PLAY! By Sephora Review: July 2017

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

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! ūüôĀ

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

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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! ūüôā

This is my second Bobbi Brown mascara sample. I also have the Smoky Eye Mascara.  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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

<3 Natalie

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


POPSUGAR Must Have Review – March 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review! IMG_8912To receive fun boxes likes this each month, click here! IMG_8916The inspiration for the March box was renewal, citrus, spring break, fresh, and traveling. IMG_8917This card gives details on every item included in the box.

Box contents:

  • Bliss – Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment
  • Greenmarket Purveying Co. – The Archivist Lemon + Cucumber Reed Diffuser Kit
  • Samdura – Pink Pi√Īa Zip Pouch
  • Knock Knock – What to Pack Pad
  • Wet Brush – The Squirt
  • Halfpops – Halfpopped Popcorn

Special Extras:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – Roller Lash Mascara
  • Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional

IMG_8938Bliss – Micromagic Microdermabrasion Treatment – Retail Value $48

At first, I was a little skeptical of this product.  I looked at a lot of reviews online and the majority of them were very positive.  The negative reviews kind of worried me though.  I eventually sucked it up and gave the scrub a try.

I’m happy to report that it’s FANTASTIC! My face was so incredibly smooth when I got out of the shower after using it!

The directions say to only use it twice a week, so (as weird as this is) I’m pumped for when I get to use it again! IMG_8946Greenmarket Purveying Co. – The Archivist Lemon + Cucumber Reed Diffuser Kit – Retail Value $20

I’ve never use a reed diffuser before, but I’ve always thought they were pretty cool.¬† I decided to put this one in my bathroom.

I love the lemon and cucumber smell!¬† It’s very fresh and perfect for spring! IMG_8942Samdura – Pink Pi√Īa Zip Pouch – Retail Value $40

I like the size and color of this pouch!¬† It’s perfect for storing sunscreen and other larger items that have the potential to spill.

The POPSUGAR retail value is $40.¬† The pouch is nice but I would never pay that much for it.¬† It’s just plastic with a zipper not too impressive. IMG_8935 Knock Knock – What to Pack Pad – Retail Value $7

I love this notepad!¬† I always makes lists when I travel to make sure I don’t forget anything, so this is perfect for me!

I love the fact that there are blank spaces under each category. Those are perfect for adding my own items! IMG_8929Wet Brush – The Squirt – Retail Value $4.99

I was always told to never brush my hair when it’s wet, but because I received this brush in my box, I decided to give it a try.

Unfortunately, the brush didn’t work for me. I know that sounds odd, but it’s true.¬† The bristles wouldn’t latch on to my hair and brush though it. They just glided over top without actually brushing my hair.

My best friend, Kylie, has a Wet Brush and loves it.¬† I don’t know why it didn’t work for me though.¬† Weird! IMG_8934Halfpops – Halfpopped Popcorn – Retail Value $1.69

I’ve never had halfpopped popcorn before.

The flavor was good but the snack itself was odd. I don’t know how to describe it other than weird. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it.

This is one of those things that you just have to try for yourself! IMG_8926Special Extra – Benefit Cosmetics Samples

I love Benefit, so I couldn’t have been happier to receive these in my box!

Roller Lash Mascara

I first tried the new Roller Lash Mascara in my March Sample Society box, and I love it!

It works really well and doesn’t clump!

I definitely do not mind the repeat!

The POREfessional

POREfessional is a fantastic face primer that reduces the look of pores and smooths the skin.

I use it everyday and love it!

I’m always happy to have a travel size for whenever I go on trips! IMG_8920The March POPSUGAR Must Have box has a total retail value of $121.68!¬† That’s fantastic!

Out of the three months I’ve had POPSUGAR, this has been my least favorite month.¬† Oh well!

As with all subscription boxes, you’re going to like some months better than others!

What do you think of the March POPSUGAR box?! Bow signature pink

Ipsy Review – January 2015

Hi guys!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_7333It’s always a good day when I get one of these in the mail! IMG_7334 The January theme is “Fresh Start.”

I like the bag for January.¬† It’s plastic like all the others, but it’s a softer, nicer plastic.

My friend, Racheal, said that her bag smelled overwhelmingly of plastic.¬† I didn’t smell a thing even after giving my bag a thorough sniffing! IMG_7336I was surprised to see that this bag is a different color on the other side.

