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January 2020 Allure Beauty Box Available Now + FULL SPOILERS!

Allure October 2019 beauty subscription box review

The December Allure Beauty box has sold out. If you sign up now, your first box will be the January 2020 Allure Beauty Box

If you aren’t familiar with Allure Beauty Box, it is a $15-a-month beauty subscription that was named one of the Best Women’s Subscription Boxes and one of the Best Beauty Subscription Boxes by MSA readers in the 2019 Subscription Box Awards. Sample sizes are usually good (typically at least one or two full-size items per box), and Allure does a great job of including new brands + products.

The January box includes:

  • AKAR Pure Lip Restoration – FULL SIZE
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara OR Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara – FULL SIZE
  • Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream
  • Nature Lab Tokyo Perfect Shine Oil Mist
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Treatment
  • Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

And new subscribers who subscribe in January will also receive a Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser (FULL SIZE) as their new member free gift.

If you haven’t signed up yet, use this link to get the free gift! (Regularly $15 a box.)

Check out our Allure Beauty Box Reviews + Allure Beauty Box Spoilers to see what you can expect from this beauty subscription box!

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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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Comments (118)

  1. I was notified of my Jan box shipping on Jan 11th and it arrived today. Yay!

  2. WHOA! I can’t believe I didn’t know about this box! I’m tempted to cancel my Ipsy subscription! I’m bummed I missed the hot tools promo.

    • I was subscribed to Allure for a couple of years but canceled for a few months. I got tired of the variations and getting the bottom of the barrel. I signed up for this box because of the skincare. The variation is a product I won’t use.
      At the same time I decided I was on product overload and decided to scale back on subscriptions. But, the only one I didn’t give up is Ipsy.

    • I cancelled ipsy months ago because Sephora Play was better for skincare stuff (which is essentially all i want/need as makeup lasts me a loooong time). Then the Sephora Play January box sent me a bunch of crap i won’t use and i looked into allure and holy heck, if every box is like this month’s, I’ve got it made! I cancelled sephora and signed up for allure today so here’s hoping i’m right! 🙂

      • I have subscribed to Allure for a year now and have always been very satisfied with the product I receive. There may be one or two things once in awhile (not every month) that are just not my thing but overall I am very happy with allure. I hope you are too!

  3. For those who got the Hot Tools promo – check your spam folder! 🙂

    • What’s the Hot Tools promo??

    • Do you recall who the email was from? I signed up but haven’t gotten the email yet. Thanks!

  4. i ordered yesterday with the hottools promo code,t he order seemed to go through, i didnt get an email confirmation either but I checked the order info on the hottools site and my order says on hold??? anyone else???

    • i just called, they said the order went through and should get tracking number within a day or 2!! Yeah!!! I hope that is so!!!

    • When I placed my order, my welcome account email, order confirmation and everything went to straight to spam also.

    • Check your spam folder! That’s where my email was 🙂

  5. regarding the hot tools promo, i went and ordered it, got an order #, but wasnt able to screenshot it before it flipped… i keep checking my email to see if i got a receipt and i have nothing! i tried to reset my password and it didnt let me do that either. anyone else have this happen?

    • I also ordered the tool successfully but have not received an email confirmation. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      My account on the Hot Tools’ website shows the order as “pending” (I opened an account with them so I can track this order). I’m relieved the order shows up somewhere but I’d feel better if I had a confirmation or, better yet, the tool in my hands. 👍

      I didn’t have issues with my password, though.

      • Does anyone know if everyone got this promo or was it just a random selection?

      • No, it wasn’t for current subscribers. It was a special offer they offered around the holidays.

      • Just got a FedEx tracking number when I checked the Hot Tools account. I never received an email (not even junk) but I’m thrilled it’s finally shipped!!

      • I’ve used mine and I love it. I wish I would have purchased another. Smooth shiny hair that detangles and drys in minutes. I love it. It is very large,but so easy to use.

    • Same, it never let me logged into the account I created while checking out, and I never got an order confirmation..I called in and they were able to see my order and provide my tracking number.

