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


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!


Review: Murad Exfoliating Cleanser

I got this as a free deluxe sample with a Sephora order: Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – $36 for full size.

Promises: Polishes away dullness, smoother texture, toned complexion without irritation

First Impressions: I always think of Murad as very clinical and the medicinal smell of this product supported that preconceived notion.  The product is a little runny, but the exfoliater is perfect.  Gritty enough to feel like it’s doing something, but not so much that you feel like you’re sandpapering your face.  My skin felt fresh and smooth after the first use.

Final Review: I think it does everything it claims.  Smoother texture and complexion.  I did experience some dryness as the weather got colder, but extra moisturizer solved that problem.  I didn’t notice an improvement in acne and was disappointed.  But, then I realized that this product does not profess to improve acne.  I just associate Murad with clinical acne products.  At the end of the day it’s a great, gentle (but not too gentle) exfoliater!

Make Up Monday – September Ipsy Bag

This is the ugliest bag I’ve ever received.  Fake bronze vinyl and weird texture.  Yuck.IMG_1091

  • Formula X Nailpolish in Ignite ($10.50) – I’m not really a red nails kinda girl, so this isn’t my color, but the formula is awesome.  Here’s full coverage with one coat!  And it didn’t chip til the 3rd day.  For me, that’s pretty damn good, and I think it’ll do even better if I’m not too lazy to do a 2nd coat next time.
  • NYX 3 Color Shadow Palette ($3) – This color trio was created specifically for Ipsy and it’s a really nice palette.  A pale, metallic beige for highlighting, a warm, buildable copper, and a matte black that lines perfectly.  I love it!
  • treStique Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Nantucket Nude ($28) – Like the nailpolish, it’s a good product (a little drying), but not my color.  I’m not keen on having Kardashian lips that match my skin.  If that’s your thing, this is great.
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Exfoliating Cleanser ($5) – This was extremely gritty.  I wouldn’t use it more than once a week, and would not recommend it if anyone has  sensitive skin, but it was a great exfoliator.
  • Annabella Let’s Lash It Out by Juvias ($5.50) – Last time I tried falsies they ended up a few millimeters above by lash line, but I’ll give it a go.  I have no idea when, so don’t hold your breath for a review.

Total value if full size is $52 — the cheapest bag by far.  Did they real me in with the expensive stuff, only to bait and switch to drug store goods?  It’s still a good deal, but only if you use the products.  I liked all the stuff this month, though, so they’ve kept me on the hook.

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