March Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello everyone! I’m going to go off on a short tangent real quick. This weather sucks. Will it ever stop raining?! Ok now that I got that out of the way, on to Sephora’s March Play box. The theme of March’s box is The Gleam Team. My first thoughts before I even opened the box were I hope there’s an awesome highlighter in the box and a shimmery shadow. Let’s pop open the box and see what is inside.  There’s the little booklet that has your Play pass and all of the information about the products. Then there’s the bag that says Glow Your Own Way. Of course I started singing “You can go your own way…go your own way!”

PRODUCTS

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast– This product is supposed to give your hair volume and body. It smells slightly flowery and a hint of berries but you can also tell there is alcohol in it. I sprayed this on my hand and it doesn’t feel sticky. It feels like there is nothing on my hand. I’m looking forward to trying this out. The size that came in the box is a travel size so you can pick up this same bottle in stores or online for $15.

Glamglow GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer– This can be used before your primer to provide that glow from within look. This smells like an orange dreamsicle popsicle, one of my faves as a kid. I think that this could be used as a very sheer highlighter base and use a subtle powder highlight on top. One thing that I noticed is that the tube is actually full of product. If you want to know my thoughts more in depth on this please let me know in the comments. The full size retails for $49.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink– When I first saw this I thought that this was a repeat item. It was not. There was a Laura Mercier caviar shadow stick in a previous box. My first impression just swatched on my hand was it is nice and creamy, and not too dry. It’s a really pretty pinky champagne shade, which I think will suit just about everyone. I smudged it out right after as you can see, just to see how it could perform blended out a bit. I think this shade can easily be used alone on the eyes for a quick wash of shimmery color on the lids for the spring and summer. This retails for $30.

Next up we have the Benefit Watts Up cream to powder highlight. I already own this and currently trying to use it up as part of my project pan. I think the color is pretty, and it sometimes works with my skin tone. This isn’t my favorite formula. I may actually give this to a friend or family member. This retails for $30.

The last product is the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. This is a multi-use product. You can use this as a primer or on top of makeup up to create that soft focus blur on the skin. It also is supposed to give the skin a luminous effect. This product is also is supposed to work with all skin types and help with dullness, uneveness, dryness and pores. This retails for $36.

The perfume sample this month is the Chloé Fleur de Parfum. Like the name suggests, it is extremely floral. There are notes of rose, lemon, verbena, freesia, cherry blossom, white cedar, amber, and bitter almond. I feel like the amber warms up the scent slightly. Personally, I am not a fan of scents like these. I find them to be strong and occasionally get a headache. The largest bottle retails for $132 and the rollerball retails for $28.

That’s everything that came in my March Sephora Play box. I think for someone who has never tried any of these products, this box is awesome. For me, the perfume I don’t like at all and I’ve already used the Benefit Watts Up before, this box is ok. I’m excited to try out the finishing balm, the eye shadow stick and the illuminating moisturizer.

March Favorites

Hello everybody! Today I’m sharing everything that I have been loving this month. There are some beauty and some randoms. Just like everyone else says, I can’t believe how quickly March has gone by. March has been a rather busy month, but such a good month. Let’s jump right in!

Beauty & Skincare

Aveeno skin relief gentle scent lotion- This lotion has saved my hands and even cuticles throughout the month and even all through the winter.

Benefit Porefessional- As you know this is part of my Project Pan. For some reason, this doesn’t work with the two different foundations that I’ve been using. However, I have found a use for it.I use just a tiny bit in my t-zone and anywhere that I have larger pores, and that’s it. It just smooths out my skin, and great for a quick 5 minute look.

Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals Lip Balm- I love this. It is nice and lasts quite long if you aren’t eating or drinking anything. I only have to re-apply twice in a day depending on how much I’ve been eating and drinking. This is also part of my winter project pan.

MAC shadow in Soft Brown- This shadow, I love the shadow as a crease color, or to blend out another color. I have recently been using just this in my crease only with primer and set that with translucent powder. Like I said before with the Porefessional, this shadow has been part of my quick 5 minute out the door look. If you want to see a post of my current 5 minute routine, let me know!

