PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

I wanted to test the October products for a little while longer this month, so I pushed back my review until the last possible moment!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

“Complexion Companions” is the theme for the October box! All of this month’s products (aside from the fragrance sample) are complexion-related.

This month’s PLAY!BOOK features an adorable “get ready with me” series full of tips and tricks to prepare your face for the day.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • Becca – First Light Filter Face Primer
  • Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • Laura Mercier – Translucent Powder
  • Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops
  • Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Skin Booster
  • Chanel – Gabrielle Chanel
  • Drawstring Bag

PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Becca – First Light Filter Face Primer

You know me well enough by now to know how much I love trying new primers!

This Becca primer is the prettiest shade of lilac and is very thin and lightweight. The primer is so light that I actually think the bottle feels half empty.

There’s nothing that excites me about this primer (aside from the color!) I don’t love it enough to by the full size, but I will be finishing up this little tube.

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Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in R230

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I pulled this foundation sample out of my PLAY! bag. If you watched my IG Story a few weeks ago, you can attest that I was very pleased!

One of the two foundations that I currently switch off between each day is actually Make Up For Ever Ultra HD. I’ve been using it for several years now and absolutely love the formula and the coverage!

Unfortunately, the shade I received in this month’s box doesn’t work for me. However, my PLAY!BOOK says that I can go into a Sephora store with my PLAY!PASS and get a sample that’s just right for me! (I wear shade Y235.) That is fantastic news!

Make Up For Ever – Ultra HD Skin Booster

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I put off writing this review for a week or so because I wanted to really get an in-depth feel for a few of the products. This skin booster was one of the products that I needed a little more time with.

My PLAY!BOOK says that this product is “a skin-perfecting serum that plumps, smooths, and hydrates your skin for flawless makeup application.”

I’ve used the skin booster several times and haven’t noticed any difference in my makeup application. I think this might be one of those products that just doesn’t work for me.

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Laura Mercier – Translucent Powder

A few months back, I went on a mission to find my new, favorite setting powder. I used the Urban Decay loose powder for years and LOVED it. Over the last few years, it’s become increasingly difficult to find. Because of that, I decided to abandon ship and find a powder that worked just as well but was easier to come by.

While on that mission, I tried the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.Β  I thought it was going to be my new favorite, but alas, I was wrong. This powder is a little chunkier and perhaps slightly more moist than I would like.

Eventually, I settled on the bareminerals Mineral Veil loose powder. Their powder is nice and fine and perfectly suits my needs.

Even though I didn’t find the Laura Mercier powder to be my favorite, I’ll still save this sample and use it in a pinch!

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Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

Cover FX drops have interested me for months now. I heard about their Custom Cover Drops at an in-store PLAY! event and have wanted to try them ever since.

These drops are slightly different but are still the same idea. All you have to do is add a few drops to your foundation and then apply to the areas of your face where you’d like a little highlight.

I’m not the best at highlighting my face. I usually stay away from contouring products, because I don’t want to accidentally make myself look like a clown! However, these drops were super easy to use! I’m going to save them for special events when I want to add a little extra glow to my face.

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Chanel – Gabrielle Chanel

You know by now that perfume and I don’t get along! πŸ˜‰

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Sephora is at again with the adorable doodles! ❀

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Sephora did a fantastic job this month of picking a theme and sticking to it!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your October box?

❀ Natalie


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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017

Hello, hello!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review! If you follow me on Instagram, then you might’ve seen the unboxing I did in my Stories last week. I’ve started doing “first impression” style unboxings over the last few months, and y’all seem to really be enjoying them! If you want to get in on the unboxing fun, follow me on Instagram!

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The October box came with a HUGE product information card! That must mean there’s tons of good stuff in the box, right? πŸ˜‰

“dreamy, slumber, sleep, de-stress, cozy, bedtime” are the theme words for the month. Once you see everything that came inside, I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that they rocked the theme this month!

Box Contents:

  • Lollia Life – Dream Perfumed Shower Gel
  • Patchology – FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels
  • Nature’s Bakery – Double Chocolate Brownie
  • Framebridge – $30 Gift Card
  • Perpetual Shade – Dream On Cotton Lux Sleep Mask
  • Jack + Lucy – Pillow and Blanket Set
  • Keurig – The Original Donut Shop Coffee K-Cup Pods
  • Aquaphor – Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray
  • Quaker – Overnight Oats

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017

Lollia Life – Dream Perfumed Shower Gel – Retail Value $22

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such pretty packaging! WOW! The navy and light gold foil are just incredible! I’m a sucker for packaging so you can bet this quickly became my favorite product from the October box.

