I have been saving empty product containers since July. I had a basket that was overflowing and finally have taken photos of the containers. I am going to discuss the products and let you know if I have or will repurchase them. Let’s jump into this. I have a mix of mascara, setting spray, foundation, primer, concealer, and eyebrow products.
I have talked about a lot of these previously as well. Starting with the mascara, I have a dried up Neutrogena volume mascara that didn’t work so great. I have a Cargo mascara that was just okay. There are two Soap & Glory mascaras. The thick and fast one from Soap & Glory made my eyes so itchy. I only used it a few time. Finally, there is Tarte’s lights cameras lashes mascara that is so good. It is definitely my favorite out of all five of those mascaras and probably the only one I will repurchase.
There are two Urban Decay setting sprays. The purple topped one is all nighter setting and the gray capped one is the de-slick setting spray. I like both of them. Also, to be fair both weren’t used up in the last few months. It takes me at least three months to go through a whole bottle since only a few sprays are used at a time. I have repurchased multiple times this as it is my favorite.
In the middle is a loose setting powder loose from Tarte. I have other setting powders I like as well so I haven’t repurchased this. Moving on to brow products, there are three micro brow pencils from Nyx. I love this brow pencil and will continue purchasing it until I find something better. I like the control freak eyebrow gel on top on the eyebrow pencil. To the right are two Urban Decay naked skin concealer tubes. By far my favorite concealer and I just finished up another tube.
Finally, is foundation from Soap & Glory. This isn’t empty, but has oxidized and turned to an orange color. I still love the CC+ face cream from It Cosmetics. I am working on the jumbo tube I ordered from QVC last winter. There is an empty one heck of a blot face primer from Soap & Glory. I really enjoyed this primer and will likely repurchase. Finally, there is an eye shadow primer from Tarte that I really enjoyed. I have purchased an anti-aging eye shadow primer from Urban Decay that I really am liking at the moment.
These are the makeup products I have used up. I still have empty hair products and skin care to discuss so stay tuned!
I like reviewing my monthly Play by Sephora boxes. October’s box was pretty good and I really enjoyed it. Let’s take a look at what was in the box.
Beginning on the left with the pink cap, it is TLC framboos glycolic night serum from Drunk Elephant. It was a nice serum. I didn’t see any immediate results from the sample, but I didn’t mind it. Next, October’s perfume sample was silent st. from Derek Lam 10 Crosby. I did NOT like how this smelled at all. I tested it and immediately threw it out. In the blue box is Madam C.J. Walker’s scent & shine coconut oil. I like putting it on the ends of my hair. The sample size is nice and large too. On the far right is Farmacy’s skin dew mist. When my skin was feeling dry, this was nice to spritz on. Moving to the top, Smashbox’s always on matte liquid lipstick in the color driver’s seat. I really liked this formula and the color is very nice. Lastly, is the flash photo gloss by the Estee Edit. I don’t know how much this gloss actually does in a photo, but it is a nice non-sticky gloss.
I am pleasantly surprised at how much more I am enjoying my monthly Play boxes. If I had to choose between my Birchbox and Play subscriptions, I would choose the Play box. Every month there are six samples and a nice array of different products. I also like there is a perfume sample every month.
Do you get a Play box? What was your October box have in it?
Each month, Birchbox has a featured box you are able to choose instead of the usual monthly samples. October’s featured box looked appealing to me, so I chose to receive it instead.
Starting from the left is a sample from Oribe. It is their new gold lust dry shampoo. As always, it smelled amazing like all of the other Oribe products I have tried. I didn’t think it is the greatest dry shampoo, but it was a nice scent refresher. Next, is the Avene hydrance optimale hydrating cream. This was a nice facial moisturizer and was super rich. My skin has been getting more dry and it was a nice sample. Below that is a silk cream lipstick from Make. The color is magnolia and isn’t my favorite. It’s a nice mauve pink, but not totally me. The green tube is Glamglow’s powermud dualcleanse treatment. Glamglow products are ridiculously expensive, so I like getting samples of their products. This was a nice white clay mask. Finally, the sample from This Works is a deep pillow spray. I think this smells gross – not super calming when you don’t like the smell.
The highlight of October’s box was definitely the Oribe sample. I absolutely LOVE how Oribe products smell. The great smell alone makes up for the fact that the dry shampoo wasn’t the best I’ve tried.
Overall, October’s box was good. I hadn’t received any of these samples before which is good. I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for over three years, so I’m bound to get repeat samples. Any box where there are no repeats is good in my book.
If you haven’t already subscribed to Birchbox and are interested check it out here with a refer a friend link.
Again, I am playing catch up for August and September. If you remember, I began subscribing to Sephora’s Play box a couple months ago. It is similar to Birchbox as you get six deluxe samples in a box in the mail for $10 a month.
Let’s take a peek at August’s Play box.
August’s theme was eyes. Beginning on the top left, was a sample of Urban Decay’s perversion mascara. Below that is the Sephora Collection contour eye pencil 12 hour wear waterproof eyeliner in the color love affair. Next, is a Make Up Forever’s artist eye shadow in the shade I-544. There was a perfume sample from Clean in reserve warm cotton. On the top right is from Lancome and it is their energie de vie smoothing and glowing liquid care moisturizer. Not pictured is an eye renewal balm from Algenist. My favorite sample was the eye balm from Algenist as it is not pictured and in my bathroom because I use it twice a day and I pat it around my eyes.
