"Allure editors uncover the most noteworthy beauty products on the market, from hair and makeup to skin care, fragrance, and more. Then, they personally try and review each product, hand-selecting the ones they love — and know you'll love, too. And finally, here comes the fun: a glossy red box is delivered directly to your doorstep filled with the expert-approved products that are sure to become your new favorites."
- Five to seven deluxe-size beauty samples—so you can use each one more than once
- Curated mix of skin, hair, and makeup products, as well as fragrance
- Allure mini-mag, packed with in-depth beauty sample product reviews written by Allure editors
I really dig the mini-mag. Very professional and so much information on the products! Definitely the best, most descriptive tool I've seen in any box. Each page has a "What It Is," "How It Looks/Feels," "Why We Like It" and the retail price of the full-sized item. Some products have a "What It Does," as well as a "Key Ingredients" list. A lot of people have allergies or find certain ingredients affect their skin in negative ways, so I think this bonus information is great.
Here's what I received:
DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum(0.5oz, $25) - A line and pore minimizing serum that instantly fills in pores to make skin smoother and diminishes fine lines over time. Key ingredients include Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and glycerin (moisturizes); silicone (smooths); Vitamin C and retinol (stimulates cell turnover). The clear gel has a double helix of peach gel running through it. The color disappears into a soft sheen on the skin.
I agree about the scent of the styling creme. I'm passing on this product because I have several big hair care projects coming up. The serum is also going to be passed on as tempting as it is. I primarily use k-beauty products for my face and have a huge stock, but another reason I'm passing on this is that it contains silicone which is something I try to stay away from.
BVLGARI Goldea EDP (017oz - $11.20) - A "floriental" fragrance that's a little earthy and a lot sexy with notes of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, jasmine and patchouli.
L'OCCITANE Almond Shower Oil 2.5oz, ~$7.44) - A cleansing and moisturizing body oil which washes and softens skins. This golden oil slips easily over skin with just a subtle lather. It's deliciously nutty scent leaves your shower (and skin) smelling like an almond tart.
I'll definitely be keeping the eau de parfum. First, I collect deluxe samples of fragrances whether I like them or not. They make for a beautiful display. But I also like the smell. It's mature without being old-ladyish, and seductive. I'm very excited about the shower oil. First of all, L'Occitane. Enough said. But I'll say more anyway. When I first smelled it, I was like, wow! Too strong. However, it faded to a lovely almond scent that reminded me of passing a bottle of amaretto back and forth with my best friend.
MALLY Evercolor Shaping Lip Pencil in Neutral Red (0.01oz FULL-SIZE, ~$8.67) - A creamy, long-wearing pencil available in eight shades of pink and red. The formula glides on smoothly and deposits opaque pigment that sets instantly. Despite its matte texture, it's not overly drying and won't feather.
The mascara was not in the mini mag, so I don't know if it was a bonus or what. I probably won't be using the it as I have a massive stock already, including this one. I will certainly use the lip liner. I have very few, if any... I'm not sure because I recently threw out some older cosmetics, and I also have some gorgeous red lipsticks to use it with.
I calculate this April 2016 box to have a value of $71.30. That's incredible value for a box that only costs $15. There was also a LOT of diversity in the product selection. Although I'll pass on three and keep three, everything is great. Can't wait to see what's next!