PLAY! by Sephora Review: October 2017

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

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!

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“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

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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.  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! 😉

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Sephora is at again with the adorable doodles! <3

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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?

<3 Natalie


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

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PLAY! By Sephora Review: September 2017

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

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! 😉

“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.

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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! 🙂

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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?

<3 Natalie


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PLAY! By Sephora Review: August 2017

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

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! 🙂

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The August 2017 box revolves around the Elements of Beauty.

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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.  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. 🙂

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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.  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.  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.  This spray is very light, so it works really well for her. Also, it smells wonderful! 🙂

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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 perfume front this month!

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

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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?

<3 Natalie

PLAY! by Sephora Review – May 2016

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to share my first PLAY! box with you!  I’ve been wanting this box for months and finally got my hands on it!!

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I love the striped packaging!  It’s so fun!

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Each box comes with a PLAY! BOOK and a PLAY!PASS that is good for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 extra Beauty Insider points with any purchase!  How awesome is that?!

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When the booklet is completely unfolded, there are details, tips, and tricks on each product featured in the box.

I love how there’s a little drawing of each product instead of a photo!  So cute!!

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The theme for the May box is ” The Forces of Nature.”

Box Contents:

  • Atelier Cologne – Orange Sanguine
  • Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial
  • Tarte – Lip Crayon – Latergram
  • Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! – Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Bite Beauty – Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Kimchi
  • Origins – Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement Masks
  • Drawstring goodie bag

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Atelier Cologne – Orange Sanguine

I’m very particular when it comes to perfumes and scents, so I don’t ever wear them.  However, I love citrus and like how this cologne smells!  I’m very surprised that I actually like the scent!

I’m going to go way outside my comfort zone and wear this cologne one day to see how I like the scent when it’s actually on me!

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Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial

I’ve been replacing my nightly moisturizer with this product for several days now, and I really like it!  The rose scent is pretty light and my face looks great after I use it!

My friend, Lindsey, really enjoys this product as well!  She purchased the full-size a little while ago, so I know she’s looking forward to receiving this travel size in her PLAY! box!

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Tarte – Tarteist Lip Crayon – Latergram

I love Tarte products, but I haven’t had a chance to try any of the products from their Tarteist line yet. So I was very excited to see this lip liner in my box!

The color is a very neutral mauve, and I think I will get lots of use out of it!  I actually own a lipstick from Bite Beauty that matches it perfectly.  The lipstick color is called “Latte.”

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Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! – Deep Conditioning Mask

I’ve never used a hair mask before, so I was quite intrigued by this product!  I used it in the shower last night, but I really didn’t notice any difference in my hair.  However, my mom did compliment my hair today and said it looked very pretty, so I do believe it did something!  I’m going to try it again soon, and then maybe I’ll notice a difference myself!

I’m not exactly sure what the scent of this mask is, but I really like it!  Before I had a chance to smell it, a friend of mine told me that she thought it smelled bad.  Thankfully, I disagree with her! 🙂

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Bite Beauty – Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Kimchi

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I own quite a few Bite Beauty lipsticks and absolutely love them!  As you can imagine, I was very excited to see one of their mini lipsticks in this box!

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The color of the lipstick is Kimchi and is described on the Sephora website as a “Shocking Pink.”  I definitely agree with that description.  This pink is very bright!

I’m sure plenty of girls can pull off this color, unfortunately though, I don’t think I’m one of them! 🙁

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Origins – Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement Masks

I don’t do face masks very often, but I like the idea of a mask primer!

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Along with the mask primer, this little packet comes with two different masks. One mask cleans out pores and the other is hydrating.

I have sensitive skin and am very worried about irritation.  I’ve already changed my skincare routine by adding in the Korres sleeping facial, so I am going to wait a few days before giving these masks and this primer a try!

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Lastly, we have the drawstring bag that all of these goodies came in!

This is such an adorable bag with a fantastic design!  I love little bags, so I hope Sephora gives out a few more bags like this in the coming months!

I’m not sure what I’ll be keeping in my little goodie bag yet, but I’ll definitely be using it!

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I’m so happy with my very first PLAY! by Sephora subscription box!

I will certainly be using most of these products, and I can’t wait to see what comes in next month’s box!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of the May box?

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Allure Sample Society – May 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review!

IMG_0604Such a bold, red box!

IMG_0608Each box comes with a mini magazine containing details on each product featured in the box.

