Sephora Play! August Subscription!

Hi friends! I finally got around to taking pictures of my subscription haul for August! I’m pretty sure you might have seen that Makeup Geek was pretty upset over the bag this month but I have no idea if Sephora comment back to it or not. Overall, I was pretty impressed with my samples this month and I can’t wait to share them with all of you! *enter the best gif ever*

Here is the bag and the fold-out featuring this month’s products and a fun periodic table of good ingredients in makeup and skincare. Note the bag saying “Makeup Geek” 🐸🍵

The front side of the fold-out has the Elements of Beauty. This features powerhouse ingredients that will help your beauty routine. There are different minerals, proteins, oils and butters, plant extracts, vitamins, and acids. It is a pretty comprehensive list and if you would like me to, send me a message and I’ll go into detail with it.

The back of the pamphlet features all the items included this month, a small description, and how to use each item.

For the items, I took pictures of the front and back, how-to booklets, and included boxes. Enjoy!

Here is a quick look at all the items for this month. A baby blender, coconut oil, mascara remover, concealer, perfume samples, and not pictured is a can of dry shampoo.

The first item is a coconut mini melt by Kopari. This product is 2 fluid ounces and 100% premium oil. You can use this all over your body and it contains fatty acids to seal in moisture.

This side of the box details it’s uses. They suggest under-eye, for hair conditioner, and to smooth out skin.

This side of the box has the social media platforms this company uses, the website and directions on how to use it.

This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and recyclable! Yay!

The only ingredient in this product is coconut oil and it is organic. The bottom of the box also states that in warm weather the product will liquify and the change in consistency does not affect the quality. This has a 12-month shelf-life and was made in the Philippines.

The unfortunate issue with coconut oil being delivered by the mailman on 90 degree days is that it liquefied and the product broke through the seal getting it all over the directions and box. This side of the instructions details the background of this product and how to use this oil to its full potential. For a hair mask, make sure your hair is dry and coat with the oil. Keep in for 40 minutes or overnight and wash out in the morning. Body Moisturizer, just rub on the skin! Makeup remover? Sure! Just melt some on a cotton ball and wipe away! If you need dry shave oil, just rub on the legs and shave away! They say you can add it to a bath but I picture a slippery surface and blood :/ if you have under-eye issues, just dab a bit and it will brighten. It says you can put some on your baby! Rub some on your stretch marks! Yass! BOOM!

This side has their social media handles @koparibeauty or #beautyinanutshell. This side states that the oil will go back to a solid state when put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

This is the top of the actual product. It comes in a nice sized jar for a sample. Coconut oil’s molecular structure allows it to penetrate skin and hair deeper than other oils.

To use this product, scoop some out of the jar and rub it on your hands to melt it. After that, apply for its suggested use. A little of this product goes a long way.

The bottom of the jar just reiterates the product turning to liquid when it reaches 76 degrees.

Yay! A Beauty Blender! But a baby!

This Beauty Blender is useful for contour, concealer, and highlighter. The shape helps reach the smaller parts of the face.

This is a quick set of instructions on how to use a Beauty Blender. First you wet it, next you squeeze out the excess water, and then you apply your makeup by bouncing the sponge. Wiping it across the area will make your makeup streaky.

Look how cute this baby is! I have two but I’ll never complain about more Beauty Blenders!

This is a sample of Too Faced’s Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil. This cleaner gets rid of waterproof and regular mascara with ease. Or so it says. Apparently, this product has green tea extract which helps condition the lashes and add antioxidants.

This product has a 12-month shelf life and is 0.01 fluid ounces. It has the company website and distribution information printed on it.

To apply this product, use the wand to coat the lashes and let it sit for about 60 seconds. After that, just wipe away with a damp cloth. For me, this product streaked the mascara all over the place. I didn’t like it but that’s okay.

I was excited to try this but I never find a concealer that I’m happy with. This is Kat Von D’s Lock-It Concealer Crème #19. This product is a 24-hour nourishing concealer that brightens, color corrects, and fixes your complexion. This is super pigmented and does not crease.

To apply this concealer, swipe it on the area to cover up or all-over for coverage. You can blend this out with your fingers or a sponge.

Here is the applicator for this concealer. I like how it is shaped to cover smaller areas and large areas. I’m not a fan of the smell of this product though.

Here’s a swatch of the shade that I was sent. This is M19 Cool. It covers but it is not really my skin tone.

The last product is Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Dry Shampoo. I adore Living Proof products. I use their leave-in conditioner and wow. Yes. 🙂 anyway, this product absorbs extra oil and volumizes your hair.

