Allure Winter Beauty Box 2013 Review

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The Allure Beauty Box is an amazing valued box jam packed with full size beauty items shipping every season (4 boxes per year). This is my second Beauty Essentials box, my first box being this year’s Summer Essentials. These quarterly boxes feature beauty items relating to the season, including a booklet that lists and describes all items and where to find them online. The box doesn’t come wrapped all fancy or special like other subscriptions, but that is not the point of this beauty mega-box. Here is the first look inside the Holiday Essentials box this season —>

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This box only costed $39.99 (+ shipping) but was promised to have a value of at least $300!! {The total value is calculated at the end!}
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I will include the descriptions from the booklet within the review for better references into these wonderful beauty products! Make sure to also check out the links to the products to learn even more about the brands and items!

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Whats inside
1 • Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm
$5.99
Combining the lip-conditioning care of a balm with the shiny color of a gloss, {this new} balm drenches lips with 2x hydration. 
I received #300 – Apple A Day.

2 • L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche
$7.00
The new vision of liquid lipcolor for the most perfect lips. Richer color. Smoother lip surface. Magnified shine. 
I received #202 – Coral Encore. At first I thought this was a lipstick and I couldn’t even figure out how to open it.. haha then I realized it was like a gloss. This is a nice, bright color, and the applicator is pretty unique too, fits perfect for a liquid lip.

3 • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color
$4.99
Get ready for the shiniest nails ever! Water to workout, day in and day out, nothing will dull these nails. 
I received color # 220 – Flame On. This is a shiny, semi-sparkly pink color that is actually very cute on. The brush was AMAZING and made it SO SIMPLE to paint my nails! Seriously a great, great brush and makes me want to go out and buy all my favorite colors from this line.

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4 • Smile Sciences Teeth Whitening Pen
$78.00
Get up to 10 shades whiter with zero sensitivity with this made-in-the-USA, FDA-registered whitening pen. 
THIS PRODUCT!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!! I could not have been more excited to see this in my box (I didn’t look at the spoiler of the box beforehand because I prefer everything to be a surprise!) and what a great surprise this was! This makes up for almost double the price of the box alone, and I have been looking into teeth whitening at home systems in the past, but have never wanted to spring for such an expensive item… now this way, I feel like I bought one for 50% off PLUS I got a ton of other products alongside with it FOR FREE. {hahaha} Can’t wait to see how this works!

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5 • Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish in Tomoko
$9.00
This unique, gorgeously textured, sparkling champagne-silver matte polish requires no base or topcoat. Big5Free formula. 
I ❤ this pixiedust formula! It’s great on it’s own and even better over a darker shade for a fancied up, super cute look! {Make sure to click the link to really see how gorgeous this color is!}

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6 • Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
$6.99
This derm-recommended, naturally nourishing lotion absorbs quickly and is clinically proven to moisturize your skin for a full 24 hours.
This is SUCH an excellent moisturizing lotion!! My super dry skin is certainly in need of this product!
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7 • Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
$14.29
This non-greasy, derm-recommended cream is excellent for anywhere that requires intensive moisturizing. 
Although this is essentially the same product as the one listed right above, we can never have too much lotion in this house! We were certainly in need with the dry, frigid weather and my skin and lips really starting to feel it. This is a scentless lotion, full of moisture and perfect for what it promises!
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8 • E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
$3.00
Create a healthy glow with {this product} for just $3! 
^^ I’m not sure why all they did was advertise for this product instead of explain about it, but that’s okay… I’ve known this brand to be super cheap, so maybe it was making sure that everyone knew about all their low prices {I remember in college one time they had a sale where every single item they had was only $1…I thought I was hitting gold, although of course the quality isn’t too great}. I am in desperate need of a new blush right now, so this is perfect!

9 • Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
$4.49
This ultra smooth and creamy pencil glides on easily with instant color impact. Smudge-proof, waterproof, sweat-proof, heat-proof, humidity-proof and… scandal-proof! 
I received this pencil in #001 – Black. I’m very happy about this as I usually use a black eyeliner with my everyday look, so I can never have enough as I go through them so quickly. I especially love soft liner pencils like this one.

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10 • Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo
$20.00
This dry shampoo instantly absorbs excess oil and odor, leaving a fresh, clean scent with no white residue. 
I’m always in need of a good dry shampoo, and this promises to leave no whiteness in the hair… hopefully that stays true, because I’m a lazy showerer so dry shampoo is usually necessary before work in the mornings haha. This smells very good too!

11 • Rusk Color Care Lock-In Treatment
$17.00
Offering maximum color protection from fade-out, this treatment helps extend the time between coloring. 
This leave in treatment smells SO DANG GOOD!! It helps your hair not fade, just a few spritzes after you shower and your color is being protected through the rest of your beauty routine. I use this type of product every day I shower, so I am always happy to have more, as the nice ones are usually not cheap.

