Unboxing: January 2018 Sephora Play! Box

I’m going to go ahead and get to the point.. Is this box worth the $10? Not really. All of the products are quite small. Am I happy with what I got? Kind of, I’m not too happy because I got 3 repeated items: GlamGlow Supercleanse Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser, Clinque Pep-start Eye Cream, and Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Mask. Which, for me, weren’t that great. But I am happy to receive the other three items.

Repeated items:
GlamGlow SuperCleanse: I’m not a big fan of the scent and cleansing wise it’s mediocre.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!:  A lot of people like this hair mask but for me it didn’t work. It was actually drying on my hair. Also the first time around I had received an actual trial size tube, not a foil sample packet.

Clineque Pep-Start Eye Cream: It’s okay, nothing great. Also there’s barely any product in the tube. It’s very deceiving. Might as well put it in a foil packet.

Products I’m happy about/excited to try:
I’m most excited about trying the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer since it’s a holy grail item for a bunch of Youtubers. I really want to see what the hype is all about.

What did you guys get? Are you happy with your box? Let me know. I would love to hear from you!


January 2018 Hit and Misses

It’s that time of the month again where I go over what I have been loving and not so loving last month. Let’s start off with what I have been loving…
Alterna Caviar Re-texturizing Protein Cream — This is the best leave in product I have ever tried for my hair! This protein cream help restructure your hair strands by filling in gaps and tears. Making your hair smoother and healthier and I totally agree. My hair have never felt so soft and light weight before. I highly recommend this!!

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil — I’ve never been an facial oil person until now. This oil have even out my skin tone and made my skin significantly brighter! I can’t get enough of this oil.

Lorac Pro + Fiber Mascara — I don’t know why no one have talked about this mascara. This makes my lashes so long and thick that it looks almost like falsies!! I personally didn’t have any flaking but my only gripe is that it can smudge a bit. If you have watery eyes this is not for you. Still, I will be purchasing the full size but maybe in the waterproof version if they have it.

Romantic Bear WOW! Long Lasting Lip Color in Sexy Red
— This is a lip stain. It’s not the easiest to apply evenly but I love how long the stain last without drying out my lips. Also these are relatively cheap, about $1 per tube.

Okay, now for the misses for the month of January.

Cherimoa Return II Skin Mud Sheet Mask —  I’ve tried this mask twice and both times it broke me out. If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, stay away form this mask!

Naisture Charcoal 3 Step Pore Strips — Did absolutely nothing for me!! It didn’t even remove one blackhead, NOT ONE!! The Creme Strawberry Pore Kit is even better than this! This was a complete waste of money. 

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask — I really wanted this mask to work but it was a complete fail. The mask itself wouldn’t come out of the foil packaging, I had to completely cut open the packaging and try to scrape out what I could. The mud/clay mask had separated from the oil which made the mud quite hard to scrape out so I barely got any. Don’t waste your money on this.

Precision Beauty Facial Brush — I bought this from either Ross or Marshall for $4-$5. Which is quite cheap compared to other brands. But there’s a reason why it’s cheap, the bristle is hard and rough on the skin. The bristle also trap water really well therefore it takes a while to dry. I wouldn’t even purchase this for $1. It was an awful brush.

Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Oil — I couldn’t even finish this hair oil. The scent was too overwhelming that it made me nauseated. Also the oil didn’t do much for my hair besides adding some shine.

Clinque Even Better Foundation — This foundation did not work well with my combo skin. I’m usually quite oily with the exception of a few spots being dry, like my forehead and sometimes my nose. The foundation breaks apart after only a few hours. Also the foundation transfer like crazy! I just couldn’t get the foundation to set onto my skin. I’ve tried different primers, powders, and setting sprays. Nothing works with this foundation.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara — This mascara got great reviews on Sephora but I don’t see what’s so great about it. It barely add any length or volume and it smudges! Even drugstore mascaras are better!

Hit or Miss: Bobbi Brown’s Bobbi To Glow Highlighting Trio

This is another product I had purchased on sale from Sephora for $35, original is $70.
The packaging looks amazing! But once in the hand, there’s no weight to it and feels kind of cheap. Also you can really see any fingerprints or  smudges left on the palette.
Feels smooth to the touch, not gritty. The highlighters are quite glittery and the glitter flecks are kinda big, which is why they don’t swatch as smoothly compared to other highlighters.

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But it looks really nice on the skin. I personally really like it. It’s not Bam! in your face but it does give you that glow. It’s closer to a subtle glow. If that’s not your cup of tea then this isn’t for you.

Price wise, it is more expensive than I would have liked. But if you compare to Becca which costs $38 for a 8g product, while this palette costs $35 for 18g and you get 3 different highlighters. It’s not too bad. I do recommend this but not for full price.

***I just checked Sephora (1/1/2018) and they raised the price to $52!! But you do get an additional 20% off (code: SALEONSALE), which makes it around $42 ***

Hit or Miss: Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup review, I’ve been on a no-buy. But since it’s the holidays I thought I would let myself splurge on a few items. One of the items was this Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette.

I had purchased this on sale online at Sephora for $25, original price was $58.  This is my first purchase from the brand Kevyn Aucoin. I’ve never tried any of his products before and was quite excited when I saw this item on sale. A lot of Youtubers have raved about his products, especially his bronzer and contour powder. I thought to myself, hey for only $25 that’s a steal! I have to get it. But unfortunately it wasn’t what I thought it would be.

First, the packaging came in a cheap broken plastic bag. Mine couldn’t even close!
Why include that at all?! The actual palette packaging itself looks decent and is magnetized. But you can’t stack it on top of each other without it being crooked, due to the different polarities of the magnets.

Second, the Neo-setting powder (the white powder) and the limelight (highlighter) are both very powdery. The setting powder has a sparkly over spray, which is gone after one use, and contains small golden glitters within the actual powder. I personally like my setting powders to be completely matte. If anything it’s more of a highlighter than a setting powder. Another thing was these two powders did not work for my skin tone. I have a light-medium skin tone and the white from the powders really shows through even after blending.
What they look like once blended. I’ve used white and lilac highlighters before but these just look weird on my skin.

Third, the Neo-bronzer contains a highlighter, blush, and bronzer.  The highlighter and bronzer part is very small. It will be very hard to just pick up only the bronzer or highlighter without touching the blush. Once blended together it was just an average pink color blush. Nothing special.

Lastly, the first three ingredients in the powders are Talc, Mica, and Dimethicone.  Dimethicone can cause some irritation to the skin and eyes especially after prolong use. If you have sensitive skin you are at a higher risk of having an allergic reaction to it. So you might want to stay away from this if you sensitive skin.

Overall, this palette was miss! I really wanted to like it but it just didn’t work for me. Did you guys pick this up also? What was your opinion on this? Let me know in the comment box down below!