The back of the bottle says to shake well and spray 6-10 inches away from your head. You can apply to your roots by lifting your hair in sections. Wait for 30 seconds and then brush through to remove excess product.

I was so excited to test the perfume of the month! These are samples of Kat Von D’s Saint and Sinner.

I’m always scared to purchase perfumes before I test them so I’m very thankful. I love the bottle design.

This side has the ingredients of each sample, notes that they are recyclable, the batch code, and these are vegan fragrances! Very cool. My favorite vegan brand of perfume is Ghoulish Bath Shop. They’re scented after spooky themes!

The packaging is flawless like all her products. For Saint, the top note is mandarin, the middle note is Jasmine and Tiare Flower, and the base note is musk. Sinner has orange blossom for the top note, cinnamon as the middle note, and patchouli and vanilla as the base notes.

There you all go! What products are you interested in? What did you receive? Xo

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Sephora Play! July Subscription

Hi friends! Today I have the Sephora Play! July Subscription! Yay! So I recently saw that Sephora points expire after 18 months. Basically, that means no more stocking up. That’s going to make it harder to save for those large ticket rewards. :/ I’m not in an uproar about it but it still stinks. Let’s get started with the review!

Here’s the cute bag that all my items came in. They also had the product description pamphlet.
Here is the first side of the fold out pamphlet. This features fun ways to relax and pamper yourself while at home and on vacation. 
The second side features all the products that I received in my bag. I was pretty happy this month. I either got products I love or products that I wanted to try. Score!
Here is a quick shot of all the items from this month.

Let’s breakdown the items… 

This is the VineActive serum by Caudalie. This is a glow activating anti-wrinkle treatment. Caudalie has a patented Anti-Cell Burn-out Complex that helps skin damage caused by pollution, stress and other problems caused by, well, life.
The back of this serum has instructions on how much product to apply. After cleaning and toning, apply to your face and neck. You can use it under you makeup also. 🙂 
This is seriously one of my favorite face masks. I always make sure I have some on hand when travelling or just to use at home. This gel mask hydrates and tones and has a nice addition of rosewater and rose petals.
The pack of the canister has the how to directions, distribution information, and the 0.5 fluid ounces. I love that you can use this mask daily. Apply all over your face, watch your eyes and mouth, and rinse clean in five to ten minutes.
Here is a close-up shot of the rose face mask. You can see all the textures in there and the small pieces of rose petals. The smell is so lovely and not overpowering. This reminds me of how hot and sour soup looks but all rosy. 
The third item is Briogeo’s Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioner Treatment. Phew. That was a lot to say. This product isn’t greasy thank the stars. I’m so picky with leave-in treatments and this I liked. This milk spray is a mix of coconut, rose, and argan oil.
The back of the bottle has an ingredient list and a quick reading about their product. This treatment is sulfate-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, phthalate-free, has no artificial colors and No DEA. Yay! All you have to do to use this spray it onto clean, wet hair and either blow dry or air dry your hair.
This is a lipstick from Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea line in shade ‘Set Sail’. I really liked the color of the tube and the lipstick shade.
The bottom of the tube has the shade name in the middle and the distribution information. This product is 0.035 ounces. Did you know that all the Rainforest of the Sea products contain algae and marine flowers to help soften and smooth areas that you apply makeup to?
The shade ‘Set Sail’ is a pretty dark rose shade that has a mild scent and a buttery texture. You can apply this by using a lip brush or applying directly. Start in the middle over to the corners of your lips.
Here is an arm swatch of Set Sail. I love this color. For the most part, this shade is pretty long-lasting and is full-coverage.
The fifth product is a Bobbi Brown’s Eye Opening mascara. This formula is supposed to thicken, curl and lift your lashes. This product also boasts how easy it is to remove after application.
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The other side of the tube just has the name of the mascara and a barcode.
Here is a shot of the applicator. The instructions say to remove this mascara, just use warm water. I liked this mascara but I hated how the product didn’t fully coat the applicator brush.
The fragrance of the month is from Clean and is the scent ‘Sueded Oud’. I adore Clean perfumes because of how the packaging is recyclable and everything is cruelty-free. 
The back of the sample has the ingredients and the ounces (0.05) it is flammable. 
The inside of the tester has a sustainable mission statement and information about the perfume. The Fragrance Family is described as Earthy and Woody. The top notes are: Honeysuckle, blue cypress, and bitch wood. The middle notes are: Temple oud and night blooming Jasmine. The base notes are: Soft suede, gold patchouli, and black amber.