Also, it smells fantastic!

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Patchology – FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels – Retail Value $20

A relaxation-themed box just wouldn’t be complete without some sort of mask!Β  I’ve received eye gels in past boxes and think they’re a funny product. You just can’t wear them without looking goofy! πŸ™‚

Even though they’re funny to wear, these are very nice! I’ve used one set so far and have no complaints! They stayed in place under my eyes without shifting, which is fantastic considering I was looking down and reading the entire time I wore them.

I’m going to save the other four pairs for when I’m feeling extra tired and want to give my eyes a little boost!

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SNACKS!

Nature’s Bakery – Double Chocolate Brownie – Retail Value – $1.49

Chocolate brownie? Yes, Please! I’m all about the chocolate snacks.

This bar didn’t taste bad, but I didn’t think it tasted like a brownie either. There was a different kind of sweetness to it that was unlike chocolate.Β  I just read the product information and it says it’s sweetened with dates. Perhaps that is the different flavor I’m tasting! πŸ™‚

Quaker – Overnight Oats

I’ve been wanting to try overnight oats for the longest time! There are SO many recipes on my Pinterest board that have gone unused. Probably because I’m extra lazy!

I love how easy this Quaker cup was to prepare. All I had to do was add milk, stir, and then stick it in the fridge. When I woke up in the morning, my oats were ready to eat!

I thought the Toasted Coconut & Almond Crunch flavor was a little sweet but still good. I think I would’ve preferred the oats hot but ended up eating them cold, because I didn’t see the heating instructions until they were almost gone. Whoopsie!!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017

Framebridge – $30 Gift Card

If you’ve been reading my reviews for any length of time, then you know how I feel about gift cards. I don’t like it when they are included in the “value” of the box because a lot of the time you have to spend your own money (along with the gift card) to buy something from the featured store.

I don’t have too many framing needs, so I don’t think I’ll be spending this.

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017

Perpetual Shade – Dream On Cotton Lux Sleep Mask – Retail Value $39

Sleep masks are one of those products that I’ve never tried but have always been intrigued by!

I love sleeping in pitch black rooms. I don’t want to be able to see my hand in front of my face. At all. You would think that would make me all about sleep masks, but I worry that sleeping in a mask will rip and break my hair when I toss and turn at night.

So far, I’ve slept with the mask one time. I put it on in the middle of the night when the moon starting peeking in my window. It didn’t seem to bother me at all, but I did wake up with it on my forehead. (I’m not sure if it migrated by itself due to my natural movements or if I moved it myself in my sleep)

The jury is still out on the sleep mask, but I will be keeping it next to my bed in case of a light/moon emergency!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017

Jack + Lucy – Pillow and Blanket Set – Retail Value $49.99

This little pillow and blanket set is perfect for traveling. The pillow is nice and compact, and the blanket is about the size of a beach towel. The ideal size to cover you but not bother anyone around you!

I haven’t been on any super long trips before, but I’m planning on packing this away for any long trips that might come up!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017

Keurig – The Original Donut Shop Coffee K-Cup Pods & Coupon

I don’t currently have a Keurig, so these K-Cups are useless to me right now. However, I believe I will be taking advantage of the (awesome!) 50% off coupon and picking one up soon!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: October 2017

Aquaphor – Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray

I’ve never tried an ointment spray before, so I’m not quite sure what to expect from it. I’ve chosen to save this until it gets a little cooler outside and my skins starts to dry out.

I may be mistaken, but ointment seems a lot more moisture intensive than lotion, so that’s why I think it’ll be great for the winter months.

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The total retail value of the October box (minus the gift card) is $132.48. That’s not bad at all!

As I mentioned earlier, my favorite item this month is the shower gel by Lollia! It’s so pretty and smells delicious!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the October box?

❀ Natalie

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PLAY! By Sephora Review: September 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

PLAY! By Sephora Review: September 2017

Hello, friends!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! Mine is shaping up to be a pretty good one! Starting it off with a PLAY! by Sephora review is always fun!