I think August’s box was really good. I like getting mascara samples because I think they are great to take with when traveling. The same goes for the eyeliner and eye shadow. The smaller sample size is good for a makeup bag on the go.
Moving on to September I was equally impressed. The top postcard looking thing is a perfume sample from Atelier Cologne in the scent sud magnolia. On the bottom left, is the sheer transformation moisturizer from Ole Henriksen. This moisturizer is so nice. The Living Proof sample is the perfect hair day night cap overnight protector. I’ve received this sample before in a Birchbox and really like it. It’s an overnight hair mask. On the right, the top silver tube is from Anastasia Beverly Hills and is the clear brow gel. Below that is Kat Von D’s tattoo liner. Finally, there is a rouge shine lipstick in the color love spell from Sephora Collection.
I have two favorites from September’s box. The clear brow gel and tattoo liner are some of my favorites. That liner is my go to black liner. I have the full size so this will be nice once that one is empty and dried out. All in all, I think September’s box was great. I got an email yesterday October’s box shipped and I look forward to what is in it.
Between Birchbox and Sephora Play, I think I tend to enjoy Sephora’s box better. I like being able to go to a Sephora and get these products if I wanted to. With Birchbox, I have to order online and wait for it to arrive. If I were to recommend one, Sephora Play would be the one.
Do you get any monthly subscription boxes? I want to know what you subscribe to!
It has been far too long since I’ve written anything here. I’m sorry for that and I need to get better. Let’s catch up on a few things, like Birchbox.
Above is the box I received for my August box. August’s theme was hair. I received (left to right) Bumble and bumble’s hairdresser’s invisible oil primer, Oribe apres beach wave and shine spray, Aven cleanance cleansing gel, Manna Kadar Cosmetics eye shadow, and Ren flash hydro-boost instant plumping emulsion. Whew, that was a lot. My favorite product was definitely the Oribe wave spray. I have loved every Oribe product I have sampled, mostly because of the smell. I liked this wave spray because it gave my hair texture, but didn’t provide a ton of grit and product residue in my hair. I haven’t touched the eye shadow yet. Eye shadow is my least favorite sample to receive in my box. I’m not sure why, I just don’t really like getting them. I would rather get some other makeup product or a skin care or hair care sample.
Let’s move on to September.
In September’s box I hit the sample jackpot. The box was so full! Let’s go left to right again. In the brownish foil packets are Oribe replenishing body wash and restorative body creme. In front of that is Aromachology totally edible perfume. There is a microdermabrasion scrub by Derma E. The shampoo and conditioner is by Davines and it is their MOMO line for dry and dehydrated hair. Lastly, the little green bottle is nutriganics drops of youth by The Body Shop. So far, my favorite sample has been the drops of youth. I like how it feels on freshly washed face. I haven’t yet used the Oribe samples this month. I hope it smells just like their hair products, so we will see.
I think both August and September boxes were good! I definitely liked the amount of products in September’s box. I tend to use my Birchbox samples when I travel. I haven’t gone anywhere recently so I have a good pile of samples that I have used some of and not finished.
Speaking of this that I have finished, in the next couple weeks I’m going to have a post about empty products I have used up. I have an overflowing basket of empty product containers I have been collecting since July. Stay tuned for that!
How were your boxes from Birchbox?
I was chatting with a friend a month or so ago about concealer and how I put on concealer. I thought I would go through it and discuss it here too.
First, let’s start with my current favorite concealer – Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.
I use the color light neutral. I’m on my third or fourth tube of this concealer. It’s so good! There is a large color range and the consistency of it is fantastic.
Let’s get on with my how to. Warning, no makeup photo ahead.
I have quite a bit of redness on my nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin that I prefer to conceal.
First, I use a foundation. Today, I used It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+. I don’t know if it comes through, but I still have some redness around my nose. Let’s conceal.
I like to place concealer under my eyes, down the side of my nose and cheeks, on the center on the top of my nose, corners of my nose, chin, and forehead. I apply some to any blemishes as well. Yes, I know this is a lot of concealer. I use a makeup sponge and blend it all out.
Post blending, less redness and more even. I then set it all with some powder which keeps the concealer from creasing. We’re almost there.
Makeup is done. Learning how to best cover up any redness and dark circles under my eyes has taken quite a bit of trial and error. I’m happy to have figured out a process that works for me. Hopefully you can try it out and it will work for you too.
How do you apply concealer? What is your favorite concealer?
A few months ago, I had signed up for the wait list for Sephora’s Play. Play is a monthly sample subscription service, similar to Birchbox. It’s $10 a month and sent out the third week of the month. July was my first month and I have to say, I am pleased.
It comes in a striped box, which is similar to their paper bags. You open it up and first, there is the information card.
The info card has a how to instructions and additional information about each product. The samples come in a fabric bag that you could re-use later.
I received the following:
- Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender
- Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer
- Ouai Wave Spray
- Nest Fragrances in Citrine
- Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
- First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser
What I like more about the Play box versus Birchbox is that I’ve heard of all of these products. I haven’t tried any of them, so am happy to test them out. My favorite out of the bunch of the Ouai Wave Spray. It smells nice and I’ve spraying it on last to my hair when I let it air dry. I don’t have central air in my house, so it’s way too hot t spend time blow drying my hair. The Ouai spray smells amazing and adds more texture to my hair.
Overall, I am really impressed with my first Play box! I am excited for August’s box to come in the mail and see what is in there. If you’re interested in signing up for Play, go here and sign up for the wait list. I will keep reviewing each month’s box in the future.