Allure Beauty Box May 2016

Foreo Luna Play– $39.00

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Allure Says–

What It Is: A golf-ball size facial cleansing brush.

What It Does: Removes gunk with gentle vibrations.

Why We Like It: This brush — a pint size version of the original Foreo Luna– is gentle enough to use on even sensitive skin.  It easily maneuvers around your nose, where bigger brushes tend to struggle, leaving skin smooth.  It comes prejuiced with 100 uses worth of battery power: once it’s drained, toss it out.  And in the meantime, don’t worry about cooties; The silicone inhibits bacterial growth.

Lara Says– 

I use a Clarisonic but I have heard great things about the Foreo Luna and this little petite version is perfect for those not sure if they want to make the commitment!

Foreo Day Cleanser– $29.95

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Allure Says–

What It Is: A gentle face wash.

What It Does: cleanses without leaving skin tight and dry.

Key Ingredients: Mandarin and bergamot extracts (antioxidants); apricot seed oil (moisturizes)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: The citrus scented cream transforms to an airy foam when you massage it onto damp skin with your fingers or the Foreo brush.

Why We Like It: It rinses away the leftover retinol and night cream you applied before bed–something water along won’t do– so you can start the day looking and feeling fresh.

Foreo Night Cleanser–$35.95 

Allure Says–

What It Is: A deep cleaning face wash.

What It Does: Cleanses skin and removes makeup.

Key Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil and coco-caprylate/carpate, a derivative of coconut oil (moisturize)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: Once wet, the gel turns to lotion and rinses away every last nit of makeup, leaving skin fresh and soft.

Why We Like It:  How clean does your skin really need to be? If your answer is squeaky, you’re going to love this face wash.  It thoroughly removes dirt, grime, sunscreen, waterproof mascara, lip stains and anything else you may have pancaked onto your face over the course of the day.

Lara Says– I’m excited to try both of these cleansers out with my little Luna! The ingredients in both sound like they will make a dream team combination.

 

Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector — $125.00 

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Allure Says–

What It Is: a dark-spot-brightening serum.

What It Does: Minimized the appearance of spots causes by acne, hormonal changes and sun exposure.

Key Ingredients: Linoleic acid and vitamin C (brighten) ; olive oil and glycerin (moisturize)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: The white formula is just thick enough to spot-treat small areas.

Why We Like It: Lets get one thing straight. Spot treatments require patience and persistence.  You probably won’t see much change after a few days. But a serum that shows a visible difference in four weeks? Now that’s fast.  This one is moisturizing and gentle, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin.  Our fair skinned tester found that the sun spots on her forehead faded from cappuccino brown to light tan after less then a month.

Lara Says–

If half the claims are true sign me up! I only wish that this sample size was a little larger as I don’t know if I’ll be able to use it long enough to see results. And with that price tag I need to know its a miracle worker before forking over the dough.

Cotz Flawless Complexion SPF 50 — $19.99

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Allure Says–

What It Is: A noncomedogenic mineral sunscreen.

What It Does: Protects skin from UVA and UVB rays without clogging pores.

Key Ingredients: Zinc oxide (sunscreen)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: You could mistake this sunscreen for a makeup primer.  It has the same silky texture that makes it easy to spread on skin.

Why We Like It: Because it’s not greasy or oily and it doesn’t smell like a pina colada.  While we have plenty of sunscreens that we like to wear at the beach, there are few that have passed makeup bag test.  This one provides sun protection and also wears remarkably well under foundation.

Lara Says–

I’m very excited to give this a try.  With the new medications I’m on for my acne I have to be super vigilant about using SPF and this sounds like a winner.

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle- $12.00 

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Allure Says–

What It Is: A semimatte twany-pink lipstick.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: The creamy bullet applies with no drag or dryness. And unlike most “neutral” lipsticks, it delivers rich coverage.

Why We Like It: This isn’t a wispy, barely there rose.  It has some heft, thanks to traces of brown and a lush opaque finish.  It has has peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E to keep lips looking extra Angelina Jolie-ish.

Lara Says–

This color is pretty and I love this formula.  Definitely a win!

Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara– $24.00 

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Allure Says–

What It Is: A volumizing, lengthening, and curling mascara in an ultrablack shade.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: Packed with 580 bristles, the brush is shaped like a candy corn.  The idea is that the fine tip targets small inner-corner lashes, while the fat center loads up with your lashes with the inky pigment to volumize and lift with one swipe.

Why We Like It: You know those mascara buzzwords you hear all the time (volumizing, lengthening, curling, defining) ? Well, this pigmented mascara manages to capture them all in one sleek black tube.  One coat left our tester’s lashes lifted and thicker, yet somehow multiplied with zero clumps. The unique shade of the brush fits right in with all-in -one trend: the tiny nib gets right into tricky inner corners while the fatter ends pulls the outer corners up and out for a subtle cat-eye effect.

Lara Says–

I have used this mascara before and I really liked it.  Another win in my opinion.

 

Lauren B.  Nail Polish in Santa Barbara Surf– $18.00 

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Allure Says–

What It Is: A glossy green-blue polish that’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

What We Like It: The love child of mint green and sky blue, it works with our summer whites and office neutrals. And the glossy, wet-looking finish stays shiny even after a trip to the beach.

Lara Says–

OMG… This color…. Next pedicure I’m taking this with me!!

Sign Up to get your own Beauty Box by Allure for just $15.00 a month! This is one of my favorites as the products I get are all bonus sample sizes (and sometimes full size too! ) and the products are typically more high end.  

 

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