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Sephora September Play! Box


Greetings! Happy Sephora September Play! Box Day! The happiest day of the month. It’s kind of like Rex Manning Day, only for adults…and about makeup…and not sucky.  Okay, it’s nothing like Rex Manning Day.  And if you don’t know what Rex Manning Day is, please go watch ’90s classic Empire Records immediately and report back.

This month is doubly exciting because I made a video to accompany the post! It was nerve wracking, so I hope it’s not terrible.  It accompanies the launch of the new YouTube channel, and I welcome feedback.  Just not too harsh, please!

So what do we have in the Sephora September Play! Box?

First, the cute makeup pouch with “A Change of Face” on it.  I love these little pouches.  They’re so handy when you need to just throw a bunch of stuff together and go.  As I apply my makeup, I throw it into one of these bags and then just tuck the bag into my purse for the night.  Easy peasy.

Sephora September Play! Box

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Waterproof

Guys, it’s like Sephora knows exactly what I want.  I would say they’ve bugged my house, but I don’t think I’ve said this out loud, so perhaps they’ve bugged my brain.  The thing is, I’m incapable of wearing black eyeliner without it getting all over my under eye area and making me look a) incredibly tired and b) kind of old.  I chalk it up to having oily skin.  But I’ve never tried a waterproof eyeliner, so I’m very excited to give this one a go.

Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum

I had to go to the Sephora website to look up what a pressed serum was, and discovered that this stuff goes for $95 a pot.  See, the Sephora box is awesome.  I never would have purchased a full sized container of this because, what if I didn’t like it?  Then I’m out a hundred bucks.  This way, I get to try before I buy.

Serums have seriously become one of my favorite skincare products.  They do so much with so little.  This one promises a radiant and smooth complexion in 10 days, so I’m hoping there’s enough in this lil’ guy to get me to 10.

Sephora September Play Box

IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

I have to admit, I find this packaging odd.  There are photos of girls whipping their hair around and swimming.  And yes, while I would like to look like these girls, this packaging looks like it’s targeting men, TBH.  On the plus side, it is vegan and cruelty free, and promises to revive stressed hair.  Since my hair constantly takes a beating from hot styling tools, I welcome any product that can restore its shine and softness.

Belif – The True Cream Aqua Bomb

This one I had to look up as well, just because I’m unfamiliar with the company.  So this stuff is cool because it’s oil free, which is great for skin like mine which is oily and has large pores.  According to the Sephora website, in clinical tests subjects experienced a 70% increase in their skin’s hydration levels.  I wonder how they test that…

Sephora September Play! Box

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

Another waterproof wonder, this lipstick shade is described as a matte brick rose.  While I love the brick rose color, I’m personally nervous about a matte lipstick.  I don’t wear it very often, as it usually dries out my lips and leaves that weird rim around the edges when I eat or drink anything.  Still, the reviews are great, so I’m happy to try it out.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow

Y’all, I’m very, very happy to get this one.  Benefit’s big thing is brows these days, and although I haven’t visited their brow bar yet, I have been eyeing Gimme Brow for a while.  The packaging promises that it will volumize and tame brows while staying natural looking.  I’ve seen some pretty messed up brows before, and I usually stay away from any kind of fillers for that reason.  It would be just my luck that I’d leave the house thinking my brows looked amazing, then getting out into natural light and realizing I look like a mental patient.

That’s it for this month’s haul.  If you liked the review, please share it!  What do you guys think is the most promising product in here?  Leave me a comment or message me here!

Arbonne Grab Bag

One of the things I love most about being a blogger is the connections I make with people all over the world. Shortly after I launched Beauty Chaos, a woman named Holly Brown contacted me.  Holly is an Arbonne representative, and also has a lovely website, Living Like Lotus. Holly sent a message asking if I would like to try some Arbonne stuff out for Beauty Chaos. Ummmm, hello, freebies? Of course!

So here’s the awesome thing: Holly is from Peterborough, U.K. So after just launching my website, a new friend from across the globe reached out and got in touch.  This Internet thing, I tell ya, it’s simply amazing.

