Allure 2019 May Beauty Box

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$15 per month


May was a solid box. I received every single item that I wanted from Allure, and even the tanning gel doesn’t niggle me so. The Lue powder came 2/3 filled, but compare that to what others have gotten (1/2), I can’t complain.

May_1May_2They’ve switched up the bags a little. Instead of the little metallic button that pops into itself, this bag has sleeves.

(So far, none of these have arrived ripped. From what I’ve heard though, these babies are as delicate as the cotton candy that the raccoon dropped in the water.)

May_3Items received:

  • Lue by Jean Seo – Cleansing, Exfoliating & brightening Powder – LIKE
  • Amorepacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme & Masque – LOVE
  • Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream – LOVE
  • Model Co Metallic Eyeshadow in St Barts – LIKE
  • Laritzy Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Vibe – MEH
  • St Tropez Tanning Gel & Tanning Mitten – NOPE

4/6, and two loves. Good box.

May_5

  • Lue by Jean Seo – Cleansing, Exfoliating & brightening Powder: This reminds me a little of the “NUDE Detox brightening fizzy powder” or the “Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder.” It’s a tad more loosey-goosey than those two.
  • Amorepacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme & Masque: Solid cream. The texture feels whipped and it sinks into your skin, non-tacky residue. Always a fan of Amorepacific. To use this as a mask, you need to apply two layers and sleep with it overnight…but unsure if I have enough product to try this. I’m surprised how expensive this is retail. ($200 FS)
  • Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream: Tried this before. Loved it. It may come off as greasy at first but soon sinks in.
  • Model Co Metallic Eyeshadow in St Barts: Haven’t tried this yet but I enjoy the color. This is more of a foil-like sheen than glitter.
  • Laritzy Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Vibe: Enjoy the texture, not so much the color. I’d have liked something brighter or bolder. But it’s a nice nude-y shade. Almost transparent on my skin.
  • St Tropez Tanning Gel & Tanning Mitten: I don’t use tanning items, so will probably be swapping or selling this off! Fun mitten though.

May_6Laritzy gloss & ModelCo Shadow.

They both have a mild orange sheen to its hue. Could be a nice topper I figure.

May_4I’ve also just learned that there’s a strong correlation between shipping date and subscribed date. (e.g. If you subbed at the beginning of the month, say the 2nd, your box will ship on the first week)

I happened to sub around the 15th, meaning I always get my box around the third week. This has its pros and cons. I will always be late to the party, but I get to look at everyone’s boxes and decide whether to skip or not!

Allure 2019 April, Mar, Jan Beauty Box

I blame the weather. The winter days were long and cold; they blended into one another until it felt like I was stuck in groundhog day. Sooner or later, I woke up from the funk and realized it was April 2019. And I haven’t reviewed a single box from Allure, my current favorite beauty subscription.

Here is everything, from January to April. (I lied. Minus February)

“Allure January 2019”

allurejan_1allurejan_2allurejan_3Items received:

  • OUAI Scalp & Body Scrub – LIKE
  • Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C +Tumeric Face Oil – LIKE
  • Sunday Riley A + High Dose Retinoid Serum – LOVE
  • Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask – MEH
  • Doucce Relentless Matte Lip Crayon in Winterberry – LIKE
  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Burnished Bronze – LIKE

 

“Allure March 2019”

alluremar_1alluremar_2alluremar_3alluremar_4alluremar_5alluremar_6Items received:

  • Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb – LOVE
  • The Anywhere Creme Multistick Grapefruit – LOVE (NARS Orgasm dupe)
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser – LIKE
  • Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil – MEH
  • Mamonde Rose Water Toner – LIKE
  • Burt’s Bee Lipstick in Blush Basin – LOVE
  • Lakur Nail Polish in Boring Pink – LIKE/MEH

 

“Allure April 2019”

allureapr_1allureapr_2allureapr_3allureapr_5Items received:

