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Sephora Play! September

I am not going to lie. I was a bit disappointed with what I got in this Sephora Play. Nothing really wowed me. I did get some exciting brands, but not the items that I would have wanted from that brand. I will still use everything that I got, but I hope next month will bring an exciting product or two. The theme was Fall Into Beauty and I have to say, I really love the bag this month and I’ll be using it for my monthly beauty bag for this upcoming month at least.

The red polka dots on the Play! Card are very reminiscent of Minnie Mouse for me. How can you not love that bright silky hot pink bag though? It’s an ultra girly color with such a cute saying on the front.

My free perfume sample had two perfumes from Clean in it. I wish I could have gotten a foil sample instead, which Sephora will now be doing in addition to the perfume sample. You will either get perfume or a foil packet. I am personally all for the foil packet. I have too much perfume to begin with without having all these samples around.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black 0.25 ml for $11

This is half of the full size making this a generous sample and I am excited to try this out. Everyone loves this eyeliner. I just wish I could have gotten a full color instead of black. I have too many blacks and I tend to use colored ones more often than black. I don’t even use eye liners that often either. I have a different liquid black eyeliner that I should use up first, but I look forward to the day that I can try this one out. I can practice my cat eye or just line my waterline. It will be used eventually.

DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask 1.5 fl oz for $6.75

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I will have to wait until I use up my Lush hair masks, but this one does sound promising. My hair has been getting curlier since I’ve stopped coloring it a year ago. Gosh, I cannot believe that it’s been a year and 4 months since I bleached my hair. Now, it is a brassy mess and blonde is too much upkeep for me right now. I intend on chopping off most of the blonde. Once I’m all my natural hair color, I will see what I want to do with it. I’m thinking temporary washout color for when I need a boost. I’ll probably will get to trying this out next year. I think I still have like 6 uses out of each Lush hair mask that I have remaining that will go bad if I don’t use them. I use them GENEROUSLY and they still lasted like two years.

Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb 10 ml for $7.60

I was so excited about this until I looked at the back and saw just how little product would be in there. I still want to try this out immediately. My skin has been flaking like crazy these past few days, because I left a face mask with sulfur on for too long and it dried out my skin bad. It could have been from my retinal moisturizer, but I only used that twice every other night and I didn’t show any signs of sensitivity. I’ll be only using that mask on my nose for now or use it for only 10 minutes on the T-zone. I’m hoping this moisturizes my flaky skin and that it stops peeling soon.

Benefit Gimme Brow #3 1 g for $8

This is a third of the full size, so between this one and the other one I have, I have a full size gimme brow. I don’t really do my eye brows, but I have been because I have it. I don’t need to buy a brow product. I have naturally thick brows. I need to get them reshaped, but otherwise than that, they are in really good shape. I will use this up after I finish my opened tube. I don’t care for this product, because I really don’t need it. Only waxing will shape my brows. I have too much eye brow rather than too little.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy 0.09 oz for $21

This is almost a full size and totally worth the $10 price tag for the box. I was scared at first that it was going to be super pigmented, but it is very buildable. You can do a sheer wash of color or full on glam demonstrated by my swatches. It is such a pretty color and I will be pulling it out for the holidays. I might even wear it at work since it’s such a friendly formula. It has a semi matte look and feels comfortable on the lips. I always put a balm underneath my lip sticks, so it may not be as comfortable if you don’t prep with a balm before hand. I love the subtle metallic finish. It is more of a shimmery effect than a metallic one. I find metallic colors to be unflattering for the most part.

The value of my September box is $54.35!! I think this is one of the highest valued boxes, but I feel meh about it. I would give this box 2 stars. I’m really only excited for the lip stick, but I gave another star for the value of this box. Sephora Play is a worthwhile subscription to me. I get beauty treats every month for $10 and build up my makeup collection for cheap. If I had a daughter, I would get this for her. It’s great for beginners or for the beauty adventurer that loves to try out everything without breaking the bank.