      • Def check your spam cause my first order went through fine, found it in spam folder but the one I placed for my mom never came in…its weird. Maybe the glitch that was mentioned 🤔

    • I ordered successfully, received email confirmation that indicated the order would take a couple days to process at which time they will send a shipping email. Have you checked your spam?

  6. For some reason my old amazon restarted all by itself and I’m getting one next week. Don’t know what’s coming but I’ll see I guess

  7. I just got my Dec box today with the Hot tools coupon and ordered the Hot Tools with the coupon code and it worked $0.00 (no taxes) free shipping and didn’t have to provide a credit card or anything. But I was also charged for the Jan box for $10.60 which I also thought was weird.

    • I was charged $10.98. The difference may be do to local tax plus $10. Because they charge $10 for magazine subscriptions, I wonder if their system is messing up and charging us for the magazine subscriptions instead that we did not authorize the purchase of?

    • i got my box yesterday too. where was the coupon? if it was in the pamphlet with the makeup product discount codes i missed it.

      • For me, it was between the shrink wrap and the box, right under the shipping label.

      • Same here, look through all of your discarded packaging!

      • I got my allure box today along with the promo code flyer for the hot tools. Free ground shipping, no credit card info required. I’m sooo excited, thanks allure!!!

  8. I too was charged today for the January box, but, haven’t received the December box from the Hot Tools deal. And have no notifications in my inbox or spam containing any tracking info. Plus Allure’s website is a mess, I’ve used three email accounts over the past four years with them and their system can only find one account but has it listed as discontinued.
    Guess I’ll be on hold with Allure tomorrow to cancel which ever account they can find. So I won’t continue to be charged for two accounts

  9. I signed up in December for the hair tool. Today they billed me for Jan & it’s another $10.60 I thought it would be $15 for my second box I’m so confused. Wonder when we will get the dec box?

    • Yes, me too! I was wondering the same thing. I’m happy as long as I actually get December with the hair tool gift. The only reason I finally subscribed because I wanted to give it to my mom as a gift. Guess we will see.

      • I just spoke with allure to cancel my subscription and had the most pleasant experience. No wait time on time phone, received a full refund for the January box, even though I was charged yesterday. And, I’ll still be receiving the January box!!!! Unbelievable customer service today.
        New year, New Allure????
        Thanks Allure

      • I have always had pleasant experiences like that with Allure on the phone. I think it must be online where their customer service is is lacking.

      • Lucky. I didn’t have the same experience. I was charged two days ago and called immediately after my card was used and they said it was too late to cancel and refund me. It was already processed and would be sent to the warehouse either way.

  10. If the new member gift of caudelie was in the box, I’d be a happy camper, but I’m gonna cancel

  11. Allure is now on Git City for $29 – Which makes no sense. I emailed customer service and they agreed it’s 15 a month usually and didn’t understand this deal”.

    Does anyone have Any insight what this is about?


    • The Gilt City deal is for a 3-month subscription (comes out to ~$10/month)

      • Brit,
        Thank you so much! Their customer service had no idea.


  12. If anyone else really loves caudalie products like me, Anthropologie has a great set on sale for $20.97 which includes a full size of their exilir spray and two minis. The spray alone retails for $49 so it’s a steal!! I bought 3!!!!

    If you call Anthropologie, they will waive the shipping fees! They even offered me free expedited shipping!!

    Cheers y’all

    • I L9ve Caudalie!

  13. Is anyone having trouble signing into their account. It keeps telling me my account doesn’t exist???

    • Yep. I haven’t been able to log in since November with that same error


  14. Don’t forget the the skin on your arms, legs and bum’s also need exfoliating and are typically way less sensitive. For this who do not use ExfoliKate on your face, try your arms. Apply the exfoliator a few minutes prior to showering. Moisturize after. You will love it! That’s what I do with all the random exfoliators we receive. The skin on my arms is baby soft. And as I have aged, using it on my legs has virtually eliminated the little rough patches trying to become barnacles.

