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Rounding off my beauty boxes for the month is Sephora Play! This subscription has been on a probation period as of late. I am hoping that what I received this month turns that all around for me, but I am not overly confident.


Let’s see what I got:

Hits:

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I am always surprised when boxes include products that have to match a certain skin tone. That is just so specific! Imagine how many different samples would have to be sent out. Sephora tried the impossible and nailed it because this foundation matches me quite well. Make Up For Ever is a great brand and well known for their complexion products. I thoroughly enjoy wearing this foundation, it has the perfect amount of coverage but doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. The liquid consistency only needs one layer for perfect application so this sample will last you longer than you think. It blends seamlessly and makes my skin look flawless for hours and what more can you ask for?

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist

Settings sprays hold a special place in my heart. The fact that this one is from the brand Tarte (another amazing brand and one of my favorites) certainly doesn’t hurt either. This spray can be used as a primer mist to prep the skin or as a makeup finishing spray to set your face once makeup is complete. I have used it both ways and while I don’t notice a huge difference in my makeup’s appearance throughout the day, I still enjoy it. The mister is very fine and coats the face well without feeling like you just took a ride on Splash Mountain. The smell is pleasant, applying this product comforted me and if it made me look just a tad better, I’ll take that any day!

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Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

Just like setting sprays, I am also obsessed with primers. Both these types of products work to keep your makeup on longer and heighten the appearance, who wouldn’t want that? Urban Decay did not get very good reviews about this primer but I was still happy to try it for myself.  While my makeup looked good when using this item, do I know that I can chalk it all up to this primer? No, but I am sure it did not hurt the situation either. It is fairly thick so unfortunately you have to use a lot of product to cover the face. It makes your skin velvety smooth and does an okay job of filling in pores which creates a better base for foundation application. I just didn’t notice anything spectacular happening. This product wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t the worst either.

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster

Two Make Up For Ever products in one bag? Yes please! This one is a serum, which is my favorite step in my skincare routine. This serum is geared more towards using prior to makeup application than your typical skin benefiting serum but I’ll still take it! It has a milky appearance and spreads so quickly across the skin that it is almost fun to apply. The purpose of this item it to really hydrate and plump up the skin, which my dry skin could always use. It almost works as a primer before you go in apply a true makeup primer. I find this product very interesting and am intrigued to try it out more.

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Misses:

Dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator

If you read my last post you know that I received a full size of this product in my Boxycharm for the month. Brands must have some sort of deal with these boxes that lets them send out products in as many subscriptions as possible. I enjoy using this product, I just don’t need another little sample of it. No need to be greedy here, I will happily put this in my giveaway pile in order for it to find a new home.

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Sephora Play nailed it with the brands they included this month. The product sample sizes were small, yes, but they typically are in this subscription so I am use to it by now. I am fairly happy with this bag, happier than I have been in recent months. So as of now, I will continue this subscription. They are finally proving their worth to me. What products did you get this month? I would love to know!


 

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Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion

tarte cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

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Have you heard about LipSense? Have people tried to sell it to you on social media? That was my first experience with this product! LipSense is a long wearing lipcolor by the Senegence brand which is sold by distributors, making it a bit more tricky to get your hands on than your typical lipstick. However, in the last year selling LipSense has become more and more popular so these distributors are readily available. It was killing me not knowing if all the hype and talk about this product was real or not. I was sent these products for reviewing purposes and was finally able to try LipSense for myself!

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I chose to get the shade “Blu-Red” which is a bright, bold and cool toned red! A very flattering and gorgeous shade. When testing out a lip color a red will be the true testament of it’s strength.  I received the “starter kit” which is the lip color, the gloss and the “oops remover” for mess ups and removal. This kit costs $55 and is definitely the most bang for your buck. This lip color is meant to be worn with a gloss. I was told the gloss is a must to keep your lips hydrated and help the color last throughout the day.

The first time I applied this, I did it wrong (read the freakin’ directions Casey). Naturally, after misapplication I was not too pleased. This lip color smells like straight chemicals due to the high alcohol content. Alcohol dries out your lips but it also lets the product adhere better and last longer. If you don’t plan on wearing this everyday I think the amount of alcohol in it is fine or if you always follow up with a conditioning balm after removal. I applied it too messily and didn’t let the product dry down like it needs to. The PROPER way to apply is in three thin, continuous layers allowing a few seconds in between to dry. Once you do these steps, LipSense preforms far better. The wand is small and sturdy which is perfect for allowing you to line your lips below you fill them in which I highly recommend to keep everything looking neat.

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My lips took a bit of time to fully dry down and they weren’t even all the way there when I applied the moisturizing gloss. Prior to the gloss my lips felt sticky and heavy, Make sure to not rub or purse your lips together before applying the gloss to ensure no smudges! I received the standard “moisturizing gloss” but there are several other finishes available. The gloss topper ROCKS. I am in love with it and want to try it with my other lip colors. It is smooth, not sticky whatsoever, smells nice (unlike the lip color) and fades evenly after several hours. Together Blu Red & the moisturizing gloss look awesome. I got a lot of compliments and am totally digging the duo. I thought when applying the gloss some of the color would transfer on to the wand but NOPE, this stuff seriously is budge proof! I kissed the back of my hand and there was no transfer whatsoever, how amazing is that?! I had been drinking and eating all throughout the day and nothing moved. This product means serious business! The combination makes my lips look full, luscious and a lot healthier than some other liquid lipsticks do. My biggest concern was that my lips would feel dry all day but they truly didn’t, even without re-applying the gloss all day.  I can certainly feel the product on my lips but it doesn’t bother me. The color is just as vibrant at the end of the day as when I first applied it, love that!

Removal of the lip color was easy to master as well. You glide on the “oops remover,” give it several seconds to break down the product and then wipe it away with a makeup remover towelette. Since red tends to stain your lips, it took me a couple tries to fully get all the product off.  I then recommend exfoliating your lips to nourish them and make your next application look even better.

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Overall, I really do enjoy this lip product. A lot more than I was expecting to! It lasts far better than some other liquid lipsticks I have tried. If you can get through the intense smell and slightly difficult application then this stuff is totally worth it. What a great long lasting lip product! You do have to buy this brand through a distributor but the experience I had was very enjoyable. Have you tried LipSense? What are your thoughts on this phenomenon?

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To make your own LipSense purchase contact Alicia:

Cell phone: (253)-241-7337

Instagram: Puckerupwithalicia

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