About a week later, my package arrived.

Not only was it addressed to my new business, it was packed to the gills with stuff.  And it had a customs declaration.  How cool is that?

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Now, onto the good stuff.

Included in my Arbonne Grab Bag was: A sampler pack of the Calm Skincare line; a sampler pack of RE9 Advanced Anti-Aging Skincare line; “It’s a Long Story” Mascara; FC5 Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream; an “It’s All in the Eyes” eye shadow sampler in a neutral palette; Perfecting Liquid Foundation & Makeup Primer; Smoothed Over Lipstick; and Glossed Over Lip Gloss. It was like I had died and gone to beauty heaven.

Arbonne has been around for almost 40 years.

Although I had a friend who was a rep when I was in my early 20s, that was the first I had ever heard of the company.  As I understand it, they function kind of like Avon, R+F, Mary Kay, etc., in that you have to get the products directly from their Independent Consultants.

Best of all Arbonne is vegan, gluten-free, and doesn’t test on animals.

Huge plus. Huge.  The company formulates without a whole mess of chemicals and contains no animal byproducts as well. The company is focused on sustainability, leaving a small carbon footprint, and has led the way in the green movement in the U.S., with their commitment to sustainability beginning all the way back in 1980.

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So, are their products any good?

In a word, yes, they are. I began my sampling with the Calm skincare line, which included the Gentle Daily Cleanser, Soothing Facial Serum, Gentle Daily Moisturizer, and Soothing Eye Gel.  Arbonne’s Calm line is designed for those with sensitive skin, as the name alludes to.  The key ingredients are aloe vera, cucumber, licorice, and chamomile, to name a few.

To be honest, this isn’t the line for me.  As I’ve stated in other posts, my skin is incredibly oily and can withstand a lot – I used rubbing alcohol for a time as a toner when I was in high school – so I need something with a little more kick. But I think this line would work well for someone with sensitive skin, as it did not make me break out.  Most products do.  And what struck me was how little of the product I needed with each use.  As Holly quipped when I told her this, “A dot does a lot!”  So my little sample bottles lasted about a week with twice a day use.

Next, I moved onto the RE9 Advanced Anti-Aging Skincare Line.  I’m at that weird point in my skincare life where I’m still breaking out, but having to fight wrinkles at the same time.  It’s magical, folks.  The RE9 line had so much stuff.  There were seven little bottles for me to try!  These included Smoothing Facial Cleanser, Regenerating Toner, Intensive Renewal Serum, Corrective Eye Cream, Night Repair Cream, Restorative Cream SPF20, and Extra Moisture Restorative Cream SPF 20.

Arbonne RE9 Advanced - Beauty Chaos

I love this line, especially the Intensive Renewal Serum.  Whatever the magic ingredient is, it worked immediately.  My skin felt more supple, smooth and firm.  I have rarely found products that work this quickly.  The Restorative Creams with SPF were very light, and break my skin out.  And the Night Repair Cream left my skin feeling well hydrated.  All in all, this is a line I will likely use again.

My name is Amy, and I am a hand lotion hoarder.

Not all hand lotion, mind you.  But whenever I stay in a hotel, I take the little bottles of lotion and put them in the cosmetic pocket of my purse.  Last time I cleaned it out, I believe there were five in there.  And I wonder why my purse weighs 10 pounds.

The Arbonne Ultra-Hydrating Hand Creme has been added to my pouch, and this is a great one.  It is very lightly perfumed and doesn’t feel greasy after application, both of which are pet peeves of mine when it comes to lotion.  I will definitely carry around a bottle of this with me in my purse from now on.

Onto the makeup portion of today’s show.

When it comes to mascara, I am of the more is better mentality.  If I were only allowed one cosmetic item, mascara would be it.  There’s something about how it transforms my face that wakes everything up.  I feel like I can leave the house wearing only mascara (and concealer.  and a little lip tint.  and maybe some blush.  Oh, who am I kidding?)