  • Natasha Denona Single Eyeshadow in 131DC Morgana – LOVE
  • Brigeo Farewell Frizz Protection Cream – MEH
  • Vita Liberata Tan-Infused Clothes – HARD NOPE (organic or otherwise, no tanning)
  • Luxie 231 Small Tapered Blending Rose Gold – LOVE
  • Laura Geller Inkcredible Gel Eyeliner Pencil – LIKE
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Cream – LIKE
  • Furterer Texture Spray – MEH

 

In summary:

  • Liked the January box
  • Loved the March box
  • Meh-ed the April Box

(February must have been a hard hard nope because I distinctly remember receiving the box but didn’t bother taking pictures)

Currently, I think I prefer Allure to Birchbox or Ipsy. Good solid items. Even the semi-transparent bags didn’t rip and give me grief.

Beautylish 2019 Lucky Bag – Regular

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Price: $75 + $10 shipping = $85


My annual Beautylish Lucky Bag. This was only my third year, but my year is never quite complete without having partaken in this holiday (?) tradition.

You normally receive these babies mid to late January. The whole experience is akin to rejoicing a second Christmas. Santa forgot a few knickknacks and is sending everyone a second batch of presents, just the cosmetics.

Screen Shot 2018-12-26 at 3.48.04 PMThey’ve upped the shipping price from $8 to $10.

And this time, the staff at Beautylish separated the Jeffree Star bags from the Regular Bags. Jeffree Star bags will only hold items from Jeffree Star, while Regular bags may or may not have included a JS item in their stash.

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Bags were sold out by the time I rechecked their site, around 4:00 pm PT!

I got my Regular bag around 11 am PT, which by then, were the only items left for purchase. The XL bags were long gone. Obviously, everyone grabbed one when the bags went live at Early Access, 9:00 am PT.

LuckyBag2019_1My items (from left to right):

  • Avene Gentle Body Scrub ($24)
  • Lina Choo Lipstick – 21 Duras ($32)
  • Viseart Theory Palette – Amethyst ($45)
  • Wayne Goss – 13 Face Brush ($53)
  • Good Molecules – Wake Up Eye Serum ($8)
  • Becca Glow on the Go Set ($20)

A total $182 value.

LuckyBag2019_3LuckyBag2019_4Especially smitten with my face brush.

I’ve been using the Lucky Bag as an excuse to collect Wayne Goss brushes, and am a happy trooper with what I’ve got. No dupes so far! Love them all; they’re a staple in my brush rotation.

LuckyBag2019_5LuckyBag2019_6I’ve debated getting this exact Theory Palette before and always backed down at the last minute. Now I have one! This is the moment my semi-no-buy pays off lol. Viseart and Laura Mercier makes such beautiful plummy shades.

(Also would’ve liked ABH Sultry, despite it being old news.)

LuckyBag2019_7LuckyBag2019_8I’ve never heard of or used Lina Choo, but the packaging was beautiful enough to win me over.

And Duras is exactly the shade I would’ve picked had I sought the brand out myself.

LuckyBag2019_8I was pleasantly surprised by Good Molecules… because the item itself seemed like such a throwaway “extra,” and a shameless promotion at that.

They call this “eye serum,” but I prefer to mix it up with “The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2%” + “Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum” to spread it all over my face.

The mixture keeps my skin moisturized and soft until the crummy heaters inevitably wreak havoc on my everything and I start over. February of Michigan is the cruelest month.

LuckyBag2019_10Admittedly, a confusing addition to my stash, only because it seems so random in a Beautylish Lucky Bag.

I haven’t seen enough variations in lucky bags to confirm the validity of my feelings, but this felt like an “I need something to round out this bag but ran out of everything. Let’s include this random product!” Haven’t seen this in anyone else’s bag so far.

At the same time, I love body scrubs, gentler the better. So am mollified.

LuckyBag2019_9Sadly, the only item in my bag I wasn’t excited about.

Beautiful products, but I already own Becca highlighters, one FS and one DS sample. Those two are enough to last me years and then some. Ah well. 5/6 isn’t bad in my book.

