Friday, May 1, 2015

Allure Beauty Thrills - Spring 2015 Review

I saw the UPS driver and ran all the way down my driveway to greet him. I wasn't sure what I had coming today, but so thrilled to see my Allure Beauty Thrills box. This used to be called Allure Beauty Box. It's $44.95 +$10 Shipping. It's released three times a year, May, August, and December. It's a very high demand box and there are limited quantities, which means it sells out in around 15 minutes. You have to know exactly when it's being released and be ready at your computer, and check out quickly, or you are unlikely to get one. As an Allure Beauty Enthusiast, I received an offer again this year to purchase all three boxes early and not have to wait until the release time. This box is completely packed and so much fun that of course I had to do it again this year.

Hair

Aloxxi Lightweight Sculpting Wax - $20 Lightweight foam transforms into a waxy balm for soft, pliable control and gives hair texture and separation. Leaves hair shiny and protects color from fading by helping block damaging UV rays. I am not currently in need of any haircare products, and not quite sure what sculpting wax is so I don't know who to gift it to.
John Frieda Frizz Ease® Nourishing Oil Elixir - $7.99. Frizz Ease® Nourishing Oil Elixir enhances your style with an instant boost of softness and shine. I have tried this stuff before. It works well.

Clear Scalp & Hair Active Damage Resist Shampoo & Conditioner - $4.99 & $4.99. Deeply nourishes the scalp, hair’s source of natural strength and beauty. Reverses 100% of visible damage, shine, smoothness and strength. We don't always get a matching shampoo and conditioner, so this is really nice. Unfortunately it's not sulfate free so I can't even use it.
Not Your Mothers Clean Freak® Cleansing Conditioner  - $6.99. This new antioxidant-enriched, low-lather co-wash gently cleanses while deeply moisturizing. Cleansing Conditioners seem to be the new "it" product lately. I've gotten several from sub boxes. I believe it means all in one shampoo/conditioner.
Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray  - $5.99. This weightless blow dry spray is heat-activated to give volume and body that lasts for up to 24 hours. I do not normally use this brand, but I will be trying this for sure. I am always looking to protect my hair from heat, as I blow dry daily.

  Skin

Cetaphil Intensive Moisturizing Cream - $7.99 Formulated with antioxidant ingredients and shea butter to lock in moisture, this non-greasy cream restores and soothes dry, cracked skin. Always happy to see Cetaphil. I was just hoping for this as my hands get really dry lately.  
Dove Go Fresh Revitalize Body Wash - $5.49. New Dove go fresh Revitalize Body Wash with the vibrant scent of mandarin and tiare flower brings your shower to life. The scent does not smell too flowery, so I think I can use this. I like Dove body wash, and usually like the flavors.
 
Jergens Natural Glow® Instant SunTM Sunless Tanning Mousse—Deep Bronze  - $10.99 JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant SunTM Sunless Tanning Mousse uniquely works with your skin tone to mimic results from the natural sun. Oh, I can't wait to try this stuff. I know this brand is consistent and popular, but I generally stay away from it due to the scent. I am really hoping the mousse is not as fragrant. I love that it's a mousse and I have a mousse application glove already.
Suave Visible GlowTM Self-Tanning Body Lotion - $6.99. This self-tanning body lotion gradually builds a beautiful, natural-looking, streak-free tan while providing 24 hours of moisture. I have never tried suave for a self tanner, so I'm not sure how this will work, but I do hope it's less fragrance than the jergens lotion.
MD Complete Even Tone & Texture Accelerator - $34.99. Wow, much more than I expected and definitley the most expensive toner I've ever received. The Even Tone & Texture Accelerator is a potent antioxidant and nutrient-rich moisturizing treatment that polishes skin’s tone and texture – while nourishing and hydrating skin – for a smoother, brighter, and more even complexion. I'm really looking forward to trying this. I'm always on the lookout for trying new toners, because I do not have a favorite must have brand. This sounds fabulous with the antioxidant and nutrients.
Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Exfoliating Body Wash - $4.59. This spa-inspired body wash is infused with Dead Sea Salts to help polish away impurities and leave skin perfectly smooth. This was taped shut so I do not know how the fragrance is. I plan to research that before opening though, so I can gift if needed. 

