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!

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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

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.  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


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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! 😉

“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 - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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! 🙂

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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.  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: 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!

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

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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! 🙁

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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?

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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! 🙂

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.

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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!

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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!

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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


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PLAY! By Sephora Review: June 2017

Hello all!

My PLAY! Box has arrived! I try my best to avoid all spoilers so that my box remains a true surprise when it arrives each month.

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The June box is all about summertime!

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Part of the June PLAY! BOOK includes tips on beating the heat this summer.

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I love the mermaid, swimmer, and hula girl illustrations. They’re too cute!

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Box Contents:

  • Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer
  • COOLA – Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
  • Verb – Sea Spray
  • Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick
  • Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
  • BVLGARI – Omnia Crystaline
  • Drawstring Bag

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Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional Face Primer

I’ve been using POREfessional for over three years now! I’ve tried many primers over the years, but I always come back to this one. It goes on very smooth and does a great job minimizing my pores.

My large bottle is almost empty, so I’m very pleased to receive this sample.  I won’t have to buy another full-size bottle for a little while longer. Yay!!

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COOLA – Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

I’ve received sunscreen setting sprays before.  They’re a little thicker and greasier than regualr setting sprays but are SO much better than applying lotion sunscreens on top of your makeup!

I haven’t been able to locate my other sunscreen setting spray, so I’m happy to receive this one just in time for summer!  I could’ve definitely used it over Memorial Day Weekend and will have many other opportunities to use it as the summer progresses.

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Verb – Sea Spray

It wouldn’t be summer if I didn’t receive a sea spray in a subscription box! I received some last summer and will surely receive more this summer.

I don’t have much luck with sea sprays. My hair always ends up looking ratty and like I haven’t brushed it! Because of that, I gave this spray to my sister-in-law for her to play with!

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Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick

I always love a lipstick sample! This one looks very similar to the NARS liquid lip I received a few months ago. However, this liquid lip is matte. I’m not usually drawn to matte lipsticks, but I really like this one!

Lovesick is a mauve nude that adds just the right amount of color to my lips. It’s nautral and great for everyday wear. I’ve worn it several times already and have added it to the growing collection of lipsticks that I keep in my purse!

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Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I’m a firm believer in washing my hair, so I don’t ever use dry shampoos. I used to try them in high school but never liked how my hair felt afterward. I have a friend who LOVES dry shampoo, so I’ll probably end up giving this sample to her.

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BVLGARI – Omnia Crystaline

As always, the fragrance samples just aren’t my thing! I don’t subscribe for the fragrance, so that’s okay!

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Drawstring Bag

More cute swimmers! I love it! 🙂

I always look forward to seeing what Sephora comes up with each month for these bags!

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I like half of this month’s products. One of which I’ll use everyday! The ratio of love/hate could be better, but I’m okay with it this month.

Do you subscribe to PLAY! By Sephora?!

What do you think of your June box?

<3 Natalie

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PLAY! by Sephora Review: May 2017

Hello, hello!

My tracking is always off for the PLAY! by Sephora box, so it’s always a surprise when it pops up in my mailbox!  I love mail, especially surprise mail, so I’m okay with it!

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Sephora did something fun with this month’s PLAY! BOOK! I love learning new things about my favorite stores!

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Unfortunately, my favorite doodles didn’t make an appearance this month! Hopefully, they’ll be back again next month!

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Box Contents:

  • NUDESTIX – Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone
  • Skin Laundry – Gentle Foaming Wash
  • Belif – Hungarian Water Essence
  • Trèstique – Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent
  • Rahua – Omega 9 Hair Mask
  • Tocca – Stella
  • Envelope Bag

PLAY! by Sephora Review: May 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

NUDESTIX – Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone

As you know, I love receiving lip colors in my subscription boxes! As soon as I pulled this lip color from my box, I was skeptical.  It’s a dark brown color, which I find a tad odd.  I applied it and thought it made me look a little like death! I have very fair skin, and brown is so not my color! 🙂

One of my best friends also subscribes to PLAY! and described this lipstick at chocolate on her lips!! How funny is that?!

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Skin Laundry – Gentle Foaming Wash

I’d never heard of this brand before receiving it in my box.  A friend of mine had though and said it was pretty good! I’m very pleased with the size of this sample! It comes with more than enough product for you to form an honest opinion of it before you use it all up!

My skin has been a tad itchy and irritated these last few days.  I’m not sure if it’s from this cleanser or one of the other products in my box this month.

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Belif – Hungarian Water Essence

This product really intrigued me!  Hungarian water essence?! Doesn’t that just sound interesting!

As I mentioned above, my skin has been itchy and irritated this last week, so it’s either this product or the cleanser above that’s causing the problem. I’m going to wait a few weeks and then try these products individually to see which one is causing the irritation.