That said, I tend to go for the formulas that promise big, bold, voluminous lashes, like Diorshow or, one of my personal favorites, Too Faced Better-Than-Sex Mascara. So I was surprised by how much I liked Arbonne’s “It’s a Long Story” mascara.  Having been blessed with long lashes to begin with, I don’t usually look for lengthening formulas.  This mascara lengthens, but does so without looking like you’re wearing mascara.  It’s pretty cool.  I found myself putting it on every time I would run out of the house and needed a little pick me up, but didn’t want to put on a full face of makeup.

All the colors of the rainbow.

The cool thing about the samples Holly sent is that each one contains all the colors of the collection.  With the foundation, I got to try a couple of colors before finding my perfect shade (Fair/Pale for when I’ve been staying out of the sun diligently, Buff/Chamois when I’ve overindulged in my pool time a bit).  The Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation offers nice, light coverage, perfect for everyday use.  Also included in the sampler pack was their makeup primer, which prepped my skin perfectly.

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I’m not a huge lipstick wearer,  so given the choice between the lipstick and gloss, I would choose the gloss.  But the lipstick offers a large variety of shades for all skin tones, and does have a hydrating feel.  As I’ve said before, when I get nervous I bite my lip, so lipstick never lasts long on me.  But for a night out, I would definitely carry this one in my clutch.

The Glossed Over gloss is great, leaving shine without being sticky, and layering easily over the lipstick.  With the sampler pack I was able to try quite a few combos, with some great results.

Overall, Arbonne’s selection impressed me.  There are a few other products in the catalog Holly enclosed that I’m planning to try, including The Real Conceal concealer and Sheer Glow Highlighter.  They even have a line of nutritional products ranging from green powder to protein bars to vitamins.  And with their commitment to being cruelty free, vegan, and green, Arbonne stands out as a company that cares.

Got a line of products you’d like me to try? Thoughts on Arbonne?  Leave me a comment or message me here!

 

 

5 Beauty Treatments You Should Have Before Fall

  • By Guest Contributor Brigitte Evans

5 Beauty Treatments You Should Have Before FallWell, summer is slowly coming to an end, and with it our cozy dreams of long, warm vacations and lazing around the house without a care in the world. It’s time to focus on the fall, with its rainy skies, hot coffee and beautiful warm-toned colors of fallen leaves. Fall usually means back to school or work for the most of us. Thus, we want to make sure we begin the new season ready for the new challenges, looking better than we ever did before. Want to know how to start off fall in the best way possible and look like a stunning bombshell? Here’s a few secrets.

New hair for new you

5 Beauty Treatments You Should Have Before Fall

There’s nothing like a new haircut to update your look. Since fall is coming, a visit to the salon is a must. If you want, you can stick to just trimming the ends to give it a healthier appearance. But why not be bold and try something different? A sexy, voluminous lob is all the rage. You could go for more layers and volume, or even try a pixie cut. Talk to the hairdresser and let them give you tips about what kind of cut would suit your face shape. Another thing you definitely want to do is visit your colorist. Butterscotch blonde, honey tones, and pastel strands are popular. So try something new and fun to wow people around you.

Manicure for perfect hands

5 Beauty Treatments You Should Have Before Fall

Technically, you can do this all on your own. But there’s just something nice about going to a salon and letting the professionals take care of you. Get a pretty manicure and pick a fall-inspired nail polish color, like burgundy. Once that’s done, go home, and right before bed indulge in some easy hand care. Grab a pair of old cotton gloves, slather on a thick amount of hand cream, pull the gloves on and go to sleep. When you wake up, you’ll have gloriously soft, lush hands.

Weight loss shortcuts

5 Beauty Treatments You Should Have Before Fall

Most of us pay attention to our diet right before vacation, but as soon as we’re back home, we treat ourselves to a bit too much candy and greasy food. Unwanted pounds are a common issue, and we’re often too busy to figure everything out as we rush to readjust to the hectic September days. Worry not, because there are shortcuts you can take that provide excellent results and can help you shape up in no time. Cavitation treatments are non-invasive and effective, and less risky and costly than liposuction. Paired with a healthy diet and some cardio, you’ll be that va-va-voom bombshell that draws sighs all around her.

