Sephora Play! April 2017 Unboxing

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Sephora Play! March 2017 Unboxing

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Sephora Play! February 2017 Unboxing

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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”

Sephora Play! July 2016 Unboxing

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It’s that time again! It’s July, and I have a new Sephora Play box to play with! This is one of those boxes that I started out with high expectations for, then found myself underwhelmed as I saw all the reviews, then as I actually started experiencing it found myself loving. This has quickly become my favorite subscription not just because of the value but because of the curation and because of the interaction Sephora has worked into its subscription. Each box so far has had at least one one item that was added to my repurchase list, and as soon as I run out of product, I do plan to purchase a full size of those.

This month’s theme is “Effortless Summer” though I honestly don’t see much of a link between this month’s theme and the products included. It was the first month where a more customized box was sent to subscribers based on skin type. I got the box for oily/combination. Others got a slightly different box for normal/dry skin. Continue reading “Sephora Play! July 2016 Unboxing”

Sephora Play! June 2016 Unboxing

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Admittedly, Sephora Play doesn’t have the highest value among my subscription boxes, and we’ll get to that breakdown shortly, but it does have what I believe to be one of the best curations with higher end items I use, and the other goodies like in-store classes and trials and bonus Beauty Insider points make this a very worthwhile subscription, particularly if you shop at Sephora. If you’re interested, there is a waitlist, but you can sign up here.

This month’s theme is “The Minimalist” and includes products to help you achieve that look. I think I had a much easier time understanding why items were included this month as opposed to last month’ theme. Sunscreen, bronzer, shimmering primer, and mascara are definitely what I’d call minimalist makeup, and the hair care item is designed to remove a step from your hair styling routine. This is absolutely a box that I’d say is designed to help you get ready and out the door more quickly in the morning. Continue reading “Sephora Play! June 2016 Unboxing”

Sephora Play! May 2016 Unboxing

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

I’ve been waiting ages to get off of this waitlist, and I’ve finally received my first box from Sephora Play! I’m not even going to mess around. I’m just going to jump right in…

Each month, subscribers will get a “play book,” which is a foldout detailing the items inside. This also includes a card that you can take into any freestanding Sephora (NOT a Sephora inside JC Penny) for a one-on-one tutorial as well as 50 extra points added to your Beauty Insider account with any purchase. Continue reading “Sephora Play! May 2016 Unboxing”

Monday Musings

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Have you ever had one of those weekends where you’re kind of glad it’s Monday because it seems like it might be a return to a safe and sane routine? I’m kinda there.

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I’d take a picture of my makeup and skincare collection, but I don’t think I could fit everything into the frame. It’s embarrassing. Really embarrassing. As in, I don’t even exclusively shop at Sephora for products, and I’m not sure whether or not a Rouge status should be a source of pride or shame for me. I did another spreadsheet over the weekend detailing my routine (more on that further down), my products, and a breakdown on how much I spend. I’m not showing you guys a picture of that, either. It’s not that I go over-budget or anything, but… Yeah…

I apparently have eight full size red lipsticks in a nearly identical shade. I honestly suspected I had more, but I think I gave a few of them to my daughter.

So I decided to put my spreadsheet obsession to good use. Everything is dated by when I got it and use by dates (if any). There are also notes on what I liked or didn’t like and whether or not I want to repurchase. It’s broken down by category, item and even by shade and finish. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will use up as much of it as possible or donate if unused before it goes bad. I will not repurchase another product of its kind until it is used up. As things are emptied, I’ll know what to review, how to review it, and what to repurchase. Continue reading “Monday Musings”

Monday Musings

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Ah… That was a nice week off!

Chicken Nuggets ≠ Chicken McNuggets

Since I don’t do regular weekly confessions, I’ll make one now. I spent two hours on Friday arguing with people on the Internet about what a chicken nugget is. Why? Because, as someone who tries to (occasionally and not often enough, I’ll admit) eat healthy, I’m appalled that some people apparently think that THIS is a chicken nugget:

No. Those are Chicken McNuggets, and there’s a difference. I have strong opinions regarding this.  Continue reading “Monday Musings”

Powder as Primer: Yes, you read that right.