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Trèstique – Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent

As you probably know by now, I don’t contour my face at all. Instead of using this as a highlighter, I’m using it as a multipurpose stick.  I’ve been applying it as eye shadow for the last few days and love the color!  It’s the prettiest champagne pink. Exactly what I like to use on my eyes!

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Rahua – Omega 9 Hair Mask

I discovered my favorite hair mask in a PLAY! box last summer. Before subscribing to this box, I’d never tried a hair mask before.

My favorite mask is from Briogeo. This one isn’t bad, but I don’t like it as much as the Briogeo one. I will finish off the bottle though!  I think I have at least one, maybe two, conditions left!

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Tocca – Stella

I received a candle from Tocca in my last POPSUGAR box and LOVE the scent! I don’t, however, love the scent of this perfume.

That’s okay though.  As you know, I don’t purchase this box for the fragrance samples. 🙂

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I LOVE this month’s bag! It’s made of thicker plastic and seems quite durable! I’m going out of town this week, so I’ll be using this bag to hold my liquids in my carry on!

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Overall, this month wasn’t that great for me.  I am very pleased with the bag and multipurpose stick though!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your May box?

<3 Natalie

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017

Hello there!

It’s that time again!  My PLAY! BOX has arrived, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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“Step it Up” is the theme for April.  It’s all about updating your everyday routine.

Sephora mixed it up with the style of the April PLAY! BOOK.  I love the little redhead that takes center stage this month!  She’s so cute!

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I can’t help but miss the product illustrations! 🙁

They didn’t eliminate the doodles completely though, so I’m happy about that!

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Box Contents:

  • Peter Thomas Roth – Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
  • Philosophy – Made Simple Face Cleanser
  • Smashbox – Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Make Up For Ever – Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Sephora Collection – Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
  • Miu Miu – L’Eau Bleue
  • Drawstring Bag

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Peter Thomas Roth – Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

I don’t think I’ve ever tried any products from Peter Thomas Roth before.  I’m always intrigued by brands I’ve never used before.

I’ve substituted this moisturizer into my evening moisturizing routine.  It’s a little wet, but I expected that since “water” is in the name!  I like it and will finish off the bottle.  I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the full size anytime soon though.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Philosophy – Made Simple Face Cleanser

I’ve received this Philosophy sample before but didnt actually try it until it arrived in my PLAY! BOX.

I love that this cleanser works as a makeup remover too.  I don’t typically use makeup remover, so I always rely on my face wash to do the job.  Sometimes, my face wash doesn’t completely get the job done.  This cleanser sure does though!

I’ll definitely be finishing up this bottle.  I might save it for traveling though.  It’s the perfect sample size to slip into my travel bag!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Smashbox – Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

As you know, I love testing out different foundation primers.  I’ve tried a few Smashbox primers before, but not this one.

I found this primer to be very wet.  I’m not a huge fan of the texture either, so I don’t think I’ll be using this primer too often if at all.  I will have to see if any of my friends are interested in giving it a try.

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

Make Up For Ever – Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner

I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that I’m not so good at applying eyeliner.  I can’t see well enough and shake a little.  That is not a recipe for flawless eyeliner application! 🙂

I love Make Up For Ever products, so I did test this eyeliner out!  In the PLAY! BOOK, it gives explanations for easy, medium, and expect eyeliner application.  I loved that!  I tried out the “easy” application and added a little to my bottom waterline.  It was super easy to do, and I liked the look.  I think I’ll be adding it to my eye routine a couple times a week!

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Sephora Collection – Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

As I mentioned above, I don’t typically use makeup remover.  I probably should, but I’m just a little too lazy to add it to my routine.

I do like that Sephora included two products this month that would work on removing the waterproof eyeliner that was also included.  That was great thinking on their part!

Although I don’t use remover often, I will save this for a time when I need it.

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

Miu Miu – L’Eau Bleue

As usual, I’m not a fan of this month’s fragrance sample.  I don’t buy this box for the perfume though, so that’s okay!

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

As I mentioned above, I love the little redhead this month!  She is just too cute!

The quote on this month’s bag is pretty fun too! “The best things in life are me!”

PLAY! by Sephora Review: April 2017 - Pink Bows &amp; Twinkle Toes

This month’s box wasn’t super exciting for me.  I love the illustrations and like a few of the products, but I don’t think I discovered any “must have” products for myself this month.

I’m excited to see what next month holds though!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?

What do you think of this month’s box?!

<3 Natalie

Beauty Review: Smashbox

Hello everyone!

I have a fun, little beauty review to share with you all today!

A few days ago, I received a few new Smashbox beauty products from Influenster to sample and review.  I was provided these items for free but all opinions are my own.

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Box Contents:

  • Be Legendary Liquid Metal – Brains ‘N Bronze
  • Cover Shot Eye Palette – Matte

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Be Legendary Liquid Metal – Brains ‘N Bronze – Retail Value $24

As you know, I love sampling lip products! When I saw this liquid lip in my box, I was very excited.

