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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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You can get just about ANYTHING delivered to your door through subscription boxes these days. My favorite out of these options is services that cater to my beauty addiction. Receiving these gifts to myself each month makes me SO giddy. If you are thinking about signing up for a beauty box subscription, you are in for a treat! This is the perfect opportunity to try out fun new things you wouldn’t ordinarily buy for yourself. With there being so many options available it can be overwhelming to decide which service is right for you. Don’t stress, that’s where I come in! I am going to break down the high and low points of the beauty boxes I receive.

Ipsy

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I have been subscribed to Ipsy for a year and a half and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. This was the first subscription I ever received and is the reason I fell in love with this process. For $10 a month you receive five beauty samples. The samples range from makeup to skincare and everything in between (I get SO many makeup brushes with Ipsy). This is the perfect service to start off if you are just looking for one. You receive fabulous items that will build your collection in an inexpensive way. If you are ballin’ on a budget, Ipsy is perfect for you. This is the only service that will cost you ten dollars (that’s basically a large coffee) and still give you some full size products!

Pros:

– full & sample size products

– personalized survey to pick products

– cute makeup bag each month

– rewards program

Cons:

– sometimes receive low-end products

– waitlist period

Sephora Play

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I was excited when I heard that Sephora was coming out with their own beauty subscription service. I have been subscribed to this box for just about a year now. All the samples you receive come from products you can purchase at Sephora stores. If you fall in love with a sample you can easily find the full size! This is another $10 a month box that gives you five beauty items PLUS a perfume sample. The products range from all aspects of your beauty routine with an emphasis on hair and skin care. If that sounds up your alley, Sephora Play is the right service for you!

Pros:

– high-end products all sold at Sephora

– personalized survey

– a lot of great skin and hair care samples

– bonus perfume sample each month

Cons:

– small sample sizes, never full size

– waitlist period

– not as many makeup products

– no rewards program

Boxycharm

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I have been getting Boxycharm for the least amount of time but it did not take long for this subscription to steal my heart. For $21 a month you get a box filled with five full size beauty products equaling a total retail value of over $100 (the value cannot be beat). If you are a beauty junkie and want to build an impressive collection, this box is calling your name! They send out a full size eyeshadow palette almost every month, so much to love! Boxycharm is a makeup addict’s dream come true!

Pros

– full size items

– high-end brands

– easy to build an impressive collection

– features trending beauty items

– rewards program

Cons

– more expensive

– waitlist period

– if you do not like a product it’s hard to use up a full size

– no personalized survey

As you can see there are pros and cons to each one of these subscription services. Hopefully my input helped you out a little bit. My final ranked list is #1 Boxycharm #2 Ipsy and #3 Sephora Play. I am just far more excited by the first two each month. However, I think all of these services offer a great selection of items that would be the perfect treat each month. I have fallen in love with so many products from each of these boxes. You should go and read my previous beauty unboxings to see which subscription you most identify with! Order away pretty thang, you deserve a little pampering!

 Do you subscribe to any of these and have a favorite? Are there any other beauty boxes I should sign up for? Let me know down in the comment section!


 

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to get your own subscription go here:

Ipsy Subscription

Boxycharm Subscription

Sephora Play Subscription

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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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It is that time again, for my favorite beauty subscription to arrive! Who doesn’t love getting full size products? Since Boxycharm almost never disappoints, I hope this month continues the pattern.

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Let’s jump to the products:


Hits:

TEMPTU x BoxyCharm Liquid Glow Hand Applied Highlighter

I have gotten a lot of liquid highlighters lately, but I am not mad about it! This one by Temptu was specially created just for Boxycharm subscribers. I love getting limited edition items, it makes them seem more fancy! This highlighter is a rose gold shade and is VERY thin and liquid-y. When pouring from the the bottle you get a lot out at once, far more than you need so be careful. When applied to the skin I got more of a sheen than the rose gold color, but I was pleased with the end result . I love using liquid highlighters underneath my foundation for a lit from within glow. This will be a summer staple!

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IBY Powder Highlight & Contour Palette

If you are a true beauty fanatic you should have a contour palette in your collection. This is such an awesome product to receive in a beauty subscription box! I already have a few palettes like this in my arsenal but I am stoked to add another. This palette comes with three highlight shades and three contour shades. The powders are extremely soft and pigmented but still blend like a dream. They build up a realistic finish on the skin to give you a sculpted look. I really enjoyed my makeup after using this product. They also included a little cheat sheet on how to use the palette if the whole contouring craze is too confusing (which it can be for all of us)!

