Sephora Play! April 2017 Unboxing

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Beauteque Mask Maven March 2017 Review

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I really feel like I’m back in the swing of things with Beauteque Mask Maven every month. (I’m really wanting to try out their Beauty Box as well, but I still have quite a stockpile.) I love that I can get a fun curation of masks every month, many of which I might not have even heard of or thought to try, and it tends to cost me roughly $2/mask (about what I’d normally pay anyway) while also being completely skippable from month to month if I get a little backed up.

Mask Maven would probably be my second favorite subscription service right now– right behind Japan Crate, but that’s food, so it doesn’t count. Continue reading “Beauteque Mask Maven March 2017 Review”

Sephora Play! March 2017 Unboxing

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Sephora Play! February 2017 Unboxing

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Sephora Play! January 2017 Unboxing

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I think I looked forward to this more than anything once the reveals went up, and I started to get nervous because quite a few folks ended up getting theirs broken. Thankfully, mine was intact. This is a nicely moisturizing tinted balm, and it comes in two shades, one that’s light and pinky. This is more of a dark berry, and it’s pretty universally flattering. I’m not surprised that I love it. I’ve loved every Clinique lip product I’ve ever tried.

It’s really great for a no-effort look. You can put it on without a mirror because it’s so sheer, and it goes with just about anything. And at $17 for a full size, your wallet isn’t taking a huge hit. I was really impressed by this sample size, too. At 0.04 oz, it’s a little over half a full size. Here it is next to my full size ABH tinted brow gel for reference:

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This will last me for a little while, and it’s definitely my favorite item in the box. I might be repurchasing this in a full size as soon as I’ve used up my sample.

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Ouai
Treatment Masque Link

I can get behind a hair mask. This works like most. You put it in after shampooing and then rinse it out. My hair gets so dry that any kind of intensive conditioning treatment is always appreciated, though I think this might only be one treatment’s worth of product. We shall see…

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Youth To The People
Kale + Spinach + Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream Link

Admittedly, I haven’t tried this yet for obvious reasons– I only add new things once every week or two. This has been added to my testing schedule. I did patch test it on my arm, though, and I was surprised at how moisturizing and hydrating it managed to be for something so lightweight. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what this does for me. I’m a little careful with hyaluronic acid, because sometimes it can dry out my skin if the air around me is dry, but a good occlusive product and a humidifier is usually all I need to keep things in check.

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tarte
FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser Link

Here’s where the duds begin… I’ve started backing away from physical exfoliants, as I find chemical ones to be far more gentle on my highly sensitive skin. And as this reviewer points out, the tarte FRXXXTION Stick ain’t gentle. At all. I might be able to use this on my arms or feet, but it’s going nowhere near my face.

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AmorePacific
Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Link

Here’s where things went really, really wrong for Sephora Play this month, and it wasn’t just me. Sephora made a huge deal of telling subscribers this month to make sure they filled out their profiles and specified their skin tones. Everyone was so excited, because that could only mean that foundation samples were on the way! Now, Sephora Play has done foundation one other time, but they basically just included a sample container for subscribers to take to the store and have filled there. This time, it would be different, and it would go horribly, horribly wrong.

None of the foundation samples, including the ones above seemed to be a good match for the people they were sent to. The fairest subscribers received the box I got, with two shades that are way too dark. (There was another sample, too, that also was a bad match for those who received it.) Not to mention, this amounted to pretty much getting a foil packet. The people that these samples would have been a good match for ended up getting boxes with no foundation samples at all.

I mean, come on, Sephora… Get it together.

Ah, well… I guess every box has to have a miss on occasion. This was just a comical miss.

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Tory Burch
Love Relentlessly Link

Even though I’m not much of a perfume gal, I’ve been looking forward to and loving my monthly fragrance sample. (Sephora does not include this as one of your five big deluxe-size samples, so this is considered a bonus.)

This is officially the first “miss” for me in the fragrance department. I’m not a huge fan of florals, but I’ve enjoyed florals done right. This was a really strong floral– so strong that one spritz was way too much. I literally gagged.

This month’s box was valued at around $35 retail, which is about the same as last month. In terms of personal value, I’d probably rank this as breaking even on my $10 for the three items that I do like. It wasn’t a complete miss, but it was pretty bad. Let’s hope that next month is better.

If you’d like to subscribe to Sephora Play, you can do that here. Be warned… There is a wait for new subscribers. That said, they seem to open up subscriptions pretty frequently, so my best advice is to bookmark the page and try entering your email address a couple of times per day. You should eventually find a window.

Sephora Play! December 2016 Unboxing

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Sephora Play! November 2016 Unboxing

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November 2016 Kira Kira Crate

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In case anyone has been wondering about my wherabouts, I’ve been out of the country for the last week. And of course, when I came back there were freshly delivered boxes on my doorstep. This was one of them.

I’ve been subscribing to Japan Crate for a while now, and they have plenty of variations. I love my Japanese snacks, which is what the original box sends. When I heard that they were coming out with a Japanese beauty box, I had to at least order the first one and give it a shot. Most Asian beauty boxes are strictly K-beauty, so it’s nice to see a Japanese option out there. There’s also the skippable factor to the box. I only add a new product every 1-2 weeks, and I have to get through my stash, so being able to skip rather than contribute to a growing mountain of products is a nice option to have. There’s also a feature on Japan Crate’s site to switch between boxes, so I can get a snack crate one month and a beauty box the next. Prices, however, do vary between boxes.

Kira Kira Crate costs $29 a month and promises a 6-8 full size beauty items directly from Japan with a value of $50 or more. (Normally, with Asian beauty boxes I tend to judge them more on curation than value, but since this has a promised value, I’ll be holding them to task on this claim over the course of this review.)

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Sephora Play! October 2016 Unboxing

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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”