Allure Beauty Box Review – September 2015

Hi everyone!

IMG_4918_2It’s time for my monthly Beauty Box review!

IMG_4920_2Each box comes with a magazine, which gives more information on the featured products.

IMG_4923The September box came with seven products!  Wow!  That’s the most I’ve ever received in an Allure box!

Box Contents:

  • Tangle Teezer
  • Pixi by Petra – Glow Tonic
  • Alterna – Replenishing Moisture Milk
  • Erno Laszlo – Firmarine Bar Soap
  • Jane Iredale – Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener
  • Soap & Glory – Pillow Plump XXL Lip Gloss
  • Kaplan MD – Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate

IMG_4925Tangle Teezer

I was pretty skeptical when I saw this in my box.  I don’t typically like the hair tools that I receive.

Funnily enough, I absolutely love this thing!! It works SO well and doesn’t break my hair at all!

I do have one complaint though.  I’ve been using it when I get out of the shower, and between my soaking wet hair and my leave in conditioner, the Tangle Teezer can get pretty slippery!! I’ve dropped it on a few occasions!  Oh well! I’ll quickly get over that!  It cuts my hair combing time in half when I get out of the shower!  That’s amazing!!!

IMG_4928_2Pixi by Petra – Glow Tonic

I’ve heard great things about this product!  My friend, Lindsey, was telling me that it’s very similar to the Clinique Clarifying Lotion that I use everyday.  Since it’s just like my everyday product, I’m going to save this for the next time I travel!

IMG_4942Alterna – Replenishing Moisture Milk

I love this conditioner!  It works really well and isn’t too heavy!

I’ve received other Alterna products in subscription boxes before and they’re all great!

This is the conditioner I was using when I kept dropping my Tangle Teezer!  These two must be in cahoots! 🙂

IMG_4933_2Erno Laszlo – Firmarine Bar Soap

This is the cutest bar of soap I have ever seen!  It’s tiny!

I’m going to save this product for travel as well!  It will fit perfectly into my travel toiletries case!

IMG_4935_2Jane Iredale – Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener

The mini magazine says this primer is supposed to smell like fresh orange juice.  I don’t smell the oranges.  I smell a mixed drink!

I’ve used this primer several times, and I like it.  I just don’t like it as much as the Benefit Porefessional I use everyday.

IMG_4932Soap & Glory – Pillow Plump XXL Lip Gloss

When I first put this lip gloss on, I liked it.  The color wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible either.  About 10 minutes after applying the gloss, the burning began!  I understand the way plumping lip glosses work, but the burning was so bad (and not worth the results) that I had to wipe the lip gloss off!

I definitely won’t be using this in the future, but I will see if any of my friends would like to try it!

IMG_4939Kaplan MD – Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate

This is another item that I’ll be using for travel.  I already use a serum at night, so instead of hauling my large jar with me when I travel, I’ll just take this mini one!

IMG_5025_2Aside from the burning lip gloss, I’d say that this month’s Allure Beauty Box was a success!

Do you subscribe to Beauty Box?

What do you think of the September Box?!

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Allure Beauty Box Review – August 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Allure Beauty Box review!

IMG_4212I would usually include my referral link right now except Allure no longer has a referral program.  So annoying!

IMG_4214Each box comes with a mini magazine with information and tips on the featured products.

IMG_4217Box contents:

  • Bumble and Bumble – Grooming Creme
  • Butter London – Nail Lacquers
  • Benefit – They’re Real Push-Up Liner
  • Malin + Goetz – Peppermint Shampoo
  • Eau Thermale Avène – Clearance Gel Cleanser
  • Nuance Salma Hayek – AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream

IMG_4231Bumble and Bumble – Grooming Creme

This is the second Bumble and Bumble product I’ve received in an Allure Beauty Box. I liked the first product, and I like the second!

I’ve used it after showering several days this week. It smells great and is working well!

IMG_4234Butter London – Nail Lacquers – The Sweet Spot

I love this polish!  It’s so pretty and natural looking!

I have it on my fingernails right now, and I’m going to keep wearing it for the next few weeks.

For my sorority’s recruitment, we’re required to have light pink/neutral nails.  This polish is perfect for that!

IMG_4227Benefit – They’re Real Push-Up Liner

I was pretty excited to see this sample in my box!  I’ve been curious about this liner for a while now.

