Sephora Play Review | May 2017

After last week’s BoxyCharm, I was starting to feel a little less enthusiastic than usual about subscription boxes. Luckily my Sephora Play box arrived shortly thereafter and was a completely different ballgame.

Sephora Play May 2017 - Bag

Usually the products arrive in a small fabric drawstring bag with a cute beauty saying on it. This month they changed it up and sent this adorable envelope instead.

Sephora Play May 2017 - Info

As always, the box comes with a detailed info sheet which comes in handy especially when they send new and innovative products that you may not have used before, as is often the case.

Sephora Play May 2017 - Contents

Let’s take a look at what was inside!

Sephora Play May 2017 - Milk Makeup and Nest Fragrance

Milk Makeup Blur Stick

One of the things I love most about Sephora Play is that you receive products and brands that are high profile and that are likely something you’re interested in trying. This blur stick has been all over YouTube for some time, and I was happy to give it a go. The application is very smooth and you can see it filling in your pores as you apply. I like it, but I don’t think it’s special enough to purchase a full size.

Nest Fine Fragrances Black Tulip

I liked this perfume as soon as I tried it out. The info sheet describes the notes as warm and sweet with Japanese violet, black amber plum and patchouli. Very interesting! The only down side is that the scent did not last very long on my skin.

Sephora Play May 2017 - Tata Harper and Christophe Robin

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

I tried this resurfacing mask one afternoon when I had some time to kill, and I was intrigued by the fact that this is supposed to resurface your skin. As it dried, I could feel it tightening and after removing I was blown away by the results. My skin looked noticeably firmer and smoother. It was so soft! I may end up purchasing a full size of this one.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

But this purifying scrub has to be the overwhelming star of the box. This was another unusual product that I wasn’t sure how to use or what the result would be. I was even still skeptical while using it – the texture is very odd in that there are chunks of sea salt in it and it’s meant to be used as a shampoo. I sort of felt like I was cleaning my hair with rock salt. But then when I was blow drying later, I was absolutely blown away by how my hair looked and felt. It was like I had just come from the hair dresser! It was so smooth, healthy and manageable. I’ve never in my life used any hair product that gave me this dramatic of a result. I already have this in my Sephora cart!

Sephora Play May 2017 - Trestique and Grande Lips

Trestique Highlight and Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent

This highlight stick was nice and easy to use. It has a slight champagney color to it and was fairly easy to blend into the skin. I do prefer powder highlighters over anything in stick form, however.

Grande Lips Lip Plumper in Clear

If there was one product in this box that I just wasn’t too excited about, it would have to be this lip plumper. I’m not a fan of lip plumpers in general, and this one was no exception. It didn’t sting as much as the Too Faced plumper, but it still isn’t something I’m interested in using.

Overall, this box was a huge win for me. I found at least two home run products that gave incredible results, and that’s not something I often find with any subscription box. Nice job Sephora!

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BoxyCharm Review – The ‘Am I Disillusioned’ Edition

As you know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I’m usually a huge fan of BoxyCharm. However, when I saw the spoilers for this month’s box, I found myself underwhelmed by the products that were going to be included. Each one of the brands has been included in previous boxes and nothing was overly exciting.

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Contents

Let’s take a look at what was in the box:

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Makeup Is Art

IBY Beauty Highlight & Contour Palette

BoxyCharm May 2017 - IBY Beauty Palette

IBY Beauty has been included in BoxyCharm in the past, and their last item was an eyeshadow trio that I really loved. This month’s box could have either included this palette or a cream contour palette, and as usual, the outpouring from nearly everyone online was that they did not want the cream. Neither did I, so I was happy to see the powder version in my box.

However, the highlighters in this palette seem to be more like flat powders. There is no shimmer or glow to them and they really were not light enough for my skin tone. I did not have much better luck with the row of bronzers, which didn’t do much for my skin.

The BrowGal Brow Brush and Convertible Brow

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Brow Gal

Because I love both subscription boxes and reviews, I watch a lot of BoxyCharm reviews on YouTube. If there was one product that was universally hated in past BoxyCharms, it was the BrowGal brow gel. Every single person I saw review the product hated it so much, they immediately decluttered it and went on a rant of some kind. This is why I was surprised to see more products from this brand included in this month’s box.

Both the brush and powder palette were okay, but not something I see myself reaching for often. I have another brow brush and powder palette that I’m working through and the results I see with that combo are worlds better.

Temptu Liquid Glow

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Temptu

The story is the same with Temptu. A few months back, they included a liquid bronzer that everyone complained about. Was it workable? Sure. This is workable as well, but I really don’t like liquid face products, whether it be highlight, blush or bronzer. Also, it takes such a tiny amount for each application, I don’t see ever being able to work through something of this size.

Crown Pro Round Contour Brush

BoxyCharm May 2017 - Crown Brush

This brush was probably the best item in the box. It was soft and just dense enough to make your makeup look smooth. I also enjoyed that this brush wasn’t overly large so you could use it for contouring if you wanted to.

Overall, I think this was one of my least favorite BoxyCharms to date. I’m hoping to see more variety of brands in the box in the future as well as some signs that the company is listening to the feedback from its customers. Why continue to include products and brands that continually get bad feedback? For now, I will continue to stay subscribed, because I know that when BoxyCharm is good, it’s really good. Let’s see what next month will bring.

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One Week One Palette | Weeks 17 & 18

This week’s edition of One Week One Palette feature two palettes I happened to pick up at the same time during the Sephora VIB sale. Coincidentally, both palettes have similarly toned shadows. Welcome to One Week One Palette: The Warm Eyeshadows edition!

Week 17: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

One Week One Palette - Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

I’m clearly pretty late to the game when it comes to the Modern Renaissance palette, but for the longest time I just didn’t think I would enjoy the colors. During the VIB sale, I was debating between getting this one and the first Naked palette. While I will still likely get that one at some point, I wanted to see what all the hype was about here.

I can’t say I expected to be disappointed after everyone raving about this for months on end. They were right: the quality is amazing, easily blendable and the colors create beautiful looks on the eyes. I’m happy to be playing around more with warm eyeshadows, and Im finding that I had nothing to be afraid of when it comes to these colors.

The only downside here is that there is a fair amount of fallout. Other than that, this palette is the winner everyone says it is.

Week 18: Viseart Theory Palette

One Week One Palette - Viseart Theory Palette

I was on a warm eyeshadow kick for these two weeks and decided to jump right into the Viseart Theory palette, purchased in the same order as the Anastasia. Viseart is another brand I had heard raved about but had never tried. The palette I got is the Theory V Nuance.

This palette contains all shimmery shades and the colors are beautiful. I’ve heard in the past that Viseart’s matte shades are more impressive than their shimmers, and I can see why people say that. Though the colors were nice, the shimmer was not very impressive. When I put on a shimmer shadow, I like it to be as shimmery as can be. In that way, this palette was slightly disappointing.

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Have you tried either of these palettes? What did you think?