SEPHORA PLAY MARCH 2019 - UNBOXING + FULL PRODUCT REVIEWS

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Happy Monday you guys! This week, I thought we’d start the week on a positive note… By playing with makeup!! And skincare and hair products. Because that makes me HAPPY. I mean technically, I didn’t play with all of this today, I actually tested it all over the weekend. I got my Play Box last Thursday, and dove it immediately - like I always do. And I have to say, I was pretty excited about a lot of things in that box. Here’s what’s in it:

1. FIRST AID BEAUTY FACIAL RADIANCE PADS

2. AMIKA PERK UP DRY SHAMPOO

3. IT COSMETICS CONFIDENCE IN A CLEASNER

4. SEPHORA COLLECTION LASHCRAFT MASCARA

5. MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER FOUNDATION

6. (Bonus) YVES SAINT LAURENT BLACK OPIUM

And now here are my real, unfiltered thoughts on every single one of these products:

FIRST AID BEAUTY FACIAL RADIANCE PADS

Sample’s Value: $5.33 - If you guys are regulars on here, you know I’m a fan of First Aid Beauty. I was pretty excited to try their version of the popular “peel pads”, because I used to use the Peter Thomas Roth ones, but had to stop because they contain salicylic acid, which I shouldn’t be using with my Curology. These ones don’t contain salicylic acid, and I had heard they were pretty gentle.

Well, I heard that. Not only are they super gentle, but I feel like they actually work. I’ve only used those for 3 days (as a toner, immediately after washing my face in the shower), and already I can see a great deal of difference in my skin.

These pads contains glycolic and lactic acid, which chemically exfoliates the skin, to reveal a softer, less textured, and brighter skin… And that’s exactly what I noticed in my skin. My main skin concern (along with the small signs of aging I’m starting to see, ew!) is my enlarged pores, and I feel like after such a short period using this product, it’s amazing that I’m already seeing results on that front.

Overall, these pads make my skin look and feel a lot more fresh, young and glowy, and I’m a BIG fan. I will definitely be repurchasing this to include it in my daily skincare routine.

AMIKA PERK UP DRY SHAMPOO

Sample’s Value: $3.43 - Once again, this is a product I had heard about a lot, so I was pretty pumped to try it out. My thoughts on this are pretty straight forward: It smells amazing, it made my hair look clean for 2 days in a row, even though I only applied it on day 1… But it leaves a white-ish residue, even though it’s written on the bottle that it doesn’t leave a residue, so I’m assuming it’s one of their main selling point for this dry shampoo.

This dry shampoo is also said to give the hair a great deal of volume, and even though it did lift my hair a little, it wasn’t as close to the amount of volume I get from my regular dry shampoo (this one), which is a drugstore find that’s around $5.

Would I be able to justify paying $25 for a dry shampoo I don’t like as much as a $6 one? Definitely not. Did I still enjoy this one, and will I be bringing it with me when I travel to avoid carrying a full-size one? Yes. I say if you have the budget for a more high-end dry shampoo and have lighter hair than I do, you should try it out to see if you like it. But for me, it wasn’t the best fit.

IT COSMETICS CONFIDENCE IN A CLEANSER

Sample’s Value: $3.78 - I was a bit skeptical about this cleanser at first, even though I consider IT Cosmetics to be a company that makes high quality products. I never tried any of their products myself, but from what I’ve heard and the reviews I’ve read on the internet (I spend way too much time on Sephora’s website) they seem to be making pretty good products that the beauty community loves. I just feel like there’s only so much difference a cleanser can do, and although I love the 2 that I alternate between, I’m usually not that keen in trying new ones. But I actually really liked this one.

One thing I need to mention is that I tested this out at the same time as the First aid Beauty facial radiance pads above, so I’m not 100% sure if the overall hydration of my skin was entirely due to this cleanser (or if the pads had something to do with it) but my skin did feel and look a lot more hydrated. This cleanser is also supposed to remove all makeup, but I personally like to remove my makeup before cleansing my face, so I can’t really attest to that. But if you’re looking for a cleanser that’s super gentle and will help with dry skin, this might be the perfect one for you.

I know I’m gonna bring it to the music festival we’re going to in April, because it will be perfect to clean my skin while hydrating it in the dry desert.

SEPHORA COLLECTION LASHCRAFT MASCARA

Sample’s Value: $5.60 - Since I have naturally long, full and curled lashes, I don’t really need that much from a mascara. All I want is one that doesn’t make my lashes all clumped together, because I hate the “spider legs” look… I’m all about a fluttery lash. I recently discovered the Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced (best mascara ever), but I feel like this could actually be a much less expensive dupe. It gave my lashes length, definition and volume, without making them all thick and lumpy.

All over, I’m very pleasantly surprised and would love to test out more Sephora brand makeup after trying this. I would recommend trying it if you’re on the market for a enw mascara.

MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER FOUNDATION

Sample’s Value: $7.17 - This was by far the worst product from the March box. I’ve said this in my February Sephora Play review, but if they are including foundation samples in the boxes, they should at least make sure the shades match the users’s skin tone, otherwise it’s totally useless. I seriously don’t know one person who would test a foundation that’s 4 shades too dark… At least I know I wouldn’t.

I can understand a lipstick shade not being someone’s preference and that’s fine (although I feel like this could also be avoided, since the box is supposed to be “personalized” with a quiz) but a foundation that’s far from the right shade is completely useless, and quite honestly pretty frustrating.

I did not test out this foundation, because I didn’t want to walk around the whole day with a face that looks like I had a major self tanner issue.

BONUS: YVES SAINT LAURENT BLACK OPIUM

Sample’s Value: $2.26 - This is one of my all-time favourite perfumes ever, so obviously I was happy to get another sample of it. I’ve never owned this perfume (even though I’m obsessed with it) because it’s my sister-in-law’s perfume, and that’s a smell that I totally associated with her. For some reason, it’s a little weird to me to wear the same perfume as someone you know. Case in point, if my man wore my dad’s cologne, let’s just say I’d be a little weirded out, lol. But that being said, every time I do get a sample of this perfume, I wear the heck out of it and enjoy myself while doing so. It smells amazing and I HIGHLY recommend you check it out if you like sexy, feminine fragrances.


TOTAL VALUE OF THE MARCH BOX: $27.57 ($20.40 without the useless foundation sample)

WAS THIS MONTH’S BOX WORTH IT? Aside from the foundation sample, I feel like all the other samples were pretty cool, and I particularly enjoyed the First Aid Beauty pads and the IT Cosmetics cleanser. The only thing I will say regarding the value of this box is that it was pretty low, so I don’t feel like I got as much worth for my money as I usually do. I personally feel like there are plenty of beauty products and new releases available out there that Sephora shouldn’t have to include a foundation in so many boxes, especially if they can’t make it a decent shade.

Are you guys subscribed to Sephora Play? What are your thoughts on it, did you like the March box? Let me know in the comment section below, I love to know what you guys think!!

Love you,

Jenny xx