June 2015 Allure Beauty Box – review

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This month’s Beauty Box curated by the beauty editors at Allure has everything you need to get read for the beach/pool. For $15 you get six products, plus a 50% off coupon for your first custom home hair color from eSalon.

St. Tropez Self Tan Express – custom your tan by washing it off earlier or later, depending how deep you want your tan to be.

eSalon Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner – a leave-in to use post color.

E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush – This stout brush is to be used for stippling – a process that makes your face look airbrushed. I can be used with cremes, liquids and powders. Buying an E.L.F. brush is always a good way to test a new brush type.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in Polo Lounge Punch – nice color, missing all the bad stuff and its vegan too!

Completely Bare Wax Strips for Face, Bikini and Body – I have seen these in the store and wanted to try them. Completely Bare
are made by former Housewife of New York City, Cindy Barshop. The wax is strip is on fabric instead of plastic like most drugstore  wax kits. I love these, they are easy to use, can be reused and are effective.

Cotz Face Sunscreen SPF 40 in Natural Skin Tone – this SPF goes on very light and tints the skin just a bit. Perfect for running errands without makeup.

This is the last month Beauty Bar is managing the beauty boxes. Beginning in July the boxes will be shipped by Allure. Boxes are priced at $15, including shipping.

 

Give your face a lift at home with Roloxin

For most people a surgical facelift is a) too much money or b) too scary.  But a new topical mask called Roloxin can give your face a lift, reduce wrinkles and reduce pores without  you having to go under the knife.

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All you have to do is rub the packette to activate the product and then smooth it all over a clean face. You can put it right up to the lash line (unlike most masks). It smells like cake *bonus* and did not irritate my sensitive skin. After a couple of minutes the mask will start to firm up. After 10 minutes, you wash it off and apply a moisturizer. My favorite is the time-tested, hyaluronic acid filled Olay Regenerist. I did feel like my skin is firmer and my lines look smaller.

Given the cost, I would probably just use this for a special event. I did find a link on Facebook (which I used) where you can get two treatments free, otherwise the cost is $110 for 10 packettes.

An easy full body self-tanning treatment shipped for free

The Tan Towel is a single use towelette that you use to wipe on a full body tan. The company sells a full body towelette that you can try at HSN.com for $6 with free shipping.  It can be used on the face and the body to give you a tan without the sun.

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Tan Towel Plus, $6

There is also a half body version available for $3 , with free shipping. This is a great way to try before you buy them in bulk and perfect for your next event or that first day on the beach. Hop over to HSN.com before the offer is gone!

Remove your makeup the Earth Day way with Neutrogena

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Makeup removal can be messy and wasteful. Water, cleansers and eye makeup remover can take a toll on the environment and your face.  The Neutrogena naturals line has a purifying makeup remover cleansing towelette that removes all your makeup without wasting any water.

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I got the chance to try them through Influenster‘s vox box program. They removed all my makeup including eyeliner, mascara and glitter without irritating my skin. I usually have to use special sensitive eyelid wipes but these were gentle enough for my eyes. You don’t have to rinse off after, but you can if it makes you feel uncomfortable. They retail for $7.99 for 25 wipes, similar to pricing on other makeup wipes. You’ll probably end up saving money if you replace your cleanser and makeup remover with these wipes.

Ageless Foundation changes packaging and formulation

One of my favorite anti-aging supplements and SeroVital dopplegangers, has been revamped.  Ageless Foundation’s Ultra Max Advanced Rejuvenation Formula has changed the overall design of the package, making it sleeker and more modern.

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In addition to the packaging, the ingredients were also changed. The new packet has 1,623 mg less of the Alphatrophin complex, which is about 17 percent less. The pricing is still the same. I sent an email to customer service to see how this changes the dosing schedule, but I have not received a response. I am not sure how this formula stacks up to SeroVital hgh because SeroVital doesn’t specify amounts, only the ingredients. I didn’t notice the change until I was almost finished with the box, but I did feel like it wasn’t as effective. That could be from the change in seasons, allergies, etc. I am going to give it 90 days before I make a final conclusion. Even still, Ageless Foundation is way cheaper than SeroVital. Your other options are the even lower dosage Ageless Foundation Ultra Max Capsules or actually buying the individual ingredients.

It sells for $59.99 on the company’s website, but I have got it for around $35 at sites like AllStarHealth.com and Amazon.com. If you want it right away, try visiting your local The Vitamin Shoppe, it seems like they always have it in stock.