Allure August 2018 Beauty Box Review

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I have been a fan of subscription boxes for almost 2 years!  The idea of building a collection of health and beauty products that I would not have even notices otherwise was very appealing. I canceled my subscription to allure’s beauty box a few months ago because none of the spoilers looked appealing to me.  Buy they “enticed” me back with the promise of a beauty bundle worth around $98. I was planning on resubbing anyway, so the timing was perfect!

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According to Allure’s website:

Allure’s monthly beauty box offers top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $50-$90 value for only $15

  • Full and travel-size products selected by Allure experts (we test more than 50,000 products a year)
  • A mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-steps
  • New member gift: A bonus gift valued at $15+
  • Free shipping

After playing around with August’s box for a few weeks, I’ve discovered some great products as well as a few duds. Check out my review below:

Allure Beauty Box Mini Mag

The first thing you see when you open the box is the cute mini magazine that tells a little bit about the products inside as well as some tips and tricks on how to use them.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Pen, Black

   
 
I didn’t expect to like this liquid eyeliner pen very much mainly because I can’t stand felt tip liquid eyeliner applicatiors. I find them hard to control and they never give me a crisp enough wing. This eyeliner pen from Eyeko really did surprise me. the felt tip is firm enough to draw a straight line but flexible enough to fill in the wing with color. It’s not the blackest black, more like a dark steel grey, but It did show up against my skin. It’s also smudge proof which is a great thing for miss runny eye over here! All in all, this is a nice eyeliner, but I wouldn’t replace my NYX Epic Ink eyeliner for this one anytime soon.

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Laneige Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask

    

Lip Sleeping mask????  I gave this product some serious side eye! After all, isn’t this just a fancy lip balm. No. No, it is not! I wear a c-pap mask at night for my sleep apnea and because of this, my lips get super dry.  For the first time since starting the c-pap, I woke up to soft, moisturized lips that weren’t cracking or splitting. The texture is so unique, not at all like a lip balm but almost, almost like beeswax that tastes like bubble gum. This lip mask has earned permanent rotation in my nightly skincare routine. 

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Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo/Conditioner

    
I’ve been using Nexxus Shampoo ever since I used to get my hair done at StudioOne! (ahh memories). I have short, natural hair that tends to be on the fine side.  This was the second subscription box that I’ve gotten this shampoo and conditioner in and I was thrilled.  it smells great, cleanses well and moisturized my curls like crazy.  A little goes a long way, so it will be a minute before I’m ready to buy full bottles.

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Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet

    


 

I remember thinking, right before I tried this moisturizer, “How different can a moisturizer be?”. After trying this, I was ready to eat my words. I don’t remember my skin ever feeling this soft and almost velvety! I look forward to this part of my routine every night.  I know that i blog mostly about drugstore brands and Caudalie is NOT a drugstore brand, but I think this moisturizer is well worth the money. 

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Wet n Wild Beauty | Timeless Beauty Picks for Fall | Haul+Try-on

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Wet n Wild has held a place in my cosmetics bag as well as my heart for almost 25 years. 

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I remember hiding in the girls’ room with my friends, heating up the tips of our eyeliner pencils with a lighter for the smokiest eyes on the planet! With fall right around the corner, I decided to pull from my stash to create a fall inspired look that so happens to be from one of my favorite brands.

My Fall Picks…

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Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette| Review + Swatches

Juvias Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette


 

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Juvia’s Place Cosmetics is having a serious moment right now!  If you haven’t heard of this black owned company, consider this your introduction!  I recently picked up the Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette during one of their sales. Juvia’s Place has turned the world of highly pigmented eye shadow palettes on its head!  Once you had to pay ridiculous amounts of money to even come close to decent eye shadow pigmentation.  And then you still had to prime your lids like crazy just to see some color payoff, especially if you are darker skinned. This palette changed all of that! The Afro-Centric packaging is some of the most stunning that I have ever seen in my entire life.  I’m not even exaggerating!  Keep reading to see for yourself!

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The Beauty Tag

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I love beauty tags!  I’ve never been tagged in one, so I’m just going to jump right into “The Beauty Tag” that I found from the Makeup Dreamer Blog by Amsa! I actually dream about makeup at night, so this tag is perfect!

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Review and Wear Test of Rimmel London Stay Matte Mouse Foundation

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I’ll be honest. Rimmel has never been on my radar. They don’t strike me as the most “inclusive” of makeup brands. But since I can’t help to browse down every single makeup aisle at Walmart, I say they have some dark shades that just might work for me.

