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July 2015 Allure Beauty Box

Another month of awesome products with the July 2015  Allure Beauty Box!!!

What’s the Deal: For $15 a month, Allure sends you 5 deluxe size beauty samples, a mini magazine about the samples and usually some type of coupon. I figured that was a decent deal for 5 deluxe samples!  I pay for this on my own, and all opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post, a girl just likes to talk beauty sometimes, ok?! You can see last month’s box here.

I would like to make a note that this is the SECOND month that they have double charged my card. WTF Allure??? I know it is only $15 but that is not ok. This is only my forth box which means half the time they have double charged me. They put the money back on their own, but that is not a good ratio.

July 2015 Allure Beauty Box

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer (full size $27)

Bumble & Bumble Haidresser's

What it is: A multitasking protective spray that you use before your heating tools to protect, condition and smooth hair. You all know that I have baby fine hair, and this stuff makes my hair look awesome without weighing it down! I feel like it feels smoother, has a little bit of a shine and it smells good! Did I mention it is probate free?

My Thoughts: I love this stuff!!!!!! I was pretty loyal to Chi’s heat protective spray for the last several years but this stuff is a whole new level of awesome! I highly recommend this and will be using this from now on!

Oscar Blandi olumizing Dry Shampoo (full size $25)

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 What it is: This is a dry shampoo that is supposed to boost volume without a trace. The smell is sort of lemony and the spray consistency is great. I will say, I could not see the white overcast that you usually get with dry shampoos in the least bit, so that is huge!!! I don’t really know about volume though? My hair is so flat and fine not much helps me in that department.

My Thoughts: I have tried so many dry shampoos out there. SO MANY!!!  My favorite is hands down Batiste. It just works the best as far as keeping my hair looking clean and I like it’s scents the best also. If you have a serious issue getting rid of the white overcast  from other dry shampoos, I highly recommend this Oscar Blandi one…otherwise…I like Batiste better and it is way cheaper.

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 (full size $28)

Supergoop! setting spray

What it is: This is a three-in-one mist that is to set makeup, helps control oil and shine, and protect against the sun with SPF 50. It has a rosemary and mint scent to it, which much reminds me of something you would smell at a spa and I find that uplifting and enjoyable. I will say that there is a little sting in the spray, which I guess is the mint? It only stings for a second. This is paraben and sulfate free.

My Thoughts: Other than a weird name…Supergoop?? My skin is super oily in the summer, and right now down here if you walk outside for more than a second you start sweating. So it is under harsh conditions that I am testing this. I think that as far as make up setting goes, it works just as well as other sprays that I have had in the past. I do really appreciate the SPF 50 for my fair, easily burnt skin!!! That is a major selling point with me! I am on the fence as to whether I will repurchase, but I think it is worth a try for those in the market.

Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring(full price $16)

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What it is: This is supposed to be a unique band that does not leave a crease in your hair after being in a pony tail, and claims to not drag or pull on scalp. It has a smooth metal free, soldered finish will not snag, cause breakage or hair loss.

My Thoughts:Well, it holds my hair well, but I am not sure I really like the look of these in my hair. A plastic slinky looking thing? It makes me feel like a child. Plus, my hair is super thin so everything leaves a crease. EVERYTHING. These are no different. I might see if my 11 year old niece wants them. Also, $16???? Sorry…there are so many things I would rather spend $16 on than some hair ties that I will either lose or they will stretch out or break eventually. You know?!

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length Mascara (full size $26)

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What it is: Mascara that stretches lashes for maximum length and volume.

My thoughts: This mascara is a great option for those who have a difficult time with clumping. The brush is so short and small that you really have to work to build….which is both good and bad. Bad because it takes longer, but good because there is absolutely no clumping. It has great reviews on Sephora and other websites and is worth a try if you are in the market for mascara. I liked this one and would consider purchasing it again.

Here is a blurry picture of the length it creates for my nearly non-existent lashes! This is before I put on any concealer or foundation…so pay no attention to the dark circles and uneven skin tone.


Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II(full size $65)

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What it is: This is an eye serum that you can use up to two times per day to to reduce the look of  visible signs of eye aging: fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skintone. It also claims to be intensely hydrating, which it is not. Not even a little. I will say that my skin seemed a little brighter and smoother around my eyes though.