    • Thanks for the suggestion! My face is so sensitive…the rest of me, not so much!!

    • Great idea! I tried the exfoliate, and it burned my face too much to use again. I’m going to give it a try on my other rough patches and see if it works.

    • Fantastic idea…my skin is very dry….I’m going to try it like that

  15. I must be the only sub box client (patient?) who has never received a sample of ExfoliKate. Not I’m not a fan of peels. Is it a scrub?

    • It’s a scrub that you leave on for two minutes. For me, it does leave my skin a bit red at first but very soft and plump after. It has either cinnamon or clove, I believe. Obviously, that is irritating for some skin types. I’d patch test first😊

    • It’s more like a scrub / mask. You rub it on certain areas of your face, wait 1-2 minutes depending on how sensitive your skin is, then wash it off. It might slightly sting the first time but that’s normal. You use it once a week, otherwise you might dry out your face. Leaves your skin really smooth.

      Don’t use it after using oils, shaving any area of your face, & ofc not on any open wounds (ie. Pimples). It’s safe to use but can definitely chemically burn you if used with oils & can damage skin on open wounds.

      • Thank you so much for writing this! I have some other products I’ve gotten from subs, Dr. Brandt & Dermae. Usually once a week and also once a week chemical peel. Juice Beauty or Hey Honey. I’m loosing hair everywhere and it’s permanent. I can cover bald patches on my head, but, when there’s bald patches on your face, it’s so easy to see when I wear makeup. Everybody has peach fuzz and if there are bald spots, makeup applies and looks different. Waxing ends up causing damage that takes as long to heal as the waxing lasts. 🙄 Hair removal creams BURN!!! So, I took the doctor’s advice and the cosmetologist’s advice and started shaving where I want on my face. When I do exfoliate, it’s usually at night. But, I will definitely be careful with this one.

      • I’ve been shaving the peach fuzz off my face for years now. It makes my skin/foundation look absolutely flawless! I use one of those little women’s flawless finish shavers and it’s great, quick and pain free! I am told that using blades are even better, because they actually remove dead skin cells in the process. It is somewhat of an extra step to keep up with, but I figure what’s another 10 minutes a week for soft skin and flawless foundation?😂 I’ll never go back to peach fuzz face.😉

      • I’m new to ABB and received my first box in November. I also received a Winter Beauty Bundle with 3 month subscription that was amazing! So many new and high end products to try! I expected very little for the monthly fee but am blown away by the value that comes with Allure Beauty Box!

      • Get the razors at sephora online. They come in a 3 pack and are green, pink and blue. They are thick and have a long handle. It’s like 7.00 for 3 of them. They are NICE. Just use that lightly on your face all over once a month or two times a month and it takes all peach fuzz and dead skin and make makeup lay and look amazing. And because it cuts hair at a certain angle, it dont grow back in all heavy and dark.

      • Thank you so much for the advice. I don’t know if I’ve tried any from Sephora. Usually the only time I set foot in that place is if I need a something special on the fly. My natural hair color is a deep brown, almost black. I’ve been removing facial hair for about 20 years… My daughter bought me some facial razors as a gift after she caught me crying over my appearance. Something I NEVER EVER wanted her to see. It was because I no longer have any sideburn on one side of my face, but on the other side, there’s an obvious bald line in it. Soooo…. wth?! Now I have to get THAT even?! 🙄 I just use a men’s razor at this point. It’s the one with the flexible blades. The women’s version is not the same. I’ve never noticed hair growing back thicker or darker. I do have to use tweezers to make sure it’s even and looks as natural as possible. Maybe I’ll give those razors a try in that area.

