Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What I Wore Wednesday: Sephora Play! May 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 received my 3rd subscription box from Sephora. You can read about my first box HERE and my second box HERE. Today, I wanted to share some quick thoughts about my May box.

* If you are new to the Sephora Play! system, they send out 2 versions of the box each month. The boxes usually have 1-2 products in common. Lisa at Coast to Coast got the other version of  my May box, and you can check out her products and thoughts HERE.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil



What Sephora says: Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil  thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping natural moisture, leaving it balanced and nourished. This oil does not contain mineral oil, so the liquid emulsifies completely and leaves no residue. It is ideal for all skin types. Japanese Camellia Oil (Tsubaki) is richer in oleic acid than olive oil and an excellent source of vitamins A, B, D, and E and nourishing Omegas 3, 6, and 9. This featherweight botanical oil has been prized in Asia for centuries for its superb moisturizing and antioxidant activity. The formula also contains Hadasei-3 Complex, Tatcha’s proprietary trio of Japanese anti-aging superfoods—green tea, rice, and algae—which helps to restore healthy-looking, youthful radiance. It is suitable for all skin types.

My verdict: I already am prone to oily skin, so I've always thought it would be counterproductive to use oil to clean my face. However, many skin pros say this routine is the winning ticket to amazing skin. I gave this cleansing oil a try for one week. My skin felt nice and clean, but within the week, I was breaking out all over, so I quickly retired the product. 5.1 ounces sells for $48 which you know in my book is way too much! Considering this product made me break out, it will definitely not be on my must purchase list.

Belif Hungarian Water Essence 


What Sephora says: Hungarian Water Essence recharges skin's lost hydration back in an instant. This formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs, including rosemary and lavender—powerful hydrating and antioxidant agents. This ultra-light watery texture instantly glides onto skin to provide a burst of powerful moisture that penetrates skin for a long-lasting hydration, leaving the skin healthy-looking, soft, and supple. 

My verdict: I used this in conjunction with the cleansing oil for about a week. My skin is weird in that portions get really oily and then other parts are really dry. I was hoping that this moisturizer was going to keep me from being dried out without making me too shiny. I didn't really feel that it helped me much and still needed to add my own CeraVe moisturizer to keep my skin moist enough to apply makeup. This product retails for $42 for a 2.53 oz. bottle, and again, it's going to be a pass for me. 

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask


What Sephora says: Unlike other oils that coat hair strands, ungurahua oil, rich in omega 9, consists of tiny molecules that penetrate into the core of each strand to heal and fortify, infusing thirsty hair with moisture for stronger, healthier-looking strands. Benefit from the potency of a salon intensive-treatment in the convenience of your own home. Sunflower seed oil softens and adds shine, while gluten-free quinoa protein strengthens and protects. Lavender and eucalyptus deliver a soothing and clarifying effect to the hair, which provides a light aromatic fragrance—allowing you to relax while the mask is penetrating. 

My verdict: So I'm a terrible reviewer. I never even got around to trying the Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask. This could be the miracle hair product I've been looking for but there is a big reason why I've not tested it out yet- taking 2 showers within 15 minutes of each other. I have zero desire to get in and put this on only to have to hop back in and wash it out 15 minutes later. A 7 oz. bottle retails for $58- yikes! I will give this a try one day when I'm really bored, but I'm pretty much guaranteeing you that I won't be sold on this product (or its price). 

Stella by Tocca 


What Sephora says: A warm breeze flows through Milan as Stella, Prosecco in hand, enchants and beguiles with an uncompromising magnetism. Stella is infused with the slightly sweet, never bitter, and always fresh scent of blood orange.

My verdict: If you've read my reviews before, then you know that I don't wear perfume as it gives me terrible migraines. I will say the blood orange scent has me intrigued and slightly jealous that I can't wear the scent. The bottle is quite beautiful and would look lovely in a perfume collection. A 1.7 oz. bottle goes for $72. 

TrèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick


What Sephora says: This Highlight Stick contains fine, delicate pearl pigments that leave skin with a subtle yet sexy luminescent glow. It’s the perfect tool for allover highlighting and brightening: along cheeks, eyes, Cupid’s bow, or down the bridge of nose. It features an ultra-smooth glide and a light-as-air feel thanks to its silky soft, unique cream-gel texture, which is infused with coconut oil. The custom magnetic sealing cap makes it travel-friendly and spill-proof, while the built-in trèSwitch Refill Perfecting Sponge allows for easy, hands-free, on-the-go application.