Multitasking skin treatment

5 Beauty Treatments You Should Have Before Fall

The best thing about this is that you can do it at home. We want to look good, but using twenty different products every night to help us deal with our skin issues is just exhausting. That’s why finding the right treatments is critical, preferably ones that target more than one problem and ensure you have supple, amazing skin. Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask or similar products can help you get rid of wrinkles, dullness, and even help soothe your skin and give it a smoother appearance. DIY masks are also a good choice, and can give you incredible benefits without having to visit the salon or spend tons of money.

Clean up your brows

5 Beauty Treatments You Should Have Before Fall

If you’ve done it before and are sure you can do it well, ust grab some tweezers and clean up your brows for a neat, fresh look. Or go to a salon and let them shape and pluck your brows to perfection. If your brows are too thin and sparse, microblading is all the rage these days. It will give you a fuller look, it’s semi-permanent, and it’s an easy way to get those perfect, Instagram-worthy eyebrows.

Beauty treatments help us feel good and beautiful. Whether it’s something as simple as doing a hand mask, or something more complicated like Botox, it’s on us to decide what we need. We hope these easy little tips help you so you may start this fall fresh, gorgeous and happy.

Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 2, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway.

Bliss Multi-‘Face’-eted Anti-Aging Clay Mask

I bought the Bliss Multi-‘Face’-eted Anti-Aging Clay Mask at the same time I bought the Bliss Triple Oxygen Mask.  And seriously, the title is cute but again with the novels.  How about something simple for once, guys?

Bliss Multi-'Face-'eted Anti-Aging Clay Mask

The title is technically Bliss Multi-‘Face’-eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask, but that’s a pain so I shortened it.

Anyway, I love the Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask, so I thought, why not try another Bliss mask?  On the Bliss website, the product is described as, “a flexible clay mask that helps correct the six most visible signs of aging.”  It’s supposed to smooth the appearance of lines, even skin tone and texture, soften, brighten, and shrink the look of pores.  The website also boasts pretty positive reviews of the mask, so I had high hopes.

The active ingredients in the Bliss Muti-‘Face’-eted Anti-Aging Clay Mask are 10% glycolic acid, to dissolve dead skin cells and help clear skin; quartz, to smooth rough texture; kaolin, a mud that draws out impurities; carbon, a natural purifier; kojic acid, an antibacterial that has brightening properties; and jojoba oil, a non-greasy moisturizer that leaves skin soft and supple.

Bliss Multi-'Face'-eted Anti-Aging Face Mask

With a lineup like this, I have high hopes.

Plus, it’s Bliss, which is historically an amazing brand. So I wash my face, and as per the instructions on the side of the cute glass pot, apply a thin layer.  The application feels like it’s exfoliating my skin, which I assume is the small pieces of quartz, and is a sensation that I really like.  Having grown up with tough, oily skin, exfoliation is heavenly.

I wait around seven minutes, remove with a wet washcloth, and pat dry, as per the instructions.  And my skin looks…kind of dirty.  I’m prone to blackheads and clogged pores on my nose and T-zone anyway, but this seems to have magnified the problem.

However, I’m no quitter.

Bliss Multi-'Face'-eted Anti-Aging Clay MaskPlus, for a brand like Bliss which has so many great products, I figure maybe this product has a cumulative effect and the results will start to show in a week or two.

So I try again.  And again.  And again.  And…see where I’m going with this?  I become the very definition of insanity.  Unfortunately, the mask provided the same results every time. And I had such high hopes.

Maybe I got a bad batch.  Maybe it’s my skin type.  Maybe I’m using the wrong stuff for my skin and I don’t need this level of anti-aging yet.  But this is not a good product for me.

Cost and Where to Buy

By all means, try this out for yourself.  Not every skincare product works for every person.  You can find the Bliss Multi-‘Face’-eted Anti-Aging Clay Mask on the Bliss website for $40 (which is 20% off their regular price), and on Amazon for $50. I’m thinking it might be being discontinued, because Ulta and Sephora have stopped carrying it.

