Allure Beauty Box Review – December 2018
Do you love makeup and beauty supplies? I sure do, especially makeup. I love to wear it, buy it and learn about the different formulas and color combinations there are out there when it comes to applying makeup. I don’t know about you, but I hate purchasing a full-size product, using it and then finding out I HATE it! What’s worse is when you can’t return it after you discover you don’t like it. That’s where the beauty box subscriptions come in handy. You get to try out products and decide for yourself if you like them or not and whether you want to purchase them in the future. If you go to the Sephora site (or even the store), you’ll notice the red “Allure” symbols on various products. These are “Best of Beauty Award Winners” chosen by Allure. Knowing this, I was really excited to start receiving the Allure Beauty Box Subscription Boxes.
Allure’s monthly beauty box offers top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $50-$90 value for only $15 (plus tax) a box. Within each monthly box, you will receive full and travel-size products selected by Allure experts and a mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-steps.
The Allure Beauty Box is one of my favorite subscription boxes (in addition to FabFitFun and PopSugar Must Have). With tax, this beauty box subscription costs $16.09 per month, but I get way more than that in product! I love that these are the same brands I would find at Sephora, Ulta or in the beauty section of department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom’s. The December Allure Beauty Box was filled with goodies chosen by Elizabeth Siegel (deputy beauty director) and Niiki de Jager (well known for her YouTube channel, NikkieTutorials). Let’s check it out (note: product descriptions as written in booklet included with beauty box)!
You can’t become a YouTube star without being a master of strobing, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that de Jager’s own highlighter gives you a glow you can see on Google Maps (or at least from across a room). Created in partnership with Ofra, a cruelty-free makeup brand, “the formula is super smooth and buildable – you can layer it up until it’s blinding, or you can use a light hand for a more natural-looking glow,” says Kathleen Suico, a beauty assistant at Allure. Either way, use a highlighter brush to target the areas where you want some radiance, like the tops of your cheekbones, your temples, and just above the tail of your eyebrows. (If you use a fluffier blush brush, some glitter could fall onto your cheeks.) “All three shades swirled together make the prettiest rose gold. When I have some color during the summer, I mix the champagne and bronze. During the winter, I use the champagne and pearl,” says Suico, who has a medium complexion. You can also dust any of the shades over your lids for an allover glow.
Where to buy it: Ofracosmetics.com
Like its namesake, this mauvey-brown liquid lipstick is big on sex appeal and light on sublety. It’s the kind of rich, deep shade that makes your lips look fuller and fashion-y at the same time – precisely why flattering browns like this one are so popular with beauty influencers (just scroll through de Jager’s Instagram and you’ll see exactly they mean). The matte finish is cool, if not exactly forgiving, so apply the color to the center of your lips first and blend out from there for the cleanest application. Blot your lips if the color looks uneven, or layer on a lip pencil for more precision. Applying it over lip balm will make the color a little less intense and gives it a velvety finish that seems more wearable.
Where to buy it: Ulta.com
De Jager and the team at Allure swatched and swiped metallic eye shadows to create a custom palette of six Juvia’s Place shades for the Allure Beauty Box. They picked the colors from the brand’s popular palette, the Nubian. “Juvia’s Place eye shadows are very creamy and pigmented, so they’re easy to work with,” says Devon Abelman, a digital beauty reporter at Allure who helped choose the shades for the palette. “You don’t have to layer them for a lot of color. You can do one swipe over your lids and go, or you can quickly buff the edges out for a smoky eye.” She likes applying any one of the sparkling shades – like the copper or rose gold – with her fingers for a foil effect, or with a brush for a more diffuse, shimmery color. Smudge the matte brown along your lash line on its own or to complement the other shades. “Try the reddish bronze as a smoky eye for a fun take on the burgundy-shadow trend,” says Abelman.
Price: $20 for The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette
Where to buy it: Juviasplace.com
If you’re looking for a great winter moisturizer, an excellent first step is asking someone who lives in Amsterdam – not exactly known for its balmy climate. When skin gets dry to the point of looking ashy, this pot of gold ushers aways the flakiness better than a lot of rich creams out there. Its light oils, including almond, jojoba, and sunflower, melt into skin without any greasiness or shine – and it calms redness. It’s good for any skin type, even oily or sensitive. Just don’t layer it under serums or creams – they might not penetrate the balm, and that would be a waste of some good skin care.
Where to buy it: Renskincare.com
Lasplash Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner
Makeup artists are only as good as the liquid eyeliner they keep, and man, does de Jager know how to pick good company. This black liquid liner has a brush-tipped applicator with a sturdy but very fine tip – perfect for creating the most precise winged looks or for tracing your lashes with thin yet buildable lines. If you’re not a famous makeup artist, the skinny tip will make easy work of tracing your lashes with a smooth line that makes them look fuller. The color is dark and saturated (so pretty) and they are serious when they say it’s waterproof! It will even last through a good cry!
Where to buy it: Lasplashcosmetics.com
Every month, I look forward to receiving the Allure Beauty Box and rarely ever find myself disappointed in its contents. I think Nikkie de Jager is an awesome beauty influencer and am so happy for her to have this opportunity to collaborate with the team of beauties at Allure. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for January!
Do you get the Allure Beauty Box?
What was your favorite item in December’s box?