Face

Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer - $8.47. Infused with natural charcoal, this innovative formula polishes away dirt and oil to instantly reduce the appearance of pores after just one use. I'm super excited about this one. Love the brand and love charcoal washes. I especially like that this comes in an easy to use pump.
 
derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser - $13.75 Deeply cleanse pores for a fresh, healthy complexion with this naturally exfoliating, sulfate-free cleanser. I have never tried derma e products before, although they aren't new to me. I am happy to get a cleanser and will be keeping this item.
derma e Retinyl Palmitate Crème - $14.95. Enhance surface cellular renewal to diminish the appearance of age lines and wrinkles with this rich refining crème. I am unlikely to keep this only because I have so many face creams already. Seriously, with sub boxes you tend to get quite a stock.
 
Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths -  $6.99 Soap- and fragrance-free to gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup without overdrying or leaving sticky residue. This is also one of my favorite items included. I love face cleansing cloths, and I have never tried this brand before.
Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream - $8.39 The best-kept skincare secret is now available nationwide! A daily moisturizer that visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines in 2 weeks. I'm not keeping, as I indicated earlier I already have quite a stock of face creams.

Makeup

Physicians Formula Eye BoosterTM Instant Lash Extension Kit  - $14.99. Eye BoosterTM Instant Lash Extension Kit features life-changing DIY lash extensions. It includes a high-tech, innovative lash boosting Mascara+Extensions that, combined, create shocking lash results in just 2 minutes! LOVE that this was included! This is my top favorite item and I will be trying tomorrow!
Revlon PhotoReady Eye ArtTM Lid + Line + Lash  - $8.99. Coordinating shadow duos with satin and sparkle finishes create unique, customized eye looks. I didn't understand this so I had to google it and found some really cool pics of how girls are using it. You can use this for lid, liner, or lashes. Interesting. The color included is Desert Dazzle and it's very pretty.
Revlon Ultra HDTM Lipstick  - $7.99. Revolutionary wax-free gel technology for true color clarity in one smooth swipe. This also came with a $1 off coupon. The color included HD Gladidolus, which is kind of a red shade.

 Teeth 

 
Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste - $3.99. Colgate’s fastest whitening toothpaste ever! Whiter teeth in 3 days* just by brushing! We received both of these items in the winter 2014 box, so I was surprised to see them again.
Colgate Optic White Toothbrush and Whitening Pen - $8.09. The Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Built In Whitening Pen provides an easy and effective way to get whiter teeth in 2 days.* No waiting, no rinsing! It’s as easy as... Brush. Whiten. Go.TM K got this last time, so I'll be trying this one.

 Other

Bic Soleil Glow Razor - $5.49 BIC® Soleil® GlowTM, featuring a COMFORT SHIELDTM head, evenly distributes pressure, and glides over skin for a flawless shave! I love my men's razor that I use, but it's always nice to have a disposable to throw in a travel bag. Of course, each time I do that I have to ask myself why I don't just go do Laser Hair Removal and give up shaving all together.
Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant with Nutrium Moisture  - $4.89. New Dove Advanced Care goes way beyond protection. 9 out of 10 women agreed that it made their underarms soft and smooth. I'm brand loyal so I'm giving this to K. I hear she just lost a deodorant this week, so it'll be good timing for her.  
Secret Outlast Clear Gel - $3.99.  Make every day #ClearlyBetter with NEW Secret OutlastTM Clear Gel—48-hour odor protection plus goes on clear for no white marks. This is my brand! And I love this stuff because it really does have no white streaks. I can't figure out why this particular product comes half full though.
  
Allure also included this booklet that tells about each of the products. I love that it's included, even though I google everything anyway. Also, everything is full size. I was surprised to see the smaller size of the Cetaphil, but I'm not disappointed to get it at all. The value this box is around $233, and 25 items were included. That's it for the spring box. I was really hoping to get a body serum, but maybe for fall?
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