Two of my favorite things are: A good bargain, and fun beauty products. Allure magazine curates a beauty box each year and I’ve tried in the past to snag one to no avail. These puppies sell out quickly because they are such a great value. Somehow I was able to order one this year and it arrived last week. I’ve tried a bunch of the products out so far so I thought I’d give a little review. This is not sponsored in any way.
The box was $44.95 plus shipping and it’s all full size, drugstore beauty products.
(This post probably seems a bit out of place after my last post about getting rid of excess stuff. What can I say, I’m a walking contradiction? Ha! But really, these are all products I would use so I thought why not. )
Aloxxi – Lightweight Sculpting Wax. I used this once so far. I like it ok, it does provide texture to my hair (I cut it pretty short recently so I like adding it to the ends for something extra). Not sure if I’d purchase it again.
BIC – Soleil Glow Razor. I gave this to my mom since I just stocked up on razors at Target.
Biore – Charcoal Pore Minimizer. Used this once so far and I loved how it made my face feel afterwards. I’m planning to use this twice a week – my pores are large and can get clogged easily and I think this will help.
Cetaphil – Intensive Moisturizing Cream. I already love Cetaphil and use their cleanser daily in the shower. This moisturizer worked well on my feet after spending the weekend gardening.
Dickinson’s – Original Witch Hazel Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths. What a mouthful that was! I used this cloth once so far. I don’t think I’ll use it often as I don’t like using Witch Hazel. It dries my face out. Also, you can’t use these cloths on eye makeup so really, what’s the point?
Clear Scalp & Hair – Active Damage resist Ultra-Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner. I used both and I already liked the Clear brand. I can’t use the conditioner at every wash because it seems to dry my hair out.
Colgate Optic White – Express White Toothpaste. This claims to get your teeth whiter in 3 days and I think it’s true. I feel like my teeth are a bit whiter which is helpful since I drink coffee daily. Not sure I’d repurchase though.
Colgate Optic White – Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. I’ve only used the pen once so far so not sure how I feel yet. I really didn’t like the application though, but I like that you can just put it on and go about your day.
Derma E – Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser and the Retinyl Palmitate Creme. I really like the cleanser. It gets off my makeup and my face feels great after. I’ve been using the creme at night and my face feels a lot smoother so that’s a plus.
Dove – Advanced Care Antiperspirant/Deodorant with NutriumMoisture and the go fresh Revitalize Body Wash. I haven’t used either yet since I mostly use more natural deodorants but I’ll keep this for the days that I work out as I think it’s stronger than the natural deodorants. I’ll try the body wash when i’m done using the other wash that came in the box.
Jergens – Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse – Deep Bronze. I’m excited to try this to even out legs but I’m nervous since it’s darker than I would normally try.
John Frieda – Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir. I’ll probably give this to a friend since I just bought a (more expensive) oil for my hair.
MD Complete – Even Tone & Texture Accelerator. I’ve used this a couple of times and I think it’s ok. It is hydrating but I’m not sure I am noticing more even skin.
Not Your Mother’s – Clean Freak Cleansing Conditioner. Haven’t tried this yet, but I do love Not Your Mother’s brand.
Physician’s Formula – Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit. I was greatly intrigued by this since three step, fiber mascara is all the rage lately. And actually, this was the reason I bought the box since I knew this mascara alone is about $13 at the drugstore. I wore this during the weekend and gardened with this on and I have to stay, it never smudged or flaked and lasted all day.
Ponds – Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. I already gave this to my mom. I do not like the smell of Ponds creams.
Revlon – PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash and Ultra HD Lipstick. I like the lid color of the Eye Art kit, but the sparkles? Nope. Won’t buy this again. And the lipstick is a color that does not go with my skin tone so maybe I’ll give that away too.
Secret – Outlast Clear Gel. I’ve actually been using this on days I’ve been gardening and doing yard work and it’s worked really, really well! Lasts all day.
Suave Professionals – Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray and Sea Mineral Infusion Exfoliating Body Wash and Visible Glow Self-Tanning Body Lotion. I’ve used the Blow Dry Spray once since I don’t blow dry my hair often. It was ok – didn’t really feel like it did a whole lot. I really like the exfoliating wash. The scent is not overpowering at all. I think I’ll try the tanning lotion next.
Phew! What is that, 25 products for $45? Not shabby. It also came with a booklet explaining each product.
What do you think? Want me to give you a heads up when this is available again next year?