Unboxing: The Eye Openers

Wanted to quickly share with you what I received in my August Play! by Sephora box.  I seriously am in LOVE with this subscription service.  Get yours at sephora.com/play.

This month’s theme is The Eye Openers and while it did not include the Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream that I was hoping to try, it did include another eye cream that is amazing!  I’ve already rotated in half of this box to my daily routine.

  1.  ALGENIST Complete Eye Renewal Balm:  I LOVE this eye balm.  It’s super hydrating but quick drying.  It has become my daily eye cream.  In just a week I have noticed less darkness and puffiness under my eyes.img_6773
  2. MAKE UP FOREVER Artist Shadow Eyeshadow, Pink Granite I-544:  This is such a great color and the consistency is wonderful.  It’s creamy and blendable.  I have a few other MUFE shadows and love them…not sure why I don’t have more!  This color is also a great compliment to my Rose Gold Palette.  img_6774
  3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil, Love Affair:  This is a very pretty deep plum color which is great with my hazel eyes.  I am not a fan of the super soft consistency but it is waterproof which is nice.  When I wiped at it with my finger, it didn’t budge.  It is perfect for a smudged, smokey look and compliments the MUFE shadow well.  img_6775

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    Eye Liner and Shadow, no primer

  4. URBAN DECAY Perversion Mascara:  I already own this from when I purchased my Naked on the Run Palette awhile back.  It’s one of those mascaras I kind of forgot about but when I used it again I remembered just how amazing it is.  It gives your lashes great volume as well as definition so it looks like you are wearing falsies without the hassle.  img_6776
  5. LANCOME Energie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer:  I am always hesitant to try new skin care but I have to say that Play! has provided some great products.  I have been using this liquid moisturizer in the mornings.  My skin is more on the normal/dry side but when I use my regular moisturizer with my foundation which has coconut water in it, I feel like it’s just a bit too much.  So, this provides light moisture under my foundation and hasn’t made me break out which is always a plus. img_6777
  6. CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton:  This is light and airy.  It is also in a mini spray bottle instead of the drip vials that past samples have come in so I have actually used it a few times.  img_6778

Check out my original Play! post for more information on this awesome box.

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Play!

Did you know Sephora has a subscription box?!  Well, they do and it is awesome!  It’s called Play! By Sephora.  The monthly box is themed and includes 5 deluxe samples along with a fragrance bonus.  It is only $10 (plus tax) and there are so many perks to being a subscriber.  The box comes with a ‘cheat sheet’ with a summary of each product and how to use it.  You get a Play! pass that gives you an in-store tutorial and an additional 50 Beauty Insider points with any purchase.  They also have a sub-site, sephora.com/play, that includes video tutorials along with additional tips and tricks.  I have to say they really put a lot into this.

I’ve gotten 3 boxes so far and I have to say that I love them.  I am going to share with you my favorite items from each box.  The first item is something i have already tried and love so it never hurts to get more and the second is a new discovery that I have on my “full size wish list” after receiving it in my box.img_6222

May:  The Forces of Nature

  • img_6534img_6535BRIOGEO Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask:  After using this, my hair was full and soft without being weighed down or greasy.  I had already tried this from an Ipsy bag awhile back and love it.  I was really excited to get this again.
  • KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial:  I am typically very wary of trying new skin care items but I have fallen in love with this.  It’s a creamy consistency and leaves my skin feeling fresh and looking bright.

June: The Minimalists

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  • BENEFIT COSMETICS They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara:  The name says it all.  I have a handful of favorite mascaras and this is one of them.
  • BECCA Backlight Priming Filter: I was worried this would make my skin look shiny in a bad way but it actually brightens.  It feels really light too.  My go to is Benefit POREfessional but I may just add this into my rotation

July:  Effortless Summer

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  • BEAUTY BLENDER Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender:  these super soft oil absorbing pads are great on the go.  I love that it’s reusable and washable so I no longer have crumpled up lotting sheets floating around in the bottom of my purse.  The full size comes with 2 blotters in a case with a mirror.  I don’t leave home without them!
  • FIRST AID BEAUTY Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay:  As with May’s box I am typically hesitant to try out new skin care.  Right after this box came I ran out of my Arbonne cleanser that I have been really liking.  I hadn’t been paying attention so I didn’t re-order it in time.  Anyway, I used this for a few days and saw less black heads and smaller pores!  It’s kind of slimy feeling but otherwise I really liked the results of this cleanser.

