June’s Allure Beauty Box

Here it’s the end of the month already and I haven’t reviewed Allure’s Beauty Box for June.

I think I waited so long because it was kind of a disappointment.

The theme was Glow Getters – and here’s what I got:

Deco Miami Nail Lacquer in Feeling Fuego
John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Hairspray
Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat Blur Primer
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Here’s the detail for each:

Deco Miami Nail Lacquer 

decomiamiThis is a  bright coral nail polish. It appears to be a full-sized product (although the bottle is tiny and the print on the label is even tinier. But assuming it’s full-sized, it has a retail value of $12.50. This is not a color I like, although I’ve tried it on my toes and it’s not bad. However, I find nail polish unexciting. I want to discover new products in a beauty box. I can buy nail polish in a zillion colors anywhere. Would I ever order it online? No. This just has no value to me.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Hairspray

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Likewise, John Frieda hairspray didn’t exactly make me jump up and down. I suppose this sample might be useful for traveling – except that I almost never use hairspray. The sample is worth $1.54. But considering I will probably not use this, it also has no value to me.  But this might be a nice product for the box I am building for the women’s shelter… so I’ll give it a $1.00 value.

Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat Blur Primer

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I was pretty excited to see this in my box. Yves Saint Laurent has a wonderful reputation in makeup and skincare – especially their Touch Eclat line. This is a 1/3 size sample. It’s a thick liquid with gold flecks. It’s applied nicely – although I didn’t see the glow the gold flecks are supposed to provide. Unfortunately, I have worn this twice now, and although my makeup looked very nice at first, this primer did nothing to make my makeup last. Just today, I put on my makeup at 1PM to go out for a few hours. Then a bit later – at 5PM, I was going out again, and found that I needed to touch up my foundation and blush – because it had all but disappeared. The sample has a retail value of $17.16 ($52 an ounce) – and I may use it once in a while, but I doubt it, since I have primers that work much better. I am sorry to say that this has no value to me.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum
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This seems like a fairly good serum. It feels nice on and absorbs quickly. It has a retail value of $20.28 (full size goes for $78 for one ounce).  As much as I do like it and will use it, I don’t think it will take the place of my favorite serum, Origins Perfect World, which has a beautiful texture and lovely orange and bergamot fragrance – and costs $44 an ounce. But I will use this occasionally, so I would value it at the value of my Origins serum, so $11.44 for the .26 ounces.

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask
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This is a weird-looking (like a horror movie hockey mask) sheet permeated with self-tanner.  But I don’t self-tan my face. I like having a peaches-and-cream complexion. It goes for $9, but it has no value to me. (And not really useful at the homeless shelter either.)

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

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This is the only product that I was really happy with. I’ve heard lots of good things lately about the Tata Harper brand. And this is a pretty good mask. The photo above make it looks like it is a heavy clay color, but it is really a pale peach colored gel that dries clear on my skin. This is a bit silly, but I like that I don’t look freaky when I have this on my face. I live on a secluded country road, but OMG, just let me put on a bright green face mask and the doorbell is guaranteed to ring. Besides being normal-looking, the mask did a nice job too. It left my skin feeling deep-cleaned and refreshed. The full size retails at $58 – so I’m not sure at this point I would spring for it, considering there are lots of good masks that are less expensive. But I will use this for sure, and this .25 ounce jar is worth $14.50.

So all in all, I received one product (the mask) that I really like, and one (the serum) that is okay. The total value of the box for me was $26.94. And the monthly fee was $15.00. So, I guess I got my money’s worth, but I can’t help feeling disappointed by this month’s box.

 

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4 thoughts on “June’s Allure Beauty Box

    • I read your 15 acts of self-love post when you first published it, and loved it.
      As to the polish, I liked it well enough on my toes.But for my hands…well, I really don’t have nice nails, so I don’t like to draw attention to them with bright polish. I will say that it seems long-lasting with a single coat.

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