Play! by Sephora: September 2017

September 28, 2017 | Beauty, Play! by Sephora | 10 Comments »


Play! by Sephora: September 2017

Play! by Sephora: September 2017

Play! by Sephora: September 2017

Play! by Sephora: September 2017

Play! by Sephora: September 2017

Swatches

I was hoping for an extra special box this month since September is my birth month. While I wouldn’t exactly call this month’s box extra special, it’s still pretty good.

The only item I didn’t really care for is the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten this in a past box and I didn’t like it. It does nothing for my sparse brows. And for some reason I always get a super light shade.

I was very excited to see the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Happy. It’s a gorgeous warm fuschia shade with a satin finish. The packaging is really nice. I love when sample sizes come in nice packaging.

I totally would have used the stila Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black. It’s waterproof and claims to stay put all day and night. It swatched really nice and seemed to be a nice jet black shade. However, my sister-in-law was in need of a liquid liner so I handed it on down to her.

The belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb is a moisturizer that provides skin with intense hydration. I can see this coming in handy during the colder months. *whispers* Winter is coming.

The DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask is a nourishing treatment mask that transforms dehydrated curls with matcha butter for intense moisture, softness, and shine. I can appreciate a great hair mask so I’ll definitely be giving this a try.

The fragrance sample I received this month is Stella McCartney POP. I’m really digging this fragrance. It’s on the bolder side, but it’s fresh and upbeat. Smelling it makes me happy. I might just add this one to my wishlist.

Info

Product: Play! by Sephora Monthly Subscription
Price: $10.00
Purchase: sephora.com

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Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

September 25, 2017 | Beauty, Joanna Vargas | 6 Comments »


Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

So it’s been a little while! I have a lot going on in my personal life at the moment. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to juggle so much at once. I really am going to try and get back to my 2-3 weekly posts though. I really have been doing a lot behind the scenes. It just hasn’t made it to the blog yet. It’s coming!

Right now I’m going to talk about this Daily Serum from Joanna Vargas. Joanna Vargas is a celebrity facialist. She has a salon in New York, NY and one in Los Angeles, CA. She also has a line of skin care products that you can purchase online.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

The Daily Serum is a clarifying serum that restores skin balance and resilience. They say it’s the green juice for the face. It claims to be lightweight and super hydrating. It’s a revitalizing formula that blends a variety of antioxidant-rich botanical elements to repair and prevent the visible signs of aging. Let’s take a look at some of the key ingredients.

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Dimethicone
  • Antioxidants

To use, after cleansing gently pat 1-2 pumps into dry skin.

I’ve been using this serum every single day for a little over a month. Here are my thoughts. First, I’d like to note that I only apply it once a day as part of my nighttime routine. However, they claim it can also be worn under makeup for daytime wear. I find that 1 pump is more than enough for me. It’s fairly easy to get 1/2 pump out for a little extra though. I can see why they call it green juice with its light green color. I did detect a scent and it took a while for me to figure out what it reminds me of. Orange Julius! It’s not bothersome at all. I found it to be nice and refreshing.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

It truly is nice and lightweight. It absorbs pretty fast and leaves my skin feeling soft. I also notice that it evens out the redness on my cheeks a bit. After a few weeks I noticed that the dry patches on my skin vanished. At some point the line in the middle of my brows wasn’t as noticeable. The same goes for the fine lines around my eyes and mouth. My skin feels firmer and looks brighter. I definitely notice a difference in my skin after using this serum. And it played nice with my super sensitive skin. I didn’t experience any issues.

This truly is a great serum! I’m very impressed with the results and I’ll definitely purchase a bottle once I run out.

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Info

Product: Joanna Vargas Daily Serum
Price: $85.00
Purchase: joannavargas.com | amazon.com
Promo: Use Code LMG20OFF for 20% Off on Amazon

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ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in $aucey

September 11, 2017 | Beauty, ColourPop | 11 Comments »


ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in $aucey

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in $aucey

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in $aucey

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in $aucey

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in $aucey

Swatches: Heavy Glam, Chic Happens, Lit, Razy

I really can’t stay away from those ColourPop pressed shadows! So far I’ve purchased 3 of their quad palettes and a handful of their single shadows. I ended up transferring all of the pans into a few of their medium sized palettes. But that’s a post for another time. Right now I’m going to talk about $aucey!

$aucey is from ColourPop’s ILUVSARAHII Collection. $aucey contains 4 of their pressed shadows in the shades Heavy Glam which is a vibrant duochrome orange with a pink flip. Chic Happens which is a matte cool mauve. Lit which is a vibrant metallic purple. And Razy which is a matte blackened plum.

The mattes are a little hard compared to the metallics which are so soft they’re almost buttery. But they’re still very easy to work with and very pigmented. They all applied and blended beautifully. Razy can be a little tricky to work with so maybe use a light hand at first and apply more as needed. I went in a little heavy at first and had to wipe it off and start over. It went much smoother the second time around using a light hand and applying more as needed.

The shades included in this palette all compliment each other nicely and made for a beautiful look. I did have to reach for another palette for a highlight shade, but it wasn’t an issue for me. If you were planning to take this on a trip you could always remove one of the pans and replace it with another.

This palette is still in stock and on sale for just $12.00! That makes the shadows just $3.00 each! You really can’t beat that! You can see a look I created with $aucey below.

ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in $aucey

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