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Hey Hey, It’s Sephora Play!

Well, technically, it’s Play! by Sephora, but that wouldn’t rhyme! Happy Friday, lovelies! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Mine certainly got better at the end. I got three deliveries, one from Sephora, one from Pur Cosmetics, and one from Macy’s. We’ll be talking about all of those next week. When I checked my mail today, I was shocked to see my Play! by Sephora box inside. That box usually doesn’t come until later in the month and it’s never gotten here before Ipsy or Birchbox! YAY!

This is my third month with this subscription service, and I’m pretty pleased so far. I’m quite happy with all of my subscriptions, to be honest. I love being able to try out a product, with minimal investment. If I don’t like it, it’s not a big deal, and there have been some products that just weren’t my cup of tea. Overall, though, everything has been great. One thing I particularly like about Sephora’s service is you get five deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample. I’ve become a bit of a perfume junkie lately, and this is a GREAT way to find new scents. In fact, I have found a few new fragrances that I cannot live without now … looking at you Versace Bright Crystal!!

Let’s jump on in!

For starters, how flipping cute is this bag??? And I love that they used the Periodic Table to talk about beauty ingredients! As always, you get 50 free Beauty Insider points with purchase, but they have to be used in-store. That’s a big bummer if you don’t have a store nearby. I think one was recently built in our JC Penny store, but I haven’t been there in ages. Guess I should go and check it out! Also, these points are not good forever. They expire on the last day of the month after you get your bag. In other words, these 50 points I got with my August box expire September 30th.

Lets dig into these goodies, shall we?

Starting with skin items, there’s a mini Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation stick in the shade Shell ($46). It looks light enough for my skin tone, so YAY! Next up is Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum ($98/1oz). This is something I am SUPER excited about! It looks very glittery in the bottle, but doesn’t seem to be too much on the skin. I just had to put a drop on the back of my hand, once I saw it haha It smells wonderful!! This has actual Greek saffron and, from what the paperwork says, it takes 150 Krocus flowers in order to produce one gram of saffron. Finally, we have the beautyblender micro.mini sponge applicator ($18). These are the perfect size for concealer, and maybe using a damp sponge will keep my under eye area from looking so dried out and crease-y.

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I’m not really a huge fan of the hair products that come in these boxes. Most are texturizing sprays or volumizing sprays. My hair has plenty of both haha and sprays just make my hair out of control or sticky. This spray from Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist ($30/4.8oz) is both volumizing AND texturizing, so it should be interesting! This has a wonderful citrus scent, so I will definitely try it out. I’m just not going to have high hopes hahaha

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This is an interesting product, Clinique’s HIM Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara & Primer Duo. This must only come as a mini, because I cannot find it on the Sephora website anywhere. I have never used a lash primer before, and this claims to be moisturizing, which I could probably use. I try to only use waterproof mascara (watery eyes and living in the South haha) and that has to be hard on lashes. It also says using the primer will create more a more vibrant and longer lasting eye look. I am looking forward to seeing what effect this will have on my mine!

Finally, we have my favorite part of the Play! bag:

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I had to laugh when I read the description of My Burberry Black ($72/1oz) … “inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat” What??? It features a blend of jasmine, candied rose and amber. How do those scents jive with a trench coat, exactly? It also has peach and patchouli. Don’t get me wrong, it smells incredible. I just don’t understand how a trench coat was the inspiration for the scent hahaha

So, that’s my August Play! bag. This service is $10 a month and I think it’s well worth that price. If I went out and bought full sizes of these products (not including the Clinique duo), the total cost would be $264. What do you think? Do you subscribe to any of these boxes? Which ones are your favorites? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Sephora mini haul and July Play! box

Good Tuesday, lovelies! I hope everyone is doing well on this fine day! It has been quite rainy here, and this weather is KILLER for those of us with chronic pain and/or conditions. I don’t know what it is about the barometer falling, but the storms yesterday and Sunday sent me into a horrible flare. None of my prescription opiates were working and I spiked a fever, which is pretty common. I am not fully recovered yet, today, so I thought I would do an easy and fun post!

I am the worst when it comes to online shopping. Having access to apps makes it even worse hahaha I get emails from Sephora and Ulta daily, telling me all the cool things they have on sale. And I am weak!! Weak, I say! This is a mini haul, because I actually practiced some self restraint. It was tough … have you guys seen the new Sephora Pro palettes???? It took every bit of self control not to put one of those suckers in my cart, but at $68 a piece, they’ll just have to wait. But they are soooo prettyyyyy …

 

I am pretty sure I’ve talked about the Clinique pep-start pods before, and the Sephora sleeping masks. I wouldn’t recommend the pep-start wipes for eye makeup. I have found (the hard way) that you have to use a little too much force if you are wearing waterproof products. They are great for face makeup, though. And those sleeping masks … y’all … incredible products and well worth the money. There is way more than one use in those little pods. I have also found the Sephora brand lip balm to be some of the best I have ever used on my lips. They seem to be perpetually on sale at $4, which makes them very much worth trying out. The formula is very smooth and buttery, and delivers lasting hydration. I have not used the blotting papers before, so I am looking forward to trying them out. Nor have I used the Caudalie facial mist, but I know the brand’s reputation is impeccable, and I read grape water is great for soothing rosacea. Win-win! Finally, the freebies!! I am excited to try out the eye makeup wipes. I’m not gonna lie … I’m a lazy girl  sometimes and I just want to lie on my couch instead of taking off my makeup. With these, coupled with the Clinique pep-start pods, I can do just that hahahaha! I am unfamiliar with the Jo Malone perfume, so I’m also excited to try that out, and a girl can never have enough Juliette has a gun 🙂

On to July’s Play! box …

 

Isn’t that a cute little bag? I am most excited about the Peter Thomas Roth mask. I use a facial mist from that brand (same line, in fact) that is AWESOME (and always sold out at Sephora … that’s how amazing it is)! Also very excited about the perfume. I spritzed a bit on a piece of paper and it is divine! Sephora Play! runs about $10. They do charge tax, so it does vary based on where you live.

