Sephora Play! October 2016 Unboxing


Much like my Memebox order, this month’s Sephora Play also went through some bumps here and there. After a full week of waiting for it to arrive with no updates on the tracking information, UPS straight up told me that it had been lost. Since Sephora doesn’t have extra boxes laying around to send, that meant that I wasn’t going to get October’s box. I called up Sephora’s CS and explained the situation, and they promptly issued me a discount. Two days later, the box mysteriously arrived.

I called Sehpora and told them as much. They’re letting me keep the box and not re-charging me for it, which is swell. I’m tickled pink, since there were a couple of items here that I was looking forward to trying out.

Sephora Play is just $10/month for five deluxe samples and one bonus perfume sample. As you might guess, the box includes items sold at Sephora stores. The samples can be tiny, but if you’re a Sephora shopper, they’ll include brands you might actually be inclined to buy. If you’re interested in signing up, you can click here to do so. Yes, there’s a waitlist, but you do see them open this up quite frequently these days. Just keep an eye out and keep trying, and you should eventually find a window.

This month’s theme was “The Cool Cut” and is supposed to include “breakthrough formulas, indie brands and products that truly stand out from the crowd.” Continue reading “Sephora Play! October 2016 Unboxing”

October 2016 Ipsy Review

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Ipsy is a $10 subscription service where each month you will receive a featured makeup bag and five beauty items customized to your profile. These items can be deluxe samples or full size, and they can range in value from drugstore items to higher end. They can be well-known or indie brands. You can get hair care, fragrances, skin care, makeup, and/or tools. It’s always a mixed bag, but they do try to tailor what you’re sent out of that month’s items to what you have selected in your preferences. It’s rare that I’m disappointed, and I almost always find some new thing that I love in these bags. 

You can also review the items you receive, which helps them to better determine what to send you in the future and also rewards you points that you can later redeem for other items. This month being my last month for a while due to product overload, I went ahead and redeemed about 1000 of these points for a couple of items that I’ll get to here in a bit. Continue reading “October 2016 Ipsy Review”

Unboxing: Memebox Halloween Box



There were hiccups, folks. Lots and lots of hiccups.

Over the past two weeks I’ve had three separate packages from three separate companies lost by the USPS. Two of them eventually ended up showing up, but one of them was so late that I ended up losing hope and got a refund before it finally showed up this morning. The other was this one, which was lost on the first try and then, after finally getting in touch with Memebox, they sent me a replacement super duper fast. I did get my box, but since I don’t necessarily sheet mask every day, I’m going to be wearing monster-themed sheet masks well into Thanksgiving. Continue reading “Unboxing: Memebox Halloween Box”

Skincare Diary: October 26, 2016


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There’s really not a lot to report at the moment. The Vitamin C serum is going great. Love it. I will likely stick with it for a while, though there’s another brand I definitely want to try– particularly since the other brand is more easily available through Amazon Prime. The It’s Skin serum is easy enough to find on Memebox, but I’m a little antsy about depending solely on them for my K-beauty needs. Their inventory changes a lot, and shipping has been a little slow. Hopefully they’ll get that hammered out.

I’m not 100% sold on the Mizon pink powder. It absolutely works better than the EradiKate, but now that I’ve had a bit of time to work with it, I’m not convinced that it works any better for me than my cheap CVS benzoyl peroxide cream for spot treatment. It CAN however be used alongside retinol treatments, so that might be enough to keep me from ditching it.

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Skincare Diary: October 17, 2016


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So, uh… It’s been several weeks without an AHA product, and my skin STILL does not appear to need additional chemical exfoliation. Hm… I think I’m going to table it for now, though I definitely want to add it (as well as retinol) back into my routine at some point for anti-aging. But for now, I’m cool. I have other uses for the Garnier peel for now (as in, the KP on my arms), and there are other AHA products I’d rather use on my face, so this will be taken from my spreadsheet, soon. Continue reading “Skincare Diary: October 17, 2016”