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Paddle Brush from Crown

This brush is mimicked after the famous (and ridiculously expensive) Artis Brushes. I have tried a few brushes of this style in the past with little success. However, since this one from Crown brush is made of better quality I am excited to put it to the test. This is labeled as a contour brush but I will use it to blend in my foundation. The densely packed bristles make it ideal for applying cream or liquid products. The handle makes it easy to hold and rub onto the skin. The idea behind these types of brushes is that you should blend in a continuous motion and lift the brush from the face as little as possible. I really want to like this brush but it feels as if I am just smearing product around my face instead of having in sink in like I want it to. I will continue to use it though because practice makes perfect!

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“The Convertible Brow” by The BrowGal 

I have not used a powder to fill in my brows in YEARS! I was up to the challenge this morning and was very pleased with how my brows turned out. This product contains three powders which could work for a large spectrum of hair colors. These powders can be applied dry or wet to act as a pomade . I think that is a genius idea! I do not typically use pomades but this product really IS convertible! I did finish off my routine by applying a tinted brow gel as I always do, and my brows looked great all day. This product was the surprise front runner of the box for me.

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The Brow Brush from The BrowGal

I do love that they included a brush to use with the previous product. Do I wish they came together and counted as one product? Yes. Have I become incredibly spoiled by this beauty subscription? Also yes. This brush is great, the spoolie and angled side both worked great to get my brows in tip top shape. I actually did not have a brush like this previously since I always use pencils to fill in my brows, so this was a welcomed product for my collection!

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Overall, another winning box from Boxycharm. No misses? I’ll take that any day! I am always happy with this beauty subscription. There is so much to love about getting FULL-SIZE products at a ridiculously good price tag. The total value of this box? $138…and I paid $21 for it. BEST. DEAL. EVER.

To get your own subscription go here:

Boxycharm Subscription


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Liquid Glow Hand Applied Highlighter

The Browgal By Tonya Crooks Dual End Eyebrow Brush

The Browgal By Tonya Crooks Convertible Brow for Light Hair

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It is that time again, the time I receive my Sephora Play box in the mail! I feel like I am still testing out the products i got last month, time really doesn’t slow down now does it? I looked at the spoilers for the possible boxes this month and the one I received was the one I was hoping for!


Lets see the products:

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Hits:

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Anti-Aging Collagen Booster

This is the item I was most excited about, quite frankly it is almost the only product I am excited about. I have been very into serums lately, they just feel so great on the skin. I cannot wait to add this one to my collection and try it out! It says to apply day and night but I think this will be best used in the morning because it smells of citrus which would be a great wake up call in the AM. The packaging is great too, the sample size will last long because a little serum goes a long way and it comes in a beautiful glass bottle.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

This product is a hit because I do love this primer, but it is also a miss because I have SO may primers in my collection right now. More specifically I have so many samples of this exact primer! I will of course use it, I adore primers and Smashbox is such a great brand. I only wish I had received something I have never tried before and would get me more excited.

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Dr Dennis Gross Freulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel

This product or should I say products because you receive two treatments, confused me at first. I then realized they are pads that have strong anti-aging ingredients in them, retinol being the main one. When thinking of anti-aging retinol is the ingredient you want to deal with, it is powerful and works extremely well. You wipe these pads all over a dry, clean face at night which gives the ingredients time to sink in. When you wake up in the AM you will have radiant, younger looking skin! Seems pretty perfect doesn’t it? Two treatments is not enough to see real results but it is still a cool product to try out. Just make sure you apply sunscreen in the morning because retinol makes you light sensitive! I am excited to try this and the packaging makes it easy to use and travel friendly.

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Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

This product came at the perfect time because I am almost out of my remover. The products I have tried from the Sephora Collection I have enjoyed, so I am happy to try a new item from the line. I do not wear a lot of waterproof makeup mainly since I do not wear mascara and that is the most common waterproof makeup item. However, since it is waterproof it gives me the impression that it will be stronger than your average eye makeup remover, making it easy to get off pesky long-wearing eyeshadow and eyeliners!

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Misses:

Makeup For Ever Aqual XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner

This is only a miss because do I really need ANOTHER black eyeliner?! The answer is no, so much no. I am excited this product is by Make Up For Ever though, I have heard so many incredible things about this brand and am stoked to have something from them. This eyeliner is very long wearing which is no surprise because “For Ever” is literally in the title, and the swatch took forever to remove. This seems like a great choice to apply in the waterline because it won’t budge!!

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This box was certainly not my favorite. The products were not bad by any means, they  just didn’t particularly excite me. Some of these will be used and some may be put into my giveaway pile. I still always love Sephora Play for the brands they include!

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