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ALLURE Sample Society | March 2015| Lighten Up


















Hello everyone, here is my March Allure Sample Society box.  Spring is definitely the time for lovely pastels.  I hope you enjoy this box as much as I did.  Thank you so much for watching. Eva


I received the following items:

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer, $18.00
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, $12.00 
Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray,$11.00
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm, $12.00 
Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Tahiti, $16.00

TOTAL VALUE OF THIS BOX: $69.00


ALLURE BEAUTY BOX

LIGHTEN UP

Happy almost spring! This is when I like to refresh my makeup bag and prepare for the bright, happy, flu-less months ahead.  I’ll replace the heavy-duty balm that I slathered on my chapped lips all winter with a light, minty one that’s loaded with vitamins and moisturizers; switch my daytime and night out mascaras for one that impressively does it all (side note: you should really toss your mascara every eight weeks because it harbors bacteria) ; buff the winter off my skin with a gentle exfoliating cream; and start working on my beach hair; because that weekend inTurks and Caicos is just around the corner.  This is the kind of spring cleaning I can get behind.


Patty
Patricia Tortolani
Contributing beauty director, Allure




ALLURE SKIN |

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

WHAT IT IS:  An anti-aging moisturizer loaded with organic ingredients

WHAT IT DOES: Brightens and smooths skin.

KEY INGREDIENTS:  Vitamin C(brightens); alpha hydroxy acids(exfoliate); peptides(firm); coenzyme Q10 and vitamin A(smooth fine lines); shea butter and jojoba(moisturize)

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS:  This cream has a faint yellow tint and smells a little like plastic(a bit of surprise since it has so many natural ingredients, but the scent is not unpleasant).  It takes a few seconds to rub in, but after that, it creates a pretty glow.

WHY WE LIKE IT:  After a long winter, we could use a little brightening, and this rich cream definitely made our skin softer and more glow-y.  The results improved over the course of a week, thanks to exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids.  One word of advice: Since the formula contains vitamin C, an unstable antioxidant, it helps to store it in the refrigerator.

PRICE: $45.00 for 2 Fl. Oz. $18.00 for .5 Fl. Oz./15 ML



ALLURE EYES |

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA

WHAT IT IS:  A mascara that lengthens, curls, and volumizes.

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:  This mascara is blacker and glossier than many others we’ve used, and its curved plastic wand and rubbery handle are easy to maneuver.

WHY WE LIKE IT:  The key to making lashes look full is to get more mascara on the base than the tips and this wand makes that a snap.  It has short bristles that you can really smooth into the roots without smudging mascara on the lids (so annoying), and the curved brush really hugs the lashes.  if you’re used to big, fluffy bristles that give lashes maximum volume, you might find these small and wimpy by comparison. In fact, they’re sturdy and they coat and separate lashes without clumping.  Since the mascara dries quickly, it doesn’t flake or smudge.


PRICE: $24.00 FOR 0.30 Oz. or $12.00 For this deluxe sample 



ALLURE HAIR |

OSCAR BLANDI PRONTO TEXTURE & VOLUME SPRAY

WHAT IT IS:  A dry texturizing spray.  

KEY INGREDIENTS:  VP/VA copolymer(provides hold); zeolite (absorbs oil) ; hydrolyzed keratin and wheat protein (condition)


HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS:  That depends on how you use it.  A light misting amps up volume all over, but you can also go to town for a mussed effect (the more you put on, the stiffer your hair will feel).  The scent is a little lemony, a little powdery the combination is slightly odd, but it’s faint. 


WHY WE LIKE IT:  A little of this goes a long way, so we like misting the formula all over dry hair and then tousling with our fingers for pieces texture with lots of body (on straight hair) or messy, sexy bends (on wavy hair).  A favorite trick you won;t find on the bottle: If you haven’t washed your hair in a day or tow or three aim this spray at the roots and then blow dry your hair upside down for a couple of minutes.  You’ll take care of the oil and add volume without dry shampoo’s mattyfying or gunkifying effects.  (You know what we’re talking about.)  In fact, this spray is basically undetectable the next morning, so you can go ahead and extend your style even longer.


PRICE: $24.00 for 4 Oz. or $11.00 for 1.5 oz. 


ALLURE LIPS |

MALIN + GOETZ MOJITO LIP BALM

WHAT IT IS:  A clear lip balm.

WHAT IT DOES:  While it doesn’t offer any SPF, it does hydrate well enough to treat chapped lips.

KEY INGREDIENTS:  Hydrogenated polyisobutene fatty acids (moisturze)

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS:  The colorless balm feels silky; the minty-lime scent is subtle.

WHY WE LIKE IT:  Malin + Goetz didn’t get the memo that hydrating balms are supposed to look goopy and trap hair like flypaper and that’s why we love this formula.  It’s barely detectable on the lips, except that it makes them feel incredibly soft.  (If you want to get all technical, that’s because fatty acids restore the lips’ moisture barrier.) That also means we can wear it under lipstick without causing the color to fade or smear.  One tiny complaint: This may have been the one time in our lives we wished a lip balm’s scent was more noticeable we’re crazy about the brand’s Mojito candle, but the delicious scent is far less prominent here.

PRICE: $12.00 for 0.20 oz. / 7 g



ALLURE MAKEUP |


CARGO ESSENTIAL LIP GLOSS


WHAT IT IS:  A sheer, moisturizing lip gloss that comes in 15 shades.

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:  The color is sheer and feels creamy, thanks to moisturizing jojoba-seed oil and vitamin E.  About half of the shades have shimmer, but the rest create only the slightest shine.

WHY WE LIKE IT:  Pretty much everything about this lip gloss is soft and flattering.  It’s beautifully sheer, making it easy to experiment with shades that we ordinarily wouldn’t be drawn to.  We love the peachy nudes (Tahiti, Tuscany) for sexy, pouty lips, and the reds and berries of the other shades (taupe Taos, bronze Umbria, lilac Stockholm) look unappealing in the tube, they’re surprisingly pretty on lips and pair well with smokey eyes.  All of them hydrate well for gloss they even softened up one tester’s chapped lips and because these are not high shine formulas, you can put them on without a mirror.

PRICE: $16.00 for 0.08 oz. 

~MAKEUP, OUTFIT AND ACCESORIES INFORMATION~

TOP: 
Target Women's Plus Size Long Sleeve Tee | http://www.target.com/p/women-s-plus-size-long-sleeve-tee-pure-
energy/-/A-15702802#prodSlot=large_1_11

PANTS:  
Target |  http://www.target.com/p/women-s-plus-size-ponte-legging-black-forever-audrey/-/A-17002610?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink

LIPS: 
NARS Cruella (top off) | http://www.sephora.com/velvet-matte-lip-pencil-P78834?skuId=792481 with MAC Toying Around Limited Edition  (underneath) | Dupe | BITE BEAUTY Crush|  http://www.sephora.com/cashmere-lip-cream-P381730?skuId=1575158

EYES: 
LORAC Pro Palette (let me know if you want a tutorial) |http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4500053

NECKLACE AND BRACELET:  
Bella Collection Triple Layer Small Textured Rope Chain Necklace:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/117333345/triple-layer-small-textured-chain?ref=shop_home_active_7 

Small Textured Rope Chain Bracelet:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/117079128/small-textured-gold-chain-bracelet?ref=shop_home_active_1

NAIL POLISH: 
Essie Urban Jungle | http://www.cvs.com/shop/beauty/nails/nail-polish/essie-summer-2014-nail-color-collection-urban-jungle-skuid-960894



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