Play! by Sephora Review | February 2017

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Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. This week the February Play! by Sephora box arrived, and it’s time to take a look at the products and discuss my first impressions.

Sephora Play - Contents

The theme of this month’s box is “The Soft Side”.

Sephora Play - Info Sheet

This month, the products arrived in a silky bag whose color and texture match the theme perfectly.

Sephora Play - Smitten Bag

Let’s take a look at what was inside:


Sephora Play - Too Faced and Nars

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

I’ve never tried any of the Nars Velvet Lip Glides before, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The formula is very easy to wear, feels moisturizing and the color is perfect. I can see wearing this quite a bit to the office.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake

I had heard that these Lip Injections were very intense, and after trying this one I have to strongly agree. This wasn’t just a “slight tingling sensation” but was much more irritating than that. I wasn’t a fan of this one, and I’m not very interested in lip plumpers in general.

Sephora Play - Perfume and Mascara

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence Perfume Sample

This perfume has a lot of sweet and fruity notes, but there was also something heavier underneath. After it was sitting on my skin for a while, the heaviness was very noticeable. I like the complexity here.

Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara

This was unfortunately a bit of a fail for me. The mascara was very clumpy and thick on the lashes and didn’t give me the lengthening effect I love with other mascaras. The clumpiness was just too heavy.

Sephora Play - Clinique and Origins

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

I love receiving eye creams in subscription boxes because even when in sample size, there’s usually enough product for many applications. This allows you to really see what the longer term effect will be on your skin. So far, I really like this cream. My undereyes are very dark, so I enjoy the brightening effect.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer

According to the info sheet, this can be used as a regular day or night moisturizer, but can also function as a primer. I do enjoy a multitasking product! The cream is thick, but absorbed well into the skin. I enjoyed the way it made my skin feel afterward.

There was a mixture of hits and misses in this month’s box, but as always I find it fun and interesting to be able to try out a variety of on-trend, higher end makeup brands.


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Do you like lip plumpers or find them irritating like I do?

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One Week One Palette | Weeks 5 & 6

Welcome to another installment of my One Week One Palette challenge! If you’re not familiar with the concept, check out my previous posts on the topic. This time, I’m taking a look at two rather large palettes, both of which I received in BoxyCharms over the past year.


Week 5: Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection

One Week One Palette - Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection

First up is the Buff Collection from the brand Pure Cosmetics. This palette didn’t get as much use as others in this challenge because there were several snow days that week during which I worked from home and didn’t apply any makeup. However, this was totally fine in my book, because this palette did not live up to expectations. The shadows are extremely powdery, have a lot of fallout and are not very pigmented.

The shimmers were especially disappointing as they didn’t give much shine at all and barely had any color. I was happy to put this palette back when the week was out.

Week 6: Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette

One Week One Palette - Coastal Scents Revealed Palette

Unfortunately, a lot of what I said about the Buff Collection can be repeated for the Revealed 3. This is a very affordable palette in the scheme of things, but it did not perform well, even for the price point. Again there was quite a lot of fallout and the shimmers were very disappointing. I didn’t end up loving any of the looks I came up with, and with this many color options in the palette, that says a lot.

The one color I did end up liking is the shimmery gold in the top row. Though it’s not as pigmented as it could be, building this one up did give me something I could work with.

Overall, these two weeks were not the best of this challenge, but (spoiler alert) the palette I’m working with this week is AMAZING and more than makes up for these duds. Check back in 2 weeks to find out more about that!


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Thinking Out Loud | A Low Buy and My Sephora Wish List

It’s that time of week again where Running with Spoons hosts her weekly Thursday link up and allows us all to do some Thinking Out Loud!

Thinking Out Loud banner


Thinking Out Loud

1. First and foremost, if you haven’t already, make sure you enter my planner giveaway! The odds of winning right now are pretty great!

2. After ranting about snow for the past two weeks… it feels like spring has arrived! I actually got to open up the windows in the house yesterday and let in some fresh air. This makes me extremely happy.

3. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been cutting way down on purchasing planner stickers and beauty products (the two things I buy like crazy!). I’ve been making a concerted effort to use up the things I have, and it’s actually been making me realize that I pretty much have everything I need for the moment.

4. When it comes to planner stickers, I have a giant binder housing my collection from the past year, and it’s been a lot of fun to go through and create planner spreads using what I already have. It’s forcing me to be a lot more creative!

5. As far as beauty products are concerned, it’s always hard to resist the new releases, but I’ve been getting my fix through subscription boxes and an odd purchase here and there. Also, I’ve gone ahead and started making a wish list for the next Sephora VIB sale, which i believe takes place sometime in the spring.

6. One thing that has definitely made the list is the new Stila Magnificent Metals. I’ve seen the swatches and reviews all over YouTube lately and they just look beautiful. I love a good sparkle.

7. I’ve also recently gotten really into perfumes, which is interesting because for years I was a little intimidated by them. I think the Replica perfumes are responsible for this change in attitude. I got the Beach Walk perfume in a Sephora box last year and quickly fell in love. Then I proceeded to buy the two rollerball variety packs they put out last fall. I love them!

8. Secretly, I’m waiting for them to release a similar rollerball set for their new “Fantasies” collection. I haven’t yet gotten to sample any of them, but they sound so intriguing – especially “Dancing on the Moon”, “Across Sands”, and “Flying”. The next time I go to Sephora, I will be heading to that department first!


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Is there anything you’ve been trying to cut back on buying lately?

What’s on your beauty wishlist?