Sephora Play! Unboxing May 2017

Sephora Play! Unboxing May 2017

SPOILER ALERT!

These past few months, I haven’t exactly been wowed by IPSY Glambags, so I wanted to switch it up a bit; I decided to swap out my IPSY Glambag monthly subscription for the monthly Sephora Play! box just to see which one I may like better.

I love myself some IPSY Glambags, but sometimes, you just need to shake it up a bit.  I plan on only subscribing to the Sephora Play! box for the summer, then I will re-evaluate and decide if I want to continue with the Sephora Play! box or not, and if I want to go back with IPSY Glambags.

PROS of Sephora Play! box:

  • all items in the Sephora Play! box are available at Sephora stores and sephora.com
  • bags aren’t always “makeup” bags – they come in different forms
  • brands are wider-known
  • complimentary perfume sample in addition to your 5 monthly items
  • free shipping
  • comes with pamphlet/brochure listing all of the products in the bag, a card that you can bring to Sephora to use for many things (explained in the monthly pamphlet)

CONS of Sephora Play! box:

  • monthly fee is $10 + tax
  • samples aren’t exactly huge…but they’re not foil packets, so I’m happy!

I LOVE Sephora, let’s jump in and see what’s in the May 2017 Sephora Play! Beauty Box:

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trèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick $34
This highlighter is GORGEOUS!  I am super impressed by the pigmentation and the creamy formula!

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belif Hungarian Water Essence $42

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NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color in “Greystone” $24
This shade is quite deep, and more on the brownish side so for me, this is more of a Fall shade, but the formula seems GREAT!  I swatched this on the back of my hand and it took some serious scrubbing to get it off – should be super duper long-wearing!

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rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask $58
This hair mask is amazing and I’m so glad I got a chance to try it!  When I use this, my hair looks so damn healthy!!!

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Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil $48
I have super oily skin so I’m kind of scared of this product, when I tried it just on the back of my hand, it seemed really oily…I’m scared.

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TOCCA Stella $38-72
I really like the smell of this fragrance, it’s sexy and a little woodsy – it seems perfect for a date night…but I’m not sure my husband will love it because it has a slight “old lady” scent to it…fingers crossed!

I also filmed an Unboxing video for this (my very first) Sephora Play! box:

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Unboxing Erin Condren Surprise Box

Unboxing Erin Condren Surprise Box

If you love office supplies and organizing, you’ve probably heard of Erin Condren and her famous “Life Planner.”

If you have not heard of Erin Condren OR the Life Planner, I’m here to help!  Erin Condren is like my GOD!  Erin Condren makes amazingly beautiful planners and office supplies, including the Life Planner, which is THE planner.  The Life Planner is totally customizable and helps you to literally plan your entire life.  The Life Planner is a tad on the expensive side, but believe me, Erin Condren products are SO worth the price, and there’s always site-wide sales and discount codes so be sure to sign up for the e-mails to see all the great deals!

Besides all of the gorgeous organizing/office supplies, Erin Condren also offers a seasonal Surprise Box, which includes all kinds of Erin Condren products for just $35 per box!

I got my first one this weekend, and here’s what was in it:

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Floral Ink Note Card $1.50
These note cards are perfect for those quick “thank you” notes for friends and family.  I love that you can choose the print and envelope color!  BONUS, it comes with an adorable sticker to seal the envelope!

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Floral Ink List Pad $15.00
I love having list pads strategically placed around my house, office, car, etc. because you never know when you’ll need to jot something down.  I love to use these for to-do lists!

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Watercolor Sticker Sheets $3.00
I LOVE these sticker sheets!!!  They add a great little pop of color and a different pattern to my planner to serve as a different banner for different pages, and some have little quotes on them to add a little pick-me-up on each page.  Super cute!

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“Stay a While” Art Print $38.00
I honestly didn’t even know Erin Condren had art prints, so I was SUPER shocked to see a FRAMED rose gold metallic art print in my Surprise Box, but I guess that’s the point of a Surprise Box!  This will be the perfect addition to our Guest Room!

