Saturday, May 17, 2014

Allure Spring Box 2014 Review

My Allure box arrived about 10 days ago, but I was out of town and been a little too busy since returning to get around to this post. I haven't even really sorted through the box yet, but need to get that done today. I did  manage to get pics though. The Allure box always has a good mix of skin, makeup, hair, and other products. I love that. The info book is awesome, because it tells you exactly what each item is.
If you are not familiar, the Allure box comes out about 3 times a year, it is the most value for your $$ and has the most products than any other box that I've been able to find. I only discovered it last year, but this has been my favorite find. It's $49, and you have to know when to get online to purchase because it sells out within minutes. I got an offer to pay $215 to not have to go through the hassle of being available the minute it open and hope I get one. This is more than the price of going through that, but it was worth it to me, to ensure I'm on the list. I understand there was a disaster this year, the day it was supposed to go on sale the website crashed. Then when they opened it a week later those who were able to get a box to their cart, were not able to check out. That's a lot of stress for something that is supposed to be fun.  
  
Packed Box, as expected. Thanks Allure!! 

Hair

ALOXXI Flexible Hairspray - Value $17 I don't use hairspray more than a couple times a year, I'm giving this away.
BIG SEXY HAIR Get Layered Flash Dry Thickening Hairspray - Value $20  Same as above, immediately going into the gifting basket.
GK HAIR ThermalStyleHer - Value $20 I was excited to see this and will be trying after what I'm currently using runs out. I use heat styling tools daily, so this is useful for me.
RUSK Freezing Spray – Value $18 Not sure why so many hairspray products were included this time.
DEVELOPLUS Anti-Aging Hair Treatment System - Value $20 I have just the person in mind for this, who I am confident will love it.
NOT YOUR MOTHER’S Intensive Hair Unit Renewal Treatment – Value $8 I believe this is a deep moisturizer, so I am happy to see it. Allure had included a different one this time last year, but it's a good addition for this time of year.
OSCAR BLANDI Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray - Value $24 I will be using this for sure! I normally use a Kenra product, which I've been using for years, but I have heard really good things about this brand and have been wanting to try a few things from their line.
ONE ’N ONLY Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler – Value $10 K already called dibs!.
PUREOLOGY Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner - Value $22 I have never heard of a dry conditioner until this month when I got one from another box. I just learned about dry shampoos in the past 6 months,, which I don't really care for, but maybe with a conditioner my hair will feel differently? Really, this technology blows my mind.
REDKEN Mess Around 10 Disrupting Cream-Paste – Value $15 I'm unlikely to use this and it's going to the give basket.

Makeup

BURT’S BEES Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream - Value $20 I love anything Burt's Bees, so I'm happy to see this.
TARTE lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara – Value $19 This is my new favorite mascara, I have some from other boxes, and I'm LOVING it!!! Very happy to get this.
RIMMEL LONDON Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara - Value $7 I am familiar with the Rimmel London Scandaleyes FLEX mascara, and not sure what the difference is with this one. Receiving mascara is always a huge hit with me, so I'm thrilled to try this.
 
NEUTROGENA Moisture Smooth Color Stick - Value $11 Color sticks seem to be the new thing lately, I'm seeing a lot of them. Whatever happened to good old fashioned lipstick? In a tube? It's supposed to continue moisturizing even after you take it off.
IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better® CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ - Value $38 I'm also a fan of it cosmetics, and this CC + cream has SPF 50! I have not seen one of these with that high of SPF, I am sooo thrilled to get this. I'm currently packing for next weeks resort getaway trip, so this is going right into my bag!!! 

Nails

FLOWER Nail’d It Nail Lacquer - Value $5 My sister loved and  has already snagged this!
SALLY HANSEN Triple Shine™ Nail Color and Top Coat - Value $5/each   I love the Triple Shine line, as long as you use the dry quick  drops, they dry fairly quickly. I was secretly hoping for more of the dry quick drops, but these bottles are not bad. I already own plenty of top coat from other brands, and I actually have several other colors similar to this one, in other brands I'm already attached to. Still love the color, seems to be very popular this season.

Skin

CETAPHIL Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths - Value $7.50 You just can't have too many makeup remover cloths.
DOVE Purely Pampering Body Wash - Value $9.50 This has too much fragrance for me, so I'm not keeping.
TANTOWEL Classic Self-Tan Towelettes - Value $20  I keep getting these, but I have yet to try them.
NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 - Value $11, Happy to see this, going into my beach bag immediately!
Softsoap Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash - Value $5.50 This has too much fragrance for me, so I'm not keeping.

Teeth

REMBRANDT Deeply White® Toothpaste - Value $20 I'll be trying this!
I am thrilled with the variety of products Allure provides. Although, this is not my favorite Allure box though, I think the kerfuffle that was associated with it this year kinda put a damper on the excitement. This is still a great value, which of course, I love. There are always products that I will not use, don't like or don't find interesting. However, the cost pays for itself when I receive items I would be buying anyway, or that I'm thrilled to discover. My favorite items are Tarte Mascara (LOVE), Oscar Blandi heat protect spray, and it cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50!
 
Sorry it took so long to get this posted, I have been way behind on getting through boxes, but I'm happy to announce I'm almost caught up.
~A