With Love,

Selena

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Makeup Inventory: Random

I decided to show you guys my random products today. The items that are just in my collection that I don’t have a ton of. I intend of getting rid of this category completely. If it is something that I don’t really use or enjoy, I just want to use it up and get rid of it. I still have to show you all of my eye stuff, but I’ll save the best for last.

Samples: 21

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If I can use up all of these samples, I’ll be happy. I’ll also be happy with half of them left, too. I don’t like having too many samples open at a time, so I end up using makeup samples one at a time. I don’t have much to say about samples I haven’t used yet.

Concealers: 2

I would like to only have 1 open at a time, but I have two. I would like to use up the NARS and then focus on using up the one in my pallet. It is the skin colored one next to the bronzer on the second row on the right. It is a highlight, but it is more suitable for a concealer for me. I’m happy having two but I would like to only have one open at a time and one back up. I don’t use concealer everyday, so this will be a challenge to use up one by Jan.

Color Correctors: 4

concealer

I have the four on the top row: purple, green, peach, and orange. Purple is my most used along with the peach which I tend to add a little orange to. The peach/orange is great for covering up undereye darkness. The purple is great to lighten up shadows on your face. I’d like to hit pan on the purple one by January. I really want the Urban Decay Fluid Correctors and I will replace these with those once I use these ones up.

Brow: 1

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This is my only brow product. My brows are already thick, so I don’t see the point in using brow products. I’ll use it up, but I doubt I’d ever buy a brow product in the near future. I want to finish this by January.

My eye shadow, liner, and mascara post is going to be big. I have a lot of eye products for a girl who only does her eye makeup on the weekends. Subscription boxes contributed to most of this category coming up. Stay tuned!

With Love ❤

Selena

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June Birchbox

I love the watercolor pastel box this month! It is very pretty and another one that I will be saving. I’ll be going through my make up collection to purge a few things. Is anyone interested in seeing that? I think I’m going to take pictures and do a post on it. I’ll probably bring it to work for a few friends to pick over. Danielle, when I do the post and you definitely want some of it, let me know and I’ll set it aside for you. 🙂

Anyways, here’s my June box, which I’ll let you know now I LOVE it.

Texturizing spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, 1 oz for around $5 USD

I love texturizing sprays, which I find are different from dry shampoos. I think they work better than dry shampoos. Even though, they technically are dry shampoo, I think they are a hybrid of some sort. I’m currently using Rusk texturizing spray, but I cannot wait to use this one as well. I see it all over Youtube, so I am happy to have my hands on this product. It will go into my beauty bin for now to use when I use up the Rusk.

Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow, 7 ml for $4.20 USD

This is an okay size to sample. I wish it was bigger though. This only has enough for two or three face applications. I like the glow that it gives the skin, but I would definitely powder afterwards. I powder after apply sunscreen. I like being glowy, not shiny/greasy looking. This stuff is expensive, so I don’t think I’ll be buying it anytime soon.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, 1 oz for $4.50 USD

As you can see by the picture on the right, this product is a welcome repeat offender. I love that it is now in a squeeze tube, which makes the product easier to use. This tube is enough for two to three masks for my hair. I do a mask about once a month, but now that I bleached it, I think I’ll do it once every week or so. This could be in July empties. I like this product and the scent. I won’t be buying it though.

Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 1 oz & 1 cloth for $11.32 USD

I’m so excited to be receiving these two products in my Birchbox. The potential of getting this product in my box is what made me sign up for it in the first place and now, I am finally sampling it. It is a brilliant moment for me. If I really liked this product, I could see this replacing my GlamGlow cleanser. Now, I just have to sample Emma Hardy’s Cleansing Balm. Anyone else love sampling highend products?! It’s an addiction of mine.

Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in 1, 1 g for $8 USD

This was my chosen sample this month. It is also my first brow product EVER. Yeah, I never got on that train. I’m excited to try this product. I need to get my eyebrows threaded first. I’m hoping to get it done next weekend. This seems like a great product and I love trying out new makeup.

That’s my box this month!

With Love,

Selena