I said that I would talk about this box, and here I am doing it at nearly the end of February. I keep waiting for the one for this month to appear in my mailbox, and when it finally shipped the other day, it came with a notification that it wouldn’t arrive until February 27. That’s not a February box, Sephora. That’s a March box. Truth be told, with the extremely late delivery date for February’s box and the offerings from the December and January boxes, I’m giving serious consideration to cancelling my subscription again. I mean, there was an Anastasia lip gloss in the December AND January box, and the colors were extremely similar. Don’t get me wrong, they’re nice glosses, but lip gloss just isn’t my jam in the first place, and it just seemed like they had a ton of these lying around in a warehouse somewhere that they needed to get rid of. But anyway, let’s talk about this box. It’s a pretty weak one IMHO, but, given that I’ve taken forever to report on this box, I’ve actually had time to use most of the things in here.
GlamGlow SuperCleanse Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser: I think I like this product best of all of the items in this box. I don’t think I would ever buy it because I find it to be just a bit drying on my normal skin, but I think it would be great for someone with oily skin. It’s super foamy, which I love, and it does a decent job of removing makeup, though I think you would be better served by something like Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple if you’re in the market for a one-stop-shop cleanser. I did love that it made my skin feel super clean each and every time that I used it. It works well when I used it with just my fingers and brilliantly when I used it with my Clarisonic. The mud in it did want to stain the brush head on the Clarisonic, and I had to give it a hard scrub with soap and water to remove it, but my face felt so clean after I rinsed this stuff off. The directions said to apply a generous amount, but I think it works better with a less is more approach. I got a better lather with minimal product. When I went in hard the first time I tried it out, I ended up with a pile of mud moving around on my hands, so if you spring for a full size, it would probably last awhile. Alas, this was just a bit too drying for daily use on my face. My face never felt totally stripped of all moisture, but after four straight days of using this, it started to feel a little bit tight. Like I said, though, it would probably be a dream on oily skin–just remember to use a makeup remover first if you’ve had a heavy hand in the foundation department that day.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen: This is a nice gloss if you’re into that kind of thing, but it just rubs me the wrong way on so many levels. Chief among them is that my December box included the color Vintage. Vintage is has a bit more of pink hue while Kristen is more brown. They may not be sisters, but they are close cousins. If Sephora had to send two glosses in two months, they could have varied the shades a bit more. These are both neutrals. This is a lazy cop-out on their part. This isn’t the stickiest gloss I’ve ever used, but I can still feel it on my lips, and the feeling never dissipates until it wears off. My hair gets stuck in it if I go out on a windy day, and that bothers me. I have a lot of real estate on my lips, and part of me wonders if glosses bother me so much because my mouth provides a large area for my hair to get stuck in on a windy day. I also just like my lip products to have more of a payoff most of the time. If I’m going for natural, I’ll use a balm or something like that. Otherwise, I’m all in. I want you to see my lipstick from ten yards away. This is a neutral, and it just gives a super shiny hint of color on my lips. So, yeah, as you can tell, I’m not the one to really be talking about glosses. For me, they’re shiny, sticky, and don’t generally give enough color payoff for me to deal with them. I can’t honestly tell anyone to buy one gloss over another because I basically hate all of them.
Make Up For Ever Face Color in B302: This is a nice blush! The sample is super tiny, and it’s difficult to get a brush in there, but it is really nice once you get it on. Your best bet is a Beauty Blender Micro. It’s a peachy color with a bit of shimmer that reminds me a little bit of Orgasm from Nars. It almost melts onto my skin, and the color is excellent for the pale among us. I’ve never used MUFE blushes before, but this one has got me considering buying a few when I want a new blush. It looks so natural and not cakey at all. I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of this one lately. I can’t say enough of good things about it. It’s like brushing velvet across your face.
Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel: This product likes to show up in random boxes once every nine to twelve months, and if you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that I feel a certain way about peel gels. If you haven’t, you can read about my feelings here or here. Basically, they trick your mind into thinking they are working because they are full of cellulose that forms balls when you rub it around on your face with your hands. They don’t really work. If you want your skin cells to turn over, rub some glycolic or lactic acid across your face for a couple of months. That will smooth your complexion out. I threw this away without even opening it.
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream: This is a good eye cream, but it hasn’t caused me to end my neverending quest for the perfect eye cream. It was moisturizing enough, but not as much as the Rose Gel Eye Cream from Fresh or just good, old coconut oil. I didn’t notice as much of a brightening effect as when I use the GenZing Eye Cream from Origins. This one did help a bit with puffiness when I was going on no sleep, though. Granted, it didn’t completely get rid of the puffiness, but it did help. I get why some people love this so much, and yeah, it’s good, I just can’t see myself ever buying it. It’s worth a try, though.
Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Masque: I guess Sephora removed the customary fragrance sample in the boxes in favor of a single use, pouch-type situation. The instructions for this hair mask say to leave it in anywhere from five minutes to overnight. I am a little weird about walking around the house with drippy hair, so I opted for a time of five minutes while I was in the shower. It did make my hair softer, but that effect was lost after the third time that I shampooed my hair, which, for me, is three days. It didn’t help increase shine or manageability, but it was nice to have soft hair for those three days. I’m hoping my February box will have fragrance samples again. Even if I don’t like the actual fragrance, I find them to be much more enjoyable and exciting than hair masks.
There’s the rundown on the January box. As I said at the beginning of this post, it was a pretty lame selection in what has become a series of lame selections. I may keep getting these for another month or two, but if the next few don’t knock my socks off, I’m probably going to cancel my subscription.