I prefer the blue side, but the two colors gives the bag an element of fun! IMG_7340Bag contents:

  • Nourish Organic – Renewing Eye Cream
  • (MALIN+GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm
  • Elizabeth Mott – All Over Shadow Brush
  • Bell√°Pierre – Shimmer Powder
  • Pacifica – Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow

IMG_7345Nourish Organic – Renewing Eye Cream

This eye cream was a featured product in the December bag as well as the January one.¬† I don’t understand why Ipsy would give out the same product two months in a row.¬† That just seems odd to me.¬† Thank goodness I didn’t receive this eye cream in my bag both months!

I have a lot of eye creams on my bathroom counter right now, so I’ll be throwing this one into the mix.

One difference I noticed between the Nourish eye cream and the other ones I have is that the Nourish one is a lot lighter and thinner of a cream.¬† I’m not an expert on eye cream, so I have no idea if that makes it better or worse than the others. IMG_7346(MALIN+GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm

I’m a huge Burt’s Bees chapstick fan, so I’m not used to the gel formula of this lip balm. That being said, the (MALIN+GOETZ) seems very nice.

The balm has a very subtle scent, which I like.¬† I don’t like it when my lip products have a strong smell.¬† I find that to be overwhelming!

I was surprised to see this balm featured in another beauty box this month!  Apparently more companies than just Ipsy thinks this product is great! IMG_7349Elizabeth Mott РAll Over Shadow Brush

I love to try out different makeup brushes, so I was excited to see this product in my January Glam Room!

I received a different eyeshadow brush in my September Ipsy bag, and I prefer that one.¬† It’s a duet brush that features both a shadow and a crease brush.

Even though I prefer the other brush, this one is still nice! The bright pink color is very fun! IMG_7352Bell√°Pierre – Shimmer Powder – Excite

This loose shadow powder has intense pigmentation!¬† That would be a great feature if the powder wasn’t shockingly white!

I have no idea when I would ever wear this shadow!  It is super white and super duper shimmery! Yikes!

Also, the packaging is different than what I was shown in my Glam Room. IMG_7359Pacifica – Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow – Treasure

Unlike the Bell√°Pierre Shimmer Powder, I like this eyeshadow.

I applied it all over my eyelid the other day, but I think next time I’ll just use it in the crease.

Ipsy offered two different shades of Pacifica eye shadow this month.¬† I would’ve preferred the other one, but this one is still good! IMG_7362I’m pretty happy with my January Ipsy bag!¬† How do you like yours?! Bow signature pink

Julep Maven Review – May 2014

Hi guys!!

I just got my Julep Maven box for May, and I’m super excited about it!!

What exactly is Julep Maven?!

It is a monthly subscription service that provides you with nail polish and various beauty products!¬† It’s only $19.99 a month and comes with free shipping! You can get your first box for free by following this link! There are tons of perks to being a Julep Maven!¬† Check out all the perks here!¬†

I’ve been a Maven for several months now and I absolutely LOVE it!!

Let’s get to my box!

ImageThis month’s box was a little bigger than usual to accommodate the products inside.

ImageThe first thing I saw when I opened my box was a thank you note from Jane, the Julep founder.

Several months ago, Mavens were asked to help crowdfund Julep’s Pli√© Wand, so Jane sent along a little note and a special polish to thank the Mavens that participated!

ImageHere’s a close-up of the thank you card.

Now let’s get to the good stuff!!


As usual, I got the Classic with a Twist box!

My box came with:

  • Three polishes (Two Classic with a Twist and a bonus It Girl)
  • Pli√© Wand
  • Pli√© Wand Precision Brush
  • An extra Pli√© Wand compatible polish cap
  • Promo code for 2 for 1 polish

ImageThis month’s theme is Fresh Twist!¬† All of the polish colors are refreshing and fun!


Maddy – Classic with a Twist – Raspberry sorbet shimmer

Ramona РClassic with a Twist РMuted lavender rose crème

Both of these polishes are Breathable nail colors.

Here’s a description of what Breathable polish is:

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 4.20.59 PMHere’s my bonus (thank you) polish!


Yumi – It Girl – Pink, silver, and holographic glitter.

I’m really into glitter polishes right now, so this polish is perfect!

DSCN1875Here is the much anticipated Plié Wand!

I’m very excited about this product!¬† I’m not terrible at painting my own nails, but every little bit helps!

I tried out the wand last night, and it was okay.¬† It was a lot easier to hold in my right hand (probably because I’m right handed huh?) than my left.¬† I’m sure it will get much easier after I use it a few times!

DSCN1908The last item in my box was this precision tip and extra polish cap, as well as some assembly instructions.

I also purchased two add-ons this month.¬† I got an email saying that those were going to ship separately.¬† I’ll post a review of those products as soon as I get them in the mail!

All in all, I’m very pleased with this month’s box!

Did you get the May Maven box? What do you think of the Plié Wand?

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