      • I just shave with a regular razor as well a lot of the time, the little ones are nice but if you’re at the using regular razors stage like me they aren’t going to do as much as you want. I suggest one of those round electric razors off amazon. Search for “ Finishing Touch Flawless Women’s Painless Hair Remover” on amazon and you’ll see it. $20 and if you do it every few days where your hair grows in it’s good, more gentle on my skin than using the full razor or a cream remover like Nair. I’m in my 30s and a redhead with a mix of light and dark body hair, I have PCOS though. If it bothers you a lot have you asked your doc to check your hormone balance out? It’s possible to take something like the pill for regulating hormones a little better which can stop more excessive hair growth. Good luck! <3

      • I have pcos too and I lather up and shave my chin,my upper lip and side burns in the shower 😉

      • I can’t use shaving creams… I use a gentle cleanser or aloe. My razor of choice is Schick extreme, it’s the one with flexible blades. I actually buy the men’s. I don’t care what the company says, the women’s design is not the same. There’s a razor for my face and one for my body.
        I have to admit that it really sucks loosing hair in some areas, but not in others. Why do I still have a partial sideburn on one side of my face but not the other? 🙄 Peach fuzz is spotty too! That’s irritating as hell too! It’s so much more obvious than most people know.
        I’m just trying to embrace this stage of life just like all the others. But, I will admit, it’s frustrating. I carry tweezers in my purse. Now, I think it’s time I carry a razor. Just in case… There are those occasions when I do have to get up, throw clothes on, brush my teeth & hair, grab my meds for the day and run like hell. If I have tweezers, concealer and face powder in my purse, why not a razor?

    • Me too 😊

      • I have used DermaE & Dr. Brandt. Any comparison???

  16. I wish this box was still available to subscribers via Amazon (speaking strictly of people who have cancelled this box through Amazon and have re-upped in the past or those who want to sub through Amazon as Allure’s website makes it more difficult to cancel). I am guessing current subscribers can still subscribe through Amazon. I wish Allure understood that I and many others do not want to e-mail or call a phone number to unsubscribe. If this has changed (and their website makes it easy to unsubscribe at a later date if a person wants to), I would love to know. Would like this box as it is mostly devoted to skincare, but will stick with my other sub if that’s not the case. The ease of cancelling is an allure. I don’t like being offered $10 / 4 months when I call their phone number in the past. It is just unnecessary with the advancement in technology. Many subscription boxes make it easy to pause or cancel, which was also an allure of the Amazon service.

    • It was available through Amazon earlier this month, but sold out on Amazon and Allure. I think it will be available on Amazon again in January.

    • I think it’s not available on Amazon YET because it’s not January yet.

    • I think it’s not available YET because it’s not January yet.

    • It’s still available to buy through Amazon. December Allure sold out, so it won’t show up on Amazon right now until Jan 1st.

      • Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

    • I wonder in part if they do this because their gift offers are so generous, and they give the new member gift even to old subs who resubscribe. If cancelling was super easy and could be done online, people could take advantage of that and just be cancelling and resigning every month or two to keep getting the new member gifts.

      Having to email at least means someone needs to pause and think it over. It bugs me to – I would prefer the online option – but it really only takes a few minutes to send the email, and they always get back within a day or two. I decided it’s more a reflection of my desire for instant gratification than any real problem on their part.

      I do think, however, they need to make the email for cancelling more clear (like in their FAQ) – I emailed the wrong one once! Fortunately they sent me the right email, but still. I did feel like I had to hunt that down rather than it be clearly explained.

      • They have an 800 customer service line you can call to cancel immediately when you want to. I always cancel by phone, it only takes a couple minutes and their reps are really friendly.

      • 1 (800) 274-1603

    • hi,
      I not sure when you last tried but I subscribed directly though allure for november and had no issues cancelling online in my account.. didn’t need to call or email. I see a lot of people complaining about that about allure but I’ve never had that issue.

  17. I will use all of these products. I can’t wait to try the lip restoration!

    • Me too love lip product like that since I don’t get many in other sub boxes 🥰

    • Same!!!! I wish we would receive more lip treatments too! I only got one this past year and it was the Laniage (which I love more than life) from Allure…wait, was that even in 2019, or was that fall of 2018? See…we need lip treatments more frequently! 😂 I’ve never gotten one from Ipsy or Boxy either.💁

  18. Before I ask, I know that it is unpredictable and no one ever knows what will happen or show up, but it looks like there is a charge for $10.45 from Conde Nast Subscriptions (which, I don’t have any Conde Nast subscriptions), so I assume it’s the Allure December Box with the voucher.

