Yesterday I received my August Play Box from Sephora, and I thought today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme this month is Your Beauty Sidekicks, meaning these are products that make you feel like you have superpowers. The bag itself is plastic with a snap and lock closure, the front is a really pretty see through green with various beauty and lifestyle products and Play! By Sephora in the middle. The back is white and says ‘Open up for pocket-sized AMAZINGNESS #SephoraPlay’ written in green.
The first product we have is the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer. This is an oil free, antioxidant rich moisturizer that’s supposed to help protect your skin but you can also use it as a primer and in that form it’s supposed to lock in your makeup and help it to look smooth. I really like Bobbi Brown as a brand and I’m really interested to see how this works as both a moisturizer and a primer. I’ll let you guys know what I think.
The next product we have is the Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen. This is a vegan collagen night cream that you put on right before you go to bed and it’s supposed to have given you smoother skin when you wake up. I’ve heard good things about this cream, so we’ll have to see how it performs.
Moving on we have the Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. They say to make this cream the last step in your routine and because it’s full of antioxidants it’s supposed to hydrate and soothe your skin all through the day. I’ve used one product from Ren before and I liked it, so I’m interested to try this.
Next up we have the Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum. Like other serums, you put this on before your moisturizer and this is supposed help combat dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t use products like this often but Sunday Riley makes some amazing skincare and I’ll give it a go and see how my skin likes it. And don’t forget, if you’re going to use a retinol serum make sure to wear sunscreen the next day, protect your face.
The second to last product we have is the Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in Hot Toddy. I’ve used a few of these in various colors and they all plump your lips nicely, make them feel moisturized, they smell good and you get a nice color payoff. This one in particular is a really pretty warm nude. The only thing that I don’t love about these is I find them to be a little too sticky.
And the last product we have, this month’s bonus, is the Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter. This is a leave in cream for medium to thick hair and you apply it to your damp hair before styling and it is supposed to smooth and protect. I have a lot of hair and seeing it start to frizz, even a little, after styling it can be annoying. So I’m really interested to try this out.
That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same products in your August Play Box let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get.
Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get next month :).
Today I’m going to be doing one of my favorite styles of post and that’s showing you guys three of my recent makeup looks and how I achieved them. These range from May to July and are looks that I had a lot of fun with. There are a few things I want to mention quickly, when I was taking the pictures there were a few things that I forgot to include. For every look I used the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer and the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. And I finished the first and third look with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and I finished the second look with the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50, I used that because I was outside all day, it was sunny, and I wanted a little SPF. With that being said, let’s get into it.
So the first look is from May, there was a stretch of a week or so where the weather was amazing and I wanted a fun glowy look to match. So for my face, once I primed, I went in with my foundation which is the Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation in 205, Ivory. Then I used the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 5, Ivory to highlight under my eyes and a few other places. I’ve been using 5 and 10 together but my skin has been so good recently I’ve been using one or the other. And to top that off I used the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent. I put it all over my face, but I always pack a little extra under my eyes to do a little baking.
For the rest of my face, the first thing I used is my current favorite bronzer, the Nars bronzing powder in Laguna. This is so pretty and when it hits the light it has a beautiful glow. Then I used the Seraphine Botanicals Lychee + Gold Healthy Glow Rose Gold blush. This is a blush I like a lot because it’s the perfect pinky/peachy shade for any time of year and it has a rose gold sparkle to it. And I finished it off with the Too Faced Dashing Through The Glow highlighter. This is from the Super Fun Night palette and there’s not that much of it left. It’s a really nice champagne shade and it blends really nicely. I’m in the market for new highlighters so let me know the ones that you guys are loving.
Moving on to eyes, after I primed, because I wanted a glowy look I went with golds and the first that I used is the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold and I put it all over the lid. I really like the Caviar Sticks, they’re pretty versatile, nicely pigmented and I like the way they blend. Then I went into the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette and used Steampunk and Cinder in the crease and the outer lid and blended until I was happy with the look. I then took Steampunk and put in on my lower lash line to bring the look together. I used a little Dashing Through The Glow to highlight under my brow bone and filled in my brows using Dystopian. I then used my trusty Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner and topped it off with the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Lipstick wise I used the LOC Color Me Confident Vibrant Matte Lipstick, which is one of my favorite reds.
Moving on, the second look we have is from the 4th of July. I always try to be patriotic with my makeup on the 4th and I’m happy with the way this one came out. And overall, even though it was different to how my typical 4th would look it was such a fun day. This is when I used the Supergoop Setting Mist which kept my face protected, I didn’t feel sticky which sometimes can happen with an SPF, and my makeup stayed in place. For my face I used the same base as the first look.
For the rest of my face I used the Nars bronzing powder in Laguna, the Seraphine Botanicals blush and for my highlight I used the Tini Beauty Barfly Highlighter in Candlelit. I like this one because it’s a really nice pinky shade that is so gorgeous when light hits it you get a lovely glow.
For my eyes, after priming, I went into the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette and first used Twig in the crease and then Slate a little bit lower and blended. Then I went into the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette and used Smolder on the outer corner, blending and bringing it in a little bit. I then went back to the ABH palette and used Cyborg on the rest of the lid and blended a little. For my liner I used Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner and the Urban Decay Perversion mascara. And I topped it off with the LOC Color Me Confident Vibrant Matte Lipstick.
And the third look we have is from the other day. It was a rainy day and I wanted to have fun with color and create something vibrant. For my face I used the same base as the previous looks.
For the rest of my face I used the Nars bronzing powder in Laguna, then I switched it up for my blush. I placed an order at Sephora recently and one of the samples I selected was some Buxom Wanderlust blushes because I’ve never tried them. What I ended up doing was mixing them and they created a really nice color. What I used was Dolly, which is a mauve and Mykonos, which is a peachy shade. And for my highlight I used Dashing Through The Glow.
For my eyes, after priming, I went into the Colourpop She palette and used Dear in the crease and a little bit lower. Then I went with Missy in the outer corner, making sure to blend and bringing it in a little bit. Then I used Babe on the rest of the lid, blending a little and because I wanted a bit more sparkle I went into the ABH Sultry palette and put a little bit of Pearl on top of Babe. Then I used the Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner and the Urban Decay Perversion mascara. For my lipstick I took two matte liquid lipsticks, Anastasia Beverly Hills Crush and MDMFlow Retro and mixed them together, which I’ve done before and it creates a really pretty pinky shade. And I topped that with the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Gloss for a little sparkle/shine and some plumping. What I like about this lip plumper is you can feel and see it working but it’s not so crazy to where it feels like your lips are going to fall off.
That about wraps it up for this post, like I mentioned, these are some of my favorite posts to write so look out for more in the future and I’d love to know which of the three looks is your favorite. And I am going to link everything that I could find below.
Until next time, have fun creating your looks and you can never take too many makeup of the day pictures :).