E.L.F. H.D. Undereye Setting Powder- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this powder! That’s all I have to say. It sets my concealer well, doesn’t crease and brightens up the under eye area.

MAC shadow in All That Glitters- This shadow is the perfect quick wash of color on the lids. Sometimes I use just this on my lids and go, or I’ll pair it with Soft Brown for a warm “smoky” look.

Other Favorites

My Fitness Pal- I downloaded this app to my phone, the free version. I use this app to log my food and my exercise. What I love about this app is that it shows nutrition information of what you eat, counts your steps, AND you can connect with friends for accountability.

My Gym- A few months ago I signed up at my local Planet Fitness. Mine is still relatively new. It opened about 3-4 years ago. It is clean and well lit, and every time I’m there a staff member is coming out of the locker room from cleaning it. Another thing that I love about it, is that everyone is in their own world. I was never big on going to the gym, I was actually scared to go. During the month of March, I started making it a priority to get to the gym. I’m starting out slow and doing 30 minutes on the treadmill at least 3 times a week.

That’s it!That is what I’ve been loving this month.  What have you been loving this month? I can’t believe it is almost April! Have a great week! See you in my next post.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to let you in on my picks for the 21 days of beauty at Ulta. I know this is a few days late, but for some reason I no longer get e-mails or mailers sent to me. I figured it would be better late than never. A couple of things, not all the deals are in store; some are online only. Also there are a couple that are platinum perks. I’m only going to share my picks for what is available to everyone. This means if you aren’t a platinum member the deal is not available to you. One more thing, these are items that I have had some experience with or on a list to try out. Hopefully I will be able to pick up a few bits. SO, let’s start with today…

March 24th

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil Reg $24 Now $12

March 25th

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara Reg $21 Now $10

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths Reg $15 Now $7.50

March 26th

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Reg $38 Now $19

March 27th

IT brushes for Ulta Foundation Brush #102 Reg $22 Now $11

March 28th

Tarte Maneater Self-Sharpening Liner Reg $20 Now $10

March 29th

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer Reg $45 Now $22.50

March 30th

Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer Reg $24 Now $12

March 31st

Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water Reg $32 Now $16

April 1st

Mario Bedescu the ENTIRE brand is on SALE!!!  Reg $5-$46 Now $3.75- $34.50

April 2nd

Shiseido Eyelash Curler Reg $20 Now $10

April 3rd

Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlight Set Reg $35 Now $17.50

April 5th

Butter London Plush Rush Lip Collection Reg $18-$22 Now $10

April 7th

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush & Highlter Reg $28 Now $14

April 8th

Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil Reg $21 Now $10.50

Clinique 3-Step Intro Kits Reg $19.50 Now $9.75

Those are my picks! What do you think? Anything that I didn’t include that I must absolutely pick up? I am still on a no buy, but some of these deals are too good to pass up. I’m going to try and not use anything until my no buy is over, but I’m not sure that is going to work out. If you want to see everything that I’ve picked up let me know. That’s all for today. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post.

 

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the Fresh rose hydrating eye gel cream. I received this as a freebie from a Sephora order. I thought that I would get a good solid week out of this sample. However, I got a little over two weeks of use from this sample. When I say a little bit goes a long way, I mean a little bit. If you use too much it doesn’t quite sink in and it balls up on itself. Let’s get into the specifics on the product and then I’ll share up my thoughts, pros/cons, and whether I would use it again.

Treatment Ingredients:

Rosewater

Golden Root Extract

Bambara Groundnut Extract

Hyaluronic Acid

These four ingredients combined offer all day moisture and brightness. I would agree with the claims of providing moisture and brightening up the under eye area. I noticed a slight change just after a few days. I noticed a slightly smoother and brighter under eye area. One day I accidentally pushed out way too much product, which most of it went to waste. However, I remembered reading somewhere that you can take your eye cream and pat a little bit onto your lips. I decided to try this little hack and my lips never felt so smooth and soft. Makeup goes on beautifully over this. I haven’t had a problem with concealer, primer, eye shadow layered on top. They go on so smoothly and last as long as they normally do. I find that it is not a heavy eye cream, which for me works out. My skin loves a gel formula, and just drinks it up. So for me, the formula is a huge plus. Here comes the big thing, the scent. I found the scent to be nicely balanced between rose and a much more natural, neutral fragrance.

