Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday: Sephora Play! April 2017 Box

Hi! Thanks for stopping by as I link up with The Pleated Poppy and Andrea at Living On Cloud Nine for today's What I Wore Wednesday. Last month, I shared my experience with my first Sephora Play! subscription box. You can read that post HERE. Today, I wanted to give you a quick review of my April Play! box.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Black



What Sephora says: A pro artist favorite, Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Liner's superior, long-lasting formula will not smudge, crease, or fade until you remove it. Its innovative formula blends intense, rich color with a super-gliding texture. This versatile liner’s smooth texture effortlessly glides onto lids without skipping or tugging while delivering intense, one-swipe color that lasts all day. Ideally applied with light pressure, this pencil is perfect for creating a tight line or smudging for a shadow effect. Available in 20 shades, it features shades that range from everyday neutrals to bright pastel pops. 

My verdict: I used it twice and then gave it away. I'm not an eyeliner pro, and although Sephora claims it can be smudged, it didn't budge on me. (I like to smudge my eyeliner.) If you've got great skills and you want your liner to stay in place for hours on end, then you'd enjoy this. At $21 a pencil and my lack of eyeliner expertise, I'm going to pass.

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover


What Sephora says: This do-it-all formula removes waterproof makeup and contains a lash-strengthening complex that's rich in flavonoids and olive wood extracts.

My verdict: I gave this one away after two uses as well. My eye makeup comes off better with soap and water in the shower than this, and if I have a lot on, I felt my makeup remover towelettes did a much better job than this remover. This 4.2 ounce bottle will run you $11.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple


What Sephora says: Begin with the most basic step of all. Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser is an award-winning cleanser that melts away dirt, oil, and makeup. It tones and lightly hydrates in one simple step for skin that feels perfectly clean and comfortably balanced. Formulated for all skin types and gentle enough for the sensitive eye area, it deep cleans pores while natural oil extracts help condition skin.

My verdict: You know I'm super loyal to my Pixi cleanser, but I have heard nothing but amazing reviews of Philosophy's products for years now, so I was excited to try out this cleanser. An 8 ounce bottle costs $24. Another disappointment! I used it for over a week and had several pimples pop up after beginning to use it. The formula is gentle, but it also left a film on my face. I've got another cleanser in this month's box that is doing more harm than good, so I'm getting back on my Pixi routine tomorrow!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer


What Sephora says: Instantly reduce the appearance and fine lines and pores while locking in your makeup looks with the Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Lightweight and oil-free, it glides on to give you a flawless finish, while antioxidants vitamins A and E and peptides help protect your skin from environmental pollutants, damage, and stress.

My verdict: Finally a winner! This is a makeup artist must have, so I was super thrilled to try this out. One ounce will set you back $36, but a little goes a long way, so the bottle will last you quite a while. This is a product I am actually considering purchasing when my trial size runs out. My pores are HUGE, and this primer does an excellent job of blurring everything and making my skin soft enough to apply makeup without looking caked on. If you're the type of blogger who appears in a lot of your site's photos, definitely give this product a try!

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream


What Sephora says: Three molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid—a potent hydrator that constantly attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere—helps replenish skin to make it appear more supple, full, and smooth. Ceramides help lock in moisture, ProHyal+® helps improve hydration for healthier-looking skin, and antioxidant-rich elderberry helps defy the look of aging. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced, leaving a silky, hydrated, and more youthful-looking complexion.

My verdict: This moisturizer is okay. It feels like a gel going on, and it only requires a little dab to cover your whole face. I didn't feel like this product was life-changing, and at $52 for 1.6 ounces, I don't have plans to buy it in the future. 

Miu Miu L'Eau Bleue


What Sephora says: Youthful, colorful, sophisticated, and unique, the MIU MIU L'eau Bleue fragrance offers a contemporary vision of the lily of the valley twisted with akigalawood—it’s a fragrance that’s all about freshness and joy.

My verdict: Sorry, y'all! I didn't even spray the bottle to test it out since fragrances make me sick. Isn't $90 for 1.7 ounces a lot though?

Overall, I wasn't in love with last month's box. As much as I love skincare, I'm starting to get sick of skin products and want more actual makeup in my boxes. I'm testing out the products in my May box now and will let you know how they work out in a few weeks. Have you had any experience with the products I showcased today? Have you found any must-have makeup products recently? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Link up with me tomorrow to share your favorite recipe of the week! See you soon!

18 comments:

  1. Boo, sounds like a dud box. I use the smash box photo finish primer myself and you are right. A little goes a long way.

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    1. I love that stuff- it is way better than my Maybelline primer.

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  2. Bummer! Philosophy was a big disappointment for me too but boy I love my smash box primer.

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    1. Amen! I feel so much more confident with the primer on my face than going without it.

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  3. I hate it when you get a dud box. I subscribe to Birchbox and so far have loved it. I've used the photofinsih primer for a year or so and loved it, until I got a Porefessional one in my monthly box, it is AMAZING!! I will be buying a bottle when I'm out.

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    1. Well, I may be switching over in a few months if I don't like the next few boxes. The one I just got for May is pretty lame, too! I need to look into the Porefessional- I know it's a cult favorite!

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  4. This reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend over the weekend. I'm 35 and she's 39 and we were talking about going crazy over our faces/bodies. She ended up having a major freak out and spent well over $300 on "it" items for anti-aging, etc. She said three months later they didn't do what they claimed and she was out too much money to have wasted! I love that you do this so we can no some real woman thoughts!

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    1. Now if only Sephora would pay for my boxes! :)

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  5. Good stuff- I don't subscribe to any of these services. I do, however, use Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Moisturizer and it is incredible- definitely worth the price

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    1. I've heard great things about his product line- I'm just a total cheapo!

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  6. Sorry this box was a bummer! My mom and sister LIVE by Philosophy, and every time I try it I break out as well. It just doesn't work for some people I guess. And I am with you on the eyeliner-it has to be smudged and blended!

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    1. I will never be the girl that can do a cat-eye, but I can smudge and smoke up my eyes like nobody's business! :)

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  7. I loved this review! Total transparency!!! Every time you said you gave it away, it made me smile! I guess I'd better get to trying mine for this month and we can compare notes😉

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    1. Well I hope your May box was better than mine. I'm kind of irritated with what arrived last week. 2 words for you: Brown lipstick! WHAT?!?!

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  8. I used to use a really expensive makeup cleaner, but I ran out and remembered someone telling me that the cheap ones from Dollar General are the best. So now I use like $4 makeup towelettes from DG or Walmart! They work great and are super cheap!!

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    1. Yes! I'm a bar of soap girl for the most part but if I'm not showering, I like my CeraVe face wash and Target brand knockoff of Neutrogena's makeup wipes.

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  9. I seriously dropped some $$ on the lancome eye makeup remover recently because I've been on such a mission to find something that works well to remove. I think I'm going back to soap and water after reading this..lol...I truly believe that works better for me too!

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    1. Makeup removers always just leave my eyes oily and yucky feeling. Good ol' soap and water get the job done just right!

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