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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Summer Walmart Beauty Box

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Paige’s Walmart Beauty box

Paige- This box was a such pleasant surprise! I am usually pretty happy with the Walmart beauty boxes, and end up buying a lot of the samples they send out. It also always comes with excellent coupons. There just seemed to be so MUCH in this box!

Now, here’s what I love about the box:

I LOVE the NYC Brand So that in itself was a great deal. The color is a really pretty rose, that will go well with my complexion. I have tried the Jergens Natural Glow Before, but this seemed to be a little revamped, so I’ll definitely try it out. Nivea brand is great as well, and is perfect to stash in my purse or drop bag for traveling. I like the Neutrogena sunscreen a lot, and this sport sunscreen works really well, so this is another great find. St. Ives is ALWAYS awesome in a box, its the greatest facewash ever, and I’ve been using it since I was in my early teens.

Now for the not so hot stuff:

There is always that one item in any subscription box that the subscriber is just never gonna use. Its hard to make thousands of people happy with EVERYTHING, so I understand that. So, while I considered this box a pretty good one (as $5 subscription boxes go) There were a couple of things that I didn’t really need to see in there.

I have received more Dove Body Washes in the last few months than I have seen in the stores in the last year. I think I got this scent alone in at least three boxes. Needless to say, I’d like to try something different. That being said, however, it will be thrown in my camp bag to be used while on trips, because the travel size is useful. The You and I one direction perfume sample was not my cup of tea. I am REALLY picky when it comes to scent, and this one was not my style at all. And lastly The Neutrogena Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy Shampoo could have been left out. I say it every time, if you send only part of a system, how am I supposed to test out how it works? I would prefer foils packets of the shampoo, conditioner, and styling aids to use at the same time and see if I like the whole system rather than just a portion of the product that doesn’t really tell me much about the whole.

Megan's Walmart Beauty Box
Megan’s Walmart Beauty Box

Meg- I walked in from work to find this little gem waiting for me.  If only the A/C hadn’t been waiting for me as well but had miraculously turned itself on (the downside of keeping the energy bill down… :/ )

 Well, this box is packed with goodies.  Completely worth the $5.  Up first:
Neutrogena is always a good bet with my sensitive skin, and I enjoy their samples. I received the Healthy Volume mascara  in travel size. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s going in my purse for those days I walk out the door forgetting to put it on.  (It happens more often than I’d like to admit.) I also got the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser. This came in their last box too.  That’s not a bad thing as it’s the perfect travel size and is a very good cleanser.
Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme is more of a heavy cream.  Definitely a night time one for me.
John Frieda Sea Salt Spray – Well, I’ve never understood salt spray for hair.  My hair is wild enough without putting something in it that makes it harder to work with.  I keep my hair braided at the beach because If i don’t, I come out of the water with one large tangle that takes multiple washings to undo.
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo- hmmm…I’ll need to see if I like this better than Head and Shoulders.  I like finding alternatives.  Also, there is actually enough in here to cover my hair.  It’s a bit of a shock.
NYC Big Bold 2-in-1 Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner (full size) – honestly, I feel like someone gave me a calligraphy pen of liner and told me to go town.  I can’t quite get either width to go on right.  I think it’s just a practice thing for me but on the plus side, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t smear.
Ken Paves Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner – whelp, these are going into the guest bathroom sample bucket because there isn’t enough of either sample in here to anything but make my hair laugh.  It’s an awesome teal color package though.
Aveeno Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30- This so got used on the 4th.  I love Aveeno lotion, it’s my nightly go-to so I have high hopes for this.  AND the little card attachment (which also has a $2.00 off coupon on it) says they make it in SPF 50.  Here’s to the white girls who burn!
Jergens Natural Glow  (sample size for 3 days) – I actually already use this product.  it’s one of the only tanners I’ve found that doesn’t turn me carroty.  I can’t use this Medium to Tan shade they sent because, well, see above about being white, but, it’s a great product for most people who received this box.
You and I One Direction Eau de Parfum (travel size) – It’s not horrible.  It’s a little sweet for my taste, too much floral, but better than I expected it to be when I saw 5 guys on the front of the card.  I think I’ll still stick with my Burberry but perfume samples are one of my favorites and I hope they keep sending them.
Till next time friends!
Happy beauty boxing!

May Ipsy Bag

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Well, we LOVE THIS BAG! It’s so cute and we love the functional strength of the canvas, though we all thought it seemed a little cheap feeling once we opened it.

