Sephora Play May 2017.

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I’ve been slow to blog the last few days because this is the first time my husband and I have had the same days off since March.  Needless to say, we are pretty excited at the opportunity to go out and have dinner like normal people.  We spent yesterday wandering around New York, shopping, and doing all the things we said we would do if we ever had a day off together again.  Today entailed a trip to a diner for pancakes, a run to Target, and a serious apartment cleaning.  I feel so productive.  This guy was in the mailbox downstairs when we got home, so that’s cause for some excitement, too.  Overall, this one looks promising, so let’s dive straight in!

I’m in love with the bag containing the samples and will be keeping this one for travel.  It’s made of a heavy plastic and snaps shut.  This one actually seems durable and easy to clean.  I generally toss the bags almost as soon as I tear them open and dig the products out, so I’m happy that Sephora has finally upped their game enough to warrant keeping one of these things for a change.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick:  This is probably the one I’m most excited to get this month.  I’ve seen this thing hyped up so much on YouTube and have come so close to purchasing it on many occasions since it launched a few months ago.  It is supposed to smooth and prime the skin for makeup and make pores and lines look smaller.  After watching a few videos of people applying this stuff, I’m sort of convinced it’s magical, so I’ll probably be dropping all of my other primers I have around here and trying this out for a few days beginning tomorrow.  It doesn’t seem to be a big sample, so the review of this will likely post fairly soon.

Grande Lips Lip Plumper in Clear:  ANOTHER FREAKING LIP PLUMPER!  Why???  Sephora sent the Too Faced Lip Injection just a few months ago, and that one was one of the most painful plumpers in recent memory.  I hate lip plumpers, for those who don’t know, so I’m going to be brief on this one.  If it burns, it’s going in the trash after two or three uses.  Odds are heavily in the favor of it stinging since that is what most lip plumpers do anyway.  I already have big lips.  I don’t need the help of a plumper, and I’m not walking around town with my lips on fire.  The end.  Moving on.

Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent:  I’m not super pumped that a cream highlighter came in this month’s box because the Play box from two months ago had a sample of Benefit’s Watt’s Up.  With that being said, I have been using that one to death over the last few weeks.  I’m on a serous cream highlighter kick, and the one from Benefit is a really good one.  I’m looking forward to trying this one out.  The color seems similar to Watt’s Up.  They’re both a champagne color, though this one appears to be slightly more rosy than Watt’s Up.  The Benefit one has some great staying power and blends down to look rather natural, so I’m curious to see how this one compares.  I love the packaging on this one, too.  I’m all about products that I can just throw in a bag and not have to worry about.  The packaging is sturdy, and you can blend it with your fingers.  That’s all I need in life.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask:  I know this brand has a cult-like following, but I’ve not tried the first thing from them.  I love masks, and it claims to offer oil and blemish control.  My skin isn’t oily, but it loves to randomly break out from time to time, so I’ll be giving this one a shot just as soon as my vitamin nectar mask from Fresh runs out.  I think I have only one or two applications of that one left.  I poked around on this one a little.  It seems super smooth, like there’s no grit in it at all.  I’m curious to try it out and see how it works.

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask:  This is supposed to condition hair and add shine.  I’ll use it, but hair stuff doesn’t excite me.  I have terribly oily hair, and try as I may, I cannot avoid washing it every single day.  If I go more than a day without washing it, my hair looks a mess.  Dry shampoos are a joke on my mop, and, basically, any hair mask that promises week-long results will get me–at best–three days.  I’m going to use this, but I don’t expect it to knock my socks off.

Clean Reserve Sel Santal:  This smells sooooooo good.  It reminds me so much of Book from Commodity, which I happen to adore (and have somewhere around here).  It smells like an earthy, woody scent with some citrus thrown in to liven it up.  I have a feeling I’m going to adore this and hope it has some staying power.  The notes on it say, as I mentioned, tops of mandarin, bergamont, and nutmeg tonic.  The middle notes are of violet, salted fig, and hazelnut cream.  The base notes are amber, styrax, rose musk, and sandalwood.  This smells like old pages and reading on a beach.  I can’t wait to wear it.

There’s the rundown from this month’s box.  As always I’ll be talking about empties and anything I discard because I hate it (I’m looking at you Grande Lips).

Total dollars spent at Sephora this year:  $433.96.

–Jackie

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