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12 • Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Liquid Makeup
$12.99
This lightweight leg makeup gives you flawless=looking, irresistible, sexy legs in an instant! Now in trial size, ready for on-the-go beauty! 
I’ve never used leg makeup before or any of the airbrush leg products, but I really really like this! I am so happy to have gotten it because this is not something that I would have normally bought in stores. I received #02 – Medium, and it’s absolutely perfect! I can apply to legs AND arms, and it looks great and doesn’t smell too much like anything. This product is great for people that want that extra tan glow! : )

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13 • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops
$7.99
These fast-working drops dry any nail polish in 60 seconds! Grab a smooth, glossy mani without the wait! 
I have other drops like this and love them! They work great and it’s a nice addition to the normal nail routine, fun lil switch up and shortens the waiting time tremendously!

14 • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat
$5.99
Top it off with {this} and give your mani no-chip shine that lasts up to 10 days! 
This sounds like it’s almost turning your at home polish job into a gel set that will last even longer than usual.. and maybe even drying a little fast too! Sounds awesome!
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15 • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
$28.00
Banish dry skin, even eczema. {This creme} instantly improves hydration and delivers long-lasting moisture from head to toe. 
This is a very expensive creme, which makes me think that it {should} work fabulously. I know this is yet another mositurizing creme, but it’s never something that goes unneeded. Winter, summer, anytime… we use so much daily this is perfect! I’m happy to try even more fancy lotions!

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16 • Julep Vixen Polish Duo
$28.00 ($14/ per polish)
We believe beauty is about connection, not competition. Julep Maven creates 10 new runway-inspired nail colors and two socially innovative beauty products each month. 
The two colors in the duo I received were #141 (2013) Anisa Classic With A Twist & #69 (2013) Zelda Bombshell.

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17 • Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow
$8.49
An antioxidant-rich formula with light-reflecting pearls to instantly brighten eyes, while a built-in primer prevents creasing, fading, and smudging. 
I received this eye shadow in color #40 – Constant Copper.

18 • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer
$12.99
A lightweight formula with natural soy and optical modifiers to help even the look of skin for eight hours, with or without makeup. 
Always love a good primer : )

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19 • Neutrogena Pore Refining Daily Cleanser
$7.49
An alpha and beta hydroxy formula clinically proven to visibly smooth over uneven patches and tighten pores. 
Pssst… I have a secret….. I really only wash my face when I shower… I don’t do it like, every morning/night like in most people’s routines… I’ve never had problems with my skin so I hope I don’t have to pay for that anytime soon! haha. But I love having new face washes and switching it up to keep my skin feeling as fresh as possible! This one smells very fresh & perfectly clean too.

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20 • Not Your Mother’s Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler
$5.99
Infused with keratin protein, {this detangler} moisturizes your hair and separates tangles with ease.
This is one of my favorite items in the box because I have the crazy worst knotty hair in America and also I absolutely love NYM products! They are all super cheap and work amazingly well (sometimes better than things that cost 4x their price!).

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21 • NYX Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette
$10.00
Highlight your eyes’ seductive glimmer with these brilliant, high-fashion palettes, featuring nine richly pigmented shades and a dual-ended applicator for easy, on-the-go touch-ups. 
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22 • One ‘N Only Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand
$8.79
Smooth untamed flyaways in an instant! Unique, convenient wand adds shine and keeps your hairstyle polished wherever you go. 
This is pretty cool because it’s supposed to be for on the go, making it super convenient when your hair is going crazy in the middle of the day at work or out.

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23 • Red Carpet Manicure Youth Crème
$14.99
Professional salon strength crème instantly delivers non-greasy hydration to even the driest of hands, nails, and cuticles. 
This is perfect for me because of the horrible way that I treat my cuticles… hopefully this will help me take care of them the right way!

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{There was a note included in the box that said that although Sation was unable to be included in the box, they added an extra gift instead, this was my “special surprise” gift}

24 • Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips French Mani
$12.99
I have used these before and absolutely love them! I am happy to have the traditional french manicure option as this look goes great with anything, anytime of the year! I received the strip color #007 French Twist.

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This was such an excellent box, with an amazing value of $335.45!

These boxes generally go live around 11am CST, and they sell out within about 20 minutes. You have to log on quickly and order one before they are all gone! I’m already getting excited for the spring box!

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Allure Beauty Box Summer Essentials 2013 Review

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I was SO EXCITED to receive my Summer Beauty Box by Allure today! I didn’t look at the list of the items included previously because I wanted it to be a surprise… and it sure was! I am seriously so excited about each and every full sized item… I only got one duplicate (a double nail color) but it can easily be gifted because it’s a beautiful shade! This was probably my favorite box I’ve ever opened and I’m so mad that I waited until just now to learn about it… I will for sure be getting the next box when it comes out in the Winter!