In other news…

I had a whole bunch of stuff to talk about before I started writing this. Then husband and I came home from the grocery store and discovered that there seems to be a dead animal under the house. There is a very distinct smell emanating from one of the screens on our raised foundation, as well as a family of flies buzzing around. Ah, the joys of homeownership.

Bliss Multi-'Face'-eted Anti-Aging Clay Mask
I don’t have any photos of dead animals. And I don’t hate you guys. So here’s me on a pizza float that my nephew bought for us.

Having never experienced anything like this, my first thought was, “Who do I even call for dead animal removal from under my house?” Fortunately, the Internet exists. Yelp immediately told me that a pest control company can come out and take care of this problem.

Husband is having a crisis about this because he feels like he should be the one to don a hazmat suit and respirator, crawl under the house and find whatever the source of the stench is.  Being who I am, I have no idea why anyone would have this sort of existential crisis.  Why would you want to go under the house to find the dead animal?  Why is this something that you feel should be your job unless it is…your job?

So the pest control guy is coming first thing in the morning.

I think a couple hundred bucks is a reasonable price for someone to crawl under my house and remove something dead. Especially something that has been dead long enough to start to smell and attract flies.  As I’m starting to gross myself out (and hopefully haven’t grossed all of you out too much) I’ll leave it at that.  Oh, and needless to say, WINE.

Do you have any home horror stories?  Or back to the subject of the post, want me to try some other face mask treatment?  Leave me a comment or message me here!

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer

There’s no doubt about it – my skin is changing as I get older.  Not necessarily for the worse (yet, LOL), but I’m able to use things that I wasn’t when I was younger.  The Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer is one such product.

As a teen and in my 20s, anything not oil free was a no go.

I would spend time looking at night creams and products that promised to stop aging in its tracks with moisture, but as soon as I got one of those miracle creams near my skin, I would break out. Looking at the description of the Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer, I thought I would have the same problem.

The Perricone website describes it as, “A luxurious, rose-scented anti-aging moisturizer that helps to restore moisture, radiance, and firmness to the skin for a hydrated, smooth and luminous complexion.”  To me, that translates into one thing: breakouts.  Combine the fact that the lotion is perfumed with the oil that it surely contains, and I thought I would be fighting a breakout for weeks after using this new lotion.

Perricone MD Face Firming Moisturizer

Here’s the special part.

Perricone’s moisturizer has some elements that make it special.  First, there’s a fat soluble form of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an incredible ingredient for anti-aging.  I haven’t tried a product yet with Vitamin C that I didn’t love.  This particular strain of it is good for sun damaged skin, and it brightens the appearance and reduces discoloration.  As someone with melasma, this is great for me.

The cream also contains something called DMAE, which I didn’t know much about.  Dimethylaminoethanol , or DMAE for short, is a vitamin supplement that can be taken orally or found in skincare products. It is an antioxidant found most frequently in fish that stabilizes cell membranes, helping protect them from free radical damage.  In skincare products, it is used to increase the firmness and tone of skin.

Then, something amazing happened.

I started using the Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer, and I didn’t break out.  Instead, my skin felt…pretty amazing.  I hadn’t read any of the information on the product before use.  To be honest, I wrote it off immediately as a lotion that wouldn’t work for me.  But it did.  It worked wonders.  My skin was hydrated, toned, and as a bonus, I smelled like roses.

Sephora July Play BoxUnfortunately, I only had a small sample pot of the Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer that came in my Sephora July Play! Box, so I didn’t get to use this one for very long.  But that’s the beauty of beauty boxes (see what I did there?): you get to try little samples before investing in the big product.

The sample size was big enough to give me a sense for what this moisturizer can do.  Also, as with a lot of skincare products these days, a little bit goes a long way.

