Makeup Monday: PLAY! by Sephora – Effortless Summer

My last Play! box – whomp whomp.  Since I’m trying to save money, I figured I should stop automatically spending it.

  1. |★★★★★| Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30) – I thought this was going to be way too dark, but I was pleasantly surprised, both with the hue and the smell.  It literally smells like a dusted cocoa powder all over my face.
  2. |★★★★☆| blotterazzi by beautyblender ($20) – This is basically a flat beauty blender meant to sop up oil.  It’s a interesting concept and it seems to work, but it’s not quite as satisfying as seeing all the oil on regular blotting papers.
  3. |★☆☆☆☆| Oaui Wave Spray ($26) – No.  Just no.  Big frizzy hair.  Picture evidence below.  It also smells like perfume.  I left one star here because my hair generally doesn’t work will with these types of products, so maybe…just maybe…it’s my hair.
  4. |★★★☆☆| Citrine by NEST perfume ($68) – A nice floral scent that smells like actual flowers in nature and not like chemical-y perfume.
  5. |★★★★★| Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay by First Aid Beauty ($24) – LOVE this.  It smells like a spa in Arizona – earthy and clean.  It’s a red liquid, but not thick like I assumed.  The clay is suspended within it.  It leaves my face really clean, no oil or shine, but not stripped, either.
  6. |★★★☆☆| Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer by Smashbox ($39) – Smashbox’s regular primer is my favorite – better than NYX and CoverFX.  This pore minimizing one is basically a more expensive version of the NYX one I have.  It’s a paste meant to fill in pores, but I don’t really notice my pores too much.  I also don’t use enough foundation to really warrant spending money on a primer.

Pictured Here is the Oaui wave spray and the Too Faced bronzer


Makeup Monday: PLAY! by Sephora – March

The March box came LATE…3/24. But it’s as good as the first one.


  1. |★★★★☆| Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($19) – Very thin paint brush. Easy to apply.  Stays on all day.  I’m not talented enough to do a true cat eye, but if I was every going to attempt it, it would be with this eyeliner.
  2. |★★★★★| Sephora Airbrush Sponge ($12) – I’ve tried one of these before and hated it because I had no idea you were supposed to wet it first.  Now that I’ve used it properly, I love it, even though it looks like a butt plug.
  3. |★★☆☆☆| Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk ($125) – It does smell sort of beachy, but still heavily perfume-y.  No go.
  4. |★☆☆☆☆| Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65) – I’m really not sure what to make of this.  What is it?  Sunscreen?  Primer?  BB/CC cream?  I’m guessing all of the above, but really it just feels like an extra layer of goop on my face.
  5. |★★★★☆| Smashbox Photofinish Primer Oil ($42) – I’ve reviewed their regular primer here.  While I’m not usually a fan of oil products, with the dry skin of winter, this is awesome.
  6. |★★★★☆| Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($38) – Another product I’ve tried before.  Nice, fresh smelling, gentle cleanser.

Another box of good quality, universally satisfying products.  WTG Sephora!

Review: Boscia Deep Pore Cleansing Pair

This only cost $12!  And now they no longer carry it, so I can’t even link to it.  BUT it consists of a sample size of Detoxifying Black Cleanser ($10) and the Konjac Cleansing Cloth ($15).

I mainly bought this set because it was so cheap and it looked unique and different.  I did NOT read the full description and realize that I’ve reviewed the cleanser BEFORE.  The giveaway here is that it’s a warming cleanser, which does not appeal to me in the least.

Cleanser Description:This Black Cleanser heats up on contact with skin to effectively open and de-clog pores. Its gel texture transforms into a gentle and effective lather to dissolve oil and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris, impurities, and excess oil. It refines skin texture, brightens skin clarity, and minimizes the look of pores over time.

My Review: The heat weirds me out.  I don’t like feeling like my skin is burning.  I hate ice baths and icy hot.  Once you get past that momentary discomfort, it really is a good cleanser.  My face feels really soft and clean afterwards.  I do think it’s essential to use with a wash cloth or cleansing cloth.  The formula is so watery, you lose some and it doesn’t suds up when you use your hands.  The cleansing cloth made me like the cleanser better.  Speaking of…

Cleansing Cloth Description:This unique format of the popular Konjac Cleansing Sponge allows you to use your fingertips for a more controlled, customized cleanse for the face and body. It can be used to remove all traces of makeup, and is gentle enough to be used around the eye area, making it perfect for waterproof mascara and mask removal. Konjac root has natural purifying properties and balances the skin’s pH for a brighter appearance.

My Review: Pros = You can use this cloth for up to 3 months and it makes using the cleanser easier.  Cons = it feels fucking weird and it takes an extra minute to soak up water and soften.  Wet styrofoam jelly is the best description I can come up with.

Overall, I liked this face wash the second time around much better than the first, but I wouldn’t spend money on either of these products again.  If I can remember not to!


Makeup Monday: Review of makeup removing cleanser

Another Sephora sample!  This one only had enough product to use twice, so that this review with a grain of salt.  The full size is available on Sephora for $26.

Product Description:A unique cleanser powered by arctic cloudberry, nordic cotton, and willow bark that transforms into a creamy lather to effortlessly and gently dissolve all traces of dirt, impurities, and makeup.

Product Promises: This cleanser’s main promise is to remove make up.  As someone who ALWAYS has to use make up remover, I’m dubious.  It also promises smooth, soft, supple and revitalized skin.

My Review:  First of all, it’s very difficult to review something on 2 uses.  Second of all, it’s extremely difficult to review a foaming cleanser without the pump dispenser that makes it foam.  This was indeed milky.  And smelled very flowery.  I don’t like flowery scents on my face.  I have sensitive skin and it just makes me think of perfume-y irritants.  Though this particular product was pretty mild, it did remove my makeup, so it wins on that measure alone.  Overall, though, it was too flowery and too bland at the same time (somehow) for me to really like it.