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I have combination skin, but for whatever reason, my skin occasionally decides to be oilier than Saudi Arabia. Skin care products don’t seem to make a difference. Baking seems to help a little, but not much. Primer (or lack thereof) doesn’t see to help much. I have few different primers in my arsenal, but my two most expensive ones (both from Benefit) do more for me when I wear them OVER my foundation. (I use one for mattifying and one for brightening.)

And then I discovered this stuff…

e.l.f. Prime & Stay Finishing Powder

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This was originally purchased as a random new item from e.l.f. to try out and review, and I’ll admit I sort of had no idea what to do with it when I got it. It’s okay as a finishing powder, but I was curious about the “primer” portion of the description, mainly because everything I know about makeup tells me that I’m putting on my makeup in the wrong order if I do this. Primer goes first, then foundation and concealer, then powder. Right? Every woman knows this.

I’m here to tell you that I’ve apparently been doing things wrong all these years. This stuff… It works miracles, and it really hasn’t been given the attention it deserves. I went back and forth on how to use this, so I eventually decided that I should apply it as if I were going to go out without makeup. I went through my morning skincare routing and got my moisturizer game in order. Then I applied this with a dense powder brush (not the big, fluffy kind). There’s actually a new one from e.l.f. that works perfectly for this. A foundation brush also works. Then I let it set for a few minutes. The best way I can describe what happened next is to say that as the product was warmed up on my skin the powder residue seemed to melt away, leaving behind that smooth, soft focus finish.

Every foundation I’ve applied over it has lasted longer and needed less blotting, with or without baking. I’ve used Tarte, Lancome, Make Up Forever, Maybelline, e.l.f., and L’Oreal. I’ve used concealers by e.l.f., Maybelline, Tarte, and Sephora. EVERYTHING has stayed put for hours longer than I thought it would, and this little $2 product has quickly become my baby.

And then it went out of stock, and I couldn’t find a link to it on e.l.f.’s website without searching Google, which tells me that it’s likely this has been discontinued. I’ve been Googling and trying to find something similar, and meanwhile I’ve hit pan.

Now, I’ve never seen another product like this, but knowing e.l.f., it’s probably a dupe of something more expensive out there. So off I flew earlier today to hit up a few makeup counters. I think I confused the hell out of the poor salesperson at Sephora. When I told her I’d been putting powder on under my foundation and a mattifying or brightening primer over it, she looked at me like I’d just tried to take a bite out of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar display. I can’t say I’d blame her. I thought the same thing until I’d tried this stuff.

“Ma’am, you put your powder on OVER your foundation to set your makeup. Your primer goes under your foundation. Have you tried a primer?”

“Yes, and the ones I like tend to work a little better for me on top of my foundation. That Smashbox abomination that everyone else seems to love makes my makeup melt off faster. But this IS a primer– just in powder form. And I use another powder to set my makeup after I put on foundation.”

“Which powder are you using.”

“I have five. Two loose and three pressed. It just depends on what look I’m going for. The two loose are used for baking. The three pressed are a translucent, a translucent HD, and a mattifying.”

“And you’re putting those UNDER your foundation?”

“No, I use this stuff under, which is a powder primer, then my foundation and concealer, then a brightening or mattifying primer if I want, then powder.”

[Insert another look like I’m wearing my underwear on my head here.]

So yes, I get that it sounds like the strangest thing in the world, but it really does work, and I’m completely hooked. Thankfully, one of the other associates there knew about the technique and pointed me toward a similar product by Too Faced. They didn’t have it in stock, unfortunately, so I’ll have to wait until it’s delivered to do a full review on it. As best I could tell from the sample, though, it looks like I’ve found my new go-to.