Cost and Where to Buy

The Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer can be found at Sephora, Ulta, or on the Perricone website for the same price, $69.  One Amazon store has it listed right now for $51.83, and with a Prime membership, shipping is free.  That sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

Summing Up

Overall, the Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer is a great product.  I will be adding it into my rotation as soon as I run out of my current lotion.

And now, random things.
Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer
Not clouds, smoke. Pretty terrifying.

The weirdness continues in La-La Land this week, y’all.  There’s a huge fire raging north of Burbank, and it’s wreaking all kinds of havoc on the city.  According to Variety this morning, it’s the biggest fire in LA City’s history.  That’s a pretty crazy title, considering that there are fires all the time here.

We can see the smoke from our backyard, which is also crazy.  I thought it was clouds when I went outside yesterday, but nope, huge plume of smoke.  Couple the fire with the heat wave we’ve been having (over 100 degrees for the last week) and the conditions in LA are less than enjoyable right now.

The Van Nuys Animal Shelter is evacuating their animals and placing them with the East and West Valley Animal Shelters, which means those shelters are looking for temporary fosters for as many animals as they can find to make room.  Do I need more cats?  I mean, they’re like potato chips, right? You can’t have just one, or five, or…you know, 100.  I don’t think husband would be very pleased if I brought home more animals right now, but we’ll see.

If you’re in the LA area and have the resources, please consider temporarily fostering.  If you want more info, leave me a comment below or message me here.  And stay safe.

In other news…

I bought husband’s birthday present this week, and it’s kind of also a present for me and I cannot wait.  Unfortunately, I can’t reveal what it is, as I believe he has actually started reading the blog, LOL.  If you want to know what it is, message me! Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until late October…

BLISS Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Face Mask

I was first introduced to the BLISS Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Face Mask when I was in my early 20s.  And seriously, what is with these long, long names of products? Anyways, I was visiting a friend who was living in New York City, and she had this mask.

As with lots of girlfriends, one of our favorite activities had always been a spa night.  So she produced multiple face masks and we slopped on one after the other.  I remember the BLISS Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Face Mask being one of my favorites of the visit.

Introduction

BLISS Triple Oxygen Energizing Face Mask - Beauty ChaosSold at Ulta, one of my favorite places, the BLISS Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Face Mask promises to brighten, detoxify, and refresh skin for a youthful glowing complexion.  It contains vitamins C and E, as well as grapeseed extract, rice bran, and green tea.  Sounds like one of my smoothies.

According to the Ulta website, 100 percent of women ages 19 to 65 agreed that their skin was more radiant after use.  The reviews are largely very positive, with only a few negatives.

Experience

I follow the instructions on the Ulta website to use a generous amount and lather into a foam.  The BLISS Oxygen Mask has a light, citrusy scent that I really like. During the five minutes suggested to leave it on, I can feel the mask bubbling and frothing on my skin.  This is actually a pretty pleasant sensation, except that it feels like it’s dripping into my mouth at times (it’s not).

After I rinse my face and inspect my skin, I see that it looks slightly more glowy.  My skin feels clean and refreshed, as promised.  I’m not sure if it’s any brighter, but that may take some time.  Since the bottle is pretty big, I’ll be able to use this over a period of several weeks and see if anything else changes.

Blis Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Face Mask

Cost and Where to Buy

You can find BLISS Triple Oxygen Energizing Face Mask at Ulta for $56.  Macy’s, however, has it for $27, and I’ve definitely seen it at TJ Maxx before (though I’m not sure what the price is on it).

Summing Up

I like the BLISS Triple Oxygen Energizing Face Mask enough to add it into my regular skincare routine, which is saying something. There haven’t been many face masks lately that have met the requirements.

Random Thoughts
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I’m ready for my close up

Have I mentioned that my cat is a model?  Or almost, anyways.  I file this in the “only in Los Angeles” category of my life, along with seeing Matt Leblanc buying frozen lasagna in sweatpants, or my husband getting asked for a beer recommendation at the grocery store by Jon Hamm.

I submitted for an acting job with a pet supply company a little while back, and I had to include a photo with one of my kitties.  Anya fit some of the specs they were looking for, so I chose her.