    Does that sound reasonable to assume? I know when one assumes, it makes an *** out of me.

    • Yes, Allure shows up as Conde Nast

  19. I do not like the January box. If I cancel my sub, now will I still get the December box that I signed up for lats week or will that one get cancelled too? Thanks!

    • Did they charge you? If yes, I think you are good. If not, you probably will not get December

      • Allure is odd. If you cancel before your box ships, you will NOT receive it. Furthermore, you will have to call to receive your refund.

        That was my experience.

      • Definitely not trying to hijack these posts, but if the Conde Nast charge went through for 10.45 on the 20th of Dec, and they have put in writing that the voucher will be in December boxes, but my box won’t ship for around 20 days, I’m wondering if I will get it or not? I ordered when the pop up was there, when December was still in stock. Not to be a pain or anything. I’m just so confused.

    • I canceled once to avoid being charged for the next months box before receiving shipping notification for the month I did want. They canceled my entire order.
      My advice is call if you want to avoid January but still receive your December box.

  20. Looks like a good one. And the only variant will be the Tarte mascaras? Great! I hope Allure has finally wised up to the fact that most of their subscribers don’t want variation boxes.

    • They’ve done several boxes with no variation. I’m sure they will still do boxes with.

  21. Hi! It’s my first time getting Allure Beauty Box. I just signed up last Dec. 16th, am I getting the December box or January? Appreciate your response. Thanks! 🙂

    • Probably December will be your first box.

    • Unless Allure sells out, which is very rare, you’ll get the box of the month you signed up in. Once I signed up on the last day of the month thinking I was safe, but my subscription still started with that month’s box. Not happy but I learned my lesson 🙂

      • They were sold out of December as of yesterday. I think the response to the $75 hair tool for new subscribers was big.

      • Yeah, that makes sense.

  22. Finally! A box I want. I wish they would quit with the variations, but at least this time, it’s pretty fair. I have not been subscribed for several months. I used the link for the free sign up gift. Fingers crossed… Their website did state that due to popular demand, they are sold out of the December box. It’s pretty specific that I’m signing up for the January box.

  23. The akar contains beeswax for those interested. I’m not necessarily interested in purchasing but I think this is one of the better boxes for them lately.

  24. I’m glad there’s just the one variant.

    Hoping for the Amazon mascara. I’ve tried Lights Camera and it’s just okay.

    Not a fan of Exfolikate; it burns.

    • Wow! Lights, Camera is my HG.😊 There are a few out there I really like, but that one takes the cake for me. What’s your favorite, if you don’t mind me asking?

      • Honestly, I don’t have a HG mascara. I love trying new ones, so I flit from one to another like a total ____.

        Sentimental fave is L’Oreal Voluminous.

  25. Cancelled after the ABH box because I have so much skincare to try already, including a couple of the items in this box lol. It’s funny how quickly my stash grew just from a couple of beauty boxes and GWP at Ulta.
    Still, this looks like a good box for someone who wants to try a variety of skincare products.

  26. I was planning to cancel my sub but after seeing these spoilers, I won’t be! Not a fan of ExfoliKate but everything else looks awesome.

  27. Not a bad box. I already have more exfoliate, including exfoliKate, to last a lifetime, so I’ll attempt to swap or sell that. The lip restoration sounds nice for the winter

  28. Do you receive all of the items?

    • You should receive the 6 items. Only new subscribers using the link above will receive the Caudalie.

  29. Always pleased with my Allure box. Lots of skincare is fine by me. I’m also excited to try the shine mist. The only item im not “wowed” with is the mascara. C’mon Allure, please include more fragrances. I collect parfume minis!

