Allure Beauty Thrills Box May 2016 Review
Approximately every 4 months, Allure magazine releases their Allure Beauty Thrills Box. These boxes are a mix of drugstore and higher end brands, and Allure also donated $5 from each purchase to Melanoma Research Alliance.
Usually, these boxes sell out very quickly, but this one is still available for purchase if you are interested.
The Box: Allure Beauty Thrills Box
The Cost: $49.95 plus $10 shipping
The Products: 20 products with a total value of $250 for just $49.95 plus $10 shipping! Allure also donated $5 from each purchase to Melanoma Research Alliance.
BURT’S BEES® Lipstick in Magenta Rush – .12 oz $8.99 Value
The Burt’s Bees lipstick is a bright magenta color with a slightly fruit, mostly bees waxy scent. It applies smoothly and evenly but I recommend using a lip liner for a crisp line around the lip. It came off easily when I ate or drank so I found myself reapplying throughout the day. The finish isn’t matte or glossy and made my lips look hydrated.
BURT’S BEES® BB Cream – 1.7 oz Value $14.99
I liked the way the BB Cream applied and blended into my skin. It provided light coverage and left my skin feeling moisturized, I just wish it was the right color for my skin! I’m very fair so the light/med color was just too dark for me but it looks like they do make a light version. This was my first time trying a BB cream and I really liked everything about it. I’m looking for a product just like this that I can put on to even out my skin when I don’t have time for the whole foundation + beauty blender + concealer + highlight ritual.
Here’s the BB cream and lipstick swatched on my wrist. I squeezed some of the BB cream on my wrist so you can see what it looks like out of the bottle and then rubbed some into my skin above it. You can see that it’s a couple shades darker than my skin.
Here is the lipstick on with no lipliner. I like the feel and shade of the lipstick, so bright!
CHAPSTICK® Total Hydration 3 in 1 Lip Care – .12 oz Value $2.99
Mmm. Coconut! I’ve never been down with the texture of actual coconut but I’m all about coconut milk and coconut scent. This is so hydrating, I’ll be keeping it in my bag until it runs out (or I lose it).
AVEENO® Absolutely AgelessTM Intensive Renewal Serum – 1 fl oz Value $19.99
This serum goes on smoothly and makes my skin silky and hydrated. It says you can use it at night or under makeup. I don’t like to load my face up with too much product before my makeup, so I have been using it at night. It smells distinctly like Aveeno soap. The packaging is a unique tube with a pump that I’m starting to see more and more in cosmetics.
Pump shot! I am in need of a manicure.
COMPLETELY BARE® calm down Ingrown Hair, Razor Bump & Redness Eliminator – 1 fl oz Value $10.99
I haven’t needed to test this out yet, but it’ll be good to have on hand.
HASK Macadamia Moisturizing Shine Oil – .61 oz Value $2.99
I love using a light touch of oil on my dry hair to smooth fly aways, add shine, and make my ends look healthier.
This is, hands down, my favorite product in the box. Yeah, I’m surprised too. I have to admit I thought that electric toothbrushes were a gimmick and that I was fine cleaning my teeth the old fashioned way. Guyyyys. I love this thing! My teeth feel extra clean and I was really surprised at how inexpensive it is at retail. It looks like the replacement heads might cost as much as the whole tooth brush though, so I guess that’s where they get you. I’m not mad about it.
ARM & HAMMERTM Truly RadiantTM Clean & Fresh Toothpaste – 4.3 oz ,Value $8.99/2 Pack
I am sensitive to most toothpaste so I’m not able to try this one out. It’s a paste and not a gel and has really nice minty smell. My husband tried this out for me and said he noticed a fresh, clean feeling much longer than he does with his regular toothpaste.
TANGLE TEEZER® The Original Detangling Hairbrush – Value $15
I was really excited to see this in the Beauty Thrills box, knowing how much Liz loves this product! I wish this had been around when I was little with the longest, thinnest, most tangled hair. It works really well and I like the ergonomic design. It’s easy to clean and perfect for combing conditioner and product through hair in the shower.