I’ve heard bad reviews on the sample size.  The packaging doesn’t provide enough product for a decent sample.  I figured that out really quickly.  On my first try, I squeezed out the majority of the product.  That was rather unfortunate.

I also wasn’t a fan of how tiny the tube is.  I had a hard time holding it.  I’m a dork though, so I doubt many other people had this problem too!

I have no complaints on the product just the packaging!  I’d be really interested in trying out the full size!

IMG_4235Malin + Goetz – Peppermint Shampoo

I’m a weirdo and was a little hesitant to mix this shampoo with my go-to conditioner.  I did give it a try though!

I didn’t notice a difference between this shampoo and my regular one.  I was worried that the new shampoo would make my hair greasy or do weird things!  I’m so glad it didn’t!!

This shampoo smells awesome!  A pepperminty explosion!

IMG_4244Eau Thermale Avène – Clearance Gel Cleanser

This cleanser is for oily and acne-prone skin types.  I don’t really suffer from either of those afflictions, so I’ll be asking some of my friends if they’d like to give this product a try!

IMG_4242Nuance Salma Hayek – AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream

I have a few dry patches on my face right now, so I’m going to give this cream a try tonight and see how it goes!

IMG_4245(I didn’t realize until way after the fact that I forgot one of the products when I took this picture! Whoopsie!!)

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this month!  I would’ve preferred a full size liner, but that’s asking for a lot! 🙂

Do you subscribe to the Allure Beauty Box?

What do you think of the August Box?!

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Allure Beauty Box Review – July 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Allure review!

IMG_3459You might have noticed that the Allure box changed it’s name.  What used to be Sample Society is now Beauty Box. The Allure subscription box used to be fulfilled by beautybar.com, but now Allure has taken over the fulfillment process and changed a few things.

IMG_3464The mini magazine is still the same.  It features every product included in the box and information about why they picked that specific product.

IMG_3467Box Contents:

  • Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
  • Oscar Blandi – Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
  • Supergoop – Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50
  • Estée Lauder – Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II
  • Estée Lauder – Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara
  • Invisibobble – The Traceless Hair Ring

IMG_3475Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

I’ve heard great things about Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, so I was super excited when I saw this primer in my box!  I was pretty impressed with the size of this sample!  All of the other Bumble and Bumble samples I’ve received in the past have been the size of those puny perfume samples that people always get for free.

I’ve used the primer several times now, and I like it.  It smells great!

IMG_3472Oscar Blandi – Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

I’m a big fan of washing my hair, so I never end up using the dry shampoo samples I get in my subscription boxes.  I’ll have to see if one of my friends wants this.

Once again, I’m impressed with the size of this sample!  So nice and big!

IMG_3476Supergoop – Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw this setting spray in my box!  I just ran out of the setting spray I usually use, so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

I love how fine this mist is and the fact that it includes SPF!  So handy!!

IMG_3486Estée Lauder – Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II

I’m pretty loyal to my nightly serum, except when I travel!  My nightly serum can be a little bulky to pack, so lately I’ve been traveling with random samples I’ve acquired.  This one will be added to the mix!

I have been testing it out for the last few nights, and I do like the formula!  It’s light and hasn’t made me break out or anything!  That’s always a plus!!

IMG_3478Estée Lauder – Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara

I loving trying out different mascara samples!  I’m always on the hunt for the best one!  Unfortunately, this one isn’t it.

I find this mascara to be a little to wet.  After application, quite a bit of mascara transferred onto my eyelid/brow bone area.  Super annoying!

IMG_3485Invisibobble – The Traceless Hair Ring

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty weirded out by this product when I first saw it!  These hair ties look just like the dorky key chains my elementary/middle school gym teachers used to have!

After I got over my initial skepticism, I gave the hair ties a try and really liked them!  They have incredible hold, and leave barely any kink in my hair after being removed!  What a deal!

IMG_3552I’m loving this first month of the Beauty Box!  I hope each month continues to be this good or better!

Do you subscribe to the Allure Beauty Box?

What do you think of this month?!

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Allure Sample Society Review – June 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review! IMG_2305Each box comes with a mini magazine filled with information on each product featured for the month. IMG_2297Box Contents:

  • Completely Bare – Wax Strips for Face, Bikini, and Body
  • E.L.F. Studio – Small Stipple Brush
  • eSalon – Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner
  • Cotz Face – Sunscreen SPF 40
  • St. Tropez – Self Tan Express
  • Lauren B. Beauty – Nail Couture

IMG_2321Completely Bare – Wax Strips for Face, Bikini, and Body

I love to try out different wax strips, so I was super excited when I saw this product in my box!