So- Here goes!

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Pixi By Petra Beauty Bronzer in Summertime

Paige– I really like this bronzer. The formula is soft and silky going on, and it is also very sheer. It makes for a perfect daytime look when swept over the cheekbones. (It also softens the look of my sunburn from this weekend)

Blake– I haven’t been big on bronzers but lately I have been trying to learn the art of contouring and this is the perfect product to learn with. It goes on very light which is a must for me. I will give this product 4 Ipsy bags.

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Bella Pierre Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Ebony

Paige– I don’t like the Bella Pierre line very much, and this is really no exception. This smears way to easily and is very greasy on me. I found this had smudged and traveled by the time I made it into work. The color was a nice strong black though for the first 45 minutes or so.

Blake– So, this weekend, I took my mom to DragCon, and thought that this would be a great opportunity to try this little baby, and boy am I glad I did. I generally don’t really like pencils because the color, over time, becomes dull to me but this one was outstanding. First it glides on like a liquid eyeliner which I love and the color lasted all day. Only defect is where you put it is where it stays. I give this product 4 Ipsy bags.

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Bare Republic Natural Mineral Sunscreen in SPF 30

Paige– I always love to see sunscreens in my bag. It’s a product I use EVERY DAY, so I’m stoked to try this one out. It was very light and sunk in really fast. I really like this one!

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Nuxe Paris Reve De Miel- Face Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel

Paige– This was an interesting brand that I have never tried before. The product works as it says it will, and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. But OH THAT SMELL, it’s GOT TO GO… Pungent is the only term I can use to describe it, like horrible incense.

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Urban Decay Revolution High Color Lip Gloss and Ozone 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ultimate Ozone

Paige– I got two samples of the lip gloss, one in the shade Bittersweet, which was scary in the packet, but actually a kind of pretty pink purple when on and would be a great date night color. The other shade was Failbait, which is a PERFECT pink and is a great color to wear on a daily basis. As for the liner, I did not see a difference when using it under the gloss, but I also don’t use lip liner on a regular basis so I wasn’t really sure what to look for. (Sorry about the flash guys!)

Meg– The two colors came with the pencil. One is useful (Failbait) and one fun to put on in makeup experiments (Bittersweet). So the pencil is supposed to go on first and fill in lines, keep everything in place, and stay creamy. I honestly could not tell the difference on the half of my lips that I used the pencil and the half I didn’t.  I really like that they showed the other colors available. I’d love to try 69 and Quiver. On the other side was an ad for another of their products (sheer revolution lipstick) which I now really want to try. I’m a huge Urban Decay eyeshadow fan and am glad for the chance to try their lip line.

Blake– First off I love Urban Decay so I was very excited to receive one of their products. The thing is I don’t wear enough lipstick to try the product so I waited until I went to DragCon. This product makes me want to wear lipstick every day. I put it on and waited for it to set then applied my lip color. I will say it didn’t last 24/7 but it did last about 5 hours on me and I was eating and drinking too. Not only was I happy, but some of the queens were asking how my lips looked flawless. Ha! I give this product 5 Ipsy bags.

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Skone Pretty Eyes Automatic Eye Liner in Navy:

Meg– It goes on well and smudges nicely. It says navy, but it is a really bright navy. I wish it was a bit darker so that I could use it for everyday, but this will be fun for girls nights out in flirty dresses

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Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches

  Meg– I got two. I don’t know if that was a mistake or not, but I’m glad. They feel nice on and while I can’t really see any differences, they definitely are soothing.

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It Cosmetics CC+

Meg– Goes on nicely. Doesn’t smell very strongly like some other CCs I’ve tried. I love that it’s 50spf.

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-in Conditioner:

 Meg– It doesn’t smell very good. That is the first thing I noticed. It smells like chemicals. On the plus side, my hair is softer with it in.

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Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream and Peter Lamas Detoxifying CitrusC Facial Cleanser
Blake– Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream- I absolutely love this product. I get a little skeptic about hair products because usually they leave an oil aftermath. This product left my hair smooth,shinny and silky. I just dab a little on my hands and work it through my damp hair after I shower and the end result is amazing. I give this product 5 Ipsy bags.

Peter Lamas Detoxifying CitrusC Facial Cleanser- I’m not really big on cleansers because my skin is very sensitive and will breakout or turn my skin red. This one didn’t do this it just made my skin super dry. I give this product 1 Ipsy bag.