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“Fall Into Beauty” is the theme for the September 2017 box. Quite fitting since fall just officially began!

This month’s PLAY!BOOK is full of tips and tricks for transitioning your beauty/hair/skincare routines to fall. Lots of great tips this month!

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Box Contents:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
  • stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • DevaCurl – Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask
  • Laura Mercier – Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy
  • belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
  • Giorgio Armani – Acque di Gioia
  • Drawstring Bag

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Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

Y’all have probably figured out by now that I’m a lover of Benefit Cosmetics. I use their moisturizer every single day and one of their primers several days a week.

You probably also know that I don’t do much (anything actually) with my eyebrows. I have thick brows, so I never feel the need to fill them. Even if I wanted to, this shade of brow gel is a little too dark for me.

My sister-in-law has darker hair, so I’m going to see if she’d like to give this product a try!

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stila – Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Another thing I’m sure you’ve noticed is that I rarely wear eye liner. I have the hardest time applying it, so I usually only wear it for special events.

My mom uses this particular eye liner every day, so she’s happy to take this sample off my hands!

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DevaCurl – Melt Into Moisture Match Butter Conditioning Mask

One thing I do love? Hair masks! I discovered my love of hair masks in a POPSUGAR Must Have box many moons ago!

Because of their brand name (devaCURL), I always thought that all their products were for curly-haired girls. As a straight-haired curl, I don’t have much use for curly products.

I am happy (ECSTATIC, actually) to report that this hair mask is INCREDIBLE!! I’ve used it twice now and have been so impressed with the results. One of my good friends told me that my hair looked “the best she’d ever seen it” after I used this mask!

I worked a quarter-size amount into my hair after shampooing. I went about my shower (about seven minutes) and then rinsed and combed it through. I slept with it wet and brushed it the next morning. TA-DA! The best hair ever!

I will definitely be purchasing a full-size bottle once this sample is empty.

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Laura Mercier – Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy

Another thing I love? Lipstick! There’s just something about lip color!

I’m not sure if you can see it, but this lipstick has tiny shimmers in it. That scared me a little at first. I don’t particularly love glitter on my lips. However, once the lipstick is applied, you can’t really see the glitter! Woohoo!! That makes me very happy! πŸ˜‰

“Happy” is a warm fuschia color that’s quite fun! It’s bright, but I like it! I think this color is better suited for spring/summer instead of winter/fall though.

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belif – The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

One of my friends really likes this cream, so I was excited to give it a try. I’m always wary of breaking out when I try new moisturizers. Thankfully, this one agreed with my skin!

Although it agreed with me, there’s nothing super exciting about it for me. There’s nothing bad about the product. I just prefer my Benefit moisturizer.

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Giorgio Armani – Acque di Gioia

Another month. Another fragrance sample.

PLAY! By Sephora Review: September 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

The drawstring bag for September is super fancy and satiny. It’s a pretty color too! My sister-in-law took the last satiny bag, so maybe I’ll manage to hang on to this one for a bit! πŸ™‚

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September was a decent month for me! The lipstick is great, and I LOVE the hair mask!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your September box?

❀ Natalie


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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: September 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: September 2017

Hello, everyone!

My POPSUGAR Must Have box has arrived! Yay! Yay! My POPSUGAR and PLAY! boxes actually arrived on the same day this month. Talk about some serious happy mail!

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The September box has some fall-ish vibes with a darker color palette! I’m really loving it!

Box Contents:

  • Hudson + Bleecker – Bonjour Smartphone Wallet – Dusty Rose
  • Figs & Rouge – Hydra Prime Light Reflective Brightening Primer & Illuminator
  • Buji Baja by Hat Attack – Coco Flower Pin
  • Richer Poorer – Wool Striped Nora Sock – Charcoal & Black
  • Lipstick Queen – Black Lace Rabbit Cream Blush
  • Pipsnacks – Kettle Pipcorn

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: September 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Hudson + Bleecker – Bonjour Smartphone Wallet – Dusty Rose – Retail Value $47

I received some travel bags from Hudson + Bleecker in a previous POPSUGAR box and absolutely love them! I use the makeup bag from that set every single time I travel!

