July Sephora Play Box Review

I absolutely LOVE this months’ Glamp Out theme! I love to be outside, and am an avid camper, so this spoke to me on a deep level. When I camp, I admit, I do wear a bit of makeup. What can I say? I like to look nice, and I feel better when I have a bit of mascara on, and no under eye circles, and SPF! ALWAYS SPF.

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Isn’t this an adorable bag as well? It totally reminded me of the summer camp in the original Parent Trap movie. I always wanted to do a long term sleep away camp like that.

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I really love this color of Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag. The formula is amazing, it slips right on, and does not dry your lips out! It’s also a perfect nude color for me. I am really excited about this color and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it.

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Next up we have IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in Black. Its a good formula, and goes on easily. I did not see the dramatic results pictured, however, I only used one coat. I don’t like to wear black mascara, I prefer brown, but I like the way this one looks on me. It was easy to put on, and easy to take off, and it didn’t flake during the day! Win win win.

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This is both the mascara and the lip color. Nice and natural!

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Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick was a nice little surprise! I used this mainly for my puffy eyes when I didn’t get enough sleep because the baby was up all night. It works like a charm, goes on light, and with almost no residue. It was very easy to smooth right on, and add makeup immediately after. No waiting for the excess to absorb!

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I was excited to try the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask. Unfortunately, I only used this once because I just could not get past the smell! It is VERY organic, if you get my drift. I did not see much of a difference here, but I could only stand to leave it on for about 10 minutes because, oh man, that smell. Pungent…

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This Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray is a nice little item. I use leave-in conditioner every day, so this will definitely get used. The smell is great, and it leaves no residue.

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I received this Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine in my first Play Box Last year. The smell is light, fruity,  and perfect for summer, and I am happy to have gotten it again.

Did you all enjoy your boxes this month?

Paige’s Walmart Summer Beauty Box Review

imageThe Walmart beauty box is a fun one. It’s seasonal, coming out every 3 months, but unlike Target, you can subscribe to it, and it’s only $5. I call that a pretty excellent deal, especially since even if I don’t use EVERYTHING, the value is definitely there.

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Wow, these are horrible pics, aren’t they?

InCoco Nail Art Stickers

Speaking of Value, these really got me excited. I love nail decals, and polish, and this style is especially fun. I can’t wait to try them.

2016-06-22-16.50.16.jpg.jpgGoody Slide Proof Hair Ties

I use and loose hair ties all the time, so these Goody Slide Proof were a great treat. (See? The box has already paid for it self) I’m in that super thick preggo hair mode right now, so I go through these really fast

imageLady Gaga Black Fluid Fame

I have received this Lady Gaga Fame perfume in other boxes
It’s not my favorite, because it’s super sultry, and rich. I prefer much lighter scents. I can see possibly wearing a very light splash out to a formal event or a ritzy date with the hubby, but it’s definitely not for every day wear on me.

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Sally Air Brush Legs

I LOVE this stuff, I have been using the spray version for years! I hate wearing nylons and this is the perfect product when its too hot out for an extra layer. It makes legs super smooth looking, and spider veins are no more. Just make sure you let it dry COMPLETELY before you get dressed.

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Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Diamond Color and Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner

Well. That’s a mouthful… I didn’t notice an immediate difference when I tried this out, but I also don’t have colored hair, and for right now, my hair is pretty healthy, other than needing a trim. That being said, it smelled OK, and I REALLY appreciate the fact that there are BOTH a shampoo and conditioner to try.

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HMMM, I may have to rethink using my phone…

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion

Lotion samples always come in really handy, and Vaseline makes a great product! not much more to say there…

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Truly Radiant Clean and Fresh Toothpaste by Arm and Hammer

I like Toothpaste samples, and this is a good one. With as much as we travel, samples like this are super useful and this will be thrown in my stash for camping and traveling.

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Simple Micellar Cleansing Water (one use)

This was a tiny (one use) sample. We call them foil packets, because you cant close them back up and essentially need to be used all at once. It was a nice little bonus, but it would probably not be something that I would buy because I like the act of washing my face. It relaxes me at the end of my day, and makes me feel cleaner. This was like putting on a toner, I didn’t feel like I got everything, and I used it on a day when I wasn’t wearing makeup at all.

