Ah, a new beauty box to explore! After being an Ipsy subscriber for several years, I realized that everything in the last 3 bags I received, I passed along to another person. Everything. For three months. That’s 15 products that I didn’t want, y’all. So I decided to take a look around at what else the beauty subscription world had to offer. After 2 weeks of pros and cons and researching other people’s reviews (no joke, I take this stuff VERY seriously), I decided the Allure Beauty Box was the one to try next. I put the Ipsy subscription on pause for 3 months and signed up for Allure, just in time to snag their January edition. I’m glad I did too, because WOW did this box impress me! Let’s dive in, shall we?
Doucce Relentless Matte Lip Crayon in Winterberry, $22
Oh I love this color. Love, love, love. Not to be too on the nose about it, but this is the perfect berry shade for winter. I’m also a big fan of matte lippies, so double plus bonus on that. Allure includes a little magazine with the box (on the right in my picture above) that features information about each product and tips on wearability. If you don’t want to go full throttle deep color, they suggest dabbing some color onto the middle of your lips, the fanning out to the edges, for more of a lip-stain look. I can’t wait to try this!
Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask, $28
I’ll report back on this one, after my husband tries it. He has the gorgeous mane in this house, I have “back away from the intense hydration” thin hair, so a deep conditioning hair mask is going straight to him.
Oaui Scalp & Body Scrub, $38
Oooh, I cannot wait to give this a try. I am all about multitasking products that actually work and do not strip your hair and skin and leave you crying and wondering what you did in a past life to deserve such torment (…I may have had a bad experience or two). The magazine tips state to rinse your scalp SUPER well after using this, but that it is glorious on the scalp or body. I’ma bust this out in the shower tonight! Oh, it smells absolutely floral and heavenly, too.
Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, $85
A full-size bottle of a Sunday Riley product? Have I died and gone to heaven? I may have done a happy dance, y’all. I am chomping at the bit to try this, but I am currently using another retinoid based product and I am not going to toss that to start this one. Especially since that other one is ALSO Sunday Riley and there’s no way I’m giving up a full bottle (and my skin is too sensitive for too much fine line easing goodness, so I gotta take it slow). This beauty will be on the back shelf for now, but not forgotten.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Face Oil, $80
TWO full-size Sunday Riley products?!?!?!? Yep. I’m dead. Dead. Blogging from the other side. This one is a Vitamin C and turmeric based oil, designed to brighten and hydrate. It’s pretty much tailor made for saving your winter face. BRB, slathering myself from head to toe.
Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burned Bronze, $25
I think shadow sticks are the greatest thing since sliced bread. My talents lie in the skincare realm, not in the makeup realm, so anything that makes painting my face easier is a winner to me, and I find the sticks soooo much easier to use than powders and brushes. Is it just me? Weigh in with your thoughts on this, please. Anyway, it’s a nice, not overly red, bronze and can go on as light or as sultry as you please. This one is going in my regular rotation.
NCLA Nail Polish in Call My Agent, $18
Man, this box just hit all the right spots for me. NCLA is one of my current obsessions, I absolutely ADORE their nail polish. The polishes are high shine, long-wearing, dry quickly, are vegan and cruelty-free AAAANNNND are 7-free (none of the nasty stuff you don’t want anywhere near you). This particular shade is a bright, deep pink and I feel like Barbie when I wear it. WINNER!
The January box was a dream, and I cannot wait to see what the February box brings. If they keep this up, they have a customer for life. WORTH IT (so far): YES!