Well, the company contacted me.  Noooo, no, no, they don’t want to hire me! Silly girl.  They want to hire my cat.  I mean, she is gorgeous.  But only in LA.  At least now I don’t have to worry about getting her an agent; I bet she’ll get scouted on set.

Got a face mask you want me to try?  Leave me a comment or message me here!

Sephora July Play! Box

I’m a little late to the game on this, but I finally got my Sephora July Play! Box in the mail and I am very excited.  After “applying” for the program, I was finally approved by Sephora to join.  Personally, I think they’re trying to create more desire for this box by making it seem like you have to jump through hoops to get it.  But whatever works.

While I was in Ohio visiting my family recently, I saw my sister’s Sephora July Play! Box arrive.  This thing was just so cute.  Fortunately, she also had the June and May contents of her boxes available for me to peruse. A self-described “hoarder,” she had not opened anything.  Everything in these packages looked great, so I decided to give it a shot.

The Sephora website informed me via a pop up that there was a waitlist for the Play! Box.  So I signed up and waited.  About a day later, I was in.

The great thing about the Sephora Play! Box is that you get to be specific.

They have a questionnaire online that asks you hair color, eye color, skin tone, skin concerns, and hair concerns.  There are probably other questions in there that I’m forgetting.  But since you get to enter this information, they specialize each box to your needs.

I’m not sure how individualized the Play! Boxes are, but here’s what was in my Sephora July Play! Box.

Sephora July Play BoxThe samples are good sized, first of all, so you can get several uses out of each one.  Awesome!  Also, each box comes with a collectible makeup bag.  Mine exclaims, “Glamp Out!” in red lettering against pink and white stripes.  Super cute.

Viktor & Rolf BONBON Eau de Parfum This perfume promises fruity florals, with notes of orange blossom, caramel and mandarin.  Perfume samples often go unused and sit in my medicine cabinet, since I’m not a big perfume person.  This particular perfume is actually sold out on the Sephora website, so I can only assume it’s pretty popular.

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Perricone’s moisturizer states that it is best for normal, dry, sensitive, or combination skin.  Strike one;  my skin is pretty oily and I believe I specified that in my profile.  Maybe I said combination.  At any rate, I opened it and the fragrance is very, very strong.  As I usually use an oil free, fragrance free moisturizer, I don’t have very high hopes for this one.

Madam CJ Walker Dream Come True Wonderful Conditioning Mask Wow, that’s a mouthful.  And not even the full name.  This product, too, is out of stock on the Sephora website, so I can only imagine that it’s popular.  Another product free of parabens, sulfates, and pthalates, this mask promises to revive dry, damaged and/or color treated hair.

Sephora July Play BoxRen Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask Ren’s mask is listed for sensitive skin, and it’s specified for redness, uneven skin tone, and rosacea.  I’m beginning to think that I filled out that profile incorrectly.  Red, sunburned, irritated, jet lagged, dry, stressed, or wind-chapped skin will benefit from the white mushroom extract in this one (I think).  I wish I had had this a week ago when I was fighting the jet lag desperately. But I have a feeling all this will do is clog my pores.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara I have high hopes for this one.  Mascara is probably my favorite cosmetic, and I’ve heard great things about IT.  This one was developed “with plastic surgeons,” which is both terrifying and amazing.  It is also cruelty free.  Can’t wait to try!

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Color Balm One of my favorite inventions by Clinique, the Chubby Stick came out when I was in high school and immediately became one of my favorite things.  So I already have experience with this one.  They sent me a color called “woppin’ watermelon,” which I’ve already sampled.  It’s a little light in pigment for my taste, but it’s very moisturizing.

Sephora July Play! Box

I just checked my profile and I did specify that I have oily skin.  So it turns out Sephora is just ignoring me.

Overall, I’d say the venture into the territory of the Sephora Play! Box is a success.  I’m impressed by the amount of stuff you get, and although some of the stuff seems like it’s not particularly specialized for me, I’ll still try it!

What’s your favorite subscription box?  Leave me a comment or message me here and let me know!