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  • Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask
  • John Frieda – Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment
  • Eau Thermale Avène – Thermal Spring Water
  • Versace – Eros Pour Femme
  • Julep – Lip Gloss
  • Alterna Caviar Repair – Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

IMG_0618Laneige – Water Sleeping Mask

As you’ve probably figured out by now, face masks scare me a little!  This one is no exception.  I’m less leery of masks that you wash off after 15 minutes.  This mask is supposed to be slept in!  Yikes!  One of these days, I’ll work up the nerve to give this sleeping mask a try!

On a positive note, this mask smells great!  It’s fresh and clean!

IMG_0638John Frieda – Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment

After reading the directions on the bottle, I believe this mask is designed for people who style their hair right after getting out of the shower.  I shower at night and sleep with my hair wet, so this hair treatment isn’t for me.

IMG_0627Eau Thermale Avène – Thermal Spring Water

This spring water spray is very interesting!  It’s literally water in an aerosol can.

My friend, Lindsey, has received this product before in another subscription box, and she says it’s quite refreshing.  After spraying it on my face a few minutes ago, I would have to agree with her!

IMG_0617Versace – Eros Pour Femme

I love how large this perfume sample is!  It’s so much bigger than the tiny samples I usually receive!

The only problems with this product are that I don’t wear perfume and I don’t like this scent.  It’s a little too old ladyish for me!

Oh well!  Maybe one of my friends will like it!

IMG_0633Julep – Lip Gloss – Graceful

I’ve been subscribing to Julep for over a year, so I’ve received this lip gloss before.

The formula is fantastic.  It’s very moisturizing!

Graceful wouldn’t be my first choice, but the color is still pretty.  It’s a very light pink.

IMG_0629Alterna Caviar Repair – Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

I recently started straightening my hair everyday, so this product couldn’t have come at a better time.

It smells great and seems to work pretty well too!

IMG_0648I’m not overly excited about this month’s box, but that’s okay.

Beauty subscription boxes are very hit or miss with me!

What do you think of the May Sample Society box?!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

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Allure Sample Society Review – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review!

IMG_9698A bright, red box to brighten my day!

IMG_9700This mini-mag is the first thing I see when I open my box.

It has details on each product and an explanation of why the Beauty Directors picked them to be featured in the box.

IMG_9703Box Contents:

  • Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion
  • Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio
  • Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional
  • Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
  • Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream
  • Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

IMG_9721Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

I just applied this lotion, and I don’t think it’s for me.  The scent is VERY strong!

The curators are aware of the strong scent though!  I read the mini-mag and laughed when the writer very bluntly said that this product is not for everyone!  I’ll see if any of my friends like it!

Apart from the scent, I really like this lotion.  It is very quick to absorb and doesn’t leave a residue.

IMG_9715Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio

This is the smallest lipstick sample I have ever received!  The canister is super small but also super cute!

Even though the cannister small, there is a lot of product inside.

When applied, there is a little bit of a tingle but not too much!

Rio is a light brown shade and isn’t quite for me.  I prefer rosier colored lipsticks.

IMG_9713Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional

I use POREfessional everyday, so I am very pleased to receive this in my box!

I’m quite surprised with how many Benefit products I’ve received in subscription boxes recently!  I got some in my last Sample Society box and in my last POPSUGAR Must Have.  No complaints from me though!

IMG_9726Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

I have thin hair so I’m a little worried about adding oil to my hair.  After reading the mini-mag though, I have decided to give this oil a try!

The mini-mag says this oil is good for all hair types.  It also says that it smooths flyaways.  I have quite a bit of those, so I will definitely be giving this a try in the near future!

IMG_9729Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream

I’ve gotten a sample of this perfume somewhere else before.  I can’t seem to remember where though.  Perhaps it was a Sephora freebie? Or maybe Ulta?

I like the smell of Daisy Dream when it’s sprayed into the air, but I don’t think I’d like it if it was sprayed on me.

I’ve never worn perfume before, and I would be quite overwhelmed if I started.

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Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

I absolutely LOVE this candle!  It smells great and the packaging is adorable!

I can’t find a specific scent anywhere on the package but the Allure mini-mag says their are notes of mandarin, plum, rose, jasmine, tonka bean, musk, sandalwood, and Madagascar vanilla.  That’s a lot of notes!  All I can say is that it’s a calming and soothing scent!

I definitely wouldn’t mind a full-size of one of these candles!

IMG_9710My second month of Allure Sample Society was great!

I can’t wait to see what month three has in store for me!

Do you subscribe to Sample Society?!  What do you think of the April box?

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