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Honestly, the wait this year was … a bummer. I’d have liked to receive my box sometime around mid-January, but it landed three days before February butted in. At that point, I forgot I even ordered this thing, hence the ridiculously late post date. My excitement had already peaked and died.

In summary: Liked the box; didn’t like the wait.

IPSY DECEMBER 2018 GLAM BAG

DEC2018_0Final glam bag of 2018.

And we’re ending the year relatively strong!

DEC2018_1As is the case with my October bag, love the concept but not so much the execution. The bag feels flimsy and cheap; the spangle side almost rustles like paper.

At the same time, it’s cute and kitschy-glam. That festive gold makes sense to me. December should be festive.

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Items I received:

Finding Ferdinand Blush in Skinny Dip – Lovely mute-pink blush. A bit chalky. It’s a shade lighter than what is shown in the product photos. Think more NARS Deep Throat than Orgasm. Like.

The Balm Cosmetics Nude Beach EyeShadow in Bootylicious – Raspberry brown, with hints of shimmer. I like The Balm shadows in general, so this was also a like.

Ciate London Glitter Flip Liquid Lip in Infamous – Not as glittery as the name makes it out to be. A reddish berry shade that dries down into a matte shimmer. Like.

F.A.R.A.H. Brushes Blending Brush 35E – This is such a beautiful blending brush. And fitting, with the gold theme of the bag. The bristles are soft and the handle doesn’t feel cheap. Love.

Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Coconut Hair Mask – Smells overwhelmingly like coconut. This may be a like or a dislike depending on how it works as a mask. Undecided.

Dr.Lipp Colour Tint in Sweet Potato – Love the idea and the name, but the product refused to leave the tube. Squeezing with both my hands made a bird’s nostril-sized amount squirt out, and even that was too tacky. Barely any color. Dislike.

DEC2018_2Six items in total. 5/6. This was a good bag.

I’m sad about the Dr.Lipp. Had such high hopes for the Sweet Potato. I hope I got a bad batch.

DEC2018_3Here’s a close-up of the brush. It’s gorgeous.

Come to think of it, I’ve never disliked a brush Ipsy sent me. I’ve failed with plenty of other products, but never a brush.

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From left to right:

Ciate London Glitter Flip Liquid Lip in Infamous

Dr.Lipp Colour Tint in Sweet Potato

Finding Ferdinand Blush in Skinny Dip

 

 

 

IPSY NOVEMBER 2018 GLAM BAG

Nov2018_2My November 2018 Glam Bag.

Decent items, but I couldn’t get over how ugly the bag was..  😦

Nov2018_3This is not okay. This is Randall from Monsters Inc. with a heart motif, but purple. (Technically, Monsters University, which I watched on a plane flight from the US to Korea one summer. TMuselessI) Why would you make a bag out of Randall?

I dare say this is the ugliest bag I ever got from Ipsy, but keep in mind this is personal preference.

Nov2018_1That being said, the categories of items received are pretty great. I love sheet masks, powder, blush, nail polish, and lippies.

But then again, I liked only three of the items.

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Items I received:

Inara Cosmobeauty Nail Polish in Proud Coat – I love that they switched up from baby pink into something nude-sy and different. (By the way, that baby pink polish from my October Glam Bag? Super patchy …) Like.

Timeless Beauty Bar Glam&Glow + Up In the Clouds – Hmm. “Up In the Clouds” smells like chemical and feels tingly. Almost burns. This may not be for sensitive skin. Dislike.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Shameless  – Like. Huda Beauty is amazing. I love their liquid lips.

Lottie London Blush in Zayn – Lovely color, but chalky. Meh.

Ciate Translucent Setting Powder in Hideout – Decent setting powder. And perfect size for traveling, too! Like.

Nov2018_4Cute color. A fleshy Ivory?

Nov2018_5Pan is a decent size. I could use this for weeks with daily use. Color is a bit deeper than what I’d normally reach for.