I have a lot of wallets, and I’m happy to add this beauty to the rotation. Inside it has four card slots, one longer, money slot, and a large, open space that will fit a cell phone, lipgloss, and a few other small items. Basically, this wallet will fit all of the essentials. Perfection!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: September 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Figs & Rouge – Hydra Prime Light Reflective Brightening Primer & Illuminator – Retail Value $45

Primer (along with mascara) is one of those frequent fliers in the world of subscription boxes. I’m not complaining though! I love that I never need to buy mascara or primer! πŸ™‚

I switch back and forth between illuminating and smoothing primers depending on the day. The Figs & Rouge primer looks rather dark when it comes out of the bottle but goes on very sheer. I’ve been using it for several days now and like the results. I’ll be using this primer until the bottle is empty!

 

Buji Baja by Hat Attack – Coco Flower Pin – Retail Value $17

This little, flower pin is just adorable! My winter coat is navy (and I don’t mix navy and black), so I need to figure out a cute place to pin this baby!

POPSUGAR suggests attaching it to your purse, coat (already ruled this one out), blouse, or bracelet.Β  I’ll have to see if it looks cute with one of my fall purses!

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Richer Poorer – Wool Striped Nora Sock – Charcoal & Black – Retail Value $22

SOCKS!!! I love socks! Especially wool ones! Living in central Florida, wool socks are hard to come by. We rarely have days that are cold enough to warrant wool socks. But you can bet that I’ll be wearing these bad boys on the cold days we do have! πŸ™‚

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Lipstick Queen – Black Lace Rabbit Cream Blush – Retail Value $25

Two beauty items in one month? Yes, please!

I love the Lipstick Queen color-changing lipstick from the May box, so I was super pumped to see a color-changing blush in this month’s box.

The blush starts out black and then turns to a berry shade once it’s been applied to your skin. The intensity of the berry is determined by your skin’s pH. I love beauty products that adjust to each user!

Since this is a cream blush, I ‘ve been applying it with my fingers. I’ve been taking my middle finger, swirling it around the compact, dabbing the product on the apples of my cheeks, and then smoothing it out with my other fingers. I also use a stippling brush to further smooth out the “edges” of the blush on my cheeks.

This berry hue is going to be just perfect for fall! Next, maybe POPSUGAR will give me a lipstick to round out my fall, beauty look! πŸ˜‰

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Pipsnacks – Kettle Pipcorn – Retail Value $4.99

You know what’s better than the POPSUGAR snacks each month? FULL-SIZE POPSUGAR snacks!! I absolutely love it when POPSUGAR sends a full-size package of their featured snack. That way, you can really enjoy the snack and figure out if it’s something you’d like to purchase again in the future.

You know what else I love? Kettle Corn! I love the sweet. I love the salty.Β  I just love it!

Also, that’s not a typo above. This product really is called “Pipsnacks” and “Pipcorn” because the corn is actually teeny tiny and pipsqueak size. So cute and fun to eat!

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The total retail value for the September box is $160.99! That’s pretty fantastic!

I love all of this month’s products and have already started using half of them. The other half I will begin using very soon!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the September box?

❀ Natalie


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POPSUGAR Must Have Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: August 2017

Hello, hello!

August isn’t QUITE over yet, so I have just enough time to sneak in my POPSUGAR Must Have review for the month!

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POPSUGAR celebrated their 5th anniversary this month, so this box is special to them and has a slightly celebratory theme!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box contents:

  • Pastel – Cheers Lacquered Tray
  • First Aid Beauty – 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask
  • Dogeared – Friendship Bracelet with Small Open Heart
  • Meri Meri – Gold Glitter Candles
  • Fringe Studio – Free Spirit Journal
  • Goodie Girl Cookies – Chocolate Chunk
  • Shoptiques.com – $25 Gift Card

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Pastel – Cheers Lacquered Tray – Retail Value $28

How adorable is this tray?! It reminds me a little of Kate Spade. I can see it on the classiest of bar carts or at a New Year’s Eve party!

I don’t know how I’m going to use this tray yet, but I know I will! It’s way too cute to go unused!! ❀

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First Aid Beauty – 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask – Retail Value $38

I’m always a little wary of face masks because of my sensitive skin. Surprisingly enough, this mask agrees with me! So far I’ve used it once and plan on using it again tonight!

The instructions say the mask can be used up to three times a week. Just to be on the safe side, I’m only going to use it one or two.

