August Sephora Play: Makeup Mother Load!

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Sephora really came for me this month with their August Play box! If you are a regular to my blog, you’ll know that I rate my Ipsy posts from least favorite item, to most excited to try. Well, boy did I have a hard time deciding what to rate what. So, as you read this, know that this whole box is rated very highly overall.

First up!….

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
I put this first only because I have been getting a lot of mascaras lately. This retails for $22 for the standard size. I really like the wand on this and it will probably be opened pretty soon even though I have a two at a time rule for mascaras. The reason I like this wand so much is that I like to use the edges of the wands to get my inner lashes really well and most of the thinner applicators simply can’t do that.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow Eyeshadow (I-544)
It was a toss-up whether I was going to put this first or not. This retails for $21. This shade has a great pink shimmer, but deep toned enough to transition into the coming fall months flawlessly. The only reason I rated this so “low” was because I feel like I have this shade already. Am I still excited to try this out? Of course!

Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer
I know a lot of people rave over Lancôme skin care products and I’m hoping to find out why with this moisturizer. The full sized product retails for $55. The moisturizer is market as a refresher and hydrator for all skin types while also a good mixer for foundation to achieve a dewy finish. This looks very much like a serum instead of a moisturizer, so that’s my first plan when I use this.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof (Love Affair)
So, I’ll be honest, this and the next item are more or less rated based off of price because I just couldn’t decide. Love Affair is an amazing almost metallic purple. With fall around the corner, I’m bouncing in my seat to make a plum smoky look! The pencil is pretty creamy, but I can’t speak about it’s lasting ability yet.

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
I feel like eye creams are usually a scam, but this markets itself less as a “eye cream” and more of a roided up moisturizer. Also a mask that helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles. It retails for $68 and it claims other benefits such as anti-aging and wrinkle reducing, but eh, we’ll see!

CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton
I love getting fragrances because I’m too cheap to buy them myself. This retails for $25 for .34 oz or $90 for 3.4oz. It is a floral/musky scent and smells like a man wearing fresh laundry (aka delicious). I did test this on my wrists and it’s definitely long lasting. The scent isn’t too overbearing and would be great for any season!

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August Ipsy: Skin Care Jackpot!

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Hey everyone! It’s a little late but here is my Ipsy for August! As usual, I am going to do my rundown from least favorite to most excited!

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Dollface
If you follow my blog at all, you probably know that I do not like getting nail polish! I almost never do my nails, and if I do, I just go to the salon. So, needless to say, not only am I not excited to get this polish, but I hate this color.

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster
I know. I know. What am I thinking putting a skin care product so low on the list?! Well, I don’t really have complexion issues! I’m sorry guys! I never even opened this, since I traded with a buddy for her NYX Professional Makeup BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR in Sunbeam.

Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye
This is in the middle because I am on the fence about this lipstick. Reason being, I feel like this is a little glossier than I’d prefer in a lipstick. I also worry that I can’t pull this shade off. But, that being said. I’m really to give it a try!

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner
I have plenty of eyeliners, so I don’t know why I’m so excited to try this out. My swatch of this wasn’t quite as pigmented as I was expecting, but I feel like this would be perfect for tight lining or even a light, daytime smoky look! It’s creamy and blends out really well.

NEOGEN CODE 9 GOLD BLACK CAVIAR ESSENCE GOLD TOX TIGHTENING PACK
Despite rating the other skincare item from this bag much lower, I’ve been so excited to try this out! I’ve seen a few people using this and it looked so soothing, and guess what! It was! I actually decided to use this after my 5 and a half hour bike ride in order to test it out and it felt amazing. If you’d like a full review of this item, comment and let me know! Check out my demo here!

Thank you for reading! If you’d like to see swatches of anything let me know. What did you get in your bag?

July | Ipsy and Play by Sephora!

Hey guys! I have a special box for you this month! I FINALLY got off the Sephora Play waiting list in enough time to snag the July box, and boy did I luck out!

(I always start from least favorite to most favorite.)

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Ouai Wave Spray
This is my least favorite because I’m pretty sure it’s not catering to my hair when it talks about natural wave. (lol!) But, that being said, it’s a great size, so I will have plenty of time to test it out with different styles. And (probably best of all) when the product is used up, the spritz bottle will be a great travel bottle!

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer: Chocolate
I am obsessed with bronzers and I want to be more excited about this, but I’ll have to shelf this product for a few months until I get my winter shade back. I swatched this and I am exactly this shade. It might work as a setting/pressed powder, but I have to admit that I’m disappointed. (Of course this smells delicious though!)

Nest Fragrances: Citrine
Layers of fresh lotus flowers and freesia mingle with bright citrus and a base of precious woods. What better way to tell you about a scent than to post it’s description. I love getting fragrances! This smells amazing and I’ll probably use this up by the end of the month.

Beauty Blender Blotterazzi
I’m all about blotting pads! (Oily girl, checking in.) Having a reusable pad that I can just slip into my bag sounds amazing and I can’t wait to take this for a test drive! The foam feels really soft and pliable, but not so delicate that it feels like it will fall apart when washing.

Fire Aid Beauty: Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
This is  a foaming gel cleanser that I feel will be perfect for my after ride skin routine! I don’t currently have anything that is considered a “deep cleanser”, and this will fit in perfectly and will probably replace two of my products that I am currently using!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
I have actually put this in my cart a few times and now I don’t have to actually buy it! With the summer well underway here in TX, my pores have been making themselves known. I don’t have a huge issue with my pores, but it becomes more noticeable in the summer.

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Briogeo Curl Charisma
I actually got this in another Ipsy and probably rated as my least favorite product, but now that I have two, I can probably give this a try. It’s just too small to get anything worthwhile out of it.

Luxie Beauty Small Angle Eye Brush
*gasp* Brittany is putting a brush lower on the list?! Why!?! Well, it’s only because I have a brush like this already. I love it so I don’t need this to take the place of something else on my list. It’s a firm brush so you can really press shadows into the eye or use heavier (i.e. cream) liners without difficulty. It held up really well to cleaning, but I’ll save more for a brush review if there’s interest.

Ofra Cosmetics Lip Liner: Maya
I love this shade! Also, this pencil is creamy and very pigmented. It claims to be water/drink proof and long lasting. From my swatch, I feel like that is probably true. I have other Ofra products that I’ve loved. I’m hoping this eventually makes that cute as well.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
This primer is marketed as doubling as  a moisturizer and primer, and I’m leery by nature of products that claim to be double duty. Also, I am an oily girl, so I never really desire a primer that gives a “dewy” or “radiant” look. To me, that’s code for shiny.  That being said, it might be a good primer for around the eyes to “wake” my look up a bit.

Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner: Lauren
Eye liners almost never make the top of my list, but this liner felt really good when applied. I feel like I could get that 90s grunge look easily! Also, it has a built in sharpener and smudge tip. I love multi-use tools for travel purposes. (Yea, I like multipurpose tools not products! :P) This has shea butter in it and I think that might be why this feel so lightweight even though it’s so pigmented.