November 2020 Allure Beauty Box – Back in Full Force
I was prepared to cancel my subscription before I opened this month’s box, but it was *just* compelling enough for me to wait and see what next month brings…
I’ve been using Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum for the past week. It does sting a tiny bit when I apply it, but it absorbs very quickly. I have no idea which ingredient is doing that – maybe the salicylic acid?
Oooh…Naturelab Tokyo Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub! This will go great with the shampoo I just bought (but haven’t posted about yet).
Also in this month’s box: Josephine Cosmetics Eye/Dazzle The Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow in “Leona” (haven’t tried yet, but intrigued); Manna Kadar Lip Bliss Moisturizing Lip Mask; Skinmedica Instant Bright Eye Mask; Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence (it’s made of ferments yeast and rice – I’m scared); When The Last Choice Sheet Mask; and Acure Ultra Hydtrating 12 Hour Facial Moisturizer (excited to try this one – Acure is a great brand).
Is the quality of the boxes FINALLY starting to improve? Or is this a fluke? Stay tuned for next month’s decision…
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May 2020 Allure Beauty Box – Got to Glow
Ipsy’s May theme is “Get That Glow” and Allure’s theme is “Got to Glow” – I am suspicious of the synchronicity.
I got the weirdest email from Allure that I “may” have received a mislabeled product…some customers received a cleanser instead of Curology Smooth Sailing Moisturizer. The email suggested sampling it and if it bubbles, then it’s a cleanser. Well, I tried it and it did not bubble. I put it on my face – and it did not absorb either. WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT? I’ve tried it on my hand and on my face and it doesn’t bubble or foam…but it doesn’t absorb either. It just sits there, like a white glob. Yeah, this product is going in the trash. The email included a link to request a replacement, but I’m not even going to bother.
Also in this month’s “Glow” box: Skin Inc. My Daily Dose of Glow (I need to try this serum, but I’m still using up a Boot No7 Serum); AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face (meh); VDL Lumilayer Primer (what?); Acure Resurfacing Glycolic & Unicron Root Cleanser (This is the only product I’m interested in trying); and When Glamour Base Sheet Mask.
I am not mad about a skincare focused box, however, most of these products seem kind of lame. Bah.
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January Birchbox – Relax & Recharge
I got my Birchbox on Friday, but I’ve been so busy (and feeling a bot under the weather), that I haven’t had time to mess with it – I really need to relax and recharge!
A coincidence that January’s theme is “Relax & Recharge”? I think not…Inside my box: Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (I need to start testing all the eye creams I receive); Briogeo “Don’t Despair! Repair” Deep Conditioning Mask (I actually used this today – I have been using the sample I received in my September Ipsy Bag about once a week for the past month – my hair is already fairly healthy, so I haven’t really noticed a difference); Manna Kadar Lip Locked priming gloss stain in “All of Me” (finally a Manna Kadar product I might try – I keep getting highlighters); Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm in “Shea Lavender” (I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Perlier Body Balm from my June Birchbox – it’s the reason I picked this curated box); When Travelmate Sheet Mask; and 2 teapigs tea temples (I assume that is a fancy name for a tea bag?) – “Liquorice and Peppermint” (gross) and “Chamomile Flowers” (maybe not gross).
I am committing to trying all these products within the next week – maybe they will make me feel less run down and snotty?
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