Greetings readers, are we still into subscription boxes?
I was pondering memberships as gifts over the holidays but didn’t really find a perfect one for my recipients. And perhaps unfortunately, I ending up buying myself one 😓 Fortunately, it wasn’t totally frivolous as I did actually need/want some products Allure magazine said would be in their December beauty box. I made an unboxing video where I also give a view first impressions and my experience so far!
Ofra x Nikkitutorials Everglow Highlighter
This month’s box was in collaboration with the Youtuber, so she helped pick the items sent including this full-sized palette. It looks really gorgeous; I’m excited to try because I’ve never had a fancy highlighter.
Retail Price: $35
Nyx Lingerie Lip Lingerie in Cabaret Show
It seems like a lot of people either like this line (I had thought Lingerie was the shade). But I’m not particularly looking for a lip product at the mo’, and Nyx is on the Art of Palestine‘s boycott list. So I may give this to someone or have a contest.
Retail Price: $6.99
Juvia’s Place Custom Nubian Palette
This was a big reason why I got this box! I wanted to try a Juvia’s Place item and this mini is a great way for me to try without having to buy a big palette. It’s 6 colors– 3 matte and 3 shimmer. The full sized has 12. I believe you’re able to buy this same limited mini from them!
Retail Price: $10 for the mini (on sale for $6!);
$20 full sized (on sale for $16 but it is sold out)
Bliss Holographic Foil Eye Masks
This was another part of the decision to purchase. I can’t pass up something for dark circles plus a few other items for a reasonable price. Apparently, subscribers either got the eye masks or a face mask. I don’t think there was a choice which stinks! I would’ve been mad if I got a face brightener. However, I got 2 packets with a pair of eye masks with cute holographic stars on them. I’ve already tried one of them (shown in an Insta story) and… didn’t notice anything. Maybe I’ll actually do a before and after for the second one.
Retail Price: $4/pack
Lasplash Art-ki-tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner
And the final piece of the decision puzzle! My eyeliner, an e.l.f. marker, had dried out on me (but has since seems to work by keeping it upside down? 😅). This one looks fine. It appears darker and that it can go on thinner than the e.l.f. And hopefully it lives up to the waterproof label!
Retail Price: $14
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I also received a single Neutrogena makeup remover towelette. This wasn’t in the booklet, so I’m thinking it’s just a nice little bonus. But Allure does say the box contains 5-7 products, so maybe the are counting it? That’s why I was so baffled in the video.
I made a big fuss about not receiving the new subscriber gift, but on the first page of the description booklet, it says it’s included (well, that’s why it’s called FIRST impressions!). My gift was a mini Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream Creme Fouettee! While it certainly makes me feel fancy to have a higher-end product… I’m not particularly impressed. It just seems maybe like a thicker Pond’s moisturizer?
Allure’s beauty box is $15/month. You do get your first box for only $10, though, and you get a new subscriber gift. Mine is worth about $18, I believe. One thing I wasn’t anticipating was tax! However, considering that just the Ofra highlighter alone was worth $35, I’d say you get a good value.
I was going to quit after this box, but… I received an email preview for January’s box which said it’d contain a turmeric face oil which sounded interesting because turmeric is supposed to be good for scarring, and I’ve never tried a face oil. I received that email Jan 4th and a preview for Feb. – Apr. on the 7th. Then, on the 17th, they said, “Sorry for the delay!” The box will be shipping soon with tracking info the next week. Then a few hours later, they literally say, “Oops…” You may have received incorrect info, but [insert same info]. What??????
Finally, on the 19th, they’re shipped. As of the morning of the 26th, I’ve not received (tracking info doesn’t start until the 24th…). What do you think about this? Would you accept it or would you think a magazine would have its act better together?
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