That’s it for the July Sephora Play! Subscription. How do you all feel about the upgraded membership for the one-time only black box? What about the points? Xo

Sephora Play! June Box!

Hi friends! Today I have the Sephora Play! June subscription box to share with you all! 

The emphasis for this month are summer items! There is a really cute print for the beach and swimming! 

The first side of the pamphlet tells you some beauty tips for the humid summer weather. It tells you tips on how to moisturize, how to wear the perfect ponytail, to use cream formulas in the summer rather than powders, apply a hair mask before going in sea water, and some other tips for colored hair and chlorine. 

The back side shows you all the products that will hook you up this summer! Yay! There’s two hair creams, tinted moisturizer, a primer sunscreen, lipstick and a scent!

Let’s get started with the products!

Here they all are lined up in a cute little row! 

The first item is from Bumble and Bumble. This is their ‘Don’t Blow It’ hair cream. It enhances your hair’s natural texture and conditions. 

After your shower, you want to towel dry your hair and then add about a some sized portion to your hair and work it in. Allow to dry and rock your day!

The next item is Tarte’s Tarteguard 20 tinted moisturizer in medium. This has lightweight coverage and is packed with vitamin A and E!

This fun item is super easy to use. You apply it with your fingertips and just blend it into your face 🙂 

The third item is Briogeo’s Curl Charisma. It has rice amino acids and avocado for a really natural leave in treatment. This product fights frizz and makes your hair look less sticky. 

To apply this treatment, you put a quarter size amount in your hair and scrunch it with your hands. This is cruelty-free and is completely free of the evil six. 

The fourth item up is Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This product is a primer merged with a sunscreen that blurs lines and blurs pores. I used this last summer and loved it.

Here is the back of the box. It shows all the active ingredients, uses, warnings and instructions. 

For a sample, they give you a decent amount. 

To use this, you rub an even amount on your face, neck and chest. You can wear it under makeup, over makeup or just by its self.

The last product is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in shade K-Dub. I’m very impressed with the new formula. I wasn’t a fan of the older because the darker shades were patchy and wouldn’t dry down for me. 

Here is a quick picture of the bottom of the lipstick. It has the name of the shade and all the product information. 

Of course I did some swatches for all of you!

Here’s the arm swatch of K-Dub! This formula smells faintly of vanilla and is a beautiful bright pink. 

This is what K-Dub looks like applied to the lips! It went on evenly and dries quickly! I love It!
As for the perfume of the month…

Alien by Thierry Mugler. I know this scent is a huge cult favorite but I hate it so much. I was so completely disappointed. 

The notes for this perfume are listed here: Top Note: Jasmine Sambac, Middle Note: Cashmeran Wood, and Base Note: Ambergris. I don’t like this scent because of how strong it is. It over powers my senses and yikes, it’s just too much.

There you have it for June’s play box! Enjoy! Xo

Sephora Play! May Edition! 

Hi friends! I received this box yesterday but I already blogged and I was helping my mom with her hair and doing one of those Tony Moly Therapy Clay masks! I have another fun post coming today because my Storybook Cosmetics Wizardry and Witchcraft eyeshadow palette is out for delivery! Yay! I’m purposely waiting to blog about it today. 

In other news, Chris Cornell passed away. Rest in peace to a talented performer. My good friends took their daughter to have open heart surgery this morning so I’m also hoping for the best for her. ❤ She was diagnosed as having ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) and has a six hour procedure. 

This month’s Play box featured some cult favorites that are in the rise. Included is a highlighter stick, perfume, a hair mask, lip plumper, resurfacing mask, and a blurring stick. 

Each box comes with a fold out pamphlet. The first side goes through seven things you didn’t know you could do at Sephora. That is also where your Play! Pass is located. You can redeem the pass by purchasing anything at Sephora and presenting the pass. You get an extra 50 Beauty Insider points added to your account.
Here is the back side of the pamphlet. This shows you all your samples for this month. There is always a perfume sample of the month which I love.
Usually when you get your box it comes in a drawstring fabric bag. This one is a jelly like plastic latch bag. I prefer this more than the others.

I’m going to go over the samples now and show you pictures of course! 🙂 

Our first sample is Grande Lips clear lip plumper. This formula has a Hyaluronic Acid-infused formula. It plumps and softens lips over time. Alicia Grande is the founder of the company and she started with an eyelash formula. 
Here is the inside of the deluxe sample. It says that this will instantly plump lips in three to five minutes. GrandeLIPS is gluten free, paraben free and is not tested on animals. If you look, the pictures of the lips are after a 30 day study and applied twice daily. 
Here is a picture of the applicator. It is a flat rounded applicator. You apply this product to clean, dry lips. You can wear it alone or layer under other lip products. And for the best results, use twice daily. 

