every month I will be doing an individual post about each beauty bag/box I receive as well as a monthly roundup of my favorite items from all the items i received.
This is my second Allure Beauty Box and I must say I love what Allure is putting out. Unlike ipsy I find Allure to send things that – not only I’ve actually heard of – but things I would actually use.
I’m the first to admit that I can in some ways be a brand snob – and it’s something I’m halfway trying to fix; but not really – and Allure does in a sense cater to that demographic with their beauty box at a price most people can afford; so into the January Allure Beauty Box we go!
The first thing I was excited to get in this beauty box was a Sigma brush $16– if you’re on Instagram or you follow YouTube you know that Sigma and Morphe are the current trending brushes with Sigma having the upper hand in terms of usability, quality and design. I have a few Morphe brushes that do the trick and just recently got some travel size Sigma brushes, followed by an order of a regular size brushes. I would say that Sigma is better that not only Morphe, but MAC as well when it comes to their return policy and 2 year warranty. So safe to say I was very happy when I saw on Allure.com that a sigma brush was in the beauty box. It’s also travel size (medium length) but great to use any day. |I received the Sigma E25 Blending Brush|
Second on my “YAY” list was the Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Quad $35– I actually don’t know anything about this brand, but I love travel size eyeshadow palettes, I’m not one to do so great when it comes to an array of choices so a slim number of selections to create an eye look is sometimes best for me – also I’m a bit of an eyeshadow palette hoarder and more never hurt anyone. I will say the pigmentation isn’t off the charts if you’re of a darker skin tone like me, but the job for a simple eye look gets done and the color choices for a nice Smokey look with one bold color to not make you look like you lost a fight to Floyd Mayweather is an added bonus.
Just to save time and because even on the little pamphlet you get with each beauty box they were on the same page, I also got Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion $79 and Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Blush Basin $9 – These two weren’t a yay but they were a good, I’ll keep them just in case I need them. I have combination, acne prone sensitive skin along with eczema and I’m currently on a good skin routine that seems to be clearing up the hot mess that is adult acne and putting too much shit on my face for an extended period of time; so the probability of me trying out the microdermabrasion on a regular basis is low, but on a hormonal week when the breakouts are at an extreme, I’ll give it a try. The same with Burt’s Bees – I have pigmented lips and prefer a matte lip to a satin lip so the chance of me also using this is somewhat slim. |now that I think about it – it may go to the “donate to a local charity bin” if I don’t use I in a few months|
I’m also extremely into face mask although I don’t buy a lot of them – why? I don’t know – but the beauty box also included the Biobelle Facial Mask in #beautysecret $4.99 – this is another brand I’ve never heard of, but I’m no savant in the facial mask sector so I’m going to give this a try.
Lastly in my “fudge – I hate getting these” folder: the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray $20 – I actually don’t like dry shampoo in my hair, that’s number one, number two my hair is currently in braids, number three I don’t use shampoo in my hair and use only a specific conditioner and homemade hair mask so whenever I get hair products I just instantly throw them in the donate bin – I’ve yet to get a beauty box hair product from any of my beauty bags/boxes that I even consider using. So that’s all I have to say about this one.
All in all, like my first Allure Beauty Box, this box had way more wins than failures. I obviously see myself immediately using three of six products, open to trying two of six products, and only one dud. I absolutely love Allure Beauty Boxes so far!