A Look Inside: Sephora Play! June 2017 Box

Summer is here and the Sephora Play! June box has definitely got you covered! Here’s what’s inside:

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Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Face Primer
-0.1oz
-Fills in your pores
-Helps your foundation last all day
-Retail Full size is $31(0.75oz) or mini size $12 (.25oz)

Coola Makeup Setting Spray
-0.34 Fl Oz/10ml
-has a SPF 30
-Sets the makeup
-Reduces the appearance of pores
-Contains Green tea & Aloe (great for soothing  inflamed skin)
-Has a strong scent of alcohol
-Leaves a little residue on the skin
-And not to mention my bottle smells like skunk/weed
-Retail for a full size is $36 (1.7oz /50ml)

Verb Sea Spray
-2.4 fl oz/ 72ml
-Sea Salt infused
-Contain seaweed and kelp extract
-Great for beachy waves/ loose waves
-Retail:$7

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick
3ml
-Matte formula
-Pigmented
-Creamy
-Long lasting
-Retail:$10

Klorane Dry Shampoo
-50ml
-Made with Oat milk
-Has a refreshing scent, nothing too strong or overwhelming
-Very easy to use and easy to blend into the hair
-Works well to absorbs the oil
-Lightweight
-Doesn’t leave any weird or greasy residue
-I’m actually surprised at how well it worked, I might go buy the full size
-Retail:$10

 Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Perfume
-Made with Lotus Flower, nashi, and balsa wood
-The closest resemblance I can think of is a mixture of the Tommy Girl and the Ralph Lauren Romance
-It’s a strong scent, not very light
-I feel like this perfume is more fitting for fall
-Retail: Travel size (o.34oz) $25

Overall: I’m very happy with my box. It’s one of the better boxes I have gotten, very much worth the $10. There’s nothing that I wouldn’t use, except for the perfume. Hopefully the next box will be just as great, maybe they can include some type of sunscreen or chapstick. But anyways let me know if you guys got anything different in your Sephora Play! box!

Photos of the pamphlet: 
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Korean Skincare: The Cure Collagen Essence Sheet Masks Review

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I’m currently on the hunt to find some good quality sheet masks at a discounted price. I came across a bunch of these The Cure sheet masks at Ross, Marshalls, & TJ Maxx. So I decided to buy a few of these to try out for you guys. Each box costs $5.99 for 5 masks, so about $1.25 for each mask including tax. They have a bunch of different masks you can choose from, depending on what you are looking for.

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Unfortunately these masks were a hit and miss.  There were a few that I liked: the Brightening and Argan Oil. They smelled great and refreshing. My skin felt smooth and soft afterwards. While there were a few that didn’t quite work for me. The Tea Tree and the Pearl masks had a very strong, almost overwhelming scent to them. I honestly had to force myself to finish the box. The Collagen and the Vitamin left a sticky residue. Also the Tea Tree and the Coenzyme Q10 masks broke me out. Only a few hours after doing the masks, I noticed small white bumps all over my face.

It’s definitely one of the cheaper Korean sheet masks out there but the real question is, is it worth it??? Did the masks even do as they claim? No. My skin did not look brighter, firmer, nor did it calm down my troubled skin. All the mask did was moisturize my skin, which gel mask sheets are supposed to do. They were maybe average at best. I would not repurchase these again since a few broke me out and the scent was too strong for me to handle. But hey, if you have dry skin and looking for some moisturizing masks, these might work out for you. You never know.

If you are trying to save money, buying a mask in a squeezed tubed or bottle will average out cheaper, since you can use it more than just 5 times. With these sheet masks you really are paying for the convenience and the materials.

**A little background info:  I have very oily skin (usually have to blot after 3 hrs), sensitive, and acne prone. Just because a product didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. We all have different skin types.**

What Makeup I’m Currently Using

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FACE PRODUCTS:
PRIMER & SETTING SPRAY: Cargo Activating Face Primer– it’s a clear gel that leaves the skin a little tacky. Overall just an average primer, nothing special.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray– one of my absolute favorite setting spray! Enough said.

FOUNDATIONS: Clinque Even Better Foundation (25 Buff )- very yellow tone, oxidizes, apply unevenly, and there isn’t any difference  with my skin even after 2-3 months of use. I would not recommend this foundation.
In order to make this foundation work, I have to mix it with my Cover Girl 3-in-1 (832 Nude Beige). This one of my go to drugstore foundations. It applies smoothly, lasts all day, doesn’t make me any oilier, and it’s only a few bucks.

POWDER:  Airspun Loose Powder – it’s light weight, finely milled, easy to buff in, and it’s cheap! The only downside is the strong powdery scent.