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Floral Ink Address Booklet $6.00
I absolutely love the “Floral Ink” pattern, and the fact that it’s on an on-the-go Address Booklet, makes this the PERFECT item for me!  I’ve been looking for a smaller, slimmer Address Book, but could never find one that was really worth the money, but I mean, $6.00 for this beauty?!  You can’t beat it!

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Sticky Corner Pockets $5.00
These sticky corner pockets keep me so organized and they’re so cheap…$5 for 20 pockets,  WHAAAT?!  I love to place these on pages that I need to keep notes in, appointment cards, tickets, business cards, etc.

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Magnetic Page Markers $3.00
I love that these are metallic, it really gives that extra pop of style to each page, and getting 3 of them in one $3 package is great – I like to use one for my planner, one for the current book I’m reading, and one for my notebook that I use to plan my YouTube videos, and my Blog Posts.

I would HIGHLY recommend these Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Boxes, you won’t regret it!

I also filmed a video of this unboxing:

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IPSY Unbagging – March 2017

IPSY Unbagging – March 2017

YAY!  My monthly IPSY Glambag arrived for the month of March 2017!!!!!

I LOVE IPSY.

Here’s what was in my glambag this month:

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Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer $14
What a genius idea!  Primer for your hair!

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Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream $22
Anti-wrinkle cream in this adorable little snail container!

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Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush $15
Elizabeth Mott makeup brushes are amazing!!

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Tart tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in “Rosé” $20
LOVE Tart.  Nuff said.

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mPrincess Pressed Eyeshadow in “Chestnut” $15
A beautiful copper-toned eyeshadow, perfect to pop on the lid on a smokey eye!

I also filmed an Unbagging video for this Ipsy Glambag, which you can watch here:

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IPSY Glambag (Feb 2017)

IPSY Glambag (Feb 2017)

We all know how much I [typically] love my Ipsy Glambags, but I was a tad disappointed in this month’s bag AND products…but either way, there’s still five new beauty products to try and I’m excited to try each of them!

Here’s what was in my ipsy Glambag this month:

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The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream $48
I’ve never heard of this brand, but this eye/lip cream seems great – it’s a little thicker than I expected, but I actually like that; I hate when eye creams are too runny and blend out to nothing, I can never be sure if they’re working if they just rub out to nothing.  I love the thickness of this eye/lip cream.

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Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in “$12 Latte” $15
What a strange color, but I’m actually intrigued by it; I’ve never worn a brown nail polish, but why not give it a go?

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True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask $90
OMG this mask smells so good…and at $90 for a full-size, it BETTER be damn good!  Honestly, I don’t know if I would ever pay $90 for a facial mask, but it will be cool to try this one out – who knows when else I would get the chance to try out a $90 facial mask.

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Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer $25
I’ve never heard of this brand before, but this shade looks very nice on my super-duper pale skin; it’s not too orangey or warm, but also not exactly “ashy,” which is strange because I usually only choose cool-toned, ashy shades, but this one is great!

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Luxie Beauty Rose Gold 514 Blush Brush $18
LOVE LOVE LOVE Luxie Beauty Makeup Brushes; I have no complaints!  Highly recommended!

I also filmed an Unboxing video, which you can watch here:

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Target Beauty (Feb 17) Hello Hydration!

Target Beauty (Feb 17) Hello Hydration!

It’s here!!  February 2017’s Target Beauty Box and this one did NOT disappoint!

Here’s what’s in the February 2017 Target Beauty Box “Hello Hydration”

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Masque Bar™ by Look Beauty™ Hydrating Peel Off Mask $3.49

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Raw Sugar Raw Coconut Mango Natural Body Wash $5.24

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Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Hair Repair™ Extreme Damage Repair, Protection & Shine Ultimate Repair Shampoo $5.49

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Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Hair Repair™ Combable Hair & Extreme Damage Repair Ultimate Repair Conditioner $5.49

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Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity Facial Wash $10.99

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L’Oréal® Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask $9.99

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L’Oréal® Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify $12.99

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L’Oréal® Paris Exfoliate & Refine Pores Pure Clay Mask $9.99

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W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Pro Mascara $21.99

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Sun Bum® Sunless Self Tanning Towelette $15.99

Check out the video I filmed of this Target Beauty Box Unboxing:

