Goodbye Sample Society, Hello Allure Beauty Box

The other month, Allure announced that the Sample Society subscription box as we knew it would change. It was going to be rebranded as the Allure Beauty Box and would no longer be sent out via Beauty Bar. While I do miss being able to log into my Beauty Bar account and sneak a peek of the samples, I have to say I was pretty pleased with the contents this month!

July 2015 Allure Beauty Box Sample Society

I go through a lot of dry shampoo, like a lot of it. Because of that I’m always really happy to get the deluxe samples in my subscription boxes, especially ones I haven’t had the chance to try out yet. Unfortunately, because I love love love the Oscar Blandi‘s Texturizing Spray I had high hopes for their Volumizing Dry Shampoo, which ultimately fell flat. Not only did it not perform as a dry shampoo, it did not add any volume in the slightest. Boo.

As I’ve previously gotten this as a travel size from Sephora, I already know that I really like the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Primer Spray as a heat/UV protectant. Not only do I like the actual formula, but the packaging is awesome too. It’s the perfect size for travel, and the spritzer part has great distribution (eg fine mist that doesn’t put too much product in one area) plus doesn’t gunk up. I end up keeping the bottle once it’s empty and reusing it for my gym bag / carry on.

A lot of my favorite foundations don’t provide SPF in the formula, so the idea of a setting spray that’s refreshing, will protect my skin and my makeup, is awesome. The Supergoop Setting Spray has broadspectrum SPF 50, plus it smells absolutely wonderful. I was afraid the rosemary might sting a bit since some of the reviews I read noted it wasn’t the best for sensitive skin, but I didn’t have any issues at all. Not the hugest fan of the bottle, but overall like the product.

These may not be the most conventional hair ties, Invisibobbles have great hold and while they don’t leave my hair completely kink free all the time, they are leaps and bounds better than what I’m used to. That being said, they do stretch out just like other hair bands tend to do, so you will have to wrap them around more and more the longer you use them. I wouldn’t say they’re overrated because I really like the product, but think I’d feel better loving (or rather repurchasing) them if they were a little more economically priced.

I am very particular about the mascaras I like. There are only a few that I really love, leaving a lot to fall into the meh category. The Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara is one of them. It performs well, but the formula is a little wet for my taste and my lashes all ended up stuck together by the end of the day.

In direct contrast with the mascara, the Estée Lauder Eye Serum is pretty stinkin’ awesome. Then again, if anyone knows how to make a good under eye product it’s them. In general I’m a big fan of their Advanced Night Repair line. The formula absorbs pretty quickly and doesn’t leave a residue. I really like that the main ingredients are hyaluronic acid and caffeine – meaning it’s super hydrating and good at depuffing undereye baggage.

You can find the Oscar Blandi Pronto Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray here (well that’s a mouthful), Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Primer Spray here, Supergoop Setting Mist here,  Invisibobble Hair Rings here, Estée Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara here,  and the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum here.

What did you guys think of the switch over from Sample Society to Allure Beauty Box?


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  • I’m so curious to try the invisibobbles! They look so strange but I saw a hair tutorial recently that used them so of course now I want to try!

    She Likes to Shop

    • It really reminds me of the old coil phone cords for landlines, who would have thought they’d have a great grip for fine hair to boot! Haha.

  • Oh I just love supergoop! Their stuff always smell so good! I’ve seen the setting spray before and been wanting to test it out.

  • this looks like such a good selection! will definitely have to look into this box, for sure. i’ve heard tons of things about oscar blandi.

    brooke | brooke elise

    • It’s $15 a month instead of the $10 for Birchbox, but I’ve never really felt I’ve gotten less than twice the value. I was a little nervous about the rebrand, but hopefully things will stay just as good if not better for next month too [=