Allure Beauty Box: August 2018

It’s been a long time since I did any kind of unboxing here; it’s not an unboxing blog, but when I get something new I like to share it. And for some unknown reason, this month I decided to sign up for the Allure Beauty Box.


I don’t read Allure. I haven’t read “beauty” magazines since I was in high school, and while that was 20 years ago and things have changed a lot since then, I think it’s still true that a lot of these publications lay out “rules” for things like beauty and fitness, and I’m just not into rules. There are no rules in makeup, and if there were I’d likely ignore them. So I’m not sure why I decided to sign up for this subscription. I’ve only seen it mentioned on one channel, Alexandria Ryan, and most of what she does is unboxings so it’s not like she went out of her way to find it. I’ve seen a bunch of her videos and this month’s box appealed to me.

So what did I get?


Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo & Conditioner – $3.99 each


The good: I love a shampoo and conditioner that smell really good, and these do. The conditioner is thick, and that makes me think it’s extra repairing, though it might just be my perception. The size of these means I’ll get a few uses out of them so I’ll know whether or not it’s worth buying the full size.

The bad: I don’t always like getting haircare products in subscription boxes, just because I have an oily scalp and can’t always use them. I’m saving these for winter when I’m at my driest and we’ll see; they may still be too heavy. I’m also not generally a fan of Nexxus. Admittedly I haven’t used any of their products in a long time, like since the late 80s. I think that’s the last time this brand was a big deal.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – $20


The good: Caudalie is one of my favorite luxury skincare brands. All of their products are so good and feel luxurious and this is no exception. It’s a moisturizer I use in the winter, and it helps keep my skin looking… well, not crusty, which is all I can really ask for during an upstate NY winter.

The bad: I have so many tubes of this from subscription boxes. For a while, it was included regularly in Sephora Play, ipsy, Birchbox… basically every beauty sample box. I almost wish they’d included something else because this wasn’t exciting.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – $20 for the full size

The good: if you’ve spent any time on the internet reading beauty reviews or blogs, or watching beauty YouTube, you’ve seen someone rave about this product. Yeah, it deserves the hype. The consistency is lovely, and I’ve been wearing it as a lip balm all day, not just when I’m asleep. My lips are generally a little chapped and peely, and I have a habit of chewing them when I’m nervous or stressed. This stuff has made my lips feel so hydrated and plush and makes me want to give Dan all of the smooches.

The bad: this might be weird, but I really don’t like packaging that involves me sticking my fingers in it. Obviously, I only reach in there when my hands are clean, but there’s something about it that just skeeves me out. It’s a mental thing. The only other thing I don’t like is that I’m totally hooked and when this runs out I need to buy the full size.

NudeStix Lip & Cheek Balm in J Mama – $24

The good: I generally like NudeStix pencils. They’re creamy and pigmented, and I really love this color. I have so many nude lipsticks (don’t we all?) but I really like this skinny, pencil format. It’s easy to get a nice clean line and it doesn’t take up a lot of space in my purse. Overall I’m on board.

The bad: is this really supposed to be a cheek color? The stick is so creamy and a little oily, I wouldn’t want to put it on my face. It doesn’t blend, it just smears. It just doesn’t have the kind of consistency I’m used to with cream products, so it’s definitely not a face product.

Laritzy Light Stix in Halo – $24


The good: this appears to be a full-size product, and the color is really pretty. It goes on very gold, but when I blend it out it looks light and natural. I imagine this would be a good everyday kind of glow.

The bad: the texture is thick, almost like a lip balm, and I know that my oily skin won’t like it. This has already found a new home.

I spent $10 on this box and I think it’s worth it. I’m going to keep it for the next couple months to see if I continue to like the products. It was a promotional price, so if I don’t keep enjoying the products I don’t think I’ll keep the box.

Have you tried this box? If so, what do you think? Is there a subscription you like more?

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