Allure ($15 per month, US only)
I got the following beauty products in the November Allure box:
- L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (small sample, worth $10.60; full size costs $106)
- Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick in Starburst (deluxe sample, worth $15; full size costs $20)
- Hanae Eau de Parfum by Hanae Mori (small sample, worth $2.21; full size costs $92)
- Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity (good size sample, worth $9.33; full size costs $35)
- Klorane Floral Eye Make-Up Remover (small sample, worth $1.91; full size costs $16)
- Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender de Provence Bath and Shower Gel (travel size, costs $6; full size costs $22)
The November Allure box was worth a grand total of $45.05. While it isn’t the highest value I’ve seen from Allure, it’s definitely not bad for a $15 beauty box. This was another great month. Allure’s sample sizes often aren’t the biggest out there, but they tend to have higher end products, so each sample feels like a luxurious treat.
I’ve heard some good things about the L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to use it. The sample was small, but you only need a drop or two, so the sample should last for a while. I thought it made my face feel a little greasier than I would have liked, so I didn't like it that much. My face was breaking out horribly at the time, so it was feeling oily and gross as it was. I will have to try it this winter when my skin is feeling dry and chapped.
When a product is called liquid lipstick, I assume it will be similar to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar or Too Faced Melted. Those are my two absolute favorite lipsticks out there, so I was looking forward to trying the Mally liquid lipstick. The Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick was definitely more of a lip gloss, unfortunately. I would never call this a lipstick. Normally, I hate lip glosses. The stickiness really bothers me. This was definitely on the sticky side, but the color I got, Starburst, was so pretty I was willing to overlook that. It was pale pink with millions of tiny sparkles. I love sparkles! It wasn’t long-lasting, and it had the stickiness I hate, but the sparkles more than made up for those flaws. The colors subscribers received varied, so, had I not gotten this particular shade, I probably would not be quite so in love with this product.
Strangely enough, when I got this box in the mail, I had just been thinking about needing to find some new fragrances. It felt like it had been a while since I had gotten any perfumes in a beauty box. When I tried the Hanae Mori Hanae on, I loved it. The top notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and bergamot, and the mid notes of apple and strawberry were amazing. Once I got to the base notes, though, I wanted the perfume off of me. The base notes are supposed to be cedar, sandalwood, and black currant, but all I could smell was sweetness. I have a horrible sweet tooth when it comes to food, but I really hate sweet perfumes. This scent just wasn’t for me. My girlfriend, Emily, loved it, though.
I am so committed to reviewing every product that I tried out yet another volumizer in my already too voluminous hair. The write-up about the Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity in the information booklet that came with this box said that if you use this while air drying, it seemed to make your hair limper, but it added volume if you used it before blow drying. I never blow dry, so I decided to give this a try before air drying. My hair was in no way limp or flat. It had even more volume and looked a little on the fluffy side. My hair is already really straight, but it somehow looked even straighter. If you need volume, this is definitely worth a try. I do not need volume, though, so I'll be looking for a friend to give this to.
I got the Klorane eye makeup remover in a box a long time ago and loved it then, so I was happy to get it once again. It takes off even my waterproof eye makeup without all that much elbow grease. I highly recommend this. This sample is pretty small, but a little goes a long way.
Finally, I gave the Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender shower gel a try. I don’t hate lavender, but it isn’t my favorite scent out there, and I feel like almost everything I’ve gotten in boxes for the last year has been lavender scented. I didn’t expect to like this shower gel that much. Fortunately, it was more citrusy than lavender, so this is something I will be using. It cleansed well and left my skin feeling moisturized, which is so important going into these cold winter months.
I’m impressed yet again by the Allure box. The perfume and volumizer weren’t for me, and I'm undecided on the Divine Youth Oil, but the other items in the box were fabulous discoveries. The Allure editors know their stuff, so it’s always fun to see what they’ve chosen each month. While not everything is for me in Allure boxes, I am confident that each product is of very high quality and worth a try.