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This box costed $4o and is full of 26 full sized beauty products! After adding up all the products included, I came to a grand total of $291.25! And I love each and every item! So it’s basically like I walked into a store like Ulta, filled up shopping bag after shopping bag of amazing goodies, and then instead of paying my total of $291, I just hand over two 20 dollar bills and stroll out of the store. $40 for 26 fun beauty products that I’m already obsessed with……..?? So worth it!

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The box was 12 whole pounds and when I opened, everything was wrapped in packing popcorn and bubble wrap, with a nice little booklet included that explains each product and gives a nice description. I will be including those descriptions from the Allure booklet in this review because since there are just SO MANY items, I think it would be easier to explain word for word with just a short review comment.

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Now onto all the amazing wonderful full sized goodies I just got for only FORTY FREAKIN DOLLARS!

#1 • BCBG Maxazria – Bon Chic perfume (1.7 oz/ $55.00)
“In an exquisitely orchestrated suite of refined scents with bold accents, BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Chic celebrates style and joie de vivre.” 
This smells fabulous! And I love the design of the bottle… very unique and girly. Check out this product here. 

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#2 • Burt’s Bees – Lip Gloss ($8.99)
“Vibrant, pearlized color combines with natural oils rich in nutrients to leave your lips soft, shiny, and 100% naturally beautiful.”  
Perfect color and shine, not sticky. #239: Spring Splendor. Check out this product here.

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#3 • Butter London – Nail Lacquer in Marbs ($15.00)
“On your nails, this shade is absolutely brilliant.” 
This is my first Butter London polish and I am in love! It is suuuuch an amazing gold, I don’t have anything else like it! Check them out here.

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#4 • Cetaphil – Daily Facial Cleanser ($11.99)
“This gentle cleanser effectively removes surface oils, dirt, and makeup without overdrying or irritating sensitive skin.” 
Happy to start using this. Smells nice and clean and I already tested it on a my makeup and it wipes it right off! Check out the product here.

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#5 + #6 • Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy – Total Care Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner ($5.95 each)
“This nutrient-rich shampoo and conditioner give women stronger, more beautiful hair in 7 days, guaranteed.” 
This smells super yummy and I was going to need some new product soon, so this came at a perfect time for me. Hopefully it helps my dry dying brittle hair! haha! Check out the products here.

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#7 • Dickinson’s – Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes ($7.99)
“The first ever individually wrapped towelette with gentle, original witch hazel for cleaning and conditioning on to the go.” 
Great to have for the hot summer months! Check out the product here.

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#8 • Global Keratin – Leave In Conditioner Spray ($22.00)
“Fortified with Juvexin, GK Leave-In Spray protects hair while moisturizing and repairing split ends, leaving a soft, smooth finish.” 
I am SO EXCITED to receive this product! My hair is super nasty sometimes because of all the damage I’ve done to it through the years, and products like these are a life-saver for me! This will for sure good to good use! 

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#9 • Neutrogena – MicroMist Sunless Tanning Spray ($9.99)
“Applies like a professional airbrush spray for an even, worry-free, ‘just back from the beach tan’- random streaks, missed spots, and orange palms are all things of the past.” 
As a recovering “tanorexic”, I haven’t been in a tanning bed for months and months (longer than I have ever been before) and products like this are now a must for me! Hopefully this delivers the results it promises. I am very pumped to try it out. Check out the product here.

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#10 • Neutrogena – Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 ($9.99)
“Delivers pure, clean hydration for healthy, moisturized skin. It’s 100% free of alcohol, fragrance, dyes, and oils that can build up and clog pores.”
My face longs for a simple cream like this in the mornings, especially when I’ve had a really late night and I’m super dehydrated! Check out the product here.

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#11 • Neutrogena – Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20 ($6.99)
“Sheer tinted lip balm for softer, rosier, and healthier-looking lips- even after you take it off!” 
This is a perfect lip balm, with a great amount of color and moisture! I got color #20: Healthy Blush. Check out the product here.

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#12 • Neutrogena – Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.99)
“Mild enough for the most sensitive skin but effective enough to gently remove 99% of dirt, oil, and makeup-without stripping skin’s natural moisture and softness.” 
This is a great, clean, fresh wash perfect for removing my makeup or sweat after a workout. Check out the product here.

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#13 • Nexxus – Youth Renewal Rejuvenating  Elixir ($17.69)
“This lightweight leave in treatment helps rebuild hair’s strength while making it look more youthful, vibrant, and radiant in just seven days.” 
My hair longs for products just like this! Very excited this was included in the box! Check out the product here.

