Sunday, July 20, 2014

Allure Sample Society July 2014

 A few months back, I decided to subscribe to Beauty Bar's Sample Society so I could have a new subscription under my belt. I was really enjoying it for the first couple of months, but shortly after I realized the boxes were very skincare heavy, and not always well curated. Even though it wasn't too expensive at $15 a month, I decided I would unsubscribe as the boxes were unexciting. 

Last month, beautybar.com had a huge warehouse sale of all their past sample society boxes. When that happened, I knew something big was coming! Allure has always partnered up with beautybar.com to produce these Sample Society boxes, but it seemed like it was more in name than anything else.
 Interestingly enough, Sample Society was completely relaunched this month, with an all new look and higher end samples! I just could not pass it up and had to get my hands on one!

 The great thing about the new Sample Society is that Allure has a bigger hand in what goes into the boxes now. The products included are must-haves straight from the editors of Allure. And look at how sleek the new boxes are!

 Each Sample Society box comes with a informational booklet that gives you more information and how-to's on each product. In the past, these booklets had little to nothing to do with the samples that were in the box. Now, there's a letter from the Beauty Director at Allure, explaining the sort of theme for the box. This month was called "Summer Love" and Patricia explained that these products were all about paring down and finding summer essentials that make your beauty routine simple and easy during the hot summer months!

 1. Laura Mercier: Matte Radiance Baked Powder in "Highlighter 01"
 This sample alone already made the box for me. I LOVE Laura Mercier, and I have been searching high and low for a highlight that doesn't make me look shiny and/or like I just slapped 8th grade shimmer on my cheeks. This highlight is so beautifully subtle. I just used my fingers to apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and it looks absolutely gorgeous. It really gives a natural "glow" which is exactly what I've been searching for. This could be a future holy grail product for me!

2. Butter London: Nail Lacquer in "The Old Bill"
 I'm not a nail polish fanatic like some people, but I definitely love me some Butter London. They may be my absolute favorite high end polish. I just find their bottles so chic and pretty! Not to mention their polish is fantastic! There were 3 possible shades that were all metallics: bronze, rose gold and a taupe-silver. I received the bronze shade and it's absolutely lovely. I think it is a great metallic for summer, but could also be used in Fall as well! 

 3. L'Oreal Paris: Extrordinaire by Color Riche Liquid Lip Color in "Ruby Opera"
 I am a girl who is not afraid of a good red lipstick. Even so, I know that red can be a little high maintenance, especially in the Summer. This L'Oreal liquid lipstick is kind of perfect and I have basically been living in this shade since I got this box. The Ruby Opera shade is a bright, beautiful blue-toned red, which is perfect for my pale skin. It has a light, fruity scent and a easy-to-use applicator. It's glossy, yet there's medium/full coverage. A quick swipe will give you a juicy red tone. Another swipe will give full on ruby color! This is so easy to apply and it really stays on for a long time without having to re-apply over and over again. There were 4 different color possibilities, and I am SO happy to have gotten this one!

4. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris: Aqua Universalis
 While I love myself a good perfume (I LIVE for Dior Addict!) I am never usually thrilled to get them in my subscription boxes as I am quite particular in regards to scent. The description of this scent is "A crisp citrus scent with a warm musky base. Sicilian bergamot and lemon, lily of the valley, mock orange blossom, musky woods."
It's hard for me to love a scent that isn't dark, musky and mysterious, but this one really is a perfect summer scent for me. It's bright and fruity but once it dries down it has a very light musk that is just perfection. It's super pricey so I don't think I'll be buying it any time soon, but I have tossed this little guy in my purse for those days when I forget to spritz on perfume!

5. Fekkai: PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque
I've tried Fekkai products before and I've always enjoyed them, but this one definitely stands out as soon as you open up the jar. It smells SO good! The info booklet says it smells like vanilla pudding, and I'd say that's a close description! This mask promises to give super shiny and soft hair. All it take is 5 minutes one a week. I'm also happy that it can be used on thinner hair (which I have) without making it greasy or weighed down. I cannot wait to try it out!

This July Allure Sample Society box is absolutely one of the best subscription boxes I've received at this price point ($15). Each and every one of these items truly fits their theme. I feel like I could wake up, wash my hair and condition with the Fekkai masque. Paint my nails with a gorgeous metallic polish, dust some highlight on my cheekbones and sweep some red gloss on my lips. Finish it off with a spritz of this perfume, and I'd be good to go to the beach for the day. The curation definitely screams "chic, yet quick summer essentials." I am thrilled with every single item. I am incredibly excited to see how this revamp continues to unfold over the coming months!

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