My Thoughts:While this eye serum wasn’t horrible and did have a few benefits, I didn’t love it. Certainly not for the full price!!! Plus, I had to make sure I used extra moisturizer around my eyes because I felt like this was drying.

Do you have an eye serum you love?? Still looking for my holy grail.


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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine July 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Note to Allure, do not mess with Nadine. Shame on them but the box does rock!! Except no go on the plastic slinky. I’ll stick with my Goody $2.99 pony tail holders in matching hair color. Ha! My holy grail of eye creams is Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. Here’s the link as I cannot find it in stores. It’s cheaper than Estée Lauder and I love it!!! Have an awesome day!!

  • Reply Laura July 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    That’s gotta be the best box out there! You’ve got me wanting to try that Bumble and Bumble stuff! Also, agreed on the hair tie things. Plus they didn’t even not leave a crease. Boo to false claims.

  • Reply Julia @ Grace Makes New July 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I got that Bb Hairdresser Oil in my Birchbox but haven’t used it yet, now I’m even more excited to try it! Yeah those hair tie things look like something I would have worn in middle school, I don’t blame you for not liking those!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph July 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Yikes. I do not like those slinky hair things. I love BB products!

  • Reply Kelli July 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

    That’s a great deal for all the stuff you get! I need some dry shampoo in my life!

  • Reply Helene in Between July 30, 2015 at 11:05 am

    that hair ring is interesting- that’s for sure! I love oscar blandi products- they are just so expensive!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter July 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Bb is the JAM! I love their products! For dry shampoo I always use Pantene. It smells great, leaves no white residue and is CHEAP. Have you tried it?

  • Reply Tracie July 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I’ve seen those weird hair ties and wondered why when people started using key ring holders to tie their hair back! I really like the OB dry shampoo, just for the scent & no residue, but I like their texture spray waaaaay better! I can usually find it on clearance at kohls for way cheap, then use a coupon.

  • Reply Tracy July 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    That seems like such a good deal for only $15. This is the first subscription box I’ve seen that has both a reasonable price and products I think I’d actually use. I love the idea of that setting spray! I usually get my spf via my moisturizer but having it in a setting spray seems genius!

  • Reply Mattie July 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Those plastic hair ties are so weird…they’re like those keychain things. I’ve never tried a makeup setting spray but I’ve been wanting to buy one…preferably at a drug store price. I’ve also always wanted to try Bumble & Bumble (& Morrocanoil, and allll the expensive hair brands) but the price tag scares me away! Batiste is my favorite too. I have a little bit of white residue from it sometimes, so I think I’m going to buy the one made for brunettes next time.

  • Reply kristen July 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    those hair things are ridiculous. no thanks. lol. i love Batiste as well. and wtf with them charging your card. if they did it again, i’d cancel. eff that noise!

  • Reply Biana Perez July 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    That heat protecting spray is exactly what I’ve been looking for – I need to find it at Sephora!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Pamela July 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I had been wondering about those hair ties! I have super thin/fine hair so everything leaves a crease in my hair too! Glad to hear you werent a fan before I went out and bought them. Not going to waste my time then. They look like those key chair things so Id feel weird with them in my hair too, unless they actually worked lol!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista July 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    This box is fabulous! I’ve been wanting to try out that Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil, all of their products are amazing 😀

  • Reply Lindsay T. July 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    that mascara! AHH and so many dry shampoos to choose from. I am curious about the sunscreen too!

  • Reply Kay R. July 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    The mascara looks good. I hate clumping so this would be good for me!

  • Reply July 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

    you got some good stuff, but that’s lame about the double charge! i received those hair thingies for, but never put them on the blog because they are ridiculous. i don’t get it. glad to know i’m not missing something. it’s like an old handheld phone cord!

  • Reply Duckie August 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Bumble and Bumble is a really good brand, all their products are awesome. That hair tie is pretty funny though because I have one that’s pink with pineapples on it that I use as a bracelet. My daughter came home with it and told me that it’s for hair but when I put it in my hair it didn’t work for me. It was too loose and when I tried to take it out it got caught. And yeah, definitely not worth $16 at all.

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