PLAY! by Sephora Review: March 2017

Hello friends!

It’s always such an exciting day when my PLAY! by Sephora box arrives on my doorstep.  I can never keep up with the tracking for these boxes, so when they’ll arrive is always a mystery me.  I enjoy surprises though, so it’s all good!

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“The Gleam Team” is the theme for March!  Lots of shimmery, shiny products ahead!

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Sephora mixed it up a little with the illustrations in the March PLAY! BOOK.  I love the watercolors they usually do, but these illustrations fit much better with this month’s theme.

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Box Contents:

  • GLAMGLOW – GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
  • Benefit Cosmetics – Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
  • Josie Maran – Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm
  • Bobbi Brown – Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink
  • Living Proof – Full Dry Volume Blast
  • Chloé – Fleur de Parfum
  • Drawstring Bag

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GLAMGLOW – GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

In the PLAY! BOOK it says that illuminating moisturizers like this one are being dubbed “glotions.”  How funny is that?!  It definitely makes me chuckle! 🙂

I was expecting this product to be super moisturizing based on how moisturizing their THIRSTYMUD mask is.  Unfortunately, I’m not finding it to be very hydrating.

It smells fantastic though!  I can’t put my finger on what exactly the scent reminds me of though!  It’s sweet + sugary with a touch of fruit.  Yummy!

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Benefit Cosmetics – Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter

I’m a lover of all things Benefit, so I was pretty excited to find this product in my box!

I don’t do much highlighting in my makeup routine, so I’ll be using this bad boy as an eye shadow and inner eye highlight.

It’s a light champagne color that is perfect for everyday wear!

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Josie Maran – Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

I’m not so sure about this balm.  It makes my skin feel nice, but I don’t love the packaging.

The rose gold lid and clear pot are beautiful, but I hate sticking my finger in products like this.  When pots are super small, I always end up jabbing my finger in there and getting a ton of product stuck under my nail.  This is most likely just a personal problem and not something that everyone struggles with!

I’ll most likely end up giving this product to a friend of mine to enjoy!

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Bobbi Brown – Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink

I love the convenience of eye shadow sticks!  They make application so quick and easy.

This shadow stick is super similar in color to the Laura Mercier shadow stick that I received in my November box.  I’m okay with that though, because I love the rosey champagne color! I swatched the two side-by-side and gathered that the Bobbi Brown shadow has a tad more shimmer to it.

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Living Proof – Full Dry Volume Blast

I’m super low-maintenance when it comes to my hair.  I always air dry and rarely straighten it these days.

Since I don’t style my hair, this product is kind of lost on me.  I did a little test earlier and did see a little volume boost after spraying certain parts of my hair.

My mom does way more styling with her hair than I do, so she’ll probably end up with this product.

I’m a little reluctant to let it go though, because it smells absolutely amazing!

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Chloé – Fleur de Parfum

Those of you that read my reviews each month know that I am not a perfume person.  This month is no different.

I spritzed this perfume before writing this post, and I’m now regretting it.  The scent is a little much for me!  Whoopsie!!

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This month’s bag is very fun!  I love the neon-esque font they chose!  It works so well with the theme!

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This month’s box was okay for me.  It wasn’t the best but wasn’t the worst either.  I’ll definitely be using up the Bobbi Brown shadow stick and the Benefit highlighter though.

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the March box?

<3 Natalie

 

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: November 2016

Hi everyone!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived!

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I never received a tracking email for this box, so the arrival was a welcomed surprise! 🙂

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“Best in Glow” is the theme for the November box.

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So many great tips included in this month’s PLAY! BOOK!  I also enjoy watching the Sehpora unboxing video to learn even more tips and tricks!

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Box Contents:

  • COVER FX – Illuminating Primer
  • Laura Mercier – Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold
  • MAISON MARGIELA – ‘REPLICA’ Lipstick On
  • Caudalie – Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
  • Sephora Collection – Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink
  • GLAMGLOW – THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment
  • Drawstring Bag

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COVER FX – Illuminating Primer

I’ve been itching to try some new primers recently, so I was very pleased when I pulled this product out of my bag.

I loved the BECCA illuminating primer I received in my June box and ended up using all of it.  This COVER FX primer is fantastic, and I definitely see myself using all of it too!

