Allure Beauty Box, December 2015

Allure Beauty Box, $15 per month (US only)

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Allure is a monthly box that is curated by the editors of Allure.  As you  might imagine, the editors really know what they are talking about, so this is generally a fabulous box.  It always has a good mix of skincare, hair care, and makeup, along with the occasional perfume or nail polish.  They include a booklet in each box (pictured above) in which they give detailed descriptions of the items they've included and why they chose those products.  I like that they are willing to tell you the good and bad about each item.  The boxes contain 5-6 items per month usually, but this month, they threw in a bonus seventh item!  

Allure sent me this box free of charge for review.

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Let's see what's in the December Allure box!

The December Allure box was worth about $60.06.  I had to guess on the size of the Skinceuticals product because it was not listed on the bottle, so my estimate could be a little off.  My estimate of its value is about four times the price of the box, which isn't bad at all.

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I've gotten Klorane dry shampoo so many times at this point.  I have more dry shampoo than I will ever need in my life, so I am generally not all that excited to see it in a box.  That said, Klorane does make a good dry shampoo.   Every time I've used it, I've been able to get rid of the greasiness in my hair.  I like that it comes in a travel size so you can just throw it in your purse to spruce up your hair on busy trips.

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This is the third time I've gotten a Pop Beauty Kajal Pen in a beauty box.  This is my second purple one; the first one I got was black.  It goes on smoothly and lasts for a while, although I usually need a touch-up halfway through the day.  It has a smudger on the end, so that is a plus.  The most annoying things about this is that the caps on either end fall off constantly, so it's not something you're going to want to throw in your purse.  

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The Smashbox primer is the third thing in this box that I have gotten multiple times in my subscription boxes.  This primer is far from my favorite. I will only use it if there is nothing else around.  I love Smashbox's Pore Minimizing Primer, but the regular Photo Finish is not for me.  It always feels like I have a thick layer of it on (even though I put it on thinly) and that my makeup is floating on top of it.  I know a lot of people love this stuff, but it just isn't for me.

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I am happy to say I've never gotten a Skinceuticals Blemish and Age Defense sample before!  Subscribers got one of four Skinceuticals product samples in this month's box:  C E Ferulic, Resveratrol BE, Hydrating B5 Gel, and Blemish and Age Defense.  The C E Ferulic contains antioxidants and vitamins meant to fight aging and sun damage.  The Resveratrol B E prevents wrinkles.  The Hydrating B5 Gel is a moisturizer.  The Blemish and Age Defense, which is what I got, fights acne and aging all at once.  While I'm sure some of you out there are wondering who the hell needs something for pimples and aging at the same time, for people like me, this is perfect.  I'm 33 and still get pimples when my stress and hormone levels go crazy and, of course, at my age, I'm seriously thinking about how to ward off signs of aging for as long as possible.  It can be so hard to find a product that works on the pimples and the wrinkles at the same time!  My skin did get clearer after I started using this, so I am very hopeful about this product.  Unfortunately, I spilled half of it.  A little goes a long way, though, so I still have a few uses left.  This is $88 for a full size, so it is quite expensive, but it would be worth it for those of us over thirty who are still fighting acne.

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I had never gotten a body oil in a beauty box until a couple months ago.  Since then, I've gotten a total of five different body oils!  I'm not complaining.  I quite like them, but it is just strange how many I have gotten in a short period of time.  It doesn't have a floral or sweet scent like so many body oils out there.  This has more of an herbal smell to it.  The scent isn't strong, but isn't exactly light either.  While a lot of body oils out there are great to use for a romantic massage, this one is a little more utilitarian.  It's very thick and doesn't absorb quickly, so I would suggest using it on your own either before bed or in the morning.  This oil is great for extremely dry skin, so this is going to be the perfect choice for the cold winter!

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I love getting candles in my beauty boxes.  The Illume Blackberry Absinthe candle smells scrumptious.  Fruity scented candles are my favorites and blackberry is one of my favorite fruits, so I couldn't wait to give this a try.  When I burned it, I found that some parts of the room smelled strongly of the candle, while other areas that were even closer to the candle didn't smell of it at all.  That was very strange, but not a huge deal.  Overall, I really liked this candle and would definitely be interested in buying Illume candles in the future.

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Finally, there was a sponsored extra by Chapstick.  This is their new product, Total Hydration in Soothing Vanilla.  I enjoyed the vanilla scent and found the argan oil formula to be very hydrating, if a little greasy.  I'll use this up, but I doubt I would buy this product in the future.

This wasn't my favorite Allure box ever, but I really liked the body oil and candle and absolutely loved the Skinceuticals Blemish and Age Defense Serum.  The Chapstick was so-so, and the other three products were not my favorite mostly because I'm a little tired of seeing them in my beauty boxes.  The Skinceuticals serum was such a fabulous find, though!  I'm so happy skincare companies are finally starting to realize some of us need products for both blemishes and aging.  I hope to see more products like this in the future.

Did you get an Allure box?  What did you think?  Does anyone else have to deal with both acne and aging, or is it just me?  I'd love to hear what you thought about this month's Allure!