To be honest, my lips are pretty full on their own so I probably won’t be using much of this product.

The second item is Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask. This is a conditioning treatment that is salon quality. It is full of omega oils that soak into damaged or dull hair to add shine and make it vibrant again. This has Rahua nut oil in it which Amazonian tribes used in their hair, apparently. 
As you can see this is made from all natural ingredients. The directions are simple. After you shampoo, apply to your hair and comb through. Leave in for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse out. Use it once a week.

I’m going to use this today with the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and I will check in with you all after I use both. 

Edit: this stuff smells great and makes my hair feel very light and healthy.

The third item is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. This is a non-irritating mask that works like a peel treatment to purify and revitalize skin with a blend of botanicals.
A fun fact about Tata Harper is that she was once an engineer. All of these masks are made in small batches by her and a group of chemists. It has eleven natural ingredients, for example, pomegranate enzymes and French pink clay. To use it, you apply a thick layer to a clean face and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes (10 if you have sensitive skin) and rinse with warm water. Use once a week for normal skin or three times a week for oil and blemish control.

I’m seriously excited to use this because I love masks! Considering these are made in small batches and have natural ingredients, I’m sold!

Edit: I kept this on for the full 30 minutes. Like most peel masks do, it tightened like crazy. But you didn’t have to peel it off, you just washed your face with warm water and it dissolved. My skin feels great!

The fourth item is a blur stick from Milk Makeup. This is a matte coverage blur stick. It smooths and primes skin by minimizing pores and fine lines. This company is pretty popular. I’ve heard good things and then I’ve heard some not so good things like clogged pores and breakouts.
This is what the color is of the blur stick. These containers were designed for one hand application and ease. To apply this, you simply swipe all over your face and blend. You can wear it alone but it is a better primer for foundation.

Despite what I heard about clogged pores and breakouts, I’m going to still try this out. I’ve been super curious about this brand since I’ve seen their holographic sticks. 

The fifth item is a highlight and multipurpose stick by Trèstique. This formula has coconut oil infused in it. This is also a very subtle champagne pink shade. These are good if you’re looking for a quick shine boost throughout the day.
Here is a swatch of the highlighter stick. The shade is called Maldives Luminescent. To apply this, draw on your cheekbones, bridge of nose, brow bones, inner and outer eyelid corners, and cupid’s bow. Or less if you like. All you do is pat with your fingers to blend out. Make sure you do this before your foundation!

I always say that most highlighters are wasted on me because I wear glasses so I have this to my mom because I know she’ll use it 😃

The last item is the Perfume of the Month. This month is Clean’s Reserve Sel Santal. I love how earthy and natural this smells. This brand uses cruelty-free ingredients and recyclable materials. This scent was inspired by woods, ocean air and fig leaves.
Here’s the inside of the sample. It has some quick blurbs about the scent profiles and a mission statement. The fragrance family is: Earthy and Woody. The Top Notes: Mandarin, Bergamot, and Nutmeg tonic. Middle Notes: Violet, Salted Fig, and Hazlenut Cream. Base Notes: Amber, Styrax, Rose Musk and Sandalwood. 

I love this perfume sample. It made the entire box smell fantastic. I was overall pretty happy with the samples given! Xo

Sephora Play! (March)

Hey everybody! I finally got everything figured out with my website as far as the mapping and technical aspects go. I received this box yesterday but I was feeling quite like Jack Torrance because I’ve been snowed in my house for three days so for my sanity I took some time outside. Anywhooo, back to the Sephora Play! Box.

This month was all about shine. Products from Benefit, Glamglow, Josie Maran, Bobbi Brown, Living Proof, and Chloé.

This was the bag and insert from this month.

Here’s a photo dump of all the products that came in this month!

A Bobbi Brown cream shadow stick in shade ‘Golden Pink’
Benefit Cosmetics ‘Watt’s Up!’ Cream to powder highlighter
Living Proof’s full dry volume blast. This smells amazing!
Josie Maran’s Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm. Please excuse my nails. Blech.
Glamglow’s GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
Perfume of the month: Chloé’s ‘Fleur de Parfum’
Here are some swatches of the products (from top to bottom: Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Glamglow, and Josie Maran)

Oddly enough, everything in this box works well and smells great!