Sephora Play | January 2017

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I recently received my Sephora Play box and wanted to share what I got. Scrolling through Instagram, it seems there was a variety of products in people’s boxes this month, which is great! While I love Sephora and have been enjoying this service, I was not impressed with this month’s box. I recently subscribed to Beauty Hero’s which sends a full size product (usually double the price of the box) with a side kick product, which is usually a large deluxe sample. This service aims to send natural, clean, and non-toxic products. With this being said, I think I’ll give Sephora one or two more months, then I’m going to cancel if I continue not enjoying what I receive.

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This month I received two skin care items: tarte FRXXTION Stick and Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask. I am interested in Farmacy and this product, but the tarte product is not something I am interested in. I might try it, but it might end up going to my sister.

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Then I received two makeup products: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact (in shades 104 Tan Blush and 106 Almond Blush). These are super disappointing to me. I recently decluttered this lipstick, and now I have another! Ugh…And the foundation shades are way too dark for me. While this doesn’t work for me, I am happy that Sephora is including darker tones for medium to dark skinned girls. I’m going to give the lipstick a second chance, but going to pass on the foundation.

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Lastly, I received the Ouai Treatment Masque (for hair). While this smells nice and seems interesting, the bottle is only 1/4 full! What a rip! I think that is so shady and not impressive at all! And the fragrance sample is from Tori Burch and is a floral, fresh scent, which is nice, but not going to be a favorite for me.

Overall, this box was a major dud for me. What did you think of your box?

Sephora Birthday Haul

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Happy birthday to me! Today is my 30th birthday. Yikes…I feel slightly old. Yet, I definitely feel more comfortable with who I am today than when I was 20. I decided to break my no buy to treat myself to the Sephora birthday gift. (FYI I think I’ll pass on the Ulta gift as it’s a primer this year, and I have so many deluxe samples of face primers right now.) While I did break my no buy, I made the conscious effort to only purchase cleanly formulated products. I opted for Lavanilla’s Vanilla Grapefruit deodorant. I’m not sure how I feel about this. In the winter, I think it will be okay, but when it becomes hotter than Hades in Georgia this summer, I know it won’t cut it!

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The Sephora birthday gift this year can be chosen between three brands (Jack Black, Caudalie, and Tarte). I chose Tarte. While Tarte isn’t completely clean, it’s a better option than some other brands. I also got an RMS lip2cheek color in Spell (this is $25 online, as opposed to $36, which all the other lip2cheeks are listed as).

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Lastly, I got the new Bite Perfect Pair lip kit in Rhubarb and Thistle. I absolutely love Rhubarb. A great rosy color. Thistle is a little too gray for my skin tone but works when I layer the two together.

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I did use a code to get a hydration kit of samples. I ended up dispersing the majority of them to my mom and sisters, and only kept two: belif true cream and Brazilian Bum Bum cream (heard great things about this). I chose three samples: two Tom Ford fragrances and Sephora eye makeup remover wipes.

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This weekend we are having a 90s themed house party. I’m so excited! It will a dance party with all my friends and family. I have a killer outfit already planned out. I will share a post of the outfit, makeup, and hair with pictures next week. Stay tuned!

My 2017 Goals | Create Intention

Happy New Year! I know many people have already shared their goals/resolutions and outlook for this new year. I wanted to do the same. I tend to prefer the word goals instead of resolutions as goals seem more feasible and can either be short or long term. I don’t know if I have ever been successful at a resolution, but know I have met many of my goals in the past.

I wanted to keep it simple this year with healthy living goals and beauty goals.

  1. Drink more water…doesn’t everyone have this as a goal!
  2. Practice yoga 3 times a week.
  3. Transition home products (mostly cleaning supplies) to non-toxic products.
  4. Focus on the makeup I have. This includes more project panning to enjoy the products in my stash and help to move them out. I aim to have a more curated collection of products I love. This will take years, but I want to start in 2017.
  5. Come off hormonal birth control. We want to start expanding our family in the fall, and I need to transition off B.C. this spring to make sure my cycles are regular to conceive more easily.
  6. Explore acupuncture and crystal healing.
  7. Treat myself to more massages. This is a fun one, but also healthy. While spending less on makeup each month, I can use that money to improve my health through massages and possibly acupuncture.
  8. No spend on makeup! I have already broken this one, but it is my birthday this month, and I wanted my Sephora birthday gift (first world probs). I purchased a few products (all non-toxic) as a gift to myself. I will share this in an upcoming haul! So after my birthday, I will resume my no spend! 😛
  9. When I do need to purchase skincare, body care, hair care, and makeup, review ingredients and opt for non-toxic products.

I thought about rounding this out to 10, but decided the 9 were sufficient. I know the hardest goals will be my yoga practice and drinking more water. I have a problem with diet coke! But I think the purpose of this is to create intention. And that is what I want to live by this year in all aspects of my life: personal, school, work, and this blog:

CREATE INTENTION.

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