Nov2018_1Overall, a 3/5 bag. I’m hoping for a cute bag in December.

 

Target October 2018 Beauty Box Review

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Cost: $5


Another amazing box by Target, 6 items = $5 + free shipping.  Super affordable and great product coordinating.

I’ve passed on previous boxes but this one caught my eye because I knew I’d use every single item on the list.

Screen Shot 2018-10-20 at 11.45.46 AMOrder was made Oct 8. Box was shipped Oct 10 and delivered Oct 13. With tax, price was $5.30.

They’ve changed the design of these boxes! Very reminiscent of Birchbox. Sort of a pumpkin spice cow(?) motif.

2018OctTarget_2Hello Autumn Groove.

2018OctTarget_3Here are the list of items, along with that $5 off $15 Beauty Purchase coupon.

It’s a bath&body&skin laden box with one toothpaste, one makeup cleanser, two hair products, and two moisturizers. Approx. two weeks worth of bath & body.

2018OctTarget_4These are pretty substantial for minis. Am especially loving the Cetaphil, Olay, and the bliss because they’re the perfect size for traveling.

Thanksgiving is coming up and I know I’ll be packing a few items from this box along for the ride.

2018OctTarget_5Looking forward to the next box 🙂

IPSY OCTOBER 2018 GLAM BAG

Oct2018_3.jpgMy October 2018 Glam Bag.

Another good one, and I see the bag is of better quality than September’s.

Oct2018_1Not wild about the color but it’s cute. Very masked-ballsy.

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Items I received:

Royal&Langnickel MODA PRO GLOW Brush – I adore getting brushes in my bag. This one looks good for detailed contouring & highlighting.

Oryza Lipstick in Opus – Lovely color but doesn’t suit me. I’m all about corals and MLBBs. Will be handing this off to a friend who rocks wine/burgundy. Her birthday’s coming up.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Have been meaning to try this forever, so I’m extra glad to get a sample. Sample size is perfect for stashing in my pouch.

Soo Ae Donkey Milk Sleep Mask – Masks are a must. This one’s a sleeping mask so it’s quite rich and thick; smells like glue but pleasant. The consistency’s quite tacky and may cause things (e.g. hair) to stick to your face, so I advise using only half the packet per day. One packet looks to last 2-3 days for me. The mask takes time to seep in. No break outs. Decent sleeping mask.

P.R.M.I.T. Beauty GELusion in Pink Cream – Nail polishes are always at least an A- in my book, but light pinks have been multiplying like rabbits. I can literally paint each nail on my hands a different light pink…but why bother, they’d look all the same. Am craving a more daring, unique color for my stash. But hey! Toxic-free.

Oct2018_4Poor nail polish came squashed.

Oct2018_6Oct2018_5Good bag! 4/5.

Oct2018_2October’s my birthday month and I’ve got a “Moon” in my name, so this made me smile. How apt.

Ipsy September 2018 Glam Bag

Sept2018_2My September 2018 Glam Bag. It’s been awhile since I subbed Ipsy. This is my first bag in almost a year I believe.

I was a tad disappointed by the quality of the bag, but I like the products I was given!

Sept2018_1Like the concept art but not the execution. While the design is super cute, the bag feels flimsy and papery in comparison to the previous Ipsy bags I’ve received…

Unsure if this is the norm now. I sincerely hope this bag’s an anomaly because the cute bags were half the reason I subbed Ipsy and not Birchbox.

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Items I received:

Luxie Wonder Woman Detail Tapered Blender 140 – Love. I’ve loved Luxie brushes ever since Ipsy sent me two amazing blending brushes; they’re still in my brush rotation after 3-4 years. They haven’t fallen apart unlike other brushes I’ve used that are in the similar price range.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola – Like. I happen to have a sample already, so I’m sending this new one to a friend who loves Benefit.

Botanic Farm Natural Sheet Mask in Avocado – Like. Sheet masks are always a like or a love. Avocado is a bit heavy on my combo skin, so I tend to use this in the evening.

