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!

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Mini Irreverent Reviews: LORAC Porefection Mattifying Primer

Today I was supposed to drive to NY and attend my Very Best Friend’s bridal shower. I got up early with a raging headache, crawled to the shower, shaved my legs, removed from the shower feeling a little bit better, put on my fancy Raspberry Iced Tea dress, smeared some of my sample LORAC Porefection (haha) mattifying face primer. Then the headache came back with full force, I hit the deck dry heaving, and I’ve been laid up in bed all day sipping gingerale, popping advil (so much advil) and keeping my eyes closed. Now I’m finally feeling like I could go outside and explore the world and it’s 5pm. I’m still in my dress.

So why am I reviewing this stuff? I didn’t get to wear it outside, I only got about half my face actually covered in foundation before I realized ‘being a supportive friend’ was a lost cause.

Well, I received a sample in my last ulta ordered and before I knew today was a bust I’d figured I’d try it.

When it squeezed out of the pouch it was weird and gooey and I was very nervous about rubbing it on my (super oily) face. There was also a ton in that little pouch, so perhaps I’ll get the chance to try it again because my face simply did not have enough area to use it all up.

It rubbed on very well, what little of it got makeup applied seemed to take it well (wooo Face Shop Oil Cut). The reason I’m so impressed is because I went back to bed. And sure, a lot of that time was just lying awake with my eyes closed moaning that I’d feel better any second, but I tend to sweat in my sleep, especially when I nap. My face still feels fresh and oil free, like I just applied the stuff. At $32 dollars for 1.7 ounces it’s cheaper than my beloved Smashbox. Definitely something I’d consider trying again.

 

I’m all moved into the new place now, and have internet, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish my makeup cull soon and this can go back to being a ‘sometimes’ beauty blog.