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Nivea In Shower Body Lotion (single use)

I use  this stuff on a regular basis, because I’m constantly forgetting to put on lotion after I get out of the shower. This way it’s already in there with me and super easy to rub on, rinse off and BAM! Silky skin! This got used immediately.

I felt the box definitely paid for itself this season, although, I would have LOVED to have seen a makeup product this time around. What did you guys think of your boxes?

Reviewed By:

Paige

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June Sephora Play Box Review

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The insert that tells you whats in the box, and how to use it. I REALLY like the fact that everyone gets the same items.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Bronzer Serum

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This was promising at first, but after a squeeze and a slight rub, it started almost pilling on my skin, and left no color what so ever. 2016-06-21-10.45.53.jpg.jpgIt also felt a bit oily, and wont play well with other makeup. It’s not something I’d want to wear if I knew I was going to be sweating all day.

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July Ipsy Unbagging

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Paige’s Ipsy Bag
Megan's Ipsy Bag
Megan’s Ipsy Bag

This little pink envelope makes us so happy when we find it in the mail! Our bags were really different this month, and we love seeing what we get every month.

Lets get right to it

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Paige– I love it! it might be my favorite so far, perfect for a little summer clutch.

Megs– Not a huge fan of the design on this month’s page but I love what’s in it 🙂

wpid-img_1601.jpgBe a Bombshell Lip Balm in French Kiss

Megs– Well, I’ve enjoyed their lipsticks and I like how the lip balm feels.  Not wild about the color.  When it’s on, it is a really pale pink that just sort of washes me out.  I will be keeping this on the nightstand for this times when I wake up with the driest lips this side of the Sahara.

wpid-img_1593.jpgJor’el Parker Classico Eau De Parfum
Megs– I really like the smell of this!  I’m picky when it comes to perfume and so I’m very pleasantly surprised with this little rollerball.  I feel that this will become one that gets thrown into the travel bag often.
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Tarte Eye Shadow
Megs– Well, Tarte is one of my favorite brands.  This color is amazing.  It blends beautifully.  It stays wonderfully.  Basically, it’s everything that I expect from Tarte.  And it’s in super cute packaging.
wpid-20150717_065808-1.jpgJelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner and Shadow
Megs– This a really fun color but it’s a little too light for a liner and a bit dark for shadow.  That being said I’m enjoying trying to figure out a way to use it.  It’s not going to be an everyday color but should be fun for the weekend.  It goes on pretty well but it’s a little bit heavy when you use it to cover the entire lid.  Also, the name?  Really weird.
Paige– I love this color! It is perfect for me to wear on a daily basis. I agree the name leaves something to be desired, but I have tried their products before, and the texture is consistent, and the pencil actually stayed on and in one place all day! I’ll take it.
wpid-img_1599.jpgEau Thermale Avene Cleanance Gel
Megs– Well, I can’t read anything on the bottle but my limited understanding of French tells me that it is a face wash.  Not scented (yay!).  Feels nice (again, yay).  Took my makeup off without removing any skin (always a bonus).  So…there you go. 🙂
wpid-20150717_065823-1.jpgCrown Brush Tweezers
Paige– I was so excited to see these in my bag! These are great, they are sharp enough to get to the root of the hair, but not sharp enough to poke. These are really good quality and I would buy them again.
wpid-20150717_065740-1.jpgTeeze Matte Lipstick
Paige– This is not my color at all. Although I really like the formula, the orangey color DOES NOT look good with my skin. You need super white teeth, and be a bit tanner or a bit paler, to wear a color like this, which does not work. It does go on well though, and stays until you wipe it off. If it was slightly pinker, I would love it!
wpid-20150717_065714-1.jpgPur-Lisse Utlra Skin Brightening Serum
Paige– This serum is creamy and really does brighten skin up a bit. I love it for around my eyes, when I didn’t get a good nights sleep.
wpid-20150717_065706-1.jpgOctavia La Playa (Sea Salt Spray)
Paige– To be honest, although I appreciate products like this, I have never really learned how to use this stuff, and I feel like it always makes my hair kinda oily. Since I don’t style my hair all that often, (or ever) this is probably something that will be thrown in the “Use When I’m Feeling Adventurous (and have time for a re-do)”  basket. It smells nice though, like the beach!
What did everyone think of their bags this month?
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This month, Ipsy was reviewed by
Megan
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Paige
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April Glossy Box Review

Wow! This month’s box is a work of art!

