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The May 2023 Allure Beauty Box

I’m very much into zhuzhing up my look — and my complexion — for the sunnier, warmer months ahead. But I don’t suddenly have a million more hours in the day, so my beauty pick-me-ups have got to deliver fast and well. That’s where this month’s Allure Beauty Box comes in: The glow inducing, dark spot-eradicating serum from Sunday Riley makes me feel and look bright and fresh, while Refy’s clever brow pomade and Uoma’s creamy lip liner play up my features to give my makeup instant panache. And when the unexpected pimple — or totally expected greasy roots — creep up, I’ll be ready with Hero’s patches and Eva NYC’s dry shampoo, both go-to favorites of multiple Allure editors. - Elizabeth Siegel, Allure Deputy Beauty Director

New Member Gift: Christophe Robin Daily Hair Cream with Sandalwood (full size)

Why you’ll love it: This silicone-free leave-in conditioner is the antidote to frizz that pops up on rainy days or, you know, any day. It smooths flyaways, even on air-dried hair, without flattening roots, thanks to its mix of hydrating ingredients like glycerin and apricot kernel oil and light creamy texture.
How you’ll use it: Run a dollop through damp hair or over clean, dry hair to smooth frizz and get a boost of shine.

Sunday Riley B3 Nice 10% Niacinamide Serum (full size)

Why you’ll love it: Unlike a lot of other potent antioxidant serums, B3 Nice doesn’t have an off-putting smell — rather, it doesn’t have any noticeable scent. Its milky texture feels oh-so-comforting on skin, dries down almost immediately, and doesn’t pill under moisturizer. Within a month, Allure’s Jennifer Hussein saw dark spots along her hairline and around her mouth fade completely and says it transformed her dull, vampire-like complexion into a glowing one in as little as two weeks. “It’s the closest you can get to an eraser for skin’s dark spots and it gives you a diamond-level glow,” she says. Basically, it’s a skin-care miracle worker in a bottle, thanks to niacinamide (which evens skin’s tone and smooths its texture) and antioxidant EGCG from green tea.
How you’ll use it: This serum can be used day and night. After cleansing, simply apply, seal in moisture with a face cream, and you’re good to glow.

REFY Brow Pomade in Light, Medium, or Dark (full size)

Why you’ll love it: On one side of this dual-ended wand you’ll find a potted pomade for filling in brows and on the other a supersoft angled brush to apply it with. The unique texture of the pomade and its sheer tint give you fuller, bolder brows — and you can choose your shade from one of three shades (Light, Medium, or Dark). The formula sets quickly and once it does you’ve got defined arches for the rest of the day and night. This stuff even lasted on one editor when she was caught in the rain.

How you’ll use it: Dip the brush into the pomade and a few sweeps through your brows are all it takes to fill them in. The brush tends to deposit a decent amount of pigment wherever it first touches down, so start on your arches (where you want the deepest color), or if you’re going for a more natural look, do a swipe on the back of your hand first.

Uoma Beauty Badass MF Matte Filler Lip Liner in Ross (full size)

Why you’ll love it: Lip liner just may be the most underrated makeup product: Most people skip the step if it’s not a special occasion, but the 30 seconds it takes to apply can make a world of difference. Uoma’s lives up to its exuberant name: It’s perfect for creating a crisp, clean look; gives longevity to any lipstick or gloss you swipe on top; and it prevents your lip color from traveling outside the line as the day goes on. The formula is easy to apply — there’s none of the typical tugging that can make it difficult to create a smooth outline on your lips — and the neutral pink shade works so well with any skin tone or lipstick color. “This lip pencil is deliciously creamy, so it’s easy to outline and fill in your lips,” says Allure’s Kara McGrath.

How you’ll use it: You can use the pencil to trace and slightly reshape your lip line and then fill in your lips before applying lipstick or gloss. The color is so pretty, we also love to layer it under clear gloss.

Eva NYC Freshen Up Invisible Dry Shampoo

Why you’ll love it: This spray checks every dry-shampoo box you want: It adds volume without feeling like anything is in your hair and it doesn’t leave behind a visible residue, which has made it a favorite with blonde and brunette editors alike. It’s an easy way to refresh your style on day two or three, so you can eke out a little more time from each shampoo.

How you’ll use it: Shake the can and spray it onto your roots from about a foot away — and enjoy the time you just saved by not shampooing.

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch - The Original

Why you’ll love it: Sometimes, there’s no stopping a pimple from appearing — but these Allure Best of Beauty-winning hydrocolloidal stickers help heal blemishes overnight. “After I peel it off, my skin is less inflamed and irritated, and signs of redness are significantly reduced, without any dryness,” says Allure’s Paige Stables. “In short: It’s a clear choice.”

How you’ll use it: Stick one onto a pimple before bed and remove it six to eight hours later, after the clear sticker turns white.

Kibon Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask (full size)

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