The mask is way thicker than I expected it to be. The gel texture is nice though. Very refreshing! It also has a slightly tingly sensation to it that I quite enjoy!

POPSUGAR Must Have Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Dogeared – Friendship Bracelet with Small Open Heart – Retail Value $34

This little bracelet is just darling. I don’t wear this type of jewelry too often though, so I’m going to save this cutie to give as a gift!

I’ve given POPSUGAR items as gifts in the past, and my friends always LOVE them!

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Meri Meri – Gold Glitter Candles – Retail Value $7.50

I think these might just be the prettiest birthday candles I’ve ever seen!

I turn 24 this year and these beauties are definitely going to be on top of my cake!! πŸ™‚

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Fringe Studio – Free Spirit Journal – Retail Value $16

If you know much about me, then you know that I love a good notebook! I have an extensive collection of May Designs and Rifle Paper Co. notebooks on my shelf right now! I am more than happy to add this rose gold beauty to the bunch!

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Look at the gorgeous rose gold pages! ❀

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Goodie Girl Cookies – Chocolate Chunk – Retail Value $2.95

You all know how much I love a good snack!

I devoured these bad boys (all eight of them) during the Game of Thrones series finale! I dipped them in some milk and went to town while rooting for Dany and Jon! πŸ˜‰

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Shoptiques.com – $25 Gift Card

I don’t typically use the gift cards that come in my POPSUGAR box. However, this month I actually am! Shoptiques is a website that sells merchandise from thousands of boutiques across thousands of cities.

Right now, I have a Lilly Pulitzer tumbler and some wooden cutlery in my cart. I’ll be pulling the trigger on that purchase as soon as I finish this blog post!

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The total retail value of the August box is $151.45. That’s not too shabby at all!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the August box?

❀ Natalie

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PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017

Hello, hello!

It’s always an exciting day when my PLAY! By Sephora box arrives! I do my best to avoid any and all spoilers each month. I love for my PLAY! and POPSUGAR boxes to be complete surprises! πŸ™‚

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The August 2017 box revolves around the Elements of Beauty.

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

This month’s PLAY!BOOK has an adorable periodic table of all the different ingredients that can be found in beauty products. It lists the ingredient, in which product(s) it can be found, and what it’s best for.Β  How neat is that? I’ve learned a lot from looking at this little table!

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Box Contents:

  • beautyblender – beautyblender micro mini
  • Clinique – HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo
  • Hourglass – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Shell
  • Korres – Golden Krokus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum
  • Alterna Haircare – CAVIAR – Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist
  • Burberry – My Burberry Black
  • Drawstring bag

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beautyblender – beautyblender micro mini

Beautyblenders are the best! I’ve been using the full-size one for years and love the way it applies my foundation. I was so excited when I pulled this little, cutie out of my bag!

Once you add water, the blender grows quite a bit. It’s still pretty tiny though so gripping it while applying your concealer is a little awkward! I’ll still be using it though. πŸ™‚

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Clinique – HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo

I’ve been using Clinique makeup for years. It’s actually the first real makeup I ever used! I have sensitive skin (as I’m sure you know by now!), so all their products work really well for me!

I haven’t used a mascara+primer product in years, so I wasn’t really sure about this product. Surprisingly (at least to me), I LOVE it!! The primer goes on really nicely and my lashes are long and soft after it’s all said and done. I will definitely be using this duo until the bitter end!

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Hourglass – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Shell

I’ve never used a stick foundation before, so I was quite intrigued when I pulled this out of my bag.

At first, I was concerned that the shade might be too dark, but I actually think it works well on me. I don’t, however, like how much product you have to use to cover your face.Β  I applied the foundation two times and still felt like I needed a little more for the right amount of coverage.

I think what I’m going to do is save this foundation to use as a concealer when I have a particularly stubborn blemish!

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Korres – Golden Krokus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum

I LOVE a good anti-wrinkle product, so I’m always pleased when I get them in my subscription boxes. Unfortunately, this serum isn’t for me.Β  After one use, my face broke out in lots and lots of places. Yikes!!

Because of that, I will have to find another home for this guy!

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Alterna Haircare – CAVIAR – Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist

I’m a big fan of Alterna hair products. I’ve been using their leave-in conditioner for many, many years now. I also love their heat protecting spray.