What a fun box top this month with the comic character like makeup girl.  And a surprise treat? There was a little bag inside this month.  Very cute, sturdy, and a welcome treat from a box that we already love the packaging on.

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We love it!

 The makeup bag was cute and came with a mystery discount code that I haven’t tried yet, but its always nice to get discounts

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Julep Gel Eye Glider-Smokey Taupe

 Paige- I don’t wear a lot of eyeliner, so samples are a good size for me, but, if I get the odd full size, in a good color, I’m happy. This one happens to be a nice color, and a good eyeliner in general, actually. It smudged easily, but didn’t move once I was finished. I’m very impressed.

Megan- This is a great color. Goes on really nicely.  Be careful that you get it where you want and nowhere else because it isn’t budging once it is down.  Put it in a fun thick cat eye and heavy lashes with bare or bone colored (non shimmer) lids and be prepared for a fun night.
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Lip Tar Stained Gloss in Meta

Paige- Oh My Gosh, did this color ever intimidate me. I have seen this brand in stores and have stayed away because I thought “No Way will colors like those look good on me, they are way to saturated” Was I ever shocked, then, to try this out and find that its actually quite lovely!

One coat was sheer enough to be great for regular daytime use, and two coats were perfect for a brighter lip. It goes on glossy and is not tar like at all. It feels super, and looks awesome. Definitely will be using this this summer

Megan- Lip Tar Stained a gloss in Meta: no joke, the color scared me in the box. It looks almost like a neon raspberry.  The fun of lip tar (besides it staying for a long time) is that you can layer it so that you don’t have to have full impact of the color immediately.  The barely there brush gave my lips a nice color that works with anything and is almost matte immediately but doesn’t look like your lips are dry.  A second, heavy layer gives you a sheen of slick color that is fun without being overwhelming.  Good for heading out after work or to a summer picnic in a flirty dress.  A third coat was a bit scary.  I’d save it for Halloween or someone with a bolder, more golfer skin tone than me.

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Este Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

Paige- I am more concerned with faint wrinkles at this point than dark spot correction, so this did not really interest me, but I’ll take a sample of this brand any time. I have always liked Este Lauder, and this really is no exception, but I might pass this onto my Mom or Mother in Law and see if they can use it.

Megan- Well, it fells nice going on, soaks in fast and cleanly, no residue at all.  The little bottle is a gorgeous blue, but it is one of those that you sort of tap the product out, there is no was to squeeze or pump it out and I can tell you that it gets old trying to get it out, even when it was brand new. I can’t imagine that I’ll have the patience to try once it is down to half a bottle or less.  Hope the full size is better designed.
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Aerin Waterlilly Sun Eau De Parfume Spray

Paige- This packaging was so pretty! I like getting perfume bottles, as opposed to vials, so this was nice. The scent is kind of a different story. I’m getting over a cold, so I either cant smell anything or I smell EVERYTHING. This hit me as being very “Fumey” lots of alcohol in this product, and the smell lingers… Once it drifted off and had been on my skin for a while though, the scent is pretty nice, a little strong, but nice.

Megan- Well, this was the disappointment of the box.  The packaging was so cute and it was a lot of spray to get in a sample but the alcohol scent when sprayed is so strong and dissipates so slowly that there is no way I will ever wear it.  That is sad because once you let the alcohol scent go away (no joke it was at least fifteen minutes before I could smell my wrist without recoiling) the scent is actually fun.  A little heavy but there are nights out when heady is a good thing 😉

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 Marakesh Endz Split End Mender and Preventer

Paige- Anything with Argan Oils is a must try for me, and this is no exception. It made my hair really soft and I instantly noticed a slight difference. Im sure with regular use, it will show a great improvement

Megan- Granted I don’t really have split ends to worry about (one of the perks of not using heat tools or a blow dryer on my hair, basically ever), but this smelled really nice.  Not overpowering and left my hair feeling very nice.  Did nothing for my extreme flyaways but not much does…

We love that Glossy Box always takes into account your coloring and I have have yet to receive a bad color choice from them.

This box continues to be awesome.  We look forward to it every month!