Sephora Play! March Box

This was a great box! There were seven items total: three I love, two I haven’t tried, 1 I don’t care for, and we’ll talk about the 7th in a minute.

Didn’t bother photographing this myself. Again, the paper they use as padding makes everything super dusty and while the boxes are nice the stuff just doesn’t look that great inside it. Still love it, though!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper $19

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I love this liner! Love love LOVE it. This is my favorite liquid liner, hands down. The sample size has the little foamy tip, but I love the brush tip on the full-size. Perhaps it’s because that’s what I “trained” with, but I find the brush tip easier to use.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser $38

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I love this cleanser! I had never tried it before, but needing a new cleanser for my travel bag, I threw this in before a recent trip to NYS. It smells so good, like fresh grass and other scents, it cleans amazingly, and it left my skin feeling great. One thing that didn’t make it into my travel bag was a make-up remover, and this definitely took care of my raccoon eyes the next morning. In fact, trying this cleanser in the Play! box convinced me to take the Fresh duo (includes this and a rose face mask) as my birthday present, instead of the Marc Jacobs liner and lipstick. And I’m usually all about that liner and lipstick!

Sephora Collection: Perfectionist Airbrush Sponge $12

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So I love this, but technically haven’t tried it. At least, not this one that was sent to me specifically, but I got a set of Sephora beauty blenders for Christmas, so I know I like this. I went years being too cheap to invest in one, and now I have 5. None of which I’ve specifically purchased. How great is that? I don’t know the nuances of sponges, but the Sephora brand ones seem pretty good to me.

Maison Martin Margiela “Replica” Beach Walk $25 (Rollerball. $135 for 3.4 oz)

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I mean, it’s not like this is bad scent or there’s anything wrong with it. I just don’t care. It’s supposed to “to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a walk along a sandy beach.” but “bergamot, coconut milk, lemon, pink pepper, and musk” aren’t smells that make me think of the beach. Sunscreen, sand, salt water, rotting seaweed and a hint of something fishy are my beach-smell memories (guess who isn’t a beach person?) and like I said, this is fine and unoffensive but whatevs. I can’t even care enough to emphatically dislike it.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield $80

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Moisturizing + Priming + SPF??? I haven’t tried this yet but it’s hitting all my wants and needs! Too bad about that full-size pricetag though. I know Murad is a great brand but this would have to last a long ass time and basically change my life to get me to switch from the awesome primers that are half that cost.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil $42

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I love Smashbox’s regular Photo Finish Primer. It was the first-ever review I did for this blog! So I’m optimistic that this will be great, but a little concerned about the “oil” aspect. I know Oil cleansing is supposedly a great thing, and I’ve had great success leaving oil treatments in my hair overnight and rinsing them out in the morning. And sometimes I use a quick spritz or Argan oil as my face moisturizer, so we’ll just have to see how this works. I’m apprehensive yet optimistic.

The Final Item

Finally, there was a tiny little tub that you can take to the Sephora store and get a sample of a liquid foundation. When I unpacked the box one of my cats (I have my suspicions as to who…) promptly stole the little tub. Whatever, I don’t feel too bad. I prefer a powder anyways.

This box was definitely a hit for me! I haven’t received April’s box yet, but it’s looking pretty good and I can’t wait to try it!

A Very Irreverent Guest Post: Lancome’s Face Chinchillas

This is a very special guest post from my BFF, she says about herself: I am an imposter who may never again (or at least very irregularly) guest-post on Irreverent on the Internet. I am late to the makeup game, like several decades late. If this post IS somehow relevant to you, go bother Irreverent, and Irreverent can bother me about answering questions or writing more on other topics later.

She also posed with a snake for her wedding photos, because she is a BAMF and we’ve been friends for 8 fabulous years. Here is her guest post about Lancome’s Nude Miracle Foundation

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I got a sample of Lancome’s “Nude Miracle” (which is a stupid name, I think, as there are no literal transfigurations or virgin births happening, but then most makeup has stupid names). Lancome is an expensive (“luxury”) brand, so I was interested in trying out the product regardless of whether I was in the market to buy. This is the same for me and eye creams, by the way. I don’t use them and I don’t want samples, unless it’s made of gold and caviar, and then I’ll try it just to feel like the 1% for 75 seconds. Lancome would have you believe this is an “ultralightweight, liquid-to-powder formula foundation that provides light to medium coverage and a natural matte finish,” and that it uses “groundbreaking soft-focus technology [that] blurs imperfections, absorbs oil, and blends seamlessly for a second-skin, no-makeup look.” Then the Sephora summary gets into WACK-ASS MATH: “The revolutionary liquid-to-powder foundation formula is 25 times lighter than traditional powder and contains special raw materials to absorb oil. It is so comfortable that 100 percent of women tested forgot they were wearing it.”
So needless to say I was a little skeptical, but again, I don’t buy makeup very often, so I was going to try this fancy liar on anyway. Look, how did they measure “lighter than powder”? What kind of powder? Meth? How on earth did they get “100%” of women to agree? Was it just one woman? Probably. Did she really forget, or did they ask her to apply and then hand her a Great Pyr puppy so that there was nothing on her mind besides puppppppppy toooooooooes?
Anyway, none of the sample shades came anywhere close to my actual face shade, but the texture was cool. It looked very oily and slick in the foil sample, so I made a lot of “ew, but I will sacrifice myself FOR SCIENCE” faces before actually putting my finger in it and then touching it to my face. But the texture was like velvet, as a short-lived liquid! It didn’t feel oily on my face. And it dried to powder in mere seconds. My unscientific estimate (or guesstimate if you know that fakeword from your elementary school word problems math homework) was that it took about three seconds of gentle blending with fingertips to get it powderified.It also looked powder-matte on my face. (And odd, again, because it didn’t match my face shade. No pics.) But smooshing it around on my face was very satisfying as a texture, and the coverage was light-medium, which is about what I’d be looking for in a foundation. I think people with dry skin would definitely want a high-quality primer to keep in moisture and prevent fine lines. As a t-zone product for my normal-oily [or dewy, LOLLLLLL] t-zone it was a fun and easy thing to apply. It felt like my actual skin ten seconds after applying, instead of my usual sensation of AUGH THERE’S A SECOND FACE ON MY FACE, and it was a very nice thing to apply liquid and blend and have it powderify on its own, with no next-step-powdering for matte finish needed. It’s easy to over-powder after foundation and end up alarmingly matte or caked, and this product takes that risk away. I did not blend blush or highlighter on over it, nor did I play with concealer on top of it, because I had important (wine) priorities, but I think cream products would play nicely on top of it, and a gentle hand with powder products would work too.