This product is for blow-dried hair (which I never do), so I gave it to my mom to test out. She likes it a lot! She has thin hair, so she often worries about the weight of the hair products she’s using.Β  This spray is very light, so it works really well for her. Also, it smells wonderful! πŸ™‚

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Burberry – My Burberry Black

If you’ve read any of my PLAY! reviews before, then you know I’m not big on fragrances. So there’s nothing new on the perfumeΒ front this month!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

The August bag is quirky and cute! I’m a glasses-wearer, so I appreciate the red specs! πŸ™‚

PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

August was a so-so month for me. I will gets lots of use out of the mascara and the beautyblender, but not so much out of the other products. That’s okay though. You can’t win them all!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your August box?

❀ Natalie

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017

Hello, Beauty Gurus!

It’s that time again! My PLAY! By Sephora box has arrived, so let’s dive on in!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

“Beauty Staycation” is the theme for the July 2017 PLAY! box!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

The July PLAY! BOOK includes lots of beauty and skincare tips for when you’re on vacation or just relaxing at home.

My favorite travel tip is packing your compacts with cotton rounds so the powder doesn’t break in transit! I’m definitely doing that the next time I go on a trip! A broken compact (spilled all over your pants) is guaranteed to ruin ANY day! 😦

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Here’s a look at the July PLAY! BOOK. The “How to use/How to apply” section is my favorite each month. Sometimes, I just really need to be told exactly how to use a product! Don’t you?

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • Bobbi Brown – Eye Opening Mascara
  • Fresh – Rose Face Mask
  • Briogeo – Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
  • Tarte – Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick – Set Sail
  • Caudalie – Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum
  • Clean Reserve – Sueded Oud
  • Drawstring Bag

Bobbi Brown - PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Bobbi Brown – Eye Opening Mascara

I love a good mascara sample! I’ve received so many since subscribing to my first subscription box that I won’t need to buy any for a long, long time! Sometimes, I still do though! πŸ™‚

This is my second Bobbi Brown mascara sample. I also have the Smoky Eye Mascara.Β  Between the two, I prefer the Smokey Eye.

As you can see in the photo above, the Eye Opening Mascara is very chunky, which makes it hard for me to apply. There’s very little space between the handle and the spooli, so it’s hard to coat all my lashes without getting some product on my face. I don’t imagine that would be a problem with the full-size mascara though!

Fresh - PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Fresh – Rose Face Mask

I love Fresh so trying their products is always fun for me!

I’m not usually a face mask person, but I decided to give this one a go! I’ve already used it twice now.

This mask has more of a gel texture, so it’s super easy to wash off without making a huge mess. I’ve been putting it on after I get out of the shower and leaving it on while I brush my teeth and clean my makeup sponge. So far, it’s working out pretty well.

Briogeo - PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Briogeo – Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

I’m a HUGE believer in leave-in conditioner. I use it every, single night!

I use conditioner for two things. One is obviously conditioning and the other is as a detangler. This Briogeo conditioner works wonderfully to condition my hair but doesn’t work so well at detangling.

I do think it’ll work pretty well after I use my favorite Briogeo hair mask though. I meant to try them together the other night but completely forgot until after applied a different conditioner!

Tarte - PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Tarte – Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick – Set Sail

I love Tarte lipsticks! I keep one in my purse (along with five other lip products!) at all times.

When I first saw the color of this lipstick, I didn’t think the dark nude shade was for me. However, after applying, I’ve decided that I love it! It’s a great natural, neutral shade for everyday wear.

Caudalie - PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Caudalie – Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum

I may only be 23 years old, but I’m a big fan of wrinkle cream! It’s never too early to start preventing wrinkles, right?!

I’ve been out of my usual wrinkle cream for a few weeks now (whoopsie!), so this sample couldn’t have come at a better time!

I love how this serum smells. It has a very earthy, planty scent like it came straight from the garden! Very nice!

Clean Reserve - PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Clean Reserve – Sueded Oud

Surprisingly enough, I like the way this month’s fragrance sample smells! I still probably won’t wear it though. Perfume wafting all around doesn’t usually end well for me.

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

How cute is this month’s gingham bag?! I am ALL about it!

“Glamp out!” is pretty cute too!

PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I’m pretty pleased with the majority of this month’s products!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your July box?

❀ Natalie


PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes