One Week One Palette | Weeks 9 & 10

Welcome to another edition of One Week One Palette! Today we’ll be taking a look at the palettes I used during weeks 9 and 10 of the challenge. Coincidentally, both palettes were sent in previous BoxyCharm boxes. If you’re looking to expand your eyeshadow palette collection, I have to recommend BoxyCharm!

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Studio Makeup On-The-Go: The Warm Up

Studio Makeup On-The-Go: The Warm Up

First up is the “Warm Up” palette from Studio Makeup. I reviewed another palette in this line in a previous One Week One Palette installment, but of the two, this one is my favorite.

Studio Makeup On-The-Go: The Warm Up Colors

Prior to this challenge, I had made a huge dip in the top left light shimmery color. The other shimmers are equally impressive, and I’ve found that you can make some beautiful looks using this palette alone. The quality rivals the well known high end brands that you’ll find at Sephora. This has honestly become one of my favorite palettes in my collection since I received it!

IBY Beauty: Three’s Company Trio

IBY Beauty: Three's Company Trio

The following week I decided to go simple and picked out this IBY Beauty trio. While there are only three colors, they are extremely good quality. Sometimes I find that I really only need a combo like this – two great shimmers and one matte.

IBY Beauty: Three's Company Trio Colors

Much like the Studio Makeup palette I described above, this one has great pigmentation, little fallout and blends smoothly. The colors are perfect for a simple, neutral look. This one is real contender for taking on vacation – it’s so small and versatile!

In conclusion, both of these palettes are winners in my collection. Anytime I need an eyeshadow look that I don’t need to think too much about, I will reach for either one. BoxyCharm really hit it out of the park by including both of these in previous boxes!

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Have you ever discovered a great palette in a subscription box?

Do you prefer neutral eyeshadows or colorful?

Sephora Play Review | March 2017

Welcome to this month’s Play! by Sephora subscription box review! The theme of this month’s box revolves heavily around the current “glow” trend. Lately it seems like everyone wants to glow, and this month Sephora has certainly got you covered.

Sephora Play March - Gleam Team

This month’s box is entitled “The Gleam Team”, and the products arrive in a fabric bag with the phrase “Glow Your Own Way” on the front.

Sephora Play March - Contents

Let’s take a look at the products inside!

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Sephora Play March - Vice Lipstick and Verb

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Big Bang

I’ve heard so many things about the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks, so I was excited to see one (in a mini size) in the box. This color fits right in with the theme of the box: it is sparkling!

Sephora Play March - Vice Lipstick Color

There is a ton of glitter in this one, but it actually looks fun and flattering on the lips. Is it an everyday color? Of course not. But I can see having some fun with this at a party or special event.

Verb Ghost Oil

I’ve been looking for some new ways to change up my hair routine lately, so I was happy to try out a new hair oil. The consistency is actually much thicker than your typical oil, and had almost a gel-like feel to it. The oil made my hair smooth and shiny and I was impressed with the outcome.

Sephora Play March - Glamglow and Becca

Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer

I was a little intimidated by the phrase “mega illuminating” in the title of this product, but actually it just gives the skin a subtle glow. After applying it to my face though, I did notice that my hands were covered in glitter. Just something to be aware of.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

In case you haven’t yet gotten enough glow in this box, we have a Becca liquid highlighter to test out. I wasn’t overly impressed with this. Because this is a liquid and comes in a squeezy tube, it was awkward to apply and blend out. The effect was extremely subtle as well. I have enjoyed Becca’s powder products in the past and if this had been in powder form, I think I would have liked it much more.

Sephora Play March - Perfume Sample and Josie Marin

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

This Argan Finishing Balm threw me off at first. According to the info sheet Sephora includes in the box, this can be used as both a primer and as something you layer on top of your makeup when it’s complete. I tried it on top of my makeup, but didn’t really see much of a difference. If anything, it might have taken down some of the powderiness of the other products I had been using, but it wasn’t overly noticeable. I think I will stick to using this as a primer.

Atelier Cologne Clementine California

The perfume sample this month is from Atelier Cologne in the scent Clementine California. I really liked this! True to the name, it does smell very much like clementines.

Overall, this month’s box had a few hits and a few misses. As I’ve said in previous Sephora Play reviews, one of the things I love the most about this box is the opportunity to try well known, high-end brands for an affordable price.

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Are you still into the current glow trend or are you over it?

Favorite highlighter?

Thinking Out Loud | Storms, Lemon Bars, and Daylight Savings

Thank goodness it’s almost Friday! Between the weather this week and a jam-packed schedule, I’m counting the hours until the weekend. For now though, let’s check in with some Thinking Out Loud.

Thinking Out Loud banner

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1. Spring starts in 4 days, and with the way the weather’s been acting, you’d think we were smack in the middle of January. I’m quite unhappy about this. Tuesday we had almost a foot of snow, it’s supposed to snow again on Saturday and it’s frigid outside. Spring, where are you??

2. This is especially annoying because D and I are supposed to be going to a concert on Saturday, and depending on this next storm, we may not be able to go. Crossing fingers on this one!

3. Last weekend, my brother hosted his annual St. Patrick’s Day party. It was a fun time, and I ended up making lemon bars for dessert. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed these. I may need to make another batch soon just for snacking.

4. Last weekend also marked the start of Daylight Savings Time. I have to say, the time change doesn’t affect me nearly as much now. I think it’s because I’ve experienced true jet lag coming from and going to Japan multiple times. Those 13 hours certainly put things into perspective. Also, it’s great to have more daylight when I get out of work now.

5. The first official Lisa 3D giveaway ended on Monday at midnight, and I sent out the prizes today. It was a fun experience, and I will definitely be doing more in the future.

6. Speaking of which, the next one is right around the corner! This one will be hosted entirely on Instagram (follow me @thelisa3d if you haven’t already!) where I will be giving away a 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner.

7. Yesterday, Tarte announced their new unicorn-inspired collection, and I decided to splurge and order the eyeshadow palette. It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to play with it. Check back with my One Week One Palette series for updates.

8. And lastly, TimeHop let me know that one year ago today I was out shopping for bridesmaid dresses with my sister in law. Time flies!

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How’s the weather where you are lately? Any signs of spring?

What was your most recent makeup purchase?