. I also didn’t detect any scent. Score!
Kneipp Body Oil in Lavender ($2.20) *Some subscribers may receive Safflower & Olive OR Almond Blossom* I used to dislike lavender scented things – then I started getting REAL lavender products and realized it’s a far cry from the synthetic baby lotions etc. that are out there. I followed Allure’s suggestion; I applied it in the shower, rinsed off, and then patted with a towel to dry off. My skin felt soft and smelled lovely, although fleeting, which is fine with me since I love to wear perfume. One note of caution: make sure to clean off your shower floor so the next unsuspecting user won’t slip on an oil slick and fall.
Luxie Tapered Blending Eye Brush #205 ($12) I have several of these pretty in pink brushes thanks to Ipsy. This brush line is vegan and features synthetic bristles. I think the quality is very nice and the only problem I have had with any of my brushes was when the head came off, but my husband glued it back on. You can use this brush to apply shadow to your crease or to blend your shadows for a seamless look.
A few months ago everyone received a Doucce palette with magnetic pans and Allure announced they would send a new eye shadow shade every season.
Doucce Eyeshadow Mono in #22 Jody ($10) is a shimmery soft shade of pink that teeters on the edge of lavender.
Here is this sparkly shade swatched on my arm. I applied it with a dry brush but will try again with a wet brush to see if it looks more dramatic. Then again, shimmers are a little to young for me so maybe I will just leave well enough alone.
My May Allure Beauty Box had a value of $48.78 and had a pretty good assortment of products. I’m having a hard time picking a favorite since I liked all of the items but sunscreen is always perfect for any time of year and lavender is one of my favorite scents!
Have you tried Allure Beauty Box yet? What did you think of this month’s box?