Augusts box is called “The Eye Openers.”  I hope the new Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream is there!

Go to sephora.com/play to sign up for your own box!  I believe there is a waitlist, and I have no clue how long it is but I promise it’s worth the wait.

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Makeup Update

Before moving to Hawaii I solely used Mary Kay products.  I was a consultant at the time and really loved (and still love much of) the lineup.  When I moved, for several reasons, I decided to check out some other skin care and makeup lines for the first time in a few years and thus this blog was born.  While it’s transitioned, and continues to evolve into other topics I still have a love of all things beauty and want to give you all an update on some of my current favorites.

I have been checking out some new products and trying to consolidate my routine into a quick and easy 5 minute face.  Things I refuse to leave the house without:  eyebrows, blush, under eye corrector and mascara.  Everything else is negotiable.

Face

Foundations:  I am currently loving Too Faced Born This Way foundation.  It’s lightweight, the color match is perfect, and it’s helped improve my skin texture and tone.  The coverage is medium and buildable.   Not since my MK days have I repeatedly bought the same foundation.  About a month ago I bought my second bottle of this.  I will say that if you have uber oily skin, you may want to get a sample of it to see how it works with your skin type.  My skin has been more normal than oily so even in the heat this stays put.

CC Creams:  I am on the hunt for something I can throw on over my primer (Benefit Porefessional is my go-to).  I am playing with Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream as well as bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.  The Arbonne product is a medium coverage and there are limited shades which makes it harder to match.  The consistency is a little heavier as well so I feel like I need to use a foundation brush to get an even coverage.  Complexion Rescue is much lighter but still provides a good coverage.  I like that a tiny bit goes a long way and I have quickly put it on with my fingers which saves even more product (make sure your hands are clean!!).  The verdict is still out on which one I will prefer on those days when I need to get ready in a quick minute.

Blush:  My favorite is Julep Glow Pore Minimizing Blush in Peach Bellini.

Concealer/Corrector:  Japonesque Color Velvet Touch Concealer and the NYX Color Correcting palette.  Mary Kay also just launched a new line of liquid concealers along with an under eye corrector that I am looking forward to trying!

Eyes

Brows: For awhile now I have been loving the MAC brow pencil in Lingering.  Recently I got the itch to try Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade again.  I changed up the shade this time to the soft brown instead of medium brown and I am liking it much better.  I will say that I am much faster with the pencil though.

Shadow:  I have a limited edition 4 shade palette in Chai Latte from Mary Kay that is my quick and easy go-to when I am in a hurry.  It’s a great neutral that I can wear at any time.

Liner: I have recently fallen in love with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner but when I am in a hurry this long lasting liquid formula is not forgiving so for those grab and go days I prefer a pencil.  Motives or NYX have been great options.  I personally greatly dislike gel pencils.

Mascara:  I’ve been using Benefit Roller Lash for awhile and I really like it.  It adds length, volume, curl, and still looks natural.  Another item I can’t wait to get my hands on is the new Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara.  Instagram some pictures…it looks AMAZING!

Lips

I am typically a balm or gloss girl.  With my lips being so chapped recently, regular old vaseline has been the only thing that has helped.  I did recently get Julep Tinted Lip Oil Treatment in Obsessed (red) and I have to say it’s my new favorite thing.  It acts like a lip stain without drying out your lips, it’s super sheer so it’s not as bold as a lipstick, lasts for a long time and the best part is that it’s not sticky at all.  I plan on getting it in Covet as well (pink).

So, there are my go-to items.  When I am in a rush, I don’t use everything but I have gotten this routine down to a pretty short timeframe.

What are your must have items?!

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