* 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!