Sephora Play! May 2017 Unboxing

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Beauteque Mask Maven April 2017 Review

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Yes, I know it’s July. Shut up.

Worth noting, Beauteque had some changes to their shipping starting in in April, but they did at least notify their customers via email and gave us a 15% discount on the next billing to make up for it. I got my April bag in May and bumped up my masking routine a bit to every other day once I got my masks so that I could use them all up before my May bag came in, only to find out that this was the new norm. Beauteque now ships out on the last day of the month, so you’ll get that month’s bag in the following month. Stupid, I know, but at least they’re still fairly reliable when it comes to getting masks to my mailbox. Continue reading “Beauteque Mask Maven April 2017 Review”

First Impression: Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream

Promotional Sample

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I know I’ve got a mess of other reviews to post, but I do want to get to this one first because it’s my first true promotional sample in a while, and I wanted to get on this as quickly as possible. Please note, while I like to test things for a full 2-4 weeks before reviewing, I’ve not had the opportunity to give this particular product that kind of mileage, so this is only a first impression. I’ll definitely write up an update on a later date giving my thoughts after having used this for at least a month. Please note that while Benton did send me this sample free of charge in exchange for my review, all thoughts expressed here are purely my own.

According to the information Benton sent, they are a Korean company that “is inspired by and named after the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (that movie where Brad Pitt ages backwards). They’re purpose is “to restore skin back to its original, healthy condition with healthy recipes, rather than to give temporary effects with harmful ingredients. Also, Benton presents freshly made products by sticking to small batch production.” Continue reading “First Impression: Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream”

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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Review: BONVIVANT Sheet Mask Fiber 101 Kit from Memebox

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You know, I was never really a huge fan of sheet masks until I’d fully plunged myself into Asian skincare a little under a year ago. Now I’m addicted. These things are probably the single best part of my routine, leaving my skin so incredibly hydrated and fresh.

They can get expensive, though. This was my initial issue with sheet masking. It wasn’t very wallet friendly. And if you’re an every day masker, that can be a routine that costs you anywhere from $30-100+ every month, depending on what kinds of masks you’re using, and that doesn’t even include the rest of your skincare!

I am so not the kind of person who wants to spend that kind of money, so I look for the best masks I can get at the cheapest price point possible. Continue reading “Review: BONVIVANT Sheet Mask Fiber 101 Kit from Memebox”

Beauteque Mask Maven February 2017 Review

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Beauteque Mask Maven is a monthly subscription. For $15 plus shipping (just under $19 for me), you get a curated bag of 9-11 masks. These are usually sheet masks, but they can vary on occasion. It’s absolutely enough to fill up the month for anyone who does two, sometimes three masks per week, which is nice because you’ll always have a variety of sheet masks on hand. Should you find something you like and purchase a bundle of your own, you can skip a month with Beauteque and take time to try it all out without ended up buried underneath a pile of unused sheet masks.

In other words, there’s no risk of running into the notorious subscription box stockpile with this subscription.

Each month includes a card that gives you more information about each mask that’s included as well as instructions whenever needed, and all masks are packaged in a pretty sheer drawstring bag. When I last grabbed my Mask Maven subscription back in September, they were also including a calendar that gave you an idea as to when to use each mask over the course of 30 days, but I didn’t get one this time. Maybe they’ve discontinued it. I enjoyed it while it lasted. Continue reading “Beauteque Mask Maven February 2017 Review”

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.