    • I was freaking out about the shine mist until I realized it was a hair product. That will be worth trying.

      I mostly use subscription box mascaras so I don’t have to buy them for myself. I will take what I can get as long as it is actually possible to remove at the end of the day.

      • I hate buying mascaras but I currently have at least three and they take me forever to use to begin with. I like Tarte though, so i feel like I’ll be tempted to keep this one and have four lol

    • If you have an Instagram account, Macy’s has free fragrance samples every few weeks or so. In the last few months I have received 12-16 free fragrances in the mail from them, generally four at a time (two for men and two for women). They show up in the timeline as targeted ads, I guess if you follow beauty accounts/brands. I think they do this on Facebook too.

      • Thank you Carol! Nice of you. I’ll check it out.

      • Yesss!!! I have like 15 for me and a good 10 for my son. I love them. U get to try new and classic scenes and u get a good 3 uses from it.

      • How do you get the Macys perfume samples. I love me getting them. Thank you.

    • Eh? Perfume samples isn’t worth $15 IMO to include it unless it’s a box set. You can get perfume samples at any department store

      • I wasn’t refering to the tiny vials. In the past, Allure has included deluxe miniature bottles of perfume from Bvulgari, Vince Camuto, and others. They are very pretty and ornate just like the regular sized bottles. Those beauties are worth having in my arsenal! However, I know everyone is not like me. Imma perfume freak! Peace on earth to all

      • Yes! I used to collect miniatures. I travel a lot and refuse to bring my full size bottles with me. I would love if allure gave out miniature fragrances. I have to settle for samples or KVD sinner/saint when I travel.

  30. This looks like a great curation. The only thing I will not sue is the Nature Lab oil mist (not a product I need, but my mother will absolutely love this so it will not go to waste). I’m looking forward to Jan’s box. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate. Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate… and Happy New Year to all! 🙂

  31. Does Allure not offer $5 off your first box anymore? I’m not seeing it on their website and it’s not mentioned in this post like it normally is.

    • Hmmm… wondering about this also

    • Wondering about this too

    • Damn, i waited last minute for the ABH. It looked lik would’ve been good. But I’m not big on highlighter, tbh. And i had that gel already. Lippie would’ve been nice

  32. So happy with this box. Love getting skincare

  33. I never knew that Exfolikate was so green! 😱

    Will be happy to swap for ALL the Naturelab Tokyo Shine Mist!

    • I’ll be putting my Naturelab Tokyo Shine Mist up on swaps when I receive it!

    • I also will be swapping mine and I have one already listed as well

      • Hello!!! I’m new to this and was wondering where you can put items up for swapping? Thank you!!!

      • MSA does have a swap site as part of MSA. I’ve been active on it for sometime now. You do have to “apply”, so to speak. I think I waited about a month… I don’t even remember how… I’m sure if you reach out to MSA with an email, they can tell you. It may take a few days, but they’ll get back to you. Beware though!!! Some people will screw people over. I’ve had it happen twice in the last year, three times total. My 1st swap ever, which was $50 in retail value plus the $14 in shipping. If you are new, you are required to ship 1st. That one never got resolved. The second one ended up resolved only after I threatened to file a police report. It was well over 2 weeks after she got her package. The next morning, a label was created, but another week went by and still had not shipped. So, I filed a police report here and in that process, they contacted the police in her state and city. That way, it’s on file in both states. Two days later, she mailed the package which should have weighed less than a pound but showed the shipping weight as 3 lbs. I was like, omg! She’s sending me her trash! I was right! Not only that, it was her bathroom trash! 🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸!!!! There was also a pretty threatening letter as well. She’s currently on probation, literally, it’s a hate crime. She’s no longer on the MSA swap site.
        I have had MANY great swaps! I’m expecting one to be delivered today actually. But, I’m out quite a bit on another swap that was agreed to over a month ago. I did contact MSA regarding it and even they can’t get her to send it or return the package I sent. Swapper would like to reimburse me, but, since I don’t want to give any account information over… Seriously?!

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