Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
What Sephora says: Black Opium is the highly addictive feminine fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent. Fascinating and seductively intoxicating, the opening notes of adrenaline-rich coffee and the sweet sensuality of vanilla recline into the softness of white flowers for a modern, young, and vibrant interpretation of addiction. Get your dose.
My verdict: Y'all know that I can't wear perfume anymore, but I went ahead and sprayed this to test out on paper. For the first 2 seconds, I thought it was nice, but then it quickly turned grape cough syrupy. That scent definitely came out of left field! I would also describe this scent as "mature." So if you're not going for a great-grandma vibe, steer clear of this!
IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel
What Sephora says: Inspired by the international jet set, Rich Kid’s moisturizing properties give you the hair you’ve always wanted. Reap the nourishing benefits of coconut oil in a weightless formula that moisturizes and conditions, leaving hair with a natural luster and softness. Ideal for fine to normal hair, it replenishes lost nutrients that could cause hair to be weak, dry, or damaged.
My verdict: This stuff smells great, and I was super excited to try something that would help tame my mane. While it smells awesome, it is certainly not weightless as it claims. If you have fine hair like me, this will definitely weigh your locks down, but that might come in handy if you straighten your hair a lot. A 1.7 ounce bottle costs $15, but if you're looking for some frizz-free creams, try Garnier's Smooth Air Dry for just $3 instead.
Ouai Rose Gold Hair & Body Oil
What Sephora says: This luxurious, rose-gold Hair & Body Oil is a silicone-free fusion of nutrient-rich oils from all over the world. The perfect multitasker, the fast-absorbing formula illuminates hair and skin as it restores moisture and repairs damage. Absinthium oil rehydrates dry skin and hair, rose hip oil reduces the appearance of scars and redness, and shea oil nourishes dry, dull skin and hair.
My verdict: Wow! This was SO bad! I only tried it on my hair, but it was so greasy that I looked like I had not showered in days! There was absolutely no way that I was going to try this on my skin after that! It retails for $30 for 3 ounces and has a 4 star rating on Sephora, but this is going to be a hard no from me.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
What Sephora says: Makeup meets skin care with this two-in-one moisturizer and makeup-gripping primer. Formulated with superfood ingredients that are rich in vital proteins, electrolytes, and minerals and infused with a natural coconut scent, this priming moisturizer hydrates and smooths skin as light-reflecting micro-pearls impart a dewy luminosity. The result is beautiful, healthy-looking skin when worn alone and long-lasting makeup when used as a prep step.
My verdict: Franziska and the girls at Eleventh Gorgeous have always had great things to say about First Aid Beauty. I definitely wanted to like this product, but I just can't jump on the bandwagon. It definitely can be used as a moisturizer, but it does not do anything similar to a primer. I also started to experience breakouts when using it, so I don't think this moisturizer is a good fit for my skin. A 1.7 ounce bottle will run you $28, but why pay that when you can get a great moisturizer like the one I use from CeraVe for twice the product and half the cost!
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
What Sephora says: Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas. It’s so translucent, no one will know you’re wearing anything!
My verdict: I had heard that this product was basically a holy grail product for most makeup mavens, so I definitely was happy to receive this in my box. With Houston summers consistently in the 90s and 100s, a primer is a must have. I felt like it did blur my pores, but I also felt like the product dried out my t-zone so much that my makeup ended up looking chalky. I think the price is decent- $12 for a mini tube and $31 for a .75 ounce tube, but I don't think this can compete with Smashbox's Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub
What Sephora says: Now in 42 creamy shades, this breakthrough liquid lipstick gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color. Its creamy, color-rich formula glides over lips as effortlessly as a gloss, but dries to a true matte finish that feels weightless all day long. It’s infused with natural comfort-enhancing ingredients, including vitamin E and sunflower seed so you can flaunt lasting matte color.
My verdict: This color was SHOCKING to me at first, but I have always wanted to try Kat Von D's products because I've always heard great reviews. The lipstick is definitely creamy and feels really great. This particular color as is was definitely not a match for me. I did however find that I really liked it when I blotted it all off and put a clear lip balm on top of the stain left on my lips. For $20 a tube, I'm not going to be purchasing a lipstick to then wipe the majority of it off. If I had received it in a different shade, I might feel differently because of the quality of the product. I am going to try out Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink to see if it will be a dupe for this product and find it in something more my shade.
So, while this box was one of the better Sephora boxes I received, I ultimately broke up with Sephora. They kept sending me hair and skin products even though I had expressed strong interest in eyeshadow, mascara, and nail polish. I think Sephora is really just 2 different sets of boxes each month and sent out at random with no regard to subscribers' profiles. So I made a switch, and I just got my first bag from Ipsy. I'm SO much happier! I'll be doing a product review once I've had more time with the products, but if you're thinking about joining a makeup subscription service, so far, I'm much happier with Ipsy. I feel like they're paying a lot better attention to my profile than Sephora, and it seems as if the bags are more personalized than those from Sephora.
I'll see you back here tomorrow for our monthly Ladies Who Link party! We're talking all about travel tips and vacation suggestions. I want to know the best places that I need to add to my travel bucket list, so link-up and tell me! See you mañana!
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