Play! by Sephora: January 2017

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Play! by Sephora: January 2017

Play! by Sephora: January 2017

Before I get started I want to apologize for the lack of posts around here. I have a ton of things I can’t wait to post, but my anxiety has gotten the best of me this past week. It’s really difficult trying to swatch, apply makeup, and even type when you’re feeling all kinds of shaky. But today I exchanged my morning coffee for some herbal tea and tried my best to handle my business. Thankfully I started feeling better the deeper into my work I got. I’m not sure if it was skipping caffeine or that I just had something positive to focus on. Either way I’ll take it!

So I’m going to start off with my latest Play! by Sephora box. I finally got myself a box of winners! I feel like it’s been a while.

Play! by Sephora: January 2017

First up is the tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve read a few reviews on this exfoliator and couldn’t wait to give it a try. So I was really excited to see it included in this month’s box. The sample size is pretty generous too. And I love the purple packaging. It’s a 3-in-1 product. It’s a cleanser, exfoliator, and a mask all in one. It’s suitable for all skin types including sensitive. To use, you twist it up, apply directly onto dampened skin using circular motions, then gently massage with your fingertips and rinse. I know that applying directly to your skin might be unsanitary, but I actually like the idea. I love my charcoal masks, but they can be messy. I’m forever having to get that stuff out from under my fingernails afterward. This straight-to-skin applicator was so much easier and cleaner!

Overall, I really loved the tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser. It played nice with my sensitive skin. It did leave my skin feeling a little dry afterward, but it wasn’t too bad. It didn’t feel tight or anything like that. And I didn’t notice any scent.

I was also really happy to see another Caudalie product. I loved the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet I received in November’s box. The Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 sounds like another winner to me. It’s an anti-aging daytime moisturizer that combines resveratrol and hyaluronic acid to lift, firm, and plump skin.

I’m always on the lookout for a good hair mask to add to my collection. The Ouai Treatment Masque sounds promising. It’s a restorative healing mask that claims to leave strands incredibly soft and smooth after just one treatment. I’ll have to put that to the test for sure. Until then what I can tell you is that it smells amazing!

I could have sworn that I already had a sample of the boscia B.B. Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA++, but I don’t. I’m not too big on BB Creams, but I’ll definitely give this one a try. I don’t think I’ve tried much from the brand so it’ll be fun to experiment.

Play! by Sephora: January 2017

The CLINIQUE Almost Lipstick sounds interesting. It’s a transparent lipstick that fuses with the natural tone of your lips to create a lip shade that’s unique to you. It doesn’t look anywhere near as scary as it does in the tube. Especially with a name like Black Honey which is the shade I received. This actually ended up surprising me. It glided onto my lips so easily. It does build up a bit, but it’s still pretty sheer. On me it looks like a sheer berry shade. It’s a beautiful neutral shade. And it doesn’t look super glossy which is a plus. I’ll have to work it into a look to show you just how pretty it is. I’ve added this to my loves list because I’m definitely going to purchase the full size. I just think it’s perfect for those days you don’t want to fuss over what to wear.

I really wish I could tell you about the PINROSE Wild Child, but this month I received a towlette instead of a sample bottle. Since I’m writing this super early in the morning, a time when I don’t reach for perfume, I can’t exactly test it out. Because once I open the packet it’ll dry up and then I won’t be able to use it. And judging by the notes listed on Sephora’s website, it seems like something I’ll like. So I’m going to hold onto this until I’m ready to get dressed. I seriously hope I don’t see anymore of these towelettes. Trying to convince me that it’s perfect for on-the-go as if the tiny sample bottles aren’t just as travel friendly is rather insulting.

Aside from the towlette, everything in this month’s box is new to me and for the most part pretty exciting. I’ve even added a few to my loves list so that I can purchase full sizes.

20 Comments on “Play! by Sephora: January 2017” »
  1. I’m so sorry that you have been struggling with anxiety so much, lately, but I understand the feeling all too well. <3 I am glad to hear that switching out your coffee and keeping yourself engaged in relaxing activities has helped at least a bit.

    As for your box, it looks like you got a great selection! That exfoliating stick sounds particularly interesting to me. Regular charcoal masks can get really messy, so I appreciate that stick applicator.
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  2. Great post, some very nice products are on display here….Love your photography babe…! And yes about that Anxiety part, the more you think positive and start ignoring the negatives, you will start feeling better…Just focus your mind on good stuff….it works…Great post huni….:)
    xx, Neha
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  3. Nice clicks Lisa… And ditching caffeine is better anytime…
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  4. I’d love to try some Ouai & I’m intrigued by the stick exfoliator! Looks like a great box! xx

  5. This month’s box is definitely not bad! I was most surprised by… the bag! Not the usual canvas, and I liked the neon ribbon. Not sure how it fits in with the theme though, to me it screams “fitness” and that’s not what the products inside are about.
    I’ve had the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey for years, so that one is not new to me. The sample also broke as soon as I swatched it – not surprising, the Almost Lipstick formula is a pain for that…
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    • It’s funny that you should mention that because I was getting a fitness vibe from it. I hope the Almost Lipstick doesn’t break on me because I really like it a lot! :(

  6. Oh yes, the Almost Lipstick is definitely something for me, too.
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  7. Been meaning to try more by Caudalie, but would probably go for another product! Also wouldn’t mind trying the Tarte Cleanser. I like 3-in-1 products because I am lazy :P haha
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  8. Lovely shade my dear! I need to find a new lip color! <3 –
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  9. Oooh I want to try that Tarte exfoliator so bad too. Lucky you getting it in your subscription box. Winning. Also hoping your feeling better soon. Anxiety is no fun at all.

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  10. I really love Ouai–I have their dry shampoo foam on my list next! recently posted…Lancome La Rose Blush ReviewMy Profile

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