NOT YOUR MOTHER’S® In A Heart Beat Blow Dry Accelerator – 6.0 oz, Value $5.99
I only noticed a very slight difference in dry time using this product. It also acts as a heat protecting spray so I will be using it for that. It feels slick in wet hair but doesn’t add any noticeable texture when dry.
REDKEN Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid – 4.2 oz, Value $20
All I want is perfect beach waves. This product didn’t add waves to my hair but did add texture without weighing my hair down.
PUREOLOGY Pure Volume Style + Care Infusion – 5 fl oz, Value $24
I like the unique packaging on this – it’s a tube inside a tube. The product promises style + care infusion + fullness + body, which are all the things I want for my hair, all while being color safe and vegan. I tried this out and it definitely gave my hair weightless volume. I can see this becoming part of my daily routine!
VERSASPA® Gradual Tanning Face Moisturizer – 2.0 fl oz, Value $35
I’m down with being the color of porcelain so I’m not the right target for the Veraspa face tanner. The product says it hydrates, blurs fine lines, and creates a beautiful tan.
COPPERTONE ClearlySheer® Faces SPF 30 – 2.0 fl oz, Value $8.99
Yes! I don’t go out in the sun much but when I do, I want to be spritzed with high SPF. I prefer something above 30 but this is still great to have on hand.
CARESS® Mystique ForeverTM Body Wash 13.5 oz, Value $3.99
This body wash comes out purple and the scent was strong, sweet, and floral. It promises “a long lasting captivating fragrance released on touch”and it left a very strong fragrance on my skin after my shower. I checked my skin for fragrance throughout the day and found it was gone a few hours later.
TIGI® Bed Head JoyrideTM Texturizing Powder Balm – 1.96 fl oz, Value $8.99
The label on this product was peeling off when I received it so I photographed it that way. I used about a dime sized amount in my shoulder-length hair but if I try it again, I’ll use a lot less. It weighed my hair down and made it feel greasy. Not cute.
DEGREE Women Dry Spray in Daisy Fresh – 3.8 oz, Value $4.99
This spray-on deodorant was cooling and had a fresh scent. I wore this on a busy, stressful day and after a couple of hours, I felt the need to apply my regular clinical strength stick deodorant.
SIMPLE® SKINCARE Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes – Value $6.70
I was really excited to receive these as I am a big fan of SIMPLE make-up remover wipes. SIMPLE treats sensitive skin really well, I find that other brand wipes, especially those with extra fragrance, sting my skin and leave my face red. I had to google “micellar” to find out what made these wipes special. I learned that micellar water is filled with micelles which find dirt and oil on your skin and draw them out without drying your skin.
COMPEED® Blister Cushions – Value $15
I’m glad to have these blister cushions on hand for travel this summer. The small plastic pack is perfect for tucking into a carry-on or first aid kit.
I like this new twist (yes) on the traditional elastic band. My hair is a little too short to pull back right now but I’ll keep these around for the future.
RITUALS Magic Touch Body Cream – 2.3 fl oz, Value $10?
I’ve been carrying this around in my bag since I received it. It has a very traditional lotion scent with a hint of cherry blossom. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel greasy.
SONIA KASHUK® Double-Zip Clutch – Value $14.99
The bag in my Beauty Thrills box is a different colorway/pattern than the version in the spoiler and the printed booklet that came with the box. I like the one I got better! I like the jewel tones and the pattern reminds me of the rainbow effect of oil on water.
Here’s the back of the bag.
The bag has two compartments that open with metal zippers and large vinyl Sonia Kashuk branded zipper pulls. It is fully lined in a satin-y burgundy nylon fabric that matches the exterior top stitching.
Verdict: I definitely think the value is there for this box. I got a good mix of beauty products and discovered some new favorites. Allure included some thoughtful summer essentials like the SPF face spray, blister cushions, face tanning spray, and beach wave spray so I feel pretty summer ready! My favorite item is the electric toothbrush, I think I’m officially converted. Plus, I’m pretty excited to finally own a tangle teaser!
If you are interested in Allure’s separate monthly subscription box, check out our Allure Beauty Box reviews, too!