Category Archives: Allure Beauty Enthusiasts

Allure Christmas Surprise

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I was really surprised when Allure sent me an email saying they were sending me one of their beauty boxes for Christmas! Holy cow!

I’ve been a subscription box junkie for years now, but I hadn’t joined the Allure one. For one, I thought it was more expensive than it is-it’s a super affordable $15 per month, but if you order now, you get the first 4 months for only $10 a month* and for another I didn’t realize how awesome everything you get really is!

*Disclaimer: I get no kickbacks or money or points if you join. I just really want you all to enjoy the beauty and makeup:)

img_3570My box came with a Doucce Freematic eyeshadow single in Kristi-a brown shimmery shadow. Gorgeous and fab for all skin tones.

A can of Klorane dry shampoo, a must have for every person out there with hair. Seriously it’s awesome.

A full-size tube of Mally Beauty mascara that has perfect timing as I’d just thrown out my last tube of mascara. (I go through mascara a lot. Like every 6 weeks, so this is great for me!)

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter which is amazing and delicious and luxurious.

Some Briogeo Curl Charisma gel that trust me, my curls love! I love this brand, but I’d only ever used their Don’t Despair Repair hair conditioner, so this was a treat indeed.

And last but not least, my favorite find in this beauty box, a Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer in Freesia Pear. The lather smells amazing, it’s thick and luxurious, and I have to keep stealing it back from my kids’ shower since they keep taking it!

Enjoy, guys, and Happy Holidays!

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Review: Garnier Clearly Brighter

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Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
Designed with our Antioxidant Complex of Vitamin C & E, Pine Bark Essence, and gentle exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA), this fast absorbing, non-greasy formula turns dull, rough skin into smooth, polished-looking skin with a more radiant, even tone.
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I received a sample of this through Allure Magazine’s Beauty Enthusiasts, and I was thrilled. I’ve been looking for a new facial moisturizer. I actually have used a similar Garnier product before, but it was discontinued. I thought at first this was just a rebranded and repackaged version of the same face lotion, but it’s different. And different in a good way!
It’s a lighter moisturizer, not as thick as the discontinued one I used.
I will say that 1 week isn’t enough time to see a difference on the claims of brightening my skin, but as far as a drugstore moisturizer goes, this one feels fantastic on my face. I’m very fair, and I spent way too much time in the sun as a kid, so I’ll continue to use this lotion to see if my sun spots lighten up. I will absolutely be purchasing this face lotion for my normal daily routine.

Shiseido Ultimune Eye

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I was sent a sample of the Shiseido Ultimune Eye, a  Power Infusing Eye Concentrate by Allure. (I think I got it as a thank you for taking a survey).

I’ve been using it for about a month, and I do use it both morning and night. I love the feel of it. Most eye creams either sit on my skin so I can’t put makeup on over them, or they are too thick to go on under my concealer and shadow. In fact I usually only wear eye cream at night for that reason.

But I liked this. It felt nice under my makeup, no conflicting products, or sticky feel. It didn’t cause my concealer to crease, and it didn’t sink in so quickly I felt like I hadn’t put anything on.

It does have a strong scent, but it doesn’t linger. I have incredibly sensitive and dry skin, and I had no problems with this product. I’ll be purchasing the full-size next time I go to Sephora.

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Neutrogena #BehindTheGlow

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The Allure Beauty Enthusiasts is a program I’ve been part of for maybe 13 years or so, since I got my first subscription of Allure magazine. I think I’ve been sent maybe 3 or 4 things to review in those 13 years, and 2 of them were from before twitter, facebook, and blogs! O.O Right?! There was a time before twitter? Say it ain’t so!

But my point was that I was really excited to see that I’d been sent a full-size container of Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel! Wow! This is a fantastic product! I’m not just saying that either. I’ve been very lucky to review primarily good products, and this is one of my favorites so far.

This face gel is very different from my normal Garnier face lotion. I have really dry skin, and I live in the desert, so it’s pretty rough on my skin. The Garnier is thick, and I like that. I only mention this, because the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel is the exact opposite of my normal lotion, and yet…I liked it!

It’s very thin, it’s a gel, and it makes my skin feel very…tight for lack of a better word. Full disclosure, I’m on my 5th anniversary of being 29 ;P so my skin needs all the help it can get! This Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel leaves my skin feeling light, and more youthful. That “tight” feeling I get makes me think my skin is less saggy and that it defies gravity. I found myself not needing a moisturizer to go over it, and I LOVE that I could apply my makeup immediately.

This product has hyaluronic acid, and it’s supposed to do amazing things to my skin. After 2 weeks, I’m feeling a suppleness I haven’t had in a while. So I guess it’s working, right?

I know that the majority of the country is covered in snow, but here in the desert, it’s already hit 80 degrees a few times, so I think I’ll buy the Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra-Dry Skin  next time.

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