Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Allure Beauty Box May 2016 Unboxing and $5 Off First Box!

The Allure Beauty Box sends high quality beauty samples every month. It's one of my favorite low cost beauty boxes even though they rarely (RARELY) have coupons. Birchbox is hard to resist because of their coupons and points but Allure is hard to resist because of the products they include and this month is really no exception. At least for me.

The Cost: $15/month

What You Get: Five or more deluxe-size beauty samples from a curated mix of skin, hair, and makeup products as well as fragrance.

Pixi MatteLustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle- Full-coverage, adjustable-finish lipstick for long lasting, vivid lip colour with a plumping effect.
This color is soooo pretty! I have one of these already, I love it and I'm very glad to have another. It's a twist up even though it's a mini and it's the perfect size to carry in a tiny clutch or a pocket when necessary. Love! It's totally my color.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara- This clump-free, volumizing mascara delivers long-lasting wear in one stroke. Using 4D technology, an exclusive microdefining wax complex envelopes the lash surface in ultrablack pigments.
I actually have used this mascara previously and really liked it. If it smudged less at the end of the night, I'd have to name it my favorite. Instead, those laurels belong to a different mascara.
Lauren B Nail Polish in Santa Barbara Surf- This true seafoam green levels out instantly, making nails look both smooth and jewel-like. A surfer’s dream, it’s the dreamy, dive-right-in shade you see when a wave breaks.
I like Lauren B nail polish. I've got a couple colors now from different subscription boxes and I've been happy with the pigmentation and the longevity. It's not like Caite. I don't like Caite and when I first got the Lauren B, I sort of lumped them in the same category. No. Lauren B is much better.
Value: $18
Foreo Luna Play-A waterproof facial cleansing device that channels T-Sonic™ pulsations through soft silicone touch-points for deep and gentle cleansing. The thicker touch-points deeply and precisely cleanse oilier skin, particularly on the T-zone, and the thinner touch-points gently channel pulsations, suitable for sensitive or dry skin. Combining T-Sonic pulsation with a nonabrasive silicone brush, this compact yet powerful device gently removes dead skin cells, and lifts away 99.5 percent of dirt, oil, and makeup residue.
Um, yes?! I'll totally try this thing. I normally don't use a physical exfoliant but this is too fun to pass up!
Value: $39 (Whaaaat?!)

Foreo Day Cleanser/Foreo Night Cleanser- These two cleansers include one for the morning to help moisturize and one for the evening that removes stubborn makeup. The Day Cleanser is made with apricot seed oil and is slightly foamy when used with the Foreo Luna. The Night Cleanser is a gel cleanser with sweet almond oil that turns to a lotion on the face then rinses clean. I haven't tested the pH yet but I will. These are both .5oz sizes
Equitance Brightening Serum and Spot Corrector-This is a dark spot brightening serum. It uses vitamin C to help minimize the appearance of spots caused by acne and sun exposure. Vitamin C knows it's business and I try to get it in as many of my facial products as possible. This is a little thick and is formulated to be used on specific spots not your whole face at once. I'll use it!

Cotz Flawless Complextion SPF50- This is a zinc oxide sunscreen which is my favorite kind. I've had a hard time liking Cotz because their samples have been so small that they're useless. If you can't cover your entire face with the sample, what's the use!? This one however, looks like it's finally going to be enough. It's suggested that this is amost like a makeup primer it goes on so smoothly. I think I'll give this a shot.

VERDICT: I cannot believe that Allure managed to snag the Foreo Luna Play! That thing sells for $40 at Sephora! This is one of the reasons I like this box so much. Moreso even than Ipsy and Birchbox. They get really great products, fun brands and tend to have the most items I'll actually use. I'm thrilled with this box!

If you'd like to sign up for the Allure Beauty Box, you can do that here. If you are a first time customer, use this link to get your first box for $5 off! The May box is SOLD OUT which I know will make many people sad. You will start with June and while you may miss out on the Foreo, you can look at my past reviews to see the kinds of things you are likely to get. In my opinion, it's worth the $15 + tax.

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  1. I wasn't sad to miss this May box, I was actually pretty mad! I signed up April 8th (via your link) and didn't get April or May boxes!! I was looking forward to both months' contents. I checked my account today because I hadn't received anything at all. My account said my April box was sent out the same day I purchased it. I had to contact customer service to see what happened. The rep said they ran out of April & May boxes. As you could imagine, I was not happy to hear 2 consecutive boxes ran out AND there was absolutely no communication on their part to let me know. They did charge my card for the April box already. The rep said my first on will be June. I will wait and see. If the June box stinks then I'm cancelling immediately. They already made a bad first impression from my point. Did anyone else experience this?

    1. What the heck?! That is ridiculous! Even if you didn't get the April one, you should have been subscribed for the May! How does that even happen!!? Did you get charged for both April and May and received neither? I dont think I've had to deal with customer service since the rebranding but I would expect that they could do better than this. Especially if you got a shipping notice for the April one. I wonder if you got a different rep, if they'd give you a better reason for what happened (and even a past box as consolation or something).

    2. That's what they did to a lot of people, literally almost everyone I know from beauty forums had their first boxes changed to June. They obviously couldn't deal with the demand and they chose not to even inform their customers. There was literally no chance to get that box if it was to be your first one. AND there was no communication at all - I've only learnt there was a problem through a beauty forum and asked my friend - who ordered this for me - to inquire. Only then were we informed that we were both to get June boxes as our first ones. So we cancelled and were refunded but I'm so totally disappointed with their attitude and lack of proffesionalism!

    3. UPDATE! So a few days after posting my first message, I receive an email stating that a delivery was on its way. Today, a package arrived! I was so anxious to open it and discover that it was the May box! All times, including the Luna Play! Now I'm happy!
      I hope you are as lucky as me and they send your May boxes, too.

    4. That is SO good to hear!! Hooray!!

  2. Can you tell me how to inquire? a phone number? I haven't been able to find anything. I ordered one for my mom but she didn't receive anything.

    1. You can contact the customer care team at BeautyBox@allure.com or call 1-800-274-1603. I've always emailed and gotten quick responses (though not about missing boxes). You'll likely get a quicker resolution on the phone, though.