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Green Tea Primer – Like. It’s a watery primer that leaves your skin plump and hydrated. Smells great, like morning dew. But again, this has avocado oil, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those who have acne-prone skin.

Neuma NeuMoisture Instant Fix – Like. Non-greasy with a decent smell. Leaves my hair soft.

Sept2018_330% cash back on these products 🙂

Sept2018_4All in all, it was a decent bag. Other than the Hoola I’m giving away, I will use all of the products.

I hope the October one (birthday month!) proves to be of better quality.

[INFLUENSTER] Olay Regenerist Cleansing Whip

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Provided by Influenster


Again, from my second ever VoxBox.

This is the perfect fall/winter cleanser for my kind of combination skin. I love that it doubles as a daily exfoliator.

olayclay1Hello hello!

I’d like to begin with what a terrible time Autumn is, for my kind of combo skin. It’s when my skin freaks out from the subtle change of weather, when it decides to accumulate dead skin cells (even more so than usual) and create this horny outer shell that I refuse to call skin. Leather, more like.

This type of skin makes it harder for my moisturizer to seep in, leading to less moisture in my skin, leading to more leather, more pain on my behalf.

So exfoliating “just the right amount” becomes my mission, as overdoing it causes cystic acne to pop up and overstay its welcome.

olaywhip2There are fine micropolishers within the lather of Olay Regenerist, just enough to exfoliate the skin without aggravating it.

Some exfoliators tend to cut into my skin, leaving it open for contamination, the plague, and terrible little whiteheads… but this actually cleared up my skin. Plus, my skin feels baby soft now. Love.

olaywhip3Ingredient list.

I’ve been using this for three days and already my skin feels fresher 🙂 It’s a nice morning wake-me-up cleanser/exfoliator.

olaywhip4By the way, the lather is real. A pea-sized amount suffices for my morning cleanse because it lathers up like crazy. This can will probably last me months even with daily use…

And try this as a body exfoliator when you’re taking a bath. Love the way it makes my skin feel after.

[Influenster] Olay Pink Mineral Complex Mask

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Provided by Influenster


Hello my second ever VoxBox.

I’ve been meaning to branch out with masks, as I’ve been using (and reusing) my Herbivore Blue Tansy & Innisfree Volcanic Clay combo to death. This swooped in just in time.

olayclay1This was the Olay VoxBox, a winner, if I say so myself. Love both products.

It’s saying something that I can get excited about cleansers and masks, which tend to lean boring in my spectrum of daily beauty products. But hey, what works works.

olayclay2Nice and simple. Easy to use. And best of all – travel friendly.

Most clay masks I’ve used came in either huge tubs or heavy, metallic containers, and while I do love excess & sturdiness, it’s hard to find the perfect clay mask for traveling. I usually have to make do with a foil sample or a hastily-packed-sample-in-a-contact-case… that sometimes dried out mid-travel.

This feels like a good mask for traveling. It’s not messy like some stick-form products can get, and it’s a good decent size.

olayclay3How to use 🙂 As simple as it gets.

I personally like to get the tub running while I apply this. The warm steam opens up my pores.

olayclay5So here’s the embarrassing part.

I initially didn’t realize this was a cap. Was just fascinated by how smooth the product was and wondered if this was water-activated as it just didn’t seem to be getting onto my skin…

Well. It’s a cap. Do not be foolish like I was. Thank god no one was around to see it.

olayclay6Here’s the product sans cap. Still lovely and smooth….but actually goes on skin as opposed to its plastic counterpart.

There’s a nice fruity scent to the mask that’s not overpowering.

olayclay7On application, the mask turns your face into one of an Oompa Loompa. It’s not chalky, goes on smooth, and does its job without completely depleting your skin of moisture.

Best of all, it left my skin glowing after rinsing. Some clay masks briefly irritate my cheeks and nose area, but this didn’t flare up my rosacea. And my skin wasn’t dried out the next morning, so a win overall!

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 9.17.13 PM.pngProduct details from Olay itself.