Today I’m giving you my in-depth “1 Week Later” review for Allure’s November subscription box! If you aren’t sure what I mean by “1 Week Later”, it’s a segment I do where I will review a product a week after getting it, so that I’ve had time to really try everything out and see how I feel about it.
Now let’s get started!
P.S. I got this box for $10 since I’m a new subscriber, but the normal cost of a box is $15.
Sunday Riley – Ceramic Slip Cleanser
This cleanser is awesome. I may be slightly biased because the packaging looks so luxe I can’t ever hate it, but it actually is just a really nice product. I love how it takes all of my leftover makeup off in an instant, and it makes my skin feel so soft and smooth afterwards.
The cleanser has a very watery slip to it, and a little bit goes a long way so I feel like this sample size will last me forever. Also, this sample is way bigger than any of the samples I got in my Birchbox advent calendar, so I’m impressed that I was able to get it in a $10 box!
Caudalie Skin Perfecting Serum
My very first impression was that this stuff smells awful. Maybe some people like the smell, but for me it was just way too powerful and smelled like mothballs. Aside from that, I really enjoyed how a little bit went a long way and it absorbed into my skin extremely fast. I couldn’t see any immediate differences in my skin, but it did make me feel like my face was cleaner.
Oribe Free Styler Hairspray
I usually don’t use hairspray because I don’t like the crunchy feeling it gives my hair, but this stuff didn’t do that at all! My hair felt completely normal, and yet my curls still stayed put all day. I’m going to have to buy the full size of this, because I have never found a hairspray that works this well for me before!
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
This product gives me so much nostalgia. When I was in high school my best friend was obsessed with the product, and recommended it to me pretty much every day. It’s also kinda expensive, so of course I never bought it. When I saw this is my November box, my first thought was that my high school dreams were coming true.
Okay so onto the actual review now: this stuff works really well! I already have a holy grail moisturizer (IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream!) so this one didn’t blow my mind, but it absorbs super quickly and made my skin feel so smooth! I also love this travel size because it’s perfect for leaving in my purse, and using it anytime my hands are feeling dry this winter.
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
CAUTION: this mascara will never leave your eyelashes! But it will also look fantastic the whole time so… your call!
What I mean by that is, this mascara goes on super well. I love the length that it gives me, and it doesn’t clump at all. The only bad thing is that at the end of the day when I’m taking my makeup off, this mascara will not budge. No matter how many makeup removers I try, it takes a good while before I see it actually come off. Which is great because it lasts forever, but not great because I also want it to come off eventually.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment
This is probably the most exciting thing in the box, and that’s because it’s full-size value is $105. That’s for 30 mL, and this sample size is a solid 5 mL. That means that this sample is worth about $17.50, which is nuts because that’s almost double the cost of the box.
Also, I really really like how this stuff works. It isn’t good enough to make me want to spend $105 on the full-size, but it does make my skin feel really nice and healthy. Maybe if I was a bit richer then I wouldn’t mind, but for now it’s a pass on the full size.
Bkr Water Balm
I don’t have a lot of opinions on this product, because the packaging is so horrible. The container this lip product comes in is so small at the top, it’s impossible for me to get my finger in there well enough to get some product. And it’s not a soft product where you can just scoop it out, but rather you’d have to rub at it to get the product on your finger. This made it really hard for me to get enough to try it out, and with the little bit that I did get out I wasn’t very impressed. It gave me a slight sheen that didn’t feel very hydrating.
Wander Beauty Under Eye Masks
Oh, under eye masks. We meet again.
I have a love/hate relationship with under eye masks. I suffer from dark circles under my eyes constantly, no matter how much sleep I get. It’s the way it’s been my whole life, and that’s why my love for makeup started (so people would stop asking me why I look so tired and sad all the time!). So naturally I’m drawn to these masks, hoping they’ll transform my under-eyes, but they never do. The same went for these masks. They work just fine and they felt nice, but in the end I just couldn’t see a difference.
Galexie Glister Moon Dance
This is the final product in my box, and it was my free gift for being a new subscriber! I have never heard of this brand before, but I have seen products similar to this online.
Overall, I’m not that happy with this product. It’s pretty, yes, but I don’t know when I would ever use it. I was thinking maybe as an eyeshadow topper, but then I read the back where it says “Do not use on the eyes”, and so that dream was crushed. I mean, do you guys have any insight on where this would go?? Maybe if I was an artsy makeup blogger that did unique tutorials then I could use this, but as an average natural-makeup-type girl, I can’t see myself ever trying this out for real.
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So that was everything in my Allure box, as well as all of my opinions! Do you guys agree with anything, or is there anything you’re dying to try out? Let me know!
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