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Laura Mercier – Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold

I’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but I love Love LOVE eye shadows, especially champagne, shimmer ones!  This shadow color is perfect for my everyday, natural look and the stick form is pretty handy!  Just a few swipes and I’m good to go! 🙂

I’ve used this shadow stick everyday since receiving my PLAY! box and will continue to use it until it’s all gone!

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MAISON MARGIELA – ‘REPLICA’ Lipstick On

I love this product packaging.  I think all the details on the front are super cute and rather informative!

I’ve worn the fragrance once and wasn’t in love with it.  That’s okay though, because I don’t typically enjoy wearing perfume!

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Caudalie – Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Before even trying this moisturizer, I was in love!  The pink bottle and the name “sorbet” were instant hits with me!

My skin is having some moisture issues right now, so I can’t form an honest opinion on this moisturizer.  I’m sure I’ll really like it when my skin is back to normal though!

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Sephora Collection – Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink

This lip gloss is super duper hot pink looking, so I was rather intimidated by it at first.  I assumed that it would look just terrible one me!

Surprisingly enough, the gloss is actually a sheer pink that’s very flattering!  I think it’ll be a nice color for spring and summer.  I live in Florida, so I will get some use out of it now, but don’t see myself using it in the winter months.

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GLAMGLOW – THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

I’m not a huge fan of face masks, so I wasn’t as excited to see this product in my bag as some people might be!  I take a shower right before bed, so face masks really don’t fit in with my nightly routine.

That being said, I did see in the Sephora unboxing video (linked above) that you can sleep in this mask and not worry about washing it off in the morning.  That sort of low maintenance application is right up my alley, so I will be giving it a go tonight!

I already promised one of my friends that she could have the mask, so I better not use too much tonight! 🙂

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This month’s bag is pretty fun!  I like all the product sketches and that they included the month of the box! 🙂

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All in all, I’d say that November was a pretty great box for me!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your November box?

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Ipsy Review – August 2014

Hi everyone!!

August has been a super busy month for me, so I haven’t been able to post as often as I’d like!  Hopefully, September will be a better month for crafts and blog posts!

I’ve been an Ipsy subscriber for three months now, and August is my favorite month yet!

Want to be an Ipsy subscriber?! Click here!!

DSCN2792It’s always a great day when I see this shiny, pink envelope in my mailbox!

DSCN2806August’s theme is “Beauty Schooled.”  It’s a cute theme for “back to school” time!

DSCN2800Here are all my goodies!!

  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Sheer Glo
  • GLAMGLOW – YOUTHMUD  TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT
  • Urban Decay – 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil
  • Coastal Scents – Shadow Palette Sample
  • Bee All Natural – Organic Lip Balm

I’m going to apologize in advance for my blurry pictures!  I don’t know what was going on with my camera, but it wouldn’t focus on the products.

DSCN2810Manna Kadar –  Sheer Glo

I’m not sure how much use I (or anyone else) will get out of shimmer lotion. 

DSCN2812GLAMGLOW – YOUTHMUD  TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT

I’m really excited to try this mask! 

My friend, Lindsey, loves all the GLAMGLOW masks and has been telling me to try them for quite some time!

I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I’m hoping to sometime in the next few days.

DSCN2841Urban Decay – 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil – Plushie

I love Urban Decay eye liners!  They are so smooth and have fantastic pigmentation!

Plushie is a smoky purple, so I’m not sure how often I’ll use it!  I’m still excited to get it though!

DSCN2827Coastal Scents – Shadow Palette Sample

Shadow colors (clockwise starting with the top left):

  • Peach Fuzz
  • Sea Spray
  • Sand Dune
  • Deep Viridian

I don’t like this sample palette at all.  The packaging is very plain and unimpressive, and only two of these shadows are useful to me. 

DSCN2833Bee All Natural – Organic Lip Balm – Grapefruit

I am absolutely addicted to Burt’s Bees lip balm, so I’m pretty excited to try this product! 

Bee All Natural definitely won’t replace my Burt’s Bees, but I’m more than willing to give it a try! 

The grapefruit scent is a huge plus! I’ve been wanting to try the grapefruit Burt’s Bees for a long time, and now I don’t have to go out and buy it!  (Yes, I know it’s not exactly the same, but it will do!)

DSCN2800The Urban Decay eye liner and the GLAMGLOW mask make this bag worth it for me! These two products make the bag worth over $30!

I also really love the makeup bag for August!  It’s festive, fun, and perfect for pencils in your backpack!

What did you think of your August Ipsy?!

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