I have to admit, Allure really went all out for their first Beauty Box of 2016. Not only with the sheer number of goodies included, but also with the brand mix up. There were a few included that I’d never heard of before, as well as some well-loved favorites.
I really wanted to like Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant. I keep hearing how terrible aluminium is for you, plus the scent of Lavender + Sage is so much better than my go to deodorant smell. The main turn off for me is having to apply the product with my hand, or how my underarms felt damp all day. After just trialling it at work, I couldn’t imagine testing it out at the gym. I guess I will just forever be one of those girls who doesn’t get along well with natural products. That being said I’m sure the day drinking and all those grilled cheese sandwiches I made in Chem class back in the day will get me before the aluminum does. So I guess I’ve got that going for me.
I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. I really liked the Derma E Hydrating Night Crème. It smells fantastic, has a lot of great ingredients (vitamins A, C, E, Hyaluaronic acid…), and sinks in very nicely. All in all, no frills no fuss solid contender.
The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil was the first cleansing oil I’d ever tried out and it will always have a special place in my heart. It has the perfect consistency that isn’t too runny or oo viscous – it lets you get the perfect ratio of “grip not slip.” Not to mention how incredibly gentle and one of the few cleansers that can tackle my waterproof Guerlain mascara without makeup remover.
Considering that nail polish doesn’t last on my nails that long, I end up painting my nails a lot. Lately it’s been haphazardly without a base or top coat. #BadBlogger. Which also means I’ve been gravitating towards highly pigmented neutral polishes that dry quickly (and can take a bit of a beating). Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish is totally one of those polishes. Have I mentioned how cute their naming schema for their shades are? I pretty much want them all. But until then, Champagne Problems is one of my new favorites.
I feel like eye creams more than anything are one of those products where you can’t tell if they are working well, only if they aren’t working at all, or worse having completely negative effects. Erno Laszlo Transphuse Eye Refiner has a pretty nice consistency and soaks in really quickly. I’d solidly say that I like it as much as my Estèe Lauder one. Which is about as good as it gets coming from me.
This was the first time I’d heard of Skinn Cosmetics. Their Caviar Lip Cream in Ruby is an interesting beast. Words of advice, go into it expecting it to work like an incredibly pigmented lip oil. Because of course I applied it expecting it to work like a matte liquid lipstick. Not the case (HOLY TRANSFER BATMAN). So the only, but fairly notable con of this formula, is it’s setting power. It smudges, transfers, and smears. However, if you aren’t a mouth rubber and don’t mind reapplying it throughout the day, it is incredibly moisturizing. Plus, once I actually read the descrition of the product and gave it another shot, I liked it a lot better. And despite it’s gloss like sheen has absolutely no stickiness to it.
I’ve used a few Mally products before but hadn’t gotten the chance to test out the Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner yet. It’s a decent gel liner with a pretty shade. Not entirely sure why one end has a brush, but considering I’m awful at remembering to wash my brushes… I won’t complain about an extra one, as awkward as it may be. For the price though I think there are better liners out there of equal or better quality.
Shop this post: Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Lavender + Sage, Derma E Hydrating Night Crème, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish, Erno Laszlo Transphuse Eye Refiner, Skinn Cosmetics Caviar Lip Cream, Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner.