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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sephora Play Box Review

Everyone has heard about the beauty subscription boxes from Birchbox to Ipsy, even Walmart and Target have them! But when Sephora launched theirs, I knew I needed in! When they first launched it, it was only available in certain areas, unfortunately mine not being one of them so I was wait listed for what felt like forever. When I saw it was finally available in my area I signed up SO fast with no second thought. 

This post is for those of you that have the question, "Is it worth it?". I'm going to list the details of the box and then get into my opinions on it. 

1. The box is $10 a month - yes just $10!
2. It comes with 5 samples a month with and added bonus of a perfume sample, so technically 6.
3. It has a mixture between makeup, hair, and skincare.

Here was the first box I received for the month of May:
 
It came with:
1. Bite Beauty lipstick 
2. Tarte lipliner
3. Briogeo deep conditioning hair mask
4. Korres rose savauge brightening sleeping facial
5. Origins skin maskimizer, clear improvements mask, and drink up intensive mask
6. It also came with a perfume but I lost it. 
7. Each box also comes with a makeup bag

To be honest I wasn't all that excited for my first box. I mean for $10 I definitely think I got what I paid for in products, but I just wasnt too excited for the products for the month of May. I'll definitely still use them, though. I did; however, love how adorable the little bag was!

 Here's what I got for the month of June:

1. Benefit they're real mascara
2. Tarte sunscreen
3. Baremineral liquid bronzer
4. Becca backlight primer
5. Bumble and Bumble dont blow it styler
6. This months box came with a cologne so I ended up throwing it out
7. It also came with a bag similar to last months except it said Play! on it in red letters. I forgot to include that in the picture above. 

Now this months box I was super impressed with. I was reeeeeaaallllyyy excited to get the backlight primer from Becca because I've been dying to try it. And I was also excited to get the Tarte sunscreen as I'm going on vacation and I was going to purchase it and now I don't have to!

So in short, yes I think the box is worth it! Only $10 for samples from Sephora when some of their "sample sizes" can cost $20 alone at the check out line what they call "beauty on the fly". Some months will be better than others but thats with any subscription box you get. But this is sephora! They are generous amounts of product so you can test them out for awhile; they'll probably last you about 2-3 weeks depending on how often you use the product and then you can always pick up the full size if you love it. If you hate a product, no worries - give it to a friend or throw it away without feeling guilty because you didnt buy the full product and you have 4 others! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you get the Sephora Play Box and what your thoughts are on it!

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Clothing Travel Haul

Hey loves! As you know I will be traveling next week and I wanted to start incorporating fashion into my blog since my header does state "Beauty & Fashion". I have a passion for both but I figured most of you would only  be interested in the beauty aspect but recently I've gotten a lot of questions regarding fashion! First and foremost, I have been entirely obsessed with nude, blush and olive tones so please just be prepared to see pretty much only those colors lol.

The first outfit is an asymmetrical knotted skirt in blush pink paired with a white crop top. Both pieces are from Charlotte Russe. Top was $8 and the skirt was $15. 

The next piece is a velvet light brown/nude zip up bodysuit. I loveeeee the gold hardware on this body suit! I will be pairing this with high waisted distressed jeans (I just haven't found a pair yet! So if you have suggestions please let me know). This bodysuit was $18

I purchased these nude caged, cut out heels that can go with a lot of these outfits. There were another pair that I wanted that were lace up heels but I decided to go with these bad boys. These heels were $39

I got 2 casual outfits, both from Forever 21. The first one is olive green shorts with lace detailing on the side paired with a sheer crop top that has flowers on it. The second one is black shorts with lace detailing all over paired with a pink knot crop top. The floral top was $20 the olive shorts were $13. The pink top was $10 and the black shorts were $15. 

Sephora & Ulta Travel Haul

If you've seen my previous post, you know I'll be traveling and I've picked up a few necessities I'll need to take with me on the trip! My previous post was the clothing I hauled for the trip and this post is for the cosmetic products I hauled. 


Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer
After seeing Nicole Guerriero and Casey Holmes rave about this foundation, I HAD to get it. They both love full coverage foundations like myself so if it worked for them I'm praying it works for me too! I'm super excited to test this baby out. I wanted something that was full coverage but would last all day through heat with a natural finish (not matte and not completely dewy either). I will definitely have a full review of this after our vaca! I unfortunately had to order this product because they didnt have my shade in stock anywhere near me so I just got it in today. Here's an update with the pictures!


 

 

My birthday gift (6 months late lol)
Soooo my birthday is in January and I JUST got my birthday gift now. A little late, don't you think? But that's the great thing about Sephora, if you haven't had a chance to pick up your birthday gift til months later, they'll still honor it! They usually give two options each year. This year was this Marc Jacobs mini set and there was another choice of a Fresh beauty skin care mini set. I really want that one too, though!

100 Point Perk Hourglass Primer
I love the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer so I figured I'd give this one a go for a little freebie!

Soap and Glory
I've been hearing non-stop about this company so I figured the best way was to try the travel sizes since I'll be traveling and can't take the full sizes with me on a plane. I always love mini sizes to test out because if I don't like it then I don't feel so bad about wasting a ton of product and if I end up loving it then I can purchase the full size eventually when I run out of the travel size. I picked up the scrub and body butter. 

Sun Bum
This is another brand I've heard nothing but good things about. Someone recommended the SunBum chapsticks to me so I had to pick those up. I actually went to Target the one day and they had not one, not two, but THREE trays of them that were completely empty. I was so sad! Then a few days later I went to Ulta and they were stocked! I also wanted to get sunscreen because we'll be outside a lot of the time and have to protect our skin! I used to be the girl with the tanning oil with no SPF what-so-ever but now that I've been into skincare lately I know that SPF is necessary.



NYX Liquid Lipsticks in Satin Ribbon, Baby Doll, and Lace Detail
I've had my eyes on these since they came out and I finally just got around to getting them. They all look SUPER similar in the tube, but I promise they each have different undertones, some slightly darker than others. I know these are pretty popular so I'll have a full review on these after the vaca also to let you all know how the formula is and how they wear.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
I have a bad habit of picking at my face so I'm hoping this helps if I just put it on as a spot treatment at night. 

Hydrating sheet masks
I knew I wanted sheet masks for hydration but I didn't know which ones were good so I kind of just grabbed the first two I saw that said "hydrating" lol. My skin is super sensitive and dry so it needs hydration. I figured I would wear one on the plane there and one on the way back.



What are your must have products when traveling?



Sunday, June 12, 2016

SKIN+AGAIN Review


I've been using these products for about a week now and I'm really excited to share my experience with them! I've personally never heard of the brand prior to using these, but I always love discovering new brands! If interested, you can find their products here. What's also nice is they have the option to bundle products if you need more than one product for your skin type that way you get somewhat of a discount rather than paying full price buying each one individually.
AHA Exfoliating Cleanser (white) $49
This has a gel like consistency with tiny beads to gently exfoliate. You don't want anything exfoliating your skin too harshly because that could cause miniscule tears in your skin that could ultimately get either infected or debris and cause acne. So I appreciate the fact that this is so gentle. I use this every other day and so far I see a difference in my skin and that's only from using it 3 times!


Relief (green) $42
This is perfect for sensitive skin or anyone who suffers with redness. The formula of this is a thin moisturizer that feels so refreshing on the skin. I honestly can't even describe it, it just feels so soothing. I mix this with the next product to create my perfect combo to fit my skin type. This product has really reduced my redness and the next product has started clearing up my acne.

Clear (blue) $32
This, as the packaging states, is perfect for oily and blemish prone skin. Yep! Gimme gimme! Definitely something my acne prone self needs. So the packaging really sticks out to me on this particular product because it's so beautiful! The color itself is really pretty, but it comes with a pump. Anything that has a pump gets a stamp of approval in my book. The consistency is a thin serum that you can mix with the Relief (green packaging) or you can apply on it's own. I've used it both ways and I don't really have a preference on how to use it, but it works either way which is the important part!

Overall, I'm really just wondering why this brand isn't on the shelves at Sephora yet.

Macadamia Weightless Moisture Review

I am a firm believer in Macadamia products. The first product I ever tried from their brand was their Nourishing Moisture Mask. It used to be called something else, but they re-vamped the packaging and changed the name. But it is the absolute best hair mask I have ever tried, hands down. When testing the new products I had high expectations set because of this.



Weightless Moisture Conditioning Mist $22.00
So we all know from a previous review that I did that this product has become my holy grail. I ran out of it and now I have a back up that I'm quickly running out of! Love this for after the shower and for days my hair is feeling a little on the dry side.
 


I'm not a huge fan of oils because I fear that they'll make my hair oily (who would've thought? lol) But NO! This stuff is amazing! I use it on dry hair when my hair is knotty or dry and it revives it immediately after I brush it through my hair. It leaves a pretty sheen on my hair and makes it SUPER soft. Definitely worth the splurge
  

These 2 go hand in hand because obviously you use one after the other. But wow. These two. Just wow. I have never had a shampoo & conditioner that I loved so much. All shampoo & conditioners seemed to work the same for me. For those of you that don't know I did stop using hair products that contain sulfates so of course these are sulfate free. This combo made my hair feel thicker and I just love it. I honestly need to pick up the full size of these. I tried the travel size ones and I was little squeezing and scraping out every last drop of this stuff that's how good it was!

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer Illuminate Review

Amazing Concealer Illuminate $30.00

In my opinion, the more glowy, the better! This concealer fits that perfectly. To be completely honest, I really didn't think I was going to like this concealer. I didn't think an illuminating concealer would look right underneath my eyes where I typically highlight, but I was wrong. It is definitely luminous and in my personal opinion I think you have to set this concealer otherwise it will crease, but it is sooo creamy and blendable! I think this is a great concealer for summertime. It's lightweight but so dewy, hydrated and makes you look awake.