I haven’t tried very many liquid lipsticks, and I haven’t tried a single metallic lip product before.  So this liquid metal lipstick was quite intriguing for me! I have determined that I like the formula and the shine, but the actual color of this lipstick isn’t for me.

I have very fair skin and don’t see myself wearing this bronze shade too often.  I may be able to pull it off during a fancy, evening party but not any other time.  Unfortunately, I don’t go to too many fancy, evening parties!

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Cover Shot Eye Palette – Matte – Retail Value $29

Eye shadow palettes are my other favorite to test out!  I went through a faze two years ago and bought at least 10 palettes over the course of a few months!  Excessive, I know!  During that time, I did, however, discover what kind of shadows I like and what kinds I don’t.

I’m usually drawn to champagne colored shimmer shadows.  They’re so pretty, natural, and versatile.  I have so many of them already, that it’s probably for the best that there wasn’t a single one in this palette.  Up until now, I really didn’t like matte shadows.  I found them more difficult to blend and not as exciting.

Since receiving this palette, I have discovered that I do indeed enjoy matte eye shadows!  Imagine that!

I love how this palette has two different looks to choose from.  There’s there browner tones of the left and the pink berry tones on the right.  I’ve used them both multiple times and prefer the browns.  That dark purple shadow on the right seems to get away from me and sometimes it looks like I’ve given myself a black eye! Whoopsie!!

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I’ve loved sampling these new releases from Smashbox this last week.  I’m definitely adding this matte palette into my weekly line up of eye shadows!

I’m going to try to find a time and place to wear the liquid lip.  Perhaps I’ll try mixing it with something a little lighter?

Have you tried either of these products before?

If so, what did you think of them?

<3 Natalie

**These items were sent to me for free from Influenster for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.**

 

 

 

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

 

PLAY! by Sephora Review: February 2017

Hello there!

My PLAY! by Sephora box has arrived!  It’s always an exciting day when this box lands on my doorstep!

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“The Soft Side” is the theme for February.

This box definitely evokes soft + girly feelings.

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Box Contents:

  • Clinique – Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer
  • NARS – Velvet Lip Glide in Bound
  • Marc Jacobs – Divine Decadence
  • Sephora Collection – Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara
  • Too Faced – Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake
  • Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
  • Drawstring Bag

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Clinique – Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer

I’ve been interested in trying out several items from Clinique’s Pep Start line.  I’ve tried the eye cream from this line before and like it quite a bit, so I was very pleased to see this moisturizer in my box this month.

The Hydroblur Moisturizer also doubles as a makeup primer.  I love a product that does double duty!

I use a lot of Clinique skincare products, so although I’ve only used this cream a few times, I’m not worried about skin irritation after prolonged use.

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NARS – Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

I love NARS products, so I let out a little squeel when I pulled this out of my bag.

I own several NARS lipsticks but have never tried their liquid lipstick before.  After several uses, I know I’ll be using this lipstick in its entirety.  I’m also very likely to purchase the full size version in the future!

The formula is creamy and the color is perfect for me!  I love it!

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Marc Jacobs – Divine Decadence

As usual, I’m not a fan of the fragrance sample.

I don’t buy this box for the fragrances though, so that’s okay!

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Sephora Collection – Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara

I don’t typically buy store brand beauty products.  However, I’ve been very pleased with every Sephora Collection item I’ve received through my PLAY! box.

After using this mascara, my lashes look great!  They’re quite long and rather dark!  That’s a win win for me!

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Too Faced – Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake

I love lip products, so I was rather excited when I saw two of them in my box this month!

I’ve tried several lip plumping glosses in the past, and I was not a fan.  Unfortunately, this gloss falls into the same category.  I don’t like the intense tingles that these glosses generate.  It burns a little, and I don’t ever see the results that the tingles are supposed to bring.

Another negative for this gloss is that the color is just not flattering on me.  Yikes!

I’m going to see if any of my friends want to plump their pouts!  If so, I’ll be gifting them this gloss! 🙂

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Origins – GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

I LOVE receiving eye creams in my subscription boxes.  Eye cream is a product that I love to use but hate to buy! Receiving it in a box is the ideal solution to that problem!

I don’t think I’ve ever tried an eye cream from Origins before, so I’m excited for this product.  I used it last night and so far, so good!

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I LOVE this month’s bag!  It goes perfectly with the soft + girly box theme! The dark blush and silky material is so fancy!

This bag is a huge improvement from last month’s!

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All in all, I’d say I’m very pleased with this month’s box! I’m going to be taking the NARS liquid lipstick with me everywhere for the foreseeable future!

Do you subscribe to PLAY! by Sephora?!

What do you think of your February box?

<3 Natalie