Sephora Play June 2017.

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I got this a few days ago and, for whatever reason, didn’t really feel like sitting down and typing out the box breakdown.  This blogging thing takes up a good bit of time on my days off, and sometimes I just don’t feel like sitting down and putting my mind to it.  I have to tell myself that there is actually a purpose to all of this, namely, breaking myself of the habit of buying random crap that I don’t really need.

The weather in New York is also kind of nice today, so I didn’t feel like sitting inside part of the day and typing on my computer.  I decided to grab my handy, dandy Bluetooth keyboard and tablet and head to my local coffee shop.  Copious quantities of iced lattes always lift my spirits.

To be quite honest, I wasn’t excited about this box when I opened it.  This, no doubt, contributed to my lapse in blogging, but it has given me a few days to play with some of the products and develop some first impressions, so let’s do this:

Tarte Tarteguard 20 Tinted Moisturizer:  I have this on my face as I sit in the coffee shop, and I think I like it.  I thought it was going to be entirely too light for me to actually wear out in public when I first opened the package.  I mean, it looks LIGHT, and I’m a pale kid.  Really pale.  Much to my surprise it was a perfect match.  The blemish coverage is pretty much nil, but it evens out any redness I have quite well.  I’m new to the tinted moisturizer game.  Until just a few months ago, the number of blemishes on my face warranted at least a medium coverage foundation if I planned on leaving the house, so I’ve only really tried out this one and Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer.  I quite like that one, but I find that it starts to break down quickly even with a primer.  After just a few hours, I’m left with practically nothing on my face.  We shall see how this one goes.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad Gradual Glow:  I can almost guarantee that I won’t actually use these.  They’re a version of the Alpha Beta Peels that I enjoy, but they impart a gradual tan on your face.  You know what I don’t do?  Tan.  I don’t care to tan.  I don’t really go out in the sun, and when I do, I wear sunscreen like my life depended on it because it probably does.  I’m a red head with green eyes and skin that’s pale beyond pale.  I burn.  Roast.  Look like a boiled lobster.  Even when I was a teenager, I never had any real inclination to have a tan.  This has served me well as I’ve gone into my thirties.  My skin damage is minimal, and my wrinkles are virtually naught.  I’ve never even cared to use self-tanners.  I’m genuinely whatever about the whole experience.  I mean, sure, I’ve tried them out before, but it’s effort I’m not willing to take.  So I’m going to use this on my face while the rest of my body remains the same pale shade?  No.  They say the transition is gradual, but I’m really not interested.  My best friend is coming into town for a visit next week, and I’m passing these off to him.  Moving on.

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It:  Part of the reason why I wasn’t very excited about this box was because it came with two different hair care products.  I don’t do much with my hair.  I wear it in a ponytail at work, and can’t be bothered to actually dry it on most of my days off.  I keep the styling to a minimum.  This basically claims to tame the frizz of wavy tresses and give you that just left the beach look.  I have naturally wavy hair that tends to get really frizzy, and the best thing I’ve found to help it on days I don’t dry it but want to wear it down is Ouai’s Wave Spray.  I honestly expected this to do absolutely nothing when I put it in my hair after my shower this morning.  Boy, was I ever wrong.  This may be the answer to all of my prayers, but I’m going to use it a few more times before I commit to an entire tube of the stuff.  It was easy to use.  I just squirted some in my hand, raked it through my hair, twisted my hair in large sections, and scrunched each one toward my scalp.  Then I just sat around the house waiting for my hair to dry.  Once it had dried, all I did was rake my fingers through my hair to break apart the sections.  I was amazed.  My hair looks so good.  It’s got textured waves with zero frizz.  It’s not crispy and crunchy from some spray.  I can’t get over how much potential this has.  I’m going to keep using it, and I may commit to a tube.  For someone who hates dealing with her hair, this was a godsend today.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub:  I have nine of these liquid lipsticks.  I think Kat Von D makes the best liquid lipsticks on the market for my money, and I love the shade range.  Once you put them on, they don’t budge.  Period.  Well, they don’t budge unless you eat something really oily.  I’ve worn these for upwards of sixteen hours before, and they’ve still been on at the end of the day.  If my lips start to feel dry–let’s face it, liquid lipsticks are good at drying out your lips, and this one is no different–I just put lip balm over the top of whatever color I happen to have on.  It doesn’t move.  K-Dub is a really bright raspberry shady that is perfect for the summer, and I love a bright lip.  I can’t wait to play with this one.

Brigeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave in Defining Creme:  This is the second hair product in the June box.  It says that it will create defined natural-looking curls and is super hydrating.  I’ve given this one a try, too, and while it smells AMAZING, I think it’s just a little bit too much for my hair type.  You know the type: super oily that demands a daily washing.  It did define my waves really well, but it also made my hair stringy.  I’ve only used it once, but I’m going to keep trying with it.  I’m hoping that I just used too much even though I thought I was using the smallest amount.  There has to be a balance somewhere between defined and stringy and defined and beachy.  I’m still calling this one promising because anything that could potentially keep me from brushing my hair will be promising until clearly proven otherwise.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Blackout: I, like everyone else in America, was excited when these launched. I booked it to Sephora to try out all of them. There were a few I hated, a few I loved, and nothing I found memorable enough to commit to an entire bottle. And let’s talk about the bottles for a bit. Heaven help you if you ever want to travel with one. It would take up a sizeable portion of your suitcase, but if you’re looking to club a home intruder, these bottles would be a good thing to reach for.  They’re massive and bulky and contain a ton of wasted space. But anyway, back to the perfume. Blackout is described as a woody scent with notes of osmanthus and chai tea essence, two things I happen to enjoy but come together in this to evoke a “meh” reaction from me. It doesn’t smell bad, but it’s not something that’s memorable enough to buy.

So there’s the breakdown of this month’s box. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed typing it in the big, comfy chair in my favorite coffee shop. As always, I’ll keep you posted on how products work as I finish them. Now I’m off to finish my iced latte and plow through the fourth book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.  I have to finish all of the books before the movie comes out, you know.

Total spent at Sephora this year: $488.40

–Jackie

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