My verdict: This was the first item found in both boxes. I was super excited to try it because I have been wanting to dabble in HACing. Unfortunately, I didn't find this stick easy to work with on my skin. It wasn't blendable and felt a little cakey to me. To not let it go to waste, I thought I would try it as an eyeshadow crayon - still no luck for me. It seems like a great idea, but I feel like the execution just wasn't there. The stick is .21 oz. and retails for $34. 

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color 


What Sephora says: These long-lasting, touch n’go makeup sticks create bold nude lip looks with kiss-proof color. Let Magnetic Matte Lip Color take your lip look from day to night with nine-hour wear so you can go matte all day long. This non-drying, waterproof matte lipstick applies smoothly and will not budge. Its innovative formula means that it’s non-feathering, and its intense pigment load provides maximum, smooth coverage to easily take any lip look from the office to the runway. 

My verdict: Umm, I'm not a Kardashian or Jenner sister, so I'm not sure why in the heck Sephora thought the palest woman on the planet should try out this brown lip crayon. I can see that it comes in several other colors including shades of pink that would be much more complimentary on my skin. Me receiving this shade wasn't a fluke either- everyone who ordered the May box received this! I tried it on one time just for giggles, and let's just say I wouldn't even wear it for Halloween! To add insult to injury, a pencil will run you $24. No thanks! 

Just like the April box, I'm tired of receiving skincare products. I'm an eyeshadow and mascara junkie and need to start getting my fill sooner than later! 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!

And, I couldn't let today go by without saying happy anniversary to my favorite man who lets me play with makeup! Love you, babe!


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

22 comments:

  1. OH my gosh, you guys are the CUTEST Ever!! I prefer mascara and lip glosses, the skin stuff...blah, I never end up liking it. Happy Anniversary to you gorgeous babe-a-tollas!!!!

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    1. Thank you! Well, Sephora gives lip stuff pretty much every box but it is always a bizarre color that is not meant for the whitest lady on the planet to wear!

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  2. That perfume has me intrigued- I tend to love orange scents and flavors- I may have to check it out. The fam picture as Kiss? Priceless- love it!

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    1. I know- I wish I could wear perfume again. I love the Prada Candy scent- it's smells so yummy!

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  3. I'm the opposite! I'm always on the hunt for skincare products. I keep thinking I'll find the magic potion to give me great skin. I LOVE the Kiss pic!

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    1. Well then you need to sign up for Sephora ASAP because that's ALL I get- ugh!

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  4. I am really interested in the perfume. I have never heard of the other products. I have been hesitant to try the oil as well. I have combination skin and I am fairly certain I would be breaking out. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you! I totally vote to skip the oil treatments. I absolutely love my Pixi skin tonic from Target. I think glycolic acid has been the key to saving my skin.

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  5. Sorry you lucked out on your May box. Hopefully the next one will make up for it. Happy Anniversary! :)

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    1. Thank you! I did actually like 2 of the June items and was able to use them for tonight's date night!

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  6. Happy Anniversary! I hope you get to enjoy a great date night with your husband soon!

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    1. Thank you! We enjoyed some awesome appetizers at an Italian restaurant's happy hour tonight while the kids stayed home with a sitter! And we finally settled on our Disney hotel, so it was a great day!

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  7. I thought the brown lip color was so weird too! Why was that in everyone's box?! It does NOT look good on everyone!

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    1. I don't even understand why they ask you about your hair, eye, skin color and preferences if they're just going to send you one of 2 random boxes. Ugh!

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  8. I love your reviews!!! And I think you might have gone overboard on the families makeup...LOL I got my June box yesterday. I think I'm going to end up cancelling too and maybe trying FabFitFun. Have a great day!

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    1. Ha- I had to ask my boss if I could leave early to get that makeup done- took me over 2 hours! Ari is not allowed to choose our costumes for this year!

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  9. A lot of these pieces sound interesting. Hopefully you get the items you are hoping for soon! And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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    1. Thank you! We had a fun date night out, and I got to use 2 of the items from my June box! :)

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  10. Have you tried Ipsy? I receive a lot more makeup and eye makeup specifically. Typically, everything is normal size product. I'm pretty satisfied with Ipsy. I pay $10 have found the value to be $40. I can give you a referral code, then you don't have to be put on a waiting list. (I might get some points for free stuff too :)

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    1. Yes! Please send me a referral code- I was talking last night about how I still wanted to do a box because I like being able to review products and try new things.

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  11. Your comment about the lipstick...bahahaha

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    1. Yea, pretty sure nobody's going to confuse me for Kendall or Kylie anytime soon!

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