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IPSY GLAMBAG UNBAGGING (METROPOLIS) January 2017

IPSY GLAMBAG UNBAGGING (METROPOLIS) January 2017

I LOVE IPSY – we all know that, so of course, here is my monthly Ipsy Glambag unbagging post!  SO GOOD!  Enjoy xoxo

Products in my Ipsy Glambag (Metropolis) Jan 2017:

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TEMPTU Base Smooth & Matte Primer $35
I was so intrigued by this face primer because I have really oily skin and it’s so hard to find a mattifying primer that actually mattifies.  I don’t love this primer…because just like others, it doesn’t actually mattify my oily skin.  It has a nice consistency and no fragrance, which I love (I have a weird annoyance with scented primers), but it doesn’t do what it claims to do…how annoying is that?!  I don’t think I would pay the full $35 for this primer; I just think it’s a waste of money for me and my oily skin.  I hope this primer works for others!

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theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama $20
Oh, theBalm Cosmetics, how I love you so!!!  I’ve NEVER hated any product that I’ve tried from theBalm Cosmetics; they’re amazing, and of course, this bronzer is no exception.  This shade is great for my pale skin because it’s more on the ashy side, and for someone with pale skin and cool undertones, that is perfect!  Cool, ashy tones are perfect for my type of pale skin!  I absolutely love this shade!

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Jelly Pong Pong Coffee & Coconut Lip Scrub $19
I’m a huge fan of lip scrubs, I think they’re such a great idea; however, I’m not a huge fan of this lip scrub.  The smell is great, it’s not overpowering at all, but the “scrub” isn’t enough.  I think the coconut oil makes it a little too soft and moisturizing, which doesn’t allow the coffee grounds to be abrasive enough to actually scrub your lips well enough.

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Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in “Desert Sunset #02” $14.99
FIRST OF ALL, it’s not clear what this product actually is when you first see it – DO NOT BE FOOLED – it is a LOOSE PIGMENT – be VERY careful when opening.  I opened my upside down and got shimmery copper-toned pigment all over my clothes, hands, legs, chair, and floor!  Beside my little mishap, I haven’t had any other troubles with this loose pigment; it works great as an eyeshadow just to add that pop of shimmer on the lid.  I use the Milani eyeshadow base/primer (which is amazing by the way) and it really helps to keep this color packed on the lid – it doesn’t go anywhere!

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Ciate London Gelology Top Coat $17
I mean, a full-sized gel top coat from CIATE in an Ipsy Glambag?!  WHAAAAT?!  Amazing.  I love Ciate, they’re so great.  This gel top coat is perfect!!  Ciate never disappoints!!  I never thought I’d like the whole “gel mani @ home” but this one really won me over!

I also filmed a video of this Ipsy Glambag Unbagging here:

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Battle of the Target Beauty Boxes

Battle of the Target Beauty Boxes

We all know how much I love Target, but their monthly Beauty Boxes are just the cherry on top!!

I completely forgot about the December 2016 Target Beauty Box; I came across it in my house when it was time to open the January 2017 Target Beauty Box!  It’s like having DOUBLE the beauty samples to try!!!!!!

Here’s what I got in the December 2016 Target Beauty Box:

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TRESemmé Beauty Full Volume Pre Wash Conditioner $4.49

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TRESemme Beauty Full Volume Shampoo $4.49

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NIVEA Soft Moisturizing Crème $4.79

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Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer

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Almay Longwear Eye Makeup Remover Pads $4.49

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Vichy Purete Thermale 3-In-1 One Step Cleanser $19.59

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COVERGIRL Outlast Lip Color in “Always Rosy” $7.99

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GOODY Ouchless Headwrap $3.99

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GOODY Ouchless Elastics $2.50

 

Products in the January 2017 Target Beauty Box:

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Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes $4.99

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Mane ‘n Tail Original Shampoo $6.49

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Carols Daughter® Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner $2.99

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SheaMoisture® Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo $8.99

SheaMoisture® Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Conditioner $8.99

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Palmers Coconut Oil Moisturizing Lotion $4.49

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Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion $7.99

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Miss Jessie’s® Quick Curls $22.00

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