Somehow the fates were with me when Allure announced their Winter Beauty Thrills Box around Thanksgiving. Try though I did, I missed out on the last couple of boxes. But I had my finger on the trigger ("Enter" button) and lucked out with this one. They must have stocked more boxes since they lasted a full four seconds before selling out this time!
The reason for all the fuss is that the Allure Beauty Thrills Box contains an enormous quantity of full size beauty products. Most of these are drug store brands but they do reflect current trends and new products. Typically the boxes contain hair, bath and body, makeup, nail and skin care products. The cost of the box is $49.94 plus $10.00 for shipping. I believe I was also charged a state sales tax making my total around $64.00. As you'll see, that was a huge bargain.
At 12 lbs. and 24 full size products, this is the biggest box I've received all year.
As you might expect, Allure does magazines well! There is a really nice mini magazine with color photos and a description of each item.
Since you're probably familiar with most of these brands and products and I don't want this to turn into the Beauty Thrills Box book, I'll just group the products by category and show approximate retail prices. First are the hair products; there are a LOT of them in this box!
Clear Scalp & Hair Total Care Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner - $5.49 & $5.49
Rusk Working Spray Flexible Hairspray, Medium Hold - $19.00
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Argan Styling Oil - $6.79
Aloxxi Salon Color & Care Volumizing Whip Conditioning Mousse - $18.00
Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shine Hair Oil - $2.99
Clairol Herbal Essences Naked Volume Shampoo - $4.49
Redken One United All-in-One Multi-Benefit Treatment - $22.00
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo - $5.99
One 'n Only Island Essentials Awapuhi Intensive Treatment - $10.49
Next are the cosmetics -
e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator (Clear) - $3.00
e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in "Bordeaux Beauty" - $3.00
Touch In Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base - $24.00
Sonia Kashuk Tools No. 28 Medium Eye Shadow Brush - $10.79
Just one nail product -
Jessica Custom NaAil Colour (Party Pink) - $8.40
Anti-aging and facial skin care -
Algenist Power Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum - $105.00 (No, I didn't make that up; check it out on Sephora's website; this must be serious anti-wrinkle stuff!)
Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Serum - $150.00
(Doesn't seem possible but see the Michael Todd site)
Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser - $9.99
Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes - $5.97
Bath and body care -
Dove Advanced Care Original Clean 48 hour Anti-Perspirant - $5.69
Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash - $7.99
Caress Daily Silk White Peach & Silky Orange Blossom Body Wash - $4.39
And last, we have a couple of dental care items -
Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste - $6.49
Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-In Whitening Pen - $15.79
If my calculations are right, that is a total retail value of $461.23! Can you see why snagging one of these boxes has practically become a blood sport? Even if you removed the two anti-aging products (total value $255.00), the box value is still $206.23....WAY more than its price! Any way you slice and dice the numbers, the Allure Beauty Thrills Box is an incredible value.
Unfortunately, there isn't any way to pre-order one of these boxes - THAT is the catch. This isn't one of those situations where you can just amble on over to their site, put a box in your shopping cart, then leisurely check out. When the time does come, you might need to take a day off from work or else let your boss know when the countdown starts on Allure's site. (You'll probably be in line for a raise if she scores one!)
I don't know when to expect the next Beauty Thrills box but I'm guessing it will be Spring, 2016. My best advice is to get on their mailing list and like their Facebook page (then stalk it). I will also make an announcement on the Lone Star Shopper Facebook page when the boxes become available.
And oh yeah....Happy New Year!
P.S. Be aware that Allure's Beauty Thrills Box is NOT the same thing as the Allure Beauty Box which is a true subscription box that costs $15 a month.
Disclosure: Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own. Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.