Sunday, March 19, 2017

February Sephora Play! Box

February's theme for Sephora's subscription box was The Soft Side. The products came in a dusty rose colored satin bag. I was super excited to get the NARS mini, as I'd been eyeing the product for a while. Other than that, the products this month were somewhat lackluster.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake - I honestly don't know what the box curators were thinking with this one, this shade doesn't look good on ANYONE and it came in everyone's box. I tried it even though I knew I wouldn't like the shade. On me, it was fairly sheer but still put a lighter tone on my lips. The gloss had a light, minty scent. The "injection" part kicked in after about two minutes, and it was pretty intense - definitely not for anyone who hates that tingly feeling. I got a decent "bee stung" lip out of it that lasted for 20-30 minutes. The gloss itself felt heavy on my lips, and was strongly scented. I personally wouldn't go out of my way for this shade, but the plumping wasn't too bad. The mini gloss is 0.03 oz, and a full size is $22 for 0.14 oz

Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream - I don't mind eye cream minis because it keeps me from having to buy a full size eye cream. This cream from Origins claims to be a brightening cream, and it is brightening due to the face that the cream itself is super shimmery. I didn't like how this looked under eye makeup, and there's no need for a shimmery nighttime eye cream, so I won't be purchasing a full size of this when I'm done with the mini. The mini tube is 0.17 oz, with a full size at $30 for 0.5 oz.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer - This product felt more like a pore blurring primer than a moisturizer. It was very silicone-y, and didn't provide much hydration to my skin. I didn't like how heavy this sat on my skin either. Definitely a miss for me. The sample size is 0.24 oz, and there are two sizes available for purchase - 0.5 oz for $9.50, and 1.7 oz for $29.50.

Sephora Lashcraft mascara - I never mind mascara samples, because they need to be tossed so often for sanitary reasons. This mascara claims to lengthen and add volume, but I found that it did some lengthening, a lot of really good lash separation, but not much volumizing with one coat. I was able to do two coats with minimal clumping, which yielded much nicer results than a single coat.. The brush wasn't a massive pine tree brush, and I was able to navigate my small corner lashes with it. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to purchase, as there are formulas I like more, but I had no complaints about this mascara. The mini tube is 0.094 oz, and there are two sizes available for purchase - travel size at 0.169 oz for $7, and 0.33 oz for $12. (The prices for Sephora products are very good value, as my drugstore mascaras range from $4-$9.)

NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound - This was the product I was super excited to get this month! I had been eyeing these for a while, and had heard good things. The Velvet Lip Glide is not quite a gloss, but not a liquid lipstick - it had good color payoff but didn't dry down. I was hoping for a bit more longevity, and this was prone to transfer as it never really dried. I'm not sure if I want a full size, but I'm definitely going to keep wearing this one. I just wish it had blown me out of the water right away! The mini lip glide is 0.07 oz, and a full size is 0.2 oz for $26.

Marc Jacobs Decadence - This month's perfume sample is a bit disappointing, because it was previously available in a promo code from late last year. I don't exactly hate the scent - it's fruity with a bit of spice to it, and not overly floral. I don't need to buy it, because I have two sample vials now! The sample is 0.04 oz, and a rollerball is $29 for 0.33 oz. (There are also 1 oz, 1.7 oz, and 3.4 oz bottles, too!)

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