Quick Look Inside Sephora Play! Box November 2017

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This month’s box is pretty decent. My only complaint is that I received yet another repeating item, the Sephora Rouge lipstick. Other than that I’m happy with the items and I can’t wait to try them out.

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October 2017 Empties

For the month of October I mainly focused on my skincare and body care items since I have a bunch I still need to get through and those takes a while to use up.
Once again I know my empties blog is late, I’m sorry. I usually write my blogs on the weekends but there were so many birthday parties back to back, I just didn’t have the time. But good news, my Sephora Play! box for November is coming in on Wed. Hopefully I will have a blog on it by Thurs for you guys. So stay tuned for that.

Now onto the blog…

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Michael Todd Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE Toner 
$19.00 at Ulta (online only)
-One of my favorite toner.
-Feels great on the skin.
-Has a lemon scent .
-I used this twice a day and it doesn’t dry out my skin.
-Does a great job of removing any residual makeup that your makeup wipes or cleansers didn’t remove.

20171029_144657Murad Skin Smoothing Polish
$32 at Ulta for a Full size 3.5oz
-This is their old packaging, they recently redid their packaging within the last year or so
-Has some micro-polishing beads
-Not for everyday use, I would recommend only using this 2-3 times a week.
-Can be drying with excessive use
-It didn’t do anything for my blackheads but my skin was significantly smoother.
-I really enjoyed it, also it’s a cheaper alternative to the Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion

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BRTC Green Tea Stem Cell Mask 
– Originally $9.99 at Marshalls, but I got mine on sale for $8
-Box comes with 5 Sheets
-It’s geared for those with inflamed skin.
-Has a decent refreshing scent, but I wouldn’t say it’s green tea.
-The first time I tried this I massaged the left over serum onto my skin and it broke me out. It wasn’t too bad, just a few around my T-zone area.
-I did find a way to use the mask without causing any breakout. What I had to do was wipe my skin with toner to remove any lingering serum after each use.
-Didn’t do anything for my inflamed skin.
-It’s just an okay mask, there’s plenty of better sheet masks out there.

20171029_144859Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser
-$45 for a Full size 4.2 oz/125 mL at Sephora
-I got this deluxe sample size in one of my Sephora Play! box
-Has an awful scent, like a mixture of  wood and paint.
-Has a liquidy consistency
-Didn’t see a difference in my skin
– Honestly the scent was too overwhelming for me. I had to force myself to finish this cleanser.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Brightening Body Polish
$10 on The Body Shop website
-Smells exactly like strawberry jam
-Has some black seed looking exfoliaters
-It’s good for those who wants something very genlte
-Personally I like something harsher, I want to be able to feel the exfoliation
-Also it’s quite pricey for only a 2.5 fl oz. I finished this within 3 weeks.

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$7.99 for a Full size 12oz /360 mL at Ulta
-Very affordable
-Has a nice light scent
-Lathers up nicely
-Not harsh on the skin
-Overall a decent  body wash

20171029_144818John Frieda Collection Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock
-Discontinued
-It’s a leave on glosser
-Has the same particular smell that all John Frieda products have
-Has chunks of glitter in the gel, I don’t understand why it doesn’t do anything
-It can be applied on wet or dry hair
-Personally I think it’s best on wet hair, when applied to dry hair it makes it greasy and dirty feeling
-Feels heavy once applied
-One of the worst product I’ve ever tried
-I didn’t see any results, no shine whatsoever
-If you want shine, try some type of oil instead like Sexy Hair Soy Renewal with Argan oil or OGX Moroccan Argan oil

 

Quick Look: Sephora Play! October 2017

It’s that time of the month again! I finally got my Sephora Play! box and I’m happy to say this box does not disappoint. They are all new products to me except the Makeup Forever Ultra foundation, which I honestly don’t mind getting.
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First up is the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer. 
From testing it on the back of my hand I can tell that the primer has a thicker and heavier consistency than most. It doesn’t have that light silicone feeling but rather a thick cream. Once blended onto the skin it does smooth everything out and blurs imperfections.
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Second is Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation
I’ve talked a lot about this foundation in the past, it’s one of my favorite foundation of all time! It’s a light to medium coverage, lightweight, easy to blend, stay on all day, and looks great in photos!
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Third is the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist
Haven’t heard too much about this setting spray, but still excited to give this a try.
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Fourth is the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Skin Booster
I honestly didn’t even know Makeup Forever did skin care. Hopefully it’s just as good as their makeup line.
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Fifth is Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Scrub
I’m super ecstatic about this product. I’ve been wanting to try this for the longest time. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this.
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The Sixth and last product is Tory Burch Bel Azur perfume
It’s not a bad scent but it’s not what I normally go for. Also it’s more of a spring/summer scent. Not very suiting for fall.
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And this is what the other side of the pamphlet looks like:
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I did look up to see what everyone else got. We all got a primer, foundation, and some sort setting spray or powder. If you’re interested in seeing what other people got, check out mysubscriptionaddiction.com

Aug & Sept 2017 Love, Like, or Leave it

I usually do empties hit and misses but unfortunately for the month of August and  September I’ve been traveling so I was only able to finish a couple of products. Therefore I’m doing a regular hit and misses of products I had used throughout August and September. Let’s get started…

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The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel 
-$10
– Lather up nicely
-Has a strong floral scent
-It’s nice but for me the scent was too overwhelming, overall I’ll leave it 

Cherry Chree Strawberry Cleansing Towelettes
-$3.99
-60 wipes
-Has an amazing strawberry milk scent! Reminds me of my childhood
-The towelettes are thick and soft
-Does a good job of removing my eyeliner and face makeup but struggles with mascara
-I really like this product, if you drank strawberry milk as a kid you will enjoy this.

 

H2O Marine Defense Anti-aging Green Tea Face Complex
-Original price is around $38-42
-$8.99 at Ross
-Sadly this product is discontinued
-Does an incredible job at hydrating my skin, I noticed an improvement after just one use
-I like this product but I can’t use it everyday since it breaks me out. I can only use it once or twice a week. If you have dry skin, give H2O products a try.

 

 

TonyMoly Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-in Scrub
-$17.50
-First let’s take a moment to appreciate the cute packaging! It’s shaped like a coffee mug! They even have a small spatula
-There’s a subtle scent of coffee
-The scrub is gentle enough for everyday use
-It’s a nice product but it didn’t do anything for my skin and it’s not worth the high price tag, overall I’ll say Leave it 

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Gotta B’ Urban Makeup Setting Spray 
-$5.99
-the packaging was very deceiving, I honestly thought the bottle was going to be bigger
– It did leave my skin dewy but didn’t control my oil or prolong my makeup wear time, which is the whole reason I buy makeup setting spray for
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NYX HD Finishing Powder ($6.99 – $10) & Sephora Microsmooth Baked Powder ($22)
-Finely milled
-Light weight
-Gives you a smooth airbrushed finish
-Last all day
-I ABSOLUTELY LOVE these powders!  I highly recommend these if you haven’t tried them.

Revlon Butter Lipstick 
-Regrettably they’re Discontinued
-Goes on smooth
-Moisturize your lips
-Has a tint of color
-Light weight
-One of my favorite lipstick!

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YSL Baby Doll Mascara & Buxom Full and Fabulous Mascara
-Both are supposed to voluminous mascaras, unfortunately they barely gave any length or volume
-I would recommend using a lash primer with these or in conjunction with another mascara
-Overall Leave these mascaras, even drugstore mascaras are better!