PROS:A little goes a long way

           A container will last awhile

           Makeup goes on top nicely

           Light, gel formula

           Scent is not overwhelming

           Brightening

          Made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates

CONS:It balls up if you use too much

            Some people may be sensitive to the scent

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this product. I wish I had a bigger sample of this so I can see more long term effects. I would purchase this during the Sephora VIB sale once I go through a couple other eye creams that I have.  It retails for $41 for half of an ounce. I’m looking forward to having this in my skin care routine again. That’s all for today. I hope you all have a great week!

 

 

February Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! February’s Play box, was long awaited. When I first opened the box, I was blown away by the look of the bag. I felt like I was opening a luxurious gift. The bag is a rosy pink satin bag and says SMITTEN #Sephoraplay on the bottom.  The theme of this month’s box is ‘The Soft Side.’ It is all about subtle, smooth, and neutral tones, embrace your natural beauty ladies! Let’s jump in and see what I got. I will kind of go in order in which I would apply them.

First up, the cult favorite, Origins GinZing eye cream. I just started a new eye cream, and have one more before I can actually get into this one. There is a slight scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. It is a neutral fresh type scent. It doesn’t pull in one specific direction. The full size retails for $30. If you were to purchase the size that came in the box it would retail for $7.50.

Next, let’s moisturize and prep our face. The Clinique pep-start hydroblur moisturizer claims to be kind of an all in one product. You can moisturize and it can act as a primer for those gals that have an oily skin type. It can also help blur pores and fine lines. The weather is still on the cold side here in Chicago, so I won’t be able to test this out until it gets warmer out. My skin tends to be combo-dry in the winter and combo-oily in the summer months. Full size retails $29.50, Travel size retails $9.50, Box size, if sold, $4.75.

How many of you have tried out the Sephora Collection? I have tried a few items out and have been pretty happy with the things that I’ve tried. This month’s box included the Sephora Lashcraft length and volume mascara. Like I said about the eye cream, I have a couple of mascaras to use and test out before I start using this one. When I read the reviews, it seemed that people either loved it or just didn’t like it. Retails: Full size:$12, Travel size: $7, Box size(if sold): $3.50.

This months box included two lip products. I got the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound and the Too Face Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake. Ever since the Nars Velvet Lip Glides came out, I have wanted to get my hands on it. The one thing that I noticed, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a problem with the way colors appear online. For me on the Sephora website, Bound looks like a rosy pink. In person and in the tube it looks much more of a mauve-y rose color, in certain light looks slightly purple. The lip glide swatched beautifully, I didn’t notice any patchiness, and there is just a slight vanilla cupcake scent, which I love. The Too Face Lip Injection Glossy is a milky nude shade, so the name Milkshake is definitely appropriate. On the website, it says that you may experience a tingly feeling for the first 5-10 minutes after application. Swatched on my hand, I don’t feel any tingling, but it may be different on the lips. The formula is sticky, so if you’re not a fan of sticky lip glosses, this one may not be for you. I noticed in the tube there is a gold shimmer in the gloss, and no, there is no grittiness. Retails: Nars Full Size: $26. Box Size: $12; Too Faced Full Size: $22 Box Size: $5.50.

Top: Too Faced, Bottom: NARS

Last up is the perfume sample. You could get one of three different scents.  I received the Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence. My first impression was that it is slightly strong, but it smells really good. At first there is a real strong floral scent. after awhile,there is a subtle hint of floral, with a creamy sweet mellowness. I’ll say this about receiving fragrance samples. I like that I can test out a different scent every month, but sometimes I wish I could just get an additional product instead. This month however, I love the fragrance only after it settles. Initially it is a bit too floral for me. I looked up this fragrance, and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous. I even like the simplicity of the roller ball.

Well that is everything that came in my February box. What would you like to see reviewed or used in a look? Let me know! I hope that March has been treating everyone well. Have fun and be safe this St. Patric’s Day weekend.