I’ve used other Completely Bare products in the past and have been very pleased with them.

These strips are great! I just wish they would’ve given me a few more!

IMG_2328E.L.F. Studio – Small Stipple Brush

I’ve been wanting to try a stippling brush for a while now, so I was (once again) super excited to see this in my box!

I’ve been using it to blend my blush and it’s been working great!

It’s much smaller than other stippling brushes I’ve seen, but I like the compact size!  It makes it even cuter!

IMG_2319eSalon – Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner

I’m a big believer in leave in conditioner, so this is great!

It smells fantastic and is for color treated hair! So perfect!

IMG_2317Cotz Face – Sunscreen SPF 40

I love the idea of a tinted sunscreen!

This product is just a little too oily for my liking!

The tint is perfect though!  It looks really dark at first but blends to the perfect neutral.

IMG_2325St. Tropez – Self Tan Express

I’ve heard great things about St. Tropez products!

I have very fair skin (some might say porcelain) and am not interested in tanning, so I will be giving this to my friend, Lindsey. She loves self tanner and is ecstatic to be getting some more!IMG_2312Lauren B. Beauty – Nail Couture – Polo Lounge Punch

Because I subscribe to Julep Maven, I don’t typically enjoy receiving nail polish in my other subscription boxes, but this polish is great!

The pinky berry color is beautiful, and I like the formula!

I posted an unboxing picture on Instagram the day I received my box, and Lauren B. Beauty actually commented on my post! How cool is that?! Pretty cool if you ask me!!

IMG_2335What do you think of the June Sample Society box?

Are you excited for the July box?! I sure am!

Allure Sample Society – May 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review!

IMG_0604Such a bold, red box!

IMG_0608Each box comes with a mini magazine containing details on each product featured in the box.

IMG_0611Box contents:

  • Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask
  • John Frieda – Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment
  • Eau Thermale Avène – Thermal Spring Water
  • Versace – Eros Pour Femme
  • Julep – Lip Gloss
  • Alterna Caviar Repair – Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

IMG_0618Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask

As you’ve probably figured out by now, face masks scare me a little!  This one is no exception.  I’m less leery of masks that you wash off after 15 minutes.  This mask is supposed to be slept in!  Yikes!  One of these days, I’ll work up the nerve to give this sleeping mask a try!

On a positive note, this mask smells great!  It’s fresh and clean!

IMG_0638John Frieda – Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

After reading the directions on the bottle, I believe this mask is designed for people who style their hair right after getting out of the shower.  I shower at night and sleep with my hair wet, so this hair treatment isn’t for me.

IMG_0627Eau Thermale Avène – Thermal Spring Water

This spring water spray is very interesting!  It’s literally water in an aerosol can.

My friend, Lindsey, has received this product before in another subscription box, and she says it’s quite refreshing.  After spraying it on my face a few minutes ago, I would have to agree with her!

IMG_0617Versace – Eros Pour Femme

I love how large this perfume sample is!  It’s so much bigger than the tiny samples I usually receive!

The only problems with this product are that I don’t wear perfume and I don’t like this scent.  It’s a little too old ladyish for me!

Oh well!  Maybe one of my friends will like it!

IMG_0633Julep – Lip Gloss – Graceful

I’ve been subscribing to Julep for over a year, so I’ve received this lip gloss before.

The formula is fantastic.  It’s very moisturizing!

Graceful wouldn’t be my first choice, but the color is still pretty.  It’s a very light pink.

IMG_0629Alterna Caviar Repair – Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

I recently started straightening my hair everyday, so this product couldn’t have come at a better time.

It smells great and seems to work pretty well too!

IMG_0648I’m not overly excited about this month’s box, but that’s okay.

Beauty subscription boxes are very hit or miss with me!

What do you think of the May Sample Society box?!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

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Allure Sample Society Review – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review!

IMG_9698A bright, red box to brighten my day!

IMG_9700This mini-mag is the first thing I see when I open my box.

It has details on each product and an explanation of why the Beauty Directors picked them to be featured in the box.

IMG_9703Box Contents:

  • Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion
  • Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio
  • Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional
  • Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
  • Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream
  • Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

IMG_9721Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

I just applied this lotion, and I don’t think it’s for me.  The scent is VERY strong!

The curators are aware of the strong scent though!  I read the mini-mag and laughed when the writer very bluntly said that this product is not for everyone!  I’ll see if any of my friends like it!