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My Anti-Beauty Treatment…Haul???

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Okay, so i know the title doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but bear with me. I really enjoy a good anti-haul post as much as the next girl. But I got to thinking. We’re supposed to be buffed and polished from head to toe, or else

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How to repourpose (seemingly) useless makeup

I am a huge fan of beauty boxes! They are a great way to beef up your collection for a modest investment. Depending on what box service you choose, the value can be incredible!

Subscription boxes have a down side though. I was with Ipsy for almost a year before it dawned on me that I was seeing the same items over and over again, in a different makeup bag. Whats worse, no matter how many times I updated my profile, the colors they chose for me rarely seemed to work. That meant I was stuck with tons of pinky-mauve liquid lipsticks that I would never use.

One solution is to join BST (buy/sell/trade) makeup groups and swap or sell you unwanted items. If that’s not something you’re interested in, then re-purposing may be the way to go!

Liquid lipsticks make awesome blushes!

I have super oily skin, but I have always loved the look of cream blushes. They always look so natural and gave off the healthiest flush, unless you have oily skin. Then you end up looking overly slick and greasy.

In my August Boxycharm, I received a #grlpwr liquid lipstick in the color Date Night. This was yet another pinky-mauvy nude color that was all the rage this year. It’s a gorgeous shade and the kind of color brown girls like me can “make work” by adding a darker lip liner. But I’m never really in the mood to manipulate lip colors, so they end up collecting dust in a drawer someplace.

One day I was playing around and swatching some of my lip colors when I thought this color would make an awesome blush color, and I was right! It dries super fast so I dabbed it on the apples of my cheeks and voila! Perfect flush of color!

Useless Mascara

I know what you’re thinking! How can mascara possibly be useless. Well, it all depends on the formula, the brush and the color. I’ve received mascaras that hardly showed up no matter how many layers I pop on.

One easy fix is to use a small eyeliner brush and, well, use it as an eyeliner! Problem solved.

Sheet Masks a plenty!

I’m starting to collect a small country’s worth of sheet masks from all of my subscription boxes. I get it! They’re small, light, easy to ship and have a big moment right now. But if you’re anything like me, sitting still with one of these slimy masks on for 20 minutes can feel like an eternity!

The best solution I’ve come up with is to snip off the corner of the mask packet and squeeze the contents into a little pot or jar with a lid! Now you have your own little pot of essence without the downtime.

Multiple items that you literally have no earthly use for

Sometimes there is no easy fix. Sometimes you end up with a basket full of sample sized products that you may never touch. There was one point with Ipsy where I was getting dry shampoo month after month. I’m a black women with natural hair, what am I going to do with dry shampoo???

A great use for mini products is to either donate them, do an Instagram or YouTube giveaway, or even sell them in lots on Ebay!

What is your favorite way to repurpose makeup??

XOXO

Aisha

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Wet n Wild has the 1st Gel Lipliners?

I stumbled across these babies in Walmart while I was picking up more Black Radiance lipsticks that were in sale. Honestly I didn’t know gel lip liners weren’t already a thing! But according to the package, Wet n Wild has the first gel lip liner!

They come in 6 shades and retail for $2.99 each! I picked up 3 shades, Red the Scene, Gone Burgundy and Plum Together.

The liners are retractable and the texture of these are so smooth and creamy! They don’t skip or drag at all.

I can’t wait to pick up the more colors!

What is your favorite budget lip liner??

XOXO

Aisha

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August 2017 Boxycharm

I love Boxycharm! What’s not to love about a subscription box that gives you 4-5 FULL SIZE products, valued over $100 for $21 a month??! I can’t Think of anything either!

I was lucky enough to get off the wait-list in time for this months box.

This box includes:

Pur eyelashes:

Moda Pro Brush Trio:

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#grlpwr liquid lipstick by the beauty crop:

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Belladonna eyeliner:

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette:

$10 off purchase of $60 at tarte.com

I like to try things for a little while before I give reviews because there is always the potential for me to change my mind about a product. I’ll give my review on this box at the end of September.

What is your favorite subscription box???

XOXO

Aisha

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My Super Simple Skincare Routine

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The amount of time that I spent searching for a foundation that would give me “perfect” looking skin is really embarrassing. I bounced from one heavy, full coverage foundation to the next!

The truth is, foundation only looks as good as the skin underneath it. So like any beauty aficionado, I turned to YouTube! I was peppered with the latest and so-called greatest routines and product recommendations.

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