"Allure editors don't just obsess over beauty products — they uncover the groundbreaking, game-changing formulas making waves throughout the beauty sphere, from hair and makeup to skin care and fragrance."
"They do all the legwork so that you can do the fun part: open a glossy red box filled with five hand-picked, editor-tested products every month. Bonus: Allure editor-penned mini-magazine boasting in-depth reviews of each sample."
Here's what's included:
- Five 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
- $10 BeautyBar.com gift card to redeem on any $50 Beauty Bar purchase
Here's what I received:
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer (0.5oz) - An anti-aging moisturizer loaded with organic ingredients. Brightens and smooths skin. Key ingredients are Vitamin C, alpha hydroxyl acids, peptides, coenzyme Q10, vitamin A, shea butter and jojoba.
Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray (1.5oz) - A dry texturizing spray. Adds volume, makes dirty roots appear clean, and boosts waves. Key ingredients are VP/VA copolymer, zeolite, hydrolyzed keratin and wheat protein.
The facial moisturizer was described as smelling like plastic, but I didn't find that to be the case whatsoever. It was a little bit strange, but not offensive. It was a good moisturizer. I'd been wanting to try the Juice Beauty products for a while so I was pleased with the inclusion and with the results. Wow! I was totally expecting the spray to be a hair spray. I stay away from hair styling products for the most part, so I wasn't thrilled, and when I started spraying, it came out so fast I was certain my hair was going to be soaked with sticky/hard gunk. But that was not the case at all! My hair stayed soft, the product smelled lovely, and it did exactly what it claimed to... added volume and texture. I won't use it all the time, but I'm glad to have it in my arsenal.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (0.1oz) - A mascara that lengthens, curls and volumizes. This mascara is blacker and glossier than many others we've used, and its curved plastic wand and rubbery handle are easy to maneuver.
I chose to take the picture from under my face because my lashes tend to blend in with the crease of my eye. This was a much better mascara than benefit's other popular "they're real" line. While that gooped up and was nearly impossible to remove, this lifted and separated my lashes with a dramatic look. This isn't an everyday mascara for me, but I like it... a lot.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (0.2oz) - A clear lip balm. While it doesn't offer any SPF, it does hydrate well enough to treat chapped lips. Key ingredient is hydrogenated polyisobutene fatty acids.
Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Prague (0.08oz) - A sheer, moisturizing lip gloss that comes in 15 shades.
The lip balm was nice. It had a very light lime mint flavor. Nothing to write home about, but I'll use it happily. The lip gloss isn't really my color and usually I would have put it in the swap/giveaway pile, but I was feeling adventurous. The color was much less severe than I thought it would be. Actually kind of a nice accent to my own natural lip color, but the formula was sticky.
This month's Beauty Box is worth $49.76 and costs only $15, so the value is great. I'll use everything in it except maybe the gloss. I cannot wait to see what comes in next month's box.