September Sephora Play & Ipsy!

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As always, if you don’t know was Ipsy is, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service. For only $10/mo, you get five products and a makeup bag! If you want to sign up, you can do so here.

This month, I have to say is one of my favorite months. There is actually only one product that I am not at all excited about, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out which one. If you are new to my blog, then my reviews start from least favorite to most favorite! Keep on reading!

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme
This product is meant to make the lips look more plump. I already have plump lips so I don’t need any help in that category. Not to mention, people complained about burning lips when they used this. So, to the bottom of the list this goes.

EYEKO Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner in Black
It was hard trying to find an order for the next four items, but this liner is next on the list. I admit, it would have been higher had I not received Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Sephora’s box. BUT, I am always looking to compare liners. I have very hooded eyes, so it creates an extra challenge during application of liners.

GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTER Inspire
The body butter actually feels amazing! It’s not greasy and would work well on both hands and face. I don’t think it’s heavy enough for those hard hitting areas (knees, elbows, etc), but I’d love to toss this in my bag right now! (PS, it smells great!)

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum in Truth
I’ve never heard of a toning primer, but I’m intrigued enough to put this higher on my list. Not to mention, the primers I have been getting so far have been A+! Apparently, this can be used on it’s own or as a base for foundation so it’s versatile as well.

ToGoSpa Eyes by ToGoSpa in Green Tea EYES
Ah! I cannot wait to try these out! Lately, my eye bags have gotten out of control, so these will be thrown right into the thick of things. I’ve been enjoying my skincare routine and I am excited to see where these fit in and compliment that routine.

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Sephora Play is also a $10 monthly beauty subscription box! This box comes with 6 products instead of the 5 in Ipsy. And again, I am going to start with my least favorite and work my way to most favorite! Starting with…..!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick: Love Spell
I struggled with what to put first and finally decided on the lipstick. It’s really pink, and because of that, I don’t think it’ll look good on me. It’ll definitely take some gymnastics and creativity to make it work. It’s also really shear, so I’m not sure that it’ll play well with my vibrant, matte, lipsticks. Some good points, it seems really long lasting, and not sticky at all.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector
I like hair products, but they rate low because I assume they aren’t made for my hair. Reading the description, it seems like a night time hair masque that you wash out in the morning. It sounds like it’s meant for people who wash, or at least, rinse their hair daily. Despite that, it smells really amazing and feels like it might actually have some pretty good slip. It might not be a stand alone detangler, but might compliment my current routine by providing some more yummy hair nutrition.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
Even now, I wonder if I should have really rated this under the hair cream, but I boosted it up because it’s a product that I have never tried. I’m really a minimalist when it comes to my brows and have never really cared for a brow gel. That being said, I’m eager to see if this helps in cutting down time needed to do my brows!

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
I tried this on and this product is really deceiving! It looks really thick, but because it’s whipped, it goes on so thin and light! It’s oil free, so it would make my already oily skin any oilier and it actually settles really nicely without giving me that “shine” that other moisturizers sometimes cause. On top of that, it says that it can also be used as a primer/base for foundation.

Atelier Cologne Collection Azur – Sud Magnolia
Omg this is going to be my signature scent for the fall! It smells so, so good! I know perfume scents are 100% subjective, so reading a review of it is somewhat pointless. But it has “notes of magnolia from Louisiana, bitter orange from Seville, and atlas cedarwood from Morocco“. If there are two things in life that I love smelling, fresh scent and wood are it!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I had to rate this highly because I was a day out from buying this before finding out this came in my box. I’ve used this liner a million times in the past and it’s extremely easy to apply (even with my hooded eyes) and it’s very black! The fast drying ability is what I love the most. What more can I say?!

Well, that wraps up September’s boxes rundown! What were your favorites for the month? Have you tried any of the products listed?”

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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!

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.