Do you guys sub to any subscription boxes? I also do Ipsy and Birchbox. What are your thoughts on sub boxes? Love ’em or hate ’em, or just confused by them? Lemme know!
Carrie♥

Mascara Review

I got my ipsy bag today, finally. It has never, ever gotten to me this late before. I even got a “sorry for the delay” email a week ago. Despite the tardiness, I am overjoyed with ipsy. I have loved nearly everything I’ve gotten from them, and I’ve always gotten things in very complimentary colors. I always worry when I see the color choices of, say an eyeliner, and they are gold or brown. I always implore the powers that be to provide me with the brown one haha! 

This month, I was blessed with a mini mascara. I am always on the hunt for a jam up mascara. I like my lashes, but when I’m wearing the right mascara, my lashes look phenomenal. This month’s offering was a “right” mascara. 


I received a mini tube of PÜR Cosmetics Fully Charged mascara, in black.  It’s an anti-aging formula that, according to the website, uses “a “magnetic” polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance.” (http://www.purcosmetics.com/fully-charged-mini

Those are pretty bold words, until you actually use the product. Then, you realize that it really lives up to the hype. In the picture below, I used one coat. ONE COAT, people!! 

That’s pretty impressive, if you ask me. The tube I was sent is not waterproof, and I prefer a budge-proof formula, especially in the summertime. I wore this out this afternoon for about two hours and there was no smudging. It was super easy to get off my lashes, too. I always use coconut oil to remove eye makeup, and it cut through the mascara like it was nothing! 

This definitely made a very good first impression. My lashes were well coated, separated, lifted, fanned out. Just about every good thing that can be said about a mascara, I’m saying. The only drawback, and it’s slight, is that this isn’t waterproof, and I couldn’t find a waterproof version of this formula on their website. Again, it’s slight, but it is a drawback for me. However, that will not stop me from purchasing the full size when I finish up this little baby size. Aren’t travel size makeup products the cutest? Check it out, let me know what you think. What are some of your favorite mascaras and what do you recommend? 

Carrie❤️

UNBOXING!

I love unboxings. I think they are a really fun to see what comes in subscription boxes, and I’m a huge fan. It’s not always easy for me to get out of the house, and I don’t always feel like I can stand in a makeup store and check out everything they have. Let’s face it, I think any makeup lover can get lost in Ulta or Sephora haha! I have gotten lost in Ulta and I don’t always realize in the moment what I’m doing to myself, standing and walking around for an hour or two (or three hehe). Subscription boxes are a really cool way for folks like me to check out new products without a huge investment in time, money or physical exertion.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that Target and Walmart offer beauty boxes!! Target’s box isn’t a subscription, meaning you actually have to go to the website and order every month. For around $7, that’s not such a bad thing. Walmart offers two boxes, the Classic, which is geared toward women over 35, and the Trendsetter, geared toward women under 35. Their boxes are sent quarterly, and are $5 each. I used my daughter’s info to order the Trendsetter. I can be trendy. No, really, I can be!

My poor box took a beating, but check this out! Included items are a Masque Bar soothing sheet mask, a full size Sinful Colors Professional nail polish in Clad in Plaid (It’s showing up orange but it’s not. It’s more of a pinky coral.), a Schick HydroSilk 5 blade razor, and NYX Goctha Covered concealer in medium. Also, travel sizes of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, Hawaiian Tropic 30 SPF sunscreen, and John Freida sea salt spray. There was also a $3 off on a $15 beauty purchase, not pictured. That’s four full size products and three travel size. With tax, this was a little under $8. This box is valued at $31.93. I call this one a winner!

The first photo is the Classic box. There’s a collagen mask from SOO AE (one of my fave skin care companies), a royal jelly night cream from Bert’s Bees, coconut oil moisturizer and liquid coconut face oil from Palmer’s, a travel size roll-on deodorant from Ban, travel shampoo and conditioner from Gliss and a travel size Colgate Optic White Beauty toothpaste. The Trendsetter box contains several of the same items, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer and face oil. There’s a sample of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse foundation (and a coupon), a travel size Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment conditioner, Bioré baking soda acne scrub, and a travel size Dove deodorant. I couldn’t find a value for the boxes. These travel size items are coming in very handy, as my daughter is leaving Monday for a two week trip to Canada, via train. It’s her first trip by herself and certainly her first time out of the country! These boxes came just in the nick of time haha

I think these are fabulous boxes for the price.What are your thoughts? Thinking about adding these to your subscription list? To order the Target box, simply go to their website and search beauty box. To get on the Walmart list, click here  and enjoy!

Carrie♥