This day has been a complete and utter bust, so allow me to wallow for just a bit before I start talking about this month’s Play box. More than likely, I mean yesterday was a bust, since I’m probably finishing this up, putting it away, and editing it when I wake up in the morning. Right now, all I really care for is a beer and doughnuts. If you don’t want to read this part, skip down a ways. I promise I won’t be offended. How can I possibly be offended when I’m sitting above a doughnut shop?
I’m sitting down to type this about seven or eight hours after I planned on typing it, and I’m neither at my house nor my friendly neighborhood coffee shop on my day off work, so let’s talk about how I arrived at a tea shop across from the Time Warner Center on a rainy day instead of sitting at home doing the periodic lip product purge I had planned on undertaking today.
A couple of days ago, my husband had a stitch break in his eye. You see, he had a cornea transplant about ten years ago, and the stitches are permanent. Every few years, one will go, and he has to go to an eye surgeon and have it removed. Sunday he woke up with a red, scratchy eye and immediately knew what was going on. He had to work yesterday as he was the only chef in the restaurant, so he sat in the office during his down time with his scratchy eye and looked for a surgeon to go to who would take our insurance and would allow him in today and not some time in October (Thanks, Columbia Presbyterian), and ended up at the outpatient eye clinic at Mt. Sinai this morning. They weren’t taking new patients until February, but they did allow walk-ins. He got there around 10:00 a.m. I abandoned my day-off plans to take him a phone charger (sometimes I’m a nice person) around 4:00 p.m. because he still hadn’t seen a doctor, and ended up sitting there until around 6:00 p.m. with him until they finally took him back to dilate his pupils and check everything out. When he came back out to wait for the eye drops to start working, I said goodbye and went to the Sephora at Union Square. He sent me a text later to say that it actually wasn’t a blown stitch, and the doctors don’t know if the irritation was just from some extremely dry eyes he had or if it’s an early sign of rejection of the cornea. They sent him on his way and told him to come back if he has anymore problems. By this time I was feeling really jittery and kind of manic, and I just really needed to buy things at this point. I get this way sometimes and ANYTHING looks appealing to me. Tools for the KitchenAid? You got it! Four hundred dollar toaster oven? Sure! If Jared really wants a RoboCoupe, he should know by now to ask me when I get the way that I was this afternoon. (For those unfamiliar with kitchen lingo, a RoboCoupe is a food processor that has enough power to run a boat, and will outlast the apocalypse and will set you back about a grand. Basically, it’s not really something you need outside of a professional environment, but my husband really wants one because they’re cool.)
Sephora didn’t have the Smashbox holiday set that I want in stock, which, in retrospect, is probably a good thing, but I was annoyed and hungry, and it was windy and rainy, and I just wanted to buy things. I decided to swing by the Columbus Circle Sephora on my way home because they usually get the new releases pretty early, but first I HAD to eat. Fried chicken is my go-to when I’m stressed and feeling kind of manic, and that was in the cards today–calories be damned. I stopped for chicken strips and gravy on the way to the train, and they were over-fried and gross, and they were out of gravy. Fail on all counts, but I was starving, so I ate it and got on the train. At least the rain had stopped.
I took an M to the 57 Street and 6 Avenue stop and was greeted by rain when I got aboveground. The wind had picked up again, too. Fun fact about living on an island as small as Manhattan that is made of concrete and steel canyons set up in an orderly grid system: umbrellas are useless most of the time. The wind manages to somehow come from all directions. By the time I got to Seventh Avenue, I had given up and put the umbrella away. At last I made it to my second Sephora only to be told that they didn’t have what I wanted either. I went to the restrooms in the Time Warner Center and looked in the mirror. I had never planned on being out this long, and I didn’t have on that much makeup. My mascara was runny, my hair was frizzy, and I looked like I would just rather be home. At least with the Sex Pistols shirt I have on today, the look seems like it may have been planned, but, I assure you, it wasn’t. When I walked back outside, it was still raining, and the wind was having a go at my hair again.
At this point, I gave up on buying makeup. I forgot all about instant gratification. If I decide that I still want this thing in the morning, I’ll buy it online. I walked across the street to the Argo Tea, bought a cup, and planted myself in a chair by the window. I’m watching it rain as I type this and hoping it stops before I’m done with my tea and have to leave because I am OVER THIS DAY. I feel exhausted, and I haven’t even really done anything.
I connected to the Internet here and decided to give blogging a try. Between it and this delicious tea I’m drinking, this is the first time my nerves haven’t been on edge for hours.
This month’s Play box arrived a few days ago, so I’ll give Sephora credit where credit is due: they did well with the shipping time this month. I’ve tinkered around with the contents of the box over the last day or two, and I’m going to say I think they did a good job choosing the products this month, as well. The idea of this box is to get you ready for a makeup revamp with the onset of fall, and the product selection is a decently wide range of things. Let’s get started:
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Medium: This is the slightest bit dark for me, but not so much that I can’t overlook the color discrepancy. It’s designed to tint your brows, make them look fuller, and hold them in place. I’m wearing it right now, and can attest it has performed quite well in the water-resistant category. My brows still look as dark as they were when I left the house today, and I’ve been rained on three times. It doesn’t look quite as natural as my go-to–ABH Brow Wiz, but it still doesn’t look like my brows are painted on. It doesn’t feel crunchy once it sets, either. I think I may like this.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black: I love Stila’s Stay All Day line of liquid lipsticks, and this liner seems like it has been around forever, so I was kind of excited to see this in my box. After swatching it, though, I’m a bit less excited. I prefer actual brushes for my liquid eyeliner application, and this comes with a felt tip applicator. I still seemed to get good control, though, and I like that this makes it pretty easy to vary the thickness of the line. I’m not about to call this waterproof, however. The marks I made on the back of my hand came off with soap and water and very little effort on my part. Will I use it? Yeah, it’s black eyeliner, duh. Will it replace my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner? Not likely. When they call that stuff waterproof, they mean it.
DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask: My initial reaction when I pulled this out of the bag was, “Oh great, another hair mask that I’ll never use.” When I started reading the instructions, though, I discovered you could do a three-minute quick application of it, so I got really excited. I used it in the shower last night, and up until I got rained on today, my hair looked great. It felt really soft and smooth and manageable. This stuff smells amazing to boot–exactly like matcha tea, which the tea drinker in me enjoys. I may have found the first hair mask that I actually like.
Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy: Every subscriber received a lip color this month to help them find a new shade for fall, according to Sephora. I put this on today before I left the apartment, and I wouldn’t call it a “highly-pigmented” pink. The pigment is decent enough, but I had to work at it to get the color to build up. What I do love about it, strangely enough, is the GLITTER in it! It’s a uniquely fun color, and the glitter particles are fine enough that I don’t feel like I’m walking around town with a sign around my neck that says, “Stare at my lips, EVERYONE. If I turn my head just so, you can see them from space!” It feels nice–more like a lip balm than a lipstick. For my taste, this shade is a little too pink for a something I would wear late into fall, but I’m going to keep it in rotation for the next month or two. It’s lovely.
Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb: I love, love, LOVE The Aqua Bomb. It’s been my go-to for the last year or so. I always keep a jar on hand. This cream seems more suited to dry skin than the Aqua Bomb, but I’m curious to see how I will take to it. It doesn’t absorb quite as readily as the Aqua Bomb but still feels nice.
Stella McCartney Pop: I know this has been out for a year or two, but I confess that I’ve never smelled it. I can’t believe I’ve avoided it for so long, since I read the scent notes on this one and fell in love when I spritzed some on last night. It’s right up my alley. One of my favorite scents is Fracas by Robert Piguet, and I’ve been obsessed with tuberose since I discovered that one many, many years ago. It’s one of my favorite scents in a perfume. It’s almost guaranteed that if a perfume contains tuberose, I will love it. This one has middle notes of violet, tuberose, and plumeria, and believe me when I say you can smell the tuberose. It is divine. The top notes are tomato leaves, violet leaves, and green mandarin, and the base is sandalwood, cedarwood, and musk. The problem with tuberose is that it can get overwhelming if it isn’t done properly (and one might argue that Fracas is overwhelming), but that’s not the case here. This is a bright floral, and it is beautiful. I would consider buying a bottle of this if I didn’t already have so much perfume lying around. It’s glorious.
Well, there you have it. There’s the recap of my terrible day and the low-down on this month’s Play box. I’ve been quite happy with what I’ve received the past few months. Earlier in the year, I was so unhappy with the offerings that I was considering canceling my subscription. Now, I’m glad that I stuck it out. I feel like Sephora has worked the kinks out, and they have consistently been knocking it out of the park. Even if I end up not liking some of the products they send from month to month, I no longer feel like the choices were phoned in. If you haven’t already signed up for Play, I would suggest giving it a shot. Like I just said, they’ve gotten pretty good with their product selections now.
Well, I’m about to venture back into the wilds of Manhattan. The rains seems to have stopped for now even if the wind hasn’t, so maybe I can make it home without getting rained on for a fourth time, and the urge for beer and doughnuts seems to have passed. The makeup purge will have to wait for another day. I think I’m just going to call for pizza delivery and call it a night. I sort of fell off watching Game of Thrones a couple of years ago, so I have been binge watching the old seasons so I can have some clue what’s been happening before I finally watch the latest season that everyone keeps talking about, and tonight seems like a good time to blaze through another half season.
Goodnight to all, and may your tomorrow be wonderful (and may you not get rained on…three times or even once)!
Total spent at Sephora this year: $781.49
Edit: It’s the next day, and I’ve had time to think about the Smashbox gift set that I trooped all over town in the rain yesterday to acquire. If I buy it, and that is an IF now that I’ve had time to cool off, I’m going to do an eyeshadow declutter. There’s no reason for me to buy more when I have a dozen Z-palettes around here full of shadows I don’t use. There will be a blog post to accompany this, and maybe a (gasp) video of me looking panicked that I’m forcing myself to get rid of pieces of my security blanket and making swatches and trying to justify keeping things I never use. This is a big step for me. Lipsticks and liners and other things I can toss without much thought to it, but shadows are harder than hard for me to get rid of. They really are like pieces of a colorful security blanket that has taken a ton of time and thousands of dollars to stitch together. Anyway, that’s for another time, but considering the Smashbox set is a holiday item, I had best make a decision soon. Where are my friends? They could be getting a ton of unused makeup quite soon.