Apart from the scent, I really like this lotion.  It is very quick to absorb and doesn’t leave a residue.

IMG_9715Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio

This is the smallest lipstick sample I have ever received!  The canister is super small but also super cute!

Even though the cannister small, there is a lot of product inside.

When applied, there is a little bit of a tingle but not too much!

Rio is a light brown shade and isn’t quite for me.  I prefer rosier colored lipsticks.

IMG_9713Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional

I use POREfessional everyday, so I am very pleased to receive this in my box!

I’m quite surprised with how many Benefit products I’ve received in subscription boxes recently!  I got some in my last Sample Society box and in my last POPSUGAR Must Have.  No complaints from me though!

IMG_9726Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

I have thin hair so I’m a little worried about adding oil to my hair.  After reading the mini-mag though, I have decided to give this oil a try!

The mini-mag says this oil is good for all hair types.  It also says that it smooths flyaways.  I have quite a bit of those, so I will definitely be giving this a try in the near future!

IMG_9729Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream

I’ve gotten a sample of this perfume somewhere else before.  I can’t seem to remember where though.  Perhaps it was a Sephora freebie? Or maybe Ulta?

I like the smell of Daisy Dream when it’s sprayed into the air, but I don’t think I’d like it if it was sprayed on me.

I’ve never worn perfume before, and I would be quite overwhelmed if I started.

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Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

I absolutely LOVE this candle!  It smells great and the packaging is adorable!

I can’t find a specific scent anywhere on the package but the Allure mini-mag says their are notes of mandarin, plum, rose, jasmine, tonka bean, musk, sandalwood, and Madagascar vanilla.  That’s a lot of notes!  All I can say is that it’s a calming and soothing scent!

I definitely wouldn’t mind a full-size of one of these candles!

IMG_9710My second month of Allure Sample Society was great!

I can’t wait to see what month three has in store for me!

Do you subscribe to Sample Society?!  What do you think of the April box?

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Allure Sample Society Review – March 2015I

Hi everyone!

I haven’t been that pleased with Ipsy lately, so I decided to try a different beauty subscription.

After quite a bit of research, I settled on Allure Sample Society!

I got my first box a few days ago, and I can’t wait to review it for you! IMG_8801This might be a little weird but I was really surprised by the quality of this box.  It’s very sturdy and will be great to reuse when wrapping presents and the like! 🙂 IMG_8812The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this mini magazine.

The magazine features a letter from the Allure Beauty Director and a page about each product included in the box, IMG_8817Here are two of the pages from the mini magazine. IMG_8805Box contents:

  • Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara
  • Juice Beauty – Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
  • Oscar Blandi – Pronto Texture & Volume Spray
  • (MALIN + GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm
  • Cargo – Essential Lip Gloss

IMG_8819Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara

I was really excited when I saw that I’d be receiving the Benefit mascara!  I love Benefit and am always willing to try out a new mascara! IMG_8834Here’s a little card from Benefit telling all about the new wand they created for their Roller Lash Mascara.

I’m not used to the plastic bristle type of mascara wand like the Roller Lash features.  I usually go for the “regular” bristle wand. (That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I think you know what I’m talking about!)

I’ve been using this mascara for a few days now, and I really like it! IMG_8824Juice Beauty – Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

I’ve never used a scented moisturizer before.  This one has a light and fun apple scent!

I’ve heard great things about this moisturizer, so I can’t wait to give it a try! IMG_8826Oscar Blandi – Pronto Texture & Volume Spray

While reading about this product in the mini magazine, I discovered that it doubles as a dry shampoo-like product.  That’s really cool!

It also smells really good! IMG_8821(MALIN + GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm

I received this same lip balm in my January Ipsy bag.

I’m not used to the gel formula of this balm, but I still like it.  It has a great subtle scent!

Since I already have one, I think I’m going to give this balm to a friend! IMG_8832Cargo – Essential Lip Gloss – Tahiti

When I first opened the box and saw this lip gloss, I was really disappointed.  At first glance, this gloss looks really orange.  I’m not an orange lip gloss fan, so I was not pleased.

After applying, I really started to fall in love with it though! Tahiti is the perfect natural color for my lips!

When there’s a lot of gloss in one place, it looks really orange.  When it’s spread out though, it’s quite pretty!

I’m really pleased with my first Allure Sample Society box!

I can’t wait to see what April has in store for me!

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