If there was a shade that matched me perfectly, I’d consider plunking down the [ludicrous, Lancome!] amount of dollars to get matte, even skin for days when I am doing presentations or facing photography at work. We’ll see if I’m motivated to test out other shades when I’m near a store over the holidays, because dog knows it’d be expensive to guesstimate a shade and order/return/order/return via the internet from my ruralish home.

This conversation took place before I badgered her into a guest post. Please note that while Irreverent on the Internet does endorse rubbing chinchillas on your face, we request that you stick to locally grown, fair trade, ALIVE (or vintage) chins for your face buffing needs. And always make sure you have your chinchillas consent… because if you don’t they will pee on you.

The Great Make-Up Cull, Part 1: Face

Wow. So moving takes a lot out of you. That’s why I’m doing it again this weekend! In all joyous news, I’m back in the Northeast, I now have a job I love in an archive, and this weekend Manbeast and I  will relocate to our new apartment. Then I am busy with weddings and showers and family parties until the end of summer. It has been CRAZY, and I miss posting! So rather than just talk about silly words, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone. We’re going to take a look inside my make-up bag(s). This should also serve to horrify everyone by exposing my hoarding to the outside world.

As we should all know by now, make-up has an expiration date. I know this, logically, and yet… I don’t throw things out because I feel compelled to finish them! So far I’ve been lucky and had no adverse affects, which is probably 100% fluke. But I am moving, so this should be a good time to cull my collection… and try out photographing swatches! Bear with me, this is a learning experience, and I’m far from a beauty expert, but I think this should be fun. Onward to pictures!

 

So, we’ll start with my face primer. It is still my one true love, the baby cloud juice that is Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. Alas, my container is almost out… good thing I jumped on the Ulta “Try It Kit” sale and have more coming my way! I needed a new black eyeliner AND new primer so that kit was a great deal, it will be exciting to try their lid primer and lip gloss (even though I’m not a lip gloss person). The only thing I won’t use is the mascara… people always tell me I have beautiful, perfect lashes already. That’s not why I don’t use mascara. I don’t use mascara because when I was ten and playing with my grandmother’s makeup I stabbed myself in the eye with her mascara wand and that will go down in history as one of the most painful things I have ever done to myself. I bought my 1 oz…. jar? of the primer in 2010, right before my college graduation and am just now getting down to the last drops. I believe they’ve changed packaging designs, but the old designs made it perfect to get just the right amount, see how much was left, and not waste/contaminate your primer.

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The remnants of the first expensive beauty product I ever purchased

Next were my two compacts.

One I absolutely adore. I bought it early 2011, but hoarded it away and didn’t open it until late last year… and I still have another one in its packaging. It’s my Face it! Oil Cut Powder Pact by The Face Shop… and here’s where we meet my dilemma. Apparently The Face Shop is an international store, but, like several stores, I did all my shopping there when I lived in Korea. I had some problems finding matching skintones for products like this when I lived in Korea… I’m very pale but also very… pinky white in my undertones. I have a hard time matching any kind of make up. This stuff was a decent color for my pasty skin tone and also SERIOUSLY cut down on shine/that oily feeling… basically it worked as advertised. I love it and am glad I stocked up… I had to throw out the sponge pad that came with it because that got pretty foul pretty fast, but that’s fine, the makeup doesn’t smell bad at all. I love this stuff.

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My much loved compact

I also have a Essence mattifying compact in a color that is almost too light, even for my pale butt. I got this in 2013. A friend bought it to do his makeup for a drag show, and then gave it to me because well… I was the palest person in the room. I almost never use it and yet… I can’t bring myself to throw it away. That’s going to be a trend, I can feel it. I don’t think the coverage/oil control is as good as Face It.

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Merely adequate

Aha! We have our first casualty. I’m not sure if this stuff ever ACTUALLY worked, but i was still pretty early into high school the last time I even saw an Avon catalog so I don’t even know how old this shit is. In fact, it doesn’t even appear that Avon has the product anymore (though it was once part of their Clearskin line). It’s been floating around, empty, in my make up bag… get thee to the trashcan zit wand!

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it’s really gross how long I kept this

 

Ok… so 1 out of 4 in the trash. That’s… probably not so great. Next we’ll look at my eye stuff, see what we have there!