For only $23, you’ll get $395 worth of products ... sounds like a better deal than the Sephora Sale to me
Spring cleaning season is here and it’s time to tackle the most lawless area in my entire home: my vanity.
Makeup and skincare are two of my primary vices. I grew up on celebrity beauty secret columns, in-depth skincare threads, and YouTube makeup tutorials. These days, I drink up Vogue Beauty Secrets episodes like they’re water and follow notable makeup artists on Instagram and TikTok for all the latest beauty trends.
Due to my obsession over the latest and greatest products, I used to stalk top sites for deals — turning on price notifications for coveted items and keeping a running tab of all the new things I wanted and how much they’d cost me. Obviously, I shopped the annual Sephora sale like it was a fulltime job. I’d have items ready in my cart days in advance and hit purchase right as the clock struck midnight when prices were slashed.
This year — however — I surprised myself by not buying anything from the Sephora sale. Yes, that’s right. I abstained from the annual ritual I participated in for years. But why? And more importantly — because I am not known for having iron-clad self-control — how?
I simply realized I didn’t need anything new. As the weather grows warmer and Spring awakens the urge to declutter and clean my home, I reacquainted myself with all the stuff I’ve hoarded. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve far too much of it.
Yes, I — like many — was seduced by the phenomenon of shows like Marie Kondo and The Home Edit. But rather than merely watching and forgetting, I actually put their principles to practice. And they improved my life tremendously — especially when it came to re-evaluating, editing, and downsizing the contents of my vanity.
I trashed products that had dried out or expired, gave away the ones which no longer suit me or work with my skin, and used up the almost-empties I’d been holding onto. The latter proved to be the most revolutionary. The feeling of finishing a product felt like such an accomplishment. And let me move on to fresh, uncharted products, guilt-free.
Since then, I’ve been operating with the “use it or lose it” principle. Instead of saving my favorite products for special occasions, or only half-finishing products before replacing them, I now enthusiastically enjoy my purchases. Using a fancy moisturizer or pop of lipstick makes an an everyday coffee run feel like a festive occasion. Plus, my nights are so relaxing — and even glamorous — now that I regularly apply my face masks rather than waiting for some big event to grant me permission.
Drastically reducing the glut of products in my vanity is super satisfying, especially since I know I’ll get my money’s worth out of them. Did I quit buying these products cold turkey? No-no-no. Like with any imposed restraint, I was more than aware that if I didn’t indulge my passion for products just a titch, I’d go off the rails.
A great alternative to constant shopping? The Allure Beauty Box. It’s the best of both worlds: a sampling of the most delicious beauty releases and doesn’t risk sending me into a spiral of overconsumption.
Stuffed with a delightful cornucopia of both sample sizes and full-sized goodies, the Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription that shares whatever’s buzzing in the beauty world for low stakes and a lower price.
For only $23, you’ll receive a total of 7 highly-coveted products (8 for new members) — delivered right to your door. Plus, their new member box is valued at $395 — our highest valued box this year. Subscribe now for a Spring refresh that keeps on giving.
Rather than spending my whole paycheck at Sephora, I get to indulge in my favorite hobby at an affordable price every month. The products I like, I get at a major discount. The ones I don’t love — which TBH rarely happens — I’ve gifted to my friends to their delight. This way I keep my clutter in check.
Now that the April Beauty Box is here, I can’t wait to make room on my vanity and try out the outstanding selection of Allure’s latest beauty finds.
Here are the selections I’m most excited about:
Everything I buy from OSEA immediately becomes one of my holy grail products. Their oils are hydrating and nourishing without being sticky or heavy. This hydrating oil is the perfect natural, clean beauty supplement for your skincare routine. OSEA’s calming blend of eight oils, including moisturizing jojoba seed and soothing geranium, offers skin-strengthening care.
This cult favorite has been saving hair since it first hit the shelves. Everyone who tries it knows that it’s an unbeatable refresh for tired hair. This mask works from scalp to tip, revivifying your tresses and conditioning like never before. Composed of rosehip oil for hydration, almond oil for shine, and vitamin B to help with damage from that dry Winter air. Its deep conditioning treatment hydrates softens, makes it frizz-free, and shiny. It will get your hair in shape and bring a smile to your face this Spring.
Every morning is an opportunity to start fresh. This overnight serum completely transforms your skin while you catch some Zs. No wonder one bottle of this smoothing nighttime treatment is sold each minute. The silky-smooth formula feels amazing and helps skin grow softer and brighter overnight. That’s thanks to the powerful antioxidant immortelle essential oil from the flower in Corsica.
Who can tell the good pimple patches from the bad? Making that distinction is critical to diminishing or intensifying your acne scars. Some low-quality pimple patches actually remove the top layer of skin when you peel them off — ouch! Some work by digging into your pores, which only aggravates your skin in the long run. But not the Mighty Patch! This nighttime acne patch is a safe, gentle solution for all ages and skin types. Composed of plant-based hydrocolloid – a natural fluid-absorbing gel. It’s medical-grade, chemical-free, allergy tested, and terrific for sensitive skin. Protect your skin from your absentminded picking while drawing out impurities and accelerating the healing process. Mighty Patch effortlessly gets the gunk out in only 6-8 hours, while shielding against scabs and scarring caused by that nasty habit you have — popping zits.
This natural sunscreen is a favorite of skincare lovers everywhere. Sunscreen is the most critical aspect of any routine. It defends against UV damage, premature photo-aging, fine lines, and sunspots. Not to mention it can help prevent skin cancer. This zinc-oxide-based sunscreen creates a physical barrier between you and the sun. Plus, its hydrating elements work to fight pigmentation and nourish it with antioxidants.