CONTOUR/BLUSH: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – This product was overly hyped and personally I don’t care for this palette.  Java got hard pan after only 2 uses,  the powders didn’t blend very well/or easily, and can look muddy if not blended properly.
Estee Lauder Blush All Day Natural Cheek Color (in Raspberry) – Great blush for everyday wear.

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EYESHADOW PRIMER: Bearminerals 5in1 BB advanced performance Cream Shadow (in Candelit Peach) – It contains too much glitter for my liking. Also my shadow still creases at the end of the day.

EYESHADOWS: Naked Basics- I’m just trying to finish Foxy up before selling this palette. The other shadows are too cool toned for me.
Tartlette in Bloom – I’m currently working on the last row of this palette. All of the shadows I’ve tried so far are pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend except for Funny Girl. For some reason the shadow is rough/grainy, not very pigmented, and got hard pan very easily. The only way to make the shadow work is if I foiled the shadow or use a cream base.
Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon – Very creamy, goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and you have to set it with a powder shadow.

EYELINER: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner– One of my go to eyeliner. It’s pigmented, goes on smooth, easy to use, and the serum does make my lashes longer.

MASCARAS: My holy grail mascaras for length and volume.
Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant
Clinque High Impact 

BROW PENCIL/GEL: Ck brow pencil & gel duo – Smears easily
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel- I’m not a big fan of this because of the thick wand and the gel tends to flake off throughout the day.

February 2017 Empties: Love it, Like it, or Leave it!


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Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer

-I got this from Ulta last year as a free gift when I spent a certain amount online.
-I can’t find the exact price for this but it was pretty pricey
-The packaging looks nice but not very sanitary, I would have preferred a squeeze tube
-Goes on very smooth, smoother than Benefits Porefessional primer
-A little goes a long way
-It does a great job filling in my pores and helping my foundation last all day
-One jar will last you a long time (took me around 6 months or more to finish it)
-Overall: I really do like this primer. It’s very similar to Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer.

20170224_180711_001.jpgUrban Decay Ink For Eyes waterproof precision eye pen

-$20 on the Urban Decay website
-Contains 0.02 fl oz
-Sponge tip applicator
– The tip is small, great for more precise lines
-Rub proof when dried but not quite when wet, stay away from this if you have watery eyes
-Dried out rather quickly, usually a liner can last me 3-6 months but this one only lasted me about 1-2 months
-Overall: Leave it! Don’t waste your money on this, it dries out too quickly.

 

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Agave Oil Treatment 

-The picture shows the sample size, containing 0.1oz each (I had 4 of these and I made sure to used them all up back to back before doing this review)
-$24 for a 2 fl oz  on Amazon
– Smells great
– Works wonders, I saw a difference just after one use
-Mades my hair smooth, soft, and shiny
-I use this 2-3 times a week
-Overall: I love this hair oil! I will be purchasing the full size once I finish up all of my other hair oils.


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Murad Clarifying Cleanser 

-$30 for a 6.75oz at Ulta
-Contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid
-It doesn’t have a harsh chemical scent
-Keeps my acne at bay
-Doesn’t dry out my skin
-Overall: This is my go to face cleanser. No matter how many cleansers I’ve tried, I always go back to this one and the Mario Badescu one. It’s pricey but it’s worth it.

 

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Freeman Facial Polishing Mask Charcoal & Black Sugar

-$4 at Ulta
-Smells great
-The first few times I tried this I couldn’t get it to work. It didn’t apply evenly, it was all clumpy and mess to deal with. Also it wouldn’t stay on the skin, it would just drip off.
-In order to make it work, I had to use it in the shower. It applied at lot easier and more evenly.
-I really like the exfoliating aspect of the mask. The sugar isn’t too harsh, it simply melts away while you scrub.
-Overall: I do like the mask and it’s a great value. But for me personally, I rather have a mask that I can use outside of the shower.

 

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Skin Food Peach Sake Toner

-$15 at Ulta
-Claims: Eliminates shine and excessive sebum
-The bottle is super cute, it resembles a glass sake bottle. It feels very luxurious.
– Smells exactly like peach
-Works great, my skin was less oily and my pores seems smaller
-But the toner was a little drying. I got a few dry patches in my T-zone area from using it too much.
Overall: I would definitely repurchase but only use it during the summer when my skin isn’t as dry.

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Dermalogica Clean Start- Black Head Clearing Pore Scrub

-Has a chemical scent
-Has the same consistency and look as the Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser except with fine microbeads/scrubs. Also this cleanser isn’t as harsh as the clay cleanser
-Skin feels smooth after each use
Overall: Leave it. It wasn’t anything spectacular.