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#14 • Not Your Mother’s – Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream ($5.99)
“Gives you sexy, tousled waves with a matte finish for a real surfer-girl look!” 
I LOVEEEE the brand NYM! I use so many of their products and recommend them to everyone. All the products are $5.99 or less (that I’ve ever seen), and they work even better than many of the pricey brands that I have used in the past. I’ve never tried this cream before but I love the beachy waves look so I am very excited to give it a try! Check out the product here.

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#15 • Pixi – Endlesss Silky Eye Pen ($15.00)
“Long-wearing and waterproof, the Endless Silky Eye Pen gives the intense effect of liquid liner and is much easier to apply.”  fffd
This is sooo soft and smooth! I can’t wait to use it for a night out! The color is soooo bright and wonderful! I got mine in “True Teal” and it is just such a perfect color for me! Check out the product here. 

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#16 • Pureology – Colour Stylist Supreme Control Maximum Hold Zero Dulling Hairspray ($26.00)
“This zero-dulling hairspray cares for colour-treated hair while you style and finishes any look with maximum hold and extra shine.” 
I was in need of a new hair spray, so I am so glad I got a new super nice one!!! Check out this product here.

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#17 • Redken – Control Addict 28 High-Control Hairspray ($20.00)
“Your must-have hairspray. Redken’s highest hold hairspray will keep your style for 24 hours! No visible flaking. Fast drying. Easily brushable without feeling stiff.” 
If it truly does all those thing it promises, this might really become my new favorite hairspray! Check out the product here.

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#18 • Redken – Extreme Anti-Snap Leave In Treatment ($18.19)
“Redken’s #1 selling treatment is formulated with protein to fortify the cuticle, reduce breakage, and minimize split ends. It also provides heat protection!” 
This is exactly what my hair needs! Check out the product here.

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#19 • Sally Hansen – Complete Salon Manicure in Get Juiced ($6.98)
“New! Get 7 salon benefits in one bottle, including base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, topcoat, and new chip-resistant formula with gel-shine finish. Choose from 49 on-trend shades!” 
I LOVEEEE me some nail polish and have always been curious about these little 7 in one bottles. I am super happy to try it out and the color I got it in is AMAZING!!! Check out the product here.

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#20 • Sally Hansen – Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops ($7.33)
“Sally Hansen’s amazing formula dries any nail polish in 60 seconds! With just a few drops, this fast polish dryer gives your manicure that glossy boost without the wait.” 
Perfect to go along with my gorgeous new nail polish! Check out this product here.

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#21 • Sally Hansen – Zero Bumps Bikini Spray ($7.99)
“Show off your skin! Zero Bumps helps keep skin smooth and soft between shaving and waxing by reducing bumps, irritation, and in-grown hairs. Go ahead- spray away and show off!” 
Cannot wait to try out this product! Perfect for summer! Check out this product here.

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#22 • Miss Professional Sation Nail Laquer – Love At First Byte ($5.00)
“Miss Professional Nail is a contemporary beauty company, infusing a creative direction in nail care through a blend of lifestyle aesthetics. Miss’ signature nail lacquer, Sation, features 120 colors from its seasonal and limited collections.”  
This is the only product in the box that was a duplicate. Bummer. Oh well! Check out this product here.

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#23 • Simple – Kind to Eyes, Eye Make-Up Remover Pads ($5.69)
“A perfect blend of gentle cleansers and added vitamins, these pads effectively remove makeup-even waterproof mascara. Won’t sting or irritate your eyes and are perfect even for sensitive skin.” 
I LOVE travel makeup remover pads like these. And of course, even more perfect for sweaty, beach filled summer time! Check out this product here.

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#24 • Suave Professionals – Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil ($7.19)
“This ultra- light formula instantly conditions without weighing hair down, while smoothing the cuticle for long-lasting, silky shine.” 
This will be perfect for my hair! Check out this product here.

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#25 • Tantowel – The Original Self-Tanning Towelette for Face & Body ($24.00)
“Each towelette is infused with a unique clear-liquid formula for a natural sunless tan.” 
Again, I LOVE tanning products, so this was definitely a plus for me! Can’t wait to try these out, plus it’s a box of 5! Check out this product here.

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#26 • Tresemmè – Platinum Strength Strengthening Heat Protect Spray ($5.29)
“This protective spray guards hair against the damaging effects of heat styling, including breakage, dryness, and frizz.” 
Again, right up my alley. Love hair products like this directed for damaged hair like mine. Check out this product here.

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So all in all, I LOVED MY ALLURE SUMMER BEAUTY BOX! I can’t stress enough how amazing it was to get all these full sized products for such a tiny price… and because they are ALL products that we can use here at home! I am soooo happy that I got it! Can’t wait for the Winter one already! :]

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all love & smiles :]

mary elyse